NOC 2013 in WWE PROGRAMMING Posted September 16, 2013 Pretty dull show overall, mostly because there was too much pro-heel booking which is guaranteed to kill any crowd. The matches were mostly fine, but I'm wondering what kind of reactions they were expecting with that show layout, which seemed really poor. A long dueling heel promo to open a ppv? Putting the Shield matches back to back when no one buys the challengers at all right before the main? They couldn't have saved Ryback attacking Punk until tomorrow to break up the monotony of heel wins? The only complete face victory on the show was Miz over Fandango for god sake. Bryan/Orton was a solid match but even the ending felt a bit flat due to the crowd being taken out of it all night and the fact that everybody knows the ref fast counting for no discernible reason will lead to the title being held up if not outright handed back to Orton. I understand that big-picture wise, this show was in a bad spot. You can't have AJ or The Shield lose their belts under any circumstances right now, and as much as I hate everything about Curtis Axel, there's no good reason to take his belt either. That gives you a minimum of 4 heel wins when the show's gimmick is every title being defended, so bad timing there. The other problem is that it's the first of 3 ppvs in 7 weeks, so there has to be a lot of rematch-oriented booking for the main event angles, which means more heel wins/cheap finishes at the top. The only place they could've made a positive difference was letting Punk beat Heyman, then going after him again on Raw where Ryback can get in and start that angle. They could've let Show kill someone too I guess. The rest of the matches were booked like they had to be, but it didn't make for a compelling show at all. The ppv calendar, the NoC gimmick, and the current angles really just couldn't have lined up any worse. I get why it had to be this way, but it was still probably the worst ppv of the year.