Sunday, September 19, 2010

9/19/10 Night of Champions

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston (IC Title; if Ziggler gets DQ'd or counted out, Kingston wins IC Title): Good opener. Very lively crowd, good moves, aggression, and near falls. To me, the right man won here. ***

The Big Show vs. CM Punk: So Punk comes out to a huge hometown pop and of course, cuts an awesome promo to get heel heat. Punk had some good moves in, but basically got nuked at the end. Ugh. *1/4

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz (U.S. Title): This is the match I was looking forward to the most, based on the seven months of back story these two have built up. Excellent match. Lots of close near falls. Riley interfering was predictable. Extremely strong match that made both men a star. Vintage Cole going ballistic saying it was a fluke DB win. Great stuff. The only question now: does this feud continue, or does Miz move on? I would think the former -- at least for a little while longer. ***3/4

Michelle McCool vs. Melina (Lumberjill; Women's Title and Divas Title Unification): Honestly, I don't really know what to think about this one. Moves were hit, the Lumberjills picked on McCool, and then Layla decides to just go after Melina even after all the fallout seen on TV. Guess it was all a ruse? Sure. *

Kane vs. The Undertaker (No Holds Barred; World Heavyweight Title): Very good match. Crowd definitely into it from the start, with Taker taking a few good shots. Good job in making Kane look strong, although I thought the finish was a bit abrupt. **3/4

Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith vs. Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre vs. Mark Henry & Evan Bourne vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso (Tag Team Turmoil; Tag Team Titles): OK, WTF kind of crap is this? I personally didn't understand the need to eliminate three teams in a span of five minutes. I would have rather had Hart Dynasty go against Rhodes & McIntyre and leave the others out. Having Rhodes & McIntyre beat two guys thrown together for some reason (and NOT the Hart Dynasty) is pretty much a travesty. Thank you, WWE, for again confirming that the tag team division is really insignificant. 1/4*

Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Wade Barrett (Elimination; WWE Title): The main event was OK. It just seemed like everything was so rushed because there were so many guys. The match stopping when Jericho was eliminated early on looked very awkward. Nexus interfering was predictable. Nice counters throughout the entire match. Cena doing a dropkick probably got the internet people buzzing. Anyway, might as well give the title to the guy that's on a major roll, right? Orton taking the title sets up well if they want to elevate Miz to the main event level. **1/2

MVPs: Daniel Bryan and Miz...they're awesome!

Overall Rating: Overall, to me, the show was nothing spectacular. Nothing in the four-star range for me, although Bryan/Miz was very nice. The six-pack challenge still seemed too rushed, even though it got the most time. Basically, if you paid for this show, you likely got ripped off.

Unfortunately for Jericho fans, the word is tonight was Jericho's last night with WWE. Frankly, I'm sad to see him leave (again). Entertaining on the mic, putting on great matches, and having great feuds (Rey, HBK, etc.). An absolute treat to watch in the ring. The show must go on, however, and it looks like now, Miz could be the man to fill that main event slot void. **

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