WWE Night of Champions

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WWE Night of Champions
The WWE Night of Champions logo
WWE Night of Champions logo used as of 2023
PromotionWWE
BrandsRaw (2007–2010, 2023–present)
SmackDown (2007–2010, 2023–present)
ECW (2007–2009)
Other nameVengeance: Night of Champions (2007)
First eventVengeance: Night of Champions (2007)
Event gimmickChampionship matches

WWE Night of Champions is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) and livestreaming event produced by WWE, a Connecticut-based professional wrestling promotion. The inaugural event took place in June 2007 and was a crossover with Vengeance titled Vengeance: Night of Champions. In 2008, Vengeance was dropped in favor of Night of Champions and it took over the June PPV slot. The event then moved to July in 2009 before becoming the annual September PPV beginning in 2010. The original concept of Night of Champions was that every championship promoted on WWE's main roster was contested. In 2016, Night of Champions was replaced by the similarly themed Clash of Champions which was discontinued after its final use in 2020. After eight years, Night of Champions was revived to be held in May 2023 as WWE's ninth event in Saudi Arabia. Although the 2023 event was based around championship matches, not all of WWE's main roster championships were contested.

To coincide with the original WWE brand extension (2002–2011), the events from 2007 to 2010 featured wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands. The events from 2007 to 2009 also featured the ECW brand before that brand was dissolved in early 2010. During the first brand extension, these three brands were considered WWE's main roster. The brand extension ended in August 2011, but was reinstated in July 2016 with Raw and SmackDown again representing the main roster.

Under the event's original concept (2007–2015), 10 different WWE championships were contested at Night of Champions. Only four of these 10 championships were contested at every event during this time. These were the WWE Championship (called the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the 2014 and 2015 events), the WWE Intercontinental Championship, the WWE United States Championship, and the WWE Tag Team Championship, the latter of which was renamed to Raw Tag Team Championship in 2016 to coincide with the second brand extension that began that year. Although the 2023 event did not retain this original concept, four newer championships were contested, bringing the total number of different championships contested at Night of Champions to 14, and in turn making the Intercontinental and Raw Tag Team Championship the only two titles defended at every event thus far—the reigning WWE Champion competed at the event but instead of defending the title, he challenged for the tag team championship.

History[edit]

On June 24, 2007, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) held its annual Vengeance pay-per-view (PPV) under the title Vengeance: Night of Champions. As per its subtitle, all of WWE's championships at the time were contested at the event.[1] The following June, Vengeance was dropped in favor of Night of Champions, which subsequently became an annual PPV and continued the championship theme.[2] The event was then moved to July in 2009[3] before becoming the annual September PPV beginning in 2010.[4] To coincide with the WWE brand extension, the events from 2007 to 2009 featured wrestlers from the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands.[1][2][3] ECW was disbanded in early 2010, thus the 2010 event just featured Raw and SmackDown[4] before the first brand split was dissolved in August 2011.[5]

In April 2011, the "WWE" acronym became an orphaned initialism.[6] In February 2014, WWE launched its livestreaming service, the WWE Network, with Night of Champions becoming available on the service in addition to traditional PPV.[7] In 2016, after the reintroduction of the brand split between Raw and SmackDown, Night of Champions was replaced on the PPV schedule by the similarly themed Clash of Champions.[8][9]

In March 2023, WWE announced that they would be reviving the King of the Ring event, but rebranded as "King and Queen of the Ring", which would also replace the Hell in a Cell event. However, on April 13, it was revealed that WWE decided to scrap that revival and would instead hold Night of Champions, thus reviving the Night of Champions event. According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, this was a creative choice to revive and bring Night of Champions to an international market.[10] It was also reported that the change was to please business partners in Saudi Arabia and add intrigue to the show with the crowning of a new world champion.[11] The event was scheduled for Saturday, May 27, 2023, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as the ninth event WWE held in Saudi Arabia in support of Saudi Vision 2030 under a partnership that began in 2018. This was also the first Night of Champions to livestream on Peacock in the United States due to the American version of the WWE Network merging under Peacock in March 2021. This was subsequently the first Night of Champions to be held in Saudi Arabia, the first held on a Saturday, and the first held in May.[12]

Concept[edit]

The original concept of Night of Champions was that every championship promoted on WWE's main roster was contested.[8] This distinction of main roster championships came in 2012 after the establishment of NXT that year as the promotion's developmental territory, which introduced its own set of championships.[13][14][7][15] In 2010,[4] non-title matches began to be included on the card as less championships became available due to WWE unifying several titles that eventually led to the dissolution of the first brand extension in August 2011;[5] after the final title unification in December 2013, WWE had just five titles on the main roster through the 2015 event.[7][15]

With the revival of the event in 2023, this concept was not retained, as the WWE Championship, WWE Universal Championship, WWE United States Championship, and WWE Women's Tag Team Championship were not defended. WWE Champion Roman Reigns, who holds the title together with the Universal Championship as the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, competed at the event, but instead of defending his undisputed championship, he challenged for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship, the umbrella term for the Raw Tag Team Championship (formerly WWE Tag Team) and SmackDown Tag Team Championship being held and defended together. The 2023 event instead was a celebration for the crowning of a new World Heavyweight Champion as well as marking the 1,000th day for Reigns as Universal Champion. The event also saw the Raw Women's Championship and SmackDown Women's Championship defended. These two titles, as well as the Universal, SmackDown Tag, and Women's Tag, were introduced during the second brand split that began in 2016.

The following table shows all championships that were contested at Night of Champions under its original concept from 2007 to 2015. In total, 10 different WWE championships were contested during these years. Although the 2023 event did not retain the original concept, it raised the total number of different championships defended at Night of Champions to 14.

All WWE championships that were contested at Night of Champions from 2007 to 2015.
Year WWE World
Heavyweight (original)
ECW Intercontinental United States World
Tag Team
WWE
Tag Team
Women's Divas Cruiserweight
2007[1] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
2008[2] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
2009[3] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
2010[4] Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
2011[5] Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2012[13] Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2013[14] Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2014[7] Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2015[15] Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Notes

Events[edit]

# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 Vengeance: Night of Champions June 24, 2007 Houston, Texas Toyota Center John Cena (c) vs. Mick Foley vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Randy Orton vs. King Booker in a Five-Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship [16][1][17]
2 Night of Champions (2008) June 29, 2008 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center Triple H (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship [18][2]
3 Night of Champions (2009) July 26, 2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center CM Punk (c) vs. Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship [3]
4 Night of Champions (2010) September 19, 2010 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena Sheamus (c) vs. Wade Barrett vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Randy Orton vs. John Cena in a Six-Pack Elimination Match for the WWE Championship [4]
5 Night of Champions (2011) September 18, 2011 Buffalo, New York First Niagara Center Triple H vs. CM Punk in a No Disqualification match [5]
6 Night of Champions (2012) September 16, 2012 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship [13]
7 Night of Champions (2013) September 15, 2013 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena Randy Orton (c) vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship [14]
8 Night of Champions (2014) September 21, 2014 Nashville, Tennessee Bridgestone Arena Brock Lesnar (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship [7]
9 Night of Champions (2015) September 20, 2015 Houston, Texas Toyota Center Seth Rollins (c) vs. Sting for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship [15]
10 Night of Champions (2023) May 27, 2023 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Jeddah Super Dome Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (c) vs The Bloodline (Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa) for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship [12]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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