WWE Night of Champions 2015 Review: Results, Analysis, Grades; Sting, Seth Rollins, Kane

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WWE Intercontinental Championship
Ryback (c) vs. Kevin Owens

Result: Kevin Owens defeats Ryback to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Rating: 3.2 out of 5 stars

Ryback began by shoving down Owens twice. He then came back with a big shoulder tackle. Owens got in his first offense with a chop but got shoulder tackled again. Ryback then picked him up and tossed him over the top rope.

They then got into the ring and Owens shoved Ryback into the ring post. He threw Ryback shoulder-first into the post and into the ring. He would get a near-fall.

Owens then stomped on Ryback and continued to work on the injured shoulder. He then took down Ryback arm-first for a near-fall.

Owens continued to work on the shoulder and elbow of Ryback with a hold.

Owens would go for a clothesline but Ryback hit one of his own to finally get some offense. He would go for a pin but Owens kicked out.

Ryback set up a powerbomb but Owens hit a back body drop and a kick to the gut. Ryback would come back with a spinebuster for a near-fall. Owens then hit a big kick for another near-fall.

After an attempted pop-up powerbomb, Ryback hit a clothesline. He then went for Shellshock but Owens countered and shoved him into the post. He would get a near-fall.

Owens then put a submission on Ryback’s injured arm. The Big Guy would counter and pick him up for a slam. He went for Shellshock but got raked in the eyes by Owens. He then rolled up Ryback for the win.

Rob’s Note: The ring psychology in this match was fantastic. It may have all been done by Owens, who controlled this match but it made for a fun bout. Owens gets his first main roster title and immediately brings relevance to the championship.

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