Goldust and Stardust defeated The Usos to win the WWE Tag Team Championships
This was a great match because they just went out there and told a story. There was good back-and-forth action, good pacing, and a good finish. Whoever was the agent for this match deserves a raise. In the end, Stardust blocked a splash and scored the victory with a roll-up pin.
Sheamus defeated Cesaro to retain the WWE United States Championship
This was probably the best match I’ve ever seen Sheamus have. He and Cesaro worked very well together. As one would expect with these two in the ring, the match was very physical. The match did fizzle out at the end, with Sheamus winning with a Brogue Kick out of nowhere. This was a good match and would have been even better were it not for the finish.
The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship
This was a solid match hurt by the first of multiple boneheaded finishes on the show. Dolph was Dolph; the best worker in the company since Daniel Bryan got hurt. Miz wasn’t bad himself. I feel terrible for Damien Sandow. As if all the goofy gimmicks weren’t enough, as if having to dress like Miz wasn’t enough, at Night of Champions, he had to sell for Florida Georgia Line while dressed as The Miz. The finish made no sense, as Sandow caused a distraction and Dolph went out of his way to kick him, allowing Miz to pin him with a roll-up, while grabbing the tights. I have no idea why Ziggler would go out of his way to prevent Sandow from interfering, since if Sandow were to interfere, Dolph would retain the title. Good match, awful finish.
Seth Rollins defeated Roman Reigns by forfeit.
Reigns was in the hospital after hernia surgery, but Rollins wanted to be called the winner and have his hand raised anyway.
Rusev defeated Mark Henry by submission
I like Mark Henry. I really do. But this match was so bad and so slow, I can not find any way at all to defend it. These two worked at a snail’s pace and completely killed the crowd. Henry was driven into the ring post early in the match, so the announcers got over about how he was hurt and didn’t have all his strength. I have no clue why. If you’re trying to get Rusev over, wouldn’t one think that you would want to have him beat Mark Henry at his best? So, the logic was bad, the action was worse, and I really hope they don’t do this again on the next pay-per-view. Rusev made Henry tap to the Accolade.
Randy Orton defeated Chris Jericho
Decent match that the crowd wasn’t into. I don’t know if they didn’t care because they were still dead from the Rusev-Henry match or if Orton killed the crowd all over again. In any case, they didn’t care and neither did I. Orton won in the most obvious finish ever, hitting Jericho with the RKO after Jericho jumped off the top rope.
AJ Lee defeated Paige and Nikki Bella in a Triple Threat match to win the WWE Divas Championship
I have no idea why Nikki Bella was in this match. She didn’t win the title and Brie didn’t cost her the match, setting up a feud for the next month, and while Nikki (acting skills aside) was better than I expected her to be, this match would have been miles better without her in it. AJ made Paige submit to the Black Widow to win the title.
John Cena defeated Brock Lesnar by disqualification in a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
This match was almost brilliant. It asn’t going to be the greatest-worked match in history, the things made sense, and the psychology was great. Cena got in a lot more offense this time around, but Lesnar had an answer for everything Cena did. Whoever beats Brock Lesnar for the title is really going to have to earn it. Cena hit four AA’s and applied the STF four times. Cena was going for the pin after the fourth AA, at which point Seth Rollins came in, hit Cena with the Money in the Bank briefcase, and got Lesnar DQ’d, in what was the most brainless finish to a match I’ve seen in a long time, and that’s saying a lot. There was only one thing that you absolutely couldn’t do because it would make no sense whatsoever, short-term or long-term, and that’s what they did. Someone’s going to have to explain to me why Seth Rollins, who’s aligned with The Authority would try to cash in the Money in the Bank on Brock Lesnar, who The Authority brought in to win the title, with no repercussions from Triple H or Stephanie. This match was well on its way to being at least a four-star match, so this rating ought to tell how bad the finish was.
This show started out really well, and then completely fell apart. Bad booking hurt more than one match.
Show rating: *¼
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