Review of WWE's Night Of Champions: Possibly The Best PPV This Year?
Well, another PPV just ended, and I can happily say that I was very impressed this time around. WWE did a lot of things right with very few slip-ups. I'll go through a quick recap of the matches, and then what I personally thought of the result, as well as where WWE can go from here.
The team/superstar listed first is defending.
Match One: Unified Tag Team Match between Chris Jericho/Big Show and Priceless
WWE certainly surprised a lot of people with this move. Many people were saying Chris Masters or Kane, but I read hardly any Big Show predictions. I was skeptical at first when Jericho announced who it would be (as was the crowd) but Jericho proved to be quite compatible with The World's Largest Athlete, and these two will certainly prove to be a force to be reckoned with.
I think it was a bit predictable that Team Jericho would win, but that didn't stop this match from being good. Legacy didn't look too bad even though they lost, and Cody Rhodes actually hit a pretty impressive moonsault at one point.
I think it does make them look kind of bad losing time and time again, but I'm pretty sure they will capture the gold soon enough.
Hopefully, Jericho and Big Show can help the tag division by appearing on all three brands. Legacy, or at least Priceless, needs to stay together at least until more tag teams arrive, but all in all, I think things are looking up for the tag division.
Match Two: ECW Championship Match between Tommy Dreamer and Christian.
I'm glad Tommy Dreamer finally dropped the title. Don't get me wrong, I like the guy, but he's not a realistic champion. I've said this many times, he's past his prime, and is not the person you want to represent an entire brand.
Christian, in my mind, can definitely lead the brand as a respected champion while Tommy Dreamer can focus on putting younger talent over, retiring, and looking back on a great career.
Despite the fact that Tommy isn't in the best shape of his life, the two were still able to put on a decent show. While it wasn't the best match I've ever seen, it definitely showed that ECW isn't just a show for losers.
I thought after last week's show that Christian might be turning heel, but it doesn't appear so after his post-match actions. This can actually work out for the better though, as it can put some of the better heels on ECW, such as Shelton Benjamin, in the main event scene where the belong.
Match Three: Six Pack Challenge for the United States Championship between Kofi Kingston, Primo, M.V.P., Carlito, The Miz, and Jack Swagger
Let me just say that Kofi Kingston is looking unstoppable right now. He has now successfully defended his championship in both a fatal-four way and six pack match up. That's like defending against eight superstars right there! Even Cena would be impressed.
This, in my mind is great, both for Kofi's career as well as the prestige of the U.S. title. It now has some worth to it, and Kofi definitely looks like a capable champion.
Some people were saying before this match that they weren't looking forward to it since it basically just threw a bunch of feuds together, but I think it turned out rather well. At one point, it looked as if the Colons would make up and work together, but Carlito quickly ended that by delivering a Backstabber to Primo.
As much as tag teams are needed, I think this was a good choice. It wouldn't have made sense to have the Colons split and make up just like that, and it would have made the WWE writers look rather desperate for options.
One person that I'm a bit confused about right now is M.V.P. It keeps looking as if WWE is going to give him a push, but then he ends up in matches like this, without much action. He tried to hit his finisher once, but was stopped by The Miz. Other than that, M.V.P. was mainly MIA.
Match Four: Women's Championship Match between Michelle McCool and Melina
This was one hell of a Diva's match. It helps that they were given more than five minutes to perform, and they definitely put on a great show tonight. Both women showed that they can be taken seriously and McCool retained, helping her look like a more credible champion.
This match hopefully shows that the women's division is on the rise, and hopefully we will see more quality matches like this from the Divas.
Match Five: Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship between Randy Orton, Triple H, and John Cena.
When I saw that this match was coming on so early in the night, I was shocked. I thought for sure that this would be the main event, and in my mind, it should have been. I suppose that it can afford to be earlier though, since it can help add prestige to the matches after it, which included the Diva's title and the Intercontinental title.
Anyway, back to the match. It started off a bit slow, but once it picked up, all three superstars gave it their all, and ended up putting on a great show. Orton looked like a coward at first, but ended up giving both Cena and Triple H quite a beating. Cena and Triple H also got in their fair share of hits though, so no one actually looked to much weaker than the others.
The only part I didn't like about the match was the ending. Triple H and Cena both had Orton in a submission hold, causing Orton to tap. However, since both men were locking in submissions, neither one could be declared the winner. That's not the part I don't like though. (I actually found that rather creative).
The part that I didn't like was Priceless interfering. I'm glad that Orton retained, but the only way he can do it is by using DiBiase and Rhodes? That doesn't exactly make him look like a strong champion.
Hopefully this will have ended this ridiculously long feud between Triple H and Orton. If not, then it better end at Summerslam, Hell in a Cell preferably. I don't really like Cena though, so I don't want him in the main event. I don't think my wishes will be coming true though.
Overall, this was a great match though, and was definitely main-event worthy.
Match Six: Diva's Championship Match between Maryse and Mickie James.
This was another great match put on by two great Diva wrestlers. Mickie James is undoubtedly the better of the two, but Maryse did look good in the ring, and put up a good fight. Mickie looked as if she would get disqualified at one point, but luckily the ref restrained her, and she went on to win the title.
This, of course, made her the second woman to hold both the Diva's title and Women's title. Personally, I thought she deserved to be the first over McCool, but maybe she can be the first to hold both simultaneously. I doubt WWE would do that, but who knows?
This match also showed promise for the wrestling division and hopefully is a sign of good things to come.
Match Seven: Intercontinental Championship Match between Rey Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler.
Rey Mysterio just recently had a great feud with Chris Jericho, and I have a feeling this feud could prove just as great. Ziggler is an amazing athlete and can garner some major heat. Mysterio does great working with heels since he is a mega face, and he could really help Ziggler's career skyrocket.
Ziggler had some very impressive moves in this match including a dropkick on Mysterio as Rey was coming off the top turnbuckle. Unfortunately for Ziggler, this wasn't enough, and Mysterio ended up hitting the 619 and retaining his gold.
I think this is a wise move by WWE. To put the title on Ziggler in his first title match would have made him look too incredible and wouldn't have allowed a feud to properly develop between the two. I wouldn't be surprised if he won at Summerslam, however, and I don't think it would be that bad of a move.
This feud shows promise, and along with Mysterio's previous feud, can help bring a sense of value back to the IC title.
Main Event: World Heavyweight Championship Match between CM Punk and Jeff Hardy
Something about this match just didn't do it for me. It wasn't a bad match or anything, I just think it wasn't main-event quality, especially after the WWE match.
Although it wasn't the greatest athletic match, it did have a surprising ending. With all the talk going around of how Jeff hasn't re-signed his contract, I thought there was no way that he would walk out champion. After Punk hit the GTS, I was getting ready to close the window. I was sure, positive, that Punk would retain. And yet, I was wrong.
Jeff pulled off a victory, much to the delight of the crowd. I'm a big Hardy fan as well, but I'm a bit concerned, as I don't see this reign lasting long. I see Punk winning his rematch and Hardy leaving soon.
Ordinarily I would be upset by this, but it opens up the spot for the main event. John Morrison is well deserving of this spot, and it is about time he is put there. If it has to be at Jeff Hardy's expense, so be it. I want him in the main event now.
On a seperate note, however, Punk has been getting some great heat. He cut a great promo early in the night, insulting the audience. I'm not sure if everyone will consider him a heel yet, but I think it's pretty safe to say he is now.
So overall, this was an excellent PPV. I would even go as far as to say it was the best one this year so far. I'm sure people will disagree with me on this, but this PPV had eight matches, and all of them were of high quality. None of them needed gimmicks to be great either. The superstars/divas involved put on a great show all by themselves.
On a scale of 1-10, I give this PPV a 9.5. Well done, WWE!
As always, thanks for reading, and feedback is greatly appreciated.
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