Welcome to the one night per year when every title in the WWE is on the line. Airing live from Chicago on Pay Per View, tonight we will see who can retain their championship and who the new champions are.
If you didn’t catch my predictions for this event, you can read it here: WWE Night of Champions 2010 Predictions and see how well I did!
The one match I did not include was the WWE Tag Team Championship because there was no opponent set at the time I wrote the article. And as of Friday, when the WWE Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty were defeated by Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre, we still did not know who their opponents were.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler v. Kofi Kingston
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, and still champion
So, before the announcer finishes explaining the rules for the match, she comes out with her NXT rookie diva Kaitlyn to announce him. But, because of her interference over the past few weeks, Dolph finds himself in the position today where if he is disqualified or counted out, he will still lose the championship. If Dolph wanted to be free of these stipulations, he should have kept his girlfriend, Vickie Guerrero from ringside when it was time to defend his title. Early in the match Dolph was thrown out of the ring and Kaitlyn went to see if he was okay, but Vickie came over and told Kaitlyn to leave the ring and stage area. Jealous much?
Besides all of this drama, there really has been a good match going on between Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston.
It was a good match and Dolph was finally able to get in a pretty good sleeper hold on Kingston. After missing Trouble in Paradise, Dolph was able to use the Zig Zag to retain his title. He did it honestly and I can’t criticize that. I think even Kofi Kingston would be impressed by the fact that he won on skill alone. He almost got disqualified as Vickie was going to try and slap
Backstage with Todd Grisham and Edge. Edge resents being asked how he plans on beating the other five men in the WWE Championship 6 pack challenge. And then he starts going on about how this is his chance to thrive because he the ultimate opportunist. And, well, you know how Edge is.
Big Show v. CM Punk
Winner: Big Show, as predicted
I like the fact that CM Punk is at least able to get a favorable reception in one city, his hometown of Chicago. Take it and run with it Punk! But in CM Punk fashion, he says it is the people in the city, who are the scum of the earth, and make it worthy of being burned to the ground a second time. Now for all that talk, let’s see what CM Punk will bring to the ring tonight against the Big Show. After a little back and forth between the two, and even a possible injury to the Big Show, one knock out punch later and the Big Show is the winner.
Backstage with Josh Matthews and Chris Jericho talking about the 6 pack challenge. Jericho believes that the Raw GM put him in the match because it was in the GM’s best interest. This is his type of match. He believes he will eliminate everyone and be the new WWE Champion. And it’s not by luck, it’s because he is the best in the world at what he does (what is that again?). A few weeks ago Chris Jericho said that if he does not win the WWE Championship, then he will leave the WWE for good.
United States Champion and Mr. Money in the Bank The Miz v. Daniel Bryan
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by way of submission
Remember, folks, this rivalry goes all the way back to day one of the first season of NXT. The Miz was accompanied to the ring by his NXT Season 2 rookie Alex Riley. Just based on attitude, Daniel Bryan is the favorite for this match. During his time on NXT, Daniel Bryan did not win a single match before being eliminated. However, over time, he was given more chances in the WWE, including replacing The Miz on Team WWE at SummerSlam and making a huge impact on that match. Since then, The Miz has felt humiliated by Daniel Bryan. It doesn’t help that Daniel Bryan has made The Miz tap out in the past couple of weeks on Raw.
The Miz is working on Daniel Bryan’s arms and shoulders in an effort to compromise one of Bryan’s favorite submission moves. However, with Bryan being a submission specialist and since The Miz is not, I’m sure Bryan has more tricks up his sleeve. The official should keep his eye on Alex Riley as well because he will try to interfere in the match. The left arm of Daniel Bryan has definitely been compromised. Can Bryan pull out a win? The Miz went for a skull-crushing finale and Daniel Bryan was able to counter it. Riley tries to buy The Miz some time and goes after Bryan only to knock down Riley. The pace of this match has really picked up as each athlete senses the need to end this match. Putting the Labell lock on The Miz, despite hurt shoulders and arms, The Miz tapped out. Wow, I think The Miz is crying. It’ll be okay.
Backstage with Josh Matthews and John Cena. He wants to know John Cena’s chance of winning. John Cena has a great attitude and puts a humorous spin on all of this. He says there is no way to call a match like this, just be sure not to count out John Cena.
Divas LumberJill Unification Match: Divas Champion Melina v. Women’s Co-Champion Michelle McCool
Winner: Michelle McCool, the new Unified Divas Champion
The purpose of a LumberJill (or LumberJack) match is to keep the competitors in the ring. Either member of LayCool could have been chosen to compete and was tricked on SmackDown to be the one competing tonight. After finding this out, thanks to Kaval, Layla is one angry Diva.
Michelle went to mess up Melina’s nice split during her entrance, but the athleticism of Melina left Michelle sprawled on the floor with no Diva to help her. After another spill outside of the ring, Michelle had the nerve to slap Rosa Mendes. What was that all about? So far, none of the lumberjills have actually put the divas back in the match, but it’s nice to see all of the divas. Michelle tried to do a faith breaker on Melina, but Melina was able to counter and throw Michelle face first into the mat.
There was ruckus between Michelle and Natalya but it kept the official from seeing the cover and doing the 3 count. I love how the past two times Michelle has come out of the ring the divas have jumped Michelle. The second time Layla came in the ring to beat up on Melina. I think that is really what cost Melina the match. You can see on the faces of the divas that this was not what they expected since LayCool is on the bad list of every Diva in the WWE. I can’t wait for the rematch of this.
Backstage with Todd Grisham and Wade Barrett about his chances of winning tonight’s 6 Pack Elimination Challenge match for the WWE Championship. Barrett believes that his opponents represents the status quo and the he is the future of the WWE and the next WWE Champion.
No Holds Barred Match: World Heavyweight Champion Kane v. The Undertaker
The WWE Universe was really unaware of a rivalry until we found out at SummerSlam that Kane was the one who put his brother in a vegetative state over Memorial Day weekend. When that happened, Kane when on a tear through the SmackDown roster accusing everyone. He finally said that The Undertaker told him that it was Rey Mysterio who attacked him, but no one believed that. Rey Mysterio figured it out and said it was Kane who attacked The Undertaker. When The Undertaker returned at SummerSlam, Kane started to reveal his plan and each week has given us more insight into his sick and twisted plan to become the devil’s favorite demon.
Since his return at SummerSlam The Undertaker has not been 100% and suffered multiple tombstone piledrivers and choke slams at the hands of Kane. So the question tonight is does The Undertaker have enough in him to beat his brother Kane and reclaim the World Heavyweight Championship? A championship he would have had if had been able to compete back in the Fatal 4 Way event that got Rey Mysterio the World Heavyweight Championship before Kane won the Money in the Bank ladder match for SmackDown in another event.
Before Kane even reaches the ring, The Undertaker takes the early offensive in the match. And for the last month, Kane has been playing mind games with his brother ever since SummerSlam and they still haven’t taken their fight to the ring yet.
Now that they are back in the ring, Kane has been dissecting The Undertaker. Even taking apart the announcer table to continue his assault on The Undertaker. The tide did seem to turn when he was able to do a leg drop on Kane and then leap over the barrier to take Kane down.
After the beating these two have been taking so far in this match, I’m not sure how either of these men are still standing. Somewhere from deep down inside The Undertaker was able to choke slam Kane after taking a huge beating. It looked like things were going well for The Undertaker when he tried to get Kane into a tombstone piledriver. Kane reversed it and did the tombstone piledriver on The Undertaker to win the match.
Backstage with Todd Grisham and Randy Orton (showing off his new shirt and haircut). Does he have anything to say to his fellow competitors in the six pack challenge? After a long silence, his only answer is “No.”
Tag Team Turmoil Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship: WWE Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty v. The Usos v. “Dashing” Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre v. Santino and Vladamir Koslov v. Mark Henry and Evan Bourne
Ultimate Winners: “Dashing” Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre (but Mark Henry and Evan Bourne were really close and put up a good fight)
Two teams will start the match and as each team is eliminated, a new team will come in. The last tag team standing will be the winners. Looking at what is required by any one tag team, The Hart Dynasty was at a disadvantage coming out first. This kind of match almost guarantees a new champion. Who will it be? This type of match came about because there was no clear team as the number one contender going into this event, so this seemed to be the best way to settle the matter.
The first matchup is between The Hart Dynasty and The Usos.
Winners: The Usos
Next up: The Usos v. Santino and Vladamir Koslov
Winners: The Usos
Next up: The Usos v. Mark Henry and Evan Bourne
Winners: Mark Henry and Evan Bourne
Last match: Mark Henry and Evan Bourne v. “Dashing” Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre
Winners: see above
Commercial break for the infamous Alberto Del Rio who has eliminated Rey Mysterio by fracturing his wrist and is now in the crosshairs of Christian.
Backstage with Josh Matthews and Sheamus. The odds are not in his favor to retain the championship but Sheamus believes it doesn’t matter because he believes he is better than all of his competitors.
6 Pack Elimination Challenge for the WWE Championship: WWE Champion Sheamus v. Chris Jericho v. Edge v. Wade Barrett v. Randy Orton v. John Cena
Winner: Randy Orton
The only way to win this match is by pinfall or submission. And the competitors have a combined total of 32 world titles. As the bell rings, it is clear who the threats are as John Cena is attacked before Wade Barrett.
Chris Jericho is the first eliminated with an RKO by Randy Orton. John Cena is still trying to make sure that it really was a three count before Jericho even has left the ring. Jericho looks like he is about to cry, like The Miz did earlier when he lost. Jericho looks so confused and the action hasn’t even resumed while Jericho walked to the backstage area. With the action resuming, Wade Barrett is now surrounded but the other four superstars to throw him over the top rope leaving Cena and Randy Orton in the ring.
Wade Barrett has the nerve to start barking orders to Sheamus and Edge, which backfires just makes them angry. John Cena even gets in a drop kick. When do we ever see him the air. Orton and Cena in the ring again. Orton goes for the RKO but Cena counters, Cena goes for the STF but Orton counters and the action continues to go back and forth while each superstar tries to gain the advantage.
Sheamus has turned his attention to John Cena, working to get him eliminated next. I can’t even remember the last match Sheamus lost or who beat him, but this is the guy who needs to be eliminated. But John Cena has the tenacity and perseverance to actually survive the entire match. With the Cena on the top rope, Edge pulled him down looking like Cena suffered an injury to his knee. Then he gets a massive super plex from Edge and Sheamus, Edge goes for the cover, but Sheamus breaks it up. Why? Now Edge and Sheamus have turn their attention to Randy Orton who was still outside the ring after the last attack on him after sending Wade Barrett face first into the barricade.
Is no one willing to take out Sheamus? I’m really wondering about that. Perhaps Edge believes that if it just the two of them left, then Edge can beat Sheamus will some well-placed spears. But it may not work out that way. But at this point, they could easily eliminate Wade Barrett because he is in terrible shape right now.
Edge is the next be eliminated by the shift in momentum that allowed John Cena to get in an attitude adjustment. We are now down to Wade Barrett and John Cena in the ring. He tried to go for wasteland, but couldn’t, but Cena couldn’t connect with the attitude adjustment either. Barrett goes for the pin but Cena kicks out at two. Cena is able to pick up the pack and connect with a five knuckle shuffle. Cena then goes for the STF on Sheamus but he was able to drag himself to grab the bottom rope and break the hold.
Then out comes Nexus, and because there are no disqualifications, there was enough of a disruption to allow Barrett to connect wasteland and eliminate John Cena. Cena takes a chair to come members of Nexus and Randy Orton RKOs Barrett to eliminate him leaving us Randy Orton and Sheamus. Despite a boot to the face, Orton is still able to kick out of the cover. RKO to Sheamus and Randy Orton is the new WWE Champion!
What does this mean for Hell in a Cell in two weeks? I don’t know but it is clear to me that we will find out and you can catch my predictions here before Hell in a Cell: Wendy Stewart’s Articles.
Join me next month, on October 3rd when the Hell in a Cell Pay Per View match airs live from Dallas!
WWE: Night of Champions 2010