WWE Night Of Champions Results – September 15, 2013
WWE Night Of Champions Kickoff Show:
The Kickoff Show opens with Josh Mathews introducing us to the show. The “expert panel” for tonight includes Alex Riley, Booker T and Santino Marella. The panel breaks down some of the top matches for tonight’s show.
We go to the lounge with Renee Young, who informs us on how to interact via social media tonight. She runs down some polls for best tag-teams of all-time, etc.
We shoot backstage and Paul Heyman is shown rocking like Jesse Ventura. Brad Maddox walks by and asks Heyman if he’s ok. Heyman says he’s anything but ok. Maddox asks him what’s wrong. Heyman runs down all his concerns, namely, CM Punk. Heyman explains that he taught Punk how to get around the system, so he’s concerned that Punk is gonna massacre him in the middle of Maddox’s ring…unless. Heyman says if Punk beats Axel, then he’ll punch the ref in the mouth. This means Punk will be DQ’d and if he touches Heyman, he can sue for assault. Maddox then makes the match a no-DQ rules match. Heyman looks scared.
Back to the panel, where the guys talk about the new no-DQ stipulation that was just added to the Handicap Elimination match involving Axel, Heyman and Punk. They shift gears to talk more about other top matches on tonight’s show.
Tag-Team Turmoil: The Prime Time Players vs. The Usos vs. 3MB vs. Real Americans vs. Tons Of Funk
The PPV commentary team, consisting of Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler hype up the Tag-Team Turmoil match, which is up now. Out first is 3MB. Out next is Tons Of Funk. Representing 3MB will be Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre. Slater and Brodus Clay start things off. New teams will come out as people are eliminated. Slater beats up Clay for a while before he tags out to Tensai.
Tensai comes in the ring and runs right back out to the floor. McIntyre tags himself in and does a huge dive over the top, barely catching Tensai and crashing on the floor. Back in the ring, Tensai and McIntyre continue their battle. Nearfall by Tensai but McIntyre is tied up in the ropes. McIntyre misses a big elbow in the corner and Tensai rolls him up for the 1-2-3. 3MB are eliminated.
Out comes The Real Americans. 3MB are still in the ring beating down Tons Of Funk. The Real Americans, in specific, Antonio Cesaro, picks up where they left off. We head to a mid-match commercial here on the Night Of Champions pay-per-view Kickoff Show.
We return from commercial and Cesaro is going to suplex Tensai. Tensai reverses and suplexes Cesaro instead. He immediately tags in The Funkasaurus, Brodus Clay. Clay cleans house of both Swagger and Cesaro. Cesaro is still the legal man. Clay splashes him in the corner. Clay tries a pin on Swagger, but doesn’t get it. Not even sure he was the legal man. Commentators aren’t sure either. It turns out Swagger is the legal man. He applies the Patriot Lock on Clay and Clay taps out. Tons Of Funk are eliminated.
Out comes The Usos. The Usos race down to the ring and immediately throw both of The Real Americans out of the ring. One of the Usos goes flying over the top onto the floor on Swagger. The other flies over the top onto Cesaro. Back in the ring, Cesaro and Uso are the legal men. Uso comes off the top and splashes Cesaro. 1-2…Cesaro kicks out. Uso with another nearfall on Cesaro. Swagger tags himself in and the Real Americans double-team Uso. Swagger goes for a pin attempt but Uso kicks out at two. A loud “Let’s go Usos” and “We The People” dueling chant breaks out as Cesaro, now the legal man, is in control of the offense. We head to another mid-match commercial.
We return from commercial and one of the Usos is on the top rope. He leaps off but Swagger catches him by the leg coming down. Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock and Uso has no choice but to tap out. The Usos are eliminated. The Prime Time Players are now the only team left, along with The Real Americans.
Out comes The Prime Time Players. Titus O’Neil and Swagger are the legal men, as the fresher O’Neil goes to work immediately on Swagger. Big fall-away slam by O’Niel. Swagger chop-blocks O’Neil to slow him down. He’s going for yet another Patriot Lock but Darren Young comes in and kicks Swagger to break things up. Young encouraging O’Neil to make the tag, as both O’Neil and Swagger are down in the ring. O’Neil makes the tag and comes in a ball of fire, only to immediately be grabbed by Swagger for a Patriot Lock attempt. Young breaks free and hits his finisher immediately on Swagger. 1-2-3. The Prime Time Players win. The Prime Time Players now advance to take on Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns of The Shield for a shot at the WWE Tag-Team Championships. Young and O’Neil celebrate their victory in the ring as the announcers put over the tag-title match later on tonight at the PPV.
Winners and NEW #1 Contender’s to the WWE Tag-Team Titles: The Prime Time Players
We shoot back to the “expert panel” where the wrestlers break down the main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. We have four minutes left until the Night Of Champions pay-per-view show begins. Stick with us!
WWE Night Of Champions 2013 Pay-Per-View:
The typical badass video package airs to open tonight’s WWE Night Of Champions pay-per-view show. From there, we head into the live arena where Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry “The King” Lawler welcomes us to tonight’s big event.
In-Ring Segment: Triple H
The ring announcer introduces us to the WWE COO Triple H. HHH comes out and talks about “what’s best for business.” He’s proud to put his stamp of approval on tonight’s matches because tonight will be one of the greatest nights in WWE history. And to show the fans that he’s not the villainous guy that WWE superstars think he is, and that he’s listened to the fans, and they, and he both want what’s best for business. So tonight, in the WWE Championship match, where Daniel Bryan takes on Randy Orton, there will be no interference from anyone. No Shield, no Big Show, nobody, just Orton and Daniel Bryan one-on-one. We’ll find out who should be WWE Champion. Hunter asks the crowd if they’re ready. He’s interrupted by Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel.
Heyman says he’s been calling, e-mailing, texting, leaving messages with everyone. He doesn’t know what it takes to get a reply from Hunter, but Heyman has a desperate need to talk to Hunter. He didn’t want it to be in front of the world, but Hunter thinks it’s best for business. Hunter says Paul looks terrible and asks him when the last time he slept was, or when he showered. He says Paul looks like a wreck, and Paul screams of course he’s a wreck. He apologizes and compliments Hunter on the line-up for NOC, but he says tonight Hunter has made a serious error in judgement, by putting Heyman, a non-athlete and father of two, into a handicapped elimination match against a fighter of such dominance, WWE accepted Heyman’s branding him as Best in the World. A fighter that gave Brock Lesnar all that he could handle. And Punk wants to beat Heyman up, to hurt him. Punk wants to give him such a beating that Heyman will never be seen in WWE again. Heyman begs Hunter to cancel the match with Punk.
Hunter thinks it over, and says that Paul makes some good points. He asks about if it has anything to do with the match being made no DQ. Hunter says he’s tried to weasel out of things, and he doesn’t see it happening here. Hunter says Heyman doesn’t need to tag in, he can let Axel handle it. Because Heyman should believe in Axel. Hunter asks if Heyman believes in Axel. Heyman hesitates, and Hunter says the match is on. Heyman asks if there’s no more honor among thieves. Axel grabs the mic and asks Hunter if there’s something personal going on. He knows what it is. The first day Axel became a Heyman guy was on Monday Night Raw and Axel beat Hunter in a match. Hunter says there’s an old saying, don’t poke the bear. Heyman brought up the fact that Hunter made a mistake, and tonight is Night of Champions, and all championships are defended. Luckily this is a mistake that Hunter can fix tonight on September 15th, in Detroit. He’s going to walk down the aisle and defend the Intercontinental Championship against the first person he crosses in the back, and that match is going to take place right now.
WWE Intercontinental Title: Curtis Axel (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
After HHH walks to the back, Heyman says a few more words but it interupted by Kofi Kingston’s music. Out comes Kingston, who is wrestling Axel tonight in the opener in an I-C Title match. Heyman heads to the floor, the bell sounds, and our first match of the evening is officially underway!
The two lock up. Axel is able to clamp on a headlock and Kofi fights out of it. Axel works over Kingston’s arm, but Kingston flips out of it and gets a quick near fall. Axel backs into the ropes. Axel stands and Kofi goes behind, but Axel is able to get Kofi back into a headlock. Kofi fights out and falls to a shoulder block. Kofi pops back up and leap frogs Axel, and Axel bails to the outside, sitting on the ring apron.
The match goes back in the ring and Axel bullies Kofi in the corner with a series of rights and kicks. The ref backs Axel off and when he comes back in, Kingston turns it around and kicks at Axel’s gut. Kingston kicks at the back of Axel’s leg, dropping him to the mat and leading him to bail outside. Axel limps around on the outside and Kofi pulls him up to the apron, but when he tries to suplex him into the ring, Axel lands on his feet. Kingston lands a big kick and gets a two count. Axel gets up and is able to land a sloppy dropkick before clotheslining Kofi over the top rope to the outside.
Axel goes out after Kofi on the floor, but Kofi pops up, runs up to the top turnbuckle, and leaps off with a huge crossbody to the floor. Kingston takes things back into the ring and gets another two count. Kofi heads to the top and Axel sweeps out the legs, trapping Kofi in the tree of woe. Axel holds Kingston up and hits him with several huge clubbing blows before backing up and hitting a big spear in the corner. Axel gets a two count. Axel hits Kofi with a big right, then an elbow to the top of the head before catching Kofi in a rear chin lock and grinding him to the mat.
Curtis Axel with a big slam on Kofi. Axel nails Kofi with a big German suplex and it’s good for two. Axel wrenches Kofi’s neck putting pressure on Kingston. Kofi fights up to his feet and out of the hold. Kofi ducks a clothesline, but runs into another. Axel pins Kingston but Kofi kicks out at two. Axel walks over Kofi’s face in a disrespectful display. Axel picks Kofi up to his feet and buries his knee in Kofi’s midsection. Axel hits a snap mare then flips over and snaps Kingston’s neck for another two count. Axel goes right back into another rear chin lock, but Kofi fights back up and out of it. Kofi avoids a clothesline and reverses into a crazy DDT.
Kingston hits a chop, then another, then a dropkick. Kofi misses a flying forearm, but catches Axel with the boots in the corner. Kofi hits an insane cross body for another two count. Kingston hits Axel with a running knee to the face, then follows it up with the boom drop. Kingston goes to the corner and begins hyping up the fans. Kofi misses trouble in paradise and is backed into the corner. Axel buries his shoulder in Kofi’s midsection, but runs into a kick in the corner. Kofi leaps off the top and Axel hits a giant dropkick to Kingston’s stomach, but Kingston doesn’t stay down.
Axel plows right over Kingston for a two count of his own. Axel hits Kofi with a series of right hands, then gets up to his feet. Kofi tries for the SOS but Axel counters. Kofi misses trouble in paradise. Axel tries for a neckbreaker but Kofi counters into the SOS. Kofi pins Axel but only gets two.
Kingston nails Axel with a bunch of kicks. Kofi goes up in the corner and Axel catches him in electric chair position, but throws Kofi into the ropes. Axel hits Kingston with his finisher. 1-2-3. That’s all she wrote. Axel retains. Heyman seems relieved. The announce team point out that he still has to get by “The Best In The World” later tonight.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel
Backstage: RVD & Ricardo Rodriguez
Backstage, RVD is with Ricardo Rodriguez, who is wearing a sling. RVD asks Rodriguez how to say a number of different terms in Spanish. Finally, RVD asks him how to say “World Heavyweight Champion” in Spanish. Rodriguez says that’s easy. He does the “R-V-D” thing with the thumbs. He and RVD do it together a bunch of times. RVD pats him on his hurt arm, apologizes, and then walks off.
Backstage: AJ Lee Abandoned By Divas
Backstage, we see AJ Lee skipping down the hallway. She runs into her Diva friends. She talks about the match tonight but the Divas are tired of being her helpers. They abandon her, all except Layla. AJ says she and Layla are friends. She says they’ll go out together. Layla says ok, but let me go try and talk to the other girls. AJ is worried, as the match is next.
WWE Divas Title: AJ Lee (c) vs. Brie Bella vs. Natalya vs. Naomi
The bell sounds and here we go with Divas Championship action. AJ tries running away and everyone chases her. She runs out to the floor on both sides of the ring and Natalya throws her into the barricade, then Naomi does the same, and Brie gives her a third shot for good measure. Natalya brings things back into the ring and Brie knocks AJ right back out to the floor. Brie hits a double clothesline on Naomi and Natalya before hitting them both with huge running knees. Brie dropkicks Natalya from the ring apron to the floor. Naomi hits a huge dropkick on Brie, then after a nice little series, hits a decent hurricanrana. Brie runs into Naomi in the corner and AJ almost sneaks in a roll up on Natalya.
Brie goes for a superplex on Naomi, but is pulled down by Natalya. Natalya rolls up Brie, gets a two count, then ducks a cross body from Naomi. AJ tosses Naomi and Natalya from the ring. Naomi is quick to recover on the apron, scoring a kick to Natalya’s head, but AJ pulls her off the apron. AJ heads to the apron but is dropkicked off by Natalya. Brie and Natalya fight in the ring with Natalya suplexing and slamming Brie to the mat before clotheslining Naomi. Natalya sets up the sharpshooter, but punches Brie and slams her on top of Naomi instead. Natalya grabs Brie’s legs and Naomi’s legs and wraps them up for a double sharpshooter, she turns them, but it’s broken up by AJ. AJ catches Natalya in the octopus hold. Nattie taps out. AJ retains.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: AJ Lee
World Heavyweight Title: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Rob Van Dam
RVD’s music plays are the crowd ERUPTS. Out comes Van Dam, accompanied by Ricardo Rodriguez. Out next is current World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio. Our World Heavyweight Championship match is about to get underway.
Del Rio kicks and hits RVD with a couple of rights before drilling him with a shoulder block. RVD responds with a huge back kick to the chest. RVD fights Del Rio into the corner before whipping him across the ring and hitting him with a running spinning heel kick. RVD monkey flips Del Rio across the ring before hitting a standing moonsault that’s good for two.
Del Rio catches RVD with a huge dropkick, but misses another kick and ends up tied up in the ropes. Del Rio ends up dropkicked to the floor and Van Dam dives to the outside to wipe out Del Rio. RVD kicks Del Rio into the barricade before suplexing him chest first on top of the barricade. RVD heads up to the ring apron and hits a spinning back kick to Del Rio, who’s laid out over the barricade.
Del Rio gets back to the apron and blocks a suplex, bringing Van Dam back into the ring. Van Dam puts Del Rio back into the ring, and Del Rio hangs Van Dam up on the top rope, causing him to fall to the floor. Del Rio dives to the outside on top of Van Dam, then throws him into the barricade hard. Del Rio brings things back into the ring and gets a two count before clamping on a rear chin lock. Van Dam fights to his feet, and rolls Del Rio up for two. Del Rio suplexes Van Dam and kicks him in the back of the head.
Del Rio chokes Van Dam against the bottom rope before kicking him in the back of the head again for another two count. Del Rio goes right back to the rear chin lock, and Van Dam fights right back up to his feet. Del Rio hear butts RVD and drops him with a belly to back suplex. RVD rolls to the apron and Del Rio scores with an enzugiri to knock Van Dam to the floor.
Del Rio goes for another dive through the ropes, but Van Dam moves and Del Rio hits the ground. Back in the ring, Van Dam scores with a couple of kicks to the face, but Del Rio is able to whip him into the corner. RVD hits another huge kick that’s good for a two count. RVD hits a slingshot leg drop over the ropes to the ring apron on Del Rio, then he heads up to the top rope. Van Dam hits a huge single leg drop kick from the top, then follows up trying for rolling thunder. Del Rio pops up and hits the backstabber for a two count.
Del Rio slaps the back of Van Dam’s head in the corner before seating him backward on the top turnbuckle. Del Rio hooks his arm around Van Dam’s head, but Van Dam blocks it with a series of elbows and Del Rio falls to the mat. RVD stands and hits a giant cannonball senton to a standing Del Rio for another two count. RVD gets to his feet first and he and Del Rio begin trading punches. Van Dam runs right into a big tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, then Del Rio follows up with a double stomp to the back for two.
Del Rio calls for the cross armbreaker. He tries to lock it in, but Van Dam scores with a kick to the side of the head and a roll up for two. Van Dam hits the spilt legged moonsault in the corner that’s good for another two count. RVD gets to his feet and Del Rio scores with an arm breaker, then a kick to the face for yet another near fall. Del Rio stomps at RVD’s face, then he heads to the top rope. Del Rio waits for RVD to stand, but jumps right into a big heel kick. Van Dam hits a big leg drop, then leaps to the top rope. RVD tries for the five star frog splash, but lands on Del Rio’s knees. Del Rio clamps on the cross armbreaker in the middle of the ring. Van Dam fights, and works his way to the ropes to force a break. Del Rio holds the armbreaker past a five count and gets intentionally disqualified.
Winner via DQ: Rob Van Dam
After The Match:
Post-match Del Rio continues the beat down on RVD, stomping the back of his head. Del Rio heads to the outside and grabs a chair, but when he gets back into the ring, the chair is snatched by Ricardo. RVD hits Alberto with a DDT. RVD seats Del Rio in the corner and Ricardo holds up the chair while RVD heads to the opposite side of the ring. RVD heads to the top and goes coast to coast with a dropkick driving the chair into Del Rio’s face. RVD and Ricardo stand while Del Rio remains slumped over in the corner. Doctors are out to check on Del Rio after the match as he falls to the floor looking pretty dazed. Del Rio is helped to the back by refs and the doctors, stumbling on his way to the back.
Backstage: Axel & Heyman
Curtis Axel is shown backstage holding his belt happily. Heyman walks up and says he wants Axel to understand what’s at stake tonight, because if he’s left alone in the ring, Heyman won’t be around anymore and Axel will not have Heyman around to help him. He says Axel made an enemy of Triple H, and Triple H will do everything he can to take everything his family has built away. But he won’t be here if he’s left alone with CM Punk. Axel says Heyman believes in him. Heyman says he’s believed since day one, and tonight he needs Axel to believe in himself.
Fandango vs. The Miz
Out first comes Fandango, dancing with Summer Rae. Out next is The Miz. This match is about to get underway next.
The bell rings and Miz and Fandango begin circling each other. We get a lock up and Miz backs Fandango into the corner, breaking somewhat cleanly. Fandango dances a bit in the corner before catching Miz with a kick to the gut and punch to the back. Fandango locks in a head lock, but Miz fights it off, only to fall to a shoulder block. Miz catches Fandango with a quick neckbreaker, and tries for the figure four, but Fandango fights it off and sends Miz out to the apron. Miz comes back in with a roll up, then follows it up with a big slam, and the corner clothesline. Miz heads to the top and is distracted by Summer Rae, so Fandango kicks him off the ropes to the mat, where he stomps away at him.
Fandango whips Miz into the corner hard and gets another two count. Fandango traps Miz in a body scissors, working in a rear chin lock too. The crowd doesn’t seem to be into this one at all. Miz fights out of the hold, and lands on his feet off of a belly to back suplex. Miz sends Fandango crashing out to the floor, and dives through the ropes with a big dropkick to the outside. Miz gets up to the apron and leaps off into a huge kick to the stomach from Fandango.
Back in the ring, Fandango scores a two count, then traps Miz in a seated bear hug. Miz fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but Fandango hits him with an elbow to the back of the head. Miz follows up with a big clothesline, and a kick to the chest. Miz runs into the corner and kicks the inside of Fandango’s leg before following up with a quick dropkick to the leg. Miz tries for the figure four, then kicks away at Fandango’s leg and plants him with a DDT for two. Miz tries for the SCF, but Fandango fights it off and suplexes Miz to the mat for another two count.
Miz rolls out to the apron and Fandango grabs the arm, whipping him into the turnbuckles before pulling him back into the ring and trapping him in the ropes. Fandango heads to the top and hits a leg drop to drop Miz from the ropes and get another two count. Fandango heads to the top again and goes for the leg drop but Miz sits up. Miz gets a two count, and Fandango rolls Miz up for two, but Miz clamps on the figure four, and Fandango taps out quickly.
Winner: The Miz
No-DQ Handicap Elimination Match: Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman vs. CM Punk
Out first comes Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman. Heyman looks petrified. Axel has a kendo stick. Out next is CM Punk, who has a kendo stick of his own. Heyman and Punk roll out to the floor as Punk makes his entrance. Heyman looks worried again and Axel is assuring him everything will be ok.
The bell rings and here we go folks! Crazy energy in the building for this one. Punk swings the stick at Axel. Axel ducks and hits Punk in the gut, but Punk hits Axel with the first full force shot to the stomach, then back, then chest. Heyman looks shocked. Punk grabs the stick and uses it to choke Axel, hitting him with a Russian leg sweep. Punk dives through the ropes to wipe out Heyman on the floor before picking him up and bringing him into the ring. Punk grabs Heyman by the throat, then picks up the kendo stick, Axel hits Punk with a low blow.
Axel hits Punk with a series of rights to the face before getting up and grabbing one of the kendo sticks. Axel whacks Punk across the back, then puts the stick in Punk’s face and brings it down over Punk’s shoulder. Axel pins Punk for a two and Heyman screams that he believes in Axel. Axel goes under the ring for a chair and he brings it into the ring, but Punk catches him with a couple of kicks, a Mongolian chop and a big forearm before Punk grabs the chair. Axel hits a big dropkick that gets him another two.
Axel wedges the chair into the corner, and Punk tries to whip him in. Axel avoids it and hits Punk with a clothesline to the back of the head but it’s still not enough to keep Punk down for three. Axel goes back under the ring and pulls out a table, the crowd goes nuts. Axel slides the table into the ring and props it up in the corner. Heyman tells Axel to drive Punk through the table. Axel tries to suplex Punk but Punk fights it off and tries to reverse it. Axel finally suplexes Punk away from the table for another two count.
Axel goes to the middle rope and drops an elbow to Punk’s face for another two count before putting Punk in a rear chin lock. Punk fades and falls to the mat and Axel stomps on his face, then heads to the middle rope for another elbow. Punk rolls out of the way, and sends Axel into the steel chair wedged into the corner. Axel falls to the floor.
Punk catches Axel with a kick, then a double forearm, and a swinging neckbreaker. Punk hits Axel with the running knee in the corner followed by a clothesline. Punk heads to the top rope and points to the sky. Axel rolls to the outside. Punk drops to the mat and dives to the outside. Axel hits Punk with a glancing blow to the back of the head on his way out. Axel brings things back into the ring and gets a two count. Both men get to their feet and Axel hits a swinging neckbreaker for two. Axel pounds away at the back of Punk’s head, grinding his forearm against the back of Punk’s head.
Axel grabs the kendo stick and blasts Punk with a nasty series of shots to the back, but Punk refuses to stay down for three. Axel tries for the swinging DDT, but Punk counters. Punk tries for the GTS, but Axel drops down. Punk grabs a stick and blast Axel in the gut. Punk hits the GTS and locks on the anaconda vice. Axel taps out.
Curtis Axel Has Been Eliminated
Heyman looks shocked and he immediately begins running away, up the entrance ramp, through the crowd and back by the announcers into the ring where he’s caught by Punk. Punk rips at Heyman’s face before grabbing a kendo stick. Punk listens to Heyman begging, and lets Heyman hug him with a big smile on his face before he shoves him off and blasts him with the kendo stick. Punk hits Heyman repeatedly and Heyman screams in pain.
Punk props Heyman up against the ropes. He says, “I broke your heart, huh? Now I’m gonna break your face.” As he winds up, Ryback appears behind him. Ryback spears Punk through the table propped up in the corner. Punk’s back is bleeding legitimately pretty bad. Ryback puts Heyman, still in cuffs, completely out of it, on top of Punk. The ref counts. 1-2-3. Heyman wins.
Winner: Paul Heyman
After The Match:
Following the match, Ryback shoulders Heyman and carries him off to the back. Doctors are in to check on Punk who had a pretty nasty cut on his back from being driven through that table. Punk shoves away some of the refs checking on him and looks extremely upset. Punk walks to the back and tells the doctors to stay away from him.
WWE U.S. Title: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler is out first. Out next is all three members of The Shield, who come out through the crowd as usual. Ambrose comes down by himself, and we have WWE U.S. Championship action coming up now.
The bell rings and Ziggler takes Ambrose down to the mat for a quick one count. Ambrose avoids Ziggler as much as possible, staying close to the ropes. Ambrose works Ziggler down to the mat, working on his arm and floating into a hammerlock. Ambrose transitions into a head lock, and hits Ziggler with a big shoulder block when he’s thrown off. Ambrose tries to play mind games with Ziggler and ends up dropkicked. Ziggler hits a snap mare and drops a series of ten big elbows for a one count. Ziggler clotheslines Ambrose over the top rope, tumbling to the outside himself. Ziggler slams Ambrose’s head on the apron and brings things back into the ring, pounding on Ambrose in the corner. Ambrose turns things around and slams Ziggler face first into the turnbuckle. Ziggler and Ambrose continue to trade chops and rights until Ambrose hits a big Alabama type slam to Ziggler to stop his momentum.
Ambrose shoves Ziggler’s face into the canvas and traps him in another rear chin lock. Ziggler fights to his feet and Ambrose brings things right back down to the mat. Ziggler sits up, but refuses to quit, even when Ambrose turns it into a straight jacket style chin lock. Ziggler fights to his feet and out of the hold, rolling Ambrose up for a two count. This leads to a series of roll ups for both men. Ziggler counters out of a suplex and hits Ambrose with an elbow. Ziggler goes to the top but he’s stopped by Ambrose. Ambrose rakes at Ziggler’s back before hitting a double underhook superplex. Ambrose pins Ziggler for two.
Ambrose goes to the top rope but Ziggler is right up there with him, hitting a giant facebuster off the top, but it’s still not enough for a three count. Ziggler rolls up Ambrose for two before kicking him into the middle turnbuckle. Ziggler mounts Ambrose in the corner and hits him with a series of punches before dropping and hitting a huge running clothesline for another two count. Ziggler counters something crazy and works it into a sleeper hold, but Ambrose works out of it and slams Ziggler to the mat for another near fall. Ambrose leaps in with a kick, but Ziggler turns it into a roll up. Ambrose rolls up Ziggler for two. Ziggler hits the rocker dropper but Ambrose grabs the ropes.
Ziggler tolls out to the apron, and Ambrose stops him coming back in. Ziggler rolls up Ambrose for two, but Ambrose drives him into the corner, and plants him with the fact first DDT, getting the three count.
Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion: Dean Ambrose
WWE Tag-Team Titles: Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns (c) vs. The Prime Time Players
Out first comes The Prime Time Players, who earned the shot at the titles tonight by winning the Tag-Team Turmoil match during the Night Of Champions Kickoff Show prior to the pay-per-view. Out next are the current WWE Tag-Team Champions, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
Titus O’Neil and Seth Rollins start things off. Rollins bitch-slaps O’Neil. O’Neil looks pissed. Rollins taunts him. Now O’Neil is manhandling Rollins. He catches him coming off the ropes and nails him with some kind of spin-bodyslam move. He follows that up with another powerful slam, followed by a leg-drop. O’Neil tags in Darren Young. Young immediately goes to work on Rollins, grounding the fast Shield-member with a headlock.
Rollins fights up to his feet. Young hits a shoulderblock, then catches Rollins for a quick powerslam. Rollins tags out to Reigns, and Reigns is caught with a series of rights. A blind tag from Rollins doesn’t help as Young scores with a huge elbow.
O’Neil chokes Rollins and then stomps on him in the corner. Young and Titus clothesline Reigns over the top rope. Young heads to the outside, ducks a clothesline from Reigns and hits him with a huge right hand. Young heads back into the ring and is hot-shotted into the top rope by Rollins. Reigns tags back into the match and throws Young to the outside hard. Reigns tosses Young up onto the apron and catches him with a knee to the chest before rolling him into the ring for two. Rollins tags in and traps Reigns in a modified rear chin lock.
Darren tries putting up a fight, but Rollins slams him to the mat. Rollins misses a short arm clothesline and Young follows up with a belly to belly suplex. Reigns tags in and shoves Young into the corner, but he trash talks Titus and misses a splash in the corner. Young kicks Reigns away and Rollins tags in. Young hits a back drop and tags in Titus. Titus hits a giant tackle for a two count. Titus goes to work on both opponents with giant kicks and series of strikes. Titus hits Rollins with a giant slam. Rollins comes back with a kick to the head, but Titus hits a giant sit out powerbomb for two. Reigns breaks up the pin. Young sends Reigns to the outside. In the ring, while the ref is distracted with Young, Reigns hits the spear, and Rollins pins Titus for three.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag-Team Champions: Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns
WWE Title: Randy Orton (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
After a long video package, out comes the challenger, Daniel Bryan. Bryan receives a huge pop coming out. After standing in the ring while the crowd chants his name for a few seconds, Randy Orton’s music hits. Out comes the WWE Champion. Orton slowly walks to the ring with a look of extreme confidence on his face. The announcers put over how confident/arrogant Orton is as he heads to the ring for tonight’s big main event.
The bell sounds as both guys have a long staredown. They lock up and Bryan backs Orton into the corner and Orton turns it around, breaking clean. Bryan gets right back in Orton’s face, working over the Viper’s arm. Orton head butt’s Bryan in the face before clamping on a side headlock. Bryan pushes Orton off and falls to a shoulder block. Orton hits the ropes and runs right into a knee to the gut from Bryan. Bryan hits Orton with a series of kicks in the corner before hitting a big armbreaker. Bryan kicks at the arm, then hits yet another arm breaker. Bryan continues the assault with more kicks to the arm in the corner before mounting Orton and hitting him with a series of rights. Orton pulls Bryan off the second rope into his across the back backbreaker.
Randy Orton pins Bryan for a two count. Orton stands and stomps on Bryan’s hand, then on his ankle. Orton and Bryan trade right hands. Orton kicks Bryan and suplexes him across the top rope. Orton covers Bryan for two. Orton rips at Bryan’s beard and locks in a rear chin lock. Orton wrenches away at Bryan’s head. Bryan fights up to his feet and out of the hold. Bryan ducks a clothesline and takes Orton down, mounting him and hitting him with a series of punches. Orton is up quickly and hits a big clothesline for another two count. Orton stomps away at Bryan’s joints, then goes for another pin for two.
Bryan slumps down in the corner after Orton beats on him a bit. Orton pulls him up by the beard and head butt’s Bryan. Orton whips Bryan across the ring. Bryan flips over Orton and follows up with a running clothesline. Bryan gets to his feet and hits a huge dropkick in the corner, then a second. Bryan kicks at Orton’s chest repeatedly, then seats him on the top turnbuckle. Bryan hits a top rope hurricanrana and Orton rolls to the outside. Bryan doesn’t stop there, leaping through the ropes to wipe out Orton. Bryan brings things back into the ring and heads for the top rope. Bryan hits the shotgun missile dropkick and Orton goes outside again. Bryan dives through the ropes to the outside to wipe out Orton again.
Bryan goes through the ropes into an Orton forearm that stops him cold on his third attempt at a floor-dive. Bryan slumps to the apron and Orton pulls him out for an apron assisted DDT to the floor. Bryan is up and back in the ring at a count of 9. Bryan is slow to get up as Orton drops down to the mat. Orton goes for the RKO but Bryan pushes him off and hits a dropkick that sends Orton into the ref, and the ref crashing out to the floor. Bryan wrestles Orton down to the mat and tries to put Orton into the yes lock. Orton fights it off and hits the snap powerslam on Bryan for two. Orton tosses Bryan to the apron and tries for the suspension DDT into the ring, but Bryan gets his feet under him, and clamps Orton into the yes lock. Orton is able to make it into the ropes to force Bryan to break the hold, but Bryan did a good bit of damage to the champ. Bryan hits Orton with another series of vicious kicks, but when he tries for a corner dropkick, Orton moves. Orton slides over and pins Bryan for a two count. Orton pulls Bryan to his feet and seats him on the top turnbuckle. Orton blasts Bryan with a right before climbing up and trying for a superplex. Bryan ducks through and seats Orton on the top. Bryan pulls Orton down into a tree of woe and kicks at Orton’s chest before backing up and hitting a low dropkick to Orton’s face. Bryan seats Orton on the top and Orton fights it off, knocking Bryan to the mat.
The two battle back-and-forth a bit more before Byan has Orton down. Orton is on his knees. Bryan nails Orton repeatedly with kicks to the chest. Bryan winds up for one more big kick but Orton catches him and cradle-suplexes him. A roll-up attempt for a pin fails and out of nowhere, Bryan hits a runing-knee to the face of Orton. 1-2-3 (semi-fast count, in my opinion) and we have a new champion. Daniel Bryan did it. Yes.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion – Daniel Bryan
After The Match:
Still almost ten minutes until 11pm ET. Will we have a reverse here? Bryan celebrates in the ring. He talks a bit of smack to Orton as he celebrates. Bryan continues his celebration outside the ring. He continues his celebration up the aisle. The PPV goes off the air with Bryan celebrating at the top of the ramp. That’s all folks!
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