WWE Night of Champions is now in the books where three of the five championships changed hands at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
After a great SummerSlam event last month, the WWE needed to step up in a big way to make sure the Night of Champions pay-per-view was one to remember, but they did themselves no favours with the build-up as the fans weren’t too excited by it.
Nevertheless, by the time the event went off air it was safe to say that the WWE did exceed the low expectations it had set for Night of Champions.
WWE Tag Team Championships: Goldust and Stardust defeat The Usos – New WWE Tag Team Champions
United States Championship: Sheamus defeats Cesaro – Still United States Champion
Intercontinental Championship: The Miz defeats Dolph Ziggler – New Intercontinental Champion
Seth Rollins defeats Roman Reigns
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins – No Contest
Rusev defeats Mark Henry
Randy Orton defeats Chris Jericho
Divas Championship: AJ Lee defeats Nikki Bella and Paige – New Divas Champion
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena defeats Brock Lesnar via disqualification – Brock Lesnar is still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion
After the return of an underwhelming Peep Show by Christian in the pre-show, the opening bout of the night was for the tag team championships and again, a tag team match proves to be one of the most effective ways of kicking off a pay-per-view and credit goes to both The Usos as well as Gold and Stardust for keeping the fans engaged in this one.
A lot of close calls as expected and high-flying manoeuvres to keep the fans on their feet. A lot of the fans did expect The Usos to drop the gold at this event so it didn’t really come as a surprise but the finish was great and a brilliant opening match.
Next we saw possibly the match of the night between Cesaro and Sheamus which again, is what fans expected with these men and their physical styles matching inside the ring. They both share a unique chemistry both in and out of the ring and that’s why the fans tune in to their matches and at Night of Champions it was no different. Impressive manoeuvres, a very loud audience as well as close calls and a great, surprising finish made this a brilliant match; the only thing missing was a Cesaro Swing but as we know there are reasons for that.
I wasn’t too impressed by this match, obviously it had its entertaining factors with Damien Mizdow and R-Ziggler playing key roles as well as the inclusion of American country duo, Florida Georgie Line. But the one things fans didn’t want, it was putting the strap back on to The Miz. It remains to be seen what direction they’ll be taking this in especially if Dolph Ziggler is set to feud with Bray Wyatt; but the match was of a good standard but not one that would keep eyes glued to television sets.
We all knew Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns wouldn’t be having a match after Reigns’ surgery but fans weren’t left too disappointed as Dean Ambrose made his return to the WWE just weeks after being Curb Stomped through cinder blocks by Rollins. A great segment and the fans reacted the same way the fans at home were reacting, even though it was a short time away from the WWE Ambrose is a big loss to the roster. A great segment and a brilliant way to reintroduce Dean Ambrose.
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Rusev and Mark Henry were never going to put on a wrestling master class, I think the majority of fans knew that Rusev wouldn’t be losing his unbeaten streak to Mark Henry but there were still doubts as to whether Henry could actually pull this off. It was great to see the American fans behind Henry and showing genuine passion when he lost, not the greatest of matches but a massive victory for Rusev who adds another name to his already-impressive list of victims.
A great potential final bout for Chris Jericho in his current run, I don’t think there was a more perfect opponent for him than Randy Orton and it was a fantastic match with a brilliant finish, an RKO from out of nowhere in typical Orton fashion.
A great divas match followed this, I don’t believe AJ Lee was at the top of anyone’s list to walk out the victor, with Paige retaining and Nikki Bella becoming the champion were the more favourable options nevertheless I think the decision not to give a Total Divas the strap is the best decision. It was a fantastic divas match especially towards the end with so many close calls and back and forth action and at on stage it was unclear who would win. If only the remainder of divas matches we are forced to watch are of the same standard, fans wouldn’t be complaining.
Main event time and much like the Rusev and Henry situation, fans were wondering whether Cena could actually pull out with a win even though Lesnar was a heavy favourite. A much closer match than their first encounter and Cena came extremely close to actually pulling it off, but it was a brilliant conclusion with Seth Rollins hitting a Curb Stomp on Lesnar and almost cashing in his briefcase, the upcoming pay-per-views will certainly be interesting.
All in all it was an event which exceeded the low expectations it had set, I believe the event could have been a lot better if there was better build-up, if Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins competed and Bray Wyatt was involved. Certain aspects made up for the parts that were lacking, the match of the night was easily the Cesaro and Sheamus brawl whilst Seth Rollins' attempted cash-in will be a huge talking point heading into Raw.
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