Night of Champion left the WWE Universe with many shocking results. This past Saturday, live from Jeddah Super Dome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Night of Champion took place. The crowd was amped. The superstars gave them their all. An event billed with three main events. This event lived up to the hype and the billing. This event saw families ripped apart. Titles changing and new champions are being crowned. The WWE Universe also saw the finals for the tournament to crown the inaugural World heavyweight champion.
This card had something for everyone. With moments that will be talked about for the weeks and months to follow. But the shocking results stood out in some matches more than others. These results will be felt within the WWE for a long time. Let’s jump into these matches that will change the landscape of the WWE going forward.
Tag Team Titles
The Blood Line storyline has dominated the WWE for the past three years. This storyline line came to a shocking boiling point this past Saturday at Night of Champions. The main event of the night saw Kevin Ownes and Sami Zayn put their WWE tag titles on the line vs. Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa. The reaction Sami received on the night was breathtaking. The crowd, by far popped for Sami more than any other superstar on the night. Sami is of Syrian descent. This is his first premier live event in Saudi, and the crowd showed him love. This match was action pack and hard-hitting. Back-and-forth action that left the fans on the edge of their seats.
The breaking point in the match that left all the fans speechless with a shocking look was when the USOs arrived. Running down to make a save for their fellow bloodline members. The Uso’s first laid-out KO left him motionless on the outside of the ring. The Uso’s then turned their attention to Sami, who was positioned inside the ring along with Solo. Jey and Jimmy took turns super-kicking Sami repeatedly. This counited until Sami ducked the super kick. Resulting in Jey and Jimmy hitting Solo, their brother and fellow Bloodline member, with a double super kick laying him out cold. At this point in time, Roman came to his sense and saw what the Usos had just done to Solo. Roman took his frustration out on Jey. Yelling and shoving Jey repeatedly, telling him to get out of my ring.
By this time, Jimmy had seen enough, and when Roman turned his attention to him to let out his frustration. Jimmy hit Roman with a superkick dropping Roman to his knees. Due to the shocking events that just transpired, Jey was left stunned, asking his brother what he had just done. To finish the job, Jimmy hit Roman with one last superkick dropping him. Jimmy then left the ring with his brother. Thanks to the help from the Uso’s, KO and Sami retained their titles. The turn from the Uso’s has been a long time coming. Dating back to pre-WrestleMania when Roman continuously disrespected and degraded the Uso’s. It will be very interesting to see how this story plays out this Friday on Smackdown and heading into Summerslam.
New Champion is Crowned
The Roman effect was felt on the show’s opening match at Night of Champions also. Due to Roman’s streak of dominance and 1,000-plus day reign. WWE was forced to introduce a new belt for the Raw brand. The finals of the tournament to crown the first-ever champion took place this past Saturday on Night of Champions. The Finals saw AJ Styles square off vs Seth Rollins. This match was everything fans should expect when these two vets of the game, arguably two of the best in-ring competitors in the world square off.
Technically sound wrestling, they had a great pace. With a lot of back-and-forth action. Seth Rollins was able to get the better of AJ styles Saturday night at Night of Champions. Seth was crowned the inaugural champion. In the past couple of weeks on Raw, Seth has taken shots at his fellow shield member Roman Reigns. It’ll be interesting to see if, down the line, we get a champion-versus-champion storyline of Seth versus Roman.
Bianca’s Historic Run Ends
As the famous saying goes, all good things must come to an end. This past Saturday saw that saying ring true. Bianca Belair put her title and remarkable 400-plus day reign on the line against Asuka at Night of Champion. Over the past couple of months, we have seen Asuka take on a darker persona. Painting her face and relying on the blinding mist to help get her victories. Asuka has proven since this heel turn; she will stop at nothing to get back to the title. This past Saturday at Night of Champions, she did just that. When Bianca picked Asuka up to perform her finisher, the K.O.D Asuka used her mist without the ref seeing. Thus blinding Belair and allowing Asuka to secure the win. Ending Bianca’s historic run.
This result was one of the more shocking ones of the night. Bianca has held the belt for over 400 days. My thought process here was if Belair was going to lose the belt, it would be at one of WWE’s core four PPVs. The next one is Summerslam. I just didn’t think WWE would waste a historic title run ending at Night of Champions. Often said in the WWE, expect the unexpected. For Bianca, the climb back to the top will be a great storyline to reinvent and change herself a little to keep her character fresh. For Auska, I’m excited to see her be the dominant champion again.
Night of Champion was a truly shocking event. Events that take place in Saudi are often viewed as throw-away events. Where the results don’t really affect storylines within the WWE. Events in Saudi are often headlined by matches like DX vs Brothers of Destruction or Undertaker vs. Goldberg. This past Saturday was anything but that. What transpired Saturday will send shock waves through the WWE for months to come. This was a great change-up by WWE compared to past events. Here’s to hoping that WWE makes the events from Saudi mean something like this past Saturday going forward.
Joe Wood was born and raised in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. A dedicated father of 2, a boy and a girl. Who is a lifelong Philadelphia 4 for 4-er. Joe found a passion for Professional wrestling from a young age thanks to his father, who took him to live events. Currently, Joe is studying at Full Sail University to achieve his bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and media. Once completed, he hopes to be able to cover sports full-time.