WWE Night of Champions 2012: Recap and Review of the Entire Show
WWE Night of Champions PPV buys have not been reported yet, but I am guessing that a lot of people who chose to skip this PPV will regret the decision.
Every match on the card had more positives than negatives and every wrestler deserves credit for making it a great night of action.
The night began with the introduction of JBL as the temporary replacement for Jerry Lawler on commentary and JBL got into the mix right away.
He looked like he was healthier than he has been in years, which is likely due to his training to climb the world's tallest mountains for charity.
JBL was witty, scolded Michael Cole in the way everyone hoped he would and showed his true passion for wrestling.
JBL whipped out references to Japan, AAA, titles in other promotions and Sin Cara's real wrestling background. He even managed to slip a couple Frank Gotch facts in there.
If there was ever anyone who could add some spice to one of the announce teams it is JBL and hopefully WWE realizes this and backs a truck full of money up to his house to get him to come back.
The night opened with Miz defending his title against three other superstars. The IC title match featured four superstars who all know how to put on a good show and that is exactly what they did.
What was the match of the night
The ending saw Miz get masked by Sin Cara so he could not see, but that did not stop him from giving Cody Rhodes the Skull Crushing Finale to get the win.
Sin Cara looked better in this match than he has recently and Rey Mysterio had a few impressive moments as well.
Hopefully this is a sign that Rhodes and Miz will begin a feud with one of them turning face, but that could be reading too much into it.
The US title match between battle royal winner Zack Ryder and champion Antonio Cesaro was a nice outing and showed that Cesaro has a lot more potential than he has been allowed to show.
Ryder is a solid hand in the ring and he made Cesaro look good as the Swiss Assassin (You like that nickname?) pulled out all the stops.
The most impressive spot was when Cesaro launched Ryder in the air and the hit an uppercut as Ryder was falling back down. It looked brutal and realistic, which is a great thing in wrestling.
The Divas match had an intensity we rarely see from the Divas and it went an astounding 10 minutes, which for a Divas match may as well be an Iron Man match.
Layla showed heart, but in the end Eve was able to put her down by being willing to take some shortcuts throughout the match. Now we just have to wait and see how she handles Kaitlyn.
Rate the whole show from 1-5 stars
Kane and Daniel Bryan won the tag titles in a fun match which saw all four men involved look impressive. Kane especially had a good showing.
The bickering between Bryan and Kane both during and after the match showcases the chemistry these two polar opposites have built over the past year.
Having them both claim "I am the tag teams champions" was both odd and amusing and I look forward to seeing how WWE proceeds from here with the pairing.
The only non-title match of the night would have stolen the show had the WWE title match not given them a run for their money.
Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton put on a hell of a fight, and I say fight because the slug-fest they had in the middle of the match is like nothing we have seen in WWE for a long time.
For a solid minute they were just punching and kicking each other, and it was awesome. Ziggler not going over in the match did not take away from how enjoyable it was because nobody could have taken the RKO Orton delivered the way Ziggler can.
I have said this before and I will say it again: Ziggler is the best salesman in all of wrestling. He could make Colin Delaney look like Brock Lesnar if he wanted.
OK, that might be a slight exaggeration.
The World title match between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio kicked off with Booker T announcing that the Brogue Kick was no longer banned.
Sheamus and Del Rio always deliver decent matches, but this one might stand out as one of their best as both men showed intensity and fortitude throughout.
Del Rio seemed like he was finally going to win the title he had been working for so long to grasp, but after a few Cross Arm Breakers he was put away with the Brogue.
I wish Sheamus had won using his newly acquired Texas Clover Leaf, but having Del Rio tap out would not have helped the Mexican aristocrat.
The final match of the night went nearly a full hour and saw John Cena and CM Punk top every previous encounter they have had with an outstanding match.
I think it is safe to say that we can no longer claim CM Punk is carrying John Cena in these matches because Cena showed he was one of WWE's best at NOC.
The ending to the match was as brilliant as it was frustrating and it made Cena look very strong without Punk having to lose the title.
The German suplex from the middle rope into a pin from Cena was the moment I knew Cena had more in him than he likes to show every week.
I think Cena likes to hold off on having high-level matches every week so when he does have one it stands out more among the other matches he has had. This was one of those matches.
Punk and Cena each delivered multiple finishers and had each other in various submissions, but neither would relent to the other.
In the end it was Cena who defeated Cena by allowing himself to be pinned under his own bridge while pinning CM Punk.
Even though we only saw two title changes, the card was exciting, surprising and very entertaining. This is what every WWE PPV that is not WrestleMania should aspire to be like.
I cannot think of a single segment or match that totally let me down and I can only pray that WWE keep this momentum going into Raw.
What did you think of Night of Champions?
If you did not get a chance to see the PPV you can catch up by reading the Live Blog from Night of Champions and make sure to come back tonight as I cover Raw live here on Bleacher Report.
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