Night of Champions was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by professional wrestling promotion WWE. The event was previously known under the name Vengeance, with the inaugural event taking place on December 9, 2001 and replacing the regularly scheduled WWE Armageddon for that year. The 2002 event featured the Raw and SmackDown! brands. The event was made exclusive to the SmackDown brand in 2003, and in 2004 it was made exclusive to the Raw brand. In 2007, following WrestleMania, all PPV events became tri-branded. Vengeance took over WWF Fully Loaded's scheduled date in July 2002 and later moved to June in 2005, switching schedules with The Great American Bash. Night of Champions took over as the June pay-per-view event in 2008 dropping the Vengeance name that themed the same name in 2007 with Vengeance: Night of Champions, moved back to July in 2009 and in 2010, the event moved to September. In 2016, Night of Champions was replaced on the PPV schedule by Clash of Champions. Though the concept of Clash of Champions is similar, it is not a direct continuation of Night of Champions.