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WWE was back on pay-per-view (PPV) last night (Sept. 15, 2012) with the Night of Champions event that took place at the TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts.
Surprisingly, or maybe not so much, CM Punk is still your WWE champion after a lengthy but outstanding match against John Cena that featured a Dusty Finish that angered more than it pleased.
But the match was good.
Other action on the card saw Sheamus defeat Alberto Del Rio again, The Miz retain his Intercontinental strap in a fun Fatal Four-Way, Eve Torres win the Diva's title, and Team Anger Management claim gold.
Enough with the results, though. If you want them in full, click here for the running live blog. Time to get to reactions, posted after the jump.
- I've seen a lot of complaints regarding the booking in the Punk vs. Cena match and I don't get it. It seems fans want clean finishes at all times and that's simply not feasible, at least not in the current climate created by WWE and its history. And, really, does anyone actually expect that Cena will EVER be in a program that sees him lose clean more often than not? Considering their roles, the booking here was brilliant. Heel wins but does so in a way that leaves hope for the babyface, who comes back in a rematch to finish the job right. Heel wins again, possibly by smoz finish again, and you repeat the process. That's the method they've been using for years, why are we still arguing with it? It makes money. Plus, the match was incredible, far better than the dud they put together at Raw 1000. Hell in a Cell rematch, here they come.
- Punk's troll job at the start of the match was masterful, wasn't it? I like that much better than wearing Yankee's tights to draw cheap heat, although I suppose he can get away with it a bit more than others because so many people want to cheer him.
- I also saw a few of you complaining about Paul Heyman and what his purpose is/was/will be. While I can certainly understand why you might nitpick such a thing because Punk doesn't need a manager, I greatly enjoyed the various times WWE cameras cut to Heyman ringside and he had a new and fresh facial expression for every situation. It's the little things like that that can be the most enjoyable. I think there's also an element of elevation here. Punk is better with Heyman there than he is with him not. Maybe he wants to impress Heyman to live up to his great expectations of him, I don't know, but it's a winning combination, no matter the role he plays as "manager," if that's even what he is right now.
- Let's take a moment to acknowledge how awesome JBL was filling in for Jerry Lawler. In fact, I would prefer Lawler simply retire and enjoy the rest of his days away from the stressful life on the road WWE forces upon him. Sure, he does it because he loves it, but he's getting too old for it and we know now there is a viable alternative, someone to step in who can fill his shoes without missing a beat who actually wants to do the job. That probably won't happen but JBL was amazing and I really want him back.
- "I'M GOING TO DISNEYLAND!" Kane, delivering perhaps the creepiest line that wasn't meant to be creepy in the history of wrestling. Seriously, imagine if this guy actually walked around at the park looking the way he does with that red glow that always seems to follow him around. The smell of shit would permeate throughout the entire park because all the kids would defecate all over themselves.
- I guessed Kane and Daniel Bryan would nearly win the titles but inadvertently screw each other out of them and feud over that, all while working on their anger issues but failing miserably to hilarious results. They basically went that direction except they booked it to where their infighting actually led to them winning the belts. Hey, the tag division is a steaming pile anyway. New life and all that.
- Sheamus has beaten Alberto Del Rio for the 58th time in a row and let's hope that's the end of that. I won't be able to stomach even one more match between the two, even if it means the David Otunga storyline goes away. I don't want that because Otunga should be on TV as often as possible but Del Rio just isn't a main event level player. Maybe it's the booking but I'm not buying no matter what.
- The Fatal Four-Way was exactly what we thought it would be: A fun match that meant little and saw the champion retain because, well, they didn't book ahead and sort of just ended up with this. Nothing wrong with that.
- If WWE gave out UFC style "of the Night" bonus awards, Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler would have come extremely close to winning "Match of the Night." The guerrilla press into an RKO was a sweet spot and a perfect way to end the match with a high impact move after a few near falls. I would rather these two were feuding over the belt instead of occupying each other's time until WWE figures out what it wants to do on Smackdown long term.
- Zack Ryder proved, if nothing else, that he's viable as a guy who can put on a solid match against a mid-card talent and make them look good in the process. He's no hero but he's not a zero, either, and he deserves to be featured a little more prominently going forward.
- There are many ways to get from point A to point B and WWE makes its living by keeping you guessing as to which route will be taken. In the case of the Diva's championship match, it was set up to look like Eve Torres took Kaitlyn out but acted surprised when she came across her and acted even more surprised when she was inserted into the match at the last minute. When she won the belt, it sealed the deal. At some point we'll learn she was the conniving tactician who took Kaitlyn out as part of her heel run as champion. That's nice if for no other reason that the Divas actually have a legitimate storyline that revolves around wrestling.
I really liked this show. The in-ring work was good, the booking was good and the the commentary was good.
This show gets an "A" from me, folks.
But that's me. Now it's your turn to sound off in the comments section below with all your thoughts on the Night of Champions event that took place last night.