WWE RAW Clash of Champions Review
by Kellen Bergeron
iNoob is back again with another WWE PPV review. This one was the first RAW only PPV titled Clash of Champions. Just a heads up, this PPV was by far one of the worst I’ve seen since Wrestlemania. This was a combination of terrible build up, terrible booking, and then have the terribly built up and booked matches be barely average. I can assure you that none of these matches made above a 3 simply because they either bombed from bell to bell or because they had that one thing that just crushed it. This might be shorter than normal but let’s get to it.
Match 1: New Day vs The Club for the Tag Team Championship – 3/5
We start things off with the typical New Day promo that we’ve all seen for the past 400 plus days now. After some dancing and Booty’O product placement, The Club makes their way to the ring and the match starts off with a bang. Karl Anderson starts in the ring destroying Kofi while Luke Gallows lays waste to Big E outside with a vicious clothesline followed shortly after by a big boot to Xavier Woods. After 2/3rds of The New Day is put down, The Club begins to double team Kofi until he can pull off a decent counter and tag in a “fresh” Big E. The tide started to turn for a brief second only to go right back in favor of The Club who is clearly the more dominate team. After a Boot of Doom on Big E, who manages to kick out, the Ref gets distracted and Xavier Woods catches Karl Anderson with a trombone to the head and is finished off with a double team by The New Day. I won’t say the match was terrible, I will say the match is far from PPV quality and that I feel like the outcome was not the right one.
Match 2: The Brian Kendrick vs T.J. Perkins for the Cruiserweight Championship – 3/5
This was pretty much the same as the tag match for me. The only difference is the match hadn’t been seen in the WWE before and the ending started a story instead of just continuing one. T.J and Kendrick worked really well together and I enjoyed the match. I just felt like the match was a RAW level match instead of a PPV match. T.J. ended up retaining his title with a well executed knee bar but just the expectations of the match weren’t met. The redeeming part of the match was after it was over and T.J was being interviewed. Kendrick walks up so T.J. extends his hand in the spirit of sportsmanship, they hug it out, then next thing you know Kendrick catches T.J. with a headbutt and gives him a few stiff attacks before leaving the ring. Here’s hoping that this starts a feud that will carry the division out of its infancy in the WWE.
Match 3: Sheamus vs Cesaro Best of Seven Finals – 2/5
The only thing to say about this match is Cesaro has a death wish. It was heavy hitting and decently paced just like the six other matches in this Best of Seven series. I mean the brute strength these two have is impressive but the injuries that come with these two in a match is just out of control. Some of them maybe a work but when Cesaro lands directly on his head, or the incident that caused the end of the match where both of them landed wrong in the crowd. The match ended in a no contest leaving us wondering what exactly is going to come of the series. I hope Cesaro wasn’t injured to seriously but we’ll have to see.
Match 4: Sami Zayne vs Chris Jericho – 2/5
I don’t know why this happened. I wish it didn’t happen. I’m a fan of both of these guys and I felt like this was one of the snack refill matches. Jericho ended up pulling off the win with a well placed Code Breaker and then did one of his cry baby Jericho celebrations which was pretty amusing. Other than that nothing real memorable happened.
Match 5: Sasha Banks vs Baylee vs Charlotte Triple Threat for the Women’s Championship – 3/5
This was probably the match of the night and still didn’t manage to get above average. The only thing we learned is that Charlotte is for the most part a fighting champion. She held Sasha and Baylee at bay for a good bit and even hit a beautiful moonsault off the top rope. All together though I feel like having this be a triple threat match killed what could have been an incredible one on one between any combination of these three. Charlotte ended up retaining the title after some help from Dana Brooke.
Match 6: Roman Reigns vs Rusev United States Championship – 2/5
This should have just been a grudge match. I feel like Roman was only put in this match so he could be at the PPV because much like Dolph Ziggler, he has to have a title shot all the time. The “Wife Honor” angle was so good but it didn’t need to involve the title. The match itself was the exact same match we’ve gotten with nothing to over the top. The only thing that changed was after Lana pulled the ref out of the ring during a count she was ejected from the match. After about two or three Spears Roman finally pulled off the win to become the new United States champion.
Match 7: Seth Rollins vs Kevin Owens WWE Universal Championship – 3/5
This match started out so strong, Owens and Rollins both going at it from the bell. These two went to war but like all other matches on this list, it was just average. Now don’t get me wrong but after some pretty brutal spots they caught my attention and things started to look up. An Avalanche Gut Buster by Kevin Owens almost killed Seth Rollins. Then Rollins being the monster in the ring that he is continued on and was starting to gain the upper hand. Then the moment we all waited for. Owens sent Rollins up for a Power Bomb, Rollins maneuvered out of it and landed on the Ref knocking him out cold for the rest of the match. The match continues on with Pedigrees and Super Kicks galore still with no Ref. After to long a Ref is sent from the back to finish the match but instead stops to check on the other Ref…. At this point Seth Rollins screams at the new Ref asking what he’s doing, then turns into a Pump Up Power Bomb by Kevin Owens. Owens goes for the pin and the ref slides in for the three count. Kevin Owens retains. This math had everything going for it. Then between the Ref bump, interference by Jericho, and potential rigging with the second Ref it all just vanished. It’s the same played out story that WWE has crutched on for years, decades even.
This entire PPV was, in my mind, supposed to beat Backlash or at the very least give it some good competition. Instead it crashed and burned hard and pretty much killed any excitement I had going in. When I spend most of the PPV yawning and talking about other federations or things that don’t even involve the PPV, that’s a problem, and when people fall asleep on the couch during the matches, that’s a problem. I don’t see how so many right choices can be made only to be executed so poorly. I’m gonna give WWE till Survivor Series to get things straight and have enjoyable PPVs. If they can’t then I’ll just need to find something else to do or another federation to write about. At any rate thanks to everyone who reads and comments. We’ll see how the No Mercy PPV goes in a few weeks and hopefully there won’t be so much negativity. Until then have a good one.