We go to the panel one last time, and they think the cards may be stacked against Daniel Bryan. Santino and Riley predict Orton while Booker T goes with Bryan.
WWE Night of Champions Opener:
The show opens with a video package highlighting the championship theme of the evening, and some historical highlights of great champions from the past.
In the Arena:
The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. Justin Roberts introduces the COO of the WWE, Triple H.
Hunter makes his way to the ring and Cole talks about how it's fitting that we start the show with an all-time great champion in Triple H. King says he doesn't know how many people are saying derogatory things about Triple H for fear of losing their jobs.
Hunter grabs a mic and welcomes the crowd to Night of Champions. He's proud to put his stamp of approval on tonight's matches because tonight will be one of the greatest nights in WWE history. And to show the fans that he's not the villainous guy that WWE superstars think he is, and that he's listened to the fans, and they, and he both want what's best for business. So tonight, in the WWE Championship match, where Daniel Bryan takes on Randy Orton, there will be no interference from anyone. No Shield, no Big Show, nobody, just Orton and Daniel Bryan one-on-one. We'll find out who should be WWE Champion. Hunter asks the crowd if 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