WWE Night of Champions 2012 Results: 5 Negatives to Take from the Event
WWE Night of Champions, as with any pay-per-view, had its highs and lows.
I recently discussed the positives from the event in an earlier article, which means it is now time to reflect upon the less satisfying aspects of the show.
Of course, this is not to say the event was an overall failure. I simply feel a few things could possibly have been executed differently in order to improve both the event itself as well as the long-term future of the company.
And as ever, these points are only my opinions, so feel free to respond accordingly and let me know if you agree or disagree with my thoughts.
Another Dolph Ziggler Loss
This is becoming an all-too-frequent occurrence.
Ziggler is now 2-7 at PPVs this year; a particularly poor record for a superstar who could soon be the World Heavyweight Champion.
And it's not just the defeat that is an issue, it's the circumstances surrounding the loss that make it so much more questionable.
With this in mind, it would seem logical to give Orton the victory as it will ensure he remains relevant when he eventually returns, in a situation not too dissimilar to that of Chris Jericho at SummerSlam last month.
But in reality, Orton does not need a victory to keep him relevant. The thousands of loyal followers he has will take care of that for him, in what is arguably the second largest fanbase in the company.
Thus, if Orton had lost, his eventual return would still be well received due to his sheer popularity. Besides, he failed to win at the Over the Limit PPV before his impromptu suspension earlier this year, and fans still cared about him when he returned after a two-month hiatus.
Having him defeat Ziggler was unnecessary, and just makes Ziggler look like even more of a loser. Simply put, the Show Off needed the win more than The Apex Predator did.
Nonetheless, it's worth acknowledging Orton's innovative flapjack/RKO hybrid that he hit on Ziggler to pick up the win. It was an impressive spot, even if it did contribute to the wrong victor being booked.
Reinstating the Brogue Kick
It's no secret that many fans, particular those in the IWC, have grown tired of the Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio rivalry.
However, recent events on Raw and Smackdown involving David Otunga and his attempts to have the Brogue Kick banished, had freshened up the feud slightly and made it a bit more interesting.
In my opinion, for Smackdown GM Booker T to then reinstate the champion's finishing manoeuvre was pointless and simply laid weeks of previous build to waste.
The result was yet another match between the two with no added stipulation, and what little enthusiasm that I had for the contest was soon lost.
To be fair though, I thought the match was okay. I even genuinely thought Sheamus was going to tap out to Del Rio's cross armbreaker on a couple of occasions, and thus briefly found my attention won back over.
But this doesn't account for the fact that we had to watch yet another one-on-one encounter between Sheamus and ADR. I'm not sure even the banning of the Brogue Kick would have made it that much more special. Adding something like a cage match stipulation to prevent interference from Otunga and Ricardo Rodriguez may have been a more interesting and popular option.
Perhaps the feud will now be settled inside Hell in a Cell next month, but another standard one-on-one match between the two should be avoided at all costs.
No Money in the Bank Cash-In
The WWE might have missed a trick here.
They could have compensated for another damaging Ziggler loss as well as the lacklustre World Title match with one simple move: A Money in the Bank cash-in.
The Boston crowd certainly wanted to see it, and so did I. Having Ziggler take advantage of the fatigued champion to win the belt would have rendered his earlier defeat largely irrelevant and could also have signalled the end of the stale Sheamus/ADR feud.
The WWE may, of course, have a different plan in mind, involving a push of another kind for Mr. Money in the Bank or maybe a new opponent for Sheamus.
Either way, we have seen too many PPVs featuring Sheamus vs. ADR as well as Ziggler being made to look bad, and in my mind, something needs to change.
A successful Money in the Bank cash in could well have been that necessary change.
This was one of the few factors that let down an otherwise brilliant main event between John Cena and CM Punk.
I appreciate that the intention was to make both guys look good by having them kick out of each other's finishers on a number of occasions, but there are right ways and wrong ways to go about doing this.
Having Cena barely manage to kick out before the count of three was convincing enough. For him to then leap to his feat with such nimbleness and energy and hit Punk with an Attitude Adjustment, was not.
Perhaps this could be perceived as a momentary burst of adrenaline on Cena's part, and therefore be forgiven just this once. But for him to once again no-sell Punk by sprinting full speed to the corner to deliver a German Suplex from the top, can not.
He showed no ill-effects from the Go To Sleep's and Rock Bottom that he received, and while I realise this is part of his never-say-die attitude, he is unfortunately taking this persona to new extremes.
We all know that wrestling is scripted, but for Cena to simply continue in the match unaffected kills the whole concept of "suspense of disbelief," and quite frankly it ruins the spectacle of professional wrestling.
While I have no problem with Cena recovering to kick out of opponent's finishers, the fact that he then fails to convincingly sell the after effects of these moves is very unprofessional.
It's an issue that has been debated for a long time now, but one that was particularly prominent in my eyes at Night of Champions.
No New WWE Championship Belt
This may be a minor point, but I can't help but feel that Night of Champions was the perfect stage on which to reveal the much teased new Championship belt.
I did think that when referee Chad Patton took back the belt from Cena while shaking his head that he was about to award him with the brand new belt. However, that possibility was soon dashed when the true result of the contest was revealed.
The opportunity, of course, remains open for Punk to award himself the new belt on a future episode of Raw, perhaps with the help of Paul Heyman. This could be justified by the fact that he left Boston as champion last night, something that Cena had previously claimed would define Punk's existence.
This would certainly work, but it just seemed appropriate to have the belt unveiled at a PPV that conveys an image of such prestige.
The belt may still be introduced on another big stage; Survivor Series, the Royal Rumble or even next year's WrestleMania perhaps? On the other hand, it may never make an appearance. After all, no completed version of the belt has been seen or confirmed.
However, it would simply have been a nice way to end the show by displaying a new belt to commemorate CM Punk reign which is now in the top 10 on the list of longest ever WWE Championship reigns.
I would like to point out that despite these criticisms, I still felt that, overall, the show was a good watch.
These points are simply some slight alterations that I feel would have made the night more memorable and beneficial to the company in relation to its long-term direction.
Perhaps Ziggler will bounce back and start notching up some big wins, maybe Sheamus will be given a new feud to help rejuvenate the standing of the World Heavyweight Title and the company might already have its own spectacular plans to replace the current WWE title belt.
Whatever the future holds, I'd rather end this article on a positive note by commending what was a decent show with some exciting and truly memorable matches.
Feel free to comment below with your thoughts on Night of Champions 2012, as well as your opinions regarding the points I have discussed.
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