2010 WWE Night Of Champions – Randy Orton Is The New WWE Champion

If you missed it earlier, Don wrote a great preview of this show. He went into detail on every match and gave his thoughts on who was going to win and also who he’d book to win.

To me, this show is very much a blown up Raw with two exceptions. Because of how WWE protects The Undertaker, his return has to be on PPV. But it’s shown in the past that any old Undertaker angle doesn’t draw on PPV, even if he’s been away from a long time. And I don’t think that changes here. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker was special. I highly doubt this will be. But the other reason is because The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan does have a little bit of buzz going for it. But other than those two matches, this is a cable television show.

If this is truly the Night Of Champions, why is The Big Show vs. CM Punk on this show? No one has any answers? Ok. I’ll pipe down and watch the show.

1. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston

I don’t watch Smackdown all that much anymore and still, it seems that I’ve seen this match 100 times.

Did Matt Striker just call Vickie Guerrero a BBW? What year is this?

Dolph Ziggler wrestles in a style that I really enjoy, but there’s something about his character that just doesn’t click. And Kingston is similar. Kingston is athletic, but he’s missing something in his personality.

All of the stips are on Kofi’s side. If Dolph gets DQd or counted out, he loses the match and the title.

About five minutes in, there was a nice near fall. Ziggler went for the sleeper hold, but Kofi pushed him off and hit a play of the day like maneuver but Ziggler got his feet on the ropes. Kofi also had a chance to try to win by count-out (which would’ve changed the belt), but threw him back in the ring. Cole called him out on it.

They traded sleeper holds and then Vickie went to slap Kofi, but Dolph stopped her for fear of getting DQd and losing his title. He goaded Kofi into missing his spin kick and then Ziggler hit the Zig Zag for the pin.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

2. CM Punk Vs. The Big Show

Somewhere, Matt Hardy is still blaming CM Punk for word getting out that he was sent home from Europe.

CM Punk was cheered by the Chicago crowd, but he turned them by first saying how much he loves Chicago, but how much he hates the people of Chicago.

Ok, that was a waste of Punk. After a few minutes, Show just punched him right in the face and it was over.

Winner: The Big Show

3. The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan

Miz started working on Bryan’s left shoulder, though I think Bryan uses his right arm dominantly when putting on the LeBell lock.
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2010 WWE Night of Champions Preview

WWE’s fourth “Night of Champions” Pay Per View drops tonight, with five, possibly six, titles on the line.

Last year, four titles changed hands, but this year may be the actual night FOR the champions, as most of the titles may be defended successfully. As in might. As in… well, probably not really. This is the WWE, where every year guys win or lose the title 3-4 times, making Ric Flair’s 16 championship reigns mean nothing.

The buildup for the championship matches on Raw and Smackdown have gone pretty well, especially the World Heavyweight championship match between Kane and Undertaker.

Let’s do a rundown of each match, starting with the lesser titles and working our way up:

1. WWE Tag Team Championship
Champions The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd) vs TBA (presumably Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre) — Rhodes and McIntyre defeated the Harts on Smackdown, which should give them a title shot at the PPV. McIntyre and Rhodes won cleanly, which is no surprise due to how the WWE is treating the tag team belts.

WHO SHOULD WIN: After having the titles defended by a duo of high tiered singles wrestlers (Miz/Big Show, Jericho/Big Show, Edge/Jericho) the WWE believes the fans would actually care about, McIntyre and Rhodes have a good chance at winning. But if they do win, would that mean only the Harts would be chasing the belts? Or will the team of John Morrison and R-Truth chase after the titles? I’m assuming the latter so Morrison can get a proper heel turn. Right?

WHO WILL WIN: McIntyre and Rhodes. Unless the WWE wants the tag team division to continue to swirl into obscurity, something needs to happen in which the Harts begin some infighting (which would be bad for the tag team division, meaning the WWE will do it eventually). The Harts will probably lose the match due to a mistake between Smith and Kidd.

2. Intercontinental Championship
Champion Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston — Kofi had a promo on Smackdown that was so badly scripted that I couldn’t watch the whole thing. Needless to say, since Dolph has Vicki Guerrero in his corner, he will lose the title if he loses by DQ or is counted out.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Dolph Ziggler, to keep his status quo up, and continue the storyline between himself, Vicki and NXT contestant Kaitlyn. They need to continue to make Dolph important, and give him more time to cut promos and get wins over bigger stars. Kofi is stuck in the funnel of obscurity (like the Tag Team Titles) and unless he’s given time to cut his own promos (like he did once upon a time against Randy Orton) and also improves his in-ring work, he’ll never get a higher position than IC or US champion.

WHO WILL WIN: Kofi Kingston, probably due to outside interference, pushing forward the Dolph/Vicki/Kaitlyn storyline a little too quickly.

3. The Big Show vs. CM Punk — In a feud that isn’t helping either man, hopefully this will be the match that ends it.
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2010 WWE Money In The Bank – John Cena Vs. Sheamus

With two Money In The Bank matches, this should be a pretty entertaining PPV, but if they do this every year, I think it will get old. Interestingly enough, I think most people are wondering how the Nexus is involved in the show, even though they’re not in a match.

1. Smackdown Money In The Bank: Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Christian vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Matt Hardy vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kane vs. The Big Show

Many of these guys were in the MITB match at WrestleMania so they should be pretty comfortable with the pacing and how to time it all out.

They went with comedy to start that match as Big Show tried stepping on a rung of the ladder and it broke. Then he slapped another and it broke. Best spot early was Kofi Kingston going off near the top of the ladder onto McIntyre who was on the announcer’s table.

The Big Show brought out his reinforced ladder and they worked around it. Kofi jumped onto Show and hit a swinging DDT on him, albeit in slow motion. Dashing Cody Rhodes went up to the top rope and drop kicked Kofi off the ladder in another really good spot. Matt Hardy and Christian are the best ladder match workers in the group and they haven’t really been involved all that much.

The chemistry has been off. Dolph and Cody have both looked stupid in spots. Cody sold a punch from Kane about 2 full seconds before it came.

To get Show out of the match, Kane dumped him over the top and everyone threw ladders on him and he couldn’t get up.

Poor Drew McIntyre. He was about to get the briefcase and Kane caught him and threw him off the ladder and Kane is your winner. Kane?

Winner: Kane

This was a pretty sloppy match, but because of the gimmick, it was still pretty good. But it’s probably the worst MITB match of the lot, which isn’t anything to be ashamed of.

2. Eve Torres vs. Alicia Fox

Well, this wasn’t very good. Both girls are athletic so you’d imagine that in a couple months, they can have a decent match. Alicia’s offense wasn’t all that smooth and their timing wasn’t great. Torres fed early to nearly everything. Fox hit a Tilt-A-Whirl back breaker which was cool. Torres came off the top rope with a flip onto Fox, but Fox put her knees up. She’d already worked on Eve’s back. Fox then hit the Booker T axe kick for the win.

Winner: Alicia Fox

3. The Usos vs. The Hart Dynasty
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WWE 2010 Fatal 4-Way Play By Play – John Cena Vs. Randy Orton Vs. Sheamus Vs. Edge

I can’t say I’m super interested in this show. The build up has been awful, and of late, the NXT angle has dominated the hype. I just hope there’s some good matches tonight. Sometimes, the worst built shows have some of the best matches. That’s my hope.

Vince McMahon comes out to start the show and says that Bret Hart won’t be on the PPV tonight because of what happened to him on Monday at the end of Raw.

Drew McIntyre came out and shook hands with Vince. Vince left in a limo. I wonder if the NXT guys go after Vince’s limo next.

1. Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston

The build of Drew is so weird. I haven’t ever understood it and after this match, I still don’t. He brought Teddy Long down to ringside so that when he beat Kofi, Teddy would have to be the one to give him the title.

It was a longer match than I expected. McIntyre worked on Kofi’s arm for the first half of the match. Kofi made a good comeback and the match picked up, but then there was a ref bump. McIntyre hit him with his finisher but the ref was no where to be found. McIntyre brought Teddy into the ring, and stripped the ref shirt from the downed ref and put it on Teddy. He went to count the three, but stopped at two. Then Matt Hardy came out and hit Drew with his finisher and then Teddy counted three. And this is a way to get McIntyre over? Or are they still punishing him?

Winner: Kofi Kingston

2. Maryse vs. Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox vs. Eve Torres

Alicia stole Eve’s pin on Maryse to win the Divas title. Eve hit a pretty sweet moonsault on Maryse right before then. The match was actually half-decent and had a good pace.

Winner: Alicia Fox

Chris Jericho came out to cut a long promo about how he’s not the hot thing in the company anymore, but now he’s on top and people want to make a name for themselves by beating him. Then he challenged Evan Bourne in what I think is an impromptu match. I don’t remember seeing this one made on Raw.

3. Chris Jericho vs. Evan Bourne
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The Aftermath – WWE 2010 Over The Limit

Some have called it the worst WWE PPV of the year so far and while not bad, it’d be hard to disagree. Part of the reason this show was as average as it was had nothing to do with the matches. Some of it was just bad luck.

Here’s what we thought about the show:

Thumbs Down (leaning)
Best Match: The Hart Dynasty vs. Chris Jericho and The Miz
Worst Match: Randy Orton vs. Edge

Usually WWE deliver good main event matches, and thus no matter how bad the show has been up to that point, you go away feeling somewhat content. This was quite the opposite. I really enjoyed a lot of the early stuff. It was nice to see Kofi getting the big PPV win. Punk/Mysterio was enjoyable; even if it wasn’t some of their better work. And the tag title match was the highlight of the show for me.

Now, the second half of this show was an unmitigated disaster. Orton went down with the injury just as things were beginning to get going, and his match with Edge was waved off. Then Swagger/Show made it two non-finishes in a row. We had our usual worthless divas segment, and then a disappointing headliner. I have loved the Cena/Batista feud, but for me this was the worst match they have had. Not awful, just disappointing. I can’t say Over The Limit was a complete waste of time because of the 2 or 3 good early bouts, but if you didn’t see it you weren’t missing much.

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2010 WWE Over The Limit Play By Play – John Cena Vs. Batista

Last month’s Extreme Rules left a lot to be desired for me. It was the first PPV following the great WrestleMania card and it fell flat. Because of that, I don’t expect much with Over The Limit, which seems to be mostly a rehash of the feuds from the last show. There will probably be some good matches, but already, just two months after Mania, many of these feuds seems stale.

1. Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre

I wish Christian was facing Kofi again from Smackdown a couple of weeks ago. That was a great match. I don’t have high hopes here.

You never want to hear the words “slow the pace down” when talking about an opener and that’s what Michael Cole just said Drew McIntyre is doing. What should we call the move where Kofi leaps crotch first onto the second rope while the guy is in the corner? Testicles corner punches?

It was an ok match, but pretty short. Kofi missed the Trouble in Paradise, got out of Drew’s Future Shock, and then hit the SOS for the pin. I didn’t expect him to win at all.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

Matt Hardy came out and hit a Twist of Fate on McIntyre. The match felt like a back drop. I have no idea what they’re doing with Drew McIntyre.

2. R-Truth vs. Ted DiBiase Jr.

Virgil is back! And this time in a suit!
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