Night of Champion Review
by, 09-19-2011 at 03:15 AM (2759 Views)
So, this is my first wrestling blog in a LONG, LONG time! So, please bare with me on this one. I'm actually a pretty educated wrestling fan and I actually want to at some point in my life get into the business as booker, or something behind the scenes. Not really sure how just yet, but I'll do it some how. Anyways, enough of that synopsis here is my Review of NOC.
IC Title Match: Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase
It was a good match, it just made Cody look really good and reminded everyone that DiBiase can actually work a ring. But if anyone expected a different outcome they were obviously just started watching on Friday. I expected a much more decisive victory then we got, maybe they will actually take this feud somewhere. But not likely since Ted lacks charisma more times than not.
US Title Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Alex Riley vs. John Morrison vs. Jack Swagger
I went into this match expecting it to be awesome and it did not disappoint. I think Swagger came out of this match looking the best. Resilient and dominant which I think are all things a future champion should be. I knew for a fact that Riley and Morrison weren't going to win this at all since the real program is Swagger/Ziggler. However, the false finish between Riley and Swagger had me on the edge of my seat. Anyways, Ziggler retaining wasn't what I thought was going to happen. I expected a Swagger victory and for him to take Vickie, but I think this storyline is going down the path of turning Swagger face. Which may not be a bad idea. But I'm happy Ziggler kept the belt I'm really enjoying that the mid-card is getting some action.
WWE Tag Team title match: Air-Boom vs. Miz and R-Truth
I figured Air-Boom would score the upset after getting beat by Miz and Truth in singles action on both Raw and Smackdown. However, I thought the booking and psychology of this match was BRILLIANT! It really kept the conspiracy thing going and didn't stale out the tag team division with a decisive win or loss, like what happened years ago with Jeri-Show. I think the match was great wrestling, the storytelling was great. I literally couldn't find one thing wrong with it. I hope to see a rematch at HIAC.
Diva's Championship Match: Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix
Let me be the first to say that I, along with the rest of the world, thought that Kelly Kelly had no chance at Summer Slam and more so at NOC, regardless of it being in Buffalo. I think this is the best match that Kelly Kelly has ever put on. Beth played well to the crowd, even though she is supposed to be a heel. I'm shocked by 1) the superplex and 2) Beth losing a second straight time to Kelly Kelly. I really don't like Kelly, I literally have no idea how she has gotten so over, but I can see why she kept it. But I expect to see a rematch in 2 weeks.
World's Heavyweight Championship Match: Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry
I want to go on record and say that I totally called a clean Mark Henry victory tonight. It would of been extremely poor booking if Henry didn't go over Orton. I thought the match was well done. The psychology was great. The best ring work I think I've ever seen from Henry, and lets also say mic work for this post match promo. I think Orton really put on a great show and carried Henry to a great match, like so many people thought was impossible. They even had me doubting if Henry could get it done and I've been behind Henry since taking out Show. Great match, I'm excited to see where the "Hall of Pain" goes from here.
WWE Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena
After all of the Punk/Cena stuff it would seem that it took TWO transitional Champions, Punk and Del Rio, to make it look like Cena was out of the title picture. But it was not to be. I was behind Del Rio the whole time. I thought the match was great, Del Rio looked awesome and credibile throughout the match which is tough against Cena. I thought ADR needed the belt more than Cena did. But upon further analysis. Del Rio is just really, really boring. He's great in the ring don't get me wrong, but he's really boring and repetitive on the microphone. At least Cena's repetitiveness is entertaining to a degree. So, I'm actually pretty happy that Cena is champion again. It means we'll see an increase in Raw ratings and Cena Merch sales. More money for the WWE I guess.
No DQ Match: CM Punk vs. Triple H
Can you say over-booked? It started off great! The passion was there. It was definitely a fight all the way to the very end. Punk looked awesome as usual, HHH looked as if he had been wrestling all year. But at the end of the day, I just got really confused. The Miz/Truth run in doesn't surprise me, but the fact that they attacked both HHH and Punk does. Then Johnny prevents the ref from counting out Punk, that was cool. but then Truth prevents Punk from pinning HHH? Which confuses me because 3 mins ago they wanted him to win. Then Nash, predictable, runs his course but yet Punk saves HHH? Seriously? Thank goodness for Sledgehammers to end the chaos! A HHH win is perfectly fine and what I expected to keep the story rolling. But goodness over-booked to the MAX!
I thought NOC was a great show. Left a lot of questions for all the feuds, has created the possibility to start more as well. I look forward to Raw tomorrow night and HIAC in two weeks. I give the show a 8/10! One of the best shows of the year. That is the end of my blog. Leave comments let me know what you think. Until next time!