Going into the Six Pack Elimination Challenge at WWE Night of Champions last night in Chicago, no fan was clear on who would walk out the WWE Champion. But when the smoked cleared, it would be Randy Orton standing tall as the new WWE Champion. Orton scored the first elimination of the night, pinning Chris Jericho after hitting the RKO. With reports that Jericho’s contract ends tonight, and that negotiations went south as it pertains to a new contract, Sunday night’s short PPV appearance will be the final appearance for Jericho, at least for the new future. Jericho and his band Fozzy will go on tour for the next several months.
Edge would be the next superstar eliminated, courtesy of the Attitude Adjustment from John Cena. The Nexus would then strike to distract Cena long enough for Wade Barrett to eliminate him following his finisher, the “Wasteland.” Nexus would then turn their attention to Randy Orton. But before they could strike, the eliminated John Cena would attack them with a steel chair. Seizing the opportunity, Orton would surprise Barrett with an RKO for the pin.
That leaves Randy Orton and the reigning WWE Champion Sheamus. Sheamus would hit Orton with the Brogue Kick for a near-fall. The champion would then go for the High Cross, but Orton countered with another RKO. Orton’s third RKO of the match would give him the WWE Championship. With Orton and Sheamus competing against each other in three of the last four PPVs, it’s expected that these two will face each other in Hell In The Cell in two weeks.
The 13-year on-again, off-again feud, between World Heavyweight Champion Kane and his brother The Undertaker, erupted again Sunday night. This time, Kane would score one of the few clean victories over The Undertaker since this feud began. Kane pinned Taker after reversing the Tombstone Piledriver. You can expect one more match in this feud. Hell In The Cell is where this feud began. In 1997, Kane made his debut, interfering in the first-ever Hell In The Cell match, to allow Shawn Michaels to defeat The Undertaker. Now, 13 years later, these two are expected to clash in the Cell for the first time.
When Bryan Danielson signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, many expected Danielson to fail. The reason being that WWE usually promotes larger-than-life performers. Danielson, who is 5’10” and weighs 195 pounds, stands out because of his career prior to joining WWE. Danielson has wrestled all over the world, winning numerous titles along the way, including the ROH World Heavyweight Championship. However, no one in the WWE Universe cared about that, or so the United States Champion, The Miz, thought. Bryan Danielson became Daniel Bryan, the NXT rookie who was assigned to his pro, The Miz. Immediately, fans on the internet cried foul, seeing how Bryan has more experience than The Miz. The two would never get along during the NXT Season #1, and Bryan was eliminated by WWE Management. Bryan would resurface in one of the most talked about segments of the year, when The Nexus was formed and attacked John Cena, CM Punk, ringside officials, referees, and more on RAW this past June. Bryan would choke out ring announcer Justin Roberts with his own tie. WWE felt his attack was too violent for their TV-PG programming, as well as too reminiscent of the Chris Benoit double-murder suicide. His release was put in a storyline, where the rest of the NXT rookies kicked him out of the group for showing remorse for his actions and declared he wouldn’t be seen in the WWE again. On June 11th, Bryan would officially released from his WWE contract. Bryan Danielson would return to the indies. However, on August 15th, Danielson would secretly sign a new WWE contract, and was re-introduced as Daniel Bryan to the WWE Universe. Bryan would take the final spot on John Cena’s team at SummerSlam, a spot The Miz had claimed for himself but was taken away by John Cena. Miz’s interference in that match helped eliminate Bryan. So, finally, the match would take place at Night of Champions. And, in what many call the match of the night, Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz via submission to capture the United States Championship. The LeBell Lock forced The Miz to tap out and a new champion was crowned.
WWE Night of Champions would see one championship be retired. The WWE Women’s Championship was retired on Sunday. The oldest WWE title was ended when it was merged with the Divas title to become the WWE Unified Divas Championship. The title was won by Michelle McCool, when she defeated Melina in a Lumberjill Match.
And Drew McIntrye & Cody Rhodes would win the WWE Tag Team Championship in Tag Team Turmoil, outlasting the teams of the former champions The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd), The Usos, Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov and Evan Bourne & Mark Henry.
Here are the official results of WWE Night Of Champions:
- Randy Orton wins Six Pack Elimination Challenge (New WWE Champion)
- World Heavyweight Champion Kane def. The Undertaker (No Holds Barred Match)
- Daniel Bryan def. The Miz (New United States Champion)
- Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston
- Drew McIntyre & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes win Tag Team Turmoil (New WWE Tag Team Champions)
- Big Show def. CM Punk
- Michelle McCool wins Unification Lumberjill Match (New Unified Divas Champion)