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Night of Champions (2013) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It took place on September 15, 2013 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. It was the seventh annual Night of Champions event. This event was the last WWE pay-per-view event to take place at the Joe Louis Arena before its closure in 2017. The theme of this PPV was that every championship in WWE was defended.

Night of Champions (2013)
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Promotional poster featuring Kofi Kingston hoisting the Intercontinental Championship.
DateSeptember 15, 2013
CityDetroit, Michigan
VenueJoe Louis Arena
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The event received 175,000 buys, down from the last year's event of 189,000.[2]


The professional wrestling matches at Night of Champions involved professional wrestlers in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, WWE. Storylines between the characters played out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown.[3][4]

Following his win over John Cena at SummerSlam, Daniel Bryan lost the WWE Championship when special guest referee and chief operating officer Triple H attacked Bryan, allowing Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the championship. Triple H and the McMahons stated that it was "best for business" because Bryan did not "fit the mold" to be WWE Champion. Naming Orton the new "face of WWE", they also formed an alliance with The Shield. Leading up to Night of Champions, Bryan was forced to compete in several challenging matches, including a steel cage match with Wade Barrett, a gauntlet match against all three members of The Shield, and a match with Big Show. After defeating Dean Ambrose on the September 9 episode of Raw, Bryan was again assaulted by The Shield and Orton.

On the August 26 episode of Raw, AJ Lee interrupted the celebration over Brie Bella's victory in a SummerSlam rematch against Natalya, berating the cast of Total Divas, calling them "interchangeable" and "expendable" and stating that they were not good enough to be wrestlers, so they went into reality TV.[5] On the September 2 episode of Raw, AJ Lee interfered in a triple threat match between Natalya, Naomi, and Brie Bella, which was to determine the number one contender for her Divas Championship. As a result, Stephanie McMahon scheduled AJ to defend her Divas Championship in a fatal four-way match against Natalya, Naomi and Brie Bella at Night of Champions.[6]

On August 5 episode of Raw, Rob Van Dam defeated World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match after Ricardo Rodriguez's interference backfired. After the match, Del Rio attacked Rodriguez for his actions. Two weeks later, Rodriguez returned to inform Del Rio that he was now representing Van Dam. Van Dam continued to attack Del Rio, both on Raw and SmackDown, and on the August 26 episode of Raw, Van Dam won another non-title match over Del Rio due to a distraction by Rodriguez, earning Van Dam a World Heavyweight Championship match against Del Rio at Night of Champions. On the September 6 episode of SmackDown, Del Rio cost Van Dam a non-title match against Randy Orton, and attacked him after the match. The following week, Vickie Guerrero forced Rodriguez to face Del Rio. After winning the match, Del Rio put Rodriguez in the cross armbreaker until Van Dam made the save.

After being defeated by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, CM Punk continued his feud with Paul Heyman, thus starting another one with Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel by attacking him the next night on Raw. Four days later on SmackDown, Axel challenged Punk to a match, which Punk accepted. On the August 26 episode of Raw, Punk defeated Axel and by vote of the WWE Universe, Heyman was forced to face Punk in the ring, but Axel interfered and helped Heyman attack Punk. Brad Maddox granted Punk's wish of facing Heyman by giving him an elimination handicap match at Night of Champions against Axel and Heyman.

On the September 9 episode of Raw, a tag team turmoil match was scheduled for the Night of Champions pre-show, with the winners challenging champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns (of The Shield) later in the night.

On the September 13 episode of SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler faced Dean Ambrose for an opportunity at the United States Championship at Night of Champions. Although Reigns and Rollins interfered when Ziggler was about to win, he was still given the championship match.


Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
English Commentators Michael Cole
John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Jerry Lawler
Spanish Commentators Marcelo Rodriguez
Carlos Cabrera
Interviewer Tony Dawson
Ring announcers Lilian Garcia
Justin Roberts
Referees Charles Robinson
Mike Chioda
John Cone
Marc Harris
Rod Zapata
Chad Patton
Scott Armstrong
Pre-show Panel Josh Mathews
Alex Riley
Booker T
Santino Marella


During the pre-show, a tag team turmoil match was held, which The Prime Time Players won by last eliminating The Real Americans to become the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship later at the event.

Preliminary matchesEdit

The pay-per-view started with Triple H promising that there would be no interference in the WWE title match. He was interrupted by Paul Heyman and the Intercontinental Champion, Curtis Axel, who requested that their handicap match against CM Punk be cancelled. Triple H not only refused and but also decided that the first person he sees backstage would receive an immediate title shot at Axel's Intercontinental Championship. Triple H headed to the back and ran into Kofi Kingston, who was sent to the ring to challenge Axel. Axel pinned Kingston after a Hangman's Facebuster to retain the title.

After this, AJ Lee defended her WWE Divas Championship against Natalya, Naomi and Brie Bella in a Fatal 4-Way match. AJ forced Natalya to submit to the Black Widow to retain the title.

In the third match, Alberto Del Rio defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam, who was accompanied by Del Rio's former ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez. Van Dam won by disqualification after Del Rio refused to release the Cross Armbreaker by a 5 count. After the match, Del Rio tried to attack Van Dam with a chair but Rodriguez took the chair, allowing Van Dam to execute a DDT and a Van Daminator on Del Rio.

Next, The Miz wrestled Fandango. Miz forced Fandango to submit to the Figure Four Leglock to win the match.

In the fifth match, CM Punk faced Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman in a No Disqualification Handicap Elimination Match. Midway through the match, Punk hit Axel with a kendo stick, executed a GTS and forced him to submit to the Anaconda Vise. Punk then chased Heyman, his remaining opponent, through the arena and taunted him. Heyman hugged Punk but was attacked with a kendo stick. Ryback interfered, tackling Punk through a table positioned in the corner before placing Heyman on top of Punk, allowing Heyman to score a pinfall and win the match.

After that, Dean Ambrose defended the WWE United States Championship against Dolph Ziggler. Ambrose pinned Ziggler after Dirty Deeds to retain the title.

In the penultimate match, the other two members of The Shield, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Prime Time Players, Darren Young and Titus O'Neil. In the end, Reigns performed a Spear on O'Neil, allowing Rollins to score a pinfall to retain the title.

Main eventEdit

Daniel Bryan won the WWE Championship for the second time.

In the main event, Randy Orton faced Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship. Orton attempted an RKO but Bryan countered and performed a Dropkick on Orton, knocking him into the referee. Bryan applied the Yes! Lock but Orton touched the ring ropes, forcing Bryan to release the hold. In the end, Orton attempted an RKO but Bryan countered into a Backslide, which Orton countered. Bryan pinned Orton after a Running Knee to win the title.


The next night on Raw, Daniel Bryan was stripped of the WWE Championship by Triple H, because of a fast count by referee Scott Armstrong; Triple H accused Bryan of having conspired with the referee and punished Bryan more by putting him in a match with Roman Reigns; though Bryan won, he was again assaulted by the rest of The Shield and Orton. Orton put Bryan's head in between the folds of a chair, but before he could further injure Bryan, most face wrestlers ran to the ring and attacked Orton and The Shield, with Bryan finishing them off with a high knee to Seth Rollins.

On the September 20 episode of SmackDown, Triple H gave Van Dam a rematch with Del Rio at Battleground for the World Heavyweight Championship. Immediately afterwards, Del Rio viciously assaulted Van Dam backstage.

Punk continued to feud with Heyman and his newest client Ryback. On the September 23 episode of Raw, a match between the two was scheduled for Battleground.

AJ Lee continued her feud with the members of the Total Divas cast. On the September 23 episode of Raw, Brie Bella pinned Lee during a 10-diva tag team match, leading to a title match at Battleground.


No. Results Stipulations Times[7]
1P The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) won by last eliminating The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger) (with Zeb Colter) Tag team turmoil match to determine #1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship[8] 11:14
2 Curtis Axel (c) (with Paul Heyman) defeated Kofi Kingston Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship 13:54
3 AJ Lee (c) defeated Brie Bella, Naomi and Natalya by submission Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE Divas Championship[9] 05:34
4 Rob Van Dam (with Ricardo Rodriguez) defeated Alberto Del Rio (c) by disqualification Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship[10] 13:24
5 The Miz defeated Fandango (with Summer Rae) by submission Singles match 07:49
6 Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman defeated CM Punk No Disqualification Handicap Elimination match[11] 15:42
7 Dean Ambrose (c) defeated Dolph Ziggler Singles match for the WWE United States Championship[12] 09:47
8 The Shield (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) (c) defeated The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship 07:27
9 Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton (c) Singles match for the WWE Championship[13] 17:33
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match took place on the pre-show

Tag Team Turmoil matchEdit

Order Team Elimination Eliminated by
1 3MB (Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre) (with Jinder Mahal) 1 Tons of Funk
2 Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) 2 The Real Americans
3 The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger) (with Zeb Colter) 4 The Prime Time Players
4 The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) 3 The Real Americans
Winners The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) Winners 11:14


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  6. ^ "The Triple Threat Divas Title No. 1 Contender's Match went to a No Contest". Retrieved September 3, 2013.
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  8. ^ "Tag Team Turmoil Kickoff Match". WWE. 9 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. Natalya vs. Brie Bella vs. Naomi (Fatal Four-Way Match)". WWE. 2 September 2013.
  10. ^ "World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam". WWE. 26 August 2013.
  11. ^ "CM Punk vs. Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman (Elimination Handicap Match)". WWE. 26 August 2013.
  12. ^ "United States Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler". WWE. 13 September 2013.
  13. ^ "WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan". WWE. 23 August 2013.

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