In the lead up to RAW's Clash Of Champions PPV next week, I will review Night Of Champions 2013 (and maybe 2009 if I have time). I remember that this show was mediocre with some okay matches but no real major progression, let's get into this show. Just like all the great wrestling shows of all time, we opened with Triple H coming out and cutting a promo. Triple H says (quote) "This should be the greatest night in WWE history"...enough said. Triple H was acting like a face, even though he was supposed to be a heel. Triple H announces that the main event will have no interference. Paul Heyman and Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel comes out, Heyman begs Triple H to cancel the handicap match tonight.
Heyman looks terrible throughout this. Curtis Axel comes in and starts getting into Triple H, Triple H then announces an impromptu IC Title match between Axel and the first guy Triple H finds backstage. Curtis Axel vs. Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Title came next, remember when Kofi was a directionless mid carder who did the Boom Drop. 90% of this match was the commentators talking about the Punk match later on in the night. Why did Kofi get tattoo's, you can barely see them and they look stupid. This match was good only because it got good time. In the end Curtis Axel hits a Swinging Neckbreaker on Kofi for the pinfall victory to retain the IC Title.
They do the first of the greatest champion polls, the greatest Intercontinental Champion is voted as Chris Jericho...fair enough, I can see that. Backstage RVD learns Spanish from Ricardo Rodriquez. Staying backstage AJ Lee gets rejected by fellow divas. Then they show the poll for Greatest Divas Champion. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WOMEN'S AND DIVAS CHAMPION, Trish Stratus held the Women's Title. The Bella Twins held the Divas Title, anyway Trish is voted the best Divas Champion.
The Fatal 4 Way match for the WWE Divas Championship saw AJ Lee defend against Natalya, Naomi and rainbow Brie Bella. Brie's attire was blue with massive rainbow colored armbands. This was a mediocre, the only remotely cool thing in this match was Natalya doing a double sharpshooter on Naomi and Brie Bella. AJ then clocks Natalya in the head before locking in the Black Widow and winning by submission; thus retaining the Divas Title. The Night Of Champions panel then previews the World Title match between Alberto Del Rio and Rob Van Dam.
The 3rd match of the night saw Alberto Del Rio defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam (who had Ricardo Rodriquez with him at ringside). Rob Van Dam is so much cooler than anyone in the WWE at the moment. RVD hit a scissor kick off the apron onto Del Rio who was laid over the barricade, this match was enjoyable for the most part. Then ending made sense, Del Rio locked in a Cross Armbreaker on RVD, RVD got to the ropes, but Del Rio didn't let go. Therefore ADR retains the World title, although RVD wins by DQ. After the match RVD hit a Coast To Coast to Del Rio with a steel chair, cool.
Backstage Heyman is talking up Curtis Axel, then we get another infuriating greatest champion poll. The Greatest World Heavyweight Champion of all time, Booker T won...BOOKER T WON OVER TRIPLE H and RIC FLAIR! Backstage Orton is begging Triple H for help, whose heel and whose face here I can't tell. Fourth match of the night was The Miz taking on Fandango, this match is something you'd see in the Smackdown midcard. Miz wore an ugly purple attire, he won with a Figure 4, go him, I don't care.
CM Punk took on Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman in a No DQ Handicap Match, the thing with this match was that Punk could only get to Heyman one on one if he took out Axel. So what we saw was Punk and Axel having a terrible No DQ match for what felt like 15 minutes, the No DQ stuff we saw in this match was pathetic. They hit each other with painless Kendo Sticks and there was a low blow, oh and Axel set up a table. Punk submits Axel to an Anaconda Vice (following a GTS). Punk then spends the next three minutes abusing Heyman, then Ryback comes out and spears Punk through a table. Heyman gets pulled on top of Punk, for the 1...2...3. Paul Heyman beat CM Punk. I loved how after the match Ryback carried a lifeless Heyman out on his shoulders, moving on.
The US Title match between Ambrose and Ziggler was okay, this was back when Ambrose was cool and he had a really unique fighting style. In the end Ambrose won with the really good version of Dirty Deeds, Ambrose retains the US Title. Then the WWE Tag Team Title match between The Shield's Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns taking on The Prime Time Players, this match was meh. Nothing really special, Darren Young looked like he was 20 years old during this match, without his beard he looks 10 years younger. The Shield retain following a sick Reigns spear.
Then we had Sting winning the Greatest US Champion poll, and Hulk Hogan being voted unanimously as the greatest WWE Champion of all time. The main event of the evening saw Randy Orton defending his WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan, this is back at the time where WWE had an angle which made you want to turn on RAW and watch every week (it was like that for about 3 weeks, but then WWE messed it up. But still it was cool while it was good). This match went for 20 or so minutes and was reasonably enjoyable.
The ending to the match saw Bryan nail Orton with a Running Knee, Bryan then covered Orton. The referee Scott Armstrong counted 1...2...3 super quickly. Bryan grabbed the WWE Title and was announced as champion (although that reign lasted a cup of coffee).
Overall Show Rating: Mediocre; This show didn't feature a match that I would want to go back and watch willingly, the best match of the night too me was Bryan vs. Orton but that match wasn't even that great. The fact that this show opened with a promo from Triple H is a problem. The opening match was enjoyable, the RVD vs. Del Rio match was enjoyable, and that was it. This show just featured a bunch of mediocre matches that you could skip and not miss a thing.
1. Singles Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Curtis Axel (C) w/Paul Heyman vs. Kofi Kingston - 3.5/5
2. Fatal 4 Way Match for the WWE Divas Championship
AJ Lee (C) vs. Naomi vs. Brie Bella vs. Natalya - 1.5/5
3. Singles Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Alberto Del Rio (C) vs. Rob Van Dam w/Ricardo Rodriquez - 3.5/5
4. The Miz vs. Fandango - 2/5
5. No Disqualification 2-On-1 Handicap Match
CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman - 2.5/5
6. Singles Match for the WWE United States Championship
Dean Ambrose (C) vs. Dolph Ziggler - 2.75/5
7. Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
The Shield (C) (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) vs. The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young) - 2.25/5
8. Main Event: Singles Match for the WWE Championship; Everyone Is Banned From Ringside
Randy Orton (C) vs. Daniel Bryan - 3.75/5