We are live with WWE Night of Champions coverage.
Renee Young is hosting the Kickoff show. The panel consists of Renee, Alex Riley, Booker T, and Big Show. The show consists mostly of recaps and build up for the PPV so we’ll recap the main stuff from Kickoff.
Booker T interviewed Stardust and Goldust backstage. Goldust said that the old Goldust is gone. Stardust looked at Booker’s HOF ring and said that it’s close but not the cosmic key and tonight The Usos “will be ours.”
They played a video package for the Divas title match. AJ Lee joined the panel and talked about the match and said that Paige has something that belongs to her and tonight will be the last time that her milky white hands touch her title. She says that Nikki has a big bark but AJ bites.
Tom Phillips talked about Roman Reigns and noted that Reigns will be out for several months. They posted the breaking news updates that aired yesterday on the network. The panel then took a few minutes to discuss Reigns and his injury.
Christian’s Peep Show with Chris Jericho – the announcers said that Christian’s career had been put on hold due to medical injuries. In reality, unless he suffered a new injury recently, he’s cleared to wrestle and has been cleared for a while. Christian said that he missed the fans a lot. He introduced Chris Jericho. Jericho said he’s excited to be here and even more excited to have Christian back in the WWE. They sort of argued (jokingly) over who came up with the “Vitamin C” nickname when they were a team. Christian told Jericho that he should put on a pair of pants when he comes into his Peep Show. All joking aside, they got serious and talked about Jericho’s match with Orton and they played a clip of Orton’s attack on Jericho from Raw 2 weeks ago. Christian said that Orton has always been Triple H’s lap dog. Orton showed up on the big screen. He said that it’s the Canadian version of Brad and Angelina. He said that the only thing that matters is that he’s beaten Christian so bad throughout his career that he can’t compete anymore and the only TV show that Jericho will appear on again is Total Divas. Jericho said that Orton will appear on Total Jackass. Jericho told Orton not to forget who he faces tonight. He said that Orton will never ever be the same again.
They wrapped up the show and the announcers hyped the PPV.
Night of Champions
The Usos vs. Gold & StarDust (WWE Tag Title match) – Good match. They built the match up for Jimmy to get a hot tag to Jey. Jimmy took out Goldust on the outside with a dive. Jey had the match in hand but Stardust hit him with dark matter but Jey kicked out. Stardust tied up Jey on the ropes and slapped him with his glove. Jey got out and got a near fall. Lots of dives in this match. At one point everyone was out of it outside of the ring. Jey did a splash but Stardust put his knees up, rolled him up, and pinned him. New tag team champions.
Byron Saxton interviewed Dolph Ziggler and R-Ziggler backstage.
Cesaro vs. Sheamus (United States title match) – the announcers told the people watching on PPV that they can watch the network for $9.99. Good match. There were some fans booing Sheamus throughout the match. Late in the match Sheamus went for the brogue kick but Cesaro got out of the way. Cesaro got a near fall and then hit a butterfly suplex for another near fall. Lots of really cool spots at the end. Sheamus tried a second time and missed but was picked up put on Cesaro’s back and slammed again for a near fall. Cesaro hit Sheamus with tons of slaps, uppercuts, and a kick to the face. The ref pulled Cesaro out of the corner and Sheamus hit the brogue kick for the win. Awesome match.
They showed the WWE 2K15 commercial with Sting.
Mark Henry is backstage and says that there’s a lot at the line. Big Show gives him a pep talk. Big Show gave Henry a ring outfit with the American flag on it. He says he believes in Henry and told him to tear Rusev’s head off. Henry said “you better believe it…you know why? because that’s what I do.”
They welcomed Florida Georgia Line. They will sit next to the announcers. They announced that they will be part of Tribute To The Troops in December.
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental title) – Miz was accompanied by Damien Mizdow. Ziggler was accompanied by R-Ziggler. Mizdow interfered on the outside and beat up Miz and R-ZIggler. He got in Florida Georgia Line’s face and was shoved by them. R-Ziggler chased Mizdow out to the backstage area allowing Ziggler alone with Miz in the ring. Ziggler didn’t get a pinfall though. Eventually Miz put the figure four on Ziggler but Ziggler made it to the ropes to break the hold. Ziggler hit his leg drop finisher for a 2 count. Mizdow showed up causing a distraction and allowing Miz to rollup Ziggler. NEW INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: The Miz.
They talked about Roman Reigns and replayed the breaking news updates from yesterday on the network.
Seth Rollins comes out – Rollins says it’s amazing how life works out sometimes. He says one minute you’re on top of the world and the next minute you’re Roman Reigns. He said that Roman was scheduled to be here to face him but he got word yesterday that Roman was rushed to a hospital but emergency surgery is no excuse for not showing up here tonight. He said that in the interest of fairness and justice he will give Roman Reigns to get in the ring to face him otherwise he’ll have to accept Roman Reigns forfeit and Seth will have his hands raised in victory. He told the referee to ring the bell. The referee counted. The referee looked stupid for going along with this. Seth was announced as the winner as a result of a forfeit. Seth told the referee to raise his hand. Seth said he knows the fans are disappointed and he said that he’s disappointed in Roman Reigns because he’s not man enough to show up. He said that Roman left him high and dry. Seth said that he needs to do something to leave the fans happy and “I am an opportunist.” He looked at his brief case. Seth issued an open challenge because that’s the kind of guy he is. He issued to an open challenge to anyone in the locker room to have a match with him right now. No one came out for about 30 seconds and then finally a taxi was shown arriving backstage. Dean Ambrose came out of the taxi and walked into the arena. The fans went nuts. Ambrose attacked and beat him up in the ring, outside the ring, and into the crowd. Triple H and Stephanie had security pull Ambrose off of Seth but Ambrose did a dive on all of them on the Raw stage and then continued to beat on Rollins. Finally Dean got a chair and was about to beat on Rollins but security got in the ring and subdued Ambrose. They tied Ambrose’s hands. Ambrose was kicking and trying to fight his way out as a bunch of security carried him out of the arena.
Mountain Dew commercial.
They cut over to the panel with Renee Young and company.
Mark Henry vs. Rusev – When Mark Henry got in the ring Lilian Garcia sang the national anthem. Henry cried during the anthem as he stood in the middle of the ring with his hand over his chest. No Lana promo. Minutes into the match Rusev went for The Accolade but Henry got up before Rusev could lock it in. They played up Henry’s bad back because Henry pushed him (back first) in the steel steps. Henry hit the World’s Strongest Slam but was slow to go for the cover and Rusev was able to roll out of the ring. Rusev hit Henry with a kick and then got The Accolade on Henry. Henry tapped out. Rusev wins. JBL said that Henry let the whole country down. Cole asked who can stop Rusev.
Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho – Cole plugged WrestleManiaTravel.com for fans to get travel packages to WrestleMania. Packages go on sale next week. As Orton walked to the ring they showed the clip of him attacking Jericho two weeks ago. This is scheduled to be Jericho’s last match for this current cycle unless WWE convinces him for one more match on Raw tomorrow. The match started slow but they slowly got the crowd into it. Orton went for an RKO but Jericho pushed him off and hit a lionsault for a near fall. Orton went for the DDT off the second ropes but Jericho countered with a Wall of Jericho but Orton countered and rammed Jericho head first into the turnbuckle. Orton went for a punt but missed. Jericho rolled him up, got a 2 count, and then applied the Walls of Jericho for a long time. Orton finally was able to reverse it and punch his way out of it. Orton then did the DDT from the second rope. Orton seemed upset for a second. It looked like he may have hurt his back. Orton was going for the RKO but Jericho hit Orton with the code breaker and almost got a three count. The match is picking up big time. Jericho went to the top rope and dove off the top but Orton hit him with an RKO and the pin for the win. Randy Orton wins. Great match.
They showed a video package before the Divas title match with clips of this feud. Byron Saxton interviewed Brie Bella backstage. She said that after the past few weeks she can finally say that Nikki should not become Divas champion. She said if Nikki becomes champion tonight then she’ll be even more self centered. She said that AJ and Paige get to knock her sister down a couple of pegs tonight. She said that Nikki is like karma…they’re both a bitch. Yawn.
Paige vs. AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella (Divas title) – There CM Punk chants early in the match. They knocked Paige out of the ring early so it was AJ and Nikki for about a minute. Then Nikki was knocked out so it was Nikki and Paige for a little while. Paige was pretending to be AJ’s friend and hugged her but AJ shoved her off. Then Paige got aggressive. At one point AJ got the black widow on Nikki but Paige broke it up. There was a tower of doom superplex spot off the top rope with Paige on the second rope suplexing Nikki and Paige on the bottom suplexing both of them.Nikki hit the rack attack on Paige but AJ broke up the pin. There was a crazy bump from Nikki. AJ pulled Nikki off the apron and she fell back first outside of the ring. AJ got tbe black widow on Paige for the win. Paige tapped. AJ is the new Divas champion.
They showed a cool video package with stats on the Lesnar/Cena SummerSlam match. Then they cut to the panel so they could talk about the match. Then they showed a highlight package of the Cena/Lesnar feud.
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena (WWE Championship) – John Cena is introduced first. Cole said that if Cena wins then he ties Ric Flair’s record 16 title wins. Brock started the match by ramming Cena repeatedly into the turnbuckle. Brock went for an early suplex but Cena countered with clotheslines and an AA but Lesnar kicked out before the one count. Lesnar got a kimura lock on early but Cena broke it by getting to the ropes. Brock finally got a German suplex but Cena got up and fought back. Lesnar then wrapped up Cena’s arm near the ropes and hit Cena with a knee to the ribs. Brock got the kimura lock again but Cena got his foot on the rope. Lesnar hit sGerman uplex #2. followed 3 Eddie Guerrero suplexes. Cena had short bursts of offense but Brock would then take over. Brock hit an overhead suplex and then went for a cover twice but Cena kicked out. Cena got a burst of offense with punches but Brock turned things around quickly and rammed his shoulder into Cena’s rib in the corner. Cena went for the AA but Brock turned it into German suplex #3. Brock’s nose is busted open from an elbow from Cena. Cena did finally get an AA but Brock kicked out at 2. Cena got the STF on Lesnar but Lesnar broke it and put on the kimura lock on Cena again. Cena powered up with Lesnar still on him and rammed him into the turnbuckle to break the lock. Cena got another AA and then the STF. Cena hit another AA. Seth Rollins got in the ring and hit Cena with the briefcase twice. He took out Cena and Cena was knocked out of the ring. Rollins hit the curb stomp and then gave the referee the case. The bell never rang though and Cena attacked Rollins. Brock came up from behind and hit the F5 on Cena. The announcers wondered if Lesnar would have tapped out of Rollins never got involved. John Cena wins by disqualification but Brock Lesnar is still the WWE Champion.
They showed highlights of what just happened. That’s the end of the show.