Night of Champions (2013)
|Night of Champions (2013)|
|Date||September 15, 2013|
|Venue||Joe Louis Arena|
|Night of Champions chronology|
Night of Champions (2013) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It took place on September 15, 2013 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. It was the seventh annual Night of Champions event. This event was the last WWE pay-per-view event to take place at the Joe Louis Arena before its closure in 2017. The theme of this PPV was that every championship in WWE was defended.
The professional wrestling matches at Night of Champions involved professional wrestlers in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, WWE. Storylines between the characters played out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown.
Following his win over John Cena at SummerSlam, Daniel Bryan lost the WWE Championship when special guest referee and chief operating officer Triple H attacked Bryan, allowing Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the championship. Triple H and the McMahons stated that it was "best for business" because Bryan did not "fit the mold" to be WWE Champion. Naming Orton the new "face of WWE", they also formed an alliance with The Shield. Leading up to Night of Champions, Bryan was forced to compete in several challenging matches, including a steel cage match with Wade Barrett, a gauntlet match against all three members of The Shield, and a match with Big Show. After defeating Dean Ambrose on the September 9 episode of Raw, Bryan was again assaulted by The Shield and Orton.
On the August 26 episode of Raw, AJ Lee interrupted the celebration over Brie Bella's victory in a SummerSlam rematch against Natalya, berating the cast of Total Divas, calling them "interchangeable" and "expendable" and stating that they were not good enough to be wrestlers, so they went into reality TV. On the September 2 episode of Raw, AJ Lee interfered in a triple threat match between Natalya, Naomi, and Brie Bella, which was to determine the number one contender for her Divas Championship. As a result, Stephanie McMahon scheduled AJ to defend her Divas Championship in a fatal four-way match against Natalya, Naomi and Brie Bella at Night of Champions.
On August 5 episode of Raw, Rob Van Dam defeated World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match after Ricardo Rodriguez's interference backfired. After the match, Del Rio attacked Rodriguez for his actions. Two weeks later, Rodriguez returned to inform Del Rio that he was now representing Van Dam. Van Dam continued to attack Del Rio, both on Raw and SmackDown, and on the August 26 episode of Raw, Van Dam won another non-title match over Del Rio due to a distraction by Rodriguez, earning Van Dam a World Heavyweight Championship match against Del Rio at Night of Champions. On the September 6 episode of SmackDown, Del Rio cost Van Dam a non-title match against Randy Orton, and attacked him after the match. The following week, Vickie Guerrero forced Rodriguez to face Del Rio. After winning the match, Del Rio put Rodriguez in the cross armbreaker until Van Dam made the save.
After being defeated by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, CM Punk continued his feud with Paul Heyman, thus starting another one with Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel by attacking him the next night on Raw. Four days later on SmackDown, Axel challenged Punk to a match, which Punk accepted. On the August 26 episode of Raw, Punk defeated Axel and by vote of the WWE Universe, Heyman was forced to face Punk in the ring, but Axel interfered and helped Heyman attack Punk. Brad Maddox granted Punk's wish of facing Heyman by giving him an elimination handicap match at Night of Champions against Axel and Heyman.
On the September 9 episode of Raw, a tag team turmoil match was scheduled for the Night of Champions pre-show, with the winners challenging champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns (of The Shield) later in the night.
On the September 13 episode of SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler faced Dean Ambrose for an opportunity at the United States Championship at Night of Champions. Although Reigns and Rollins interfered when Ziggler was about to win, he was still given the championship match.
|English Commentators||Michael Cole|
|John "Bradshaw" Layfield|
|Spanish Commentators||Marcelo Rodriguez|
|Ring announcers||Lilian Garcia|
|Pre-show Panel||Josh Mathews|
During the pre-show, a tag team turmoil match was held, which The Prime Time Players won by last eliminating The Real Americans to become the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship later at the event.
The pay-per-view started with Triple H promising that there would be no interference in the WWE title match. He was interrupted by Paul Heyman and the Intercontinental Champion, Curtis Axel, who requested that their handicap match against CM Punk be cancelled. Triple H not only refused and but also decided that the first person he sees backstage would receive an immediate title shot at Axel's Intercontinental Championship. Triple H headed to the back and ran into Kofi Kingston, who was sent to the ring to challenge Axel. Axel pinned Kingston after a Hangman's Facebuster to retain the title.
In the third match, Alberto Del Rio defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam, who was accompanied by Del Rio's former ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez. Van Dam won by disqualification after Del Rio refused to release the Cross Armbreaker by a 5 count. After the match, Del Rio tried to attack Van Dam with a chair but Rodriguez took the chair, allowing Van Dam to execute a DDT and a Van Daminator on Del Rio.
In the fifth match, CM Punk faced Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman in a No Disqualification Handicap Elimination Match. Midway through the match, Punk hit Axel with a kendo stick, executed a GTS and forced him to submit to the Anaconda Vise. Punk then chased Heyman, his remaining opponent, through the arena and taunted him. Heyman hugged Punk but was attacked with a kendo stick. Ryback interfered, tackling Punk through a table positioned in the corner before placing Heyman on top of Punk, allowing Heyman to score a pinfall and win the match.
In the penultimate match, the other two members of The Shield, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Prime Time Players, Darren Young and Titus O'Neil. In the end, Reigns performed a Spear on O'Neil, allowing Rollins to score a pinfall to retain the title.
In the main event, Randy Orton faced Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship. Orton attempted an RKO but Bryan countered and performed a Dropkick on Orton, knocking him into the referee. Bryan applied the Yes! Lock but Orton touched the ring ropes, forcing Bryan to release the hold. In the end, Orton attempted an RKO but Bryan countered into a Backslide, which Orton countered. Bryan pinned Orton after a Running Knee to win the title.
The next night on Raw, Daniel Bryan was stripped of the WWE Championship by Triple H, because of a fast count by referee Scott Armstrong; Triple H accused Bryan of having conspired with the referee and punished Bryan more by putting him in a match with Roman Reigns; though Bryan won, he was again assaulted by the rest of The Shield and Orton. Orton put Bryan's head in between the folds of a chair, but before he could further injure Bryan, most face wrestlers ran to the ring and attacked Orton and The Shield, with Bryan finishing them off with a high knee to Seth Rollins.
On the September 20 episode of SmackDown, Triple H gave Van Dam a rematch with Del Rio at Battleground for the World Heavyweight Championship. Immediately afterwards, Del Rio viciously assaulted Van Dam backstage.
Punk continued to feud with Heyman and his newest client Ryback. On the September 23 episode of Raw, a match between the two was scheduled for Battleground.
AJ Lee continued her feud with the members of the Total Divas cast. On the September 23 episode of Raw, Brie Bella pinned Lee during a 10-diva tag team match, leading to a title match at Battleground.
Tag Team Turmoil match
|1||3MB (Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre) (with Jinder Mahal)||1||Tons of Funk|
|2||Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai)||2||The Real Americans|
|3||The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger) (with Zeb Colter)||4||The Prime Time Players|
|4||The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso)||3||The Real Americans|
|Winners||The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil)||Winners||11:14|
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