WWE Night of Champions
|WWE Night of Champions|
|Other name(s)||Vengeance: Night of Champions|
|First event||Vengeance: Night of Champions|
|Event gimmick||All active championships on WWE's main roster were defended|
WWE Night of Champions was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) and WWE Network event produced by WWE, a Connecticut-based professional wrestling promotion. The inaugural event took place on June 24, 2007 and was a crossover with Vengeance. In 2008, Vengeance was dropped in favor of Night of Champions and it took over the June PPV slot. The concept of Night of Champions was that every championship promoted on WWE's main roster from 2007 to 2015 was defended. In 2016, Night of Champions was replaced on the PPV schedule by the similarly themed Clash of Champions.
Night of Champions was a pay-per-view (PPV) event consisting of a main event and undercard that featured championship matches and other various matches. It was produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE; the "WWE" acronym became an orphaned initialism for the promotion in 2011). The inaugural event took place on June 24, 2007 under the name Vengeance: Night of Champions at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and aired live on PPV—this was a crossover event with Vengeance, which was discontinued in 2008 in favor of Night of Champions (though Vengeance returned as a one-off event in 2011 and again in 2021). In the nine editions of Night of Champions, the WWE Championship was defended in the main event seven times (the last two of which it was known as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship), with the now-defunct World Heavyweight Championship defended in the main event once, and in 2011, the main event was a non-championship match. In 2014, Night of Champions became available on the WWE Network in addition to traditional PPV. In 2016, Night of Champions was replaced on the PPV schedule by Clash of Champions.
The concept of Night of Champions was that every championship promoted on WWE's main roster from 2007 to 2015 was defended. Originally, the theme was that every active championship promoted by WWE was defended, but after the establishment of NXT as the promotion's developmental territory in 2012, which introduced its own set of championships, the theme from 2012 onwards was that only WWE's main roster championships were defended. In 2010, non-title matches began to be included on the card as less championships became available due to WWE unifying several titles that eventually led to the dissolution of the first brand extension in August 2011; after the final title unification in December 2013, WWE had just five titles on their main roster through the 2015 event. In total, ten different WWE championships were defended at the pay-per-view.
- The 2007 event, which was titled Vengeance: Night of Champions, was the only Night of Champions event to feature the original WWE Cruiserweight Championship, as the title was deactivated in September that same year.
- The WWE Divas Championship was established shortly after the 2008 event. At the 2010 event, the original WWE Women's Championship was unified into the Divas Championship, thus retiring the Women's Championship in favor of continuing the Divas Championship, which very briefly became known as the Unified WWE Divas Championship.
- In 2009, the World Tag Team Championship and WWE Tag Team Championship were unified as the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, but remained independently active until the World Tag Team Championship was decommissioned just before the 2010 event in favor of continuing the WWE Tag Team Championship, which dropped the "unified" moniker.
- In February 2010, the ECW brand was disbanded, deactivating the ECW Championship along with it.
- In December 2013, the World Heavyweight Championship was unified into the WWE Championship, retiring the World Heavyweight Championship while the WWE Championship became known as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Dates and venues
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