On a night where every championship was defended, I’ve ranked all 9 matches from Sunday Night. Here we go:
What can I say about this match… It was not good. There were several mistakes, and “botches”. The only bright spots was the double sharpshooter from Natalya applied to Brie Bella & Naomi. But other than that, the match was hard to watch, and it gave me chills, and not the good kind. AJ made Natalya submit to the Black Widow.
Match Rating: 3.5/10
8. The Miz vs. Fandango.
A match that was kind of thrown together, with no hype. Even though the match received “boring” chants in the early going, and through out the match, the crowd was not into it. This match took the crowd right out of the pay-per-view. I thought this match was more of a time filler, and it wasn’t the best. Miz ended up making Fandango tap out to the figure four leglock.
Match Rating: 5.5/10
7. Intercontinental Championship Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Curtis Axel (c).
Another match that was thrown together by the COO of the company, Triple H. This was the result of Curtis Axel mocking Triple H at the start of the show, and bragging about Axel beating Triple H earlier in the year. The match was pretty good, and Kofi and Axel have good chemistry in the ring. Kofi Kingston had several spots that got a big reaction from the crowd, and the wrestling between the two are completely different but it went well together. In the end, Axel defeated Kingston by pinfall, and gave the nervous Paul Heyman at ringside some confidence for later in the night.
Match Rating: 7.5/10
6. Night of Champions Kickoff Tag Team Gauntlet Match: The Usos vs. 3MB vs. The Real Americans vs. Prime Time Players vs. Tons of Funk.
This match was a good way to “kickoff” the show, and it gave us a lot of high spots. The Usos had a good showing. I thought that Drew McIntryre looked really good, as he went over the top to the outside. First time for everything. The Real Americans looked very good as well, and Swagger looked strong. In the end, the Prime Time Players went on to face the Shield later on in the night for the Tag titles.
Match Rating: 7.5/10
5. WWE Tag Team Championships Match: Prime Time Players vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns (c).
After the PT Players defeated 4 other teams, they had to go through the reigning tag champs. The PTP’s got a big pop from the crowd, and they worked the crowd like true baby faces. I thought Titus O’Neil looked strong, and really shined. The story telling from Seth Rollins was really good as well. In the end, Roman Reigns speared Titus O’Neil, as the referee was distracted, and Rollins went for the pin. They went to break with the Shield standing tall.
Match Rating: 7.8/10
4. United States Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose (c).
When this match came about, I asked myself if this was going to hurt Dolph Ziggler’s stock, and take him down from the main event level. But as the match went on, Ambrose and Ziggler had one of the best matches of the night. Ambrose is one of the best heels in wrestling, and showed why at NOC. The two have two different styles, but they mixed well together, and Ziggler’s pace is so fast, that it is hard for all other superstars to keep up with him, but Ambrose did just that. Great match overall, but in the end, Ambrose stood tall, as Ziggler’s stock continues to go down.
Match Rating: 8/10
Going into the preshow, Brad Maddox made this match a No DQ match, and boy did it cost CM Punk in the end. Punk got through Axel, and finally got his hands on Heyman. After beating Heyman down for a little while, all of a sudden, Ryback appears in the background, and drives Punk through a table leaned against the turnbuckle. Ryback then takes Heyman, and places him on top of Punk for a pinfall victory. Ryback then carries Heyman out of the arena. There has been rumors of a new Paul Heyman Guy coming about, and we might have found him.
Match Rating: 8.5./10
2. World Heavyweight Championship Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio (c).
Going into this PPV, this match wasn’t on everyone’s must-watch list, but it came out as one of the best matches of the night. It started up as a high-paced match, where they were all over ringside. As the match went on, they slowed it down, and took there time. Rob Van Dam ended up with the win, but didn’t win the title due to ADR getting DQ’ed. After the match, Ricardo Rodriguez and RVD beat ADR down, and set him up for the VanDaminator or some call it coast-to-coast. In the end, it was a good match.
Match Rating: 8.5/10
The match got off to a physical start, and some high spots were getting big reactions from the crowd. The match from start to finish was tremendous, and both Orton and Bryan put on a great match. The storytelling and chemistry between the two was good, and they were able get the number one match of the night. About half way through, the referee Scott Armstrong was knocked out of the ring, and a new referee was brought in. Later, the first referee came back in, and looked to be shaken up. That led to Daniel Bryan hitting Orton with a high knee, and defeating him, and therefore Bryan becoming the new WWE champion, but the referee’s count was super-fast, and I think we will see something progress from this on RAW, where Orton gets a rematch, or is awarded the title back. In the end, we had Bryan have his “moment” and is now a 2 time WWE champion.
Match Rating: 9/10
The Pay-Per-View was good overall, with a lot of good wrestling, but lacked some star power, and stories. But it was good in the end, and looking back on it. I give it a 8/10.
By Eron Ramadanov
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