After one of the better pay-per-views of 2012, the WWE is ready to move forward from Night of Champions. Not so fast.
The WWE Universe can’t move on until we find out which superstars came out of this event looking stronger than ever; for this edition, we even included a commentator.
All of the following stars walked out of the company’s secondary PPV with serious momentum and the fans on their sides.
Expect big things from these boys over the next few months!
After Jerry “The King” Lawler announced that John Bradshaw Layfield would be taking the helm as the color commentator for Night of Champions, many fans didn’t know what to expect from the former SmackDown announcer.
While the start was a bit rough, JBL eased his way back into the role and was a full-fledged commentator again by the conclusion of the PPV. It was great to see a viable secondary option at the announce table and a possible full-time replacement for SmackDown
With a chance to showcase his talent on Monday Night Raw as well, JBL showed the WWE brass that he is still great at what he does and should be an employee of the company.
After he’s done climbing his mountains, of course.
Daniel Bryan and Kane
As much as CM Punk and John Cena are getting the most hype, the best storyline WWE has going right now is the anger management interaction of Kane and Daniel Bryan.
Now that they’re tag team champions, the crazy is just getting started.
While the competition is incredibly thin, Bryan and Kane have the ability to become one of the most memorable tag teams in history. There is an absolute wasteland of talent in the tag division, but the new champions have the charisma to make people care again.
Kane and Bryan can’t do it alone, but we have talked more about the tag titles in the WWE over the last 24 hours than in the last six months combined. The transformation is already happening.
While WWE Champion CM Punk may claim that he gets no respect, most of the smart wrestling fans realize how great the match Sunday night against John Cena really was for Punk’s legacy.
The tainted finish may anger some fans, but at least it allows Punk to retain the title and continue the feud through the next PPV. If the plan really is to have Punk fight The Rock at the Royal Rumble, the WWE is setting it up perfectly.
As for the actual ending of the match, it couldn’t have been more perfect.
It was poetic justice that Cena would cost himself a match using a move outside the prototypical “five moves of doom,” but it was the fact that both men walked away looking so strong that proved the WWE believes wholeheartedly in Punk now.
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