Airdate: Sunday, September 15th, 2013 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI
Night of Champions Pre-Show:
We go live from The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan for WWE Night of Champions 2013, with the WWE Pre-Show now entitled “Kickoff” commencing what should be an action-packed evening. Josh Matthews gets us going with shots of fans inside the Joe Louis Arena. He introduces the panel that includes Alex Riley, Booker T and Santino Marella.
-Matthews asks Booker what he is most looking forward to and he says the WWE Championship match featuring Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. Santino picks CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman. Riley says he is excited that the panel has a chance to provide their opinions.
-The panel starts talking about the tag team turmoil match. Santino says The Usos have an upper advantage because they are twin brothers – and you can’t teach that. Booker says The Prime Time Players have huge momentum going in while Riley agrees with Booker that The Usos have momentum but ultimately he picks The Usos to win.
-Rene Young in the social media lounge says she wants fans to get interactive on social media, with a poll asking who are the greatest tag team champions of all time, including The Hart Foundation, The Legion of Doom and others.
-A backstage shot focuses on Paul Heyman who looks very stressed. Heyman is approached by Brad Maddox who asks if everything is okay and Heyman starts to snap. He says out of all people, Maddox is asking him if he is ok but he was the one who booked him into facing CM Punk alongside Curtis Axel. Heyman then comes up with an idea, in which he says he could punch the referee and get disqualified. He said Maddox was a former referee and that he has come up with a masterplan. Maddox suggests their match should be a No Disqualification Match. It’s official – the stipulation has changed in the handicap match.
-The panel starts discussing what they just saw, and Riley thinks that No Disqualification benefits Heyman.
#1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil Pre-show Match:?3MB vs. The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) vs. The Usos vs. The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) vs. Tons of Funk (Tensai and Brodus Clay)
We go ringside with Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler and JBL for the Tag Team Turmoil match. The first team up is 3MB, and all three men come out. Secondly, is Tons of Funk.
Brodus Clay and Heath Slater start things off (3MB consists of Slater and McIntyre). Sweet T gets tagged in and Slater avoids him, leading him to the outside and Drew McIntyre summersaults over the top rope onto the outside. Drew starts to punch him, throws him to the ropes and Sweet T reverses with a roll-up. Drew starts working him in the corner. Tensai reverses and gets a schoolboy, giving Tons of Funk the win. Up next, are The Real Americans. 3MB start to beat on Tensai but The Real Americans want none of them involved.
Tensai tags in Clay after a break (which was a promo for the main event), and Clay starts to work on Cesaro. He hits a big splash from the second rope but Swagger breaks up the count. Clay picks up Cesaro for a bodyslam but Cesaro tagged Swagger, who now comes in and gets an ankle lock on Clay. The Real Americans advance as Clay taps. The Usos are up next.
The Usos throw their opponents outside and both Jimmy and Jey take turns on aerial maneuvers on the outside. Jimmy starts working on Cesaro throwing him to the ropes but Cesaro reverses. He tags in Swagger and they double-team Jimmy with a double slam. Swagger drags Jimmy to the corner and tags in Cesaro.
The match continues after another break, and cuts to Swagger about to get a suplex off the ropes but Jey reverses and Swagger comes back down – getting him in an ankle lock and picking up the victory.
The Prime Time Players race to the ring and Titus O’Neil starts to pummel away on Swagger, with a reverse bodyslam, reminiscent of the one Razor Ramon used to throw. Swagger reverses Titus and gets him in an ankle lock but Darren Young interferes. Cesaro runs after Young but Darren throws him to the outside. Titus tags in Young who finds himself in an ankle lock but he throws him to the turnbuckle with his feet. Darren Young hits his finisher and The Prime Time Players will face The Shield.
The Prime Time Players...