WWE Night of Champions 2012 Results: Questions Answered and Lessons Learned
With Night of Champions over, it's time to take a look at the Pay-Per-View and see what lessons were learned, and what questions were answered after each match.
Did we finally find out what Heyman's role is?
Did the Miz show us just how awesome he really is?
Night of Champions was filled to the brim with championship matches. Titles changed, and dreams ended up being shattered once this Pay-Per-View came to an end.
Did Punk prove he is the best in the world?
Would Del Rio finally claim the heavyweight title he has been after for months now?
Here are several questions answered, and lessons learned, from Night of Champions.
Question Answered: Who Will Replace Jerry Lawler?
JBL will be the one to replace Jerry Lawler while he recovers. JBL seems like a solid choice, and is clearly taking the role of the heel announcer.
After the professional way Michael Cole handled the situation last Monday night, it would be hard for Cole to go back to being the heel announcer.
Instead, Cole will play the role of the good guy, while JBL will end up being the obnoxious announcer.
JBL is a solid fit until King returns, as he has experience being an announcer, and is the best fit for Michael Cole at this point.
Josh Mathews could have been another possibility, but a heel announcer is needed to balance out the commentary. JBL will hopefully be a solid fit as we move forward with Monday Night RAW and other pay-per-views.
JBL was great as an announcer during Night of Champions and hopefully will continue into the future.
Lesson Learned: The Miz Is Awesome
Going into a Fatal Four-Way match and having to defend his title was hard enough for the Miz. Winning with a mask half on his head seems even harder.
The Miz proved, without a doubt, just how awesome he is by successfully defending his title at Night of Champions. After Sin Cara put a mask on the Miz, it was hard to tell if the Awesome one could see out of it.
Still, he delivered his finisher to Cody Rhodes, and pinned him for the win.
The Miz has been on a roll as of late, and with this latest push, he has continuously delivered. Even JBL, who doubted the Miz when he first entered the WWE, realizes now just how awesome the Miz is.
Beating Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes and Rey Mysterio is no easy task, but at Night of Champions, the Miz came up big, and proved how awesome he is.
Question Answered: Can Kane and Daniel Bryan Work Together?
Daniel Bryan and Kane might have anger issues, but these two were still thrown into a tag team together. When they ended up winning the No. 1 contender spot for the tag team titles though, it was hard to imagine these two successfully working together.
Kane and Daniel Bryan might become best friends in the end. While they might have started a little rough in the beginning of their match against R-Truth and Kofi Kingston, by the middle of the match these two were hugging it out.
Kane and Daniel Bryan can clearly work together. Whether Kane was pulling Bryan out of the ring to avoid the Trouble in Paradise kick, or Bryan holding on to Kane's leg so he wouldn't fall off the turnbuckle, these two demonstrated moments of teamwork.
Sure, they won because Bryan got mad and shoved Kane off the turnbuckle onto Kingston, but a win is still a win.
These two made an improvement in their overall team work, and will now take the tag team division to another level.
Question Answered: Is Zack Ryder Gaining Momentum?
While Zack Ryder lost his match against Antonio Cesaro, the Long Island Iced Z is gaining momentum.
From winning the Pre-Show battle royal match, to putting up a fight against the U.S. champ, Ryder is slowly climbing back up the ranks to where he used to be when he held the U.S. title.
The last time Cesaro and Ryder faced off, it was basically a squash match, with Cesaro getting the win. Cesaro wasn't going to lose his title, especially after winning it not to long ago, but Ryder was able to put up a fight, and almost had Cesaro beat.
Ryder has clearly been gaining momentum as of late by appearing on RAW. Would his momentum last, though?
Ryder winning the battle royal, and putting on a solid match again Antonio Cesaro, proves he is once again building serious momentum.
Question Answered: Was Kaitlyn Ready?
After weeks of building Kaitlyn up as a serious contender for the divas title, it's clear that the WWE decided to pull the plug on her, and go with their original plan before the botched divas battle royal made Kaitlyn the No. 1 contender.
One of the main questions surrounding the divas division after Kaitlyn became the No. 1 contender, dealt with her being ready for a major push. Yes, Eve should have won the battle royal for the No. 1 contender spot, but it seemed like the WWE was going to give the Kaitlyn vs. Layla a chance.
Instead, Kaitlyn ended up with a twisted ankle, and the original plan of Eve vs. Layla was set in place.
Kaitlyn wasn't ready for a push, and Eve would end up walking away with the divas championship.
Lesson Learned: This Wasn't Ziggler's Night
Dolph Ziggler may have won the Money in The Bank ladder match, and even sent Chris Jericho packing, but the Show-Off can't seem to shake Randy Orton.
Ziggler also wouldn't be cashing in his contract at Night of Champions.
Clearly this wasn't Ziggler's night.
Shouldn't Dolph be getting a push at this point in his career? Isn't that why the WWE decided to have Ziggler win the Money in The Bank match?
He took out Jericho, but his loss to Orton sets him back. It makes Orton appear to be the better wrestler, and pushes Ziggler further away from seemingly achieving his goal of one day becoming heavyweight champion.
Orton got one over on Ziggler, and not only did we learn it wasn't Ziggler's night, but this feud is more than likely far from over.
Orton may have won this battle, but the war between Ziggler and Orton will more than likely continue in the weeks to come.
Lesson Learned: Alberto Del Rio Can't Deliver
Again, Alberto Del Rio ended up being the No. 1 contender, and again he failed to deliver. How many times now, do we have to watch Del Rio lose to Sheamus?
Del Rio can't deliver, so the WWE needs to move on from this match up and focus on a new No. 1 contender.
Not only did we learn Del Rio can't deliver, but the whole banning of the Brogue kick turned out to be pointless. Why would they bother to ban the kick, simply to reinstate it right before their match?
Two cross arm breaker holds, and Del Rio still couldn't make Sheamus tap out. Del Rio has been the No. 1 contender for way too long now, and after this recent loss it's clear he doesn't have what it takes to win the heavyweight championship.
The latest Del Rio-Sheamus match was like all their other matches; boring. As we move from Night of Champions to the weeks leading up to Hell in a Cell, Del Rio needs to take a vacation from the heavyweight championship scene until he finds some way to deliver.
Lesson Learned: Cena and Punk Can Deliver
Whether you wanted CM Punk to win this match, or you wanted Cena to win, in the end there was one clear lesson:
Punk and Cena can deliver.
These two put on a fantastic match, and proved to the WWE Universe that they are both main-event material.
Does Punk deserve respect? Absolutely.
Did Cena able to break out of his usual wrestling mold? He sure did.
While it seemed like Cena won the match in the end, the match ended up being a draw. This might seem like a weak way to end the match, but will hopefully continue the feud of Cena and Punk.
One of the biggest lessons learned from Night of Champions was that Cena and Punk can deliver when put against each other.
Both wrestlers put on the best performance of the night, and proved why they were in the main event.
Lesson Learned: Paul Heyman Wasn't the Deciding Factor
Being a Paul Heyman guy has benefits.
However, Paul Heyman played a small role in the match between CM Punk and John Cena.
He seemed to be at most, a hype man for Punk has they walked away from the crowd. He didn't distract Cena to help Punk win, nor did he play a role in getting Punk disqualified.
The match between Punk and Cena ended in a draw, and that result had nothing to do with Heyman.
With their recent alliance, it's would have been a safe bet to believe Heyman would in some way, end up getting involved in the match and help Punk retain his title. Instead, he simply watched as these two main-event superstars fought it out.
The biggest lesson that was learned from Night of Champions was how Heyman ended up not being a factor in the biggest match of the night.
Punk and Cena ended the match in a draw, while Heyman sat by and watched. Sure, he hyped Punk up as they walked away from the ring, and he did nothing as Punk attacked Cena with the belt, but it was more surprising to see his lack of involvement when it came to determining the winner of this match.
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