3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
- Published on Amazon.com
Two straight below average ppvs from WWE, in a year filled with subpar shows. While this wasn't close to being the worst show of the year, it was certainly not one for the archives either. Other than Orton winning the title, there was absolutely nothing of any note whatsoever on this show. Just a completely skippable ppv. There were really only 2 bad matches, but there were no matches good enough to remotely warrant a purchase of this dvd. If you're a big Orton fan, rent it to see him win the title and also check out the U.S. title match. Matches are rated out of 5 stars (*****).
1. Intercontinental Championship Match (If Ziggler is DQ'd or counted out, the title changes hands)
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
As evidence as to how enthralling this fued has been, going into this match I had no idea who the champion was. Anyway, this was a pretty good opener, probably slightly above the 800 smackdown matches these two have had over the last few months. Athletically, this was quite well worked, but I didn't really care for the psychology (more on that in the divas match). At one point, Kofi could have easily gotten Dolph counted out, which would have won him the title, but instead he threw him back in the ring. WHY? Even the announcers, particularly Michael Cole, pointed out how dumb this was. Finish came when Vickie almost got Dolph DQ'd, and Dolph was distracted and screamed at Vickie. Kofi, like a complete moron, was unable to take advantage of the distracted heel, missed the trouble in paradise, and Dolph hit the zig zag for the pin. Solid opener but I never want to see these two wrestle ever again as long as I live. **1/2
2. CM Punk vs. Big Show
You might be wondering why a non-title match is on a Night of Champions ppv. Don't worry, I am too. Punk, a native of Chicago (where this event was held), was massively cheered despite cutting a promo running down the city's inhabitants before the match. Everything Big Show did (not much) was booed. Let me give you the "highlights" of what happened in this match. Punk did a nice senton to the outside on Show. Spear by Big Show as Punk came off the top rope. Punch by Big Show gets the three. If you are a very, very, very generous soul, you gave this match one star. I decided to cut that in half, just because of how large (and completely undeserved) a burial of CM Punk this was. 1/2*
3. United States Championship Match
The Miz (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
Match of the night, bar none. Crowd, however, was surprisingly dead in the early going. That being said, by the end they were really into this because the work was very good. Miz worked over Bryan's arm for the whole match, and Bryan sold it great. They traded a hundred near falls before Bryan locked in the Lebell lock, and after an epic struggle trying to make the ropes, the Miz tapped out and lost the title. This was a very good match, and a win that Daniel Bryan really needed to have. ***1/2
4. Divas Title/Women's Title Unification "Lumberjill" Match
Melina (dc) vs. Michelle McCool (wc)
My goodness me, where do I begin. Lets start out by talking about the lumberjills. All the girls were on the outside, meaning faces and heels alike. However, the only person in the match they beat up on was McCool, the heel. HUH? What kind of psychology is this? Who books a match where the babyface has every advantage imaginable, and then have them lose? Melina is horrible by the way, as in, like I've never seen so many blown spots in a 5 minute match. Michelle wins with a kick. This offended me. -*1/2
5. World Heavyweight Championship No Holds Barred Match
Kane (c) vs. Undertaker
No, we never needed to see them fued ever again. Yes, they did it anyway. Maybe it's just me, but I actually thought this was better than any match they've ever done. Just my opinion. Not that this was a world beater by any stretch of the human imagination, but I thought it was fine for what it was. That being said, this went far too long, and the crowd was absolutely dead silent for a good portion of this match. They worked hard though, basically just a massive brawl, and they spent about 1 minute in the ring. It was nice to see Kane get a clean win over Undertaker, but I have to say, if they plan on continueing this fued (which they do), I have no earthly idea how Kane beating Undertaker clean as a sheet would lead to a rematch INSIDE HELL IN A CELL. Whatever. This was still better than I expected. **1/4
6. WWE Tag Team Championship Tag Team Turmoil Match
Hart Dynasty (c) vs. The Usos
This lasted about 2 minutes before Tyson Kidd was kicked in the head and pinned. Yes, that's right, the Hart Dynasty, who were champions just shy of 5 months, lost their titles in the first round of a tag team turmoil match, making them look like complete and utter jobbers. This angered me.
The Usos vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov
This was just "comedy." One of the Usos, I have no idea which one, pinned Santino after a samoan drop after some "comedy" involving eye pokes, etc.
The Usos vs. Evan Bourne & Mark Henry
Match as a whole started to pick up at this point. They had a decent little series, and after a Mark Henry powerslam on one of the Usos, Bourne hit a picture perfect shooting star press for the win.
Final: Evan Bourne & Mark Henry vs. Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre
The crowd was shockingly into this match, and it was actually a pretty good little match, mostly involving Drew and Cody getting the heat on Evan Bourne. The problem was, Bourne had to make a hot tag to Mark Henry, who proceded to blow about 18 spots. The most hilarious of which involved Cody Rhodes, who ran towards Mark Henry, and as Henry wound up for a punch, Cody Rhodes flew backwards as if he'd been struck by a bullet train, without even coming close to making contact with Henry's fist. Anyway, it turned into a mele and Rhodes hit Bourne with the crossroads for the win and the Tag Team Titles. Overall, I'd say **1/2
7. WWE Championship 6 pack Challenge Elimination Match
Sheamus (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett vs. John Cena vs. Edge vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho, who is leaving the company, was pinned by Orton after an RKO about 90 seconds in. This was tragic, and a real blow for WWE to take at this time. Anyway, they all stood around and watched Jericho leave as the crowd chanted "Y2J." Cena eliminated Edge with an FU, I mean Attitude Adjustment, I mean "The AA," as it is now being called. Match really slowed to a crawl for a while in the middle, but it started to pick up by the end and turned into a good match. Cena had Barrett in trouble, but Nexus ran in a distracted him, which allowed Barrett to hit the wasteland (a great name) and eliminate Cena. You should have HEARD the joyous reaction this got from the crowd. I mean, after Cena was pinned, people were literally leaping up and down with joy, cheering with all their might. Cena, it should be noted, was booed more than any other person in this match. Can they just turn him heel already? Anyway, Orton was then surrounded by the Nexus, but Cena attacked the Nexus with a steel chair and chased them away, and Orton hit an RKO and eliminated Barrett. Sheamus then hit a Bro-Kick on Orton for a good near fall, went for the High Cross, had it reversed into an RKO and Orton is your new Champion. Slow middle but this was a good match. ***1/4
While not a bad show, per say, this was almost a complete waste of time. Most of the matches were solid, but there is just not enough worthy here to warrant a purchase. Rent it if you're an Orton fan, and while you're at it check out the U.S. title Match, which was very good.
- Published on Amazon.com
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston - For weeks, Kofi had been trying to have a fair chance at regaining his championship but something always goes wrong with either it being other people getting involved (Nexus at SummerSlam) or Dolph using his championship advantage of getting DQ or counted out to retain the title thanks to Vickie Guerrero so this match was made with the stipulations that Dolph will lose the championship on a DQ or countout. Vickie Guerrero came to the ring with her NXT rookie who she had jealous issues with in regards to Dolph that you saw as early as the ring announcement which came into play more as she checked up on Dolph when he went to the outside early in the match causing Vickie to send her to the back. Dolph's gameplan was to keep grounding Kofi with repeated headlocks & competely dominated the first half of the match constantly cutting off Kofi's momentum with moves like Billy Gunn's Fameasser to the point where the announcers got caught up talking about Vickie Guerrero's clothes that got a "Big Daddy V" reference from Matt Striker with Michael Cole actually siding with Striker on how "lovely" Vickie is. Kofi began to pick up the pace with brawling on the outside & even countering Dolph's sleeper into one of his own. Vickie attempted to get involved before Dolph had to remind her that he'll lose the title if she does before being able to capitalise on Kofi missing a key move to retain the title. This is the fifth match they've had in a series of two months & this was one of my least favorite encounters between these two.
Big Show vs. C.M. Punk - This match was for the championship of...wait a minute, this wasn't a championship match on a PPV based around it being all title matches. Anyways, they were in Punk's hometown of Chicago which got him a huge ovation until he heeled the crowd to boo him. Punk's offense was useless against Show early before Show delievered a chop so strong that it knocked him out of the ring. Punk was able to kick Show in the jaw on the floor & delievered a dive onto the outside on Show before constantly using his kicks to keep Show down. Show was able to regain momentum delivering a tackle to Punk in midair before delievering his knockout punch. The match was just average & nothing special...just like this entire feud.
United States Champion The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan - As it's become in the past few months whenever The Miz or Bryan is involved in a match, if you get annoyed by Michael Cole then turn the volume on MUTE as he once again goes into heavy "heel" mode here while Miz came out with his ex-NXT rookie from season two in Alex Riley. Bryan went for his LaBell lock early before Miz went working over Bryan's arms & shoulders with various armbars & a shoulderbreaker straight out of the pages of "Arn Anderson" according to Matt Striker. Bryan was able to regain momentum with a suicide dive onto Miz on the outside before both men had a dueling fist fight against each other. Bryan ended up getting croched on the top rope before Miz was able to deliever a clothesline off the top rope that landed Bryan on the top of his head. Riley got involved as expected but that didn't stop Bryan as he ended up pulling off a victory that not only had Michael Cole upset but Miz in tears.
Unification/Lumberjill Match: Divas Champion Melina vs. Womens Champion Michelle McCool - A couple of notes here is that ALL the divas at ringside were heavily biased towards Melina since McCool & Layla managed to upset the entire womens division with their antics & with Layla being upset on how Michelle set it up for her to be the one defending the Womens Championship, Layla made it clear that Michelle was on her own in this match. McCool tried to attack Melina while she did her splits entrance but Melina was flexable enough to avoid McCool as she slid right through Melina's legs. They got real aggressive with the tieup to the point where it spilled to the outside of the ring before McCool ended up slapping one of the lumberjacks. At one point, Melina took a nasty fall to the outside as McCool yanked her hair that flipped her off the top rope to the floor...where none of the divas touched her & even began to rally behind Melina. Natayla tried to get her shots in on McCool before all the rest of divas joined in on Michelle (TWICE) leading to a suprise appearence from Layla that resulted in not just a new Unified Divas Champion...but co-Unified Divas Champions. The match was nice but didn't measure up to their match against each other last year.
No Holds Barred Match: World Champion Kane vs. Undertaker - This match was so personal that Taker did something that was so unlike him & attacked Kane on the ramp during his entrance leading to a brawl on the set all the way to the ring with Kane getting the advantage by ramming Taker's head into the steps before dominating most of the match. Taker was able to get his shots in such as leaping over the barricade onto Kane but Taker already came into the match weakened & Kane just continued to beat on Taker until he was completely drained on his way to victory to the point where it took Taker a long time to leave the ring having the announcers question if this was the last of Undertaker. This was their best match they've had IMO since their first feud back in '98 as it told the story of Taker being weakened over time very well.
Tag Team Turmoil Match: Unified Tag Team Champions Hart Dynasty vs. Usos vs. Santino Marella & Vladmir Kozlov vs. Mark Henry & Evan Bourne vs. Drew McIntyre & Cody Rhodes - For those who don't already know, this was a glorified gauntlet match in that two teams start & whoever wins the match between those teams stays while the other team is eliminated & another team comes out for another match as this series continues until the team who wins the final fall becomes the new champions. Most of the falls here didn't last more than maybe 2 mins. at the most with the only highlights being the Dynasty becoming the first team eliminated, the continued teasing between Santino & the Usos' manager Tamina, and the eventual new crowning of Drew & Cody as champions. This match really came off as nothing more than a quick filler (it wasn't even announced this match was happening or who the teams were until this match happened) just to just do the title switch.
Elimination Match: WWE Champion Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. Wade Barrett - The rules for this match were that all six men could be in the ring at the same time but it was under elimination rules meaning that this match didn't end after one person got a fall. As expected in these multiman matches, it was non-stop action with plenty of moments & highlights such as the first quick elimination that was so shocking that everyone stopped since they didn't believe what they just saw to the point where another wrestler had to ask "was that really three?", Barrett being on the recieving end of a multiman attack, the constant teasing & eventual matchup between Orton & Cena, the appearence of Nexus, and Randy Orton going crazy & giving an RKO to anyone in sight. Like I said, this match was exactly what you would expect under these conditions which was an entertaining bout.
So in the end, this wasn't as bad as the first Night Of Champions back in 2007 but was equal to the 2008 one where some the matches were better than average (Six Pack Challenge, Taker/Kane, Miz/Bryan) while others I feel were just watchable (Show/Punk, Dolph/Kofi, McCool/Melina) or were just a filler (Tag Team Turmoil) but there wasn't a match on here I concider a classic or one you absolutely have to go out of your way to see so I recommend this for a rental & see how you feel afterwards.