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WWE championship: Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
They went back and forth with some nice wrestling early. Orton worked him over with a side headlock. Bryan came back working over his arm and nailing some kicks. Orton cut him off with a hard shot to the head. Orton nailed a series of knees to the face.

Orton began working over Bryan’s arm but Bryan reversed and nailed a series of kicks to the chest. He scored with a Dragon Screw Legwhip and began working over Orton’s knee and ankle. He tied up Orton’s leg and began nailing forearms. Bryan followed up with chops and kicks in the corner.

Bryan set Orton on the top and followed but Orton shoved him off. Bryan was crotched on the top rope. Orton clotheslined him off the ropes and followed up with another short arm clothesline. Orton beat Bryan in the corner with punches.

Orton nailed a running clothesline in the corner. He went for another but Bryan kicked him off and nailed a clothesline for a two count. Orton nailed a big knee as Bryan charged him. He picked up Bryan and dropped him across the top rope.

Orton whipped Bryan into the corner but Bryan went up and over. Orton tossed him over the top but Bryan skinned the cat and nailed a rana over the top to the floor. Bryan pulled himself in and nailed a dive to the outside. He drilled Orton with a series of kicks to the chest and whipped him into the guard rail, then charged with a big dropkick on the floor.

Bryan tossed Orton in and went to the top rope for a big missile dropkick attempt. Orton caught him and slammed Bryan down with a powerbomb or a two count, then locked in a Boston Crab. Bryan tried to make it to the ropes but was dragged back to the center of the ring. The crowd chanted for Bryan, who turned himself around and went for a small package for a two count.

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Backstage, Randy Orton asked HHH what he was doing tonight. HHH said he was trying to make sure he picked the right guy as the face of the WWE. Orton told him, “You did” and walked out.

Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship
By invoking his rematch clause, “The Beard” again has a chance to usher in a new era of WWE main eventer and prove he is much more than a “solid B-plus,” as Stephanie McMahon suggests. Yet to complete the transition, he’ll have to conquer WWE’s Apex Predator, who — as the world found out at The Biggest Party of the Summer — has very powerful advocates in the form of the McMahon family and Triple H.

The rematch was announced on the Aug. 23 edition of SmackDown, after Bryan outright challenged The Viper to a fight on the blue brand. The arrogant Orton instead insisted the match will have to wait until Sunday, Sept. 15, on pay-per-view.

Whether Triple H, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon or Stephanie McMahon will wield any influence at Night of Champions remains to be seen, though their lack of faith in Bryan as WWE Champion has been made painfully clear. For his part, Orton claims he has merely taken advantage of opportunities as they’ve come. As far as The Viper is concerned, Bryan’s bad luck is Orton’s good fortune, and nothing more.

Outside influences aside, the WWE Title Match at Night of Champions holds plenty of intrigue, never mind intensely bitter feelings between champion and challenger. Unlike their memorable three-bout series earlier this past summer — which ended with a handshake after the submission specialist made The Viper tap out in a Street Fight — there is little respect to be found this time around. Rather, with the WWE Title now around his waist, Orton believes himself on a much higher plane than his No. 1 contender — an opinion evidently shared by the WWE Chairman, COO and Executive Vice President of Creative.

Yet, will the implicit support of Triple H and the McMahons help Orton fend off the “Yes!” Lock that made him quit once before? The WWE Universe has seen what Bryan, the ultimate underdog, is capable of when his back is against the wall. How will his seething anger toward the establishment manifest itself when the squared circle’s most prestigious title is on the line?

Match Number Seven: WWE Title Match – John Cena versus Daniel Bryan (with Guest Referee Triple H)
: Daniel Bryan

After the match, Bryan celebrates his victory. Bryan and Cena say something to each other and they shake hands.

Cena shakes Hunter’s hand and he leaves the ring. Hunter raises Bryan’s hand in victory and shakes his hand. The confetti flies in the Staples Center. Pyro goes off on the stage while Daniel continues his celebration.

Randy Orton’s music plays and he walks to the ring with the briefcase.

Orton thinks about it and holds the case over his head. Bryan wants him to come into the ring to cash in, but Orton turns around and walks up the ramp. Bryan starts a yes chant. Hunter with a pedigree to Bryan and Orton makes his way to the ring.

Orton hands Hunter the briefcase,

Match Number Eight: WWE Title Match – Daniel Bryan versus Randy Orton

Randy Orton covers Daniel Bryan and Hunter makes the three count.

Winner: Randy Orton

All-Star Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Rob Van Dam versus CM Punk versus Daniel Bryan versus Sheamus versus Randy Orton versus Christian
Everyone stands in a circle in the ring as the bell rings and they look at Rob Van Dam. Rob realizes that he has the bulls-eye on his singlet. Rob goes for the thumbs and it is a five-on-one attack. Sheamus with a kick to Christian and everyone goes after Sheamus and kick him to the floor. Christian goes after Punk and Bryan kicks Orton.

Orotn with punches while Punk sends Christian to the floor. Bryan sends Orton to the floor and things get honorable in the ring. Van Dam is knocked off the apron. Bryan and Punk exchange kicks and punches. Punk with a knee and chop.

Punk with an Irish whip and Bryan flips over Punk. Bryan escapes a Go To Sleep while Bryan tries for a Yes Lock. Sheamus hits Punk and Bryan with the ladder and then he hits Christian with it. Orton with a drop kick. Van Dam with a kick off the turnbuckles. Van Dam with a monkey flip to Christian. Van Dam with a step over spinning heel kick to Orton.

Van Dam is able to do his thumbs deal. Van Dam with a baseball slide to Sheamus. Van Dam gets a ladder but Christian goes for the Killswitch but Van Dam blocks it and he presses Christian over his head and drops him on the ladder. Van Dam with a kick to Bryan and he goes for Rolling Thunder and he hits it.

Orton sends Van Dam through the ropes but Van Dam holds on and he kicks Orton in the head and Orton falls on the ladder. Van Dam goes up top and Christian knocks Van Dam off the turnbuckles with a ladder. Christian hits Punk with a ladder. Then he hits Sheamus with the ladder in the shoulder. Christian hits Orton in the back with a ladder that the announcers are having a good series of puns over the size of it.

Christian climbs the ladder but Sheamus stops him. Sheamus sends Christian into the turnbuckles and then he hits a running shoulder. Sheamus climbs the ladder but Christian punches Sheamus and he climbs on top of Sheamus to reach for the ladder. Sheamus goes for Splash Mountain but Christian escapes and he punches Sheamus. Sheamus blocks a ladder shot in the corner and Sheamus punches Christian through the ladder and he sends the ladder into Christian.

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WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton
The bell rings and Reigns catches Bryan with a kick and chases him into the corner. Bryan turns things around and catches Reigns with a series of kicks before flipping over him and running into a giant running right hand from Reigns which is good for a two count. Reigns beats on Bryan in the corner and tags out to Rollins who comes in with a series of stomps in the corner before choking Bryan with his boot. Reigns tags back in and he whips Rollins into the corner for a big running forearm that Reigns follows up with a clothesline for two. Reigns traps Bryan in a rear chin lock.

Bryan fights to his feet and out of the hold, but Reigns catches him with a knee to the chin for another near fall. Reigns traps Bryan in another rear chin lock and the crowd attempts to get behind the challenger. Bryan fights up to his feet and hits a huge running clothesline. Orton and Rollins tag in and Orton hits a couple of clotheslines before hitting a huge snap powerslam. Orton sends Rollins out to the apron, and drops him, hitting Roman Reigns with the suspension DDT instead. Orton runs into a big boot from Rollins, but turns a crossbody into a powerslam that’s good for two. Orton goes for the suspension DDT on Rollins, connecting and dropping him to the mat.

Orton drops to the mat and Rollins rolls out of the ring. Orton reaches for Rollins and Reigns blasts him with a huge right hand. Rollins brings things back into the ring and pins Orton for a two count. Rollins stomps away at Orton before tagging back out to Reigns. Reigns comes in and beats on Orton for a bit before going for another pin and getting two. Reigns chokes Orton with his boot and Rollins gets in on the action while the ref is distracted.

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Randy Orton’s music played to a huge reaction in Orton’s hometown. Lilian introduced Orton from St. Louis, increasing the roar from the crowd. Orton smiled half-way down the entrance ramp, then hit the ring and posed to a loud reaction.

RANDY ORTON vs. BIG SHOW — Extreme Rules match
As the bell sounded, Cole noted it’s basically anything goes in this match. The crowd started a “Randy, Randy” chant as Orton took it to Big Show early on, but Big Show eventually knocked down Orton. Orton rolled to the outside to recover, drawing Big Show to the floor. On the floor, Orton retrieved a kendo stick and hit Show with it, but Show blocked a third shot and broke the stick over his leg. Show then blasted Orton across the ringside area. Orton found another stick, but Show broke it, too.

Show wanted to end Orton with a ringpost shot, but Orton blocked and shoved Show into the post. Orton then busted out a ladder from under the ring, but Show kicked the ladder into Orton’s face. The match then returned to the ring, where Show smashed Orton with a right hand, but it wasn’t the WMD, so Orton kicked out. Show then rolled to the floor and decided to grab the ladder to use as a weapon back in the ring. Next, Show pulled out two chairs to add to the available weapons in the ring.

After setting up his weapons, Show headbutted Orton, then sidewalk-slammed him for a two count. Show then placed Orton on the ladder, which was held up by the two chairs. Show wanted a Vader Bomb, causing the crowd to freak out, but Orton moved and Show ate the ladder stomach-first. Orton then followed up with a trademark second-rope DDT before firing up the hometown crowd for a potential RKO. Orton positioned himself for the RKO, and he surprised the crowd by connecting with no counter. Orton covered, but Show kicked out, stunning the crowd again. JBL said Orton thought he hit the home-run.

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