Views From The Turnbuckle: Night Of Champions Review, Orton Vs Bryan, Ryback As Heyman Guy
The tag-team title match was a really nice match that the WWE has to be feeling pretty good about. The Prime Time Players came up short, but they put on a pretty good show and the crowd was definitely pretty over with the crowd, especially Titus O'Neill. The tag-team division is pretty much a crapshoot of talent, so if one team is actually getting a good response from the crowd, then they should be pegged to go far within the division.
The standards for a Divas Title match is honestly pretty low, but tonight I think all four girls put on a pretty entertaining show. AJ Lee continued to assert herself as the dominant woman in the division, but the three other women got some good spots in. Naomi definitely gained the most tonight, as she displayed some great athleticism that has frankly been lacking in the WWE's Divas division for some time. The girls deserve a nice pat on the back for tonight's great effort.
Seeing the United States Title get defended was a nice treat, especially because it was Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler. Both men are excellent in the ring and among the best sellers in wrestling. Although I'm a big Ambrose fan and I'm glad he retained the title, I hate what the WWE is currently doing with Ziggler. Ziggler went from being really over to jobbing out to some mid-carders, and his downward spiral continues to kill his momentum.
I think that the Divas title match was too exciting, so the WWE trotted out Fandango vs The Miz so that everybody could get in their bathroom/snack break.
The Intercontinental Title actually did get defended, as Curtis Axel pulled double duty as he opened the card against Kofi Kingston. Kofi got the best possible match out of Axel, and the crowd actually got pretty into it. Axel got a nice win on a ppv and the match nicely opened up the show.
Triple H's promo at the start of the show was very confusing, because if you didn't know any better, you could swear he was a face. He got the cheap pops, did the whole "Are you ready?" bit and laid down the law on the conniving Paul Heyman. Why would Triple H do this? One could argue that they did it to add more depth to his character, but I also think that it could be because Triple H wants to be a heel, but still be able to go out and get face pops from the crowd.
Overall I think that Night of Champions was a very well wrestled show, as most of the matches were pretty well done. The booking of the matches is what I am skeptical about, as the WWE made some really questionable decisions that may never end up working out.
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