Night of Champions is now in the books, and the event will be remembered as the night Sting failed in his chance to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Like every event, Night of Champions certainly had some great moment and some moments which weren’t so great.
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There was a lot of hype surrounding the event, and rightfully so. Seth Rollins was defending two championship titles and one of those matches was against Sting.
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The Dudley Boyz were aiming for their tenth WWE Tag Team Championships, Kevin Owens had the chance to become the new Intercontinental Champion and Charlotte was also looking to finally become the new WWE Diva’s Champion.
All eyes were also on the six-man tag team match, and who the mystery partner was. The build-up to the event was good, the WWE did their best in trying to make every single match mean something, but did it live up to the high expectations?
One of the better things to happen on the night was seeing Kevin Owens crowned the new Intercontinental Champion.
This was good because it was a surprise, many fans expected Owens to lose this time and then go on to capture the title later. The finish wasn’t the best but after floating around in no solid feud for a few weeks, it was good to see Owens being crowned the champion.
It was a good way to kick off the main show, it was a good match and the win definitely does a lot for Owens.
The Cosmic Wasteland picking up a win was also a positive. For so long now, The Ascension have been pretty much at the bottom of the tag team division so Konnor and Viktor being in a pay-per-view match was a positive in itself.
The fact they picked up the win alongside Stardust was even better. It was definitely not what a lot of people expected considering how popular Neville is. Here’s hoping this marks the start of good things to come for The Ascension.
Although a lot of people expected it, Charlotte finally defeating Nikki Bella felt like a relief and a step in the right direction.
The match was actually a good standard, and the finish was brilliant. You could tell by her reaction just how much it meant to her, and it’s going to down as one of the most memorable moments in recent years.
The mystery partner was something fans were looking forward to for weeks. When it was revealed as Chris Jericho it’s safe to say the fans were surprised. You could argue that it was a little underwhelming, but was better than that was being reported in the weeks building up to the match.
The finish itself was great.
Jericho tagging himself in sets up a potential feud with somebody like Dean Ambrose. He passed out to Braun Strowman which was key. Jericho knows what’s best for business, making his return to lose to Strowman only adds to his dominance; he knows how to put a potential star over.
Where there’s good points, there are always some bad points and the match between Dolph Ziggler and Rusev wasn’t great.
You can’t knock the match itself, with the storyline they’ve been given I think Rusev and Ziggler did the best they could. I wasn’t a big fan of the finish and it seemed like a pointless match to have on the evening. Ziggler’s tights didn’t help things either.
The feud between the Dudley Boyz and the New Day has been highly entertaining, from the continual use of the trombone to the bubble-wrapped tables. The match itself at Night of Champions was good, but again the finish was poor. A disqualification win for the Dudley Boyz wasn’t exactly what fans wanted.
The only positive from this was we saw a 3D through the table. In fact, you could argue the match finishes as a whole weren't good throughout the night. We had Owens and Rollins rolling-up their opponents. We had a shoe being thrown at a monster like Rusev and then a disqualification end to the tag team match. They were poor ends to what were good matches.
Sting’s injury has to be a negative point. Obviously it’s not his fault and it’s simply an accident, but the fact that in his WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, he sustained an injury which could end his career. It’s not exactly something fans want to remember.
Finally, the fact Kane returned with the mask was good, but the fact he’s targeted Rollins is bad.
We now have to endure a Rollins and Kane feud, for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Kane won’t dethrone Rollins, it’s as simple as that. It will make the next month or so seem pointless.
All in all, I believe Night of Champions definitely didn’t live up to the high expectations that were set. There were some poor finishes to good matches and the night just didn’t have something that would make you want to re-watch it.
Let’s hope the WWE can change things around next month, with Brock Lesnar taking on The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell.
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