WWE Night of Champions is all set to pop off tonight (Sun., Sept. 21, 2014) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee at 7:00 p.m. ET, live on the WWE Network. You may also be able to watch this on pay-per-view (PPV) if your cable provider is carrying the event.
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WWE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS QUICK RESULTS
John Cena def Brock Lesnar by DQ
Randy Orton def Chris Jericho
AJ Lee def Paige and Nikki Bella
Sheamus def Cesaro
The Miz def Dolph Ziggler
Gold & Stardust def The Usos
Rusev def Mark Henry
WWE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
BaconStrips here! Grab a beverage and let's enjoy the show!
Preshow is live
Nothing much to mention. All of the matches were hyped (especially the John Cena/Brock Lesnar match).
There was a Peep Show segment featuring Christian and Chris Jericho, but I was away from my screen during that segment.
Show is LIVE
Opening video highlighting some famous WWE Champions in history. This segues to hyping Lesnar/Cena.
Open pyro, and we are officially live!
The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) vs The Dust Bros (Goldust and Stardust) (WWE Tag Team Championship)
- Goldust has a new face paint scheme (RIP Darth Goldust)
- Goldust and Jey Uso start. After some tussling, the Usos take control despite Stardust being tagged in.
- The Dusts take control after Goldust lands a cheap shot on Jimmy Uso.
- The Usos retake control when Jey gets hot tagged in, but this momentum is quickly reversed when Goldust lands a huge powerslam on the outside.
- Stardust does an awesome job in reversing a Samoan Drop into a neckbreaker. Around this time, referee John Cone puts on gloves. Jimmy's busted open, but I can't tell where.
- Jimmy throws Stardust shoulder-first into the steel ring post. He goes for a tag, but is stopped by Goldust. However, Jimmy is able to get free from Goldust after a couple Enziguri attempts.
- Jey and Stardust are tagged in, and Jey has the hot tag. He starts working on Stardust's leg.
- Awesome segment in the ring: Jey lands the running butt (no idea what else to call it) on Stardust, superkicks Goldust, but gets Reverse DDT'd by Stardust for a two-count
- The action is really picking up. Goldust lands his apron-to-outside senton on Jimmy, and Jey lands his suicide dive on Stardust.
- Jey gets Stardust in the ring and attempts the Superfly Splash. However, Stardust is able to get his knees up. Stardust then rolls up Jey for the win
Result: The Dust Bros defeat The Usos by pinfall to gain The Cosmic Key
Great opening match.
Byron Saxon interviews Dolph and R Ziggler backstage. Dolph cuts a promo against The Miz and his "Moneymaker"
Sheamus vs Cesaro (United States Championship)
- HOSS! HOSS! HOSS!
- We start with some chain wrestling that ends in a stalemate. This leads to Cesaro slapping Sheamus, angering him.
- Sheamus takes control with a high knee and a rolling senton for a two count. Momentum is traded when Cesaro hangs Sheamus' neck from the top rope.
- More tussling ensues, and Sheamus drags Cesaro to the outside where they start trading strikes.
- Sheamus retains control until Cesaro lands a huge uppercut on Sheamus, sending him tumbling off the top rope.
- Cesaro tries to make Sheamus pass out with some sleeper holds, but to no avail. Sheamus attempts a comeback, but is cut off by Cesaro.
- Despite a couple huge uppercuts, Sheamus is able to land two Irish Curse Backbreakers for a two count. He follows the pin attempt with Ten Beats of the Bowery, but Cesaro is able to counter out.
- Sheamus does some reverse double-arm powerbomb thing on Cesaro (who was sitting on the top rope) for a two count.
- Sheamus goes for a Brogue Kick, but Cesaro dodges and hits Swiss Death for a two count.
- More back-and-forth until Sheamus lands a powerslam for a two-count.
- Another Brogue Kick attempt is countered into a Tiger Driver for a two count. Cesaro attempts a Neutralizer, but is flipped over Sheamus' back. Sheamus attempts ANOTHER Brogue Kick, but Cesaro dodges and hits an Alphamare Waterslide for a two count.
- Cesaro starts beating the hell out of Sheamus, and Sheamus keeps asking for more. Cesaro goes back to oblige him, but Sheamus is able to land a Brogue Kick for the win.
Result: Sheamus defeats Cesaro by pinfall to retain the United States Championship
HOLY HELL OF A MATCHUP!
Commercial for WWE 2K15
Mark Henry is pumping himself up backstage. Big Show comes in and reminds him about what he's fighting for. He also tells Henry that he has 318 million tag team partners in his corner. Big Show then pulls out an Americanized singlet for Henry, and continues his pep talk.
"YOU TEAR HIS HEAD OFF!" - Big Show
The country group Florida Georgia Line are introduced. They proceed to join the commentary table.
They announce that they are going to join WWE for their Tribute to the Troops show this year.
Dolph Ziggler (with R Ziggler) vs The Miz (with Damien Mizdow)
- First thing first: Can someone remind the commentary team that there's a match going on?
- Anyway, we start with some tying up. Miz takes control and attempts an early Figure Four, but Ziggler is able to battle out. Ziggler then lands 9/10 Heart Attack Elbows on Miz.
- Miz rolls out before Ziggler can land the tenth elbow. As Ziggler follows Miz, Miz hits a cheap shot and takes control of Ziggler.
- Miz keeps control until Ziggler counters an attempted corner clothesline. The momentum then shifts in Ziggler's favor as he hits his comeback moves.
- After Ziggler works over Miz outside the ring, Ziggler throws Miz back into the ring. As the referee is distracted, Mizdow cheapshots Ziggler. Mizdow then assaults R Ziggler.
- Mizdow starts bragging to Florida Georgia Line about his interference. This leads the duo to get up and shove Mizdow down. R Ziggler then chases Mizdow backstage.
- Inside the ring, Ziggler lands a superkick on Miz for a two count. Ziggler goes for a Famouser, but is countered into a Figure Four.
- Ziggler is just able to reach the ropes after a long time in the Figure Four. As Miz attempts to reapply it, Ziggler is able to fight out and land the Famouser for a two count.
- As Ziggler gets ready for the Zig Zag, Mizdow comes back out and distracts Ziggler. Ziggler superkicks Mizdow, but Miz is able to use a dirty roll up for the pinfall
Result: The Miz defeats Dolph Ziggler by pinfall to gain the Intercontinental Championship
Recap of the WWE Network update on Roman Reigns' hernia surgery. He is supposed to be out of action for several months.
Seth Rollins comes out to the ring.
He cuts a promo about how life can change in a mere blink of an eye. He talks about Roman Reigns' hernia and uses it to generate some good heel heat by not accepting it as an excuse to skip out on his match.
However, Rollins decides to give Reigns ten seconds to come out to the ring and face Rollins. He instructs Charles Robinson to ring the bell and start the ten count. At this moment, a huge "We want Ambrose" chant starts.
Charles Robinson counts to ten, and Rollins wins by way of forfeit.
Rollins continues his promo. He issues an open challenge to anyone in the locker room.
Who answers the challenge? A VERY PISSED OFF DEAN AMBROSE ANSWERS!!!
Ambrose enters and beats the hell out of Rollins. The two brawl into the Nashville crowd.
As they brawl, The Authority brings security and attempts to keep the two apart. This doesn't stop Ambrose, as he lands a cross body on a bunch of guards and continues his assault on Rollins.
As Ambrose attempts to main Rollins with a chair, security is able to catch up with and apprehend Ambrose.
We go to the preshow panel to recap what has gone on so far.
Mark Henry vs Rusev
- more hoss, More Hoss!, MORE HOSS!!!
- After Henry enters, the ring, Lillian Garcia excellently sings The Star-Spangled Banner.
- Henry and Rusev brawl from the opening bell with Henry getting the upper hand on Rusev.
- Rusev gets the upper hand after getting a second wind. He takes control after ramming Henry back-first into the ring steps.
- Henry attempts a comeback, but cannot lift Rusev due to his bad back. Rusev then hits a spinning heel kick.
- Rusev tries to lock Henry in The Accolade, but Henry is able to get up before the hold is cinched.
- Henry hits the World's Strongest Slam out of nowhere, but he cannot take advantage due to his damaged back and Rusev rolling out of the ring.
- Rusev reenters and hits DAT KICK. He is then able to lock in The Accolade for the win.
Result: Rusev defeats Mark Henry by submission.
Recap of Michael Cole's interview with Brock Lesnar.
Chris Jericho vs Randy Orton
- We start with some brawling that Orton gets the upper hand in. Despite this early advantage, Jericho is able to take some early control and sends Orton outside into the Spanish announce table (knocking over a Diet Mt. Dew in the process).
- Orton is able to regain control on the outside, and this control continues as they reenter the ring.
- Orton maintains control for a long time, and is able to keep control despite an attempted Jericho comeback. He is able to do some major damage to Jericho's back with a superplex and a couple back suplexes on the barricade and announce table, but this only gets a two count.
- After a long time, Jericho is finally able to mount a comeback. The comeback continues until Orton hits a beautiful powerslam for a two count.
- Jericho comes back again and attempts a Lionsault, but Orton evades and hits his backbreaker. Orton attempts the RKO, but Jericho is able to counter and land a Lionsault for a two count.
- Orton attempts the rope-hung DDR, but Jericho slips out and tries to apply the Walls of Jericho. Orton is able to get out and drive Jericho shoulder-first into the steel ring post.
- Orton tries for a punt, but Jericho is able to dodge and lock in the Walls of Jericho. After a long time, Orton is able to fight out of the hold and kick Jericho out of the ring. He is then able to land the rope-hung DDT.
- Orton lines up for the RKO, but Jericho plays possum and hits a Codebreaker. However, he only gets a two-count.
- Jericho climbs to the top rope for a diving maneuver, but is countered into an awesome RKO for the pin.
Result: Randy Orton defeats Chris Jericho by pinfall
Video package for the Divas Championship match featuring Paige absolutely killing it.
Backstage interview with Brie Bella. She talks about the match, and hopes that her sister does not become Divas Champion. She instead puts over Paige and AJ. She also drops the obligatory "BITCH" bomb
Paige vs AJ Lee vs Nikki Bella (Divas Championship)
- Paige and Nikki attempt to gang up on AJ, but AJ is able to counter with a double dropkick.
- AJ tries to mount offense on Nikki, but Nikki locks in a headlock and starts swinging her around.
- Nikki takes control of both AJ and Paige. Nikki locks Paige in an ARMBAR, but Paige is easily able to escape.
- AJ and Paige have a staredown after Nikki is dispatched. AJ is able to take control of Paige and nails her with a huge kick for a two count.
- Momentum keeps shifting in this match. AJ attempts a top rope maneuver, but Nikki is able to shove AJ off of the turnbuckle and attempt a pin.
- Nikki does some catfighting on AJ, but Paige is able to throw her out of the ring. Paige then revives the frenemy schtick.
- After Paige nails AJ with her signature knee strikes, Nikki shoves Paige off of the apron. Nikki attempts to nail AJ with a slam, but AJ is able to counter into the Black Widow, but Paige breaks the hold.
- Paige sets AJ up for a superplex. As they set up, Nikki runs over and executes a Tower of Doom spot. All three women are down after that move.
- Nikki lands the Rack Attack on Paige, but AJ is able to break up the pin. This pisses off Nikki and she starts beating on AJ. However, AJ whips Nikki to the floor.
- AJ locks Paige in the Black Widow. Paige tries to break it, but AJ really cinches it in, forcing Paige to tap
Result: AJ Lee defeats Paige and Nikki Bella to gain the Divas Championship
Brock Lesnar vs John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
- As soon as the bell rings, Lesnar charges Cena into the corner and does some shoulder blocks. Lesnar attempts a German Suplex, but Cena blocks it. Cena then lands an Attitude Adjustment, but barely gets a two count.
- As Cena goes back to Lesnar, Lesnar locks the Kimura Lock in, but Cena reaches the ropes.
- Lesnar takes control of Cena with some huge knees to the midsection. Lesnar then hits a German Suplex. Cena is able to charge back, but Lesnar locks the Kimura in again. Cena reaches the rope again.
- Cena tries to mount some offense, but Lesnar hits German #2 for a two-count.
- Lesnar hits the Three Amigos on Cena and attempts a pin, but Cena's shoulders do not hit the mat.
- Cena attempts some more offense, but he cannot maintain it due to a huge clothesline from Lesnar.
- German #3
- Cena hits a 2nd AA, but doesn't even get a two-count. He then locks in the STF, but Lesnar is able to power into another Kimura. After a while, Cena powers Lesnar up and rams him in the corner to break the hold
- Cena hits a 3rd AA and locks in another STF.
- Cena hits a 4TH AA, but as he goes for the cover, Seth Rollins comes in and hits Cena with the briefcase for the DQ.
Result: John Cena defeats Brock Lesnar by DQ
Seth Rollins cashes in his Money in the Bank, but Cena assaults Rollins, sending him scampering to the back (note that the bell NEVER rang for Seth's cash-in attempt). After Rollins leaves, Lesnar hits Cena with a F-5 and leaves him laying in the ring.
End of show.