they're ready. He's interrupted by Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel.
Heyman says he's been calling, e-mailing, texting, leaving messages with everyone. He doesn't know what it takes to get a reply from Hunter, but Heyman has a desperate need to talk to Hunter. He didn't want it to be in front of the world, but Hunter thinks it's best for business. Hunter says Paul looks terrible and asks him when the last time he slept was, or when he showered. He says Paul looks like a wreck, and Paul screams of course he's a wreck. He apologizes and compliments Hunter on the line-up for NOC, but he says tonight Hunter has made a serious error in judgement, by putting Heyman, a non-athlete and father of two, into a handicapped elimination match against a fighter of such dominance, WWE accepted Heyman's branding him as Best in the World. A fighter that gave Brock Lesnar all that he could handle. And Punk wants to beat Heyman up, to hurt him. Punk wants to give him such a beating that Heyman will never be seen in WWE again. Heyman begs Hunter to cancel the match with Punk.
Hunter thinks it over, and says that Paul makes some good points. He asks about if it has anything to do with the match being made no DQ. Hunter says he's tried to weasel out of things, and he doesn't see it happening here. Hunter says Heyman doesn't need to tag in, he can let Axel handle it. Because Heyman should believe in Axel. Hunter asks if Heyman believes in Axel. Heyman hesitates, and Hunter says the match is on. Heyman asks if there's no more honor among thieves. Axel grabs the mic and asks Hunter if there's something personal going on. He knows what it is. The first day Axel became a Heyman guy was on Monday Night Raw and Axel beat Hunter in a match. Hunter says there's an old saying, don't poke the bear. Heyman brought up the fact that Hunter made a mistake, and tonight is Night of Champions, and all championships are defended. Luckily this is a mistake that Hunter can fix tonight on September 15th, in Detroit. He's going to walk down the aisle and defend the Intercontinental Championship against the first person he crosses in the back, and that match is going to take place right now. Hunter drops the mic and heads to the back.
Heyman grabs the mic and says this match is taking place under Axel's protest. Kofi Kingston's music plays, and Kingston heads down to the ring.
Curtis Axel (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
The bell rings and we get a lock up. Axel goes behind and Kofi switches it up. Axel is able to clamp on a headlock and Kofi fights out of it. Axel works over Kingston's arm, but Kingston flips out of it and gets a quick near fall. Axel backs into the ropes. Axel stands and Kofi goes behind, but Axel is able to get Kofi back into a headlock. Kofi fights out and falls to a shoulder block. Kofi pops back up and leap frogs Axel, and Axel bails to the outside, sitting on the ring apron.
Axel heads back into the ring and beats on Kofi in the corner with a series of rights and kicks. The ref backs Axel off and when he comes back in, Kingston turns it around and kicks at Axel's gut. Kingston kicks at the back of Axel's leg, dropping him to the mat and leading him to bail outside. Axel limps around on the outside and Kofi pulls him up to the apron, but when he tries to suplex him into the ring, Axel lands on his feet. Kingston lands a big kick and gets a two count. Axel gets up and is able to land a sloppy dropkick before clotheslining Kofi over the top rope to the outside.
Axel heads to the outside after Kofi, but Kofi pops up, runs up to the top turnbuckle, and leaps off with a huge crossbody to the floor. Kingston takes things back into the ring and gets another two count. Kofi heads to the top and Axel sweeps out the legs, trapping Kofi in the tree of woe. Axel holds Kingston up and hits him with several huge clubbing blows before backing up and hitting a big spear in the corner. Axel gets a two count. Axel hits Kofi with a big right, then an elbow to the top of the head before catching Kofi in a rear chin lock and grinding him to the mat.
Axel tosses Kofi with a big German suplex and it's good for two. Axel wrenches Kofi's neck putting pressure on Kingston. Kofi fights up to his feet and out of the hold. Kofi ducks a clothesline, but runs into another. Axel pins Kingston but Kofi kicks out at two. Axel walks over Kofi's face in a disrespectful display. Axel picks Kofi up to his feet and buries his knee in Kofi's midsection. Axel hits a snap mare then flips over and snaps Kingston's neck for another two count. Axel goes right back into another rear chin lock, but Kofi fights back up and out of it. Kofi avoids a clothesline and reverses into a crazy DDT.
Kofi hits a double chop, then another, then a dropkick. Kofi misses a flying forearm, but catches Axel with the boots in the corner. Kofi hits an insane cross body for another two count. Kingston hits Axel with a running knee to the face, then follows it up with the boom drop. Kingston goes to the corner and begins hyping up the fans. Kofi misses trouble in paradise and is backed into the corner. Axel buries his shoulder in Kofi's midsection, but runs into a kick in the corner. Kofi leaps off the top and Axel hits a giant dropkick to Kingston's stomach, but Kingston doesn't stay down.
Axel tries for a delayed back suplex, but Kofi reverses it into a roll up for two. Axel plows right over Kingston for a two count of his own. Axel hits Kofi with a series of right hands, then gets up to his feet. Kofi tries for the SOS but Axel counters. Kofi misses trouble in paradise. Axel tries for a neckbreaker but Kofi counters into the SOS. Kofi pins Axel but only gets two.
Kofi hits Axel with a series of kicks. Kofi goes up in the corner and Axel catches him in electric chair position, but throws Kofi into the ropes. Axel hits his neckbreaker set-up DDT, and drives Kofi's face into the mat, leading to the three count.... (Continues on next page)