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.