Even the most negative of wrestling marks have to be somewhat excited about the card for WWE Night of Champions. We get to see Seth Rollins in two high profile matches. We might be seeing Kevin Owens’ first run with a major championship. We get to see The Dudley Boyz attempt to make the Tag Team division relevant again. We get to see the exciting conclusion of the exciting Rusev/Ziggler angle… well maybe the last one isn’t that great. Regardless of that bland story, there’s plenty to look forward to at Night of Champions and a lot of different ways things can play out. After the poor booking of RAW this week, where Seth Rollings tapped, there’s almost no way to genuinely predict how WWE might treat their champion.
Here’s the card for the event (in no particular order):
New Day (c) vs. The Dudley Boyz – Tag Team Championship
Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler
The Wyatt Family vs. Reigns, Ambrose and a mystery partner
Nikki Bella (c) vs. Charlotte – Divas Championship
Ryback (c) vs. Kevin Owens – Intercontinental Championship
Seth Rollins (c) vs John Cena – United States Championship
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Sting – WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Here’s our review of what took place. After this point, there will be SPOILERS, So, be warned!
Ryback (c) vs. Kevin Owens
A really intelligent choice to start the show, as these two definitely put on an interesting match. A lot of power moves (obviously) that were creative instead of the same old things, with a clever finish that you rarely see in today’s WWE. The ending came when Owens raked the eyes of Ryback and rolled him up for the quick pin. The lack of a clean finish didn’t diminish Ryback, while it gave us an IC champion that we’re interested in.
Match Winner: Kevin Owens
Match Rating: 7/10
Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler
Finally, the exciting conclusion to the best storyline of the summer!… This has to be the blandest storyline in recent memory and we’re definitely hoping this match will be the end of this garbage. Sadly, we didn’t even get to see Lana and only got Summer Rae…
In terms of the match itself, it wasn’t terrible. Regardless of the embarrassing storyline, these are two talented wrestlers and they still put on a quality match. Dolph Ziggler, though he’s lost some stream over the last few months, is still a fan favorite and one of the most entertaining performers on the roster. Paired with someone like Rusev, they were able to elevate their game and give us a solid match.
Sadly, the ending was terrible, as Summer Rae pitched her heel in the ring, hitting Rusev and letting Ziggler get the win. Terrible ending that hopefully ends this terrible storyline.
Match Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: 4/10
New Day (c) vs. The Dudley Boyz
Admit it, and we’ve said this before, you never expected to like New Day as much as you do now. Now, they’re the top Tag Team in the WWE and will likely stay in that position for the next little while.
This match had a really slow pace about it for the most part, but it definitely picked up towards the end and it was a fun tag match to watch. Also, anytime you get to hear Xavier Woods scream random stuff, you’re gonna enjoy what you’re watching.
Sadly, it was a little bit of a bland ending, as Xavier Woods interrupted the match, giving The Dudley Boyz the win, but keeping the belts in the process.
Match Winner: The Dudley Boyz (Though New Day Retained)
Match Rating: 7/10
Nikki Bella (c) vs. Charlotte
The Divas Revolution is alive and well. After all the introduction of new Divas on the roster, Charlotte has distanced herself from the pack and got her chance to win the Divas crown only months after joining the main roster.
We got a pretty solid technical match here, as Nikki spent the first half of the match working on Charlotte’s knee, which was apparently injured, giving the match a solid pace, along with some interesting storytelling. It made Nikki look more like a champion then they’ve had her look over the last little while.
Then, they forgot their Divas Champion should look like a champion, as Nikki tapped out after Charlotte locked in the Figure Eight. It was the first offensive move from Charlotte in 10 minutes and it made no sense that Nikki would tap out instantly, like she did. Build their matches like you do with the male performers.
Match Winner: Charlotte
Match Rating: 5/10
The Wyatt Family vs. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and a Mystery Partner
Before the match, someone dressed up in Shield attire actually got into the ring, really emphasizing the point that WWE needs to beef up security. Then, a sparkly countdown hit the screen and we knew we’d have Y2J to enjoy for this match. Jericho was introduced as the mystery partner and it kinda made sense considering he’s feuded with Wyatt before.
We got to see our first glimpse of Braun Strowman in the ring and it wasn’t pretty. It was clunky and unimpressive. Ideally, he’ll only be used in this kind of match, as we can’t imagine having to watch him wrestle a lengthy singles match.
In terms of the entire match, it was nothing special, with no creative spots or interesting moves. Y2J played a bit part and we didn’t get as much quality as we would’ve liked from these guys. The end came when Jericho got stuck in the ring alone with Strowman before passing out from his bear hug. Jericho is as classy as always and attempted to put over a younger superstar.
Match Winner: The Wyatt Family
Match Rating: 4.5/10
Seth Rollins (c) vs. John Cena
We definitely didn’t expect them to have Seth Rollins fight two matches in a row to close the show, but it absolutely made for more interesting television. There was no way they’d him lose two matches in a row…right?
Well, for his first match, Rollins put on an absolute classic. John Cena has been putting on five star matches and this one was no different. Each wrestler was creative with their move sets, including John Cena pulling off a hurricanrana that sent Seth Rollins into the turnbuckle.
The end came when John Cena hit Rollins with the AA, getting the pinfall on Rollins and getting back his title. Interesting booking for Rollins to lose clean and after a single finisher, as it doesn’t make the WWE champ look too strong.
Match Winner: John Cena
Match Rating: 9/10
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Sting
Before Sting came out, Rollins tried to leave, but Cena blocked him, give an AA and threw him in the ring. Sting had the advantage from the get go, until Rollins was able to put Sting through the Spanish announce table.
We got another solid match here, although it was a slower paced match than the one we got from Cena/Rollins. We still got some interesting combinations, but, again, not nearly as many the match before.
We got our ending when Rollins managed to roll up Sting out of nowhere and retained the WWE Championship. For Sting to go 0-2 in WWE, in this fashion, is absolutely embarrassing. Sting never wanted to come to WWE in the past and this is likely the reason why. Absolutely terrible.
Then, Sheamus ran out and looked like he’d cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Sadly, Demonic Kane reappeared and blew all of that up. They wasted a Sting title match to have Kane come out and set up a feud with Seth Rollins. Highly, highly dissapointing.
Match Winner: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: 6/10
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