The pyros explode and we are LIVE on pay-per-view. Devour by Shinedown plays as WWE Night of Champions is available in High Definition. SmackDown announcer (it still feels weird typing that) Jim Ross welcomes us. 16,151 is the announced attendance for the sold out American Airlines Center.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
They’re opening with WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison defending against Finlay and Hornswoggle. The Champions come out first followed by Hornswoggle and Finlay (w/ Shillelagh). John Morrison and Finlay start things out. Finlay is very physical with Morrison, sending him down to the mat with an aggressive uppercut. He follows with a unique version of a slam. Finlay applies a submission hold on Morrison. Finlay gets out of the ring, Morrison tries to leap over but falls on the apron. The fight goes to the outside but Morrison and Miz end up taking out Finlay. The champs chase Finlay down the entrance ramp and bring him back to ringside. The crowd boos. Morrison and Miz put Horny in the ring. Hornswoggle takes off his jacket as Finlay gets in and cleans house with a series of clotheslines. Finlay gets the champs out of the ring as he goes out after Morrison. Morrison gets a shot on Finlay and tags in Miz. Miz and Morrison double team Finlay with a double gut-buster. Miz gets a quick cover.
Morrison is tagged in and another double team on Finlay. Morrison hooks Finlay for a two count. Morrison works over Finlay with a right hand and tags in Miz. Miz goes after Finlay with right hands of his own. Finlay counters off an Irish Whip, kicking Miz in the face. Horny tags himself in and hits head scissors on Miz followed by a Stunner. Hornswoggle hits a bulldog and goes for the cover. Morrison hits a cheap shot on Hornswoggle as The Miz goes back to work. Miz humiliates Horny but Finlay comes in for the save. The referee brings Finlay back to his corner. Meanwhile, Horny is beat down in the champions’ corner. Finally Horny is able to fight off Miz and Morrison but when he goes for a tag he eats a double-teamed clothesline. Miz is in the ring with Hornswoggle. He kicks him into a corner. Miz miss-connects on a high flying move but tags in Morrison before Horny can tag in Finlay. Morrison fulls Finlay back towards his corner and slaps Hornswoggle in the face.
Morrison picks Horny up but he drops him and Finlay is tagged in. Beautiful powerslam by Finlay onto Morrison for a near fall. Finlay goes off the middle rope with a kick onto Morrison for another two count. Finlay lifts Morrison over his head and connects on a big slam. Miz for the save, Finlay takes him out. He picks Morrison up and hits his signature move. Horny goes up for the Tad Pole splash but Morrison grabs him by the throat and takes him to the mat. Horny was tagged in as the legal man as he was pinned by Morrison for the three count.
Winners – WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison to retain
United States Championship Match
The challenger, Chavo Guerrero is out first with Bam Neely. The United States Champion Matt Hardy comes out next to a pretty big pop. Mick Foley asks Jim Ross if he’s happy to be on SmackDown, JR says he is happy and Foley says that they are glad to have him. Despite this being a match with two ECW superstars, it looks like Foley and Ross are going to call it. The bell rings and the second title match of the night is underway. Bam Neely looks on from the outside as Chavo and Matt Hardy battle for opening control. Chavo hits the mat first after being whipped off the ropes. Basic sideheadlock takeover by Chavo onto Hardy. Hardy makes his way to his feet and hits a scoop slam followed by an elbow drop. Hardy gets a quick cover. Chavo battles back with right hands. He goes off the ropes but Hardy flips him over his shoulders.
Chavo goes to work on the leg of Matt Hardy, kicking the left knee. He goes to the outside with Hardy still on the inside, working on the leg of Hardy. Chavo slams Hardy’s knee off the steel ring post from the outside. He gets back in and Bam interferes on the outside. Chavo gets a cover for a quick count and goes right back to work on the left knee of Matt Hardy. The crowd is tremendously behind Hardy. The referee checks Matt for submission but he is able to break Chavo’s hold. Chavo goes back to work on his knee but the two exchange hard right hands. Chavo kicks out before the one count by Hardy but counters and gets a cover of his own. Chavo is systematically dissecting the left leg of Matt Hardy. He locks a submission hold and wrenches back. Chavo gets on the apron and slams Hardy down. Chavo to the top rope, he misses with a Swanton and ends up eating a Hardy clothesline.
Matt Hardy tries to mount some offense. He hits an elbow drop and gets another quick cover. Chavo counters with a European uppercut. Chavo and Matt both go for back slide. Neither connect but Hardy hits a side effect and gets a two count. Matt goes for his second rope elbow drop, he connects on Chavo. He gets another one count. Chavo sets Hardy up in the corner but Hardy hits an elbow. Hardy climbs the ropes but Chavo pulls him off and locks in a half nelson crab – a submission maneuver. Hardy gets to the ropes and hits a nice DDT on Chavo. He puts his arm over Chavo for a two count. Hardy pumps the crowd and goes for Twist of Fate. He doesn’t get it as Chavo takes him down and locks in the half Boston Crab once again. They’re in the middle of the ring! Out of desperation, Hardy gets his right hand on the ropes and hits a drop kick on Chavo. Both men are down. Chavo hits suplex on Hardy. He hits another but Hardy counters with a Twist of Fate. Hardy gets the three count.
Winner – United States Champion Matt Hardy to retain
ECW Championship Match
Mark Henry comes out first followed by Big Show. They are the challengers for this match as Kane will be defending in this triple-threat ECW Championship match. Kane is out last as he shoots the flames from the ring posts. Tony Chimmel gives the formal introductions. Big Show first, Mark Henry second, and ECW Champion Kane last. The bell rings and ECW Champion Kane hits Mark Henry and goes to work on Big Show. Henry ends up drilling Big Show in the corner. Kane goes to work on Henry.
Big Show takes Kane down and hits a headbutt. Big Show beats Kane into a corner with a boxing-type style. Big Show chops Kane but Kane fights back with right hands. Kane of the ropes, DDT’s Big Show with a counter. Quick cover by Kane after the snap DDT. Show throws Kane out of the ring. Mark Henry is on the outside where he checks on Kane but does not touch him. Looks like Kane might be hurt as Henry gets in the ring. Mark Henry and Big Show are in the ring as they trade lock-ups. This isn’t pretty. We have gotten word Kane is injured after bump outside of the ring. Big Show gives Mark Henry a slam inside the ring and the medical staff comes to ringside to work on Kane. Big Show kicks Mark Henry and works on him with Kane on the outside. Henry battles back with slow but precise right hands. Henry hits a clothesline on ‘The Show’ as Adamle just called him. Both men are down as Kane jumps off the top turnbuckle. He goes to work on Big Show.
Kane is limping but he seems determined to finish the match as he waved off medical attention on the outside. Kane throws Mark Henry into a vicious boot from Big Show. Kane and Big Show hit a double chokeslam on Henry. Big Show goes for the cover but Kane makes the save. Big Show and Kane battle it out in the ring as Big Show hits high kicks to the midsection of Kane but ends up eating a boot to the face and a spinning heel kick that takes him to the mat. Tazz sells Kane’s injury as Kane goes off the top rope into a Big Show chokeslam. One, two, Kane kicks out! Kane gets up but Big Show drives him into the corner. Big Show drops Kane with a back suplex. He gets another two count that Kane kicks out of. Big Show goes to the top rope but Kane suplexes him off the top. That was awesome. Out of nowhere Mark Henry hits a splash on Kane and gets the three count.
Winner and new ECW Champion, Mark Henry
WWE World Tag Team Championship Match
DiBiase picks up the mic and says that his partner just text messaged him and he says that he is 10 minutes away. DiBiase asks if they can just wait. Marty Elias says they can’t wait or he can just forfeit. DiBiase asks if they can start with him going solo. DiBiase doesn’t want to start against Cody but he wants Hardcore Holly. Cody hits a DDT on Hardcore Holly as soon as he tags him in. DiBiase announces Cody Rhodes as his partner. Cody tags in DiBiase. DiBiase applies the Million Dollar Dream on Holly and then gets the three count.
Winners and new WWE World Tag Team Champions, Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Looks like we’re about to solve another mystery as Chris Jericho comes out first with his IC Title. Chris Jericho says as the reigning IC Title he was told to come out here and that he would be defending his title against a surprise opponent. He says that he knows it’s not going to be HBK Shawn Michaels. Jericho tells the fans to chant it all they want but Shawn can’t be bothered with a 30 min-45 min flight from San Antonio because of a supposed eye injury. Jericho puts over how he has always worked hurt and he tells the fans that they don’t appreciate him. We’re shown a shot of Lance Cade at ringside. Kofi Kingston’s music cuts Chris Jericho off. He’s the challenger for the strap!
The bell rings and we’re underway. Lance Cade is at ringside. Kofi puts an unusual stance on and urges Jericho to lock up with him. Jericho backs Kofi into the turnbuckle. Kofi battles out. A couple of standing switches before Jericho gets Kofi down on the mat with a side headlock. Kofi gets back to his feet but Jericho goes off the ropes and sends Kofi down to the mat. Kofi eats one to the face as Jericho follows-up with another stiff boot. Jericho throws Kofi into the ropes but he stays in the ring. Kofi whips Jericho into the ropes, leap frogs him twice, as Jericho goes to the outside. Kofi hits a baseball slide on Jericho on the outside. Kofi hits a cross-body over the top rope to the outside. Kingston gets Jericho back in the ring, goes off the top rope with a cross-body lateral press for a two count. Beautiful. Kofi gets on the ropes for rights on Jericho but Jericho flips him to the outside. The fight is on the outside as Jericho spears Kingston into the side of the ring apron. Jericho roles Kofi back into the ring and kicks him in the kidneys. Lance Cade looks on.
Jericho dominates Kingston in the ring before belittling him with kicks. Jericho hits suplex on Kofi into the ring before hitting a backbreaker. Jericho locks in a back breaker submission. Kingston breaks the hold but Jericho goes off the ropes and hits his dropkick. Jericho drives his knee into the back of Kofi’s head. Kofi battles back but only for a moment as Jericho stretches Kofi out with an abdominal stretch. The referee checks Kingston for submission. Jericho wrenches back on the hold to apply more pressure. Kofi looks determined not to submit. He utilizes a hiptoss to break the hold. Jericho counters with a drop toe hold. Jericho stands on the back of Kofi’s traps. Jericho sets Kingston up on the top rope but Kingston battles out and lands on top of him. Near fall for Kingston onto Jericho. Kingston uses his arsenal of high-flying maneuvers. He goes for his signature maneuver but Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho. Kingston gets him in a roll-up and nearly gets the win. Kingston hits a leg drop and another near fall!
Hurricanrana from Kingston onto Jericho for another near fall. Jericho kicks Kofi in the ribs in retaliation. He hits a scoop slam and a Lion Sault. Jericho goes for Walls of Jericho. He locks it in, the referee checks for submission. Shawn Michaels is out, super kick on Lance Cade. He gets on the apron, Jericho knocks him off. Trouble in Paradise and Kingston is the new IC Champion!
Winner and new Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston
WWE Women’s Championship Match
WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James comes out first with her title. Next is Katie Lea Burchill with Paul. Jack Doan calls for the bell and we’re underway. Katie Lea gets a quick backslide and a couple of one counts. Michael Cole teases that Katie might be in Mickie’s head with two pinfall victories. They do some spots on the mat before Mickie gets a roll-up bridge for a one count. Mickie works over the challenger with her arsenal. Mickie goes to the top rope but Katie goes to the outside to regroup. Mickie jumps down and calls her back to the ring. Katie gets back in and gets a quick cover off a distraction from Paul Burchill. Big baseball slide in the ring from Mickie onto Katie Lea. Katie goes back to the outside. Back in quick as she hits an arm bar suplex. Katie stomps Mickie James who is on the mat. Mickie gets back to her feet only for Katie to mount more offense. Katie throws Mickie shoulder first into the turnbuckles, Mickie sells on the mat.
Paul Burchill screams from ringside as Katie gets a two count. Burchill tells Katie Lea to rip Mickie’s arm off as she applies an arm submission hold on the mat. Mickie gets back to her feet and takes out Katie Lea. She hammers away with right hands. Arm drag take down from Katie Lea to a quick one count. Katie attacks Mickie in the corner and throws her to the opposite. Mickie counters with a kick and a hurricanrana. Mickie hits a clothesline as she sells her left arm. Mickie gets a cover for a two count. She goes for her DDT but she ends up getting caught in a submission maneuver on her arm. Mickie tries to get out but Katie applies it again. They’ve lost the crowd as Katie Lea works on Mickie. She goes for a suplex and eats the tornado DDT. Three count from Mickie to retain.
Winner and still WWE Women’s Champion, Mickie James
World Heavyweight Championship Match
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Edge is out first with the title around his waist. Edge lifts his hands above his head inside the ring to a course of boos. Batista is out next and he is the challenger! The formal introductions are done by Justin Roberts. The bell rings and we’re underway. Batista sends Edge to the mat as Edge tells him to back off. Batista locks up with Edge as Edges gets his arm around Batista’s neck. Edge hits the mat. The crowd is heavily behind Batista as they lockup once again. Batista sends the champion to the outside. He follows but he’s going to have to chase him. Edge gets back in but Batista tries to drag him out. Edge goes for a drop kick on Batista, he misses and is brought back to the outside. Batista throws Edge off the security barrier on the outside before rolling him back in the ring. Quick cover by Batista. Edge takes a turnbuckle face first (a Bret Hart special) as Batista mounts some offense. He kicks Edge in the face. Batista picks Edge up and goes for a suplex. He lands a jackhammer and gets a two count!
Batista clotheslines Edge off the apron to the outside. Batista goes out after him, he roles him back in. Edge kicks Batista in the face and throws Batista off the apron onto the ring post. Batista sells on the outside. Edge hits the ropes and connects with a baseball slide on Batista on the outside into the announce table. Edge lifts his hands up inside the ring. Batista gets back in before the count of 10. Edge stomps away at The Animal. The crowd chants Batista with Edge in control. He applies a submission hold on Batista in the ropes for a count of 5. Edge connects again on Batista. Edge gets on the outside where he works on Batista. He gets on the apron and drops an elbow on the throat of Batista. Batista falls to the outside as Edge is back in the ring. Batista gets back in but Edge hits a drop toe hold. Edge goes off the ropes and lands a swinging neck breaker on Batista. Two count for the champion. Edge puts Batista in a sleep hold on the mat. The referee checks for submission. The crowd cheers Batista to his feet as the camera cuts to a wide shot of the sold out crowd. Batista backs Edge into the corner but he gets caught in another drop toe hold. Batista eats the center tunrbuckle. Edge follows his attack with right hands and kicks. Batista is down in the corner. Edge walks slowly to the challenger, picks him up, and hits a right hand. Edge slams Batista’s head off another turnbuckle. He follows with right hands. Batista counters with two right hands but eats a swinging neckbreaker.
Two count for Edge. He applies a submission hold on Batista on the mat. The referee checks for submission. The crowd cheers Batista back to his feet, he’s in a side headlock from Edge. Batista uses elbows to back Edge down. Batista picks him up but Edge counters out. Edge catches Batista in a Jack Brisco roll-up for a two count. Edge climbs to the top rope but he is greeted by a Batista right hand that sends him to the apron. Edge lands a shot on Batista but ends up eating a clothesline. Both men are down in the ring, start the double count out. Back to their feet, Batista buries his head into the midsection of Edge. Coast-to-coast with a clothesline before he hits a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Batista sends Edge off the ropes but eats a kick. Batista counters with a Spear and a two count. Edge is up, leaning against the ropes. He goes for a spear but Batista defends himself with a kick. Batista goes to the top rope but eats dropkick from Edge. Great spot.
Here comes Hawkins, Ryder, wheeling Vickie Guerrero to ringside. They shot at Edge from ringside as Edge goes for the spear again. Batista hits a Batista Bomb. He gets a two count but Vickie Guerrero pulls the referee out of the ring. Edge goes for the spear on Batista on interference but misses into the ring post. Here comes Hawkins, Ryder, wheeling Vickie Guerrero to ringside. They shot at Edge from ringside as Edge goes for the spear again. Batista hits a Batista Bomb. He gets a two count but Vickie Guerrero pulls the referee out of the ring. Edge goes for the spear on Batista on interference but misses into the ring post. Batista puts his hands on Vickie Guerrero and pulls her into the ring. Bam, Hawkins, Ryder, and Chavo urge him to stop. He throws her onto them on the outside. Edge catches Batista right between the eyes with the World Title. Chavo gets in and counts the three count.
Winner and still WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Edge
WWE Championship Match
Prior to the match, a really good video package airs on the WWE Championship. I have a weird feeling that they are going to put John Cena over – we’ll see. Cena comes out first. Here comes Hunter with the WWE Championship belt around his wait, water in hand. Lilian Garcia gives the formal introductions seems like a pretty anti Cena crowd. The bell rings and tonight’s main event is officially underway. They lockup as Hunter gets Cena in a headlock. Triple H goes off the ropes and mows down Cena. Hunter applies another headlock on Cena but Cena whips him off the ropes. Hunter counters but going over him. Hip toss from Hunter onto Cena. He gives him a DX crotch chop. The match comes to a sudden pause as they are starting out slow. They lockup again as Hunter applies another headlock on Cena. He counters out with his strength. Cena locks Hunter in a headlock of his own. He brings Triple H to his knees.
Triple H sends Cena off the ropes but he counters with a big clothesline. Hunter is on the mat as Cena waits for him to get back to his feet. Cena taunts Hunter. John Cena hammers away on the WWE Champion. He whips Hunter into the corner and delivers a fisherman’s suplex. He gets a two cout. Triple H sends Cena off the ropes again but Cena knocks him down. Cena miss-connects on another maneuver and goes to the outside. The Cerebral Assassin goes to the outside and connects a maneuver on Cena before getting back in the ring. Hunter stomps his knee to the spine of Cena. Triple H connects on a suplex on Cena clearly in control. Cena drops an elbow to the kidneys of Cena. He hits another. Cena sells a hard turnbuckle as he falls face first on the mat. Hunter stands over him, looking down. Triple H whips Cena coast-to-coast and gets a two count. Triple H gets Cena to his feet and bangs his head off the turnbuckle. Triple H hits with right hands, Cena battles back in retaliation. Cena throws Hunter into the turnbuckles but The Game gets his feet up. Triple H goes off the ropes but Cena counters and takes him to the mat. Cena looks to build momentum.
Big suplex from Cena onto Hunter. He teases 5 Knuckle Shuffle but he takes too long. Cena hits a right hand but ends up eating a knee to the face off after going off the ropes. Cena whips Triple H off the ropes but Hunter counters with a face crusher. Pedigree attempt but Cena had a very good sequence to counter. Cena goes to the top rope with Hunter in the middle of the ring. He goes for a leg drop but it looked like he botched it. Suplex from Cena onto Hunter. The crowd reaction is mixed for the challenger. He teases 5 Knuckle Shuffle but takes forever. Hunter gets up and kicks him in the face with a knee lift. Spinebuster from Hunter onto Cena. Hunter waits for Cena to get to his feet, kick, and here comes the Pedigree. Cena counters and sends Triple H all the way to the outside. Hunter sells the knee as the referee goes to check on him.
Mike Chioda starts the count out but Cena breaks it by going to the outside with a chop block. Cena drops Hunter outside on the ring stairs. Cena works on the leg of Triple H from the outside. Cena gets back in, preparing his next spot. Cena goes back to the outside to work on Triple H’s leg. He gets back in and goes for the STFU but Triple H goes to the ropes. Cena hits another chop block on the ‘injured’ knee of Hunter. Cena goes for the STFU, Hunter fights it off. Cena gets it half way locked in but Triple H battles to the ropes. The hold is broke. Cena gets Hunter up for the FU, Triple H counters and hits the Pedigree but Triple H sells his knee. 1, 2, Cena kicks out. Triple H goes back to selling the knee. The double count out is on as Chioda is up to 8 before any movement. Finally both men get back to their feet. FU from Cena onto Hunter. 1, 2, Hunter kicks out.
Both men are down again, Chioda starts another double count out. At eight Cena is back to his feet, so is Hunter but he’s selling the knee. They exchange right hands. Hunter backs Cena down with rights but they continue to exchange them. The crowd is eating out of the palm of their hands. Cena out of nowhere hits a tremendous suplex type slam. Cena goes for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle, he connects. Cena goes for the FU but Triple H hangs on . Triple H kicks Cena, goes for the FU but Cena counters and gets the STFU locked in. Chioda checks for submission. They’re in the middle of the ring…
Hunter nearly makes it to the ropes but Cena pulls him away and goes for it again. Hunter counters and applies the cross-face. The crowd is unglued and this is one for the books. Hunter wrenches back on the cross-face. Cena appears to be fading but somehow he makes it to his feet, Cena’s got him up for the FU. Hunter battles out with elbows, he hits the Pedigree. Three count and Hunter retains.
Winner and still WWE Champion, Triple H
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