WWE Night of Champions Coverage: Opening Moments
We get the usual opening hype video for the pay-per-view, focusing on the feud between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. We go live into the arena where Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and John Layfield welcome us to the show.
Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. He says every match tonight got his stamp of approval and he is going to show that he is not the evil, villainous guy that everyone thinks he is. He says in the WWE Championship Match, there will be no interference from anybody; no Shield, no Big Show. He asks the fans if they are ready for the show, but Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel come out to interrupt.
Heyman says he has emailed, texted, and left messages for Triple H. He says he has a desperate need to speak with Triple H. Triple H says Heyman looks terrible. Heyman yells at Triple H, but then apologizes. Heyman says Triple H has made one serious error of judgment tonight. He says Triple H put him in a match with CM Punk. Heyman begs Triple H to cancel the match. Triple H says Heyman has already tried to weasel out of the match, but there it is no reason to be scared. Triple H tells Heyman to just let Axel handle Punk. Triple H asks Heyman if he can believe Axel can handle Punk. Axel asks Triple H if he thinks this is funny. Axel brings up the time that he beat Triple H on Raw. Triple H tells Axel to not poke the bear. Triple H says what he is going to do is going to walk to the back and Axel is going to defend the Intercontinental Championship against the first person he sees.
Heyman says the match is being contested under protest by Curtis Axel.