Orton captures WWE Title; where does John Cena go from here?
On a night all about championships, four titles changed hands at Night of Champions. The biggest of all the title changes came when the Viper, Randy Orton, once again recaptured the WWE Title.
Six-pack challenge for the WWE Title: Randy Orton defeated, Sheamus, Chris Jericho, John Cena, Edge, and Wade Barrett
The match itself was okay, nothing to go crazy about it that’s worth noting. I’m not a fan of six-pack challenges because there are way too many people in the ring. It becomes chaotic to follow where and what all six competitors are doing. Orton winning the title was not much of a shock with all the momentum he had the weeks leading up to last night. It was good see Orton with the title for the first time as a face. The real question here is what happens to guys like John Cena, Edge, and Chris Jericho.
Chris Jericho may leave the company as his contract is up at the end of the month. He’s been upset with the Raw GM which may be a great way for him to get him off TV if he was to leave the WWE.
Edge can go a number of ways. He can remain as a heel and just hang around as he has been or he can turn face. I would much rather him stay heel as Raw could use him in that position. Truth is, Barrett and Sheamus are the top heels on Raw and they will dominate the main event scene in that capacity for the foreseeable future. Edge might be better off on Smackdown at this point.
The most interesting question is what comes of John Cena? The title changes hands once again on Raw and he’s not involved in it; Orton has become the dominate face with most fans; for the first time in his main event career Cena has legitimate competition for the “top spot” of the company in Orton. Most fans of the internet community would like to see Cena become a heel, but chances are that will not happen. If he doesn’t turn heel does he remain happy-go-lucky Cena and charge toward Orton for the title?
I would much rather see Cena turn it up and go back to that mean-streak he had when facing Nexus. It’s not a heel turn, but it’s enough to make Cena interesting in a feud with Orton who has been rolling as of late. Tonight’s Raw may offer some insight to what’s coming in the future.
World Heavyweight Champion Kane def. The Undertaker (No Holds Barred Match)
Kane dominated most of this match until the end when Undertaker got some offense in. Kane reversed a Tombstone for the win. The WWE has gotten their point across that Taker is a shell of his former self. Taker not kicking out of one Tombstone really drove the point home that he’s not himself. This feud will continue and somehow Taker will find a way to recapture his powers at the Survivor Series. I’m hoping Paul Bearer and Taker’s old purple gloves have something to do with it.
Daniel Bryan def. The Miz (New United States Champion) This was the best match of the night which is not hard to believe. Bryan got Miz to tap out for the win and his first championship in the WWE. Bryan is the first member of NXT to win a title, even before Wade Barrett. I told you his firing would lead to bigger and better things for him in the WWE. Speaking of bigger and better things, that’s where the Miz is heading. The US Title was holding Miz back from moving on to the main event scene. He’s headlining one of the two main events at Wrestlemania.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston
This was another solid match on the card. I haven’t followed their feud much on Smackdown, but it looks like the WWE has a ton of confidence in Ziggler. The loss doesn’t hurt Kingston too much because he had a tremendous showing in the match. Vickie Guerrero gave Ziggler some help at ringside and this feud will most likely continue. Kingston has not had a fair opportunity to recapture the title. I would love to see the two in a steel cage. Usually steel cages are reserved for the top titles in the WWE today, but bringing it to this match would give a little boost to the IC Title on Smackdown.
Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes win Tag Team Turmoil (New WWE Tag Team Champions)
An impromptu tag team match was put on Night of Champions. Maybe the WWE read my blog post on how they have taken a royal dump on the tag team division.
If McIntyre and Rhodes are going to be a legit tag team then I have no problem with this decision. However, if they are yet another “thrown together tag team” then why take the titles of a legit team like The Hart Dynasty? Only time will tell what the deal is on McIntyre and Rhodes who were doing a solid job as singles competitors on Smackdown.
Just to show you how depleted the tag team division is, here is a look at the other teams involved in the match: Vladimir Kozlov & Santino Marella, Mark Henry & Evan Bourne, and the Uso’s. Can we get any worse than this?
Michelle McCool wins Unification Lumberjill Match by defeating Melina (New Unified Divas Champion)
I was mistaken when I thought Lay-Cool were both going to face Melina. Instead it was just McCool against Melina in a one-on-one match. I guess it makes sense to have one women’s champion in the WWE. I’m a little shocked with the decision here although it’s just a matter of time until Melina gets the title back.