Hello, readers—Andre Harrison here with my results and review column for WWE's Night of Champions pay-per-view.
Featuring a Six-Pack Elimination Challenge for the WWE Championship plus Undertaker vs. Kane for the World Heavyweight Championship—in a no-holds-barred match—this was an event to remember, even if it was clunky at times.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston (Intercontinental Championship Match)
Result: Dolph Ziggler retains with a Zig-Zag (12:45)
Harrison's Analysis: A very solid showing from both guys, much better than their Summerslam interference match. Ziggler and Kingston showed that they can work together given the time. Not much better than their Smackdown encounters, but a well booked finish of Ziggler telling Vickie to hold back (due to the DQ stipulation), only for Dolph to outsmart Kofi and retain, clean. Nice stuff.
Harrison Match Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
Big Show vs. CM Punk
Result: Big Show wins with a Knockout Punch (4:45)
Harrison's Analysis: Mad props for Punk's promo at the start, slamming Chicago. Awesome stuff as always. However, the match itself was a glorified squash. I liked the end sequence, but Punk didn't get much in. When will Punk rise up the card again? (Sigh.) Skip it.
Harrison Match Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5
The Miz vs, Daniel Bryan (United States Championship Match)
Result: Daniel Bryan wins the United States Title with a Lebell Lock (12:30)
Harrison's Analysis: This was bulled as the Sleeper Match of the Night as it sure as hell delivered. The Miz was great in going for Bryan's arm and his selling was superb. We also got some awesome spots, like Bryan's head kick, and there was a fantastic series of near-falls down the stretch as well. The best EVER match for the The Miz. Great stuff.
Harrison Match Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Melina vs. Michelle McCool (Lumberjill Match to Unify the Women's and Diva's Championship)
Result: McCool wins the Unified Diva's Championship with a Big Boot (6:25)
Harrison's Analysis: The best female match I've seen this year. Some real innovation from both women here as they tried to replicate their match from last year. It wasn't quite to that level, but top marks for effort. Nice stuff from Melina and McCool here.
Harrison Match Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Kane vs. Undertaker (No-Holds-Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship)
Result: Kane retains with a Tombstone Piledriver (12:50)
Harrison's Analysis: An old school, old fashioned, slobber knocker. Reminded me of Cena/Batista from Over The Limit. A great brawl up and down the arena. Some great athleticism shown as well from two guys who having surpassed 40, really shouldn't have done. The great storytelling and end sequence was great too. Taker being portrayed as weak was done to perfection. Best Kane/Taker match ever.
Harrison Match Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
The Hart Dynasty (w/Natalya) vs. The Uso Brothers (w/Tamina) vs. Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella vs. Evan Bourne and Mark Henry vs. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre (WWE Tag Team Championship Gauntlet Match)
Result: Rhodes and McIntyre capture the Championships with a Cross Rhodes from Rhodes (13:30)
Harrison's Analysis: Garbage booking, but a solid effort at the end from Bourne, Rhodes and McIntyre. It was nice to see Santino on PPV, albeit briefly, but that was just...a head-scratcher.
Harrison Match Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Eliminations: Jericho (1:20), Edge (15:00), Cena (18:50), Barrett (20:30)
Result: Randy Orton pins Sheamus with the RKO (21:35)
Harrison's Analysis: You are reading that right. Jericho was eliminated first. I loved how everyone sold the shock. But besides that, this was another Raw overbooked mess, and I didn't care for the rapid fire eliminations. Solid work from all involved, but it just didn't click for me. Why were there six men in this match again?
Harrison Match Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
Overall Show Thoughts
Solid Outing from the WWE here. Some nagging issues here and there, especially with the booking, but the wrestling itself was solid. Not quite at the same level of last year, but still a very solid show worth checking out. I've been Andre Harrison, thank you very much for reading, and sayonara!
Pros: Bryan/Miz, Six Pack Challenge, Taker/Kane, Ziggler/Kingston, Melina/McCool
Cons: Tag Team Turmoil, Show/Punk
Harrison's WWE Night of Champions 2010 Rating: 8.0 out of 10—Recommended Buy