WWE Clash of Champions is live from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC and streaming live on the WWE Network. Every championship on the WWE Main Roster will be defended tonight!
Clash of Champions Kick-off Show:
Drew Gulak (c) vs. Lince Dorado vs. Humberto Carrillo for the Cruiserweight Championship: This was a very fun triple threat match. You would think because Lince and Humberto wrestle similar styles that they would team up and isolate Gulak but that wasn’t the case. There were tons of Lucha high spots throughout to the appreciation of the crowd. In the closing moments, Humberto had things well in hand capping off his offense with his Aztec Press finisher. Before the official can count the three Drew runs in, launches Humberto into the corner, covers Dorado, and picks up the win.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander for the United States Championship: AJ survived an early onslaught of offense to take control of the match. Once AJ took over it was sort of a sprint to the finish with no real build-up. AJ hits a Phenomenal Forearm then follows it up with a Styles Clash for the win. Very underwhelming.
Clash of Champions Main Card:
Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode for the RAW Tag Team Championships: Roode and Ziggler do a great job early on working over Seth and cutting him off from Braun. Roode and Ziggler work like a veteran tag team despite being a team for only a month. Strowman and Rollins show a little tag team continuity at the beginning of the contest but that did not last too long. The closing moments saw Strowman send Roode inadvertently flying into his partner Rollins. Ziggler low bridges the top rope and Strowman goes crashing to the outside. Roode lands the Glorious DDT on Rollins for the win. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode are the new Raw Tag Team Champions. I thought this was a decent match and good team flow from the Roode and Ziggler.
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte blitzed Bayley with offense completely catching the champion off guard. Charlotte completely dominated the match to the point where the referee had to pull Charlotte off and give Bayley a chance to gather herself in the corner. As the referee was holding off Charlotte Bayley was in the corner unknowingly unhooking the turnbuckle pad off the bottom rope. Bayley sends Charlotte into the corner face first then covers her for the win. The whole match was a little more than five minutes I’m guessing. Another underwhelming match.
The New Day (c) vs. The Revival for the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship: For a good portion of the beginning Big E was fighting all alone as The Revival took out Woods early and left him laying on the ringside floor. Once Big E gets the tag to his partner Woods cleans house. Wilder breaks up a Woods pin by striking his injured leg. Revival neutralizes Big E by hitting him with Shatter Machine on the outside of the ring. Back in the ring, The Revival begins working on Woods’ knee. They hit Woods with the Shatter Machine but instead of going for the cover Dawson puts Woods in a reverse Figure Four giving Woods no choice but to tap out. The Revival become the first team in WWE history to hold the NXT, Raw, and SmackDown Tag Team Titles.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) vs. Fire and Desire for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: For some reason, we had R-Truth and the locker room interrupt the match. There was a funny moment where Nikki Cross mocked Mandy Rose and did a little hip swivel. Cross was really the MVP of the match, saving Bliss from getting pinned. Cross avoids a bicycle knee strike from Mandy and hits her with a hanging corkscrew neck breaker for the win.
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship: When the match started Sami Zayn, who accompanied Nakamura, grabbed a mic to provide his own commentary on the match. Thankfully production cut his mic after a few minutes. Even without a mic Sami played a huge part in the match distracting the referee on multiple occasions allowing Shinsuke to capitalize with multiple Kinsasha knee strikes. The Miz was able to round off a Skull Crushing Finale but before the referee could begin his count Zayn was on the apron distracting the referee. In the end, Nakamura is able to get off one more Kinsasha and picks up the win.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship: I was really enjoying this match and thought it could possibly be one of the better ones on the card but then the referee was accidentally struck with a chair from Lynch and all hell broke loose. Both women battled through the crowd and the concession area of the arena ending with Lynch striking Sasha with the chair then locked on the Disarmer using the chair. Apparently, the match has already deemed a disqualification without a referee calling for one. It seems like a lot of this show has been a throwaway.
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship: This was the prototypical Randy Orton match where there was more rest in between his strikes but to his credit, he dominated much of the beginning of the fight. Kofi Kingston started to pick up the pace but Orton countered a Trouble in Paradise with a backbreaker squashing Kofi’s momentum. Kofi attempts another comeback but that gets killed with a well-placed standing dropkick. Kofi almost picked up the win with an S.O.S. Randy takes control of the pace once again slowing things down to a crawl. Kofi avoided an attack but gets hit with an RKO literally out of nowhere. Orton would have gotten the win if Kofi didn’t have his foot on the bottom rope. Things do not look good for Kofi. Orton goes for his classic punt but it is avoided by Kofi. Orton runs in and gets hit with a Trouble in Paradise. Kofi gets the three count and another successful title defense under his reign. This was definitely one of the better matches on the card.
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan in a No Disqualification Match: I can appreciate WWE attempting to give viewers something new but this one fell flat. The only “wow” moment for me was Rowan powerbombing Roman through the announcer’s table. What saved this match was the returning Luke Harper attacking Roman and helping Rowan pick up the biggest win of his career. You seemingly forget how bad the match was and just remember Harper is back. The Bludgeon Brothers have a lot of potential in my eyes and we just getting a glimpse of that before they went down with injury so I’m hoping their return as a tandem is imminent.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship: This followed a typical big versus little man format but it was done very well. The spot where Strowman came flying off the top rope with a splash was definitely the spot where this match grabbed your attention. Perhaps the splash was Braun’s undoing because he banged his knee on the impact. Rollins hits Strowman with three Stomps each of which Strowman kicked out of. Rollins breaks out something old from his playbook borrowing Triple H’s Pedigree then following it up with a fourth Stomp to finally get the win. The match followed a very simple format going with the big man versus small man approach and it worked quite well. Strowman and Rollins sprinkled a few things in the match to put it over the top which made it a great match.
Rollins celebrates his victory on the stage when the lights go out. There wasn’t a power outage but rather a psycho man in a mask by the name of Bray Wyatt who has Rollins in position for Sister Abigail. Wyatt hits Rollins with Sister Abigail then follows it up with a Mandible Claw. That is the end of the show folks.
Overall, I feel like Clash of Champions missed the mark. There were tons of matches that could have made this a great show but they went nowhere. Styles/Cedric had no drama, Bayley/Charlotte ended in five minutes, Sasha/Becky starts as a great match only to end in a DQ. These are high profile PPV matches with TV endings.
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