NoDQ.com > Columns > Ack Attack - WWE Night of Champions Review Posted by Ack on 09/16/2013 at 04:48 PM
The show was not the best PPV of 2013, let's just get that out of the way. Most of the stuff at Night of Champions didn't feel like a big deal, even though a few should have. Even the ending to the show felt anticlimactic and really makes me wonder what exactly happened.
Tag Team Turmoil Match
Wow, the crowd was hotter for this match than for most of the stuff on the night. There was nothing special here, but the crowd was determined to make this a hot start to the show, and it worked. Jack Swagger was pretty over in this match, much to my surprise (or shock).
Triple H's Opening Promo
I really wish they would have done this before Night of Champions began. Announcing No-Disqualification for CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman all but guaranteed that Punk was not winning. They really could have hit more buys on that stipulation as well that no one was allowed to interfere in the main event. This was an awful decision to keep till the Pay-Per-View. Having Axel defend the IC title made sense and giving it to Kofi also made sense. This could also have been done before the show, but I'm glad WWE had the IC Title defended.
Oh and why is Triple H playing a babyface against Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel? I don't like the "cool one-liner" Triple H. I want the mean, badass heel Triple H.
Curtis Axel vs. Kofi Kingston
This match ended up being better than I thought it would, and I give credit to both Axel and Kofi for that. Kofi had an excellent near fall with the SOS at the end and the crowd really felt that could have been it. Axel had to win this match and he rightfully did. I still don't see anything in him.
Fatal Four Way Match
AJ Lee vs. Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Brie Bella
Wow Naomi is athletic. Aside from that, there was nothing worth noting in this match. I am surprised that Natalya tapped out clean to AJ Lee though. I figured that would be the future feud and maybe it still is. I wish Natalya would have been protected in this match though.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam
No, this match was not a good one. The finish being weak also didn't help matters. This is not my favorite feud and may be on the bottom of my list for intrigue. TURN RICARDO AWAY FROM ROB VAN DAM! The Coast-To-Coast always looks cool, so a thumbs up to that. The match itself was not a good one. Maybe these two just don't click. They had a not-so-good match a few weeks ago on RAW as well.
The Miz vs. Fandango
Filler stuff. At this point, the question popped up: Is this really a Pay-Per-View? I am again appalled to see Fandango lose clean, but maybe Miz is going to be more involved in the Corporate storyline now. WWE should really realize that if they give away free matches on RAW and then put the same stuff on PPV, the PPV won't sell that well. Seems logical, right? Anyways, this was pointless. Move on.
Handicap Elimination Match
CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman
The Punk-Axel portion of the match was better than I thought it would be, so I credit Axel for impressing me tonight in the ring on one show. His charisma is still bland as hell, and I don't like him. Once Axel was gone, Punk beat Heyman a lot. I don't understand why he had the opportunity to dish out as much punishment as he did with Ryback waiting to come out. It's like Ryback waited for Heyman to get hurt a lot and THEN decided to come out and save the day for him. Stuff like this doesn't make logical sense sometimes.
As for Ryback being the next "Paul Heyman Guy," I am completely fine with that. I know some people are upset that it wasn't Matt Morgan or Luke Gallows, but none of those names are big enough to feud with Punk. Ryback isn't on Punk's level yet, but he can be. These two feuded last year at Hell In A Cell--It will be interesting to see if they rematch this year with roles completely reversed.
Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler
Again, what happened here? This match was nothing of the caliber it should have been. They went about ten minutes, so length wasn't exactly the issue either. I am appalled at how matches just weren't clicking on this pay-per-view. Ambrose winning was the right move, but this match should have been a lot better--like some of their previous RAW encounters.
WWE Tag Team Championship
The Shield vs. The Prime Time Players
This match was decent but also nothing special. The Shield won, like they should have, and PTP gained some momentum. The crowd was more into them than I thought they would be.
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
This match was good. It wasn't great, but it was good. It was hard to get emotionally invested into this match, though, because I'm sure everyone was looking at the ramp the entire time. You knew something had to be up before they went for the finish. I don't understand the referee bump unless it is a major part of the story today about how Armstrong counted a little fast at the end. The climax just felt so weak and when Bryan won, I'm pretty sure 80% of us expected the match to restart or for Triple H to come out and throw out the match. It was not till the WWE Logo showed up in the bottom left that I figured that WWE really is giving Bryan the WWE Championship (at least for now).
Overall, this was the weakest PPV of the year from WWE, which is shocking because of how strong their storylines seemed to be. I hope Bryan vs. Orton/Triple H doesn't take too much of a hit in their momentum because their story has been so much fun so far. As for Punk vs. Heyman/Ryback, I am excited to see the next few steps. I know a lot of people aren't a fan of Bully Ryback, but I like it a lot.
Booker T is the Greatest World Champion? DX are the Greatest Tag Team Champions? Are you kidding me? What nonsense!
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