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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, twice over, following the close of last night’s Survivor Series pay-per-view spectacular.
The 2015 Survivor Series was an overall fun show with two hot opening matches followed by a frenetic tournament ending featuring a Money in the Bank cash-in. If I had any nits to pick, it would probably be that I wished more of the tournament was included on the pay-per-view. While some of us bemoan the lack of elimination matches on the card every year, removing it and a few other middle card bouts and focusing the show around the title, with the outstanding quarterfinal matches from Raw moved to this show, in conjunction with the Undertaker’s anniversary could have taken it from just a decent show to home run show. However, no matter what happens in the network era, you can’t beat the $9.99 price tag.
Let’s start with the biggest focus of the night, the big gold and jewel encrusted championship.
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As mentioned during tonight’s Chad Dukes Wrestling Show, WWE Champion Seth Rollins possibly suffered a knee injury during a match with Kane at tonight’s WWE Live Event in Dublin, Ireland. The incident occurred as Rollins attempted a sunset flip powerbomb off the top rope, slips, and/or his knee buckles. Rollins was able to finish the match but was helped to the back by trainers afterwards.
Check out videos of the spot, Rollins nailing the powerbomb, and afterwards below.
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Gather ’round plebeians for another edition of The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show with this week’s guest Mr. Bob Backlund! Dukes chats with Mr. Backlund to promote his new book “Backlund: From All-American Boy to Professional Wrestling’s World Champion.”
Also on this week’s program Dukes, Goat, & Thom discuss the importance of championships in the wrestling landscape today, Seth Rollins & Kane, Saturday’s MSG show, Bray Wyatt & Roman Reigns, and the eternal problem of why people have to tell us that wrestling is “fake.”
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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.
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Hopefully setting the precedent for future international house show live broadcasts, WWE’s Beast in the East special from Ryougoku Sumo Hall featured a red-hot opening match, a Brock Lesnar thrashing, and an incredible NXT championship match. The commentary team of Michael Cole and Byron Saxon did a great job, outside of a few mispronunciations of Japanese talents, mentioning the history and background of the WWE superstars and other promotions in Japan. If you get the chance check out one of the replays or catch it on demand!
Chris Jericho vs. Neville
Fantastic opener that told a cranky veteran versus hot young upstart story. Neville’s quickness and agility clearly wowed the Japanese crowd as they gasped each time he effortlessly leaped from high-flying maneuver to maneuver. As the match went on Jericho showed more and more heelish tendencies, kicking Neville in the head while he was down. Jericho got in all his signature spots from the Lionsault to the Code Breaker to the Walls of Jericho. There was a great high spot where Jericho hit a codebreaker on a diving Neville. Jericho got the victory after Neville went for the Red Arrow for the third time but Jericho got his knees up and locked in the Liontamer, the much more brutal version of the Walls of Jericho.
Winner: Chris Jericho
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