WWE returns to Saudi Arabia on May 27 for Night of Champions, the next event in the promotion’s lucrative and controversial deal as part of the country’s Saudi Vision 2030 program. As always, WWE is bringing a big card to the country, with the potential for massive promotion-shifting results.
The card is nearly complete as we hit the homestretch in the build-up. That includes the crowning of the first world heavyweight championship since WWE reinstated the title following undisputed WWE universal champion Roman Reigns’ win over Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania. After winning one-night tournaments to earn a spot in the finals, Seth Rollins and AJ Styles will clash for the title.
Reigns will also be in action, teaming with Solo Sikoa as The Bloodline looks to recapture the undisputed tag team titles from Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. If Reigns and Sikoa do win, that will put four belts around Reigns’ waist.
WWE Night of Champions 2023 Matches
World Heavyweight Championship – Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles
Roman Reigns retained the undisputed WWE universal championship against Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania. Triple H announced that WWE was reviving the world heavyweight championship so that whichever brand Reigns was not drafted to in the WWE Draft would have a champion.
Rollins won his way to the finals by winning a triple-threat match and then defeating Finn Balor in the semifinals. Styles followed the same path on SmackDown, beating Bobby Lashley in the semifinals.
Undisputed Tag Team Championship -Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa
After Zayn and Owens beat The Usos to win the titles at WrestleMania, it was clear there would be some trouble within The Bloodline. That has proven to be the case, with Reigns appearing increasingly angry with The Usos before a surprising turn on SmackDown.
As it seemed Paul Heyman was about to announce The Usos would rematch Zayn and Owens, he instead said that Reigns and Sikoa would take the title shot, leaving The Usos shocked.
Intercontinental Championship -Gunther (c) vs. Mustafa Ali:
Gunther was recently drafted to Raw, providing the longest-reigning Intercontinental champion in the modern era with a fresh crop of challengers for his title. The first man up would be determined by a battle royal, which saw Ali emerge as the winner by last eliminating Bronson Reed and Ricochet.
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Natalya: Ripley continued the attack after beating Dana Brooke on Raw. This brought out Natalya to make the save. That alone is enough to set up a match in WWE.
But add in Natalya’s history in Saudi Arabia, where she was one-half of the first women’s match in the country, and it made sense she would be involved in a title match as WWE returned to the country.
Raw Women’s Championship -Bianca Belair (c) vs. Asuka:
Asuka ruined Belair’s homecoming celebration in Knoxville, blinding the champion with a chili-blended poison mist.
Belair attempted a measure of vengeance the following week on SmackDown, but Asuka’s mist proved a powerful repellent. The two superstars will re-run their blistering WrestleMania 39 match at Night of Champions.
Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus
After Stratus turned on Lynch when the pair lost the women’s tag team titles, it was clear this was a program WWE thought had legs to go through a significant event or two.
One week after Lynch returned and attacked Stratus as Stratus was handing out missing flyers with Lynch’s face on them, Lynch laid out an official challenge for the two to have a match at Night of Champions.
When is WWE Night of Champions 2023 scheduled to take place?
The 10th edition of the famous pay-per-view of WWE Night of Champions will take place on May 27, 2023, at the Jeddah Super Dome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The superstars from the Raw and Smackdown brand divisions are set to participate in the event for the first time since 2015.
The event will also take place for the first time on a Saturday instead of Sunday, where the main event will be the tournament final for the inaugural world heavyweight title. Saudi Arabia will be hosting the Night of Champions for the first time. It will be the ninth overall event hosted in the country under a 10-year partnership supporting Saudi Vision 2030.
WWE Night of Champions 2023 U.S. Start Time/ How to Watch
The highly anticipated Night of Champions event by WWE is set to commence right here in the United States, precisely at the stroke of 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
This extravagant spectacle will be exclusively available for streaming on the esteemed Peacock platform, ensuring fans across the U.S. can indulge in the riveting action from the comfort of their screens.
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