The 3rd annual WWE Night of Champions came to you, live on pay-per-view, from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA. Every title would be defended and every match would be a title match.
Quick Match Results
- Unified Tag Team Championship: Big Show & Chris Jericho (c) def. Legacy by Ted DiBiase submitting to Big Show’s Colossal Clutch; Big Show & Chris Jericho (c) retain.
- ECW Championship: Christian def. Tommy Dreamer (c) by pin following the Killswitch to win the ECW Title!
- United States Championship: 6-Pack Challenge: Kofi Kingston (c) def. MVP, Jack Swagger, The Miz, Primo, & Carlito by pinning Carlito following Trouble In Paradise to retain.
- Women’s Championship: Michelle McCool (c) def. Melina by counter roll-up to retain.
- WWE Championship: Triple Threat: Randy Orton (c) (with Legacy) def. Triple H & John Cena by pinning John Cena following the RKO to retain.
- Diva’s Championship: Mickie James def. Maryse (c) by pin following the Mickie-T to win the Diva’s Title!
- Intercontinental Championship: Rey Mysterio (c) def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following the 619NS to retain.
- World Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Hardy def. CM Punk (c) by pin following the Swanton Bomb to win the World Heavyweight Title!
- World Heavyweight Championship
- WWE Championship
- Intercontinental Championship
- ECW Championship
- Unified Tag Team Championship
- United States Championship
- Diva’s Championship
- Women’s Championship
The show kicked off with a match for the Unified Tag Team Titles, but Chris Jericho would first have to select a partner to replace the injured Edge as the other half of the Unified Tag Team Champions. Before he made the big announcement, Jericho called his former partner, Edge, "selfish" and that his new partner was "worthy" of holding the gold with him. Jericho then revealed that his new tag team partner would be the biggest option he had to choose from as it was none other than "The World’s Largest Athlete" Big Show! This new team was quickly put to the test as they defended the Unified Tag Team Titles against the tightly knit team of Legacy. Legacy put up a good fight against this unholy alliance, but the cunning of Chris Jericho and the sheer size and strength of Big Show was too much for Legacy to handle and "The World’s Largest Athlete" ended the match by forcing Ted DiBiase to submit to the Colossal Clutch! Can anyone even come close to stopping the unreal team of Big Show & Chris Jericho?
World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk made an early appearance before his title defense later that night against Jeff Hardy. Punk asked the fans in attendance if they still supported Jeff after Punk’s recent pleas to the fans. After the fans gave their audible loyalty to Jeff Hardy, CM Punk asked the Jeff Hardy fans to stand up. "The Straightedge Superstar" then states that he blames the "parent" for allowing their children to look up to Jeff Hardy. CM Punk alleges that the Jeff Hardy fan base are from a single-parent home and that the parent gives their kids whatever they want to make up for the divorce of their parents. CM Punk then calls the fans "enablers" and states that being a fan of Jeff Hardy will lead to drug and alcohol abuse. CM Punk then implores the fans in attendance to "just say yes" to the straightedge lifestyle and to "just say yes" to him being the World Heavyweight Champion.
In the birthplace of the original ECW, Tommy Dreamer would return to Philadelphia to defend his ECW Championship against Christian. However, Christian would prove to be the better man on this night as "Captain Charisma" hit the Killswitch on the "ECW Original" to claim his second ECW Championship! After the match, Christian & Tommy Dreamer renewed their friendship with an embrace, followed by former champion Tommy Dreamer raising the hand of the new champion Christian. What challenges await Christian now that he is, once again, the ECW Champion?
Backstage, Unified Tag Team Champions Big Show & Chris Jericho state that they will be the "best team ever". Jericho then "thanks" Edge for making the new team possible.
Then it was time for the United States Championship to be decided in a 6-Pack Challenge as Kofi Kingston faced the seemingly impossible task of defending his United States Title against five different opponents that will all be in the ring at the same time. Before the match began, we learned that Primo would be replacing Big Show in the match. With Primo & Carlito in the same ring, things were bound to get interesting and they did. Carlito managed to convince Primo to help him eliminate the opposition, but when Primo turned his back on his older brother, Carlito hit the Back Stabber on Primo! MVP, Jack Swagger, The Miz, Primo, & Carlito scrambled and fought to try and win the United States Championship, but in the end, it was a timely delivery of Trouble In Paradise that secured the win for Kofi Kingston. Kofi Kingston has battled through a Triple Threat match, a Fatal 4-Way match, and now a 6-Pack Challenge to hang on to the United States Title. Who can take the championship away from "The Jamaican Sensation"?
The Women’s Title was also up for grabs as Michelle McCool made a successful title defense against the former champion, Melina. Will Melina get another shot at the title or will another SmackDown Diva step and challenge the champion?
Then it was time for the WWE Championship to be decided in a Triple Threat Match as "The Viper" Randy Orton defended the prestigious championship against former champions, John Cena & "The Game" Triple H. All three men fought in and out of the ring and gave it their all, but the controversial end of the match came when Triple H locked in a Sharpshooter on Randy Orton. With Orton locked in the Sharpshooter being administered by "The Game", Cena saw the opportunity to lock in his STF on Orton, as well. This left a major decision for the referee to make as Randy Orton tapped out frantically. With both Triple H & John Cena forcing Randy Orton to submit, the referee could not make a decision as to who would win the fall. However, Legacy would negate the decision as they attacked both Triple H & John Cena. Triple H & Ted DiBiase fought to the outside while John Cena & Cody Rhodes did battle in the ring. Cena was able to fight back against Rhodes and had Rhodes on his shoulders for the Attitude Adjustment when Randy Orton sacrificed the safety of Cody Rhodes by hitting Cena with a lightning-quick RKO. With the help of Legacy, "The Viper" walked out of Philadelphia still the WWE Champion. How will Triple H & Cena respond to how Orton retained the title? Who will be the next man to challenge Orton for the gold?
The Diva’s Championship was on the line as Maryse defended the gold against Mickie James. In the end, Mickie James overcame a very game Maryse to claim the Diva’s Title and become the second Diva in history to have held both the Women’s & Diva’s Titles! How will Maryse react to losing her Diva’s Title?
In a match for the Intercontinental Championship, Rey Mysterio was able to overcome the talented Dolph Ziggler to keep the Intercontinental Title around his waist.
Then it was time for the much-anticipated main event as CM Punk would defend the World Heavyweight Title against the man who, many believe, was "robbed" of the championship- Jeff Hardy. In the end, "The Extreme Enigma" was able to overcome everything that CM Punk threw at him to reclaim the World Heavyweight Championship! Now that Jeff Hardy has regained the title, who will be the first to challenge "The Charismatic Champion" for the gold? What will CM Punk have to say about losing the championship?