World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio

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September 16, 2012

BOSTON — Heading into Night of Champions, No. 1 contender Alberto Del Rio may have been chasing down his "destiny," but when the bell rang on his match against Sheamus, The Mexican Aristocrat found only the business end of a Brogue Kick that ensured the continuation of The Great White’s dominant reign as World Heavyweight Champion. (PHOTOS)

While it’s undeniable that he’s had his opportunities in the past and come up short, heading into Night of Champions Del Rio looked as dangerous as ever. With recent, impressive victories over Randy Orton, John Cena and Kane under his belt, and with the Brogue Kick banned by blue brand General Manager Booker T on the Sept.7 episode of SmackDown, The Mexican Aristocrat possessed what was arguably the best opportunity to dethrone Sheamus since The Great White downed Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds at WrestleMania.

But momentum swung decidedly back to the side of the defending champion when, just moments before the World Title Match at Night of Champions, SmackDown General Manager Booker T shocked the sold-out Boston crowd and the entire WWE Universe by reinstating The Celtic Warrior’s devastating finishing maneuver. After a weeklong investigation, the former five-time champion said that, while the Brogue Kick is certainly a "devastating and dangerous maneuver, when you sign up to be a WWE Superstar, there are risks involved."

Just like that, the Brogue was back in play, and Sheamus wasted no time in putting his boot to work.

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