WWE Night of Champions Kickoff Coverage: Tag Team Turmoil Match
The Night of Champions Kickoff Show begins with a live shot inside the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan as Josh Mathews welcomes us to the show. The Expert Superstar Panel tonight is Alex Riley, Booker T, and Santino Marella. Booker says he is looking forward to the WWE Championship Match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. Marella says he is looking forward to the Elimination Handicap Match between the team of Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman and “The Best in the World” CM Punk. Riley says the winners of the Tag Team Turmoil will go on to defeat The Shield later tonight. Marella picks The Usos to win the match tonight, while Booker says it will be The Prime Time Players. Riley agrees with Marella and says The Usos will win it.
We go backstage and we see Paul Heyman. Brad Maddox walks up and asks him if he is okay. Heyman says he is not because Maddox put him in a match against CM Punk tonight. Heyman says Punk is going to find a way to get around Curtis Axel and get to him. Heyman says Punk is going to massacre him in the middle of the ring…unless Punk gets past Axel and Heyman punches the referee right in the mouth. Heyman says it would be an immediate disqualification and if Punk attacks him after the bell he could sue him. Maddox says that scenario is not best for business. Maddox says the match is now No Disqualification.
#1 Contender’s (WWE Tag Team Championship) Tag Team Turmoil Match: 3MB vs. Tons of Funk vs. The Real Americans (w/Zeb Colter) vs. The Usos vs. The Prime Time Players
3MB and Tons of Funk are the first two teams, and Slater and Clay begin the match. Clay quickly tags in Tensai and Slater goes to the outside. McIntyre takes down Tensai and then gets him back into the ring. McIntyre goes for a cover, but Tensai kicks out at two. McIntyre pummels Tensai in the corner, but Tensai counters and pins McIntyre. 3MB is eliminated.
The Real Americans are the next team to enter the match as we head to a “commercial. We’re back and Cesaro is in control of Tensai. Tensai gets free and tags in Clay, who takes Cesaro down with a belly-to-belly toss. Clay splashes Cesaro and goes for the cover, but Swagger breaks it up. Clay slams Cesaro, but Swagger made the tag and locks in the Patriot Lock and Clay taps out. Tons of Funk is eliminated.
The Usos enter the match. The Usos are on fire and take control of the match. Swagger tags in and delivers a gut-buster, but Jimmy kicks out at two. Swagger keeps control and tags in Cesaro, who stomps away on Jimmy as we head to another “commercial.”
We’re back and Swagger quickly gets Jimmy to tap out. The Usos are eliminated.
The Prime Time Players enter the match. O’Neil goes to kick Swagger, but Swagger takes his leg out. Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock, but Young saves O’Neil. O’Neil tags Young, but Swagger gets him in the Patriot Lock. Young gets put and plants Swagger and gets the pin fall.
Winners and number one contenders: The Prime Time Players.
The Expert Panel makes their picks for the WWE Championship Match. Santino and Riley pick Randy Orton and Booker T picks Daniel Bryan as the kickoff show comes to a close.