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WWE: Night of Champions 2010

WWE // 2010 // 170 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // November 27th, 2010

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Editor's Note

Our reviews of WWE: Night of Champions 2008 (published August 13th, 2008), WWE: Night Of Champions 2009 (published September 24th, 2009), and WWE: Night of Champions 2011 (published December 4th, 2011) are also available.

The Charge

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The Case

It's that time of the year again: WWE's biggest stars hit the ring to compete for the gold at WWE: Night of Champions 2010, the only pay-per-view during which almost every single match is a title match. Here's what's on the menu:

• Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston in an Intercontinental Championship Match
Kofi Kingston sure is fun to watch inside the ring, but not all of his matches are memorable fights. While this PPV opener is by no means the worst I've seen, I must still admit it doesn't exactly deliver the goods either. Ziggler and Kingston exchange some cool maneuvers every now and then, but all in all, their title match lacks variety and fast pace. Let's just say this could've easily been a great battle. Alas, it wasn't.

• Big Show vs. CM Punk
A rather boring feud goes into the next round, and this time, Big Show faces CM Punk in a regular match. Sadly enough, what goes down here in terms of wrestling action is rather predictable, with Show delivering big punches while CM Punk tries to bring the giant to the ground. Nothing exciting to follow here.

• The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan in a United States Championship Match
Things are finally improving, because the Miz and Bryan sure pull off a great show. With the crowd excited about a decent matchup, these two athletes give it their best to bring along a variety of moves and keep the action inside the ring at a high level throughout. Fast, risky maneuvers, a series of submission holds and lots of momentum changes really inject this title match with the kind of energy a pay-per-view requires. Best match of the event so far.

• Melina vs. Michelle McCool in a Unification Lumberjill Match for the Divas and Women's Championship
The WWE divas are taking center stage for a unification match, and while McCool and Melina successfully demonstrate their unique flexibility, their battle as a whole misses the mark. Good thing the matchup only lasts five minutes.

• Kane vs. Undertaker in a No Holds Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Two of WWE's biggest stars clash in this title match, in which pretty much anything is allowed. Both wrestlers dive right in and start off their battle outside the ring, exchanging mostly punches before heading inside the ring for some powerful maneuvers. The match flows well and remains fast-paced as long as Undertaker and Kane confront each other center stage, but every time they jump the ropes, this battle loses some of its intensity. Not the greatest title match, but nonetheless decent.

• The Hart Dynasty vs. Mark Henry & Evan Bourne vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Drew McIntyre & Cody Rhodes vs. The Usos in a Turmoil Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
The rules are simple: two teams start off in the ring, and every time one team is eliminated, a new one shows up. Last two guys in the ring take home the gold. The Hart Dynasty launches the battle, and in terms of speedy wrestling action, all contenders deliver some pretty impressive moves. Sadly enough, everything happens incredibly fast. Before you know it, you're watching a standard tag team match because everybody else has been eliminated in a matter of minutes.

• Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. Wade Barrett in a Six Pack Challenge Match for the WWE Championship
The main event features six popular wrestlers as they head for the win at the same time. No major rules in this battle, which easily goes down as this pay-per-view's most interesting matchup. From several cool team moves to other high-risk maneuvers and a series of counter actions, this finale pretty much has it all.

The DVD comes equipped with a full-frame version of the event, and picture and sound fulfill their duties. The bonus section features a silly backstage interview with Kane, who attempts to deliver yet another exaggerated performance.

WWE's Night of Champions is one of this year's weaker pay-per-views. Two of the event's seven matches easily stand out, but that's it for the memorable battles. A night filled with title matches should be much more exciting, and that's really all there is to say about it.

The Verdict


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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 72

Perp Profile

Studio: WWE
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
• None
Running Time: 170 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Sports
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Backstage Interview



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