WWE Night of Champions

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WWE Night of Champions
The WWE Night of Champions logo
WWE Night of Champions logo used from 2014–2015
Other name(s)Vengeance: Night of Champions
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (2007–2010)
SmackDown (2007–2010)
ECW (2007–2009)
First eventVengeance: Night of Champions
Last event2015
Event gimmickAll active championships on WWE's main roster were defended

WWE Night of Champions was a professional wrestling event produced by WWE, a Connecticut-based professional wrestling promotion. It aired live and was available only through pay-per-view (PPV) and the WWE Network. The inaugural event took place on June 24, 2007, and was a crossover with Vengeance. In 2008, Vengeance was dropped in favor of Night of Champions and it took over the June PPV slot. The concept of Night of Champions was that every championship promoted on WWE's main roster from 2007 to 2015 was defended. In 2016, Night of Champions was replaced on the PPV schedule by the similarly themed Clash of Champions.

History[edit]

Night of Champions was a pay-per-view (PPV) event consisting of a main event and undercard that prominently featured championship matches. It was produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE; the "WWE" acronym became an orphaned initialism for the promotion in 2011).[1] The inaugural event took place on June 24, 2007, under the name Vengeance: Night of Champions at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and aired live on PPV—this was a crossover event with Vengeance, which was discontinued in 2008 in favor of Night of Champions (though Vengeance returned as a one-off event in 2011 and again in 2021).[2] In the nine editions of Night of Champions, the WWE Championship was defended in the main event seven times (the last two of which it was known as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship),[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] with the now-defunct World Heavyweight Championship defended in the main event once,[9] and in 2011, the main event was a non-championship match.[10] In 2014, Night of Champions became available on WWE's online streaming service, the WWE Network, in addition to traditional PPV.[7] In 2016, Night of Champions was replaced on the PPV schedule by the similarly themed Clash of Champions.[11][12]

Concept[edit]

The concept of Night of Champions was that every championship promoted on WWE's main roster from 2007 to 2015 was defended.[11] Originally, the theme was that every active championship promoted by WWE was defended, but after the establishment of NXT as the promotion's developmental territory in 2012, which introduced its own set of championships, the theme from 2012 onwards was that only WWE's main roster championships were defended.[5][6][7][8] 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;[10] after the final title unification in December 2013, WWE had just five titles on their main roster through the 2015 event.[7][8] In total, 10 different WWE championships were defended at the pay-per-view over its nine events.

All WWE championships that were defended at Night of Champions
Year WWE World
Heavyweight
ECW Intercontinental United States World
Tag Team
WWE
Tag Team
Women's Divas Cruiserweight
2007[2] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
2008[3] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
2009[9] 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[10] Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2012[5] Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2013[6] 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[8] Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Notes
  • The 2007 event, which was titled Vengeance: Night of Champions, was the only Night of Champions event to feature the original WWE Cruiserweight Championship, as the title was deactivated in September that same year.[2]
  • The WWE Divas Championship was established shortly after the 2008 event.[9] At the 2010 event, the original WWE Women's Championship was unified into the Divas Championship, thus retiring the Women's Championship in favor of continuing the Divas Championship, which very briefly became known as the Unified WWE Divas Championship.[4]
  • In 2009, the World Tag Team Championship and WWE Tag Team Championship were unified as the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, but remained independently active until the World Tag Team Championship was decommissioned just before the 2010 event in favor of continuing the WWE Tag Team Championship, which dropped the "unified" moniker.[4]
  • In February 2010, the ECW brand was disbanded, deactivating the ECW Championship along with it.[4]
  • In December 2013, the World Heavyweight Championship was unified into the WWE Championship, retiring the World Heavyweight Championship while the WWE Championship became known as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.[7]

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 [13][2][14]
2 Night of Champions (2008) June 29, 2008 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center Triple H (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship [15][3]
3 Night of Champions (2009) July 26, 2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center CM Punk (c) vs. Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship [9]
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 [10]
6 Night of Champions (2012) September 16, 2012 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship [5]
7 Night of Champions (2013) September 15, 2013 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena Randy Orton (c) vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship [6]
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 [8]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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