WWE – Night Of Champions 2014 (Cert 15)
1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 166 minutes approx.
The fallout from Summerslam is usually the basis for the annual Night Of Champions show, so-called as it was originally designed to be a show where every championship would be defended. This was of course when there two brands and an overabundance of titles; now it’s just a regular PPV.
The big news is that WWE rushed the rematch between Brock Lesnar and John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Title, which seems a rash move considering not just the punishment Cena took in the last match but how this eats into the limited remaining dates Lesnar has on his contract.
The show took place on September 21st at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee before approximately 11,000 fans and our commentators as always are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL. As ever, while my match review won’t contain any results, expect plenty of opinion.
WWE Tag Title Match – The Usos (c) vs. Goldust & Stardust
The usual good match between these two teams featuring solid work, high flying action and tons of near falls. The two Dusts turned heel prior to this by attacking the Usos on RAW, then claimed they were searching for the Cosmic Key. You can probably guess what they may be. Good opener but with the paucity of tag teams it is a match we’ve seen before and will no doubt see again ad infinitum.
WWE US Title Match – Sheamus (c) vs. Cesaro
Someone much have been watching the New Japan Pro Wrestling annual G1 Climax tournament which took place around the same time as this PPV, as this match was very much in the same vein as the “Strong Style” way the Japanese like to work. In other words, they pounded the holy hell out of each other with stiff shots and countered all their big moves with even bigger moves. Real fun match between two big bulls.
WWE IC Title Match – Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. The Miz
This match was largely a backdrop for the guest commentators, a country music duo called Florida Georgia Line (me neither) – one of whom looks like Heath Slater while the other resembled Chris Jericho! To demonstrate how into the WWE product they are, they couldn’t even remember the name of the show they will perform at in the future (Tribute To The Troops)! Miz had Damien Mizdow as his “stunt double” and Ziggler had R-Truth as his. This was more about Mizdow and the country boys then anything despite Ziggler working his butt off as usual.
Seth Rollins came to the ring and for the second time in three months on PPV his scheduled match was scratched as his opponent Roman Reigns was hospitalised with a hernia problem that required surgery. Rollins again called to be declared the winner by forfeit when a taxi is shown arriving and Dean Ambrose jumps out! Rollins took Ambrose out on RAW after Summerslam by hitting the Curb Stomp on a cinder block (which wrote Ambrose off TV while he made a film) so Dean was naturally seeking revenge.
Mark Henry vs. Rusev
The latest chapter of the outdated US vs Russia feud continues with Mark Henry stepping up to represent the Stars and Stripes against the evil foreigner. Despite the huge patriotic drive to build this match up the crowd was rather quiet. Average big man match in that it was slow and economic in its range of moves.
Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton
Orton attacked Jericho on RAW because he felt like leading to this match. The real reason was that Jericho was heading off again to tour with his band Fozzy and decided he wanted Orton to be his last match before he went – because if anyone needs the rub it’s that young up and comer Orton. A very well worked match which serves as greatest hits type deal between two top tier names putting their experiences to good use.
WWE Divas Title Match –Paige (c) vs. AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella
This is a rematch of the rematch of the rematch but with the addendum of Nikki Bella, a reward from Stephanie McHelmsley for betraying Sister Brie at Summerslam. Of course this makes no sense since Steph punished Nikki for Brie slapping here yet she chose to blame brie for this and not her tormentor. Still “WWE booking” and “logic” are seldom bedfellows so… Solid match which was given a positive energy boost by Nikki’s presence – words I never imagined I’d ever type.
WWE World Heavyweight Title Match – Brock Lesnar (c) vs. John Cena
After being totally demolished at Summerslam, Cena gave a lot more than he took this time around but Brock was still a beast. This was also the first PPV to feature the new title belt with the new WWE logo. Match was a step down from prior encounters between these two but still a hard hitting effort, hampered further by the lousy ending which may have made sense storyline wise but is not something to pull on a PPV.
It’s becoming hard to not be repetitive in my summaries about WWE PPVs but when the booking and presentation is firmly entrenched in the status quo I can only reflect accordingly to what I am given. The wrestlers themselves can’t be faulted as they always work hard but with very few making any forward progression in terms of stories and in the rankings there is little encouragement to muster any real enthusiasm.
A solid and entertaining show but nothing newsworthy or anything that we’ve not seen before.
Best Match – Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton
English & Spanish Language
Night of Champions Kickoff – The Peep Show with Chris Jericho
Home Video Exclusive – Byron Saxton interviews AJ Lee
Home Video Exclusive – Tom Phillips interviews Goldust and Stardust
Blu Ray Only:
Monday Night RAW 18th August 2014
Brock Lesnar is Awarded the New WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Monday Night RAW 25th August 2014
Hall of Fame Panel with Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels & Ric Flair
Monday Night RAW 1st September 2014
Stephanie McMahon Grants Nikki Bella a Shot at the Divas Championship
Smackdown 12th September 2014
Chris Jericho & Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton & Seth Rollins
Rating – *** ½
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