WWE brought Night Of Champions to Pay-Per-View on Sunday night. Mark Henry grabbed his first World Heavyweight Title, John Cena grabbed his 10th Championship and Triple H grabbed a sledgehammer to win an overbooked mess.
– Air Boom was able to hold onto their titles by disqualification. This furthers the “conspiracy” theory for The Miz and R-Truth and allows the two teams to continue feuding, which is a good thing as they seem to work well together.
– The lack of reaction to Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase was telling. Cody is a hot act, but something with Dibiase just doesn’t click. He has the look and the technical talent, however the fans just can’t buy his act. The ending with Dibiase losing while trying to use Cody’s mask as a weapon was just as weak as the crowd reaction.
– The United States title match was decent, but had nothing outstanding to it. The dynamic between Vickie Guerrero, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger is not clicking and this did nothing further it. Alex Riley and John Morrision were set pieces to the larger picture, but when that picture is hideous, they come out looking ugly.
– Mark Henry was able to grab the World Heavyweight Title from Randy Orton. After Henry’s long run with the company, it is good to see him get the ball to run with. He’s been wonderful in his current role and should hold onto the belt for quite some time, if WWE is smart about his run.
– I said it in my preview and stand by it: The Divas division is dead on arrival. Having Beth Phoenix lose in this situation was a horrible move and based on the current direction of CM Punk’s character, one has to wonder if she is getting residual backlash for being associated with him.
– One bad move segways right into another, as John Cena regains the WWE Championship for the 10th time. Any and all progress made in breathing new life into the Cena character over the Summer is now done. We’ve reverted back to “Super” Cena, who can’t be stopped. It’s a shame WWE went this route and it will be hard for a large portion of the WWE audience to continue believing any real change is on the way.
– Speaking of change, CM Punk’s run has changed from hot to cold, thanks to the involvement of Triple H. The main event was a TNA-esque overbooked mess. There was quality action but once The Miz and R-Truth hit the ring, it seemed as if WWE was playing “viewer judo magic” to see if the fans would be able to react angrily before it was all over. Everyone knew Nash would run in, but most hoped for something solid and game changing out of his appearance. A heel turn, the formation of a new group, something tangible. But we instead got Nash attempting to take out both men and Triple H doing his best “Super” Cena impersonation and coming out with the victory. WWE is always telling fans to be patient and wait for the story to play out. However if you can’t get past act one without losing half the people because you’re tone deaf, don’t expect a curtain call.
– Air Boom defeated The Miz & R-Truth (Air Boom retains WWE Tag Team Championships)
– Cody Rhodes defeated Ted Dibiase (Cody Rhodes retains WWE Intercontinental Championship)
– Dolph Ziggler defeated Jack Swagger, Alex Riley and John Morrison (Dolph Ziggler retains WWE United States Championship)
– Mark Henry defeated Randy Orton to win the World Heavyweight Championship
– Kelly Kelly defeated Beth Phoenix (Kelly Kelly retains WWE Divas Championship)
– John Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio to win the WWE Championship
– Triple H defeated CM Punk
The action on this show wasn’t as disappointing as the crazy results that ran counter to everything WWE seemed to be aiming for not even a month ago. Triple H is not a full-time wrestler and should be leading a group that “runs the company.” If he has to get into the ring to enforce it, that works. But having him take out everyone in the main event helps no one in the end. When WWE puts that as the cherry on top of John Cena annihilating Alberto Del Rio and Kelly Kelly using her marginal talents to take out Beth Phoenix, you leave the viewers with a sour taste in their mouth. The WWE went from fresh produce 2 months ago to the same sour milk we’ve been drinking for years. A big thumbs down out of frustration alone.