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WWE Night Of Champions 2012 Results & Recap – Cena & Punk Draw

CM PunkThe WWE held its annual Night of Champions 2012 pay per view on Sunday night. CM Punk and John Cena tried to recreate Money in the Bank magic with Cena playing the hometown favorite. While the in-ring magic may have been there, the finish was certainly not as memorable.

CM Punk (in New York Yankees pinstripes) and John Cena tried to settle the score Sunday night in Boston, MA. Unfortunately for fans paying $50 hoping to see a clear winner, they were left with just as much ambiguity as they had going into the bout. A fantastic match was marred in my opinion by a finish that while sensible, is a bit cheap on pay per view.

Punk and Cena had a heck of a match for about 25 minutes. They threw everything at each other including Cena using a tope’ on Punk. The finish of the match came down to Cena giving Punk a German suplex off of the second rope. The referee counted three, Cena celebrated as new champion momentarily before it was announced that it was actually a double pin with both men’s shoulders down, thus the referee officially declared the match a draw.

Now I get the idea behind the finish. It is really tough to beat each guy right now. But if that is the case, don’t do the match! The finish is dumb among other things just for the mere fact that someone of Cena’s experience would be careless enough to leave his shoulders on the mat in this situation. It isn’t as if theoretically the man had seen this done in wrestling before. Also, referees and G.M.s have restarted matches numerous times in the past. Why not just restart the match? I don’t have a problem with this kind of non-finish for a television match, but it is a bit of a cop out when you are charging fans $50 to not give them a clear cut winner.

My hunch is that the WWE will come back with a Cena vs. Punk rematch at Hell in a Cell. This is only a guess so anything can happen. I would also guess that somehow or another the match would end with some kind of screwy finish. There is nothing wrong with either guy losing if it is done right. If you can’t come up with a winner, don’t do the match. The only problem here is that Punk has nobody waiting in the wings as a credible challenger so I would presume that Cena will be the man up at Hell in a Cell.

Sheamus retained the WWE world heavyweight championship over Alberto Del Rio with a Brogue Kick. The Brogue Kick was reinstated and used to finish off Del Rio for a third time. They are really working hard to get this Brogue Kick over. I can’t read the minds of the entire WWE Universe but the buzz on social media is that the fans are really tired of Sheamus as a babyface. It doesn’t appear that Sheamus will turn anytime soon, but there is a growing number of fans who have grown tired with “The Great White.”

Randy Orton defeated Dolph Ziggler in a match that was just as good as I expected. It was a slow paced match to start, but the guys really turned it up going home. The big story here was Orton losing his temper. Orton popped the crowd the finger and got into a heated argument with a fan at ringside. Orton later apologized on Twitter for the gesture. A lot of fans were upset at the finish on Twitter. I get it but if it leads to a Ziggler-Orton WWE title program at some point I think it is fine. If not, than Ziggler is getting the Daniel Bryan treatment on his way to the title.

Former WWE world heavyweight champion JBL sat in for Jerry Lawler in the color commentator’s chair. I love JBL on commentary. He can certainly rub some people wrong and his research could use a little more polishing, but I liked the dynamic between him and Cole. They will do it again Monday on RAW.

All in all I thought it was a good show. The finish in the main-event really killed it for me. They could have had something great there if they finished it off with something decisive. Instead, they took the coward’s way out. For that reason alone, I’d tell you to skip the replay if you were busy watching Lions-49ers.

Full WWE Night of Champions 2012 winners and results…
CM Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE championship ended in a draw
Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio to retain the WWE world heavyweight titleZack Ryder defeated Brodus Clay, Primo, Epico, Justin Gabriel, Tensai, Tyson Kidd, Michael McGillicutty, Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Jinder Mahal, JTG, Drew McIntyre, Ted DiBiase, Heath Slater and Santino Marella to win a16-man Battle Royal for a United States Championship match later in the evening
The Miz  defeated Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Sin Cara in a Fatal Four-Way Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Kane and Daniel Bryan defeated R-Truth and Kofi Kingston to win the WWE Tag Team Championship
Antonio Cesaro defeated Zack Ryder to retain the United States Championship
Randy Orton defeated Dolph Ziggler
Eve Torres defeated Layla to win the WWE Divas Championship

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an M.B.A. from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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