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