Night Of Champions 2012

|Date: September 16, 2012
|Venue: TD Garden |City: Boston, Massachusetts
|Attendance: 14,886 |Buys: 189,000

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CM Punk defends the WWE Championship against a man he chose to be his number one contender, John Cena. AJ Lee had to agree with CM Punk’s chosen opponent and she did, so it’ll be Cena and Punk tonight. Punk has tried to make Cena agree to saying that Punk is the best in the world but Cena refuses. Punk has even had a rivalry on the side with Jerry “The King” Lawler, beating The King in a steel cage match. Punk tried to take Lawler out after the match but Cena made the save. The World Heavyweight Championship will be defended when Sheamus puts the title on the line against Alberto Del Rio again. At Summerslam Del Rio’s foot was on the bottom rope when Sheamus pinned him so Del Rio demanded and received a rematch after beating Randy Orton. Since then Del Rio has managed to get the brogue kick banned with help from David Otunga, after Sheamus “broke the neck” of Ricardo Rodriguez. So Sheamus will not be able to use his finisher tonight.

The WWE Tag Team Championships will be on the line as Kofi Kingston and R-Truth defend against the team of Kane and Daniel Bryan. Originally The Prime Time Players were the number one contenders but after Kane and Daniel Bryan had been to anger management together, their consultant Dr Shelby thought it would be a good idea for the two to team up. AJ then made a match between The Prime Time Players and Kane and Daniel Bryan with the winners getting a tag team title shot tonight. Kane and Daniel Bryan won after Kane chokeslammed Daniel Bryan on to Darren Young for the win. The only non-title match scheduled for tonight is between Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton. Orton hit Ziggler with an RKO a few weeks ago as Dolph was about to cash in his Money In The Bank contract. Randy has beaten Dolph in the build up to this show and Ziggler demanded a rematch. These two go one on one tonight.

The Intercontinental Championship will be defended in a fatal four way match. The rivalry between Cody Rhodes and Sin Cara whereby Rhodes has been obsessed with unmasking Sin Cara has come to involved not only Rey Mysterio but also The Miz. Cody Rhodes attacked The Miz after a match and all three challengers have made it known that they want a shot at the Intercontinental Championship and tonight they get it. The United States Championship will be on the line with Cesaro defending against the winner of a battle royal to take place on the pre-show. Layla defends the WWE Divas Championship against Kaitlyn who herself won a battle royal to become number one contender. Layla and Kaitlyn are both friends but will this match put pressure on their friendship? Kaitlyn gets her first title opportunity tonight.

On the pre-show Zack Ryder won a battle royal to win an opportunity at Cesaro and his United States Championship tonight.

The show kicks off with a video package, first focusing on the titles and how important they are. It then focuses on how being WWE Champion isn’t enough for CM Punk. It’s all about his match with John Cena tonight.

Michael Cole welcomes us to The Garden in Boston. Cole updates us on Jerry “The King” Lawler who had a heart attack on Raw last week. He’s doing well and goes home next week. Lawler’s replacement on commentary is then announced and it’s John “Bradshaw” Layfield!

The Miz (c) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes – Fatal four way match for the Intercontinental Championship

A big fatal four way match to kick things off. At Night Of Champions The Miz is 1-4, Rey Mysterio is only 1-0 at this event, Cody Rhodes is 3-1 and Sin Cara makes his debut at the event tonight. The Miz isn’t happy that he has to defend his title in a fatal four way match tonight. The United States Champion was actually defended in a fatal four way match last year with Dolph Ziggler defending against Alex Riley, John Morrison and Jack Swagger. The bell rings and Cody Rhodes pairs off with Sin Cara, knocking him out of the ring. Miz and Rhodes then double team Rey Mysterio until Sin Cara makes the save. Rey and Sin Cara then double team both men, taking them out of the ring. Miz pulls Rey out of the ring and Rhodes lays into Sin Cara. Miz and Rhodes then double team Sin Cara. Sin Cara fights back and takes both men down with a head scissors. Rey knocks Cody out of the ring and we’re left with Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara. They exchange kicks and Sin Cara hits a head scissors. Mysterio hits a head scissors of his own for a two count. Cody hits a face first suplex on Sin Cara.

The Miz hits a running knee on Rey Mysterio as Miz and Rhodes lay into their opponents. Rhodes then hits an uppercut on Miz before looking for a disaster kick but Miz avoids it and hits a backbreaker before back body dropping Rhodes out of the ring. Mysterio rolls Miz up for a near fall and Sin Cara then rolls up Rey for a two count. Mysterio and Sin Cara double team The Miz before going after one another again. Rey drop toe holds Sin Cara onto a middle turnbuckle and then heads to the top but Sin Cara kicks him in the head. Cody Rhodes hits a disaster kick on Sin Cara for a near fall and then kicks him out of the ring. Rhodes sets up for a superplex on Mysterio but Miz powerbombs Rhodes as he does it. Miz covers Rhodes for a two count and then pins Mysterio for another two count. Miz clears Rhodes and Sin Cara from the ring and then goes to work on Rey Mysterio, the man he beat at Summerslam. Miz hits a low DDT on Rey for a near fall. Sin Cara hits a missile dropkick on Miz knocking him out of the ring and then hits him with a suicide dive. Rey hits a head scissors on Rhodes on the outside and then dives out at him with a seated senton.

This is a 19th opening match on a PPV for Rey Mysterio, joint 5th most of all time with Jeff Hardy. Rey hits a moonsault on Miz for a near fall. Sin Cara drop toe holds Rhodes on to the middle rope. The Miz then throws Sin Cara into the ringpost. Rey sets The Miz up for a 619 and hits it! Rey low bridges Rhodes sending him to the outside and then hits a splash form the top on Miz! Cody pulls Miz out of the ring and then pins Miz himself but Sin Cara breaks it up. Rhodes hits a snapmare on Sin Cara and then looks to rip off his mask but he can’t. Rey gets in the ring but Rhodes throws him right back out. Sin Cara kicks Cody in the head and then pulls out another mask and looks t put it on Cody Rhodes head but Miz attacks him from behind and hits Sin Cara with a neckbreaker and a backbreaker for a two count. Miz looks for a powerbomb on Sin Cara but sin Cara puts the mask on Miz! Rhodes looks for cross-Rhodes on Sin Cara but Miz attacks him from behind and hits the skull-crushing finale on Rhodes for the three! The Miz retains the Intercontinental Championship tonight! Fun match to kick things off.

Rating: 6.5/10

Eve is backstage with The Prime Time Players who are kicking off about not being number one contenders any more. Eve is then pulled away because of an emergency and it’s Kaitlyn who is on the floor injured. Somebody attacked Kaitlyn from behind and she didn’t see who. Eve says that Kaitlyn won’t be able to compete tonight.

There’s a video package next for the tag team championships showing the formation of the Daniel Bryan and Kane team.

Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (c) vs. Daniel Bryan & Kane – WWE Tag Team Championship match

This is a first time tag team match between these two teams. Kofi Kingston is 3-1 at Night Of Champions, R-Truth is 0-1, Daniel Bryan is 1-0 and Kane is 1-1. Kane and Daniel Bryan fight over who is going to start the match, Kane wins and starts along with Kofi Kingston. Kofi hits some kicks but Kane throws him over the top. Kofi skins the cat, hits a dropkick and tags in R-Truth who hits a cross body and Kofi follows it up with a dropkick. Kane hits R-Truth with right hands and tags in Daniel Bryan hard. Bryan hits some kicks but R-Truth hits a nice arm drag and tags in Kofi Kingston. Kofi comes in with a cross body for a one count. Kofi tags R-Truth back in and the champions hits double hip toss. Truth hits a legdrop for a one count and then slaps Daniel Bryan. Bryan hits a kick and Kane tags himself in. knocking Truth down with a clothesline. Kane hits R-Truth with lefts and rights and kicks.

Kane tags Daniel Bryan back in and Bryan comes in off the middle rope with a double axe handle. Bryan hits some kicks and then a running dropkick for a one count. Bryan tags Kane back in and Kane hits a running dropkick. Kane applies a chinlock and then tags in Daniel Bryan who Kane throws into Bryan but R-Truth avoids it. Kane knocks Truth out of the ring and then helps Daniel Bryan to his feet. Bryan didn’t appreciate that. The two tag team partners then hit each other with right hands until Daniel Bryan backs down and suggests that the two men hug. Kane hugs Bryan! Bryan then goes back after R-Truth but Truth kicks him away and tags in Kofi Kingston. Kofi hits clotheslines and dropkicks and then dropkicks Kane off the apron. There’s a few boo’s for Kofi who hits the boom drop on Bryan. Kofi motions for trouble in paradise but Kane pulls his partner out of the ring. The two men argue on the outside and Kofi hits a baseball slide on Kane before diving out at Daniel Bryan.

Kofi throws Bryan back into the ring and looks for a springboard clothesline but Bryan catches him and locks on the no lock! Truth breaks it up and then dives out at Kane who catches him and rams him into the apron. Bryan then hits a running dropkick on Kofi and Kane tags himself in. Kane heads to the top but Kofi looks for a top rope hurricanrana but Daniel Bryan hangs on to Kane and blocks it. Kane shoves Bryan away and Bryan then shoves Kane off the top. Kane lands on Kofi Kingston and ends up pinning him for the three! Kane and Daniel Bryan win the match and the WWE Tag Team Championships! This match was a lot of fun. After the match the new champions argue over who is the tag team champions!

Rating: 7.5/10

Booker T and Teddy Long are backstage when Eve arrives and tells them that there is no way Kaitlyn can compete tonight. Teddy Long says there needs to be a Divas Championship match tonight. Eve says there are no others divas that have earned a title shot tonight but Booker T tells Eve that she has earned it. Eve gets the title match tonight.

Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. Zack Ryder – United States Championship match

This is a PPV debut for Cesaro and a Night Of Champions debut for Zack Ryder. Cesaro is joined by Aksana and Cesaro gives us the word “unfair” in five different languages. Cesaro considers this title match unfair because he didn’t have enough time to prepare for his opponent. Zack Ryder won the opportunity by winning a battle royal on the pre-show. Cesaro takes down Ryder early and applies a front facelock. Ryder gets out of it but Cesaro goes back to the headlock. Cesaro knocks down Ryder but Ryder hits a flapjack and a dropkick for a two count. Cesaro hits a hotshot and then applies a chinlock. Cesaro hits a clothesline for a two count and then a gut wrench suplex for another two count. Cesaro chokes Ryder on the middle rope and then hits a couple of double stomps for a two count. There’s a slow pace to this match. Cesaro hits a suplex for a two count and then locks on a cravat.

Zack Ryder fights out of the cravat and the two men exchange right hands. Cesaro launches Ryder into the air and hits a massive uppercut for a near fall. Cesaro hits lefts and rights and then applies an inverted chinlock as Aksana lays down on the apron. Ryder manages to break the hold and take down Cesaro before hitting an elbow and a clothesline for a two count. Ryder hits knees and a missile dropkick for a near fall. Cesaro looks for a suplex but Ryder counters with a neckbreaker for a two count. Cesaro heads to the top but Ryder crotches him and hits a hurricanrana. Zack looks for the broski boot but Aksana pulls Cesaro out of the ring. Ryder chases but Cesaro catches Ryder as he gets back into the ring and hits the Gotch neutraliser for the three! Cesaro wins the match and retains the United States Championship tonight. A slow match but Cesaro is very impressive.

Rating: 4/10

Alberto Del Rio and David Otunga are backstage when Ricardo Rodriguez shows up not wearing his neck brace. Otunga tells Rodriguez to put his neck brace back on and then calls him stupid. Del Rio backs it up by calling his client stupido.

Vickie Guerrero is out next to introduce her client for the next match.

Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler

This is a first time PPV singles match between these two men. Dolph Ziggler is 2-1 at Night Of Champions events, Randy Orton is also 2-1. The two men lock it up and eventually it’s Dolph with the headlock which Orton fights out of. Ziggler knocks Orton down with a shoulder block and then shows off a bit. Orton applies a headlock of his own and Dolph gets out of it but Orton knocks him down with a shoulder charge. Randy hits a clothesline and then stomps away at Zigglers right arm. Orton hits a couple of uppercuts but Ziggler hits a dropkick for a two count. The two men slug it out and Ziggler hits a neckbreaker for a one count. Orton counters a suplex with a suplex of his own, bouncing Ziggler off the top rope as he does. Orton hits a backbreaker and then two clotheslines and a powerslam. Orton looks for his hangmans DDT but Ziggler counters, rolling Orton up for a two count. Ziggler hits a lot dropkick and then looks for hurricanrana but Orton counters with a powerbomb for a two count.

Orton pops Ziggler on the top rope and looks for a superplex but Ziggler fights him off. Dolph hits a missile dropkick for a near fall and the two men slug it out until Dolph drops Orton on the top rope and pins him for a two count. Ziggler hits about six elbow drops for a two count and then applies a chinlock but Orton gets out of it with a side suplex. It’s been a good night for the heels so far. Ziggler hits a big clothesline for a near fall and then goes back to the chinlock. Orton gets out of it with headbutts and then a dropkick but Ziggler takes the advantage again with a DDT for a near fall. Dolph heads to the top but Orton crotches him and hits him with right hands and then a superplex for a near fall. A win for Dolph would make him the first man to have won at last years Night Of Champions event and this years. The two men exchange right hands, headbutts and uppercuts. Orton takes down Dolph with an elbow and a clothesline but Ziggler hits a fame-asser for a near fall.

Ziggler looks for a zigzag but Orton counters, setting Dolph up for a hangmans DDT but Ziggler avoids that. The fight then goes to the outside where Orton throws Dolph into the barricade. Orton then hits the hangmans DDT off the barricade! Randy rolls Ziggler back into the ring and pins him for a near fall. Ziggler got his foot on the bottom rope there. Orton motions for an RKO but Ziggler rolls him up for a two count. Ziggler then applies a sleeper but Orton gets him off and hits an elevated RKO for the three! Randy Orton beats Dolph Ziggler tonight! Great psychology between these two.

Rating: 7.5/10

Layla (c) vs. Eve – WWE Divas Championship

This is a first time PPV singles match between these two and it’s a Night Of Champions debut for both girls. Layla takes Eve down early for a two count. Eve applies a headlock which Layla counters with a head scissors. Eve gets out of it but Layla hits an arm drag. Eve applies a wristlock with Layla counters. Eve counters and applies a hammerlock but Layla counters the hammerlock and applies a headlock. Layla knocks down Eve and then rolls her up for a one count. Layla hits a low dropkick and Eve acts as if she’s got a broken nose. Layla asks if she’s ok which is ridiculous. The two girls shake hands and Eve then takes a cheap shot before throwing Layla out of the ring. Eve throws Layla down to the ground on the outside and then launches the Divas Champion into the apron twice. Back in the ring and Eve hits a weak kick before laying in some right hands.

Eve chokes Layla on the middle rope and then goes up to the middle rope and applies a choke. Eve kicks Layla to the mat and then pins her for a two count. Eve applies a body scissors and then a head scissors but has to break the hold when she’s caught using the bottom rope for leverage. Layla hits a DDT and then a low dropkick to the face before hitting a clothesline, spinning kick and looking for a springboard cross body but Eve avoids it and hits a spinning neckbreaker for the three! Eve wins the Divas Championship tonight! Some of it wasn’t bad and the psychology was good but it would’ve been better at a quicker pace. Nice that they got a decent bit of time though.

Rating: 3.75/10

There’s an ad for the rivalry between The Rock and John Cena.

Lilian Garcia announces that there are some breast cancer survivors in the audience today but a VT runs for the Susan G Koman breast cancer awareness charity.

Daniel Bryan is backstage chanting that he is the tag team champions. He shouts it at AJ and then at Dr Shelby. Kane arrives at both men scream that they are the tag team champions at each other. AJ and Dr Shelby tell them both to shut up. Shelby tells Bryan to congratulate Kane and he does. Kane walks off but then throws a bucket of water over Bryan, AJ and Shelby before shouting that he is off to Disneyland!

There’s a VT next for the Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio rivalry.

Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio – World Heavyweight Championship match

This is a third PPV meeting between these two men, Sheamus beat Alberto Del Rio at Summerslam and Money In The Bank. Both Sheamus and Del Rio are 0-1 at Night Of Champions events. The bell is about to ring but Booker T’s music hits and out comes the General Manager of Smackdown. Booker says that he has concluded his investigation and announces that the brogue kick is re-instated. Sheamus nearly starts the match with the move but Del Rio moves and Sheamus nails David Otunga. Del Rio takes Sheamus down with a shoulder charge and then takes a breather outside the ring. Back in the ring and Sheamus lays into Del Rio with right hands, boots and a neckbreaker for a two count. Del Rio kicks Sheamus on to the apron and then misses with a dropkick so Sheamus hits a battering ram off the apron. Sheamus rolls Del Rio back into the ring and heads to the top where Del Rio also heads and the two men slug it out on the top. Del Rio drops Sheamus on the top turnbuckle and then launches him out into the announce desk.

Back in the ring and Del Rio gets a two count before applying a crossface of sorts. Del Rio breaks the hold and hits a crossface for a two count. He then throws Sheamus into the ringpost before heading to the top and hitting an axe handle for a two count. Del Rio applies an armbar and then heads to the top but Sheamus hits him on the way down with an axe handle. Sheamus hits a knee and a powerslam for a two count before back body dropping Del Rio on to the apron, looking for the clubbing blows but Del Rio blocks. Sheamus hits ten big blows to the chest and then looks for white noise but Alberto counters and hits a backstabber for a near fall. Del Rio looks to set up for the cross arm breaker but Sheamus counters with white noise. Sheamus then motions for the brogue kick but Del Rio moves and shoves Sheamus into the corner before hitting a dropkick for a two count. Del Rio hits a kick and looks for the cross arm breaker again but Sheamus shoves him away and looks for the brogue kick but Del Rio moves and again looks for the cross arm breaker but Sheamus counters and tries to lock on the cloverleaf but Del Rio kicks him away.

Alberto low-bridges Sheamus who gets caught up in the ropes. Del Rio lays in some kicks Sheamus gets untangled and looks for white noise but Del Rio counters with a backstabber and then locks on the cross arm breaker! Sheamus picks up Del Rio and slams him down to break the hold. Both men slowly get to their feet and Sheamus motions for the brogue kick but Del Rio avoids it again. Again Del Rio locks on the cross arm breaker but Sheamus gets to the bottom rope. Sheamus avoids a running enzeguri and Sheamus hits the brogue kick for the three! Sheamus wins the match and retains the World Heavyweight Championship tonight! A sixth PPV title defence for Sheamus.

Rating: 7/10

There’s a video package next for CM Punk and John Cena.

Paul Heyman is in the ring and says that he is here to watch CM Punk and pay respect to the title and champion.

CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena – WWE Championship match

This is the third PPV singles match between these two men, CM Punk won the first two. CM Punk is 0-4 at Night Of Champions events, John Cena is 2-3. John Cena is the only man to have wrestled on all six Night Of Champions events. This is CM Punk’s first official main event on PPV since December but he has been WWE Champion ever since. Both men are sporting new ring gear. CM Punk’s reminds me of the New York Yankees which . will be no accident as they are in Boston. Cena’s is black and pink for Susan G Komen’s breast cancer awareness. Punk holds the title above his head for ages following his ring announcement. It’s a scrappy start to the match but Cena hits a headlock takeover and there’s a stalemate. Punk applies a headlock of his own but Cena pushes him away. Cena applies a headlock and then hits a suplex before going to a bearhug. Punk elbows his way out of it and then hits some knees and a headlock takeover. Cena hits a back body drop but misses with a splash in the corner.

CM Punk hits a low dropkick for the first two count of the match. Punk hits some elbows and then a hard Irish whip before going up to the middle rope and showboating. Cena puts Punk on his shoulders but Punk nips down and hits a DDT for a two count. Punk applies a chinlock but Cena fights out of it and hits a shoulder block. Punk hits a drop toe hold and applies a version of the STF. Cena powers out of the submission and rolls to the outside. Punk hits a suicide dive right in front of John Cena’s father. Punk rolls Cena back into the ring and then blows a kiss at the fans which allows Cena to hit a baseball slide and then throw Punk into the crowd. Cena then hits a fishermans suplex on Punk back over the barricade before rolling him back into the ring. Cena sets up for an attitude adjustment but Punk slips down and hits a kick to the face. Punk applies a camel clutch, what a heel submission hold. Cena powers out of it but Punk immediately elbows him back down to the mat. Punk hits some jabs and a right hand for a two count.

CM Punk heads to the top and hits a double axe handle before setting up for the go to sleep but Cena slips out of it. Punk takes the advantage with a couple of clotheslines and then looks for a swinging neckbreaker but Cena pushes him away and hits a clothesline for a two count. Cena looks for a five knuckle shuffle but Punk gets his foot up. Punk hits a neckbreaker for a two count and then looks for a springboard clothesline but Cena catches him and sets up for an attitude adjustment but Punk holds on to the ropes and drops out of the ring. Cena then hits a suicide dive! I’ve never seen him do that before. Back in the ring and Cena looks for the five knuckle shuffle again but Punk counters and then locks on the anaconda vice! Cena locks on the STF but Punk counters and locks on a crossface! Cena gets out of it with a sidewalk slam. The two men get to their feet and slug it out which results in Punk hitting a dropkick and then a running knee in the corner. Punk hits a clothesline and the heads to the top and hits a flying elbow drop for a two count.

CM Punk motions for a go to sleep and scoops Cena up but Cena counters and locks on the STF! Punk gets to the bottom rope and Cena breaks the hold. Punk then hits go to sleep out of nowhere but Cena kicks out at 2. Punk hits a clothesline for a near fall and then slaps Cena and sets up for another go to sleep but Cena counters and looks for an attitude adjustment but Punk slides down. Cena hits a side slam, a five knuckle shuffle and then the attitude adjustment before hooking the leg but Punk kicks out. Punk rolls out of the ring but Cena rolls him back into the ring and heads to the top, looking for the fame-asser but Punk moves and hits a roundhouse kick for a near fall. Punk hits lefts and right, paint-brushing Cena and then hitting a running knee for a two count. Punk goes to the top and looks for a moonsault, which wasn’t a very good one, but Cena got out of the way. Both men get to their feet and Cena looks for an attitude adjustment but Punk slips down and hits the go to sleep but again John Cena kicks out!

CM Punk motions for something and hits him with a Rock Bottom! Cena kicks out at 2 and then hits an attitude adjustment but Punk kicks out at 2! Cena pops CM Punk on the top rope and hits a bridging German suplex for the three! Bit of a flat finish but it’s John Cena with the win, taking the WWE Championship tonight! The referee then gets back in the ring and takes the title off Cena! The announcement is then made that both mens shoulders were on the mat and it’s a draw! CM Punk retains the WWE Championship tonight! The crowd don’t seem to happy with a draw. Punk then lays Cena out with the title belt and stands over his challenger. A great match but never happy with a draw. I’ll expect a rematch at Hell In A Cell next month.

Rating: 8.25/10

And that was Night Of Champions 2012. The one night a year where every title is defended. It felt like a good show, most of the matches delivered and only a couple were sub-par. There was nothing terrible on the show. The United States Championship match was a fun way to kick off the show. The Miz won after being blindfolded by Sin Cara and hitting his finisher on Cody Rhodes. This makes me think that a feud between The Miz and Cody Rhodes may continue which I actually think could be good value. One of them may need to turn face though. The Miz is a good Intercontinental Champion though and may his reign continue. Daniel Bryan and Kane then won the WWE Tag Team Championships from Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. I like this title change, Kane and Daniel Bryan are two of the most entertaining guys on the roster currently and their storyline has been brilliant. Kofi and R-Truth had a good run but it didn’t feel like it was going anywhere so I welcome the title change. Good match between these two teams, a good story with the champions.

Antonio Cesaro beat Zack Ryder to retain the United States Championship. I expected this and it was a decent title defence for Cesaro. I like him and look forward to him battling some of the bigger stars as this felt a little like a job match. It wasn’t a great match, Cesaro’s style is slow but I think he could have some really good matches with the likes of Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan. Speaking of Dolph, he lost to Randy Orton in a good match. This match had some great psychology and told a good story. Ziggler is getting a lot of big matches at the moment which should get him ready for the Money In The Bank cash-in but he is losing all of these matches. This will probably be the end of this rivalry.

Eve defeated Layla to become the new WWE Divas Champion. This feels like the crescendo of her story. She claims to have turned over a new leaf but you can tell she’s still a heel and she was undoubtedly the person to have taken out Kaitlyn to get herself into the title picture and it all worked. It has been a well executed angle and ends with Eve holding the title. She’s been much improved over the last year or so and I look forward to her title reign. Sheamus beats Alberto Del Rio again in a match that surely ends this rivalry. Again there was a good story to this match with the brogue kick being banned and then reinstated. There aren’t a lot of challengers to Sheamus’ title at the moment which makes me think a Money In The Bank bash-in might not be far away. This was a good match tonight though, Sheamus is having a good reign as World Heavyweight Champion.

CM Punk and John Cena then wrestled to a draw. We haven’t had a draw in a PPV main event in a long time, the crowd are never happy about that result. This suggests that the feud between the two men will continue and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the two men inside Hell In A Cell next month. A great match between these two though in a match with a real main event feel.

Overall Rating: 63.57/100 (ranked joint 57th out of 282)

Match Of The Night: John Cena vs. CM Punk
Worst Match Of The Night: Layla vs. Eve
Surprise Of The Night: Eve replaces Kaitlyn and wins the Divas Championship
Worst Booking Of The Night: Another loss for Dolph Ziggler
Superstar Of The Night: Eve
Night Of Champions 2012 Will Be Remembered For: The WWE Championship match ending in a draw

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