Hell Hath No Fury…
For the ninth year in a row, WWE would present a special, historic night where every championship in WWE would be defended as the 9th annual WWE Night of Champions came to you, live on the WWE Network, from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. In the history of WWE, only a handful of competitors can confidently say that they competed multiple times in one night and even fewer competitors can honestly say that they won those multiple matches and this year’s Night of Champions event would put Seth Rollins to the test as the self-proclaimed “man” in WWE would have to prove himself as Rollins would have to not only defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but his United States Championship as well! The night after SummerSlam was set to be a banner night for Seth Rollins as, just one night earlier, Rollins would capitalize on interference from SummerSlam Host Jon Stewart to defeat John Cena and win the United States Championship, becoming the first Superstar in history to hold the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the United States Championship at the same time, but after waiting all night for the unveiling of his very own statue, Rollins and The Authority was shocked to find Sting standing where Rollins statue was supposed to be. “The Icon” would then take it to the champion, making it clear that he wanted a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Sting would get that chance at Night of Champions when, for the first time ever, Sting challenges for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. However, as decreed by The Authority themselves, Night of Champions would be a night where every championship in WWE must be defended and, with Seth Rollins holding two championships, that would provide the perfect opportunity for John Cena to use his rematch clause to challenge Rollins for the United States Championship, ensuring that Seth Rollins would have to defeat both Sting and John Cena in two separate title matches in order to leave Night of Champions with both of his titles!
At SummerSlam, the team of Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns was able to defeat Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper in a tag team match and this loss would yield something even more dangerous from The Wyatt Family as Bray Wyatt would introduce the mastodon “black sheep” of The Wyatt Family, Braun Strowman, who would immediately make a lasting impact on Ambrose & Reigns, single-handedly dismantling both Ambrose & Reigns in his debut. In the weeks to follow, Ambrose & Reigns would begin their search for a third man capable of combatting The Wyatt Family as they would seek assistance from both Randy Orton and Reigns’ cousin Jimmy Uso, but The Wyatt Family would make sure to use Orton and Uso as examples for anyone wanting to join forces with Ambrose & Reigns and, now, at Night of Champions, the match would happen as Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns would team up with a partner of their choosing to face all three members of The Wyatt Family in a 6-Man Tag match with Ambrose & Reigns claiming that they have a partner in mind. After seeing what The Wyatt Family did to Randy Orton and Jimmy Uso, who is crazy enough to volunteer to be on Ambrose & Reigns’ team and will this partner stand any better of a chance against Braun Strowman than Ambrose & Reigns did?
Ever since arriving in WWE earlier this year, Kevin Owens has earned a reputation for not caring what anyone else thinks of him and saying whatever he wants to say whenever he wants to say it and Owens has done just that when it comes to the Intercontinental Champion Ryback. Over the last couple of weeks, Kevin Owens has picked a fight with “The Big Guy”, costing Ryback a Lumberjack Match against Seth Rollins and repeatedly insulting Ryback, but all of Owens’ bravado may actually pay off at Night of Champions when Kevin Owens challenges Ryback for the Intercontinental Championship.
The RAW after SummerSlam was certainly one for the record books as that night not only saw the return of Sting, but for the first time in a decade, The Dudley Boyz would appear in a WWE ring! Making their surprise return on RAW, Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley would set their sights on WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day, taking it to the trio and even putting Xavier Woods through a table. Since then, The New Day has been on a crusade to “save the tables”, looking to end The Dudley Boyz’ lengthy reign as table abusers while The Dudley Boyz have put their focus into becoming ten-time WWE Tag Team Champions and, at Night of Champions, the most decorated tag team in WWE history would get that opportunity as The Dudley Boyz would challenge The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Titles.
Over the last few weeks, the problems between Dolph Ziggler & Lana and Rusev & Summer Rae have taken an interesting turn with Summer Rae repeatedly accusing Dolph Ziggler of trying to “seduce” her with Dolph initially trying to deny the allegations, but with Lana currently recovering from surgery to repair her injured wrist, Dolph seems to be pursuing Summer Rae, which has enraged Rusev, who has forgiven Summer Rae for her supposed transgressions. However, what has yet to be revealed is if Ziggler really has an interest in Summer Rae or if “The Show Off” is just taking advantage of the situation to get inside the head of Rusev. Regardless of who’s telling the truth and who’s lying, one thing is certain and that is, at Night of Champions, Dolph Ziggler would go one-on-one with Rusev. Will Dolph’s tactics pay off with a victory over Rusev or will Summer Rae’s presence at ringside lead to Dolph’s downfall?
On RAW this past Monday night, Charlotte had the opportunity to ruin Nikki Bella’s historic night by making sure that Nikki did not become the longest reigning Divas Champion in history and it looked as though Charlotte had done just that as Charlotte was announced as the new Divas Champion and given the belt. Even her father, two-time Hall of Famer Ric Flair, came down to congratulate his daughter, but it was just not meant to be as, during the match, Alicia Fox would distract the referee long enough for Brie Bella to roll her sister Nikki out of the ring and take her place, attempting a roll-up on Charlotte. However, Charlotte would counter, rolling up Brie for the three-count, but as soon as Charlotte was awarded the championship, Team Bella was quick to plead with the referee that Charlotte’s win did not count because she didn’t pin the champion. This sentiment would be echoed by WWE Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon, who had no choice but to make the right call and change the decision of the match as Charlotte wins the match by disqualification, meaning that Nikki Bella keeps the title. Stephanie would then announce that, at Night of Champions, Nikki Bella would have to defend the Divas Title against Charlotte in a rematch, but this time, if Nikki gets disqualified or counted out, she will lose the Divas Title to Charlotte!
- 6-Man Tag: Kickoff Exclusive: The Cosmic Wasteland def. Neville & The Lucha Dragons by Stardust pinning Neville following the Queen’s Crossbow.
- Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens def. Ryback (c) by roll-up following a rake to the eyes to win the Intercontinental Title.
- Dolph Ziggler def. Rusev (with Summer Rae) by pin following the Zig Zag after Summer Rae inadvertently hits Rusev with her shoe.
- WWE Tag Team Championship: The Dudley Boyz def. Big E & Kofi Kingston (c) (with Xavier Woods) by DQ after Xavier Woods interferes. As a result, Big E & Kofi Kingston (c) retain.
- Divas Championship: Title Changes Hands on a DQ or Count-Out: Charlotte (with Paige & Becky Lynch) def. Nikki Bella (c) (with Brie Bella & Alicia Fox) by submission to the Figure-Eight to win the Divas Title.
- 6-Man Tag: The Wyatt Family def. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, & Chris Jericho by Chris Jericho passing out in Braun Strowman’s modified Triangle Choke.
- United States Championship: John Cena def. Seth Rollins (c) by pin following the Attitude Adjustment to win the United States Title.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins (c) def. Sting by roll-up to retain.
See page 2 for detailed results.