- Night of Champions (2010)
Night of Champions (2010)
Promotional poster featuring Kane holding the World Heavyweight Championship
"Freefall" by Two Steps From Hell Information Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment Date September 19, 2010 Attendance 13,851 Venue Allstate Arena City Rosemont, Illinois Pay-per-view chronology SummerSlam (2010) Night of Champions (2010) Hell in a Cell (2010) Night of Champions chronology Night of Champions (2009) Night of Champions (2010) Night of Champions (2011)
Night of Champions (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), that took place on September 19, 2010 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. It was the third annual event to be promoted solely under the Night of Champions name and the tenth annual event under the Vengeance chronology. Similar to the previous three events, the concept of the show was that every championship in the company was defended at the event. It was also the first Night of Champions event to feature a non-title match. Seven matches took place at the event. The event had 165,000 buys, down on the Night of Champions 2009 figure of 267,000 buys.
Night of Champions featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The main rivalry heading into Night of Champions from the Raw brand featured the defending champion Sheamus, Randy Orton, John Cena, Chris Jericho, Edge and Wade Barrett, feuding over the WWE Championship. At the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view in June, Sheamus won the WWE Championship in a Fatal Four-Way match, and at WWE Money in the Bank in July, defeated Cena to retain the title in a Steel Cage match. At SummerSlam, Sheamus lost to Orton in a championship match via disqualification, but as per WWE rules, retained the title. On the televised August 23 episode of Raw, the "anonymous" general manager of the show set up a series of matches that night to determine the next contender for the WWE Championship, and allowed Sheamus himself to handpick his opponent for Night of Champions. The matches saw Edge defeating R-Truth, Jericho defeating The Great Khali, and Orton defeating John Morrison and Ted DiBiase in a Triple Threat match, while The Miz defeated Cena via disqualification. During the night, Barrett called off The Nexus' "truce" with Sheamus, and at the end of night decided to cash-in his right (due to winning the first season of WWE NXT) to challenge for the WWE Championship at Night of Champions. However, the general manager announced that Sheamus will defend his WWE title against Orton, Cena, Jericho, Edge, and Barrett in a Six-Pack Challenge at Night of Champions. On the 900th episode of Raw, Chris Jericho added a stipulation that if he cannot win the championship, he will leave the WWE. However, the following week, he participated in a match with John Morrison under the stipulation that he would be taken out of the Night of Champions match if he did not win. Jericho lost the match and was removed from the Six-Pack Challenge. On the September 13 edition of Raw, the anonymous General Manager of Raw announced the match was changed to an elimination format. In addition, the General Manager also offered Chris Jericho an opportunity to re-insert himself in the match via a handicap steel cage match against The Hart Dynasty. Jericho was successful in defeating the duo and thus was re-admitted to the Six-Pack Challenge.
The main rivalry from the SmackDown brand featured the current champion Kane against his half-brother The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship. About three months ago, The Undertaker had been mysteriously put in a vegetative state. Upon finding out about this, Kane had attempted to seek vengeance against the culprit. At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Kane had won the Money in the Bank ladder match and cashed in his briefcase later that night against then champion Rey Mysterio. Mysterio used his rematch clause on Kane to challenge him at SummerSlam but failed. During the weeks leading up to SummerSlam, Kane was convinced that Mysterio was the one behind the attack on his brother and upon defeating him, attempted to put him in a casket when The Undertaker appeared inside it. Upon seeing his brother again, Kane attacked The Undertaker turning him heel. On the September 3 episode of SmackDown, Kane challenged the Undertaker putting his Championship on the line and promises to end The Undertaker for good.
Another rivalry involved an inter-brand match involving the Divas Champion Melina and the Women's Champion Layla and Michelle McCool, collectively known as Team Lay-Cool, in a Title Unification Match. On May 14, Layla had pinned then-Women's Champion Beth Phoenix in a two-on-one handicap match which awarded Layla the championship. However, both Layla and McCool decided to make themselves Co-Women's Champion (as, by their logic, the Championship was won in a handicap match), going as far as splitting the main championship belt to keep co-reign. At SummerSlam, Melina had won the Divas Championship from former champion Alicia Fox. After the match, Lay-Cool had attacked Melina. Their explanation being that they had defeated about everyone on the SmackDown brand as champions and decided to go after Raw Divas. On the 900th episode of Raw, Lay-Cool challenged Melina to a Title Unification Match. Melina accepted under one condition, their match would be a Lumberjill Match.
Another rivalry from Raw involved champion The Miz against Daniel Bryan for the WWE United States Championship. The feud had begun during the first season of NXT, when The Miz was Bryan's storyline mentor, and felt that Bryan did not respect him. Bryan had been released from WWE in June, but returned at SummerSlam to join Team WWE, taking The Miz's place. Afterward, the two resumed their rivalry, distracting or attacking each other during matches, with The Miz joined by his rookie from the second season of NXT, Alex Riley. On the September 6 episode of Raw, Bryan challenged The Miz for the United States Championship, which The Miz accepted.
Another SmackDown rivalry involved the champion Dolph Ziggler against Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Championship. On the August 6 episode of SmackDown, Ziggler defeated Kingston for his Intercontinental Championship. Kingston got a rematch at SummerSlam only for The Nexus to interfere resulting in a no contest. Following this, Kingston got several rematches against Ziggler only to be disqualified for one of them and counted out for another. To correct this, General Manager Theodore Long declared that Ziggler would defend his title against Kingston and if he were to be disqualified or counted out, then the title would go to Kingston.
The Sun in the UK gave Night of Champions a positive score of 8.5 out of ten. The opening contest was praised stating " By the time it ended, the bout had turned into a more than credible contest, though the finish did little for Kofi." The United States championship match was described as a "gem" and "The psychology and execution of the encounter was tremendous and the finale, with The Miz tapping out cleanly to Bryan's Lebell Lock, was an emotional one." The Kane vs Undertaker "no holds barred" match was described as a "very good brawl". Finally the main event 6 pack challenge was regarded as " A superbly booked main event on a night where WWE really had their sensible heads on. Orton's popularity is at an all time high, and the ride which we were taken on to get to the point of his coronation was gripping."
# Matches Stipulations Times Dark John Morrison defeated Ted DiBiase (with Maryse) Singles match Unknown 1 Dolph Ziggler (c) (with Vickie Guerrero and Kaitlyn) defeated Kofi Kingston Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship If Ziggler had been counted out or disqualified, Kingston would have won the championship 12:42 2 The Big Show defeated CM Punk Singles match 04:43 3 Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz (c) (with Alex Riley) Singles match for the WWE United States Championship 12:29 4 Michelle McCool (self-professed co-Women's Champion) defeated Melina (Divas Champion) Lumberjill Match to unify the WWE Women's Championship and WWE Divas Championship 06:34 5 Kane (c) defeated The Undertaker No Holds Barred match for the World Heavyweight Championship 18:29 6 Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre won by last eliminating Evan Bourne and Mark Henry Tag Team Turmoil match for the WWE Tag Team Championship 11:42 7 Randy Orton defeated Sheamus (c), Wade Barrett, Edge, John Cena, and Chris Jericho Six-Pack Challenge Elimination Match for the WWE Championship 21:28 (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
Tag Team Turmoil
Order Wrestler Elimination Eliminated by 1 The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd) (c) (with Natalya) 1 The Usos 2 The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) (with Tamina) 3 Evan Bourne and Mark Henry 3 Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov 2 The Usos 4 Evan Bourne and Mark Henry 4 Rhodes & McIntyre 5 Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre Winners
Six-Pack Elimination Challenge
Elimination Wrestler Eliminated by Elimination Move Time 1 Chris Jericho Randy Orton RKO 1:25 2 Edge John Cena Attitude Adjustment 15:00 3 John Cena Wade Barrett Wasteland 18:58 4 Wade Barrett Randy Orton RKO 20:32 5 Sheamus Randy Orton RKO 21:28 Winner: Randy Orton
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- ^ "Results: Cougar's company helps Dolph deliver". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nightofchampions/matches/15652844/results/. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- ^ "Results: Big Showing". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nightofchampions/matches/15652832/results/. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- ^ "Results: For whom LeBell tolls". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nightofchampions/matches/15551732/results/. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- ^ "Results: Unified front". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nightofchampions/matches/15391298/results/. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- ^ "Results: The brother he destroyed". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nightofchampions/matches/15587752/results/. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- ^ "Results: ‘Dashing,’ diabolical and dominant". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nightofchampions/matches/15746920/results/. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- ^ "Results: Fanging on for dear life". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nightofchampions/matches/15463384/results/. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
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