Tremendous Tirades 9.15.13: WWE Night of Champions
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.15.2013
Daniel Bryan does it again…
As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.
WWE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS 2013
Hey, nothing like starting off a PPV like we do Raw every week.: Nothing makes me feel like I am wasting my money more that starting off a PPV like we do Raw every week. That's right, we have Triple H in the ring, rambling on and on and on. Blah, blah, blah, best for business, blah. He promised that the main event will have no interference from anyone, not the Shield, not the Big Show; nobody will be involved other Orton and Bryan one on one.
Heyman and Axel came out, Heyman complained about not being able to get in touch with the Hs. Of course this included Heyman kissing up to Triple H to get out of his match. Triple H got to play the cool heel guy here by making fun of Heyman, eliciting face pops and negating the work on TV over the last few weeks. Axel got lippy, which led to the Hs booking him in an IC Title match. In theory fine, because it is Night of Champions, but I also HATE when they add shit on the show, at the last minute, like this. But also this got a face reaction as Triple H screwed Heyman and his guy. Isn't he the evil corporation talking head now? But hwy, God forbid that they actually put some TV time and thought into that title, with that lack of TV time they have. I mean, how in the hell can they book anything with that miniscule seven hours (Raw, SD, SS, ME) of first run TV during the week. I also want to know, who in the hell asked for TWO Curtis Axel matches in one night?
The bottom line is that when I pay for a PPV, I want a PPV caliber event and I do not want a lot of talking in the ring. I do not want the show to start out and feel like the usual Monday Night Raw show. And that's exactly what they did here.
Curtis Axel acts like he's the shit because he actually won a match. Heyman then gave him a pep talk and reminded Axel not to leave him alone with Punk.
Orton meets with Triple H about the change to the main event. The Hs says he wants to make sure he made the right choice in Orton as the face of the company.
Fandango vs. The Miz: And now we get another thrown on the PPV match featuring Fandango vs. The Miz. I guess we couldn't find time to officially announce this due to having to hold a dance contest on Smackdown. And now I just realized that I paid for Fandango vs. The Miz, I feel so, so dirty. This was not good, not even that good by TV match standards. It was dull, boring, and had nothing to make you emotionally invest. And who could care about these guys when they have been playing musical grab ass since Summerslam? Seriously, commentary didn't seem to care, because apathy was running wild. The Miz, who won with the figure four after 7-minutes or so, continues to be a failure as a face, moving on again.
Side note, some complained that Ryback waited too long to save Heyman. One part of that is drama and the build, the other part is that Ryback is a dick. Haven't you been watching WWE TV the last few months? Or maybe he got caught up in Breaking Bad and had to wait for a good place to pause the DVR.
As for the match, the Punk vs. Axel stuff was actually good, but the lack of reaction at times hurt it. But as a whole package, he sum is better than the individual parts. The crowd wanted to see Punk end Heyman, they got to see some of that, but then had it taken away. Hopefully they have the ability to keep it going on TV so that they still want to see it down the line. Trust in Heyman.
Overall this was not a good show. Until the main event, all this show felt like was a $45 edition of Raw. Nothing felt important on the under card (Punk and Heyman stuff is the one thing that was) and I had the feeling that the company was going through the motions. Tossing on the IC Title match, Triple H not secure in his heel role in the opening segment, the bullshit opening promo on PPV, a DQ finish in a World Title match and Miz vs. Fandango being added for no reason and taking time from matches that needed it. The show simply felt like a show they had to put on due to PPV commitments, so they just threw stuff out there in order to get that done. As an edition of Raw it would have been pretty good, as a PPV, it was a fail.
As for what to watch, the Punk-Heyman match and main event are all you need to see. Everything else is a pass, save your money kids.
Show Rating: 4.0
As a reminder, I will be going by the 411 scale…
0 - 0.9: Torture 1 - 1.9: Extremely Horrendous 2 - 2.9: Very Bad 3 - 3.9: Bad 4 - 4.9: Poor 5 - 5.9: Not So Good 6 - 6.9: Average 7 - 7.9: Good 8 - 8.9:Very Good 9 - 9.9: Amazing 10: Virtually Perfect
As a reminder, this is not a basic "how good was the show" number like a TV show, as I have always felt that a PPV is very different from a regular show. I have always judged PPV on how they built to a match, the match quality, crowd reactions to matches and angles, the overall booking, how the PPV leads into the future, PPV price and so on and so forth. I have added this in here for an explanation since so many have asked, and I have previously discussed it on podcasts. I understand that this may seem different, but that is how I grade. Obviously your criteria may be different.
Have you checked out the Csonka Podcasting Network? If you haven't, you should We run anywhere from 15-20 shows a month, discussing pro wrestling, the world of MMA, the NBA, general sports, popular TV series of the past, bad movies, battle rap, interviews, MMA & Wrestling conference calls and more! Around 10 different personalities take part in the various shows, which all have a different feel; so you'll likely find something you like. All of the broadcasts are free, so go ahead and give a show a try and share the link with your friends on the Twitter Machine and other social media outlets! Running since May of 2011, there are currently over 350 shows in the archive for you to listen to.
Larry Csonka is a Pisces and enjoys rolling at jiu jitsu class with Hotty McBrownbelt, cooking, long walks on the beach, Slingo and the occasional trip to Jack in the Box. He is married to a soulless ginger and has two beautiful daughters who are thankfully not soulless gingers; and is legally allowed to marry people in 35 states. He has been a wrestling fan since 1982 and has been writing for 411 since May 24th, 2004; contributing over 3,000 columns, TV reports and video reviews to the site.