Night of Champions is now over. I'm still scratching my head and trying to understand what happened. Too many things occurred in the main event and most fans were lost as they watched.
The PPV wasn't horrible. It had several surprises and much craziness.
Nearly every match was good, but it still did not top SummerSlam or Money in the Bank.
I have a lot of things to say about the PPV, but I'll save them for the next slides. As I do after every event, I'll break down several things we learned from the matches and results.
We're only two weeks away from Hell in a Cell, which means there is a short time to build new feuds. So I guess most matches will be stemming from current feuds.
Until then, let's take a look again at what happened during Night of Champions.
(All PPV photos are courtesy of WWE.com)
My original title was supposed to mention IWC and how most of them gave wrong predictions to several matches. However, I decided to move away from directly mentioning the wrestling community, as it seems any mention to it will lead to comments questioning my credibility and knowledge.
Therefore, I decided to review most predictions that occurred in the past week and see what others have predicted. After doing so, I realized most people gave wrong predictions to most matches.
There were several people who did predict some matches correctly, but we can't say all matches were predictable. The Elimination Chamber event this year was predictable, because it was obvious how most matches were going to end.
The same can't be said about Night of Champions.
People might say that some previous PPVs were similar and I agree. But I mentioned this here because many people were surprised at how most matches ended.
For example, the vast majority were expecting Dolph Ziggler to drop the US Title to one of his three opponents. Whether they expected John Morrison, Jack Swagger or Alex Riley to win, they all agreed that Ziggler's time as a champion was over.
But he won and Vickie is still with him. Another example is the WWE Title match between John Cena and Alberto Del Rio.
The majority expected Del Rio to keep the title. They predicted results either by a dirty win or DQ (win or loss). They were saying he wouldn't drop the title before the Mexican tour. But he did. Will he win it back? We'll wait and see.
Mark Henry's win was a surprise for many fans. As for Triple H, many people expected him to win, but the ending was mind-boggling.
Of course, let's not forget Beth Phoenix's upsetting and surprising loss to Kelly, which was an unpleasant surprise.
It's been a while since we last saw an interesting PPV tag team title match. This contest was a good opening and both teams were looking good. The team of Awesome Truth came first as they sang the "You Suck" remix.
Things were looking good for Miz and R-Truth as we headed into the closing moments of the match.
However, when Truth tagged himself, the referee didn't see it and an argument ensued. Miz was able to hit the skull crushing finale on Evan Bourne and cover him, but the referee was still busy arguing with Truth and it was too late when the referee saw the pinfall attempt.
This made Miz unhappy as he shoved the referee down and thus ended the match via disqualification. After the match, both Miz and Truth pushed the poor referee and claimed the loss a conspiracy.
They complained about this in a backstage interview with Matt Striker and said they don't care for HHH, as he might lose and resign.
I'm not sure if this feud will go on, but Awesome Truth are doing a good job and so are Air Boom, despite their silly name.
We'll have to wait and see if the tag team division will continue to rise. Of course, it still needs a lot of work, but at least WWE are finally doing something about it.
Cody Rhodes was able to defeat his former partner, Ted DiBiase, after another good match.
I'm glad to see DiBiase getting more time inside the ring, as he's been showing a good performance lately. I only hope his character becomes more interesting.
The ending came when the Rhodes rolled the Fortunate Son and held DiBiase's tights for the win via pinfall. This happened after DiBiase successfully removed Rhodes' mask that he's been wearing for several months.
As I said before in my previous articles, Rhodes has been on a good run since his dashing gimmick began.
Things looked even better for him when he adopted a twisted character during his rivalry against Mysterio. And he finally seems to be heading to the main event scene, getting involved with Randy Orton more than once and even defeating him on RAW last week.
However, I guess the mask is becoming pointless. I know that it's an important factor of his gimmick and I'm really enjoying his work, but people were able to see his face last night when DiBiase removed the mask.
And that wasn't the first time we saw the mask removed as he used it last week on RAW against Orton. With this said, I think most fans by now have noticed there's nothing wrong with his face.
Actually, we were already able to see it through the mask. And since the mask removal has been done more than once, one might wonder if it will last for long. I guess it's only a matter of time before we know.
I know he lost his mask at Wrestlemania 27 during his match against Mysterio, but the injury was still new and he tried his best to cover his face back then.
I guess it was obvious the two gentlemen were going to feud soon, as their confrontations were increasing lately, but we were still waiting for WWE to make it official.
After what happened last night, I guess we can safely say the rivalry has now officially begun.
Christian made his way to the ring and asked for one more title match, with the fans chanting, "One more match."
But Sheamus soon interrupted him and after a brief argument, he nailed Christian with a Brogue Kick. I'm looking froward to this feud and I hope it produces some good matches.
After a fun match that included some cool spots, Dolph Ziggler was able to steal the victory and retain the US Title. As soon as Jack Swagger hit his finishing maneuver on John Morrison, Ziggler quickly pushed the All-American away and pinned the unconscious Morrison for the win.
Ziggler and Swagger haven't been on good terms in the past few weeks.
It all started when Swagger suggested Vickie Guerrero should manage more superstars in order to become one of the best managers ever. At the same time, Vickie's relationship with Ziggler was getting more complicated every week. It seemed they were going to split very soon, with Vickie joining forces with Swagger.
However, after the match last night, Vickie looked happy as she celebrated with her boyfriend as an annoyed Swagger was staring at them. She even kissed Matt Striker backstage after telling him that she'd be a great COO if HHH resigns.
So is everything fine for now between Dolph and Vickie? It's only a matter of time before we find out, but I'm sure we haven't seen the last of Swagger after what happened last night.
He did it. Mark Henry has finally won the World Heavyweight Championship. After 15 years of paying his dues in this business, the World's Strongest Man's dream has come true.
Whether you like him or not, I guess it's always great to watch a veteran who never held a World Title in his career win and capture one title before retirement.
Mark Henry was involved in many story lines in the past few years, and while some of them were good, others were really horrible (Mae Young anyone?).
But he always stayed loyal to the company and I guess he finally got his reward.
As we headed into the event, most people thought all this hall of pain list was done just to make Henry look strong before facing Randy Orton and losing. They believed WWE wanted to make him look like a real threat that could put Orton's title reign into jeopardy.
And what do you know? Not only was he a threat, but he also ended up destroying the Viper and capturing the World Title. This definitely made the hall of pain list more effective.
Ever since his heel turn, people were questioning Henry's run. But this time, it led to a World Title win.
Now that he's won, for how long will he hold the belt? Will he drop it at Hell in a Cell in two weeks? Will Big Show and Kane return for revenge?
Before SummerSlam, most people predicted a win for Beth Phoenix against Kelly Kelly. However, I was among the minority who expected Kelly to win. Of course I wanted Beth to win, but Kelly was still a new champion and I expected her to keep the title for a longer period of time.
Moreover, I said in my review article that WWE regards her as a hot commodity and that they might keep the title around her for a while. Unsurprisingly, Kelly won and retained her title back then.
After the event, I thought Beth would get a rematch and win at Night of Champions in her hometown Buffalo. Unfortunately, I was wrong this time, and Kelly retained again after a roll-up pin out of nowhere.
So it seems Kelly isn't just WWE's hot commodity, she's now their new golden girl.
The fans were behind Beth and they were all looking forward to see their hometown heroine win and capture the Divas Title. But this never happened, and Kelly shocked the fans and won again, leaving the fans disgusted.
What will happen next? How will the Divas of Doom react for their losses against Kelly? WWE.com posted a video of Beth Phoenix after the match where she stated how upset she is and that she won't be nice anymore.
What about WWE's controversial article about the Divas of Doom saving the division and the Divas response to it? Was this all just to start a fight between the real women and the typical Divas? Are they trying to put over those Divas represented by Kelly?
We can ask many questions about this, but for now, it seems Kelly is on a hot run.
I was really annoyed after hearing Eve scream as she attacked Natalya. Spending too much time with Kelly doesn't seem to be a good idea after all.
Honestly speaking, I thought of dozens of catchy titles to this slide linking between John Cena's title wins and destiny, but in the end I decided to stick to this. The Champ is here, again!
Simply put, Alberto Del Rio might have fulfilled his destiny at SummerSlam, but when it comes to Cena, the best possible outcome you can imagine is him defying all odds, including destiny, and winning.
All those who thought Del Rio might snatch the dirty win, or at least keep his title via disqualification (whether winning or losing) were wrong. Cena won and became a 12-time World Champion.
But to be honest, I think some fans are going way too far with their judgments about Del Rio's credibility. It's not like he was crushed like a little girl. In fact, he put on a great match which was way better than I expected it to be.
Some fans didn't even give him a chance and quickly predicted a horrible match. But it maybe one of the best matches of the night.
Following his win at SummerSlam, the Mexican Aristocrat successfully defended his title against Rey Mysterio. He then attacked Cena the following week after learning he would be challenging him for the title.
However, he had to miss the next week due to visa issues. In the remaining weeks, he only had few confrontations with Cena, who always gained the upper hand in the end.
I won't go through the destiny story and I won't be judging Del Rio's title reign for now. I say let's give him a chance until Hell in a Cell. He'll definitely get his rematch, and he may even win. But will he keep the title longer if he wins?
Anyway, I think Del Rio showed before that he can put on good matches and last night was no different.
As for Cena, there's not much to say. He won Two WWE Titles in two months (three this year). If he loses the title in two weeks, he might still regain it back later. To be honest, such things don't surprise me anymore.
Let's see what both superstars have in store for tonight.
Check this video that was posted by WWE showing Del Rio's reaction backstage after his loss.
I'm not saying the match was bad. In fact, I think it was great, but as soon as things began to look messy, I got lost.
We witnessed impressive performances by both CM Punk and Triple H and the back and forth action was great.
However, things got messy when R-Truth and the Miz came out of nowhere and attacked both superstars. It was obvious that Miz and Truth were coming to cost HHH the match as they dragged Punk over HHH so that the referee could make the count.
However, HHH was able to kick out at the two count. Miz was upset about it and he attacked the referee, Scott Armstrong, who surprisingly blocked Miz's punch attempt and gave him one instead.
But in the end, team Awesome Truth beat the referee and pushed him out of the ring.
John Laurinaitis came in next, but HHH and Punk attacked Miz and Truth and cleared the ring. Next HHH hit the pedigree and waited for the count. As another referee was running, Laurinaitis stopped him. But when Punk hit the GTS and pinned HHH, John told the referee to count.
This was when the dumbest thing happened.
Truth pulled Punk away and attacked him. Okay, Truth, didn't you come in to make sure HHH lost? Punk was one second away from the win. Why did you pull him away? Is this another conspiracy theory?
John Laurinaitis texted someone on his phone and moments later, Kevin Nash, who was fired by HHH, returned.
Nash attacked HHH and then Punk after being attacked. Nash dropped him with a jackknife powerbomb.
HHH nailed Nash with a sledgehammer later and entered the ring to finish off Punk.
Yeah, I know, that was messy and I'm sure you were lost.
But again the match wasn't bad, and even Paul Heyman said via his twitter account, "I thought @CMPunk and HHH (and all the others involved) put on one helluva show. It took 3 Pedigrees and a Jack Knife to beat Punk."
I hope I don't hear people saying Punk was buried. Unfortunately, I already have. In fact, I've been reading this even after he won the WWE Title.
Even though Triple H and CM Punk are in the midst of a heated personal feud, I think there are many other people the COO should worry about.
I'll keep it short.
Miz and R-Truth came in and tried to make him lose. John Laurinaitis came in for the same purpose. And last but not least, Kevin Nash came in and attacked HHH.
Why were they all aiming at HHH? Of course, the answer is obvious. They wanted him to lose and resign from his duties as COO.
But who was behind them? Was it Laurinaitis or was there someone else? What about Stephanie McMahon? Or even Vince McMahon himself?
Whatever the case is, HHH should look for those who want him out and put his differences with Punk aside for awhile.
Hell in a Cell is only two weeks away. That is a very short period to build any new rivalries. But we already have several ongoing rivalries. Among them are—
Kevin Nash versus CM Punk versus HHH
John Cena versus Alberto Del Rio
Mark Henry versus Randy Orton
Cody Rhodes versus Ted DiBiase
Jack Swagger versus Dolph Ziggler
Real Sin Cara versus fake Sin Cara
Sheamus versus Christian
Divas of Doom versus Kelly Kelly and Eve
Air Boom versus Awesome Truth (unless it was over last night)
Justin Gabriel versus Wade Barrett (seems to be developing)
I hope they have less PPVs next year. Two PPVs in two weeks doesn't look good in my opinion.
All thoughts and comments welcome.