Well the Fates attempted to have their way with me last Sunday as I thought I would have to choose between Night of Champions and the Sunday Night Football Manning vs. Manning extravaganza. Luckily the bar I frequent for my WWE watching was playing both. This was only mildly distracting as it became obvious that big brother Manning was handing out whippings and little brother Manning was going to be taking them.
So I was then able to devote all of my attention to Night of Champions. Overall it seemed to be a solid pay per view. I really am enjoying the average number of matches at a pay per view and was really startled when I heard that Hell in the Cell was going to be happening just 2 weeks later. Yikes!! Talk about a fast turnaround can you even build something that anyone wants to watch by then?
It's not just a time issue, it's a finance issue. In the current economy yes people can rationalize one WWE 'splurge' pay per view a month. Two, even if it technically falls in the next month, can be easily considered missable. I just think this quick turnaround will burn the WWE in the end seeing as I have not decided yet if it is worth going to the bar for.
With that said and me still trying to decide if I will leave the house for Hell in the Cell I realized that they had better do a really good job of set up in Night of Champions to meet that two week pay per view deadline. So you have my attention, wow me, sell me.
The Ziggler Kingston match moved well. I think Dolph Ziggler is highly underrated. He has a very impressive flow in ring and I think his 'character' is finally catching up. Little more work with Mrs. Guerrero and I think people will be able to truly enjoy his work like with all the really good heels. You know the guys that are so good that you find yourself laughing instead of booing. On a side note, Dolph at a house show is a different beast, truly entertaining when the cameras aren’t rolling.
Kofi feels like he's leveled out. Not in a bad way just in a 'this is where I'm comfortable' way. I'd like to see a storyline that pushes him out of that comfort zone, really asks for more. I think a lot of people would be surprised with the results. It was a solid match but it was more about the match than about context, even with the talented Mrs. Guerrero doing her thing and a title on the line.
I'm usually quite a CM Punk basher. And I now realize it was because this guy is not a face. This guy should never have been a face. And now that he's not I will right here right now eat my words and sing the praises of CM Punk on the mic. His hazing of his hometown crowd was a thing of beauty. I found the match with Big Show engaging and entertaining. Mostly because I love the Big Show but more because CM Punk is becoming a great guy to watch get menaced.
Call it Fate or Karma or whatever you believe in, the unfortunate injury or public relations issues that have plagued the Straight Edge Society has made it impossible for Punk to stand behind others and the gimmick is better for it. This was the most fun match of the night. And I have to say a special 'Thank You' to CM Punk for making last week's episode of NXT watchable.
I really wanted Daniel Bryan to win but I didn't think I'd get it. Which from crowd reaction seemed to be the general consensus. So the next time fans get out of hand talking about creative not giving them what they want, Night of Champions should be the card pulled to negate that thought. We got what we wanted, the Miz tapped out. Now for months in arenas around the world the fans can graciously regale him with a rhythmic retelling of his recent shame.
I know there are mixed reviews on Daniel Bryan and I'm not talking about Michael Cole's attempt to resurrect the 'heel' commentator. I'm talking about the people that don't like what he brings to the table. You have the guys that have the look and feel, the sheer charisma that carries a long way. But there has to be levels, everybody can't be the Rock, literally and figuratively. Then why would the Rock be so special. I want the work horse back. It's one of those elements that just give the writers and others more to work with. It makes the thing grander when everyone is just different enough.
The match was pretty predictable right up to the finish which was sweet and poetic. I suppose the arenas chanting Daniel Bryan and the confiscated signs actually paid off. I dub Daniel Bryan the Grassroots Champion.
The LayCool thing is actually getting better. And the use of all the Divas for the unification match was an appropriate send off. I am old school through and through and my goodness I didn't know how much it would pain me to see the Women's title go till it was gone, replaced by the frilly, lacey Divas championship. Feels like throwing out the pants your gender fought for to re-lace that corset. Made the match a little bittersweet cause no one wins.
However Layla pouting at ring side nearly made me miss most of the match. As well as the 'selective' lumber jacking, which was actually I think the truest part of the match and thus quite hilarious. Michelle and Melina gave the match I expected. It moved well had great hijinks and ended just like you thought it would. With the BFF's making up and celebrating their victory.
I’ve been enjoying Kane and Taker because of Kane. I think it’s great that he is headlining right now. I suppose my only issue with it is the way it is being done. The whole Taker powers Kane powers thing. I don’t mind the cheesy of the powers I’ve always dug the fact that the supernatural edge has never been dropped. Keeps the characters pure. There is just something about it all that feels so dirty. It’s like watching Lex Luthor actually defeat Superman. The Joker killing off a Robin, you know, dirty. And if that is what they are going for, they are winning cause I cringed the entire match and I just don’t know how much more Superhero destruction I can take from this rivalry. The ultimate Kane vs. Abel tale and man does it feel like it.
The surprising Tag Team Turmoil was shades of the good old days and a good way to let some of the younger generation tag teams get into something with some of the interesting tag team pairings. My only issue was that it moved too fast. It's was like a series of matches that didn't take time to appreciate themselves. With the exception of Koslov and Santino. Of course it goes without saying that Santino always takes the time to appreciate himself and Koslov has admirably followed suit. I'm curious to see what happens with Rhodes and McIntyre as champs. I'll say that I already like what has happened with Drew since the pairing, it's given him an edge back that was lost after the Matt Hardy feud. Cody is ahead of the game period. It will be a good time watching him really come into his own.
Now to the main event, the 5 pack, sorry, once again 6 pack challenge. I remember when this match was announced I was upset for Wade Barrett. I understand baby steps I really do but it seemed a little unfair that his promised title shot was coming equipped with 5 of the WWE cream. Talk about trial by fire. For the weeks preceding it I internally cringed for Barrett for having to face off with Cena, Orton, Edge, Sheamus and Jericho. Jesus just unplug your mic and go home was my thought. But he did well, held his own and never got lost in the shuffle, I call that a victory.
The match itself was fun in the way that those multi participant matches can be. Jericho getting eliminated first was not as shocking. The stopping of all events afterwards was a little. And for dramatic purposes a nice touch. I love those moments because it teaches the fans how and what to pay attention to. "Stop the presses, that was shocking!" Sometimes things move too fast and you can't give things the proper time they need to flesh out. So when you can, take it!
The rest seemed natural, the Edge Sheamus alliance, Edge Sheamus alliance dissolution, The Nexus interference, Cena eliminated. Ok so that last one was a little shocking and interesting. But not for the normal reasons. Usually Cena whether he gets the strap or not is left in the fray till the bitter end. Bold move to declare loudly, Not Cena. I think I would've been tempted to keep it on Sheamus because he was really figuring out how to work it. But I told my friend when the whole thing started, if you're worried about story you leave it on Sheamus, if you're going old school rules and crown by butts in the seats, you put it on Randy. Old school Ruled.
The way it ended made me pretty eager for Monday night and I was not disappointed. For those of you who haven't noticed Randy Orton is still a heel, you just happen to cheer for him now, which is rather odd but . . ok. I need more Zack Ryder Edge action. It's awesomely wonderfully lame. If you didn't know that Daniel Bryan's new song was "Ride of the Valkyries" from the Wagner ring cycle, then shame on you, you are missing a hilarious joke.
I like the bully GM angle finally as it's centralized on . . well actual . . bullies. At first it was pretty annoying and with Michael Cole as the mouth piece just unreal. It would be better if someone just actually emailed the script so that Michael Cole doesn't have to pretend to read the screen. It is obvious to anyone with a big enough TV who is paying attention that the screen is filled with some form of webdings.
Anyway, the angle gives some of that 'higher' authority back to wrestling that was lost without a reputable GM. I would like to see the guest host thing continue, but I would like the screening process to be a bit more strict. Some people are not cut out for a live audience and never will be. I'm so glad that Cena his recovered from whatever ate his goat after that Batista business, it's good to have him back to his most entertaining tongue in cheek self.
Well they have one more week to wow me. Let’s see if I’ll be watching Hell in a Cell.