This Night of Champions main-event match was over two years in the making. At WrestleMania 22, John Cena defeated Triple H via submission to win the WWE Championship. Cena was looking to repeat history by winning the title from "The Game" once again.
Cena and Triple H had both been challenging for the championship throughout the year. Triple H would become WWE Champion by defeating Randy Orton, Cena and JBL in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match at Backlash.
On the June 2 edition of Monday Night Raw, Cena defeated Jeff Hardy to become the No. 1 contender for Triple H's WWE Championship at Night of Champions.
Triple H vs. John Cena at Night of Champions 2008 was built up as a sort of epic rematch from WrestleMania 22. It didn't disappoint.
Cena and Hunter put together an amazing match. They went back and fourth for 20 minutes. In an effort to repeat history by making Triple H tap out to the STF, Cena focused his attacks on Triple H's leg.
The match had convincing near falls from both men. Triple H kicked out of the FU and Cena kicked out of the Pedigree.
The finish saw the "Cerebral Assassin" counter an STF attempt into a Crossface. Instead of submitting, Cena stood up while still locked in the hold and attempted to put away Triple H with another FU. Triple H escaped and hit a final Pedigree to pick up the pinfall victory.
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