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An average night for the Champions
on 28 August 2011
Night of Champions 2009 is yet another average show from WWE. Not too dire, yet nothing whatsoever to make this absolutely spectacular. There are some excellent matches on the card, coupled with some strong performances. Yet there's an equal amount of dull, abysmal offerings and match-ups that we've seen before. It's no wonder that a lot of WWE at the time was so stale and repetitive.
Two things about this show that WILL appeal to die-hard fans and completists, though. And they are Rey Mysterio as the Intercontinental Champion and this chapter of the refreshing and magnificent rivalry between Jeff Hardy and CM Punk over SmackDown's World Heavyweight Championship. Both these angles are what made SmackDown the best wrestling show in 2009, so if you want to discover what happened here, then this Night of Champions is worth having.
Unified Tag Team Championship Match
Chris Jericho (Champion) & Mystery Partner vs. Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes
Edge's torn Achilles tendon put him on the shelf, leaving Jericho in need for a new partner to hold the titles. His choice was without doubt the least likely candidate imaginable, but surprisingly, the new pairing turned out hugely successful. But on this night, the heels vs. heels match-up felt difficult and awkward. And although the result could've been much worse, the action and finish are so unimpressive that you're left wondering how the winners could've been a long-term success. Not exactly a great way to kick things off. (5/10)
ECW Championship Match
Tommy Dreamer (Champion) vs. Christian
The moment the Innovator of Violence captured his second ECW title after over a decade was an emotionally satisfying one, and his championship run made for brilliant nostalgia. Alas, you knew Tommy's reign couldn't last forever, and that Christian was better suited to be the face of the `new' ECW for the remainder of its life. Despite being out of his hardcore element, Tommy turns in a fine performance against Captain Charisma in a good match. Not special, but still satisfactory. (7/10)
Six-Pack Challenge United States Championship Match
Kofi Kingston (Champion) vs. Primo vs. MVP vs. Carlito vs. Jack Swagger vs. The Miz
Frenetic, fast-paced and utterly action-filled melee. All the talent in this match made this a spectacular rumble. Whoever came out with the U.S. title, I would've lauded, because they ALL delivered. Thrilling moves and exciting spots galore in this one! Match of the night. (9/10)
WWE Women's Championship Match
Michelle McCool (Champion) vs. Melina
This was easily the best bout of Michelle McCool's career. She silenced her critics here by wrestling a highly aggressive and physical match, easily the best women's bout WWE's had in ages. The timing and chemistry flowed perfectly and Melina deserves praise as always. Correct outcome and some fab spots, most notably Michelle's SICK DDT on Melina...ON THE RINGSIDE BARRIER! (7/10)
Triple-Threat WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton (Champion) vs. Triple H vs. John Cena
A rematch from WrestleMania 24. And the result is exactly the same. A great match with great opponents...but not the classic it could've been. This feels stale and repetitive at times (because we've seen all three match up with one another before), and the ending is just typical. But because the action was so good (liked the double-submission!), I'll let them off. (8/10)
Divas Championship Match
Maryse (Champion) vs. Mickie James
I love Mickie. And I love Maryse. And I was expecting them both to put on a very good women's bout. Instead, this is the complete opposite of the Women's Championship match earlier. And it REALLY makes me wonder all the more why THAT championship is now defunct, and this silly Divas version is still active! The timing of both ladies is well off, the action is sloppy, and the bout runs on for far too long. Not even the winner can justify having to sit through this. I expected better, especially after the previous Divas match. (2/10)
Intercontinental Championship Match
Rey Mysterio (Champion) vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/Maria)
After the awesome programme with Chris Jericho, Rey continued his unforgettable Intercontinental title run by moving onto the former Spirit Squad member, now rechristened as the vastly superior Dolph Ziggler. Mysterio again proved his excellence as IC Champ, wrestling a strong bout with the `newcomer'. Unfortunately, no one could really identify with Ziggler yet, so this feels more like an experiment to see if he's worthy of being champion. In spite of this, Ziggler continues to impress, and the rematch at SummerSlam would be the classic THIS was meant to be. (7/10)
World Heavyweight Championship Match
CM Punk (Champion) vs. Jeff Hardy
The refreshing, legendary Hardy/Punk feud got better and better as it went on. Punk's staggeringly good promo earlier on in the evening really got the crowd fired up for this, and he and Hardy just continued to solidify their main-event credentials. Superior to their match at The Bash, the two finally found their in-ring chemistry, wrestling an excellent match. The outcome is very surprising indeed, continuing a classic storyline in perfect fashion. And there was still more to come! (8/10)
Following the pitiful trend of pay-per-view DVDs today, only one extra. Another interview, with the loser of the World Title match, no less. The fact that it's part of 2009's hottest angle is terrific. The fact that Silver Vision & WWE Home Video don't put enough extras on these discs (like they USED to!) is inexcusable.
Still, the show is what matters I suppose, and while the less said about the Divas and Tag Title Matches the better, Night of Champions 2009 has content to make it worth your while. Yes, it's another average show from WWE (one of too many recently!) but the World Heavyweight, U.S., WWE and Women's Championship matches are the high-points. Not essential at all, but if you want to own Night of Champions 2009, you won't be sorry you bought it.