WWE Night of Champions 2014 Lowdown


In a pretty definite contrast to last NOCmonth’s Summer Slam event, I am pretty damn underwhelmed. The built up to Night of Champions was filled with really bad and boring television. I haven’t ordered a PPV in years due to my commitment/deal with Cinplex here in Montreal. Main Event Radio hosts what have been known as “PPV Bashes” at the cinema where people pay a pretty penny to watch the shows on the big screen. If anyone wanted to fork over 25$ a ticket to see this PPV they were sadomasochists, kool-aid drinkers or just creatures of crazy habit. Now due to the deal between WWE and Rogers in Canada those bashes are a thing of the past. We decided to make a last moment gathering with some fans at a local establishment. Once again, I didn’t directly pay to watch this craptacular PPV; just for drinks and scrumptious food.
That is enough with my bitching about the situation. Lets get onto the event itself. Just because the weeks leading up to the show were bad doesn’t mean Night of Champions had to suck. I mean with matches like Roman Reigns VS Seth Rollins and Cesaro VS Shaemus for the US Title on the card, it couldn’t be bad… Right? Wrong.

Like last month I’ll also be tallying our predictions.

Gold and Stardust defeated The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championshipin 13 minutes. This was exactly how you imagined it: superkicks, dives and Stardust being awesome. This match started the show off on the right foot. A lot of back and forth action in this match with a fantastic flipping dive from the apron to an Uso on the floor by Goldust. The end came when Thing 2, I mean one of The Usos attempted a splash from the top rope onto Stardust; but ol’ Stardust got his knees up and pinned said Uso with an inside cradle. The main highlight of this match was the celebration by the Dusts. These guys just looked giggly and proud. No booing for the heels here.

Tony: 1-0 Ryan: 1-0 Mikey: 0-1

Sheamus beat Cesaro to retain the WWE United States Championship after a Brogue Kick out of the corner. I handily declared this bout MATCH OF THE NIGHT. This isn’t because I’m a Cesaro fan at all. This was pro-wrestling. This was two huge men going out in the ring and beating the Holy-Hell out of each other. There was a spot where I swear Cesaro slapped Shaemus at least 15 times in the face at full force. Many great false finishes towards the end, but it was a surprise Brogue Kick out of the lower TV corner that put Cesaro down for the count. This was another great 13 minute match. At this point I was sure the rest of the show was going to stand up to and possibly be better than Summer Slam. I was wrong; horribly wrong.

Tony: 1-1 Ryan: 2-0 Mikey: 1-1

The Miz with Damien Mizdow recaptured the WWE Intercontinental Championship from Dolph Ziggler with R-Ziggler in 9 minutes. Besides Damien Mizdown being a highlight, this match sucked. As much as Miz and Ziggler have wrestled each other, they aren’t consistant in their performances. This match had nothing good going for it, especially when two guys from some band I don’t know were at commentary and got involved. Miz picked up the W with a roll-up and more than a handful of Ziggler’s trunks. The man has a pretty defined tan line. This sucked.

Tony: 1-2 Ryan: 2-1 Mikey: 1-2

Seth Rollins VS Roman Reigns was scheduled next. However before the PPV, it was announced that Reigns had to have emergency surgery on an incarcerated hernia. Therefore he could not even be at the arena tonight. Seth cut a basic heel promo in the ring having the ref count out Roman and declare Seth winner by forfeit. Seth then called anyone out for a match. Any monkey with three broken paws and a blindfold could have correctly predicted the return of Dean Ambrose. Arriving by taxi, yes taxi, Ambrose proceeded to brawl with Rollins until it was finally broken up by agents and security. This could have been skipped honestly.

Because we mentioned on Main Event Radio that Roman would be unable to compete no predictions were made.

Rusev with the ravishing Russian Lana defeated Mark Henry via submissionto the Accolade in 9 minutes. This match was built up with patriotic pride. Henry was fighting for America. Henry was defending his country against a Bulgarian “now residing” in Russia. I like Mark Henry. He’s a nice dude. But the crying while Lilian Garcia sung the national anthem was a bit much. This match was as you expected it to be: slow for most of it. The finish came after Rusev’s second attempt to lock in his version of the camel clutch. Cue the Russia flag and Lana’s legs. This match was boring. I hate saying that because I do like Henry and I think Rusev is a beast and will be a big thing. But it is the wrong combination for a PPV match.

Tony: 2-2 Ryan: 3-1 Mikey: 2-2

Randy Orton beat Chris Jericho with a surprise RKO in the longest match of the night, going 16 minutes. What can I say about a match between The Viper and Y2J? This was your typical Randy Orton match. Slow to build a fancy finish. A match we have seen him do with countless other opponents. A few little spots that both Jericho and Orton can do with their eyes closed. Those spots can be called by all fans with their eyes closed too. What saddens me is this is likely the exodus for Jericho as his current contractual commitments to WWE are up! See you in a few months Chris.

Tony: 3-2 Ryan: 3-2 Mikey: 3-2

AJ Lee regained the WWE Divas Championship in a triple treat match versus Paige and Nikki Bella. This match was good. (Author’s note: Damn it felt weird to type that) Not much too this good little match. Nikki can take a sick bump. The girls brought back 2003 with a powerbomb-superplex combo that oddly left all three ladies on the mat. The finish saw AJ Lee winning via submission with the Black Widow. We are all winners with that match.

Tony: 3-3 Ryan: 3-3 Mikey: 3-3

My biggest problem with WWE Night of Champions stemmed from the main event and build to it. After the complete destruction of Super Cena at the hands of Brock Lesnar, the proper course of action should have been to keep Cena away for at least a month. But oh no, WWE can’t have time away from Cena unless he’s at death’s door. They immediately have the guy come back the next week and kill all the heat Bray Wyatt had and establish him as the legitimate challenger for Lesnar’s title. To make things worse, Cena at one point threatened HHH with a lawsuit if he didn’t have his rematch with Lesnar at Night of Champions. Yes, a babyface using a lawsuit as leverage against the heel boss. WWE has clearly been reading Vince Russo’s “Pro-Rasslin’ Booking for Dummies.”

John Cena defeated Brock Lesnar, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion via disqualification. I won’t go into much detail of the bout itself. The match included a couple suplexes and the dudes looking like animals. The finish came when Cena had the upper hand and Seth Rollins ran out, clocked him with his Money in the Bank briefcase in front of the referee. Naturally this gave the win to Cena, but not the title. I imagine this will set up a match in the cage at Hell in a Cell, October 26 on the WWE Network for only 9.99American.

Seth, much to the surprise of the crowd curb-stomped Lesnar and proclaimed he was cashing in his title shot now. Predictably Cena recovered and attacked Rollins. Lesnar then thanked Cena with an F5 to end the broadcast.

For the sake of honestly I will count this as a win for Cena in our predictions.

Tony: 3-4 Ryan: 3-4 Mikey: 3-4

All three of us have come out in a tie. A losing tie, but a tie nonetheless.

This PPV was not worth the 9.99$ it is advertised for with the WWE Network and really not worth it if you buy it through conventional PPV. A bad execution to a poorly built PPV. Match of the night goes to Cesaro versus Shaemus for the US title. Unless forced to, I don’t recommend going out of your way to see WWE Night of Champions. Surprisingly I’d recommend last week’s IMPACTWrestling for a good watch or NXT Takeover 2: Fatal4Way.

Don’t forget to listen to our preview show for the latest news in the world of Pro-wrestling and out completed pre-thoughts/predictions of WWE Night of Champions.

See you all next Sunday on Websportsmedia.com for our collective review of this craptastic PPV.

SummerSlam 2014 Recap

SummerSlam2014I haven’t felt this way after a WWE PPV in a very, very longtime. Truth be told, I get excited for PPV then usually become jaded and somewhat bored about an hour into them. This was not the case with last night’s WWE SummerSlam!

Here I’ll run down my thoughts about each match. As a side note I’ll also include Ryan’s, Marades’ and My prediction results to see who predicted the PPV more accurately.

Dolph Ziggler defeated The Miz with the ZigZag to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship. This match was a brilliant way to start of the show. The crowd was alive and ready for this Ziggler victory. I thoroughly enjoyed the finish with the reversals leading to the ZigZag near the ropes. On the show, I predicted The Miz pulling the win, but hoping I was wrong. Boy was I happy to be wrong.

Ryan: 0-1 Tony 0-1 Marades: 0-1

Paige pinned AJ Lee after the Rampaige to win the WWE Diva’s Championship for her second reign. This was a solid back and forth match between two great wrestlers. While just under five minutes, these girls did a great job countering manoeuvres and not doing that silly Paigeturner finisher.

Ryan: 0-2 Tony 1-1 Marades 0-2

Rusev with Lana beat Jack Swagger with Zeb Colter, after Swagger passed outwhile in the Accolade. This match had much emotion built in. With the real life political heat between the US and Russia, the crowd just ate everything up. Swagger’s entrance was made special by an appearance of some US Army men. The main focus of this match was Swagger working on Rusev’s ankle; which Rusev sold like a damn pro. (Take notes Eva Marie) Rusev applied the Accolade, his version of the camel clutch a few times before Swagger finally passing out. The cherry on the top of this delicious match (besides Lana) was during the post match celebration/flag raising, was Rusev superkicking Colter.

Ryan: 1-2 Tony: 2-1 Marades: 1-2

Seth Rollins upset Dean Ambrose in a Lumberjack match using his Money In The Bank briefcase, after a total spot fest of a match! Nothing of major note here. It was very entertaining. Nice spot where Rollins was being crowd-surfed back to the ring by the babyface lumberjacks and Ambrose splashed all of them from the top rope to the floor.

Ryan: 2-2 Tony: 3-1 Marades: 2-2

Bray Wyatt defeated Christ Jericho in a match where the Wyatt Family was banned from ringside. The entrances alone made this match awesome. Both men very in tune with their characters and how they fit in this storyline. Some great in ring action and brawling on the outside.

Ryan: 3-2 Tony: 4-1 Marades: 3-2

Stephanie McMahon pinned Brie Bella after Nikki Bella attacked her sister.This was beyond anyone’s wild expectations. Steph has always been a fantastic on air character; inheriting her talents from old Vinny Mac. But tonight was simply phenomenal! A more than decent divas match that told a story of a bully doing anything and everything to get what she wanted. I really wanna see Raw tonight to know why Nikki turned. For the record I mentioned a Nikki turn on air.

Ryan: NO PICK ON AIR! 3-2 Tony: 5-1 Marades: 4-2

Roman Reigns defeated Randy Orton with a spear after a great back and forth match. This may have been Roman’s longest singles match ever. Orton usually slows the pace of things which puts a damper on the match, but I feel this helped keep Roman focused. The RKO counter to the Superman punch had everyone at the Scotiabank Theatre on their feet. When Roman finally hit the Spear for the win, the crowd went bananas.

Ryan: 3-3 Tony: 6-1 Marades: 5-2

In the Main Event of the evening: Brock Lesnar squashed John Cena for 16 minutes to take the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I never thought a 16 minute squash match would be so entertaining. The story during this match was John Cena’s unwillingness to quit even after 16 German suplexes, Brock’s use of sweat to waterboard Cena and relentless ground and pound. Cena did hit the AA early on and applied the STFU towards the end. However nothing could stop the beast Brock Lesnar. The heel’s victory sent the crown home happy.

Ryan: 4-3 Tony: 7-1 Marades 6-2

Overall a fantastic PPV that should entice any wrestling fan to pay 9.99$ a month for the WWE Network. I came out the winner tonight with a 7-1 correct picks.

Don’t forget to listen to our preview show for the latest news in the world of Pro-wrestling and out completed pre-thoughts/predictions of SummerSlam. See you all next Sunday on Websportsmedia.com for our collective review of WWE’s biggest part of the summer: SummerSlam 2014!

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