WWE returns to pay per view on Sunday night, with "Night of "Champions." Headlining the card will be a WWE Championship match, and a very personal war involving two former best friends. Here's the final preview for tonight's event.
Before the actual pay per view gets started, WWE will host the "Night of Champions Kickoff" on their group of social media networks. The feature match on the kickoff show will be a Tag Team Turmoil match, where the winners will get a shot at the WWE Tag Team Titles later in the night. All the top teams in WWE will be involved as The Prime Time Players will battle The Usos, Tons of Funk, The Real Americans, and 3MB in a gauntlet-style match. It's a unique match, where two teams will start off until one is eliminated. Then another team will take their place, and that cycle will continue until only one team remains. That team will then go on to face Shield members Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns on the "Night of Champions" card for the WWE Tag Team Titles.
Speaking of The Shield, frontman Dean Ambrose will be in action as he defends the United States Championship against Dolph Ziggler. In recent weeks, Ziggler has found himself on the wrong end of the wrath of Triple H. However he received a huge chance from "SmackDown" GM Vickie Guerrero that if he could be Ambrose in a one-on-one match, he would get a title shot at the pay per view. After the Shield interfered in the match, Ziggler was declared victorious by disqualification and was in place for his shot at the title. Can The Showoff recapture gold, or will Ambrose and The Shield emerge on top?
The WWE Divas get in on the action at "Night of Champions," as current Divas Champion AJ Lee will defend her title against Natalya, Brie Bella, and Naomi in a Fatal 4-Way match. Over the last few weeks, the champion has been extremely critical of the Divas division, berating every other female on the active roster. Will AJ continue her dominance over the division, or will one of the other ladies make her eat her words and walk away with the gold?
Since winning the World Heavyweight Championship earlier this year, Alberto Del Rio has kicked manager Ricardo Rodriguez to the curb and dialed up an already aggressive mean streak. In fact, Rodriguez has since joined forces with Rob Van Dam, who will challenge Del Rio for the gold on Sunday night. Since RVD's return at "Money In The Bank," the high-flying superstar has been locked in a feud with the Mexican aristocrat and will look to have a championship homecoming and win the gold in Detroit.
Former WWE Champion CM Punk is well-known for being the center of controversy around the company. From delivering pipe bombs to now being engulfed in a personal war with former best friend Paul Heyman, Punk has been nothing short of captivating to watch. But now he faces a big challenge on Sunday, as he will finally get Heyman in the ring as part of a 2-on-1 handicap match along with Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel. Heyman has tried to figure out ways to back out of the match, but "Raw" GM Brad Maddox warned that Heyman would be gone if he tried to continue those efforts. Punk will be by himself in this match, but his main focus will likely be on disposing of Axel early so he can take out a load o frustration on Heyman. This would has the making of a bitter and ugly encounter.
And while we're on the subject of bitter and potentially ugly confrontations, that brings us to the main event. WWE Champion Randy Orton will defend the gold against former champion Daniel Bryan. As you may remember, Bryan shocked the world last month and defeated John Cena to become WWE Champion. However minutes after his hand was raised, Orton cashed in his newly won Money In The Bank briefcase with the help of Triple H. Orton walked out of the ring as the new champion, and began a reign of terror that has affected the entire locker room. At "Night of Champions," Bryan has vowed to regain the championship and become the "face of the WWE." But it won't be easy, and you can almost bet that Triple H will have something up his sleeve to ensure that Orton remains champion.
Don't forget, the "Night of Champions Kickoff" begins 30 minutes prior to the show. You can stream it for free on WWE's website as well as their YouTube page. The pay per view itself is scheduled to kick off at 7:00 P.M. Central.