Night of Champions (2014) – Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN) – September 21, 2014 – Main Event: WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler; Interviews: Byron Saxton; Pre-Show: Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Big Show.
One month previous, Brock Lesnar and John Cena put on one of the most unbelievable title matches in pro wrestling history. Lesnar dominated Cena in a way that title matches simply do not unfold. It was, as I said in my review of SUMMERSLAM, a terrible match and an amazing story as Lesnar and Cena turned their WWE Heavyweight Championship match into a squash match.
Over the past month, Cena arrived like no beat down had been given, back to his typical old cartoon self. (I’m pretty sure if Cena gets his hand flattened by a…
Different variations of the old adage “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone,” kept popping into my head this week. With all the dumbassery (props to the Lex and Terry show for that word) that has come out not just this week, but all season about football players at both the college (Jameis Winston) and pro level (Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, Adrian Peterson), it just seemed like a fitting phrase. Not to mention the injuries that piled up in week 2 for many teams.
Week 2 Review
Week 1 ended with everyone within two games of each other. After two weeks, the lineup is still the same, with two games still separating the leaders from the bottom feeders of the group. Nobody was able to stand out as the best record for week 2 was 8-8, accomplished by B Hyphen and the rookie Diamond Jim. The .500 performances was enough to put both into the four way tie for first. The reigning champ and Nocturne Tom Deja, both of which led after week 1, went 7-9 in week 2 and are the other two fighting on the top step of the ladder with B Hyphen and the rookie. The Buzz-Saw and Triple S also went 7-9, while the Howitzer double G had a case of bad choices, going 6-10. He’ll look for some medication to remedy the problem in week 3.
When Stardust and Goldust became heels a few weeks ago, my opinions on hating that Cody Rhodes had become Stardust did a 180 and I was onboard immediately. I made a mental note to dedicate my next column to THE BALLAD OF CODY RHODES.
After toppling all comers in Seasons 1 and 2 (thanks to a miracle and Yahoo adding games), Mike “The Buzz-Saw” Asti stood alone on top of the Trike House Party mountain, as a 2-time defending Golden Keg winner.
This article, and the one immediately after it, exist in a weird little bit of continuity. Since the Royal Rumble in 1996 occurred on January 21st (the day before the Week 4 Raw) and the Clash of Champions occurred on January 23rd (the day after the Week 4 Nitro), we’re stuck in the middle of what could be described as a pre/post climax situation, or a active/reactive situation for those who like their terms less sexually-charged. When we get down to the whole description and analysis thing, I will be mentioning events that could be construed as ‘spoilers’ of the Royal Rumble PPV, as it is known in other pop culture circles. If you’re someone who tries to avoid spoilers, you can either watch the event yourself (on the WWE Network for only NINE NINETY NINE) or wait for the follow up bonus article, which will be the Royal Rumble/Clash of Champions comparison. I don’t imagine many people read these things for it to really matter, but I just wanted to give a heads up before we begin.
Week 1 Review The reigning champ picked up where he left off last season, atop the leaderboard, as he went 10-6. Deja also went 10-6, giving the reigning champ some much needed competition. The two rookies, Diamond Jim and Howitzer sit in a four way tie for third with the Buzz-Saw and B Hyphen (all 9-7), while Triple S (8-8) is already playing catchup for the second straight season. With 16 weeks left and all combatants within two picks, the minister of the tricycle is still within reach of everyone.
I make no bones about the fact that football season is my favorite time of year. It gives a special sense of optimism that ultimately turns into despair that only the truest of Browns fans can endure yet enjoy. It also brings about a lot of enthusiastic fantasy players creating the ultimate team. For many, it’s not just football season. No sir, this is Shiva Season. (Thank you FX for creating The League!)