WWE Night of Champions 2012 Results: Matches That Should Have Ended Differently

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2012

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Courtesy of wrestlingvalley.org

WWE's Night of Champions is considered a secondary Pay-Per-View event, but the matches didn't pan out that way. The results may not have been ideal, but the fight card was eventful.

However, exciting doesn't always mean ideal. A few matches kept me glued to my seat, but the result had me scratching my head. It's hard to say where the WWE is taking these storylines, and Sunday night threw a few wrenches into everyone's thought process.

Let's take a look at two matches that should have ended differently:


Randy Orton Defeats Dolph Ziggler

Is Ziggler ever going to be a true contender? I thought he was, but now I'm not so sure. This was arguably the night's best match, but the result doesn't make any sense to me.

Ziggler is one of the WWE's rising stars, but he fails on every PPV stage. Orton has had an excellent run, but giving him another shot to climb the championship ladder doesn't make any sense at this point.

It took an RKO to propel Orton to victory, but this decision was questionable. The WWE had a chance to create a very interesting plot for the coming months, but now Ziggler's stock has crashed again.

Maybe they have bigger plans, but Ziggler's value is higher than Orton's at this point.


John Cena Ties CM Punk

I anticipated a Cena victory. He had the home crowd at his back, and he's one of the best champions the industry has ever seen.

A Punk victory wouldn't have shocked me either. Paul Heyman is a notorious instigator, and any potential pin by Cena would have been broken up.

But this, A tie? Not only did I not expect it, I don't understand it.

Everyone is looking forward to the Royal Rumble. Punk's belt will be on the line and a five-star matchup is guaranteed, but this result didn't have to happen. Punk still retained the title, so why not just have him win straight up?

The referees felt that both competitors shoulders were down during the pinfall; making the match a tie.

Call it whatever you want, but I call it anticlimactic.

Overall the night's action was excellent, and there's nothing wrong with surprises, but they still have to fit. The rest of the action seemed to fit unless you count Zack Ryder's victory in the Battle Royale as odd.