Before they defend the WWE Tag Team Titles at Night of Champions, the opening match of the night would feature one-half of The Usos as Jimmy Uso, with Jey Uso in his corner, would go one-on-one with Stardust, with Goldust in his corner. In the end, it was Jimmy Uso blasting Stardust with a super kick, pinning Stardust for the win. After the match, Goldust would try to blindside the WWE Tag Team Champions, but The Usos would level Goldust with a double super kick, leaving the #1 Contenders laid out.
Two nights before they face off in their respective title matches at Night of Champions, Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler, with his stunt double R-Ziggler in his corner, would team with United States Champion Sheamus to face “The A-Lister” The Miz, with his stunt double Damien Mizdow in his corner, and Cesaro in tag team action on SmackDown. During the match, Damien Mizdow would get on the ring apron and, after narrowly escaping Sheamus, Damien Mizdow would get taken out by R-Ziggler. Shortly after this, R-Ziggler would distract the referee while Dolph Ziggler slides in, blasting Miz with a super kick, allowing Sheamus to follow up with the Brogue Kick, pinning Miz to pick up the win. After the match, Cesaro would second-guess sliding into the ring to face Sheamus, leading to a face-off between champion and challenger before Cesaro backs off.
In the continuing rivalry between Adam Rose and The Exotic Express bunny and Heath Slater & Titus O’Neil, the leader of The Exotic Express, Adam Rose, would go one-on-one with Heath Slater, with Titus O’Neil in his corner. During the match, Titus O’Neil would trip Adam Rose, nearly costing Rose the match, but The Exotic Express bunny would enter the ring, diving over the top rope, taking Titus O’Neil out! Adam Rose then hits the Party Foul on Heath Slater, pinning Slater to pick up the win.
In his budding rivalry with The Wyatt Family, Big Show would enlist the help of Los Matadores as “The World’s Largest Athlete” and Los Matadores, with El Torito in their corner, would face all three members of The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, & Erick Rowan, in a 6-Man Tag Match. Chaos would reign throughout the match with Big Show and Fernando trying to combat Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, but the match would to an end when Bray Wyatt catches Diego with the Sister Abigail, pinning Diego to pick up the win for The Wyatt Family.
Before she defends the Divas Championship against AJ Lee and Nikki Bella in a Triple Threat Match at Night of Champions, Divas Champion Paige would go one-on-one with Nikki Bella in a non-title match on SmackDown with AJ Lee a guest on commentary. In the end, it was Paige hitting the Paige Turner on Nikki Bella, pinning Nikki for the win. After the match, AJ Lee would grab the Divas Title belt, bringing it in the ring with her and holding it like a baby before handing it to Paige, leading to a tug-of-war between Paige and AJ Lee that ends with Nikki Bella snatching the title belt away. Nikki then uses the title belt as a weapon, hitting both Paige and AJ in the mid-section with the title before holding the Divas Title high as Paige and AJ Lee lay at her feet.
In a rematch from RAW, “The Real American” Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter in his corner, would go one-on-one with the self-proclaimed “inspirational” Bo Dallas. In the end, it was Bo Dallas hanging Jack Swagger’s arm up on the top rope, following it up with the Bo Dog, pinning Swagger to pick up the win. After the match, Bo Dallas asks Swagger if wants to end up like Zeb Colter, calling Zeb a “haggered senior citizen”. Dallas then claims that a waitress told him that Colter stole from her and was a “bad tipper” before leaning in to tell Swagger to “bo-lieve”, but Swagger kicks Bo in the mouth as Dallas quickly scrambles away while the referee holds Swagger back.
Then it was time for an explosive main event as, two nights before he faces Seth Rollins at Night of Champions, Roman Reigns would collide with “The Hero of the Russian Federation” Rusev, with Lana in his corner, before Rusev’s match with Mark Henry this Sunday. During the match, Roman Reigns would set up for the Superman Punch to Rusev, but Seth Rollins would rush out as “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” would nearly cost Roman the match. However, Seth Rollins would fail and, a few minutes later, Seth Rollins would dive off of the top rope with the intent of catching Reigns with the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase, but Roman would move out of the way and Rollins would inadvertently take Rusev down, ending the match in a disqualification! After the match, Reigns would toss Rollins to the outside before laying Rusev out with the Superman Punch. Rollins then drags Roman to the outside, which sparks a brawl between the two bitter rivals that goes through the announce position before Reigns gains the advantage, tossing Rollins over the ringside barricade before Rollins make a quick exit through the crowd. Meanwhile, in the ring, Rusev gets to his feet just in time for his Night of Champions opponent, Mark Henry, to make his way to the ring. With a smile on his face, Mark Henry points above the ring and an American flag unfurls behind Rusev! Mark Henry then slides into the ring, but Rusev gains the early advantage, firing Mark Henry up as “The World’s Strongest Man” gets to his feet, emphatically planting Rusev with the World’s Strongest Slam! A triumphant Mark Henry then stands tall in the ring with Old Glory waving behind him.
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