WWE Clash of Champions 2019 Recap
A.K.A. The One Where The Old Wyatt Family Were All Over The Show
- Drew Gulak def. Humberto Carillo and Lince Dorado to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
- A.J. Styles def. Cedric Alexander to retain the WWE United States Championship
- Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler def. Braun Strowman & Seth Rollins to win the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships
- Bayley def. Charlotte to retain the WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship
- The Revival def. New Day to win the WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships
- Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross def. Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose to retain the Women’s Tag Team Championships
- Shinsuke Nakamura def. The Miz to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
- Sasha Banks def. Becky Lynch by disqualification in a WWE Raw Women’s Championship Match
- Kofi Kingston def. Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship
- Erick Rowan def. Roman Reigns
- Seth Rollins def. Braun Strowman to retain the WWE Universal Championship
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Match of the Night: Sasha Banks def. Becky Lynch by disqualification in a WWE Raw Women’s Championship Match
These two have tremendous chemistry. That is definitely not a surprise, but it was on display here. The match featured really smooth transitions and mat wrestling. It was a reminder to many that Sasha Banks is an amazing in-ring talent. Lynch was in fine form tonight as well. The ending of the match left fans wanting more, as they’ll likely see each other inside Hell in a Cell. When they get there, they could have a match of the year contender.
Heels Being Heels
The undercard of Clash of Champions had heels doing what they do best: getting lots of actual heat. On the pre-show, Styles beat Alexander clean. Afterwards, the O.C. beatdown Alexander and posed over him. Simple, yes, and it made fans want to see Alexander get revenge.
Bayley only defeated Charlotte by running her face into a turnbuckle. She scurried to the back after getting her win, and it made fans sour on her more. Sami Zayn was insufferable with a microphone in his hand during Nakamura’s defence. The best undercard heels were The Revival. They were merciless in destroying Xavier Woods’ knee on their way to capturing the titles. With these heels being so effective with their work, it makes it easier for fans to root for babyfaces. Great job by all these heels.
It looked to be in doubt so many times during their title match. Somehow, someway, Kofi Kingston retained over Randy Orton and pinned him clean after Trouble in Paradise. It was a shocking win, as many thought Kingston’s reign had run it’s course. With the clean win, it may be time for a new challenger for Kingston. Who it will be is anyone’s guess. Hopefully it is anyone whose name doesn’t rhyme with “Lane McPan”.
Saved By The Fiend
The Universal Championship match between Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins was missing a certain level of heat. Both men were working hard, but it never really seemed like Strowman was going to defeat Rollins. Strowman was protected by the ending, where Rollins used four Stomps and a Pedigree to put him away.
No one will be talking about the match because of what happened after. The Fiend appeared and took out Rollins on the entrance ramp. With his next target in his sights, The Fiend looks to bring gold back to the Firefly Funhouse.
— WWE (@WWE) September 16, 2019
The first half of the show featured decent matchups with good endings. There was a definite lull in the beginning of the second half. Lynch and Banks were the best match on the night, but the three matches after that were disappointing until their endings. Luckily, the return of Harper and the attack of The Fiend bring the overall grade up a bit more. Not a terrible show, but some missed opportunities for sure.
One More Thing:
Erick Rowan defeated Roman Reigns. No, it wasn’t without shenanigans. It was because Luke Harper returned and assisted his former Bludgeon Brother. Where these two go from here is anyone’s guess, but this could mean Harper was also behind the attacks of Reigns. A storyline that looked to have run it’s course just got interesting once more.
— WWE (@WWE) September 16, 2019