Appropriately enough, Night of Champions would kick off with gold on the line as The Usos would defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against the team who has repeatedly attempted to take the twin champions out, Gold & Stardust. At the end of a hard-fought, back-and-forth match, Jey Uso would go for the Superfly Splash on Stardust, but Stardust would get his knees up, putting them in the mid-section of Jey Uso. Stardust then quickly rolls Jey Uso up, scoring the pinfall as Gold & Stardust become the brand new WWE Tag Team Champions, ending The Usos’ nearly seven-month reign as champions!
With Night of Champions already having new WWE Tag Team Champions, the United States Title would be defended as Sheamus would defend the United States Championship against “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro. At the end of an incredible and hard-hitting match, both champion and challenger would throw everything they had at their opponent, but in the end, it was a Brogue Kick out of the corner by Sheamus that would finally put Cesaro away as Sheamus successfully retains the United States Championship.
With Nashville’s own Grammy Award-winning duo, Florida Georgia Line, guests on commentary, the Intercontinental Championship would be on the line at Night of Champions as Dolph Ziggler, with his “stunt double” R-Ziggler in his corner, would defend the Intercontinental Title against the self-proclaimed “A-Lister” The Miz, with his stunt double Damien Mizdow in his corner. During the match, Damien Mizdow would take advantage of the referee being distracted, dropping Dolph Ziggler face-first on the ring apron. R-Ziggler would then come over to try and take Mizdow out, but Mizdow would take R-Ziggler out too before Damien Mizdow would get in the face of Florida Georgia Line and the two country stars would shove Mizdow down! R-Ziggler would then deck Mizdow before chasing Damien Mizdow to the back, leaving it a true one-on-one match for the gold. However, Damien Mizdow would later return to ringside, getting on the ring apron and, while Dolph Ziggler would knock the stunt double off of the apron with a super kick, The Miz would take advantage of the distraction, rolling Ziggler up and hooking the tights to win the match and win his fourth Intercontinental Title.
After the news broke yesterday that Roman Reigns would be out of action for several weeks after having to undergo emergency hernia surgery, Roman’s originally scheduled Night of Champions opponent, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins, would make an appearance. With a smirk on his face, Seth Rollins says that it’s funny how life works, one minute you’re on top the world and, the next, you’re Roman Reigns. Rollins says that emergency surgery is “no excuse” for Roman Reigns to not show up to face him, but in the “interest of fairness”, he is going to give Roman Reigns ten seconds to get to the ring or he will have his hand raised as the winner of the match by forfeit. “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” would then have the referee ring the bell and, after administering a ten-count, the referee would call for the bell. After the match, Rollins would request that the referee make it official by raising his hand, which the referee does. Rollins then says that Roman Reigns is not “man enough” to show up and face him, saying that he has to do something to make the fans “happy”. Rollins continues, saying that The Authority is all about creating “opportunity” and that is why he is issuing an open challenge to anyone in the locker room to have a match with him right now!
A cab is then shown arriving in the parking lot and the man who exits the cab is none other than Dean Ambrose! “The Lunatic Fringe” wastes no time in making his way to the ring, knocking “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” out of the ring, pummeling Seth Rollins throughout the crowd. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon then appear on the stage, calling for agents and security, who come out to try and restrain Dean Ambrose. However, Ambrose slips out of security’s grasp, climbing a piece of the stage and diving on the crowd of security, taking out the security team, as well as one of the agents! Ambrose then follows this up with a dive onto Seth Rollins before Ambrose pursues Rollins into the crowd yet again, continuing his assault on “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”. Rollins would manage to escape into the ring and Ambrose would grab a steel chair, but the security team and a couple of agents would tackle Dean Ambrose and Triple H would hand security a restraint as the group of men restrains Dean Ambrose, literally carrying “The Lunatic Fringe” out of the arena while Triple H & Stephanie exit with Seth Rollins.
In a massive collision between two proud patriots, Night of Champions would see the proud American, “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry, go one-on-one with “The Hero of the Russian Federation” Rusev, with Lana in his corner. After a stirring and extraordinary rendition of the American National Anthem by Lilian Garcia that brought tears to the eyes of Mark Henry, the international match between the two titans would get underway. Despite Mark Henry hitting the World’s Strongest Slam on Rusev, Rusev would manage to roll away from Mark Henry to the outside of the ring. Rusev would follow this up with a pair of vicious kicks to the face before “The Hero of the Russian Federation” locks in the Accolade on Mark Henry, making “The World’s Strongest Man” tap out and making it a disappointing night for Mark Henry and America as Rusev picks up the win.
Two veteran former World Champions would then square off at Night of Champions as the first Undisputed Champion in WWE history, Chris Jericho, would go one-on-one with the first WWE World Heavyweight Champion in history, “The Viper” Randy Orton. After surviving the Codebreaker and the Walls of Jericho by Chris Jericho, Randy Orton would catch Jericho in mid-air with the RKO, pinning “Y2J” to pick up the win.
The Divas Title would then be up for grabs at Night of Champions as Paige would defend the Divas Championship against both AJ Lee and Nikki Bella in a Triple Threat Match, where the first Diva to score a pinfall or submission would leave with the Divas Title. At the end of a wild Triple Threat Match, AJ Lee would slam Nikki Bella off of the ring apron before locking in the Black Widow on Paige and, while Paige would attempt to fight out of the move, AJ would keep the move locked in tight and Paige has no choice but to tap out as AJ Lee becomes the brand new Divas Champion for the third time in her career!
Then it was time for the much-anticipated rematch from SummerSlam as, after being absolutely dominated by Brock Lesnar at “The Biggest Event of the Summer”, it was time for John Cena to prove himself to “The Beast” and to the world as the fifteen-time former World Champion would challenge Brock Lesnar, with Paul Heyman in his corner, for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Less than a minute into the match, Brock and Cena would land two of their biggest shots as John Cena would hit the Attitude Adjustment on Brock Lesnar, but “The Beast” would easily kick out before Brock locks in the Kimura Lock, which Cena quickly escapes. Later on in the match, John Cena would again hit the Attitude Adjustment, but Lesnar would kick out, again locking in the Kimura Lock. However, Cena would find a way to break out of the Kimura Lock before hitting the third Attitude Adjustment on “The Beast”, but instead of going for the pin, Cena rolls Brock over and locks on the STF and, despite Brock’s best efforts, Cena would continue to pull the champion away from the ropes, but when Lesnar refuses to tap out, Cena lets go of the hold. Cena then lifts Brock Lesnar up, delivering a fourth Attitude Adjustment, but when Cena goes for the pin, Seth Rollins hits the ring, hitting Cena in the back with the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase, ending the match by disqualification!
After the match, Rollins would blast Cena in the face with the briefcase, knocking Cena out of the ring before “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” spots a struggling Brock Lesnar. Making sure the champion stayed grounded, Seth Rollins would plant Brock Lesnar skull-first into the mat with the Curb Stomp! An eager Seth Rollins then hops out of the ring, ready to cash in his Money-in-the-Bank contract for a title match, but before the match can officially begin, John Cena pulls Seth Rollins off of the ring apron, pummeling “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” and forcing Seth Rollins to retreat from the ring. Cena then turns around right into the grasp of Brock Lesnar, who levels John Cena with the F-5, leaving John Cena down and out in the center of the ring as, thanks to Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar leaves Nashville as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
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