- The 2013 WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view kicks off with a promo video. What defines a champion? It shows footage of Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, The Undertaker, Steve Austin, John Cena, Triple H and many others.
- We're live from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit as Michael Cole welcomes us to Night of Champions.
- We go to the ring and Josh Mathews introduces Triple H. He talks about what's best for business. In tonight's WWE Title match with Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton, there will be no interference from anyone - The Shield, Big Show, nobody. Paul Heyman comes out with WWE Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel. Heyman has left messages with anyone and can't seem to get a reply from Triple H. Heyman says he desperately needs to speak with Triple H and didn't want it to be in public. Triple H cuts him off and says he looks terrible. Triple H asks when was the last time Heyman slept or showered. Heyman kisses up to Triple H.
Heyman respects Triple H but doesn't think he made the right decision about his match tonight. Fans start chanting for CM Punk. Heyman talks about what Punk wants to do to him. Heyman begs Triple H to do what's best for business - cancel the match with Punk tonight. Fans chant "no" to Heyman. Triple H reminds him the match is now No DQ. Triple H says there's no reason to be scared because Heyman doesn't even have to tag in if he doesn't want to. Triple H tells him to let Axel handle Punk because Heyman believes in Axel, right? Heyman doesn't seem too sure. Triple H says the match stays how it is. Heyman goes to walk off and Axel takes the mic. Heyman asks what he's doing. Axel asks if this is funny to Triple H. Axel says something personal must be going on. Axel reminds Triple H that he beat him a few months back. Heyman tries to interrupt but Triple H brushes him off. Triple H says after all, this is Night of Champions where all championships are defended. Triple H says he will walk backstage and the first person he sees gets a title shot. That match takes place now. Triple H heads to the back as Heyman argues with Axel.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Curtis Axel
Heyman takes the mic and isn't happy about the match. They argue as Kofi Kingston makes his way out to the ring.
Heyman sits at ringside as the match begins. They lock up and go at it. Kofi with a 2 count and Axel retreats to the corner. More back and forth. Kofi sends Axel to the floor. Kofi with kicks and a 2 count. Axel comes back with a nice dropkick of his own. Axel clotheslines Kofi to the floor. Axel tries to whip Kofi into the steps but Kofi leaps on the turnbuckles and splashes Axel on the floor. Kofi brings it back in the ring for a 2 count.
Axel turns it around now and drops Kofi hard in the corner. 2 count by Axel. Axel with punches and an elbow to the head now. A side headlock keeps Kofi grounded. Axel with a big throw. More back and forth. Axel levels Kofi with a clothesline and covers for another 2 count. Axel stomps on Kofi as fans chant for him. Axel with knees to the gut. More offense from Axel. Kofi turns it around finally and plants Axel on the mat. Axel runs into boots in the corner. Kofi with a huge crossbody for a close 2 count.
Kofi gets the crowd hype and nails the Boom Drop. Kofi calls for Trouble In Paradise but Axel ducks and rams him back into the corner. Axel with shoulder thrusts now. The referee backs him off. Kofi catches him with a kick in the corner. Kofi comes leaping off the top but Axel dropkicks him in mid-air for another close 2 count. More back and forth. Kofi rolls Axel up for another close count. Axel runs over Kofi for another 2 count. More offense by Axel. Axel blocks SOS and ducks Trouble In Paradise. Axel goes for his finisher but Kofi nails SOS for another very close pin attempt. Kofi with kicks as Axel gets up. Kofi ends up on Axel's shoulders and gets dropped over the top rope. Axel nails the neckbreaker finisher for the win.
Winner: Curtis Axel
- After the match, Heyman comes in the ring, still looking worried, but poses with Axel and applauds him. Axel stands over Kofi with the belt and holds it high in the air.