WWE Night of Champions 2011: BOOM Recap of the Event from Someone Who Was There

John KindelanAnalyst IIISeptember 19, 2011

WWE Night of Champions 2011 was live from Buffalo NY, and we Buffalonians BOOMed that arena for the event like no other city.

The crowd was electric and incredibly loud.

Filled to the rafters, we made the ground shake with each match. And if you were watching at home, you know what kind of crowd Buffalo brings to the show and why we have a 12th Man plaque in our Buffalo Bills stadium.

I'll give a quick recap of each match, just like all the other articles are doing on here today, but I'll add the BOOM factor, which, in my opinion, was the highlight of the match.

I hope the set of the Night of Champions looked as great on TV as it did in person, towering pillars from the floor to the ceiling and gigantic banners displaying each of the titles.

A site to behold and just as impressive as the Armageddon set up back in 2008 when Jeff Hardy won the title here in Buffalo.

First match of the night: Tag Team Championships

This was a great back-and-forth match between two highly-skilled teams.

The way these four individuals worked together really showed the skills they all posses.

Air Boom came off with the win, even though the match was filled with controversy surrounding false tags, wrong participants and missed pin counts.

The frightening Mark Henry, sorry about the zoom pic taken with iPad
The frightening Mark Henry, sorry about the zoom pic taken with iPad

The BOOM Factor:

While great wrestling skills and ring management were abound in this match nothing topped the opening song that R-Truth and Miz did as they came to the ring.

Same music, new lyrics for R-Truth's "What's Up" song, with a new refrain of "You Suck" sung at the Buffalo crowd.

It really got them going and made the first match of the night a fantastic start to the evening.

Cody Rhodes vs. Ted Dibiase Jr. for the Intercontinental title

Thanks to a great new device they sell at live events, I was able to listen to the commentary of the show that everyone at home was hearing.

A good thing for this match, as the back-and-forth between Cole, Booker and King seemed more fast-paced than this match.

A "boring" chant began to ring out in the crowd, and people soon found the concession stands a bit busier while Cody and Ted put on a match not worthy of a pay-per-view.

Cody walked out the champion, leaving Ted what he was before, a guy without a direction.

The BOOM Factor:

Booker and Cole went back and forth on the issue of fans putting the bags on their heads.

Cena and Del Rio
Cena and Del Rio

Cole insisted that people do it because they don't like what they see when they look in the mirror, and Cody was trying to help them.

Booker went off on how its insulting and demeaning, and King made comments about Buffalo, and how some of us should be wearing bags on our heads.

We then have Christian come out in street clothes and begin a chant of "one more match."

Why the crowd got behind him after he mocked our city and cracked a few Superbowl jokes (how we haven't won, and will never win), is beyond me.

Sheamus came out to interrupt, talked about his uncle's green testicle (yep) and ended the discussion between the two of them with a brogue kick to the face.

The Fatal Four-Way for the US Title: Morrison, Ziggler, Swagger and Alex Riley

This match was full of so many highlights, it was tough to keep track and take notes.

The one thing that wasn't hard to keep track of was Vickie Guerrero.

Those white pants of hers could be seen from our seats up in the suite section. Not a good choice Vickie, not a good choice.

Ziggler retains by stealing the win from Swagger.

The crowd goes wild for Phoenix
The crowd goes wild for Phoenix

The BOOM factor:

There was a great flip from Morrison where he dropkicked Ziggler and landed on Swagger for a pin attempt.

Riley, "laid out" on the floor, could be seen clearly watching the match. 

Morrison tossing Riley from a Tree of Whoa position was outstanding. 

Swagger tossing Ziggler from the top rope steals yet another Kurt angle move.

But the big shocker in Buffalo was the reaction when Riley almost won the title—the place erupted! 

The match for the World Heavy Weight Championship: Henry vs. Orton

First off, Mark Henry in person is huge.

It looked like someone was driving a car into the ring. Nope, that's just Mark making his way into the squared circle.

It was a slow match of Henry taking his time decimating Orton.

He just dominated the whole night, delivering two world's strongest slams and ended up winning the title.

The BOOM factor:

Mark Henry is a scary man.

The video preview before the match really built him up, and his speech afterwards was powerful and frightening.

This championship reign should be one to watch.

Watch for more articles from me as I really get behind the World's Strongest Man as he tears up the WWE.

The Diva Champion match: Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix

Or should we call this the highway robbery of hometown girl Beth Phoenix?

Michael Cole said it best during the match, Kelly Kelly is not used to the crowd reaction she got that night.

The reaction to Beth Phoenix and this match was like nothing the WWE has seen before.

The fans were so behind Beth to win in her hometown that when she lost the match, you thought for sure there would be a riot or at least debris hitting the ring.

Instead a chant of "Bull...." something or other rang loud.

The BOOM factor:

When the lights went dark and the screen turned to an ad filler space, Beth climbed out of the ring and blew kisses to the crowd.

We went wild, disappointed our girl with her class and performance lost in the ring.

She left as a champion to us.

The WWE Championship match of Alberto Del Rio and John Cena

As loud as the chants were for Beth Phoenix, the crowd back-and-forth of "Lets go, Cena!" followed by "Cena sucks!" were deafening.

Buffalo wasn't cheering for Del Rio, they were just screaming out their "Cena sucks" chants as loud as they could to drown out the clearly younger-voiced chant for Cena.

It was a good match between the two, with a surprise ending. Well, a surprise for me anyway.

I thought Del Rio would have held onto his belt a little longer.

Cena won with an STF in the center of the ring and Del Rio never even looked close to getting out of it.

The BOOM factor:

Cena entering the match in Del Rio's car, and doing his own introduction, referring to himself as the fighting fruity pebble.

The crowd reaction to Cena and the win was the biggest pop of the match. 

Triple H vs. CM Punk

A non-championship match ended the Night of Champions.

Fans ran to merchandise stands to see if CM Punks' ice cream bar shirt he was wearing was available to us—sadly, no.

Some early-on announcer's table chaos did something fantastic that really helped out the rest of the match.

Somehow, it made Michael Cole lose his voice completely and Booker and King ran with the ball and did a fantastic job on commentary.

This no-disqualification match ran through the crowd, saw chairs, hammers and interference from R-Truth and Miz and finally the return of Kevin Nash.

Triple H walked out the victor, but this story between these competitors is not over yet.

It will be interesting to see how the Nash factor plays out tonight on Monday Night Raw.

The BOOM factor:

Without a doubt, the biggest BOOM of the night was when CM Punk, in Macho Man style, delivered a flying elbow to Triple H from the post to outside the ring on the Spanish announcer's table.

Incredible!

Hope you enjoyed my brief recap of the event. I had a fantastic time at the show, and I hope our Buffalo crowd sounded as good if you were watching at home as it did in the arena.  

Be sure to check out more of my articles here on Bleacher Report and over on The BOOM page where I talk about WWE, Pop Culture and Buffalo, NY. 

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