WWE returns to home video with a new UK distributor and I am pleased to say that the high production quality has continued into the new era, I am also disappointed to say that the poor ‘Special Features’ (notably on the DVD releases) has also prevailed. Any longtime readers will know that this has been a bugbear of mine for some time now and I am saddened to see that this issue has not been resolved. On this disc the only extra is a 30 second interview with Smackdown General Manager Booker T to explain why he reinstated Sheamus’ “Brogue Kick” on the Pay Per View. In a world where WWE tells us to log onto an App during commercial breaks to watch exclusive footage, this poor use of the ‘Special Features” options on DVDs is not only pathetic, but frankly archaic. We can see more free and exclusive footage in a commercial break on Raw than we can see on a piece of physical media that we have paid for and are adding to a collection. It’s really not good enough. I would refer any doubters to my TNA Bound For Glory review from last week where for a similar (in fact, cheaper) price we got a 2-Disc set that was absolutely filled with extra material. Pull up your socks WWE, you are the professional wrestling watermark.
Now that I have my only gripe out of the way, let’s turn to the real matter at hand. Is this Pay Per View DVD one for the collection? and in a word, Yes. The footage is crisp and the sound quality is it’s equal, it really is a beautiful looking DVD. The first match is a Fatal Four-Way for the prestigious Intercontinental Championship. The reigning champion The Miz takes on three of WWE’s most exciting Superstars in the legendary Rey Mysterio, the Mexican marvel Sin Cara and (Lucha Reviews favourite) Cody Rhodes in a fantastic opening match with an unique and crazy finish.
The Divas have an actual storyline (!!) started here when Booker T’s disingenuous assistant Eve assists a fallen Kaitlyn who claims to have been attacked backstage. This leads to Kaitlyn being unable to compete later that evening in a Divas championship match and being replaced by… well, let’s wait and see.
The Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth take on Kane and Daniel Bryan in a fine encounter. The (now) Team Hell No are consistently the most entertaining parts of any WWE show and this trend continues here. Their partnership is really started at the conclusion of this match which leads onto a still-continuing reign as the most unlikely pairing in WWE History.
The Swiss Powerhouse Antonio Cesaro defends his United States Championship against pre-show battle royal winner (see that could’ve been included as an extra, for instance) Zack Ryder and gives “Long Island Iced-Z” a technical beatdown that can be understood in any of Cesaro’s five languages.
Money in the Bank Contract-holder Dolph Ziggler takes on Randy Orton in a good match, but since it’s “Night of Champions” and there is no title on the line, it seems like filler even though it has a backstory. The Divas Champion is dispatched in quick fashion by Kaitlyn’s replacement in the following bout to further that story.
Alberto Del Rio arrives next in a Ferrari to face his seemingly permanent opponent in World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus. The story here is that Del Rio has successfully had Sheamus’ fearsome ‘Brogue Kick’ banned after his Ring Announcer Ricardo Rodriguez and Lawyer David Otunga both succumbed to the devastating manoeuvre and after Alberto himself suffered a concussion due to it. This is a new twist to their feud as we wonder how Sheamus will compensate for the loss of his finisher against the submissions expert. This interesting twist is soon put to bed as Booker T reinstates the move before the bell rings. So after 2387234 matches, we are promised something a bit different and it is taken away before it even starts, which just leads to another ordinary singles match between the two men. This feud just stagnated the two talented men involved and it is a shame to see them attempt to put on a good match when they don’t have any chemistry and the crowd is fed up of watching them square-off. A fine match, but they were all fine matches and both men deserve better.
The longest reigning champion in the modern era CM Punk once again takes on John Cena in a gruelling and enjoyable encounter. These two men are the exact opposite of the previous match wherein Cena and Punk can wrestle each other forever and somehow always seem to remain fresh, having dramatic and exciting matches at every turn.
The ending to this match is heartstopping whether a Punk or Cena fan and very cleverly done.
All in all this has been a very thrilling show and definitely one you will revisit. It’s not the best PPV of 2012, but it’s very good and well worth the price. Although, if you have the means to watch a Blu-Ray, for an extra pound buy the BR for the bonus material.
Matt Striker interviews Booker T at Night of Champions, 16th September 2012
Blu-ray Exclusive Extras:
RAW – 17th September 2012
John Cena confronts Paul Heyman
Miz TV with Booker T.
WWE Tag Team Championship
Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. R-Truth & Kofi Kingston
John Cena & Sheamus vs. CM Punk & Alberto Del Rio
Smackdown – 21st September 2012
Edge returns to WWE