On Sunday Night, WWE celebrated their titleholders with their their “Night of Champions” pay per view. Fans witnessed three title changes, and a teaser of a possible Money In The Bank redemption.
The opening contest of the night featured the WWE World Tag Team Titles, as Jimmy and Jey Uso defended their gold against Gold and Star Dust. This turned out to be a vicious encounter between both teams, as the challengers stopped at nothing to win the titles. After a very competitive match, Gold and Star Dust picked up the win to become champions. Jimmy went to teh top rope for a big move, but Star Dust brought the knees up and rolled him up for the win. The cosmic duo celebrated their victory with a huge upset for the titles.
The second match was set to be nothing short of a dogfight, as Sheamus put the WWE United States Championship on the line against Cesaro. These two landed every stiff shot possible, Sheamus picked up the win following a back-and-forth contest. An incredible effort from Cesaro comes up just a bit short, as Sheamus connected with the Brogue Kick to pick upt he win and retain the title.
Match number three saw Dolph Ziggler (with R-Truth) put the Intercontinental Championship against The Miz (with Damien Sandow). With the event being held in Nashville, country music superstars Florida Georgia Line was in attendance and provided commentary during the match. While Miz and Zigler were battling inside the ring, Damien Sandow was having troubles with the musicians on the outside. After Sandow got in the face of the duo, they responded by shoving him to the floor. R-Truth intervened and chased him to the back. Sandow would return to the ring, and cause a distraction and allow Miz to roll up Ziggler to recapture the I-C Championship.
Up next, an update was given on Roman Reigns. He underwent emergency hernia surgery on Saturday and was forced out of the pay per view event. He is expected to be out of action several months. Following the update, his scheduled opponent Seth Rollins walked to the ring. He sported a giant smile knowing he dodged a bullet by not having to face his former SHIELD partner. Rollins claimed that emergency surgery was no excuse to not show up for his match. He then announced he was giving Reigns 10 seconds to come to the ring, or he was going to accept his forfeit and win the match. The referee then completed the 10-count and declared him the winner of the match and raised his hand.
But before he could celebrate, he decided to issue an open challenge to anybody in the locker room. His confidence quickly soured, as a taxicab was shown arriving in the back. Rollins former SHIELD teammate Dean Ambrose stormed out of the cab and rushed the ring. Ambrose had been out of commission for several weeks, and was intent on hurting his former friend. The two brawled through the stands, as Ambrose took him through the crowd and battered him all through the arena. Suddenly, Triple and Stephanie McMahon appeared and had security attempt to remove Ambrose from the building. But Ambrose took them out and continued his assault on Rollins. Ambrose dove into the ring with a chair, but security was quick to stop him. They took him down and restrained his hands behind his back, and then carried him out of the building.
Mark Henry made his way to the ring next, set for his match against Rusev. Lilian Garcia then performed the national anthem, which got the full support of the Nashville crowd. The two big men started brawling at the bell, with Rusev eventually getting the better of the exchange. Early on, Henry tried to slam the big Russian, but his back gave out. Rusev kept the assault on, targeting his back. He would go on to lock in The Accolade, forcing Henry to submit.
Chris Jericho hit the ring next, for his match with Randy Orton. The Apex Predator took early control, keeping Jericho grounded. Orton dominated the majority of this contest, even dropping Jericho with a back suplex onto the announce table. Jericho would get back into the match, firing off a series of chops. and even scoring with a Lionsault. He would go on to lock in the Walls of Jericho. Orton was almost to the ropes, when Jericho dragged him back to the middle of the ring. But Orton was able to finally counter it and send Jericho flying through the ropes. When Jericho later went to the top rope, Orton caught him with a RKO to pick up the win.
The next match was a triple threat match for the Divas Championship, as Paige was set to defend against former champion AJ Lee and Nikki Bella. This went back and forth from all sides, as all three broke out all their offense assaults in an effort to walk out as champion. Nikki had things well in hand, until AJ launched her from the apron to the floor. AJ then turned her attention to Paige and locked in the Black Widow for the win and to become a two-time Divas Champion.
After a night full of action and title changes, it was finally time for the main event. Brock Lesnar defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena in one of the most anticipated rematches in recent memory. Looking to avenge a disappointing SummerSlam loss, Cena marched to the ring. Lesnar wasted no time in attacking Cena at the start of the match. He backed Cena into the corner, but Cena fought out and immediately hit the Attitude Adjustment. But as he went for the pin, Lesner locked in the Kimura Lock.
Moments later, Lesnar started in with the suplexes. Every time Cena tried to start fighting back, Lesnar would mow him down. Cena fired off with a series of hard punches, but was then leveled with a vicious clothesline. As expected, Lesnar controlled much of the match. But Cena was able to put up a better effort than he did at SummerSlam, when Lesnar virtually obliterated him.
Midway through the match, all the abuse Cena absorbed began to show as bruises began appearing across his back and side. But it wouldn’t deter his effort, as he would hit a second Attitude Adjustment. He follwed up with an STF submission, but Lesnar countered into another Kimura Lock. However Cena was able to power out of his and connected with yet a THIRD Attitude Adjustment and lock in the STF for a second time. He then dragged Lesnar back to the middle of the ring and and locked it in again.
As Lesnar was trying to fight out of it, Seth Rollins burst into the ring and attacked Cena. He then hit the Curb Stomp on Lesnar, and told the referee he was cashing in his Money In The Bank briefcase. But Cena was able to stop him and chased him to the back. But as Cena realized that Rollins had just cost him the championship, Lesnar got back to his feet and dropped him with an F-5. The announcement was then made that while Cena won the match via disqualification, the title did not change hands and Lesnar remains WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
It was also announced during the night that the next pay per view event will be held in Dallas. The “Hell In A Cell” event will take place on Sunday, October 26 and will be a prelude to WWE’s return to Houston on October 28 for a taping of “SmackDown!” at the Toyota Center.