Revenge, title defenses and dropkicks to the mouth await fans tuning into Night of Champions 2013.
Starting at 8 ET/5 PT on Sept. 15, WWE's champions fend off challengers in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. With two of the company's biggest stars (John Cena and Sheamus) out with injury, this is Daniel Bryan's time to prove that his last time in the main event was no fluke.
The Shield awaits a pair of foes to emerge from a gauntlet match, Rob Van Dam pursues the World Heavyweight Championship and CM Punk is out for blood in perhaps the last chapter of his feud with Paul Heyman.
For those us not lucky enough to have tickets, there are a myriad of ways to watch the action.
Live Stream Info
Legal live stream options include watching Night of Champions on your Samsung Smart TVs and XBOX Live. For fans wanting to see Orton, Punk and company via Google Play, Amazon app store or similar programs, be sure to check out WWE's "how to watch" section.
As always, fans can order the pay-per-view on WWE.com as well.
For the same price ($44.99) as ordering from your local company, WWE heads can stream the show on their mobile devices through the WWE App. If you don't know how to download it, I'm sure Michael Cole would be willing to show you how.
Five teams vie for a shot at The Shield and their tag team titles on the pre-show which begins at 7:30 ET/4:30 PT.
The Prime Time Players, 3MB, Tons of Funk, The Usos and The Real Americans will all battle in a Tag Team Turmoil match. The gauntlet-style match will have one pair of teams face off and as soon as one team is eliminated, another will replace it.
Tons of Funk and 3MB represent the biggest long shots as they normally serve as comic relief.
The Prime Time Players are the favorites as Darren Young and Titus O'Neil have compiled the most wins in the last few weeks. Whoever wins will likely be drained and head into their title match at a disadvantage.
The Shield will be fresher, awaiting them with their claws unsheathed.
- Naomi vs. Brie Bella vs. Natalya vs. AJ Lee (Divas Championship)
- Turmoil match winner vs. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins (WWE Tag Team Championship)
AJ has recently said that none of the women on Total Divas deserves her divas title. Three of them get a shot to prove her wrong on Sunday.
The champ will be outnumbered as she walks into her a Fatal 4-Way match with a target painted on her back.
Once the pre-show is over, The Shield will know who their challengers are.
None of the teams are likely to dethrone Reigns and Rollins, but expect a good match, especially if The Usos win.
Dean Ambrose has yet to be announced for a match, but don't be surprised if he defends the United States Championship. His most likely opponent is the man he attacked from behind in recent weeks—Dolph Ziggler.
- CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman (Handicap Elimination match)
- Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship)
- Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship)
Assuming Curtis Axel doesn't defend IC title at Night of Champions, this will be the 1st time an active title is not defended at that PPV.— Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) September 11, 2013
Axel won't be defending his intercontinental title in his match against Punk; it's strictly a personal bout.
Heyman betrayed his longtime friend by sending Brock Lesnar after him and later crashing Punk's head against a ladder. That rivalry has turned violent and disturbing as Heyman has been at his vile best.
Should Punk defeat Axel, he then gets to face Heyman, which will be akin to a tiger battling a canary.
Del Rio defends his title against Van Dam who has impressed since returning at Money in the Bank. Van Dam has had excellent matches with Chris Jericho, Orton and Del Rio himself in the past few months.
He gets a shot at the world title and to add to the his already impressive collection of championships on his resume.
The biggest story of the night centers around the WWE title.
Triple H has done everything in his power to keep Bryan from winning that belt. Bryan gets his shot against Orton, but he will likely have to deal with outside interference from Triple H, The Shield and perhaps Big Show.
It has all the makings of a great match with emotion, high stakes and two stellar performers. Will the goat-faced one be able to take back the championship he held oh so briefly or will Orton remain the champ?
After such a thrilling SummerSlam, for Night of Champions to top that event is going to take a major upset.