Night of Champions (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), that took place on September 19, 2010 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. It was the third annual event to be promoted … see full wiki
Night of Champions has never really been an event that I looked forward to, despite it being an event where all the titles are on the line. Ever since its addition to the line up in 2007, this event has been from very bad to average. Last years event, fortunately, is quite possibly the best of the series.
The event continued several long running feuds such as Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk vs. The Big Show. But the battle I was looking forward to the most was Kane vs. Undertaker. It had been a very long time since these two last clashed in a heated rivalry, and they normally deliver some good brawls. Their brother vs. brother rivalry never gets stale to me, and we're normally treated to the best of their characters. The rest of the card is rather solid and I think this event is in the same league as 2008s.
Intercontinental Championship Match
1- Dolph Ziggler (Champion) vs. Kofi Kingston
For weeks Kofi had been on the receiving end of Dolph's screwjob tactics. Dolph used the title stipulations such as Count Outs and DQ's to keep the belt. Plus their matches would suffer from some type of interference either by Vickie Guerrero or Nexus. Now, the odds are against Dolph, because if he's counted out or disqualified, then he would lose the title to Kofi.
Even though these guys clashed several times, I still wasn't tired of watching them. Dolph attempted to keep Kofi grounded by applying different submissions and dominated most of the match. It started out pretty slow but later got a second wind and they would deliver a nice bout. The match brought back memories of Summerslam 2006 Edge vs. John Cena, with Dolph pleading to Vickie to stay out of the match, or her antics would see him lose the title. The ending was a surprise and the right man won this one. A nice way to end this feud. 3.5/5
2- CM Punk vs. The Big Show
For the first time ever, Night of Champions featured a non title match. This bout could have waited for free TV because it wasn't any where near hot enough to be on PPV. The bout was short and sweet, and Punk held his own with the larger Big Show. He implemented some smart tactics to take the big man down, and he even tried to work the count out into his favor. There was a good spot like Show spearing him in mid air. In the end, this match only felt like a burial as we saw another good talent put down for no real good reason. 2.75/5
United States Championship Match
3- Miz (Champion) vs. Daniel Bryan
I really enjoyed the build up to this one, and these two cut some real good promos on each other. I never thought that I would be looking forward to a Miz match, and in all honesty, it wasn't him I wanted to see anyway. Still, I will go ahead and say that this was Miz's best match ever by this point. He told a good story working over Bryan's arms and shoulder to eliminate the Labell lock from his arsenal. This bout definitely had a title match feel as we also saw Bryan take a flying clothesline off the ropes and flipped over completely. The ending was a bit predictable but it was still effective and quite refreshing. This is among the best on the card. 4/5
Lumber Jill Championship Unification Match
4- Melina (Divas Champion) vs. Michelle McCool (Women's Champion)
I felt Laycool (Michelle McCool and Layla for those who may not know) were the best female heels in a very long time in WWE. Their antics came back to bite them a little ere, as most of the lumber jills surrounding the ring were tired of both of them, and were heavily in favor of Melina. The bias attitude was so clear that every time when McCool hit the floor she was attacked, while Melina was cheered on. They put on a pretty good bout with Melina taking a nasty fall, when McCool countered with a hair pull, and flipped her to the outside of the ring. There was some good offense from both of the women. The ending came as a shock when all hell broke loose, and I actually liked it. Despite this match having its good qualities, it wasn't better than their bout from 2009 at this same event. 2.75/5
No Holds Barred Match for World Heavyweight Championship
5- Kane (Champion) vs. Undertaker
Rules: There are no Count Outs or Disqualifications. The match can only end in pin fall or submission.
This war started quick when Taker attacked Kane on the ramp way and the brawl began. This was a fight that went into the crowd and all around the ring. Taker and Kane usually mix it up well and I think this is their best feud since 1998. This was a good big man match that told a story with the constant punishment to Taker's head playing a huge role into the ending. This also played into the overall angle, where Taker stumbled on the way back to the dressing room. The sick interview from Kane later on asked the one question on many folks minds. Is this the end of Taker? 4/5
Tag Team Turmoil Match for the WWE Championship
6 - The Hart Dynasty (Champions) vs. The Usos vs. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre vs. Mark Henry & Evan Bourne vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Koshlov
Rules: The match begins with two teams in the ring. A new team will enter after a team is eliminated. The last team remaining will become the new champions.
This match was all types of wrong. Just when you think WWE is beginning to take their Tag Team Division serious, they show you other wise by squeezing the titles into the ppv, and giving it a small amount of time to work something. If that isn't bad enough, they also slapped together three other motley crews and called them teams.
The only two teams with very good chemistry are eliminated, and we're forced to watch three others who clearly don't jell. Even though it had some decent action, the only thing noteworthy is the title change. Personally, I would have preferred watching one more time; The Hart Dynasty vs. The Usos. The tag team division is a lost art indeed. 2/5
Six Pack Challenge Match for WWE Championship
7- Sheamus (Champion) vs. John Cena vs. Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
Rules: This is an elimination match that ends when only one superstar remains. There are no count outs or disqualifications. The falls only occur when a superstar is pinned or forced to submit.
This one began with a bang, that featured a very quick and surprising elimination. It was such a shock that all the action immediately stopped. The match eventually picked up again and became very entertaining, especially when the suspense factor came into play. There was a lot of action, and a funny moment when Wade tried to direct traffic and was pummeled by the other heels. This is also the way Nexus was suppose to be used, as their presence was indeed felt. The ending was worked out very well and it only sparked up the feud between Cena and Wade Barrett. Match of the night for me. 4.25/5
I'm not exactly sure if this is the best Night of Champions event to date, because I have to watch the 2008 edition again. But one thing is for sure, I had a good time watching it. I recommend this event for a rental, and a purchase probably wouldn't be too bad either.
Pros: -Main Event, US Title
Cons: -Tag Team Title Match, Nothing I would consider classic
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