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Random Thoughts on WWE Clash of Champions 2016

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The first Raw exclusive pay per view of the brand extension is done and dusted. I’m here to share my random thoughts on the show, so look away now if you want to avoid spoilers.

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WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) © def. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows via pinfall to retain the Tag Team Championships

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: TJ Perkins © def. The Brian Kendrick via submission to retain the Cruiserweight Championship

Best of Seven Series (Match 7): Sheamus & Cesaro fought to a double count-out

Chris Jericho def. Sami Zayn via pinfall

WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Charlotte © def. Sasha Banks & Bayley to retain the Raw Women’s Championship

WWE United States Championship: Roman Reigns def. Rusev © via pinfall to become the NEW WWE United States Champion

WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens © def. Seth Rollins via pinfall

 

*Random Thoughts*

 

I enjoyed the main event, although I felt it was hurt by the ref bump and interference.  What I liked most was that both guys were busting out a ton of awesome looking movies, which you’d expect by guys like Owens & Rollins. I thought Rollins did an okay sell job of the knee injury. There were times where he just ignored it.

Tons of false finishes, with the biggest false finish obviously being the big spot where Rollins hit the Pedigree, went for the cover and the ref was down. They do spots like that to make the face look good. It helps Rollins because he can complain about a moment like that costing him the victory. Plus, Rollins can also say that Stephanie sent a ref out when it was convenient for Owens, but did nothing when Rollins had a pinfall. It only adds more fuel to the fire regarding Steph and Hunter working together to make Owens the champ.

The ending suggests a possible triple threat match at Hell in a Cell with Owens vs. Rollins vs. Jericho. They must have had Jericho get the win over Sami Zayn for a reason. It could lead to Jericho turning face soon after Owens retains the title. Then again, No Mercy’s main event is also a triple threat, so I doubt a Raw PPV will headline with a three way so soon. Just a random thought.

 

From winning the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania to winning the United States Championship at Clash of Championships, it appears the Roman Reigns main event push has been put on hold. In my opinion, it’s the right call. It just hasn’t worked out for him. Like with the main event, this match was full of false finishes. The final Spear by Reigns looked really good. I’d much rather have seen Rusev drop the title to a guy like Sami Zayn or Neville. I really don’t know where Rusev goes from here, I fear that he may get lost in the shuffle.

 

Enjoyable opening contest for the tag titles. It was a solid way to kick off the show. Gallows & Anderson looked crafty and dominant, but they were outsmarted by the champs. It was an entertaining match. The ending was a cheap win for New Day, which is interesting because they are faces. It shows that they are willing to do what it takes to get the win and to give the heels a taste of their own medicine. No doubt we’ll be seeing a rematch soon. New Day’s reign will hit 400 days on Raw tomorrow. I still think they’ll keep the titles for a few more months to beat Demolition’s record of 478 days. Why not? It’s close enough now that they should do it.

 

I would describe Zayn v Jericho as a good, competitive match with a finish that I wasn’t expecting. I can’t imagine many people picked Jericho since Zayn is the younger guy and Jericho is usually the heel that puts over the faces on the rise. I’m glad they had a great match with Jericho really earning the victory. The crowd was really into it with “this is awesome” chants and were firmly in Zayn’s corner. I was a little disappointed with Zayn losing. It’s nothing against Jericho. I just felt like Zayn needed the win. Perhaps this is just WWE building up Jericho for future matches between them or maybe a face turn leading to him going against his “best friend” Owens. This is a match result I got wrong.

 

Another finish I was disappointed with was for Cesaro v Sheamus. It was a good match, and they were on their way to something really special, but the ending hurts it. Since the crowd was into this match so much, I think they should have just had the Cesaro win we were all expecting and move these guys on. Instead, we have to wait for the match to happen again and hope that the crowd is as interested as this crowd was. I imagine the rematch will happen tonight on Raw. Also, that suicide dive by Cesaro was nasty. I can honestly see that move being banned real soon. It’s one thing to wow the crowd but it’s also important to be smart about it.

 

The women’s triple threat had a lame finish. A kick to the head wins it? That’s it? People use kicks all the time and they amount to nothing, yet Bayley got beat by a kick. They could have done a better finish. But still, it was a good match. Got no problem with Charlotte retaining. She’s a favourite to win Female of the Year for this year’s Rif Rasslin’ Awards.

 

The cruiserweights had a competitive bout. Predictable win for TJ which was expected as it would have been foolish to take the title away from him so early in his reign. Kendrick almost won with Sliced Bread, but Perkins found a way to come back with the kneebar for the win. The crowd was into it, so that’s a positive sign.

 

Overall show rating (out of 10): 7

This is a tough show to rate. The performances were there. Everyone delivered, and I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The booking was strange. Was it really necessary for Cesaro & Sheamus to fight to a draw? Perhaps there’s something big for them down the line. I don’t know. As I say, everyone on the card put on a solid performance, but none of the matches stood out that much in terms of being classic matches, but there wasn’t anything that was that bad on this show. I just wanted to see something memorable.

 

2016 PPV Rankings so far:

Money in the Bank – 8

Battleground – 8

Royal Rumble – 8

Backlash – 7.5

Payback – 7

Extreme Rules – 7

Clash of Champions – 7

WrestleMania 32 – 6.5

SummerSlam – 6

FastLane – 6

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