Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Date: September 10, 2015
Commentators: Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton
The Wyatt Family comes out to start.
Luke Harper tells us to listen to Bray Wyatt‘s word as it will show us the way.
Bray Wyatt takes the mic and immediately says that Roman Reigns is cursed with the desire to become the one. Wyatt then calls Reigns a smart man who doesn’t care at all about his fans or what they think about him. After all, Reigns knows that his fans will bow to him like sheep if he ever becomes WWE World Heavyweight Champion. This is where the “anyone but you” came from.
Wyatt turns his attention to Dean Ambrose, who is cursed with loyalty. Ambrose is also being led around like a psychotic servant to his master Reigns.
Wyatt has a warning to Ambreigns’ mystery partner: no one is safe in the WWE’s version of the Hatfields vs McCoys. Case in point: Randy Orton, who was eviscerated on Raw. After the replay of Orton’s evisceration, Wyatt warns us that he is the serpent, and doomsday awaits at Night of Champions.
Wyatt now makes a warning to Jimmy Uso: if you make the wrong choice, there is a hefty price to pay….BELIEVE THAT!
This was a pretty fun opener with Miz primarily targeting Cesaro’s still-busted ribs. Cesaro is able to overcome and reverse a Figure Four into a Sharpshooter for the win.
Renee Young interviews Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns about Jimmy Uso being involved in tonight’s match. Reigns is hesitant on his cousin being involved with their feud with The Wyatt Family, but he supports his cousin in tonight’s war. Ambrose talks about getting Jimmy involved and saying that he was hyped for this. Jimmy comes out and gives his usual high volume promo before leaving, causing awkward looks.
Before the match, Becky and Charlotte traded some barbs with Tamina and Naomi. This caused them all to be ejected.
For a while, this was a pretty good match with both women trading control. After a while, Sasha unleashed a vicious slap on Paige, causing her to back down for a few seconds until she eventually snapped and speared Sasha, sparking a huge brawl between the two that eventually caused both women’s teams to come out and the cameramen to forget how to maintain a stable shot.
Winner: Double count-out
Replay of most of Raw‘s main event.
Bryon Saxton interviews Seth Rollins about the events of Raw. Rollins calls it the lowest point of his career due to one person: Sting. Rollins vows to end Sting at Night of Champions. He also says that he specially requested tonight’s lumberjack match against Ryback so that he could prove everyone wrong.
As Rollins talks about his matches at Night of Champions, Sheamus shows up and reminds Rollins about his little briefcase and what it could bring at Night of Champions.
WWE tag team champions The New Day vs. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Jimmy Uso in a 6-man tag team match
This was a pretty standard six-man tag that went for a good while and saw a lot of traded momentum (unfortunately, no trombone shenanigans). The ends comes when Jimmy Uso goes for a Superfly Splash. A Wyatt Interruption ensues, and when the lights come back, Uso is in the loving arms of one Braun Strowman as Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper eye Ambreigns. Another Wyatt Interruption and the Wyatts are gone, leaving Uso lying on the stage as Wyatt laughs.
Winners: No contest
Lucha Dragons vs. The Ascension
Stardust accompanies his two goons into battle.
This was a quick match that sees Kalisto eat The Fall of Man following a distraction from Stardust.
Winners: The Ascension
Afterward, The Cosmic Wasteland starts beating down the Lucha Dragons until Neville makes the save
Backstage, Renee Young interviews Nikki Bella about Charlotte. Nikki says that Charlotte is jealous of Nikki and scared of a fight. Charlotte shows up and promises that she doesn’t fear Nikki, nor is she jealous of her. She then vows to beat Nikki next week to end her dreams of beating AJ Lee‘s record.
WWE Intercontinental champion Ryback vs. WWE world heavyweight champion and United States champion Seth Rollins in a “champion vs. champion” non-title Lumberjack match
This was a pretty solid match that saw a good deal of lumberjack shenanigans toward both men. Eventually the obligatory lumberjack brawl started after the heel lumberjacks (sans Kevin Owens) beat Ryback down. As the brawl led outside, Ryback recovered and went for Shellshock on Rollins, but Owens casually tripped Ryback. Rollins hit the Pedigree to win.