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WWE Night of Champions in a Nutshell: Bryan and Orton Deliver Despite An Underwhelming PPV

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Night of Champions 2013 took place at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan (10 minutes away from my house!) and featured a total of nine matches, including the highly anticipated WWE Championship bout between Randy Orton and the most over superstar in the WWE today Daniel Bryan. Along with the main event, CM Punk took on Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman in a 2-on-1 No Disqualification Elimination match and Dolph Ziggler squared off against Dean Ambrose for the United States Championship. Here are the overall highs and lows from Night of Champions, where heel superstars reigned supreme:

Best Match: Aside from Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan and Curtis Axel vs. Kofi Kingston matches, the other seven bouts on the card were very unspectacular. It seemed like a lot of the matches were rushed and could have taken place on an episode of SmackDown. Anyways, the crowd was wild during the WWE Title bout and these two professionals did not disappoint. Orton and Bryan worked really well with one another and put forth a strong performance. I wouldn’t call the match an instant classic, but it was by far the best match of the night.

*It’s important to point out that referee Scott Armstrong took a “bump” earlier in the match and was then replaced by another referee. Towards the finish, Armstrong came back into the ring and was the official once again. After Bryan kicked Orton in the head and hit his finishing move, it appeared that the referee made a fast count (probably due to the fact that he was shaken up a bit) and awarded Bryan the WWE Title. It was a good match, but expect Triple H to reverse the decision and award the WWE Title back to Orton tomorrow night on Raw due to the fast count.

Crowd Chants of the Night: The Detroit crowd was hot from start to finish and during the opening segment between Triple H and Paul Heyman, they chanted “CM Punk”. The crowd chanted “Kofi” multiple times during the opening match between Curtis Axel and Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Championship. During the World Heavyweight Championship match, the Michigan crowd chanted “RVD”. For some strange reason, the crowd chanted “we want tables’ during the Miz vs. Fandango match. During the CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel/Paul Heyman match, the audience in the Joe began a “walrus” chant. Also during the 2-on-1 match, the crowd chanted “this is awesome” as Punk handcuffed Heyman and then mercifully beat him down with a Kendo Stick. During the main event, the crowd chanted “Daniel Bryan”, “YES” and “NO” numerous times. This dude is so over!

Breakout Star of the Night: The breakout star(s) of the night were the Prime Time Players. They won the Tag Team Turmoil match, which gave them the opportunity to face the Shield for the WWE Tag Team Titles on the main show. Ever since Darren Young’s “announcement”, PTP have transformed into a babyface team overnight and they are really taking the opportunity that has been presented to them. PTP put forth a good performance in both of their matches and fell just inches short of beating the Shield. I’m calling that the next Tag Team champions are going to be the Prime Time Players and they will win, probably, at the Battleground PPV.

Fan Sign of the Night: This is the part of the review where readers can comment on what their favorite crowd signs were. What were some cool, funny and clever signs that you saw during Night of Champions.

Jobber of the Night: The jobber of the night has to be Fandango. He had a decent match with Miz, but it was not PPV quality. Fandango and Miz went for a good eight minutes and Miz had the upper hand throughout most of the match. Miz eventually locked in the Figure Four Leg Lock and Fandango tapped out within a matter of seconds. After scoring a huge upset victory over Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 29, Fandango has lost a lot of momentum and has been awarded the jobber of the night award.

Upset of the Night: Clearly, the upset of the night was Paul Heyman defeating CM Punk thanks to Ryback putting the Best in the World through a table. After the match, Ryback carried Heyman to the back like a boom box and it is now clear that Ryback is Heyman’s newest client. I like the idea of Ryback and Heyman together and the overall match between Punk/Axel/Heyman was fairly entertaining. This angle is going to be very interesting.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: The holy sh** moment of the night was Daniel Bryan beating Randy Orton for the WWE TItle cleanly. Well, sorta. As I explained earlier in the review, referee Scott Armstrong made a made a fast count after Bryan hit Orton with his finishing move, but not a lot of people seemed to notice, nor care. Bryan overcoming the odds and beating the “face of the WWE” was a huge moment in his career and once the referee counted to three, the crowd at Joe Louis Arena erupted with elation and joined Bryan in his infamous “YES” chant. Unfortunately, mom came home early and the party is going to be cut short as Triple H is going to reverse the decision and award Orton the title tomorrow night on Raw. Mark my words, wrestling fans.

Worst Match: There were no really bad matches at Night of Champions, but the two bouts that were underwhelming were Fandango vs. Miz and the Fatal Four Way Divas Title match. Fandango vs. Miz was decent, but we’ve seen it so many times before and there was nothing spectacular that happened throughout. The Divas Title bout was messy and somewhat entertaining, but it was an overall lowlight.

Logic Fail of the Night: During the double Sharpshooter that Natalya gave Naomi and Brie Bella during the Fatal Four Way Divas match (which was pretty cool), Naomi was lying on top of Brie Bella for about 20 seconds while the referee was staring at them. It was obvious that Brie’s shoulders were down and he should have counted to three, but instead, he waited for Natalya to lock in the double Sharpshooter (Naomi was still pinning Brie in the process). It was a horrible mistake and the crowd was silent due to the awkwardness. Even the commentators at ringside were in disbelief that the referee didn’t begin to count.

Tweets of the Night:




Commentary Lines of the Night: “What is the referee doing!?” – Michael Cole during the Fatal Four Way Divas match.  “The last thing that a great dancer like Fandango wants to happen is for something to happen to his legs” – JBL during the Fandango vs. Miz match. “We’ve got two words for ya, well done” – JBL congratulating DX for winning the best tag team in WWE history poll.

LOL Moment of the Night: Unfortunately, there were no humorous moments throughout Night of Champions. One thing that I found both pretty funny and cool was when CM Punk came out to the ring and instead of saying “It’s clobbering time”, he yelled out to Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman “It’s time to diiieeee!!!!”.

Overall Lowlights: Divas Title bout; Fandango vs. Miz; Booker T winning the poll for the greatest World Heavyweight champion in history; too many underwhelming matches.

Overall Highlights: Tag Team Turmoil; opening segment featuring Triple H/Axel/Heyman; Curtis Axel vs. Kofi Kingston; CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel/Paul Heyman; Ryback a Paul Heyman guy; Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan.

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  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I do not see nothing wrong with Ryback being a Paul Heyman guy and i know his feud with CM Punk will be interesting.

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Me neither. I was hoping for the new Paul Heyman guy to be Wade Barrett, but I think Ryback will thrive in the role regardless.

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        I think so too and i hope he gets a big push he deserves it

      • Mike Smith

        Agreed and this time will be very different, last time Punk was the weasel heel and the matches had no real momentum changes, just him running and run ins by the shield. This time around should be much more aggressive

        • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

          Definitely. Punk working with Ryback could be the best thing to happen to Ryback….ever.

    • B-Ped

      I really was hoping for Drew McIntyre to drop the 3MB gimmick and become a Paul Heyman guy. But I guess Drew is going to stay at the very bottom of the pile, relegated to nothing more than a jokey jobber. So much potential, so much wasted.

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        I know he is such a talented wrestler and one day he will be on top again.

  • Tyler Drummond

    I dont think any match on this show was actually bad. Axel vs Kingston was pretty good, I really enjoyed the divas title match, the World title match was solid, Miz and Fandango was meh, Punk vs Heyman and Axel was fun, Ambrose and Ziggler was good, but too short, the Tag Title match was short but fun and the WWE Title match delivered. I dont care for more CM Punk vs Ryback matches, but what can you do. I wouldnt call this the worst PPV, but like WrestleMania poor time management really made this show suffer.

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      There were no horrible matches, but there were a lot of decent ones. Nothing out of the ordinary really happened besides Heyman beating Punk and Bryan beating Orton. I was expected more quality matches, but I agree that there were no horrible matches.

      • Tyler Drummond

        Yeah, I definately expected a lot greater quality, especially with the roll WWE has been on, but I guess it had to end eventually.

        • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

          Yeah. Raw will be interesting though, especially when Triple H takes the title of Bryan and awards it to Orton!

  • Lucas Amato

    Agree about all (maybe not all..) .. For Me Curtis Axel, was the “star” of the night.. He put in a great match against Kofi.. He do it well against Punk… For me, he make himself more interesting (finally..) I dont agree on Ryback and Heyman been a good thing.. Heyman, already has his beast.. He doesnt need another one.. He need someone like Neville or Kassius (Neville been my top choice..)… I dont have nothing against Ryback, in fact his bully gimmick for me it works if WWE knew how to use it… But for me, it was at least 3 or four better choices for been a a PH Guy..

    You didnt mention Ziggler vs Ambrose.. I mean, Ziggler losing clear against Ambrose was something weird… I Hope WWE dont make Ziggler a Midcard man…

    And finally, i really hate the way they make look Cesaro in the kickoff.. Swagger looks good, but Antonio was 80% of time in the floor … that sucks..

    A regular PPV.. (not bad matches, only two good matches, no great matches..)

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      I agree with most of what you’re saying. Ziggler and Ambrose was good, not great. Unfortunately, I think Ziggler is going to be a mid-card guy for a while. It’s a shame, but seems like WWE is upset with him for saying he wasn’t happy with the way things have been, booking wise. I don’t blame him, though.

      • cubfan4life

        Unfortunately it appears like youre right in that Ziggler is being bumped back down the card. However given the amount of stuff the talent says outside of WWE tv that they then in turn use in storyline its my belief that the real reason for the slide back to the mid card is the concussion he suffered shortly after winning the WHC. No one will come out and say it but since that happened he went from holding the WHC to a mixed tag at Summerslam and losing tonight.

  • Jonny

    well they did kinda swerve us a bit by giving Bryan the win. Who knows they might let him keep it this time and continue the feud as is with Orton. But the stars are lining up for HHH to reverse that decision. But then again that could just be the right setup for a VKM interruption to start their feud “rumored” for Wrestlemania. Many possibilities, can’t wait.

  • JH

    Went to the show, had great seats, love the Detroit crowds, they were hot basically all night long. The tag turmoil match on the kick off show match was probably the 2nd best match behind Bryan/Orton.

  • JH

    Also logic fail I thought was no Sandow, I don’t see the point of completely destroying del rio without at least Sandow attempting to cash in.

  • Joseph Douglas

    Another Overall Lowlight was DX winning the poll for best tag team champions. Should have gone to the Hart Foundation. DX? they won the titles once. I was surprised about Bryan winning the title as well, and also predicted to my friends that triple H would reverse the decision due to the fast count. AJ not winning also sucks. The most talented Diva and she cannot win the title. Why are they so big on AJ? Just do not get it.

    • Jaydn Lebsanft

      but aj did win it?

  • Steven Michael St.Amand

    I was there Live and the show was awesome. I didn’t really want to read past UNDERWELMING PPV.
    Its like saying the rest of the show was crap and they saved it somehow. You don’t start off an article like that, its just terrible.

    • Darsow44

      The writer found the show underwhelming (and he wasn’t the only one), so that’s EXACTLY how he should start the article. That’s what reviewers do: state and opinion and then argue for it. You have a different opinion, and the comments section is a good place for you to provide a counter-argument (perhaps something a bit more persuasive than “I was there live and it was awesome”).

      • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

        Thanks for the backup, Darsow. Steven, I live in Detroit and I really wanted to go to the show. I’m sure I would have enjoyed it more if I was there live.

  • Darsow44

    Punk’s scream of “It’s time to dieeee” was probably a little tribute to his buddy Cliff “Domino” Compton — it’s kind of his catch-phrase.

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