Sunday, 7 February 2016

DVD Review: WWE Night of Champions 2015 (Rollins vs. Sting)

WWE Night of Champions 2015 is out on DVD and Blu-Ray now in the UK. You can order here at WWEDVD.co.uk and all other reputable DVD stockists. Broadcast live on PPV (and on the WWE Network) from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA on 20th September 2015. The show features Seth Rollins defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Sting as the main event. There's also six other matches featuring the likes of Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, The Wyatt Family, Dean Ambrose, The Dudley Boyz & The New Day in action. The WWE Intercontinental, WWE United States, WWE Tag Team and WWE Diva's Championships are also up for grabs. The DVD version contains one further bout as part of the Special Features.


the show 


In the opening bout, Ryback more than matches Kevin Owens to put on surprisingly enjoyable bout over the WWE Intercontinental Championship, in a storytelling and character based encounter. Things drop off a little as Dolph Ziggler and Rusev (with Summer Rae) struggle to get past the soap opera theatrics of their storyline. Luckily, The New Day our out and the crowd is very into everything the trio do, even if the promo itself isn't a particular standout. The groups' Big E and Kofi Kingston putting the WWE Tag Team Championships on the line against the Dudley Boyz features some fine action, but is ultimately let down by a weak finish.

Charlotte (with Becky Lynch & Paige) and Nikki Bella (with Alicia Fox & Brie Bella) have one of the best Diva's PPV bouts of 2015, telling a strong story, but there's definitely a sense that with a little more finesse to the execution this could have been even better. Chris Jericho coming out as the "surprise" partner of Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns is perhaps a little anti-climactic if you'd let your imagination run wild prior to the bout. The threesome tackle the Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman & Luke Harper) in a belting six man tag team bout, that features plenty of exciting high-spot sequences, whilst Strowman get's a strong push. 

The first of two Seth Rollins bouts, sees the WWE United States Championship on the line against John Cena, in what is arguably the match of the night. The two put on world class performances, with the action going back and forth at a nice pace and featuring a lot of near falls. In the main event, Rollins manages to carry a 56 year old Sting to a decent WWE World Heavyweight Championship contest, with the earlier parts of the bout featuring the best action. It's a shame that Sting suffers a major injury in the later portion, as this match would easily have ranked among some of his best work since the close of WCW in 2001.


The special features include a fun six man tag team bout with The Cosmic Wasteland facing The Lucha Dragons and Neville, that originally aired on Night of Champions 2015 Kick-Off .

finally...



In our opinion, this is a good PPV event, that features a lot to enjoy across the card. Whilst the double title defense from Seth Rollins didn't quite work from a booking perspective, the then WWE World Heavyweight and United States Champion puts in a career defining performance, in back to back bouts with John Cena and Sting, with the first bout being the strongest match of the evening. The show is only majorly let down by a weak Dolph Ziggler and Rusev bout. However, if your looking for a momento from WWE's summer 2015 catalogue, Beast in the East or SummerSlam are probably better options. 

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