WWE breaking out the Clash of Champions name again! How many championship change hands?
So, I haven’t been following a ton of WWE, so I’m coming into this with mostly fresh eyes. Wonder if that will be helpful?
Only big question I have is; Will The Fiend show up during the main event?
Well let’s find out!
- Pre-Show: Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Lince Dorado vs Drew Gulak (c) vs Humberto Carrillo: Gulak retains via Bridging Pin @10:05 – ** 3/4
- Pre-Show: United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Cedric Alexander: Styles retains via Styles Clash @4:55 – ***
- Raw Tag Team Titles: Braun Strowman & Seth Rollins (c) vs Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler: Roode wins via Glorious DDT @9:40 – ** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- SmackDown Live Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs Bayley (c): Bayley retains via Exposed Turnbuckle @3:45 – **
- SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles: The Revival vs The New Day (c): Dawson wins via Inverted Figure Four @10:15 – *** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Women’s Tag Team Titles: Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose vs Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross: Cross retains via Elevated Whiplash @9:05 – ** 1/4
- Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs The Miz: Nakamura retains via Kinshasa @9:35 – ** 1/2
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Sasha Banks: Banks wins via DQ @20:00 – *** 3/4
- WWE Championship: Randy Orton vs Kofi Kingston (c): Kofi retains via Trouble in Paradise @20:50 – ****
- No DQ Match: Roman Reigns vs Erick Rowan: Rowan wins via Iron Claw Slam @17:25 – *** 1/2
- Universal Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs Braun Strowman: Rollins retains via Stomp @11:00 – ** 1/4
Pre-Show: Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Lince Dorado vs Drew Gulak (c) vs Humberto Carrillo – Gulak starts things off with the Shotgun Dropkick, and then we get an odd combination of cool moves, shortly followed up by stupid looking things. For example, the Back Handspring Arm Drag into that Electric Chair dive, was pretty cool. But the weird submission trade offs that ended with Gulak throwing Lince into Humberto, looked moronic. So as a match, it was alright. Gulak taking the opportunistic approach wasn’t surprising, but it was effective. Nothing to be outright bothered by, but this definitely walked that line between good and dumb.
Pre-Show: United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Cedric Alexander – Cedric comes out firing quickly, hitting an early Neuralyzer to send Styles reeling. Styles gets the advantage back on the outside and hits a Styles Clash, but wants to make an example of Cedric.After a bit of toying with the challenger, Cedric gets a small opening, but Styles cuts that off. Phenomenal Forearm followed by another Styles Clash gives the champion the win. The rest of the OC comes out and they beat down Cedric a bit before heading out.
Raw Tag Team Titles: Braun Strowman & Seth Rollins (c) vs Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler – The irritation of this match is that the Universal match later on, took away from the story of this. People were more focused on Rollins and Strowman staying together or screwing each other. Ziggler and Roode really just pulled off a few misdirection spots and tried to eventually keep Rollins singled out, but nothing special. A complete lack of a story, as well as a purveying tone of this not mattering because of the match later in the show, just made this awkward. Nothing awful, but really not much of anything to highlight with a ‘malfunction at the junction’ style finish.
SmackDown Live Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs Bayley (c) – Charlotte hits the Big Boot once the bell rings and never stopped. Bayley was on the back foot the entire time, trying to powder for space and just find her bearings. But Charlotte peppered her with stiff strikes and then started focusing the left leg for the Figure Eight. Once Charlotte backs Bayley into the corner, the referee has to pull her off, which gives Bayley time to take off the turnbuckle pad and drop Charlotte’s face into the exposed buckle. Quick pinfall, Bayley retains, grabs her title and literally runs to the back. Clever girl…
SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles: The Revival vs The New Day (c) – We finally get a fun match, with a story and two teams that can go in the ring. Xavier’s knee played into a lot of his early fire, but Revival dropped him out of the ring for what felt like 5 minutes. Big E took a lot of punishment, but powered up and looked to be making a come back, but a Shatter Machine on the outside took Big E out of the equation. Woods fought valiantly, but he got hit with Shatter Machine, and then Dash told Dawson to work expose the knee. Dawson slapped on the Inverted Figure Four and Woods tapped out. Really good match, but with enough left on the bone for a big blow off if they continue things.
Women’s Tag Team Titles: Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose vs Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross – Mandy continued to be vain, which fired up both Bliss and Cross nicely. Annoyingly, the 24/7 Championship train of idiots came through during the match, most likely as a little payback since Alexa snitched on R-Truth being there. But Alexa tried to Roll-Up R-Truth, Truth got out of it and ran off, but then Bliss lost her momentum there. Mandy and Sonya hit their High/Low tandem finisher, which would’ve ended things if Cross didn’t recover to break the pinfall. Bliss tags in Nikki, and Nikki goes crazy. Takes out Sonya, dodges a Knee Strike from Mandy and hits Whiplash for the win! Also, kudos to Alexa for selling the tandem finish for the last few minutes and all the way up the ramp until they had to pose. Solid match with Alexa impressing me more and more with her understanding of the little things.
Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs The Miz – Well Sami Zayn starts off by being insanely annoying, but they thankfully cut his mic. As for the match, there’s a surprising amount of back and forth. Shinsuke tries his hand at some YES Kicks, Miz actually pulls off a few interesting counters and looks to have his 9th title reign in the bag. But Sami Zayn does a good job at being the heel second. Tripping Miz, distracting the referee, and doing just enough to insure that Shinsuke retains. An okay match with good storytelling and branches logically into a The Miz versus Sami Zayn angle. So it keeps everyone with something to sink teeth into. Good wrestling.
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Sasha Banks – This was well paced and that pace remained surprisingly consistent. Sasha cut Becky off in corners, they both countered and rolled through the other’s submissions, there was just a lot of solid work. Granted, pinfalls after dumb moves doesn’t do much for me. Like the Guillotine Leg Drop, Missile Dropkick or Shining Wizard. Neither of these women have won matches with those, so a pin attempt doesn’t really make sense. Also the janky finish was awkward at best. The attempt to Lie, Cheat and Steal was cute, but every time Sasha breathes, it’s apparently a reference to Eddie. So that gets a little old to hear, literally every time. A good match, regardless of my highlighting the negatives. The DQ finish was just stupid, so it’s bringing out the worst in my train of thought.
WWE Championship: Randy Orton vs Kofi Kingston (c) – A great match, that built up slowly. Randy was in the driver’s seat when they were on the outside, throwing Kofi into tables and barricades, but Kofi had the fighting spirit to stay in it all. Both men hit all of their signature moves at important times. S.O.S. for a near fall, Orton’s Power Slam, hell an RKO was hit…just too damn close to the ropes. I really like how Orton went for The Punt, which is the second time recently, so maybe he can start actually hitting it. The missed Punt set up the Trouble in Paradise, and Kofi retains after a damn good back and forth. Kofi’s first great match of his title reign.
No DQ Match: Roman Reigns vs Erick Rowan – Well I do appreciate how the WWE has handled Roman since his return from his battle with Leukemia. Roman is still a force to be reckoned with, but he’s not nearly as untouchable as he used to be. We get a hard hitting match between two power guys. Rowan utilized Ring Steps, Kendo Sticks, Announce Tables and general tables throughout the common area. Rowan tried to clothesline Roman with a camera jib, but Roman grabbed something and just hit him in the stomach. Nice desperation, nice turn about to use the jib to give himself the advantage, and it looked like we were heading towards a Roman win. But as he runs down the ramp for a Spear with extra momentum, Luke Harper reintroduces himself with a boot to Roman’s head. The Bludgeon Brothers are back, Rowan gets a big win, and they were always a hell of a team. Nicely laid out.
Universal Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs Braun Strowman – So Braun started off trucking Seth immediately, but Seth gonna Seth. That awful Springboard Knee, Dives to the outside and a few broken announce tables. Braun flying wasn’t really anything more than okay since he doesn’t usually do that. But we’ve seen people his size and bigger utilize ropes, so it’s nothing special. The number of Stomps it took to take out Braun was supposed to keep him looking strong in defeat, I suppose, but it just got a little ridiculous. So the match was just there, nothing special, no impressive feats of strength or great story telling…just spots and Stomps.
-The Fiend attacking Seth on the stage was cool, messed up my prediction, but it was still cool.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
This show was pretty good show. None of the action was awful, most of the stories made sense and the reappearance of Luke Harper is awesome. Not every outcome may have been to personal liking, but each finish told a story. Hell, Bayley’s finish might’ve been the best and her match was arguably the worst on the show since it was like 4 minutes long and mostly a squash.
I just found myself enjoying a lot of what went on during this show. Even though I would’ve liked a No Contest in the main event thanks to The Fiend, I suppose you can’t take the belt off of Seth just yet. The only real negative connotation is the future for Braun. He got built up, just to fail. Now he got built up to borderline believable again, and failed. I’m not the biggest fan of Braun, but if you’re going to bill someone as a Monster Among Men, he has to beat men for championships.
Still, good stuff and I might care about this coming week’s WWE. Maybe.
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