WWE Clash of Champions Review: Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman

WWE Clash of ChampionsShow: WWE Clash of Champions 2019
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
Date: Sunday September 15, 2019

RAW Tag Team Championship Match: Braun Strowman & Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode  Strowman delivered a running boot to Ziggler. Roode knocked Rollins off the ring apron as Ziggler delivered a jumping DDT on the floor. Ziggler delivered a Famouser for a near fall. Rollins delivered a middle rope Blockbuster to Roode and a Falcon Arrow too Ziggler. Strowman tagged in and delivered his Merry-go-Round tackles to Roode and Ziggler on the floor. Ziggler moved as Strowman ran into the ring post. Ziggler delivered a Superkick to Strowman. Rollins tagged in, delivered a springboard knee and a Superkick too Roode. Rollins delivered a Slingblade to Roode and a tope too Ziggler. Roode delivered a Spinebuster to Rollins for a near fall. Strowman bonked into Roode who bonked into Rollins. Roode delivered the Glorious DDT to Rollins for the win. 

  • WINNERS: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler won the RAW Tag Team Titles (***)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good match as everyone looked solid. The finish was well done as Roode took advantage of the miscommunication between Rollins and Strowman.)

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair – Charlotte delivered a big boot for a near fall. Charlotte delivered a knee drop to Bayley’s ankle. Charlotte went for a Figure-4-Leg Lock but Bayley countered into an inside cradle for a near fall. Charlotte delivered a big boot. With the referee distracted, Bayley removed the bottom turnbuckle. Bayley rammed Charlotte into the exposed turnbuckle, pinned her and got the win. 

  • WINNER: Bayley retained the SmackDown Women’s Title (*1/2)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was disappointing especially with this match being in Charlotte’s hometown. But the finish was clever with Bayley using an underhanded tactic and a slow to presumably turn her full heel.)

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) – Big E delivered a uranage to Wilder for a near fall. Dawson yanked Woods off the ring apron as Wilder delivered a jumping clothesline to Big E off the ring apron to the floor. Dawson and Wilder delivered an assisted leg drop to Big E for a near fall. Big E delivered a belly-to-belly to Wilder as Woods tagged in. Woods delivered a head scissors to Dawson and a rolling clothesline to Wilder. Woods delivered a slingshot DDT to Dawson but Wilder made the save. Dawson and Wilder delivered the Shatter Machine to Big E on the floor. Wilder delivered a chop block to Woods. Dawson and Wilder delivered the Shatter Machine to Woods. Dawson applied an Inverted Figure-4-Leg Lock as Woods tapped. 

  • WINNERS: The Revival won the SmackDown Tag Team Titles (***1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was good and had the feel of an old school traditional tag team match as both New Day and Revival worked hard. I liked the storytelling as The Revival worked over Woods injury which led to the finish.)

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs. Fire & Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville) Bliss slapped Rose. Bliss delivered a standing and a reverse double knees to Rose for a near fall. The crowd cheered as the 24/7 Championship Geek Squad ran down. Rose delivered a delayed suplex and Deville followed with a sliding knee to Bliss for a near fall. Nikki delivered a flying crossbody to Deville for a near fall. Deville shoved Nikki as Bliss got crotched on the turnbuckle. Deville and Rose delivered High/Low to Bliss but Nikki made the save. Nikki avoided a running knee and delivered a draping Spinning Neck Breaker to Rose for the win. 

  • WINNERS: Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss retained the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles (*1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was not good a match as as the pacing was slow and dragged for most part. The biggest reaction was when WWE’s Geek Squad ran down during a quick 24/7 Segment.)

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (w/Sami Zayn) vs. The Miz – Sami Zayn was during commentary at the beginning of the match and it was completely insufferable and his character is reachingGo away Heat.” Nakamura delivered a running knee from the floor and a jumping knee drop. Nakamura applied an armbar but Miz broke free and delivered a DDT for a near fall. Nakamura delivered a sliding German Suplex. Miz avoided a Kinshasa and delivered a shin breaker. Miz applied a Figure-4-Leg Lock but Nakamura grabbed the ropes. Zayn grabbed Miz’s leg as Nakamura delivered a Bomb Ye for a near fall. Miz avoided a Kinshasa and delivered a Skull Crushing Finale but Zayn distracted the referee. Miz chased Zayn around the ring as Nakamura kicked him in the face. Nakamura delivered a Kinshasa to Miz for the win. 

  • WINNER: Shinsuke Nakamura retained the WWE Intercontinental Title (**1/2)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a simple match as Nakamura looked solid but his character has lost so much stream and this heel run isn’t clicking. The other problem is Miz works a very basic style and nothing stands out.)

RAW Women’s Championship Match: Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks – Becky went for the Dis-Arm-Her but Banks broke free. Becky delivered a flying forearm of the ring steps to Banks on the floor. The crowd was hot as they chanted Let’s go BeckyandLet’s go Sasha.” Banks delivered a sliding meteora for a near fall. Banks leaped off the turnbuckle but Becky countered with a dropkick. Becky delivered an Exploder Suplex. Banks caught Becky coming off the ropes and applied the Bank Statement. Becky broke free and delivered an Exploder Suplex. Becky delivered a leaping leg drop for a near fall. Banks delivered a flying meteora for a near fall. Becky went for the Dis-Arm-Her but Banks countered into a rollup for a near fall. Becky applied the Dis-Arm-Her but Banks placed her foot on the ropes. Becky delivered a missile dropkick but Banks kicked out. There was a light chant ofThis is Awesome.” Banks delivered a Back Stabber against the rope and followed with a second Back Stabber. Banks applied the Bank Statement but Becky refused to quit as she reached the ropes. Banks tossed a chair into the ring. With the referee distracted, Banks attacked Becky with a chair and followed with a Shining Wizard for a close near fall. Banks went to use a chair but the referee stopped her. Banks moved as Becky whacked the referee with a chair.

[Post MatchBecky whacked Banks with a chair. A brawl broke out as Banks and Becky brawled in the stands. Becky applied the Dis-Arm-Her in-between the guardrails. Banks rammed Becky into the barricade. Banks went to attack Becky with a chair but was stopped. Becky attacked Banks with a chair. Becky applied the Dis-Arm-Her in-between a chair as WWE officials came down as the crowd booed. The commentators noted Becky was disqualified for attacking the referee. 

  • WINNER: Sasha Banks via Disqualification (***1/2)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was great and the highlight of the show as both Banks and Becky worked really hard. The finish was anti-climatic but it’s clearly setting up a rematch most likely inside Hell in a Cell.)

WWE Championship Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton – The match started at a slow pace as Orton applied a side headlock. Orton delivered a running shoulder tackle sending Kofi off the ring apron into the barricade. Orton delivered a suplex on the floor. Orton delivered a pair of backdrop suplex to Kofi onto the announcers table for a near fall. Kofi delivered a reverse missile dropkick and a Boom Drop. Orton blocked Trouble in Paradise and delivered a backbreaker for a near fall. Kofi backdrop Orton to the floor and followed with a plancha. Kofi delivered flying crossbody but Orton rolled through for a near fall. Orton delivered a dropkick for a near fall. Kofi delivered an S.O.S for a near fall. Orton delivered a powerslam for a near fall. Orton delivered a draping DDT. Kofi applied a rollup for a near fall. Orton caught Kofi with an RKO Outta Nowhere but Kofi placed his foot on the ropes. Orton went for the Punt Kick but Kofi countered by delivering the Trouble in Paradise for the win. 

  • WINNER: Kofi Kingston retained the WWE Title (**1/2)

(Amin’s Analysis: The nicest thing I can say is Orton always carries himself as a superstar and this was a basic standard professional wrestling match. However, this was dreadful and really boring to watch as both Kofi and Orton worked a below average pace. There is something missing with Kofi as champion as his hype from his WrestleMania run has gone. With SmackDown moving to FOX a possible program with Brock Lesnar might help Kofi get his momentum back.)

No Disqualification Match: Erick Rowan vs. Roman Reigns – Rowan attacked Reigns with a kendo stick and ring steps. Reigns delivered a Drive By but Rowan responded with a running elbow. Rowan delivered a flying tackle for a near fall. Reigns delivered a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Reigns attacked Rowan with the ring steps and connected with a Superman Punch but Rowan kicked out. Reigns went for a Superman Punch but Rowan caught and Powerbombed him through the announcers table. They brawled in the crowd as Rowan delivered an Iron Claw Chokeslam sending Reigns crashing through a table. Reigns attacked Rowan with a pipe and the jib camera. Reigns delivered a Superman Punch, went for a Spear but Luke Harper appeared and delivered a big boot to a big reaction. Rowan delivered a running splash in the corner as Harper delivered a clothesline. Rowan delivered the Iron Claw Chokeslam for the win. The crowd chanted Welcome Back as Harper and Rowan stood on the entrance ramp. 

  • WINNER: Erick Rowan (***)

(Amin’s Analysis: This went a bit too long but was a good match as both Reigns and Rowan worked hard. It was a nice surprise to see Harper return to WWE TV and will be interesting to see where this storyline go next because the lead-in to this match hasn’t been good.)

WWE Universal Championship Match: Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman Rollins delivered three straight Superkicks and followed with a Frog Splash but Strowman kicked out before the referee began his count. Rollins delivered a pair of springboard knees. Strowman delivered a pair of Merry-go-Round tackles to Rollins on the floor. Rollins moved as Strowman went flying over the announcers table. Rollins delivered a pair of topes to Strowman. They battled on the turnbuckle as Rollins teased a Superplex but Strowman blocked. There was a crazy spot as Strowman delivered a Super Splash from the top turnbuckle but hurt his knee on the landing. Strowman went for a delayed cover but Rollins kicked out. Strowman went for a Running Powerslam but Rollins countered by applying a sleeper. Strowman broke free by yanking him off. Rollins delivered three straight Stomps but Strowman kicked out. Strowman went for a Running Powerslam but Rollins countered by delivering a Pedigree. Rollins delivered the 4th Stomp of the match for the win. 

[Post Match] Rollins posed on the entrance ramp as the lights went out. The Fiend appeared to the biggest reaction of the show and delivered Sister Abigail to Rollins and then placed him in the Mandible Claw. Bray Wyatt laughed as the show came to a close. 

  • WINNER: Seth Rollins retained the WWE Universal Title (***1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was all action packed match as both Rollins and Strowman worked very hard. The post-match angle was great as it sets up the main event for Hell in a Cell which is the next WWE pay-per-view.)

[Overall Thoughts] Apart from the Becky Lynch/Sasha Banks match and the main event angle, WWE Clash of Champions was another WWE PPV filled with bunch of average wrestling matches that you see every week on WWE TV. This felt like a holdover show with SmackDown moving to FOX and the WWE Draft returning. Overall, WWE Clash of Champions was just another WWE show. 

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