Night of Champions (2013)
|Night of Champions (2013)|
|"Night of Gold" by CFO$
"Big Epic Night" by Jim Johnston
|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. This year's event took place on September 15, 2013 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. It was the seventh annual Night of Champions event, and the eighth pay-per-view in the 2013 lineup. The theme of this PPV was that every championship in WWE was defended.
Night of Champions featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
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 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 the 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 rest of The Shield and Orton.
On August 5, 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 a non-title match over Del Rio due to Rodriguez's help. On September 6, 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 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 August 26, on Raw, Punk defeated Axel in a singles match and by vote of WWE Universe, Heyman would be forced to face Punk in the ring, but Axel interfered and attacked Punk. Heyman also joined in the assault. 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 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 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 announced that AJ would defend her Divas Championship in a fatal four-way match against Natalya, Naomi and Brie Bella at Night of Champions.
On the September 9 episode of Raw, it was announced that a tag team turmoil match to determinate the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship would take place during the Night of Champions Kickoff, with the winners challenging champions The Shield (Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) later in the night.
On the September 13 episode of SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler faced Dean Ambrose for a title shot opportunity for the United States Championship at Night of Champions. Although Reigns and Rollins interfered when Ziggler was closing in on the win, he was still given the championship match.
The pre-show included the Kickoff panel of Josh Mathews, Alex Riley, Booker T and Santino Marella previewing the matches. Also on the Kickoff show, A Tag team turmoil match was held, which Prime Time Players won by last eliminating The Real Americans to become #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship later at the event.
The English commentators were Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and John "Bradshaw" Layfield while there were also Spanish and German commentators ringside. Lillian Garcia and Justin Roberts were ring announcers.
The pay-per-view was kicked off by Triple H talking about what’s best for business, the WWE Title match with Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton, there will be no interference from anyone – The Shield, Big Show, nobody. Paul Heyman came to the ring along with WWE Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel, asking Triple H to cancel the match with CM Punk tonight. Triple H saying there’s no reason to be scared because Heyman doesn’t even have to tag in if he doesn’t want to, and telling him to let Axel handle Punk because Heyman believes in Axel. Triple H says the match stays how it is. Heyman goes to walk off and Axel takes the mic. Axel asks if this is funny to Triple H, saying something personal must be going on. Axel reminds Triple H that he beat him a few months back. Heyman tries to interrupt but Triple H brushes him off. Triple H says after all, this is Night of Champions where all championships are defended. Triple H says he will walk backstage and the first person he sees gets a title shot. That match takes place now. Triple H heads to the back as Heyman argues with Axel.
The first match of the night saw Curtis Axel defending the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Kofi Kingston, who was chosen by Triple H. Axel won the match after hitting the Running Neck Breaker, thus retaining the title.
The second match a Divas Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE Divas Championship between Natalya, Naomi, Brie Bella and AJ Lee. The feed cuts out and comes back with Brie Bella in control, Bri and Naomi collide and both go down. AJ comes in and rolls Natalya up for 2. Natalya slaps her. Naomi with a Rear View on Natalya for a 2 count. Brie and Naomi go back at it again. Natalya gets Brie on her shoulders. Brie brings her to the mat but runs into Naomi’s boot. Natalya rolls Brie up for 2. Naomi misses a big splash on Natalya. AJ dumps Naomi and Natalya to the floor. Natalya gets rolled up by Brie for a 2 count. The Sharpshooter is blocked. Natalya slams Brie on top of Naomi. Their shoulders are down and the referee isn’t counting. Natalya finally goes over and applies a double Sharpshooter on Brie and Naomi. AJ breaks it up and attacks from behind. AJ applies the Black Widow on Natalya for the win.
The third match was the World Heavyweight Championship match between Alberto Del Rio and Rob Van Dam. as they go at it, RVD had some offense early. RVD rolls and catapults Del Rio across the ring. RVD with a standing moonsault for a 2 count. Del Rio with a big dropkick to the side of the head. Del Rio misses a shot and ends up on the floor. RVD poses for the fans and nails a moonsault from the apron to the floor. RVD kicks Del Rio into the barrier and stops the count. RVD drops Del Rio on top of the barrier and leaps from the apron, nailing the spinning kick. They go at it on the apron. Del Rio runs the ropes and nails a flying headbutt out to the floor. Del Rio throws RVD hard into the barrier. RVD goes to the apron but Del Rio nails a big enziguri and sends RVD back to the floor. Del Rio goes for another suicide dive but RVD moves and Del Rio lands on the floor. RVD brings it back in the ring and nails clotheslines and a kick for a 2 count. RVD with another thrust kick for a 2 count. RVD goes to the top and nails another big kick. RVD misses Rolling Thunder and Del Rio nails a Backstabber for a close 2 count. Del Rio takes RVD up for a super inverted suplex but RVD fights him off. RVD nails a senton for a 2 count. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, stomps on RVD’s back and covers for 2. Del Rio goes for the cross armbreaker but RVD blocks it. RVD with a scissors takedown for a 2 count. RVD slams Del Rio and hits the split-legged moonsault for another 2 count. Del Rio with an armbar takedown and a superkick to the face for a 2 count. Del Rio keeps control and goes back to the top. Del Rio comes off the top but RVD catches him with a heel kick. RVD goes up top for the Five Star Frogsplash but Del Rio gets his knees up. Del Rio with the cross armbreaker in the middle of the ring. RVD tries to get to the ropes but Del Rio pulls him back. He finally makes it and the hold is broken. Del Rio won’t let go of the hold and keeps it locked past the referee’s 5 count for the disqualification. After the match, Del Rio poses with the belt before going back to work on RVD. Del Rio stomps away and goes out after a steel chair. Ricardo grabs it and stops him. RVD gets up and drops Del Rio with a DDT. RVD positions Del Rio in the corner and climbs up on the opposite corner. Ricardo positions the steel chair on Del Rio. RVD leaps from one corner of the ring to the other and dropkicks the chair into Del Rio with a Van Terminator.
The forth match was The Miz facing off against Fandango. Miz mocks Fandango and makes a comeback. Summer gets on the apron and distracts Miz, allowing Fandango to knock him off the top. Fandango with a running knee to the gut for a 2 count. Another pin attempt by Fandango before he keeps Miz grounded with a body scissors. Fandango gets sent out to the floor. Miz attacks from the apron and they both go down on the floor. More back and forth. Fandango misses the top rope leg drop. They trade roll ups. Miz locks in the Figure Four for the win.
The fifth match was a No Disqualification Handicap Elimination Match between CM Punk and the team of Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel. Punk comes out with a kendo stick and is ready to fight. Heyman rolls out of the ring with Axel. Axel also has a kendo stick in hand. Punk starts out with kendo sticks to Axel. Punk chokes Axel with the stick and drops him, then leaps out to the floor and takes out Heyman. Punk rolls Heyman in the ring and goes to hit him with a kendo stick shot but Axel makes the save with a low blow. Axel with kendo stick shots to Punk. Axel brings a steel chair in the ring. Punk fights back and blocks the chair shot. Axel turns it back around with a big dropkick. Axel brings a table out from under the ring, and brings it in the ring and sets the table up in the corner. Axel goes to suplex Punk through the table but Punk blocks it. Punk turns it around but Axel blocks Punk’s suplex attempts. Axel nails a snap suplex on the mat. Axel drops an elbow from the corner and covers for another pin attempt. Axel misses another shot from the corner. Punk sends Axel flying into a steel chair that was propped up in the corner. Punk comes back with offense and hits a swinging neckbreaker, followed by the running knee in the corner and a clothesline. Punk goes to the top for the elbow drop but Axel rolls to the floor. Punk runs the ropes for a suicide dive to the floor but Axel dodges it and hits Punk with a steel chair. Axel nails a swinging neckbreaker for a 2 count. Axel grabs a kendo stick and wails away on Punk, slides out of GTS. Punk nails him with a kendo stick, nails GTS and applies the Anaconda Vise. Axel taps out and is eliminated. Punk keeps the hold applied for a few more seconds and starts smiling. Heyman takes off for the back but Punk chases him up the ramp, across the stage and into the crowd. Punk catches Heyman when he gets back into the ring. Punk pulls Heyman’s face up by his nose and smacks him around. Heyman pleads with Punk and hugs him. Punk laughs and beats Heyman with the kendo stick, unloads as Heyman screams. Punk pulls a chain and handcuffs out of his boot, fastens Heyman’s arms behind his back,and beats Heyman some more with the kendo stick. Ryback runs down, Punk turns around and Ryback sends him crashing through the table propped up in the corner, and rolls Heyman on top of Punk for the win.
The sixth match was the WWE United States Championship match between Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler. They lock up to start the match. Ziggler takes Ambrose down from behind, with a quick pin attempt. They lock up again and Ambrose takes Ziggler down, More back and forths. Ambrose tries to play mind games and Ziggler dropkicks him. Ziggler starts dropping elbows on Ambrose. Ziggler clotheslines Ambrose to the floor and falls over with him. Ambrose turns it around and they trade shots in the corner. They trade pin attempts and Ziggler blocks a suplex. Ambrose climbs up for a superplex and sends Ziggler flying to the mat after some back and forths. Ambrose goes back to the top but Ziggler runs up and drops Ambrose to the mat face first. Ziggler hits a big clothesline for another pin attempt. Ziggler counters another move and locks in a sleeper hold. Ambrose backdrops him and breaks it up. Ziggler blocks another move and rolls Ambrose up. Ziggler misses the leg drop, but nails the Fame-asser for a 2 count. He misses a big splash in the corner, Ambrose plants him with a Headlock Driver for the win.
The seventh match was the WWE Tag Team Championship match between The Prime Time Players and The Shield. Titus and Rollins start things off. Rollins ducks a shot but Titus grabs him. Titus grabs him in mid-air and just tosses him aside. Young tags in and goes at it with Rollins. Reigns comes in and works over Young into the corner. Young fights out and sends Reigns to the floor. Rollins comes in but Young grabs him for his finisher. Rollins slides out but runs into a big elbow from Young. Titus tags back in and slaps Rollins in the corner. Reigns gets sent back to the floor. Young chases Rollins around the ring, slips and drops Reigns with a right. Young comes back in the ring and Rollins catches him, dropping him over the top rope. Reigns tags in and they double team Young. Reigns with a high knee to the face. Rollins comes back in and takes Young to the mat. Young fights out but Rollins floors him with a clothesline. Young ducks a clothesline and nails a belly-to-belly on Rollins. Rollins tries to stop the tag and gets backdropped. Titus runs in and levels Rollins. Titus hits a splashes for Reigns and Rollins. Titus unloads on Rollins and tosses him over his head. Rollins counters but gets nailed with a sitdown powerbomb. Titus holds it for a 2 count as Reigns makes the save. Young ends up down on the floor by Reigns. The referee is distracted with Young, allowing Reigns to sneak a spear in on Titus. Rollins covers for the win.
The main event match was the WWE Championship match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. They lock up and Bryan takes Orton down by his arm. Orton breaks it with a headbutt and takes Bryan down with a headlock. They run the ropes and Bryan hits a big knee to the gut. Bryan works on Orton’s arm before hitting him with more kicks to the back. Orton turns it around and hits a backbreaker coming out of the corner. Orton with more offense and a big clothesline in the corner. Bryan makes a comeback but Orton cuts him off and drops him over the top rope. Orton gets up and hits another big clothesline. Bryan comes back with a clothesline. Bryan hits the big missile dropkick in the corner, and another. Orton retreats to the floor but Bryan leaps out with a suicide dive. They come back in and Bryan nails a missile dropkick from the top. Bryan goes for another suicide dive but this time Orton stops him in mid-air with a big right hand. Orton hits the draping DDT from the apron to the floor. Orton comes back in the ring while Bryan makes it in at 9. Orton mocks Bryan before getting ready for an RKO. Bryan blocks it and dropkicks Orton into the referee. The referee gets knocked out of the ring. Another referee comes down. Orton fights off a Yes Lock attempt and dropkicks Bryan. Orton goes for a second rope draping DDT but Bryan fights out and applies the Yes Lock in the middle of the ring. Orton finally makes it to the ropes and breaks the hold. Bryan goes for the missile dropkick but Orton moves and Bryan lands hard on the mat. Orton takes Bryan up top and hits him with a headbutt and punches. Bryan turns Orton upside down in the corner and hits him with kicks. Bryan runs and hits the low dropkick on Orton. Orton fights Bryan off and knocks him to the mat. Bryan goes for a superplex and nails it, Orton hits hard on the back of his head. Bryan climbs up and nails the flying headbutt. The original referee is back in the match. Bryan unloads on Orton with kicks to the chest. Orton blocks the roundhouse and tosses Bryan over his head. Bryan blocks a RKO and backslides Orton. Orton slides through. Bryan hits him in the back of the head and nails the flying kick, followed by a Running Knee for the win.
The next night on Raw, Daniel Bryan was stripped of the WWE Championship by Triple H, because referee Scott Armstrong made a fast 3-count, and Triple H seemed to think Bryan was in on it as a conspiracy. He then 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, the majority of face WWE superstars ran to the ring and attacked Orton and The Shield, with Bryan finishing them off with a high knee to Seth Rollins.
At Night of Champions, Rob Van Dam won his World Heavyweight Championship match by disqualification when Alberto Del Rio refused to release the Cross Arm Breaker, despite Van Dam reaching the ropes. 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 would proceed to viciously assault RVD backstage.
CM Punk began feuding with Paul Heyman in July after Heyman cost him the Money in the Bank ladder match for a WWE Championship contract. This resulted in Punk fighting and losing to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Punk continued to feud with Heyman and his other client Curtis Axel, resulting in a handicap elimination match at Night of Champions. After Axel was eliminated, Punk handcuffed and beat down Heyman much like Heyman had done to him a couple of weeks prior on Raw. However, Ryback made the save, putting Punk through a table and costing him the match. On the September 23 episode of Raw, it was announced that Punk would face Ryback at Battleground.
AJ Lee would continue 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 her to a title match at Battleground.
|1P||The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) defeated Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) (with Naomi and Cameron), The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso), 3MB (Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre) (with Jinder Mahal) and The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger) (with Zeb Colter)||Tag team turmoil match for a WWE Tag Team Championship match||11:14|
|2||Curtis Axel (c) (with Paul Heyman) defeated Kofi Kingston||Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship||13:56|
|3||AJ Lee (c) defeated Natalya, Brie Bella and Naomi by submission||Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE Divas Championship||07:35|
|4||Rob Van Dam (with Ricardo Rodriguez) defeated Alberto Del Rio (c) by disqualification||Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship||13:24|
|5||The Miz defeated Fandango (with Summer Rae) by submission||Singles match||07:49|
|6||Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel defeated CM Punk||No disqualification 2-on-1 handicap elimination match; had Heyman not competed, he would have been fired.||15:34|
|7||Dean Ambrose (c) defeated Dolph Ziggler||Singles match for the WWE United States Championship||09:11|
|8||The Shield (Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) (c) defeated The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil)||Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship||07:27|
|9||Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton (c)||Singles match for the WWE Championship||17:33|
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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