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Our reviews of WWE: Night Of Champions 2009 (published September 24th, 2009), WWE: Night of Champions 2010 (published November 27th, 2010), and WWE: Night of Champions 2011 (published December 4th, 2011) are also available.
Stand up and be a champion!
It's a night of defenders. It's a night of challengers. It's a night of champions.
Facts of the Case
Once again, the stars of Raw, Smackdown, and ECW face each other in what is one of the most exciting WWE pay-per-views of the year. On this night, every match is a title match, and everything is on the line. Before we get into the individual matches, let's first take a brief look at the general lineup of the show: John Morrison and The Miz take on Finlay and Hornswoogle; Matt Hardy challenges Chavo Guerrero; and Kane faces Big Show and Mark Henry. Additionally, Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes compete against Ted DiBiase and an unknown partner; Mickie James goes head to head with Katie Lea Burchill; Chris Jericho takes on Kofi Kingston; and Edge faces Batista. In the main event, Triple H defends his title against John Cena.
Here's the complete lineup of the PPV:
• John Morrison and The Miz vs. Finlay and Hornswoggle in a WWE
Tag Team Championship Match
• Matt Hardy vs. Chavo Guerrero in a United States Championship
• Kane vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry in a ECW Championship Match
• Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes vs. Ted Dibiase and ? in a World
Tag Team Championship Match
• Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston in an Intercontinental
• Mickie Jones vs. Katie Lea Burchill in a Women's Championship
• Batista vs. Edge in a World Heavyweight Title Match
• Triple H current vs. John Cena in a WWE Championship Match
For a sports event that was broadcast live on television, this disc features a satisfying image and sound quality. From interviews backstage and in the ring to the cheering of the fans and the voice-over commentary, the audio transfer is well-balanced throughout. I mean, this is wrestling, and the technical aspect of the disc offers us exactly what we'd expect.
A quick word about the special features: I pretty much hated all of them on the previous WWE PPV discs I reviewed, and I am sad to announce this one is no exception. Besides a rather boring 2-minute interview with Triple H after the show, the only other extra is Jim Ross' farewell address from a recent episode of Raw.
Night of Champions is a whole lot better than last month's One Night Stand.. Most of the matches boast plenty of suspense, showcasing the wrestlers' talents and even offering viewers some highly entertaining surprises.
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