WWE Night of Champions 2013 Results: 5 Losers Who Won Big

Anthony Mango@ToeKneeManGoFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2013

WWE Night of Champions 2013 Results: 5 Losers Who Won Big

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    At a quick glance, it would appear as though the only winners that came out of Night of Champions were people like Daniel Bryan, The Shield and AJ Lee.

    Though they were indeed victorious, that does not necessarily mean that nobody else left the pay-per-view looking good.

    While they may not have won their matches on paper, several other wrestlers were able to gain something positive out of being on the card for this event.

    Winning is not always about titles and championships, even at Night of Champions.

    The following people stood out in some significant way that will pay off in their futures, winning in a big way despite having officially lost their matches.

Kofi Kingston

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    Kofi Kingston had the unfortunate honor of being the first person to lose at Night of Champions, but the very idea that he was even on the card is a win.

    Beforehand, Kingston was just another name in the list of people that had no presence on the pay-per-view.

    What is a better situation: just barely losing in a title match on an event or being in the position that someone like Wade Barrett is in, sitting at home doing nothing?

    Simply by having a match, Kingston has been put back into the mix and is not on the sidelines to the same degree he was earlier on in the week.

    Getting that close to winning the Intercontinental Championship, on top of that, means Kingston might be a name WWE is considering for a future title reign as well.


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    Natalya is almost always stuck in a "close but no cigar" situation in WWE, isn't she?

    Whenever things are going well for her, they soon fizzle out and she's left back at square one.

    While tonight was not her night, and she indeed lost her match by submitting to AJ Lee, Natalya also ended up looking the strongest out of all the other Divas.

    Because of that, if there is one of them to move on and have a singles feud with AJ over the Divas Championship, it's more than likely going to be Natalya, not Naomi or Brie Bella.

    Natalya also had a feat of strength moment with her Sharpshooter on both Naomi and Brie right before losing to AJ to aid in the transition and prevent her from looking too bad.

    Even though Natalya did not leave with the Divas Championship, she left as the woman best suited to get another shot, which is better than what she normally gets.

Curtis Axel

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    Curtis Axel may have lost his match against CM Punk later on in the evening, but Night of Champions was a big step up for his career if you look at the bigger picture.

    Earlier on, to start off the show, Axel was successful in defending his Intercontinental Championship against Kofi Kingston.

    He also was featured in a promo with the biggest character in the company right now, Triple H, where he received some more time to work on his microphone skills.

    For someone who didn't wrestle at all at SummerSlam and was left off the card, Axel was all over Night of Champions and featured prominently.

    One loss, wherein he still didn't look like a complete loser that couldn't match up to Punk, is completely outweighed by all the positives that Axel walked away with.

CM Punk

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    CM Punk has a blemish on his career, now that he's lost a match to Paul Heyman.

    However, he only lost that match because of interference from Ryback—someone whom WWE has used as a beast in the past.

    Losing because a fresh monster like Ryback came in and attacked you is nothing of the burial sort, so anyone who is afraid that Punk is in the doghouse should think twice.

    In the process of nearly winning this match, Punk was also able to get his hands on Heyman and exact some revenge. There's a good chance this feud is over with and Punk can move on to something new, which should be beneficial, as this program with Heyman has run its course and become repetitive. Ending it sooner than later will only help Punk in the long run.

Prime Time Players

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    The Prime Time Players were making million dollar moves in the pre-show, where they were victorious, but they were unable to cash in and win the gold when push came to shove.

    Now more than ever, The Prime Time Players have a proper claim to being potential WWE tag team champions.

    Although The Shield retained the titles, Darren Young and Titus O'Neil looked as though they were almost equals to Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, balancing out the speed and strength rather well.

    Instead of continuing to wrestle only on Main Event and against 3MB, after Night of Champions The Prime Time Players can now go into matches with The Shield and have some credibility behind them to make the matches more valid.

    Do you think any other losers were able to gain something out of Night of Champions?

    Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

    Anthony Mango is the owner-operator of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment as well as the host of its YouTube podcast show Smack Talk. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.