Night of Champions (2010)
|Night of Champions (2010)|
|"Freefall" by Two Steps From Hell|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||September 19, 2010|
|Night of Champions chronology|
Night of Champions (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and presented by WowWee's Paper Jamz, that took place on September 19, 2010, at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. It was the third annual event to be promoted solely under the Night of Champions name and the tenth annual event under the Vengeance/Night of Champions chronology. Similar to the previous three events, the concept of the show was that every championship in the company was defended at the event. It was also the first Night of Champions event to feature a non-title match. Seven matches took place at the event. The event had 165,000 buys, down on the 2009's Night of Champions figure of 267,000 buys.
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Night of Champions featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) television programs. 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.
The main rivalry heading into Night of Champions from the Raw brand featured the defending champion Sheamus, Randy Orton, John Cena, Chris Jericho, Edge and Wade Barrett, feuding over the WWE Championship. At the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view in June, Sheamus won the WWE Championship in a fatal four-way match, and at Money in the Bank in July, defeated Cena to retain the title in a Steel Cage match. At SummerSlam, Sheamus lost to Orton in a championship match via disqualification, but as per WWE rules, retained the title. On the televised August 23 episode of Raw, the Anonymous Raw General Manager of the show set up a series of matches that night to determine the next contender for the WWE Championship, and allowed Sheamus himself to handpick his opponent for Night of Champions. The matches saw Edge defeat R-Truth, Jericho defeat The Great Khali, and Orton defeat John Morrison and Ted DiBiase in a Triple Threat match, while The Miz defeated Cena via disqualification. During the night, Barrett called off The Nexus' "truce" with Sheamus, and at the end of night decided to cash-in his right (due to winning the first season of WWE NXT) to challenge for the WWE Championship at Night of Champions. However, the general manager announced that Sheamus was to defend his WWE Championship against Orton, Cena, Jericho, Edge, and Barrett in a Six-Pack Challenge at Night of Champions. On the 900th episode of Raw, Chris Jericho added a stipulation that if he cannot win the championship, he will leave the WWE. However, the following week, he participated in a match with John Morrison under the stipulation that he would be taken out of the Night of Champions match if he did not win. Jericho lost the match and was removed from the Six-Pack Challenge. On the September 13 episode of Raw, the Anonymous Raw General Manager announced the match was changed to an elimination format. In addition, the General Manager also offered Chris Jericho an opportunity to re-insert himself in the match via a handicap steel cage match against The Hart Dynasty. Jericho was successful in defeating the duo and thus was re-admitted to the Six-Pack Challenge.
The main rivalry from the SmackDown brand featured the champion Kane against his storyline half-brother The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship. Approximately three months prior to the pay-per-view, The Undertaker had been mysteriously put in a vegetative state. Upon finding out about this, Kane had attempted to seek vengeance against the culprit. At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Kane had won the Money in the Bank ladder match and cashed in his briefcase later that night against then champion Rey Mysterio. Mysterio used his rematch clause on Kane to challenge him at SummerSlam but failed. During the weeks leading up to SummerSlam, Kane was convinced that Mysterio was the one behind the attack on his brother and upon defeating him, attempted to put him in a casket when The Undertaker appeared inside it. Upon seeing his brother again, Kane attacked The Undertaker turning him heel. On the September 3 episode of SmackDown, Kane challenged the Undertaker putting his Championship on the line and promises to end The Undertaker for good.
Another rivalry involved an inter-brand match involving the WWE Divas Champion Melina and the WWE Women's Champion Layla and Michelle McCool, collectively known as Team Lay-Cool, in a Title Unification Match. On May 14, Layla had pinned then-Women's Champion Beth Phoenix in a two-on-one handicap match which awarded Layla the championship. However, both Layla and McCool decided to make themselves Co-Women's Champion (as, by their logic, the Championship was won in a handicap match), going as far as splitting the main championship belt to keep co-reign. At SummerSlam, Melina had won the Divas Championship from former champion Alicia Fox. After the match, Lay-Cool had attacked Melina, stating they had defeated everyone on the SmackDown brand while champions and decided to go after Raw Divas. On the 900th episode of Raw, Lay-Cool challenged Melina to a Title Unification match. Melina accepted under one condition, their match would be a Lumberjill match.
Another rivalry from Raw involved champion The Miz against Daniel Bryan for the WWE United States Championship. The feud had begun during the first season of NXT, when The Miz was Bryan's storyline mentor, and felt that Bryan did not respect him. Bryan had been released from WWE in June, but returned at SummerSlam to join Team WWE, taking The Miz's place. Afterward, the two resumed their rivalry, distracting or attacking each other during matches, with The Miz joined by his rookie from the second season of NXT, Alex Riley. On the September 6 episode of Raw, Bryan challenged The Miz for the United States Championship, which The Miz accepted.
Another SmackDown rivalry involved the champion Dolph Ziggler against Kofi Kingston for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. On the August 6 episode of SmackDown, Ziggler defeated Kingston for his Intercontinental Championship. Kingston got a rematch at SummerSlam only for The Nexus to interfere resulting in a no contest. Following this, Kingston got several rematches against Ziggler only to be disqualified for one of them and counted out for another. To correct this, General Manager Theodore Long declared that Ziggler would defend his title against Kingston and if he were to be disqualified or counted out, then the title would go to Kingston.
The first match of the event was a Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship between Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero and Kaitlyn) and Kofi Kingston, with the stipulation that Ziggler would lose the WWE Intercontinental Championship should he be counted out or disqualified. Near the end of the match, Kingston attempted to perform a Trouble in Paradise on Ziggler although Ziggler avoided the move, resulting in Kingston’s Leg becoming trapped on the Ring Ropes. Ziggler performed a Zig Zag on Kingston for a three count to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
The second match was a Singles match between Big Show and CM Punk. Near the end of the match, Punk attempted to perform a Springboard Clothesline on Big Show although Big Show performed a Spear on Punk in mid-air. Big Show performed a KO Punch on Punk for a three count to win the match.
The third match was a Singles match for the WWE United States Championship between The Miz, who was also the 2010 WWE Championship Money in the Bank winner, (with Alex Riley) and Daniel Bryan. Near the end of the match, Bryan attempted to apply the LeBell Lock on The Miz although Riley distracted Bryan. The Miz attempted to attack Bryan although Bryan avoided The Miz, resulting in The Miz knocking Riley off the Ring Apron, before Bryan applied the LeBell Lock on The Miz. The Miz submitted, resulting in Bryan winning the WWE United States Championship.
The fourth match was a Lumberjill match to unify the WWE Women’s Championship and the WWE Divas Championship between WWE Women’s Champion Michelle Mccool and WWE Divas Champion Melina. Near the end of the match, Layla interfered in the match, resulting in a brawl involving the Lumberjills. McCool performed a Big Boot on Melina for a three count to win the WWE Divas Championship, which was now unified with the WWE Women’s Championship.
Main Event matches
The fifth match was a No Holds Barred match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Kane and The Undertaker. At the start of the match, Undertaker attacked Kane on the Entrance Ramp, throwing Kane into a Pillar on the Entrance Ramp. After brawling inside the Ring, Kane threw the Announce Table Cover at Undertaker. Kane attempted to perform an Irish Whip on Undertaker into the Steel Steps although Undertaker countered the attempt into an Irish Whip on Kane into the Steel Steps. Undertaker performed a Clothesline on Kane, causing Kane to fall over the Barricade into the Timekeeper’s Area before Undertaker dove over the Barricade onto Kane. After brawling in the Arena Stands, Undertaker performed Snake Eyes followed by a Running Big Boot on Kane although Kane kicked out at a two count. Undertaker performed a Chokeslam on Kane although Kane kicked out at a two count. Undertaker attempted to perform a Tombstone Piledriver on Kane although Kane countered the move into a Tombstone Piledriver on Undertaker for a three count to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
The sixth match was a Tag Team Turmoil match for the WWE Tag Team Championship. The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd) and The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) began the match. The Hart Dynasty were eliminated after Kidd was pinned by Jey following a Superkick. Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov entered afterwards. Marella and Kozlov were eliminated after Jimmy pinned Marella following a Samoan Drop. Evan Bourne and Mark Henry entered afterwards. The Usos were eliminated after Bourne pinned Jimmy following an Air Bourne. Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre were the last team to enter. Near the end of the match, Rhodes performed a Cross Rhodes on Bourne for a three count, resulting in Rhodes and McIntyre winning the WWE Tag Team Championship.
The seventh match was a Six-Pack Challenge Elimination match for the WWE Championship between Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Randy Orton, John Cena, Edge and Chris Jericho. At the start of the match, Orton performed an RKO on Jericho for a three count, eliminating Jericho. Midway through the match, Edge attempted to perform a Spear on Cena although Cena avoided the move, resulting in Edge performing a Spear on Orton. Cena performed an Attitude Adjustment on Edge for a three count, eliminating Edge. Later in the match, The Nexus interfered in the match. Barrett performed a Wasteland on Cena for a three count, eliminating Cena. The Nexus attacked Orton although Cena used a Steel Chair to attack The Nexus. Barrett attempted to perform a Wasteland on Orton although Orton countered the move before Orton performed an Inverted Headlock Backbreaker on Barrett. Orton performed an RKO on Barrett for a three count, eliminating Barrett. Near the end of the match, Sheamus performed a Brogue Kick on Orton although Orton kicked out at a two count. Sheamus attempted to perform a High Cross on Orton although Orton countered the move. Orton performed an RKO on Sheamus for a three count, resulting in Orton winning the WWE Championship.
Writing for The Sun, Rob McNichol rated the event 8.5 out of ten. He praised most of the matches, especially the United States Championship match, Kane vs Undertaker, and the main event, which he described as "superbly booked".
|1D||John Morrison defeated Ted DiBiase||Singles match||Unknown|
|2||Dolph Ziggler (c) (with Vickie Guerrero and Kaitlyn) defeated Kofi Kingston||Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Had Ziggler been counted out or disqualified, he would lose the title||12:42|
|3||Big Show defeated CM Punk||Singles match||04:43|
|4||Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz (c) (with Alex Riley) by submission||Singles match for the WWE United States Championship||12:29|
|5||Michelle McCool (self-proclaimed co-Women's Champion) defeated Melina (Divas Champion)||Lumberjill match to unify the WWE Women's Championship and the WWE Divas Championship||06:34|
|6||Kane (c) defeated The Undertaker||No Holds Barred match for the World Heavyweight Championship||18:29|
|7||Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre last eliminated Evan Bourne and Mark Henry to win||Tag Team Turmoil match for the WWE Tag Team Championship||11:42|
|8||Randy Orton defeated Sheamus (c), Wade Barrett, John Cena, Edge and Chris Jericho||Six-pack challenge elimination match for the WWE Championship||21:28|
Tag Team Turmoil match
|1||The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd) (c)||1||The Usos|
|2||The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) (with Tamina)||3||Evan Bourne and Mark Henry|
|3||Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov||2||The Usos|
|4||Evan Bourne and Mark Henry||4||Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre|
|5||Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre||Winners||N/A|
Six-pack challenge elimination match
|Elimination||Wrestler||Eliminated by||Elimination move||Time|
|1||Chris Jericho||Randy Orton||RKO||01:25|
|3||John Cena||Wade Barrett||Wasteland||18:58|
|4||Wade Barrett||Randy Orton||RKO||20:32|
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