Night of Champions was an eventful night indeed. We saw Seth Rollins put in two incredible performances in one night against John Cena and Sting. Sting suffered a “significant” injury and Kane returned to get revenge on Seth and prevent Sheamus from cashing in Money In The Bank. RAW had a lot to develop on. Considering that the next PPV main event is the Hell in a Cell grudge match between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, the pressure was on for RAW to succeed. Here are my top five moments from the show…
1. John Cena vs Seth Rollins
If you’re in any doubt about who has been the best wrestler of the year up until this point, these last two nights should have squashed those doubts for good. Seth Rollins, as far as I’m concerned, should be WWE’s Employee of the Year with everything he’s done in the past year! I thought Kevin Owens working three nights in a row in Brooklyn, including a ladder match with Finn Balor, was special. I believe this has slightly topped that. Seth Rollins worked two matches in one night a few weeks ago on RAW. After working two top matches in one night again with John Cena and Sting at Night of Champions, Seth worked ANOTHER main event match with John Cena on RAW!
Three great matches in the space of two days. That’s astonishing to me. Let’s recap. At Night of Champions, Seth first worked a match with Cena. In that match, he took three Attitude Adjustments, including one on the floor, and went 17 minutes. He then worked a 14 minute match with Sting, which was challenging due to a number of circumstances including Sting’s injury. He then took a Brogue Kick, a chokeslam and a TOMBSTONE to cap off that night. On RAW, he worked another big match with Cena and delivered once again. That’s quite something.
It could be argued that Seth is being over-exposed in television, having been featured so many times during this show in particular. However, Seth’s handling the pressure and thoroughly deserves his position right now.
2. Kane’s Identity Crisis
I know a lot of people are a bit annoyed that Kane’s involved in a main event program in 2015. Considering that Seth’s coming off great work with Brock Lesnar, John Cena and Sting, it might seem as a step down for Rollins. However, I think their delivery in this program as been good so far.
We’re a few days into this storyline and things could easily fall apart. However, Kane came out in a blaze of glory at Night of Champions and he was awesome on RAW. His delivery with his backstage promos as “Corporate Kane” were really good and at times, he was very funny. Out of all the identity crisis storylines we’ve had over the years, at least Kane’s has been one of the strongest with regards to the actual portrayal of someone with a dual personality. He was funny in the suit and was menacing as the demon.
I like this storyline so far and to be honest, working Kane will be the easiest thing in the world for Seth. Many people have stated in interviews that Kane is very easy worker to work with and that’s great for Seth considering the amount of work he’s done in the past few months. I’m all for this feud.
3. Paige’s #PaigeBomb
One of the biggest things coming off RAW is Paige’s “PaigeBomb” which she cut when she turned heel during Charlotte’s Divas Title celebration. I won’t talk about it a great deal since I am planning to do a separate article on Paige later on in the week. However, I will say this promo was magical. It’s definitely what was needed to salvage this Divas Revolution which has really sunk in the past few months. I had my issues with Charlotte winning the title initially but I think Paige will help things along tremendously now she’s a heel. Considering all the ways they could have turned Paige heel, this was by far one of the greater methods.
4. Randy Orton Returns In Big Brawl With The Wyatt Family
I thought this opening segment with the big brawl involving Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, the Wyatt Family and the returning Randy Orton was a great segment. It seemed to come out of nowhere as you’d think they’d build up to the fight later on in the show. But no. Everyone came out all guns blazing. It started off with Roman challenging Bray Wyatt to a one on one fight. Luke Harper and Braun Strowman got involved before Dean Ambrose came down to help Roman. Then Randy Orton came down to help even the odds. The good guys were able to stand tall and knock Braun down to the outside.
I thought this was a nice little brawl. It wasn’t like a pull-apart fight or anything but it was nice to see them fight for a little while. It really helped intensify this rivalry and it’s a great change of pace to see the show actually start off with a brawl. It’s different and I do like it when WWE tries something different!
5. Xaiver Woods
Xaiver Woods still continues to be one of the greatest parts of RAW every single week. Xaiver cut a promo with the New Day just before their six man tag also involving Rusev, the Dudley Boyz and Dolph Ziggler. Xaiver talked about how he had to get wood removed from his “buttocks!” Xaiver did his usual thing on the trombone and in one of the highlights of this show, played Rusev’s theme song on the trombone. I thought that deserved the pop of the night! I also like how 30 seconds into the song, Michael Cole then stated “I think he’s playing Rusev’s theme music” or something like that. I love how it took Cole that long to figure it out!
Summer Rae was also getting involved by doing a “trombone tag team” with Xaiver! What’s funny about this was that Rusev and Xaiver were in some kind of video together playing video games recently! It’s nice to see how their relationship in real life has now been transferred into the kayfabe world of WWE! Rusev was celebrating with the New Day and seemed so out of character being filled with positivity! There was also the moment where the New Day were doing Rusev’s pose that he does in the ring during his entrance! That was awesome! The New Day is awesome! I hope they never break up!
There were a few great moments in the show, accompanied with some not so great moments. There was a few things that annoyed me. Cesaro jobbing to the Big Show was one of them, effectively finishing his main event push. That was sad. There was one other thing that annoyed me, which I’ll get to now before I finish.
WWE made the big announcement that Brock Lesnar would be facing the UNDERTAKER in a Hell in a Cell match at the PPV. Instead of promoting that match, WWE decided it was more important to dedicate more time to promoting Big Show vs Brock Lesnar at Madison Square Garden in a few weeks!