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RADICAN'S WWE DVD REVIEW SERIES: "Night of Champions 2011" - Del Rio defends WWE Championship vs. Cena, Triple H vs. C.M. Punk No DQ

Nov 16, 2011 - 4:09:06 PM
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RADICAN’S WWE DVD REVIEW SERIES
“NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS 2011”
SEPTEMBER 18,2011
BUFFALO, N.Y.
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WWE “Night of Champions 2011” was an average PPV offering from WWE. The undercard was weak and felt insignificant outside of Mark Henry winning the World Championship from Randy Orton. The show closed with two good, but not great matches with Cena-Del Rio and Triple H-Punk.

The undercard got off to a decent enough start with an above average match with Air Boom retaining the WWE Tag Team titles via DQ. The DQ finish furthered Miz & Truth’s ongoing conspiracy claims within the storyline. The show hit a lull from that point forward for the most part.

Cody vs. Ted just wasn’t very exciting at all. At times, the match was flat out boring and likely left most viewers wondering why both men didn’t bring more to the table given their grudge. DiBiase has been disappointing since breaking apart from Legacy and the latest attempt to rebuild him fell to the earth with a thud.

Kelly Kelly defending her WWE Divas Championship against Beth Phoenix was just there. Phoenix had the support of the crowd, but the drama of the match just didn’t add up to anything memorable when all was said and done.

Dolph Ziggler successfully defended the US Championship in a Four Way match that packed some good action into a short amount of time. I’m waiting for WWE to give Ziggler something to really sink his teeth into to see whether he can sink or swim as a star in the promotion. Right now I’m just now sold on him because for every match I see of his on PPV that gets me excited, there are 2 or 3 others that are forgettable, although part of that is by design it would seem given that it was a mid-card match forwarding a mid-card angle between him and Swagger, who he stole the pin from on designated job guy John Morrison. Was Riley even in the match?

Mark Henry did some really solid mic work on this show before and after his match with Randy Orton. He comes across like a dominant monster in the ring and seems like a good choice to carry the World Championship. The match itself was above average given what you usually get with a Henry match. Henry has enough of a package to offer with his promos and his dominant persona to draw some money as a dominant heel. His matches won’t be great most likely, but his character translates well on television and he deserves credit for his heel run this year.

John Cena beating Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship made me groan. Del Rio had just won the title and it seems like WWE feels the need to constantly change their top titles on PPVs. A longer chase for Cena would have seemed to have made more sense here. The match itself was good, but the first half of the match was slow until things picked up leading into the finish.

The main event featured all sorts of stunts and run-ins with Triple H and C.M. Punk going at it in a No DQ match. The first half of the match felt plodding at times as both men brawled all over the arena. All of the run-ins made sense given the storyline, but it just seemed plain stupid that Miz and Truth would run in and beat down both guys before setting up Punk for a pin on Triple H only to pull him off Triple H later in the match when he looked to have a sure victory. Nash’s run-in made sense and it was a nice touch that the cameras briefly caught Johnny Ace texting at ringside before Nash came through the crowd a short time later.

Overall thoughts: (5.0) – This felt like an average PPV offering from WWE. The main event paid off from a storyline standpoint and both major titles switched hands, but this didn’t have the feel of a major show outside of Henry’s promos and the barely acceptable quality of the semi and main event matches. It’s worth watching on DVD if you happen to come across it, but when these shows fetch $60 on cable that’s a hard pill to swallow given the value delivered here.

Bonus features: The Triple H vs. C.M. Punk contract signing is available as a bonus features on this release.

You can purchase this DVD at most retail stores or at WWEShop.com.

Contact Sean at PWTorchSean@gmail.com


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