There was nothing too memorable about this match that was featured on the “Kickoff” to Night of Champions but it was exactly how a match on the pre-show should take place – quick and to the point. Four tag team matches took less than 10 minutes and it was action-packed, with The Prime Time Players earning their shot at the tag team championship. This impromptu match was SmackDown’s main event and Vickie Guerrero made it after outside interference cut a match between Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler short. It was a decent six-man tag match with The Shield getting the win but one could only wonder if this match would be the curtain jerker in the company’s heyday. Surprisingly, these two men worked together well on Raw and the Canadian crowd were very pleased with Damien Sandow, proving that it is just a matter of time until he is extremely over. He is a natural heel, so a turnaround into a face probably will not be on the cards. We cannot help but notice that he is losing to almost everyone as of late, and interference from Fandango helped him win this contest. These two first met this week on SmackDown and we feel that there is a potential feud brewing between these athletes. It is a shame Ziggler cannot find himself at the mountaintop in the company, and is forced to challenge for the smaller titles – and not be able to win those contests too. A decent match between these two and hopefully, we get better scraps between these two future champions. Antonio Cesaro is bringing out the best of the opponents he has been facing lately and this match was no different. Kofi Kingston is no slouch, so this match featured on Main Event was a back-and-forth contest worthy of being on a bigger show, period. As we saw Cesaro use a the Giant Swing on Santino Marella on Raw, he did it again on Kingston – something unseen in the history of the sport and deserving of huge praise. Either The Shield really understands how to work with Daniel Bryan or Bryan is able to have a good match with anyone because of his work ethic – or both. For weeks now, Bryan has been able to keep the fire burning in a handful of matches with every member of The Shield and it benefits both parties. Ambrose could be the most talented wrestler out of all three members of The Shield and coming up the ranks in the Indies with Bryan, these two simply work too well with each other. A great match between a hard working champion and a veteran of the sport. Alberto Del Rio and RVD showed us that this feud could continue and that they could keep working from where they left off at Night of Champions. Del Rio is one of the top five best wrestlers in the company right now and Van Dam is always a joy to watch – even though he hits the same five spots every single match. A nice treat for the Michigan crowd was Van Dam hitting the Van Terminator in front of his peeps. CM Punk being in a bad match is pretty rare, unless he is put against someone who cannot work whatsoever and even at that, Punk would certainly giv5-e us reasons to believe it was worth our time. Him and Axel are having a handful of great matches this month and Sunday night was no different. Heyman’s inclusion in the match made it that more entertaining, as Punk’s charisma was out in full force once he eliminated Axel and had Heyman all to himself – until Ryback spoiled the party. Dustin Runnels has had a storied career and after a couple of years of not being in the ring, he still has it skill wise and his character, Goldust, is still a beloved gimmick that the fans could not get enough of. Him and Orton looked similar in size and had a fantastic match, between two men who are agile enough to keep up with one another and have superior minds when in the squared circle. Let us hope Dustin can get another chance in the ring sometime soon – or even a contract. Night of Champions was not a terrible pay-per-view; it was decent, having its moments but being fairly obvious in terms of how the night would play out – except for this match. Everyone expected Orton to win, with the new corporation being involved and hinted that The Big Show would even turn heel. Instead, Bryan would win the WWE Championship by pinning Randy Orton with help from the referee, whose count was extremely fast. Both men had a solid main event match, with Orton really impressing in one of the better main events in recent memory from “The Viper.” As for Bryan, it was the same old story – just a magical performance.
In a week where the WWE came back to pay-per-view with
Night of Champions 2013, there were a handful of solid matches that took place last week – featuring familiar faces of this segment like Daniel Bryan but it was also Randy Orton who had a memorable week with a match with a legend on Raw and a future legend on pay-per-view. Here are the best matches of last week, taken from Night of Champions, Raw, SmackDown and Main Event.