WWE Night of Champions 2012: Best and Worst of the Show
Night of Champions has come and gone.
All in all, it was a pretty good night of wrestling. No match was terrible, we had a couple noteworthy title changes and everyone seemed to have their working boots on.
There were no Ryback squash matches, bad music numbers or any sort of shenanigans to bring the crowd down.
There is enough to talk about to make Raw exciting tonight, as we start the build towards Hell in a Cell.
Nothing is perfect though, and there were a few things that kept the show from achieving greatness.
Here were the best and worst moments from Night of Champions.
Best: John Cena vs. CM Punk
Punk and Cena delivered again.
Much like the Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart comparison that was drawn between them on Raw, these two have a great in-ring chemistry together.
Some may not care for a screwy finish on a pay-per-view main event, but it does nicely set up a final showdown at Hell in a Cell. It actually seems like one of the few matches in years that actually needs the cell for a blow off to the feud.
It was great to not see Paul Heyman or The Big Show play into the pinfall, and just let Cena and Punk fight it out themselves.
The title also seems more important than it has in years due to Punk's lengthy reign, and the constant reminders of how long he's held it. It's going to be a big deal when it comes time to drop it.
Expect these two to have another great match next month.
Worst: Welcome Back Ted!
Ted DiBiase appeared on TV for the first time since March.
However, it was during the battle royal on the pre-show.
Poor Ted didn't even factor into the final four in the match. If anyone thought that DiBiase was going to get a push on his return, it looks like that's been thrown out the window.
His return was more or less as exciting as Cameron's was.
It's a shame, as the former Legacy member seemed like a potential main-eventer at one point. While that's still possible, it looks a lot less likely now.
The only main event he will appear on in the near future is on Saturday Morning Slam.
Best: Eve Wins the Divas Title
While this match wasn't booked in advance, it still makes sense on multiple levels.
First, the idea of seeing Kaitlyn in a pay-per-view match was kind of scary. At this point in her career, Kaitlyn makes Eve look like Ricky Steamboat in his prime.
Second of all, Eve is the only wrestler in the division who has a defined character. Since Layla turned face, she's just a smiling goofball who hits her opponents with her butt.
To make Eve's run a success, she's going to need some babyface challengers. A rematch with Layla and a showdown with Kaitlyn isn't going to cut it.
Hopefully WWE can build someone up over the next couple of months to have a meaningful divas feud.
Regardless, having Eve take the title was an improvement for the division, and bonus points to WWE for having the challenger beat the champ cleanly.
Worst: Ziggler Loses Again
Dolph Ziggler hasn't won a singles match at a pay-per-view since Survivor Series.
As of right now, he's 2-10 overall in his last 12 pay-per-views.
He has very little credibility as a singles star, and this seemed like a great time to give him a meaningful victory. Randy Orton is going away to film a movie (if 12 Rounds 2 counts as one), and it would have made perfect sense for Ziggler to beat him and make it look like he put The Viper out of action.
That didn't happen.
Yes, Dolph Ziggler beat Randy Orton a couple of weeks ago when he held onto his tights on Raw. Ever since then though, Orton has gotten the best of him, planting him with an RKO and chasing him off on Smackdown.
Booking logic would indicate that Ziggler should have won here.
There's no way WWE is going to let Ziggler pin John Cena or Sheamus cleanly, so how is he going to get to the next level if WWE refuses to help him out?
Best: New Tag Champs
Through no fault of their own, Kofi and R-Truth were lousy tag champions.
WWE just never gave them an interesting feud through their entire run. The tag division had a lot of talent, but nothing exciting was going on.
Then, Kane and Daniel Bryan came along and formed a team.
It was too good to pass up.
Yes, it might be too soon for the two to become tag champs.
There's a chance they'll run this into the ground sooner rather than later, but for now, it's fun and gives the tag division two legitimate wrestlers, and a featured team to build around.
Also, the sight of Kane dumping Gatorade over Daniel Bryan was one for the ages.
Let's hope that Kofi splits up from R-Truth and turns heel. His character desperately needs a change, and taking out R-Truth and Little Jimmy could help get him noticed.
There's a lot of potential for some entertaining TV here, hopefully WWE doesn't mess it up.
Worst: Santino Doesn't Understand How a Battle Royal Works
Quick! Where's my wallet?
Santino just did something hilarious, I gotta order that pay-per-view right now!
During the pre-show battle royal, Santino whipped out the cobra and smacked Tensai in the chest with it.
Tensai sold it like he'd been shot with a gun.
Santino then laid out Darren Young with the sock hand too.
If that wasn't bad enough, he then decided to go for the pin on Tensai. The refs wouldn't count it so he went over to Darren Young and attempted to pin him.
Finally he realized he had to throw them out of the ring.
The announcers acted like children, yelling "No Santino, you have to throw him over the top rope!"
Apparently Santino is a giant idiot, or he has brain damage. He's been in a bunch of battle royals in his career, but has somehow forgotten the rules.
Just to be safe, and for Santino's well being, he should probably retire forever.
Starting right now.
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