Harrison's Flashback Analysis: WWE Night of Champions 2009 Review

Andre Harrison@@Harrison101HDCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2010

Harrison's Flashback Analysis: WWE Night of Champions 2009 Review

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    Hello everyone, Harrison here with another review. Now, here's a nice idea, every month from now on, when there's a WWE Pay-Per-View, I'll go back and review the previous years version, in something I like to call; "Harrison's Flashback Analysis". Catchy eh?

    So, unfortunately, if I was doing this, literally to the month, I'd be reviewing WWE's Breaking Point...You know, that one where the WWE basically gave Montreal the finger and repeated the Montreal Screwjob for the 917th time? Yeah, that one. Unfortunately, for the 2010 year, they moved Night of Champions from July, to September, so that gives me an easy excuse to review last year's Night of Champions instead. Wahey! 

    So, let's have a look at the night that provided a rematch of a Wrestlemania 24 Main Event, the beginning of Chris Jericho's resurgence of the WWE's tag team division, and Jeff Hardy surprising everyone by winning the World Heavyweight Championship. Let's take a closer look, here, on The Harrison 'Flashback' Analysis!

Chris Jericho and The Big Show vs Legacy (Unified Tag Team Championship)

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    Chris Jericho and The Big Show vs The Legacy (Unified Tag Team Championship)

    Match Result: The Big Show makes Ted DiBiase submit with the Colossal Clutch

    Match Length: 9:32

    Hmm, was I the only one who was a little underwhelmed at first with Chris Jericho’s massive announcement that The Big Show was going to be his partner? I know I was. But it made sense. Why not have the world’s largest athlete aligned with the best in the world? It made sense now right? Of course it did, this was the beginning of an almost single handed resurgence of Tag Team Wrestling in the WWE, courtesy of Chris Jericho. Wish I could say that about the division now…If I can even call it that now.

    As for the match itself, the WWE booked them into a corner on this one by making this match a heel vs heel match. It meant that the crowd sat on their hands as they didn’t know who to cheer for. It did hurt the match a tad. It was okay, it would have been fine for a Main Event on Raw or Smackdown, but on Pay-Per-View, it just felt a little flat really. Chris Jericho did his best, but the crowd had no reason to care about any of Legacy’s offence. Nice warm-up, but nothing more.

    Harrison Match Rating: 2.25 Stars out of 5

Tommy Dreamer vs Christian (ECW Championship)

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    Tommy Dreamer vs Christian (ECW Championship)

    Match Result: Christian regains the ECW Championship with a Killswitch

    Match Length: 8:31

    Again, booking into a corner, only this time, with the exact opposite situation to the last match, this time, with two faces facing each other. However, Christian is very good at getting the crowd into matches, so the problem that the previous Tag Team has was pretty much eliminated. The thing with Christian is that he doesn’t have to hit a ton of dangerous spots to get crowds excited, and he’s always been really solid and professional. Only problem was that Dreamer and Christian aren’t outstanding together in the ring, especially when Jack Swagger had a much bigger feud with Christian when he first came back, earlier in the year.

    I appreciate the work by both men here, and the mild storytelling that these two respected one another (One-ups-man-ship is an easy but effectively story to tell), but I felt that the match never really got out of first gear, when those two are capable of much better…Ask Jack Swagger, he’ll tell you. *coughs* Backlash *coughs*.

    Harrison Match Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5

Six Pack Challenge for the United States Championship

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    Kofi Kingston vs Carlito vs Jack Swagger vs MVP vs The Miz and Primo (Six Pack Challenge for the United States Championship)

    Match Result: Kofi Kingston retains with a Trouble In Paradise to Carlito

    Match Length: 8:22

    Let’s cut to the chase here, this was an 8-Minute spot fest. I normally have no issue with that, however, I don’t like spotfests where no-one sells anything and the spots have no purpose. Which was basically what this match was for 8 Minutes?  I’d say so. Everyone looked good and the spots were good, but there was no real substance to the match until the last 30 seconds when Carlito turned heel on Primo, only to be caught out by a recovering Kofi Kingston.

    This match I’m sure would have had a very divided opinion. I’d wager that some loved it, and some just saw it as a car crash. I’m in the middle, I enjoyed it, but it won’t be to everyone’s taste. There were enough guys to keep the match from getting stale and boring, but too many to have a really clear story throughout.

    Harrison Match Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

Michelle McCool vs Melina (Women's Championship)

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    (Thanks to Dan M for reminding me that I forgot this match)

    Michelle McCool vs Melina (Women's Championship)

    Match Result: McCool retains with a roll-up

    Match Length: 6:12 

    This was a real breath of fresh air. This is what happens when the WWE's 2 top women work at their full potential. When you see matches on TV from the men, they often have a very set formula. However in this case, from the moment McCool baseball slid Melina off the apron when she was doing her split leg entrance (Which was AWESOME by the way), I knew that this match was going to be different from the norm.

    And it was. They basically said: "Okay Melina and Michelle, here's 6 Minutes, do what you like, go crazy." I've said for years that Melina Perez should be doing the booking for the women, her creative juices were flowing here, with some very unique and innovative spots, like the barricade work, leg-locks, and the crossbody that ultimately led to Melina's downfall. An excellent women's match and one of the best in Mainstream Wrestling in recent years.

    Harrison Match Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

Randy Orton vs John Cena vs Triple H (WWE Championship)

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    Randy Orton vs John Cena vs Triple H (Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship)

    Match Result: Randy Orton retains with an RKO to John Cena

    Match Length: 22:19

    Very good match. I wasn’t expecting great things here, mainly because of their roles beforehand. With this constant hate for Cena’s five moves of doom (Don't get me started on how wrong that is), Randy Orton holding back because of fears the crowd may start cheering for him, and Triple H’s constant snarling. How WRONG was I?! Main reason why I was wrong was the crowd itself. When the crowd is really into a match, it always adds that little something to the atmosphere. And I also loved Cena’s character, playing to the crowd when he went for the usual “Five-Knuckle Shuffle” spot; the crowd was booing as well as cheering, and Cena urged them to cheer louder. Clever, as well as the crowd being unsure and intrigued when Randy tapped to a double submission hold.

    The wrestling here for the most part was very entertaining, even if it was in the classic WWE Triple Threat mould of it being a singles match with a revolving door, but it made sense. Triple H and John Cena uniting for the moment fighting against the common enemy until one man went for a pin on Orton. However, I only have one major issue that stops it entering the 4 Star range, and that was the finish. The only reason this match was where it was, was because of the Legacy interference, and the clunker finish. How can Randy Orton tap out and still retain the Championship?! Tad annoying, and that’s why it gets a 3 and 3/4 Star Rating. Not quite as good as their Wrestlemania 24 Match, but still very good and definitely worth a watch. 22 Minutes of fun.

    Harrison Match Rating: 3.75 Stars out of 5

Maryse vs Mickie James (Divas Championship)

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    Mickie James vs Maryse (Divas Championship)

    Match Result: Mickie James retains with a Mickie-DT

    Match Length: 8:36

    Look at the length of the match here. Yup, this match was longer than the Six Pack Challenge, and the ECW Championship Match. So you’d think that Mickie James and Maryse would be able to have a match on the level of McCool and Melina. It wasn’t. If the first women’s match showed the full potential of the WWE’s women’s division, this match showed just how bad it can be as well. This match dragged on and on, there was hardly anything special about it, and it was just bland in every way.

    Remember how I said that the crowd can always add to the match, well they were dead for this one, and I wouldn’t be surprised if half of them were in the snack aisle or buying more merchandise. Dare I say it, given the level of those two, and after the very good WWE Championship Match, they shouldn’t have given those two, 8 minutes. Because it felt like 10-15 and the cool-down period after the first main event was just too long. Worst match of the night, and by some margin.

    Harrison Match Rating: 1 Star out of 5 (Trash of the Night)

Rey Mysterio vs Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental Championship)

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    Rey Mysterio vs Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental Championship)

    Match Result: Rey Mytserio retains with a 619.

    Match Length: 14:20

    Rey Mysterio made a star out of Dolph Ziggler in this match. Ziggler stepped up and delivered. What held this match back was, dare I say, Rey Mysterio. He let Dolph Ziggler dictate the offence, while Rey pretty much oversold and did nothing else. I get that maybe Rey wanted to put Ziggler over, but not putting up a fight is not going to do, especially if Dolph Ziggler isn’t in the same league as Rey Mysterio is, popularity wise. It’s why the crowd crapped all over it.

    This match proves that it takes two men to put on a memorable match. I can’t stand a match where the heel beats the face for 99% of the time, only for the face to hit their finisher and win. The quality was there from Ziggler, but Rey didn’t do himself, or Dolph any favours. Thank goodness for their rematch at Summerslam, otherwise Ziggler’s push would have been knocked down faster than a Randy Orton backstage job.

    Harrison Match Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

CM Punk vs Jeff Hardy (World Heavyweight Championship)

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    CM Punk vs Jeff Hardy (World Heavyweight Championship)

    Match Result: Jeff Hardy regains with the Swanton Bomb

    Match Length: 14:56

    Man I loved this feud. A slowly turning heel CM Punk with his Straight Edge lifestyle against Jeff Hardy’s “live for the moment” lifestyle. What’s funny about that though, was that CM Punk was the heel, preaching a good lifestyle. Imagine the mixed messages involved in that…”Hey, I don’t like that CM Punk’s attitude, I’m going to stick it to the man by popping some pills when I get home.” See what I mean. But CM Punk is that match was superb with his subtle, yet meaningful heel tactics. He was like a more athletic version of Chris Jericho. A heel CM Punk was ten times better than the neutral wild card CM Punk, that reminded me a lot of vanilla.

    He was almost too good, because Hardy was a little sloppy in this one, while a heel CM Punk was golden tonight and was the real star, despite losing. Punk had never had a better crowd reception before this night. Line of the night by Punk: “I got paint all over me!” Thank goodness they kept him heel. This match was very entertaining, and because the finish wasn’t dusty, I’m going to declare this my match of the night, over the WWE Championship Triple Threat. Very good stuff.

    Harrison Match Rating: 3.75 Stars out of 5 (Match of the Night)

Overall Show Thoughts and Conclusion

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    This was a very good show for the most part. I like Pay-Per-Views that have a lack of gimmicks, it means I can focus more on the quality of the Wrestling, which was pretty good here. There was 5 Matches scored 3 Stars or higher, including the best WWE Women's matches of the year, and there was a solid level of consistency here. There was some little things I could mention, such as the end of the WWE Title Match, Maryse and Mickie, and the lack of effort from Rey, but besides that, it was a very solid show. I can't quite say it's a recommendation (8.0 or higher), but it was a show that you could watch without any major issue and be satisfied with. |Check it out, you won't regret it.

    If you've made it this far, drop me a comment on what you thought of last year's Night of Champions Pay-Per-View, and while you're at it, let me know what you thought of my column, I always appreciate feedback, and I'd love to know what you though, as I want to be as good a writer I can for you, the Bleacher Report readers. Thanks for reading, I've been Harrison, and that was your "Flashback" Analysis. Sayonara!

    + Both World Championship Matches, Melina/McCool, Six Pack Challenge, Ziggler

    - Maryse/Mickie, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho/Legacy

    Harrison's WWE Night of Champions 2009 Rating: 7.75 out of 10