Three championships changed hands, returns were made, trombones were played, and the internet ran Xavier Woods/Hook references into the ground in record time. All in all it was a successful Night of Champions, let’s run down the results!
World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins defeated Sting
United States Championship: John Cena defeated Seth Rollins
I’m going to treat these two matches as one giant segment. First up, Cena regained the US title with an Attitude Adjustment. Very enjoyable match with Seth Rollins continuing to impress, from the rolling superplex into the second suplex to a smooth frog splash/High Fly Flow. Cena had a great huracanrana counter to Rollins’ running powerbomb as well. After the match Rollins decided he was too injured for his second match and tried to walk out. Cena gave him an AA on the floor for his troubles and set the table for the Stinger.
Sting looked to be in the best shape he’s been in for some time and good thing because he endured a war with the Architect. While not a flashy as Cena-Rollins, I may have enjoyed Sting-Rollins more. Call it nostalgia, but even in defeat Sting put in a great performance in his first-ever WWE PPV main event. Rollins was able to turn the tide in the match after shoving Sting through the Spanish announce table and possibly concussing the WCW legend by bouncing his head off a monitor. Another highlight for Sting was a top-rope dive onto the champion to the outside. After a brief referee stoppage following a corner powerbomb in which Sting collapsed, he was able to lock in the Scorpion Death Lock to a huge pop. Rollins retained his championship after a nifty pretzling roll-up as the Icon went for the Scorpion a second time.
I’ve already seen a lot of chatter about Sting losing his two pay-per-view matches, so may be in the minority when I say I have no issues with how he went down here: fighting. Rollins is the younger model, didn’t hit his finish, and won with a fluke roll-up. Sting went toe to toe and back and forth with the top in-ring dog in the company. Plus if the referee stoppage was a work, it played perfectly into the finish with Sting being a little out of it and unable to counter Rollins’ roll-up. No shame in that in my view.
But wait, there’s more! Sheamus then attempted to cash in his MITB briefcase nailing Rollins with a Brogue Kick. However, before things became official, the Demon Kane returned from his ankle smashing to chokeslam both men.
Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper & Braun Strowman defeated Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, & Chris Jericho
Hard hitting match with the correct victors. Strowman choked out Jericho with his head and arm choke after hitting his backbreaker slam. Late in the match Jericho blind tagged himself into the match after Reigns hit several of his spots on Strowman but failed to put him away. Reigns wasn’t happy with the tag and post match more tension was teased between the Shield boys and Y2J. Interested to see where they’re going with it. Could the rivalry be on the backburner for a feud with Jericho? Throw a title on Bray, bring back Rowan and I’m going to burn all my dungarees.
Divas Championship: Charlotte defeated Nikki Bella
Charlotte won the Divas Championship with the Figure Eight leglock. Good match but still nowhere near on the level of the NXT Women’s Title Matches. Match was built around Nikki Bella attacking Charlotte’s knee, which was very old school, but it meant Charlotte sold most of the match and had less offense. The win was treated as huge by the announcers but I maintain that it would have felt even bigger without the shenanigans on Monday Night.
Tag Team Championship: The Dudley Boyz defeated Kofi Kingston & Big E by DQ
Entertaining match especially with the antics of Xavier Woods at ringside. Xavier broke up a pinfall following a 3D which called for the disqualification. Post-match New Day attempted to put the Dudleys through a table but ultimately Woods “got wood” to coin a tired phrase.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Rusev
I have a feeling the Lana wrist injury derailed the original plans for a possible mixed tag team match. As a result we just got a standard Ziggler-Rusev contest. Which isn’t to say it was bad or anything but just made it feel like the least “special” feeling match on the card. Summer Rae attempted to run interference late in the match which resulted in a referee ejection. Always hot and submissive Summer then threw her shoes at the referee, but instead it hit and distracted Rusev. This allowed Ziggler to hit Rusev with a Zig Zag for the pin.
Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens defeated Ryback
The prize-fighter captured another prize for his family. Owens dissected Ryback’s shoulder throughout the match weakening the Big Guy’s ability to hit the Shell Shock, allowing Owens to use a Greco-Roman eye rake and roll-up for his first Intercontinental Championship.
Kickoff Match: Stardust & The Ascension defeated Neville & The Lucha Dragons
Great opening six-man match with Kalisto really shining for the good guys including a nice handstand spot and a top rope huracanrana. Stardust gained the pinfall over Neville after shoving Viktor into him and then nailing him with the Queen’s Crossroads. Ascension as Stardust With all the factions forming I’m crossing everything in hopes of a all-elimination match Survivor Series this year.