Night of Champions was a night that posed more questions than answers - last night on Raw, we finally got some answers to those burning questions.
The night began with Triple H interrupting Daniel Bryan's championship celebration by telling him the referee's count was fast, he then brought out Scott Armstrong, who blamed Bryan for the count (later in the night Scott was relieved of his official duties). Triple H stripped Bryan of the title which brought Randy Orton out, who RKO'd Bryan after he had handed the title over.
Daniel Bryan v Roman Reigns was announced as the main event.
Backstage Orton was not happy about what had transpired out in the ring and made his anger known to Hunter and Stephanie. He wanted to know why Triple H had not given him the title back, Stephanie told him he didn't deserve to be WWE champion. She wanted the old Randy back.
Dolph Ziggler v Dean Ambrose
In a none title re-match from last night's PPV. This was one of the best matches on the card last night so this was a great idea from WWE to give them another chance to see these two clash. Both men were impressive, Dean is really becoming something in the ring and the showoff compliments him so well, overall Dolph deserved the win and hopefully this sets up roots for an anticipated rivalry.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Stephanie was backstage with Big Show telling him that he is essentially grounded tonight and that he should sit down and stay in her office unless told otherwise. She was heading off to see The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes.
Fandango v R-Truth
A match up that stemmed from last week's dance off, Fandango is improving in the ring all the time and it was good to see Truth gain some actual ring time instead of just coming out to get beat down. Fandango got the win after his Leg Drop finisher.
Dusty Rhodes then came out to cut a promo about the Rhodes family and his two sons losing their jobs, he started out the promo by saying he wasn't Dusty Rhodes tonight he was Virgil Runnels, breaking Kayfabe but he went on to talk about his kids and then invite Stephanie out, she then told him she would give Cody his job back if he chose either Cody or Dustin for the job. There was only one spot and he had to choose which son he wanted to be employed.
He said he refused to choose, The Shield then came out and Stephanie called out Big Show. She then told him if he wouldn't choose then The Shield would beat him down or Big Show would punch him. Big Show refused so Stephanie ordered The Shield to beat him down with chairs, so Big Show chose to punch Dusty instead of having to watch the Shield beat him up.
Layla, Aksana and Alicia Fox v Brie Bella, Cameron and Naomi
AJ and Natalya were on commentary but Natalya's headset wasn't working, it was a really bad Diva's match but it was nice to see Cameron involved in a match, the girls brought the same old moves in the same match we have seen for three weeks in a row, the best part was AJ's commentary. Brie Bella pinned Aksana for the win.
Winners: Brie, Cameron and Naomi
Damien Sandow v Rob Van Dam
We all thought this would be a straight forward match for RVD but Damien brought some offence and it took a while for RVD to get a hold on the match, it feels like WWE are pushing Sandow now ahead of his briefcase cash in.
The Miz v Orton was announced for later tonight.
Backstage Triple H fired Scott Armstrong, but told him because he had been loyal to the show for 20 years, "He would look after him."
The Miz v Randy Orton
In his home town of Cleveland, The Miz came out to an impressive ovation and was celebrating with his family when Randy started the beat down, and threw Miz into the ring post, Miz decided to continue with the match but was never really in it as Randy Orton looked like the psycho from years ago known as "The Legend Killer" he ended by putting a chair on Miz's head and jumping on it.
Result: No- Contest
Paul Heyman was out next to talk about why Ryback intervened last night, Heyman was out in a wheelchair, apparently confined to it after his beat down from CM Punk. Ryback then hypocritically talked about how he hates bullies and CM Punk is a bully, and as long as Ryback is there Heyman is safe from Punk, Heyman then sickeningly kissed Ryback on the cheek...Gross.
No 1 contenders match for the WWE Tag Team Championships
The Uso's v Tons of Funk v The Real Americans
Three of last night's five teams that competed in Tag Team Turmoil were in action again with the chance to again become no 1 contenders for The Shields title. The Uso's have been impressive as of late and this match seemed to really suit them, the match was an elimination match and after The Real American's disposed of Tons of Funk the real match between Jimmy and Jay and Antonio and Jack began. The Uso's got the win after the super kick and the big splash.
Winners and no 1 contenders: The Uso's
A promo about Bray Wyatt ran before we cut to backstage where the WWE Superstars were wishing Daniel Bryan luck in his match.
Daniel Bryan v Roman Reigns
Before the match started Randy Orton came out on commentary and give the other two members of The Shield instructions at ring side.
The match itself was back and forth and showcased Roman's ability to control a match without his partner, his run of offence didn't last long as the former WWE Champion had revenge in his mind. The submission master had Reigns in all sorts of submission moves, much to the dismay of Randy at ring side.
The Shield tried to get involved but Daniel Bryan was all over them, knocking Seth on the announce table and and kicking Ambrose off the apron.
Reigns tried to capitalise on the distraction but Bryan put Reigns in the yes lock, leaving Orton to jump in an cause the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Daniel Bryan
The Shield got back in the ring after the bell and began the familiar beat down, the four on one assault continued until the WWE locker room finally rose up against Triple H and out came, The Uso's, RVD, Zack Ryder, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston and many many more of the superstars lay the beat down on The Shield, Randy high tailed it out of the ring and left Dean, Seth and Roman to take the beating they so richly deserved.
One of the best endings to a Raw in months, the crowd were on fire and the anticipation as to what Triple H will do next week, makes it so much sweeter.
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