With the 2013 Night of Champions pay-per-view in the history books, it is time to take a look back at the annual September extravaganza.
Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton in the evening’s main event. He benefited from a fast count by referee Scott Armstrong while pinning Orton and will now arrive to Monday Night Raw as the WWE champion.
Alberto Del Rio let his new-found aggressiveness get the best of him as he was disqualified in his World title defense against Rob Van Dam.
The Shield escaped the evening’s broadcast with both the United States and Tag Team Championships despite tough challenges from Dolph Ziggler and the Prime Time Players, respectively.
Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel pulled double duty, defeating Kofi Kingston in an unscheduled match to retain his title, then falling to CM Punk as a part of the Handicap Elimination match later in the evening.
Speaking of that Handicap Elimination match, Paul Heyman once again got one over on CM Punk, thanks in large part to the interference by Ryback. Whether “the big guy” is the newest Heyman Guy remains to be seen but his spear to Punk, through a table, was instrumental in Heyman’s win.
AJ Lee fended off the challenges of Brie Bella, Naomi and Natalya to retain her title while The Miz defeated Fandango in a special bonus match.
It was a night of action that will affect the immediate future of WWE for weeks to come.
This is a look back at Night of Champions and the matches that lived up to the expectations of the WWE Universe.