Both the WWE and World Heavyweight champions walked out of Sunday's Night of Champions pay-per-view with their titles in tow.
Sheamus cleanly put away his rival Alberto Del Rio, while CM Punk retained his title after a controversial double-pin with John Cena.
But as Paul Heyman was quick to point out on tonight's Raw, in a situation like that, the champion is to be declared the winner.
Both challengers, though, laid claim to another shot at the title, so General Manager AJ Lee put all four men in a tag team match that she said could have ramifications on who could possibly get a rematch.
The teams of Punk and Del Rio and Cena and Sheamus put together a great match that was of the highest quality for a television main event. All four are top-notch workers that really click together.
The match, though, ended with controversy once again, as Punk had his foot on the rope when Cena pinned him. The referee, though, didn't see it and awarded the match to Sheamus and Cena.
The win here will hopefully be two-fold. This should finally be the end of Sheamus and Del Rio's overly long rivalry and a turning point in Punk and Cena's.
Next month's pay-per-view, Hell in a Cell, is a perfect opportunity for Punk and Cena to settle their score. Too often, that show features matches thrown together to fit the gimmick, but this is a rare opportunity.
WWE has done great work to build a rivalry to the point where it will make sense for it to escalate to a Hell in a Cell match. Punk and Cena have had a tremendous series of matches together, and that would be a great blowoff (at least for now).
There is potential for WWE to create top notch stories for the build to the Royal Rumble and Survivor Series, and Hell in a Cell will certainly be a turning point in at least one of them.
People, myself included, often complain about the same guys being at the top of the card consistently, but when guys perform at the caliber of these four, can you blame WWE for keeping it that way?
- I didn't get to see the original on Night of Champions last night, but the rematch between Tag Team Champions Kane and Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston and R-Truth was an excellent affair. The match was a lot of fun to watch, and all four men worked hard. They successfully executed some nice nearfalls to make it believeable the former champs would regain their titles, but in the end, the right team won. Kane and Bryan arguing, hugging and arguing after the match was hilarious. This team is gold right now.
- Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara looked good in victory when they defeated Primo and Epico in a good opening match. These four stars worked well together, and it would be nice to see them get an opportunity for a longer match. Titus O'Neil and Darren Young attacked the masked luchadors after the match, and it appears a new midcard tag team feud may have been started. Who says there's no tag team division in WWE anymore? Hopefully WWE continues to build multiple teams and have more than one rivalry in the division at a time.