SWEET CHIN MUSINGS: WWE Night of Champions in Tweets

SWEET CHIN MUSINGS: WWE Night of Champions in Tweets
By Rick Nash
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Just as you never judge a book by its cover, never judge a WWE pay-per view by lacklustre hype. Having had five weeks following SummerSlam to build a stellar card around well-developed storylines, WWE got the first half right but were so far off the mark with the second half (getting into panic mode as the NFL came back around the same time a large number of WWE Network subscriptions were due to be renewed) that you barely realised.

Night of Champions was better than it had any right to be, especially when you consider that one of its main matches was cancelled as Roman Reigns suffered an incarcerated hernia the day before the show. That was counterbalanced by Dean Ambrose returning to brawl with longtime foe, Seth Rollins, whose night wasn't yet done with.

It was a night filled with title changes and victories that confounded the bookies' pre-match odds. On last week's episode of the 'Low Blows' podcast, I shared my theory that they would unify the Intercontinental/US Championships, meaning that either a combination of Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro or Sheamus and The Miz would win.

While most (bookies included) pulled for the former scenario, the latter transpired as Sheamus retained his US Title and Miz regained after interference from Damien 'Mizdow'.

AJ Lee was another beneficiary of WWE's need to shake things up, as she made Paige tap out to win the Divas Championship for a third time. In the evening's opening contest, Stardust and Goldust brought an anti-climactic end to a stellar Usos Tag-Team Championship reign. Randy Orton defeated Chris Jericho as the latter brought his most recent run with WWE to an end. Plus Rusev continued to be the unstoppable force as he downed the immovable object of Mark Henry.

Then it was time for the night's main event.

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The story of John Cena and Brock Lesnar seemed to lean towards either a Cena win to banish the ghost of his one-sided loss at SummerSlam or a second Cena defeat leading to a long-awaited heel turn. As the intense battle progressed, it seemed certain that the former would take place and the Internet would explode, as Cena hit Lesnar with four Attitude Adjustments and constantly locked him in the STF.

That was until Option C became apparent in the form of Seth Rollins, who interfered and caused a DQ by hitting Cena with the briefcase, curb-stomping Lesnar and appearing to cash-in his Money In The Bank briefcase. That was until Cena arose from the dead and attacked Rollins, then took an F5 from Brock for his troubles. No finish, but plenty to think about as Hell In A Cell approaches.

Here are the highlights of the night's action, in tweets and GIFs.

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Booker-T interviewed Goldust on the kickoff show, bringing back memories...

Jericho and Christian had some awkward 'banter' on a special edition of the 'Peep Show' before the main show began...

The end of an era...

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Goldust's 'black face' make up got a lot of comments on Twitter...

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That's a good point actually...

This stat seems impressive until you realise it also applies to the one other team in the match...

Make the most of it guys...

Meh, a little bit of column A, a little bit of column B...

Ireland's own NXT star, Becky Lynch, is a mad one for the puns...

Sheamus went for a clumsy Brogue Kick...

For the week that's in it, this needs to be noted...

Before his match with Rusev, Big Show presented Mark Henry with USA-coloured ring gear...

Country music act, Florida Georgia Line, were on guest commentary and hogged the airwaves as Miz challenged Dolph Ziggler...

Iron Shiek was not amused...

They became the latest in a long line of famous people to deck Damien Sandow...

...who looked eerily like somebody we couldn't quite place in his Miz-tribute ring attire...

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After his loss, Ziggler made everyone feel bad for cursing him for ruining their accas...

Dean Ambrose showed up in a cab for Seth Rollins' open challenge to the roster...

His timing was impeccable...

But the ensuing brawl was broken up by Triple H and security, who tied him up...

Mark Henry broke into tears as the American national anthem was sung before his match. It was cheesy...

Or at least we thought they were tears...

Alas, Rusev's winning streak lives on...

This really put it all into perspective...

I think this is how wrestling works now...

Next up was Randy Orton vs Chris Jericho...

This summed up the result...

Interesting side-note to the Paige/AJ/Nikki Bella pre-match package...

People tend to run, quite quickly, in the opposite direction...

They really pulled out all the stops for the Divas match...  

Leading to much hyperbole on Twitter...

Time for Cena/Lesnar. Would Cena be dominated again?

I don't get this joke, but it seems like something that some people may find funny...

In a snug match, Cena had Brock bleeding from the nose at one stage...

Seth Rollins' interference led to mass excitement...

...quickly followed by mass disappointment...

Which left many feeling the same way...

WWE Night Of Champions - Quick Results

GOLDUST & STARDUST defeated WWE Tag-Team Champions, THE USOS (Title Change)

US Champion, SHEAMUS defeated CESARO

THE MIZ defeated Intercontinental Champion, DOLPH ZIGGLER (Title Change)

RUSEV defeated MARK HENRY

RANDY ORTON defeated CHRIS JERICHO

AJ LEE defeated Divas Champion, PAIGE & NIKKI BELLA (Title Change)

JOHN CENA defeated WWE World Champion, BROCK LESNAR by disqualification. Lesnar retains.


Rick Nash is a former professional wrestler, the co-host of Balls.ie's official WWE podcast, Low Blows, and the founder of WWE Parties Ireland. He is also a DJ and terrible sports gambler, so feel free to share some tips with him on Twitter.

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