WWE Clash of Champions 2016 Recap and Review

Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship, three of the Four Horsewomen will face off the Women’s Championship, and much more!

Clash of Champions Kickoff Show – Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox

This was the prototypical big monster vs. resilient smaller person. Alicia Fox gave it a valiant effort but Nia Jax was just too dominant. Nia gets the win with a Samoan Drop.

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The New Day (c) vs. Gallows and Anderson for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship

This match to open the show was great. Gallows and Anderson hit all three members of The New Day quick and almost looked to end New Day’s 399 day reign within the first two minutes of the match. Gallows and Anderson really needed a strong performance to keep their credible status in the tag division and they provided just that. As entertaining as The New Day is, they never get their just due as a solid team in the ring. Despite getting caught off guard in the beginning New Day kept themselves in the match and went on to win the match and continue their historic reign. Again great match.

TJ Perkins (c) vs. Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Championship

I enjoyed the fact that this match was more ground based filled with nice mat and limb work with some nice counter work involved. I think everyone has been expecting some spot filled, high flying work from the Cruiserweights and while that will be coming in abundance I’m sure, it’s nice to see some solid wrestling. The match wasn’t mind blowing but the crowd was into it for the most part. Perkins retained using the kneebar submission. Good call to keep the title on Perkins despite Kendrick being heavily featured in the buildup. Perkins has a marketable charm that will connect with people. After the match both men embraced in a show of good sportsmanship but the feel good moment was short lived as Kendrick drops Perkins with a headbutt to the jaw. Could the Cruiserweights be getting their own angle on Raw?

Sheamus vs. Cesaro – Match 7 in the Best of 7 Series

How in the world can these two top what they’ve done in the past six matches? The physicality, the carnage, the brutality? One thing is for sure these two certain these two definitely tried to top themselves. Hard hitting as you would expect and just down right scary. Cesaro hit a tope suicida and I swore he killed himself. SHeamus came off the top to the outside and got caught with an uppercut. The story throughout this series of matches was the overall health of Cesaro who came in with a bad shoulder as well as suffering a back injury during match #2 I believe. The action spilled to the outside and Cesaro absolutely clobbers him into the time table. Apparently Cesaro hit Sheamus so hard that his momentum sent him over the barricade as well once again falling on his head. Both men are out and the medical staff has no choice but to call the match. Might not be the finish we all wanted but the health of these competitors is more important. This finish does raise questions because the winner was supposed to be named number one contender for the Universal Championship. Despite the finish this match was very very enjoyable.

Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn

This match was a little perplexing for me. I was really looking forward to it because Zayn and Jericho have so much experience between them there was no way this match was not going to be good. The match was in fact good. It just took me a while to come to that conclusion. Very slow build to the closing sequences and near falls. Once they started showing me what I was looking for BAM! Codebreaker from Jericho for the win. The match was good just a tad bit underwhelming.

Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley for the Raw Women’s Championship

Wow what a match. Everything flowed so well. No weird footwork, missteps, or botches. These ladies went out and showed you why they were given the Horsewomen name. Charlotte landed her perfect moonsault on both women could be the spot of the match. Dana Brooke’s involvement was limited and only used when it was absolutely necessary. Ending came with Bayley getting hit twice with two big boot shots from Charlotte for the win. I like keeping the belt on Charlotte as she is easily the best female performer on the roster both on the mic and in the ring. Best match of the night so far.

Rusev (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the United States Championship

75% of this match was an absolute snore-fest but I will say the last three minutes or so was really good stuff. Rusev has been doing an excellent job being a heel champion as well as bringing some legitimacy and prestige back to the US Title. However we all know WWE has this thing with Roman Reigns. I can’t say I dislike Roman. To be honest his recent string of matches have been pretty good. The crowd was out of it for much of the match until the closing moments. After several lucky shots from Rusev blocking spear attempts Reigns gets luck on his side and hits one good spear and becomes the NEW United States Champion. I enjoyed Rusev as champion but all good things must come to an end I suppose.

Main Event: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship

Man this was one hell of a main event. It had all the action you would expect when putting these two names on the card and it actually had a great narrative. Owens found an opening and attacked the surgically repaired knee of Rollins. Despite working with a knee at full health Rollins fought valiantly to keep himself in the match. Spanish announce table bump! Ref bump! This is awesome. Chris Jericho made his way down to the ring to let everyone know he is there to help his best friend and well, help him cheat. With the referee still incapacitated Stephanie McMahon comes racing down with a new official. Seth realizes what is going on but as soon as he turns around he gets hit with a devastating Pop-up Powerbomb. 1…2…3 Kevin Owens retains! Owens and Jericho celebrate as the show closes.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good show. The theme of a past few Network shows has been the matches have been at least entertaining. I’m definitely interested to see what is next up creatively for everyone involved. What did you think of the show?

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