WWE Night of Champions

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Night of Champions
The WWE Vengeance and Night of Champions logos
The WWE Vengeance and Night of Champions logos
Information
Other name(s) Vengeance (2001-2006,2011)
Vengeance: Night of Champions (2007)
Promotion(s) WWE
Brand(s) Raw
SmackDown
ECW
First event Vengeance (2001)
Event gimmick All active WWE championships are defended

Night of Champions is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by professional wrestling promotion WWE.[1] The event was previously known under the name Vengeance with the inaugural event taking place on December 9, 2001 and replacing the regularly scheduled WWE Armageddon for that year. The 2002 event featured the Raw and SmackDown! brands. The event was made exclusive to the SmackDown brand in 2003, and in 2004 it was made exclusive to the Raw brand. In 2007, following WrestleMania, all PPV events became tri-branded. Vengeance took over WWF Fully Loaded's scheduled date in July 2002 and later moved to June in 2005, switching schedules with The Great American Bash.

Name change[edit]

The 2007 event was promoted as Vengeance: Night of Champions and featured all WWE titles being defended. In 2008, the event dropped the Vengeance name and continued to promote as Night of Champions, later moving to September in 2010. In 2011, WWE scheduled both a Night of Champions and Vengeance event where the latter name would replace WWE Bragging Rights on the October 2011 event card while Night of Champions retained its original slot.[2] In 2012 the Vengeance name was removed from the scheduled event calendar for that year.[3]

Concept[edit]

Starting in 2007, the concept of this pay-per-view is that all WWE titles are defended. Starting in 2010, non-title matches were also included on the card.

WWE's currently active titles as of 2013 are:

In previous years, other titles that have been defended at the pay-per-view include:

Although Night of Champions is promoted as the one night a year when all of WWE's championships are defended, there has been a number of other WWE pay-per-view events since the inception of Night of Champions that have also seen all titles defended. Examples include:

History[edit]

Night of Champions is a pay-per-view event consisting of a main event and undercard that feature championship matches and other various matches. The first event was produced as a pay-per-view event for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), the former name of WWE. The inaugural event took place on December 9, 2001 at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California and aired live on PPV.

In 2002, WWF was court ordered to change their name, which resulted in the promotion changing its name to WWE.[4] Earlier in the year, WWF held a draft that split its roster into two distinctive brands of wrestling, Raw and SmackDown,[5] and the ECW brand was added in 2006.[6] Before the draft, matches featured wrestlers from the roster without any limitations; after the draft, matches only consisted of wrestlers from their distinctive brands. The first Vengeance event to be produced under the WWE banner and with roster limitations was Vengeance (2002), which took place on July 21, 2002. The following year, WWE announced that PPV events, excluding WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and the Royal Rumble, would be made exclusive to each brand; Vengeance was made exclusive to the Smackdown! brand in 2003 and in 2004 was made exclusive to the Raw brand. After three years of being produced as a brand exclusive event, Vengeance (2006) was the final Vengeance event that was brand exclusive, as WWE announced that PPV events from April 2007 onwards would feature all three brands of WWE.[7]

Dates and venues[edit]

Vengeance[edit]

Event Date City Venue Main Event
Vengeance (2001)[8] December 9, 2001 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena[9] 1st championship match:Kurt Angle vs. Stone Cold for the WWF Championship
2nd championship match:The Rock vs. Chris Jericho for the WCW Championship
3rd double championship:Chris Jericho vs. Stone Cold for the WWF Championship & Jericho's win the WWF Championship he will become Undisputed WWF Championship
[10]
Vengeance (2002) July 21, 2002 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena[11] The Undertaker (c) vs. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle for the WWE Undisputed Championship[12]
Vengeance (2003)[13] July 27, 2003 Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center[14] Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Kurt Angle vs. Big Show in a No Disqualification match for the WWE Championship[15]
Vengeance (2004)[16] July 11, 2004 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center[17] Chris Benoit (c) vs. Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship
Vengeance (2005)[18] June 26, 2005 Paradise, Nevada Thomas & Mack Center[19] Batista (c) vs. Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship[20]
Vengeance (2006)[21] June 25, 2006 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Bobcats Arena[22] Rob Van Dam (c) vs. Edge for the WWE Championship
D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs. the Spirit Squad (Kenny, Johnny, Mitch, Nicky, and Mikey) in a Handicap match
Vengeance (2011) October 23, 2011 San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center CM Punk & Triple H vs. The Awesome Truth (The Miz & R-Truth)
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. John Cena in a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship

Night of Champions[edit]

Event Date City Venue Attendance Main Event
Vengeance: Night of Champions[23] June 24, 2007 Houston, Texas Toyota Center[24] 15,000 John Cena (c) vs. Mick Foley vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Randy Orton vs. King Booker for the WWE Championship[25]
Night of Champions (2008)[26] June 29, 2008 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center[27] 16,151 Triple H (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
Night of Champions (2009) July 26, 2009[28] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[28] Wachovia Center[28] 17,774 Randy Orton (c) vs. Triple H vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
CM Punk (c) vs. Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship
Night of Champions (2010) September 19, 2010[29] Rosemont, Illinois[29] Allstate Arena[29] 13,851 Sheamus (c) vs. Wade Barrett vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Randy Orton vs. John Cena in a Six-Pack Elimination Match for the WWE Championship
Night of Champions (2011) September 18, 2011 Buffalo, New York First Niagara Center 11,000 Triple H vs. CM Punk in a No Disqualification match
Night of Champions (2012) September 16, 2012 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden 14,886 CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
Night of Champions (2013) September 15, 2013 [30] Detroit, Michigan[30] Joe Louis Arena 10,500 CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman in a Handicap No Disqualification Elimination match
Randy Orton (c) vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship
Night of Champions (2014) September 21, 2014 Nashville, Tennessee Bridgestone Arena TBD TBD

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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