WWE Night of Champions live results: World Heavyweight title finals

June 30, 2023 0 By JohnValbyNation

A new World Heavyweight Champion will be crowned in Saudi Arabia Saturday afternoon.

Seth Rollins and AJ Styles have made it to the tournament finals. The winner of the match will become the new World Heavyweight Champion, which was reintroduced by Triple H prior to the WWE Draft last month. Triple H later stated that due to Roman Reigns being drafted to SmackDown, the World Heavyweight title will be exclusive to the Raw brand.

Cody Rhodes and Brock Lesnar will meet once again. After Rhodes managed to pick up the win over Lesnar at Backlash, Lesnar made it clear that their feud was not over, costing Rhodes a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship and challenging Rhodes to a fight at Night of Champions. On Raw this past Monday, Lesnar attacked Rhodes to the point where, in storyline, he broke Rhodes’ arm. Despite the storyline injury, Rhodes has vowed to fight on in Saudi Arabia.

Other matches include Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens defending the Undisputed Tag Team titles against Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa, Gunther defending the Intercontinental title against Mustafa Ali, Bianca Belair defending the Raw Women’s title against Asuka, Rhea Ripley defending the SmackDown Women’s title against Natalya, and Becky Lynch facing Trish Stratus in a singles match.

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Seth Rollins defeated AJ Styles to win the World Heavyweight Championship

This was a great, back and forth match. The classic WWE formula main event style match with a hot crowd.

Styles clotheslined Rollins to the floor but Rollins immediately got back in. Rollins hit a running knee to Styles on the apron. Styles gained back control back in the ring, connecting with a knee. Rollins cut off Styles by posting him on the middle turnbuckle then threw him into the turnbuckle across the ring. Styles responded by suplexing Rollins into the corner.

Styles hit a floatover reverse DDT for a nearfall. Rollins came back with a buckle bomb into the corner and hit a frog splash for a nearfall. Rollins reversed a styles clash attempt but Styles got the advantage again and took Rollins to the corner to attempt a styles clash off the middle rope, but Rollins reversed and hit a hurricanrana. Rollins connected with a reverse superplex off the top rope and connected with a falcon arrow for a two count.

Rollins missed a phoenix splash as Styles went to the apron. Rollins battled Styles on the apron and ate a brainbuster by Styles. Rollins cut off Styles and hit a suicide dive to the floor, favoring his knee on impact. Back in the ring, Styles locked in the calf crusher, but Rollins managed to escape. Rollins dodged a pele kick and hit the stomp on Styles’ hand. Styles hit a pele kick and hit a pedigree for a very good nearfall.

Styles went to the apron for the phenomenal forearm, but Rollins struck Styles with a superkick. He attempted the stomp, but his knee gave out. Styles went for another calf crusher, but Rollins hit a pedigree and connected with the stomp to win the title.

After the match, Triple H entered the ring and gave the championship to Rollins, putting the title around his waist. 

Trish Stratus defeated Becky Lynch

This ended up being a pretty good match, very well laid out. Based on the finish, I don’t think it’s the end of the feud.

Stratus shoved Lynch into steel steps early in the match, gaining control. Stratus used the middle rope to choke Lynch, then hit a tornado DDT. Stratus hit a neckbreaker for a nearfall. After chopping Lynch, Lynch fired back with chops of her own as she started to make her comeback, hitting an exploder.

Lynch hit Stratus with a baseball slide to the floor. However, Stratus managed to post Lynch in the turnbuckle and took things back in the ring, hitting a spinebuster. Stratus attempted Stratusfaction but Lynch cut her off and hit a diamond dust off the top rope followed by a legdrop for a nearfall. Stratus crotched Lynch as she went back to the top turnbuckle but Lynch grabbed Stratus by the legs and stepped back into the ring with a boston crab.

Stratus escaped to the outside and cut off Lynch as she re-entered the ring. Status hit the chick kick as Lynch entered the ring for a nearfall. Stratus taunted Lynch long enough to allow Lynch to lock in the dis-arm-her. Lynch then hit the manhandle slam, but Stratus put her foot on the rope. Both ended up on the outside as Lynch threw Stratus back into the ring. Zoey Stark, who was hiding under the ring, emerged and attacked Lynch, hitting the Z360. Stark threw Lynch back into the ring as Stratus hit the Stratusfaction for the win.

Stark celebrated with Stratus after the match, so it seems like they are forming an alliance.

They aired a video of Mustafa Ali visiting Mecca.

Gunther defeated Mustafa Ali to retain the Intercontinental title

This was good, not to the level of recent Gunther title matches but it wasn’t designed to be. They gave Ali some stuff but it was made clear by announcers he wasn’t at Gunther’s level. WWE sure does love making matches where they establish early on the challenger doesn't have much of a chance. Isn't the goal to sell people you might see a title change?

Ali connected with some dropkicks early but Gunther quickly cut him off. Gunther hit a huge chop, then another. Gunther with a boston crab. Gunther cut off Ali with a kick, sending Ali to the floor. Gunther then posted Ali. Ali cut off Gunther as he climbed to the top rope, but Gunther immediately cut him off, only for Ali to counter with a sunset flip bomb. Ali then hit a 450 splash for a nearfall.

Gunther fired back with a lariat as he regained control until Ali hit a superkick and went to the top rope. Gunter dodged and hit a shotgun dropkick to the corner. Gunther then hit the powerbomb to retain the title.

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens met backstage. Zayn brought up this could be the end of their reign tonight, noting that Reigns has been champion for nearly 1,000 days. Owens said they defeated The Usos, which is more of a team that Reigns and Solo could ever be. Owens said it was their day, Solo loses today, Reigns loses today.

Asuka defeated Bianca Belair to win the Raw Women’s Championship

This was also a good match, some good back and forth and the crowd was into it. This will probably be remembered more for the title change, as it ends Belair’s long run with the championship.

There was some back and forth until Asuka got the heat by sending Belair into the steps. Asuka locked in with an armbar. Belair went for a suplex, but Asuka turned it into a cradle for a nearfall. Belair started to build momentum with some dropkicks, then hit a suplex. Asuka cut off Belair with a dropkick off the top rope, scoring a nearfall.

Asuka went for the Asuka lock, but Belair reversed. The two traded nearfalls until Asuka connected with a running kick. The two ended up brawling into the corner, with Belair just dodging a mist attempt by Asuka. Asuka countered Beliar by going for the Asuka lock. Belair powered out and powerbombed Asuka. On the apron, Asuka appeared to put mist on her fingers. When Belair went for the KOD, Asuka raked Belair’s eyes and connected with a kick to win the championship, ending Belair’s long reign with the title.

Rhea Ripley defeated Natalya to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship

This lasted maybe a minute. Dominik Mysterio taunted Natalya at the bell, allowing Ripley to attack her from behind. After posting Natalya and throwing her against the steps on the outside of the ring, Ripley hit the riptide for the win.

Seth Rollins was interviewed by Byron Saxton. Rollins says it’s been nearly four years since being a World Champion, and it feels good. He says he will be at Raw on Monday and every Monday going forward.

Brock Lesnar defeated Cody Rhodes

I thought this was good and dramatic while it lasted. They gave Cody a lot before he ultimately lost. I figured with the injured arm Cody was going to lose, and I am expecting a third match somewhere down the line, maybe in London next month or SummerSlam.

Cody ran around the ring in an attempt to goad Lesnar early, but Lesnar charged into the corner and hit a suplex, then another. Cody used the cast on his arm, which announcers said was made out of titanium, to make a comeback. Cody hit the Cody cutter for a nearfall then hit crossroads, then another. Cody went for a third, but Lesnar countered with a kimura on Cody’s injured arm. Cody attempted to pin Lesnar like last month, but Lesnar kicked out. Cody managed to shift his weight until he grabbed the bottom rope.

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Lesnar went for an F5 but Cody hit the crossroads for a two count. Cody attacked Lesnar with the cast but Lesnar hit the F5 for a two count. Lesnar latched on the kimura again and this time, Cody passed out.

Did you know Jeddah is full of ancient history, yet is modern and cosmopolitan? I didn't, thankfully WWE let me know this for the fourth or fifth time. Imprisoning women for driving up until 2018 doesn't seem modern or cosmopolitan, but WWE didn't mention that part. I guess they were too sad over Cody losing.

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn defeated Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa to retain the Undisputed WWE Tag Team titles

This was a very good match, I think the best match on the show in terms of workrate, heat, and drama. The real story, of course, is Jimmy turning on Roman Reigns. For all the talk on Cody and the storylines following WrestleMania, it is interesting that they are following through with Cody’s predictions that the Bloodline would fall apart post-WrestleMania, which seems to be what is playing out now.

Big reaction to Zayn coming out. He spoke in Arabic during introductions which the crowd also liked.

Zayn and Sikoa started things off. Reigns stood on the floor and watched as they worked on Sikoa. Reigns came in and attacked Owens, giving Sikoa the heat. Reigns is tagged in, who works over Zayn. Both he and Sikoa work over Zayn. Eventually Zayn tried to go for a tag, but Sikoa intercepted. Eventually Zayn does get the tag, and Sikoa tags to Reigns as KO does a hot tag sequence, hitting Reigns with a senton on the outside.

A distraction by Sikoa gives the heat back to Reigns. Reigns went for the Superman punch but KO countered with the popup powerbomb, then followed that with a frog splash. Another distraction allowed Reigns to hit the Superman punch, with KO kicking out. Reigns attempted a spear, but KO hit the stunner. Reigns hit the ropes and hit a spear for a good nearfall.

Zayn and Sikoa tag back in. Zayn sends Sikoa to the outside and wipes out Sikoa with a huge tope to the floor, then hits the blue thunder bomb for a two count. Zayn went for the helluva kick but Sikoa cut him off and went for the spike. However, Zayn countered and hit the exploder then the superkick. Zayn went for the cover, but Reigns broke it up.

Reigns went for the spear, but Zayn dodged and instead Reigns hit the referee. Zayn acted like he was going to hit the Superman punch, but Reigns hit one of his own instead. Owens attacked Reigns and was setting him up on a table when The Usos came in and attacked Owens, throwing the table over him. They then attack Zayn, but in the process accidently superkick Sikoa. This turns into a dramatic moment as Reigns berates the two for attacking Sikoa, piefacing Jimmy. Jey tries to mediate, but Reigns piefaces him too. Jimmy superkicks Reigns to a huge pop.

Jey was upset at what Jimmy did. Jimmy tells Jey he’s doing what they should have done a long time ago and superkicked Reigns again. Jimmy eventually convinced his brother to walk away with him, leaving Sikoa alone in the ring. Owens hit the stunner and Zayn connected with the helluva kick as a new referee came in and counted three.

The show ended with Reigns being upset as the champions taunted him.