WWE Night of Champions 2012: WWE Does Masterful Job with Unpredictable Ending

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 17, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Joey Logano (L), driver of the #20 The Home Depot Toyota, greets professional wrestler John Cena in the garage area prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Although a tie may not have been what wrestling fans expected from the marquee event of WWE's 2012 Night of Champions, the WWE pulled it off perfectly in what was a fitting ending to a marvelous night of wrestling.

John Cena looked to put his name back on the map of wrestling in his hometown of Boston, facing reigning champion CM Punk in an effort to take the WWE Championship belt for an 11th time.

A back-and-forth match ended in Cena pinning Punk, and TD Garden went nuts as Cena grabbed the belt and flaunted it around with the look of victory upon his face. The win only cemented his status as the most dominant man to ever come through WWE.

But the referees quickly concluded that both wrestlers' shoulders were on the ground for the pin as the celebration ensued. A furious Cena was seen haggling with the refs, obviously not happy with the outcome.

The tie meant that Punk retained his WWE Championship and that Cena came up just short of glory in front of his hometown fans.

A bruised and battered Punk was given a burst of energy by the call and quickly retook his championship belt. He put an exclamation point on the finale by slamming Cena with the belt as the former champ complained to judges and referees alike.

Punk may not have had his best fight, but he nearly took out Cena early and forced the 35-year-old to battle his way back. Cena's strength prevailed, but Punk didn't disappoint and hung with the wrestling great enough for him to deserve the tie.

Though the Cena-Punk showdown stole the show, it was far from the only exciting fight of the night. Randy Orton came up big in defending his title against Dolph Ziggler in a match that went both ways and nearly ended in victory for Ziggler multiple times.

Though Orton prevailed as the champion and Ziggler tasted defeat, the loser proved his skills on the big stage and should be up for a big match in the coming weeks and months.

Even the Divas gave us an incredible fight as Eve took the championship away from a dejected Layla. 

We saw new champions emerge in WWE on this Night of Champions and some high-profile stars defend their title, but nothing beat the finale that John Cena and CM Punk put on for us. Once again, the WWE took us by surprise and left us with our jaws dropped.