The WWE Night of Champions 2013 results and winners were decided on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. While there were plenty of championships on the line, fans who didn't order the pay-per-view are probably still wondering who won the matches at the latest event. For the most part, the latest pro wrestling show held little in the way of surprises, although there were a few here or there, including two new matches made, and a couple extra stipulations added in to some of the bouts.
According to Wrestling Inc. on their Sept. 15 report, the first match of the night happened on WWE's live stream pre-show and saw five tag teams compete in a "Tag Team Turmoil" match. It was a gauntlet-style match, and although Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro got through two of the tag teams, ultimately the Primetime Players won it, gaining a spot on the main card in a tag team title match against The Shield. During the pay-per-view itself, an early match was booked on the show by Triple H with Curtis Axel being forced to defend the Intercontinental title against Kofi Kingston. Axel was successful in his defense, winning via pinfall, but would have to fight again later in the show.
A.J. Lee was also successful in defending her Divas championship in the Fatal 4-Way match. She outsmarted Natalya in the end to put the Black Widow submission on her, making Natty tap out. In another title situation, Alberto Del Rio was disqualified when he kept his cross armbreaker submission applied on Rob Van Dam past the referee's five count. That meant Del Rio got to keep the World Heavyweight title, but he received a post match dropkicked steel chair into him from RVD who flew across the ring from the opposite corner.
The Miz and Fandango locked up in an impromptu match with Miz grabbing the win via his Figure Four leglock. Also, CM Punk was able to take care of business against Curtis Axel in the 2-on-1 elimination handicap match. It had been noted earlier that the match would be no disqualification, meaning weapons were legal. Those included kendo sticks, steel chairs and other devices. When Punk finally got his hands on Paul Heyman, and was giving him the beatdown he deserved, Ryback came running in out of nowhere to throw Punk through a table and roll Heyman on top of him for the win.
Also victorious at the pay-per-view were all three members of The Shield. First up, Dean Ambrose was able to hold onto the US Championship against Dolph Ziggler, dodging a late splash attempt in the corner. Ambrose hit his finisher to collect the pinfall victory, then celebrated with Rollins and Reigns right before their match. The tag team champs were victorious over Darren Young and Titus O'Neil due to some late confusion in the ring causing a distraction to the referee. A spear from Reigns on Titus with the ref's attention diverted, allowed Seth Rollins to collect the pinfall.
The main event match featured Randy Orton defending the WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan. A stipulation had been added by COO Triple H at the start of the pay-per-view that there would be no outside interference during the match from The Shield, Big Show, or anyone else. The match saw the original referee get knocked down accidentally after Bryan blocked an RKO and dropkicked Orton. With that ref knocked out of the ring, another ref was sent down to officiate. Bryan was able to gain momentum, eventually hitting a flying headbutt. Bryan went for a series of kicks and a roundhouse, but Ortok blocked that and tossed Bryan backwards. However, moments later, Bryan was able to connect on a flying kick to the head on Orton to collect the surprising pinfall win and the WWE title. Of course now fans will have to wonder what sort of trickery or ruling will take place on Monday's episode of Raw involving this surprising change of the WWE title.
The 2013 WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view was shown on cable or satellite TV and live stream feed through WWE's website on Sunday night.