[adinserter block=”1″]I succumbed to the propaganda and plunked down the $9.99 for the WWE Network and Night of Champions pay-per-view with the hope I would see a more exciting event than I am used to pay for.
For the $9.99 catchphrase and the hope the company is trying to move on from a failing reality era of the business, I certainly got my money’s worth, and in the process, saw great matches and a solid lineup that will move us into the last three pay-per-views of the year.
Here are some general thoughts of what will happen in the near future, which is highlighted by the notion of what the hell was Seth Rollins thinking trying to cash in on Brock Lesnar. Has the WWE lost its freaking mind?
The WWE works conceptually when men of equal proportion of dynamic feud with each other Rollins and Cena may make sense in a perfect wrestling world, but Rollins and Brock Lesnar makes about as much sense as King Kong Bundy and X-Pac. The interruption also did a few things to mess up my Chi or sorts. Does this mean both Lesnar and Cena have a gripe with The Authority and please do not tell me it leads to an unholy union of the two – well only if it means the word heel is associated with the name Cena.
The WWE has really messed up a great night. I had started writing this column, ready to give the night and program a solid “B+” in honor of our new “Peoples Champion” Daniel Bryan, but now I have to drop it to a “B” due to interference.
Here are some general thoughts …
I worried form the start about a pay-per-view without Roman Reigns – which we all know is odd, but in the past, being injured (Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett) has only moved them down the ladder of success. The company must move on and the hernia injury only hurts Reigns’ chances of capturing the WWE World Title because the writers and directors of the company have to scurry to determine what direction it wants to go. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins could chase each other all over the country like Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer, but it looks like the WWE excited us and put an end to our dream all in one night.
SOLID MID-CARD MATCHES
I loved the matches for both the Intercontinental and the United State Heavyweight Titles.
Assuming there is at some point a unification match, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz and Cesaro are the perfect foursome to give these titles some real push and class. I also think there is a way to make R-Truth and Damien Sandow more involved in the rebuild of these two once prominent straps.
TAG TEAM GLORY
The win by Goldust and Stardust was he right move on all accounts and makes the tag team division even stronger.
The Usos are the best tag team to come along on the company since the days of Brian Kendrick and Paul London. They also add a certain old-style feel, much like the Samoans and Too Cool.
[adinserter block=”2″]The tag team division is good right now, but it needs to grow. If the Wyatts become challengers for the titles, it will give more credibility to a division that was basically non-existent three years ago.
A BRUISED AMERICAN EGO
Back in the day, Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan fought to defend old glory. These days, the idea of defending American does not hit home like it did in the NWA in the 1970s and 1980s. Mark Henry’s performance in the match with Rusev was less than stellar.
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