Welcome to the first of many WWE PPV Live Feedbacks. What makes mine different from oh so many review columns? Well I tend to be more than happy to let WWE impress me. I don’t watch these shows dreading “another long sports entertainment fest”. I’m letting these matches and segments have a fair chance to impress me instead of acting surprised when I see a great match. Also I won’t discuss move for move or use star ratings.
The Pre-Show includes the women’s roster sans Charlotte and Nattie drawing lines in the sand as it seems the lumberjacks will be split between classic roster vs Riott Squad. Not a bad little backstage shouting match to build up anticipation of the later fighting.
New Day Twitter Q&A and it’s the usual pandering nonsense from the trio. I am positive and fair but The New Day’s Booty-Act is getting stale.
Kickoff Show Match: Zack Ryder vs. Mojo Rawley
Ryder fought hard including some Broski Boots but Mojo will not be denied his win. This could either be the breath of fresh air that Mojo needs to start being a big player in WWE or the last hurrah for both of these men. For a pre-show match designed to make one man look renewed and reborn, it was done as good as can be expected without turning into a total squash that lasts seconds. Which is good because it means Zack isn’t totally devalued.
WWE U.S. Championship Match: Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
A nice but formulaic Triple Threat Match. All the guys got to hit big moves and look solid but in the end a sneak attack by Dolph Ziggler netted him the US Championship and he even pinned the champ Corbin in the process. I’ll admit to being surprised but perhaps Creative really wants to see Ziggler feud with Roode more. I don’t know why but hey title changes are always fun and the ending sequence was something new with Dolph turning the End of Days into a Zig-Zag.
Post-Match Baron Corbin is irate and declares Dolph stole the title. Baron is not a loser! so says he.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos vs. The New Day vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs. Rusev & Aiden English
Eight men. Four Teams. Four men in the ring at all times. CHAOS! I’ve always been partial to tag team matches and this one did not disappoint. The four-way formula breaks down and America’s Greatest Alpha Team stood tall before Rusev and English came in and cleaned house. Even Big E can’t deny RUSEV DAY! Alas though four other men can deny Rusev and when it’s all said and done The Usos retain.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship Lumberjack Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya
Lumberjack matches are all about everyone getting their licks in and reminding us who is on which side of the alignment scale. Chaos, Brawling, People getting tossed out of the ring as often as possible. Women of all shapes and sizes. Charlotte hit the big moonsault because it’s a PPV. Nattie goes for the Sharpshooter but Charlotte gets the Figure Eight instead. Lots of brawling and I’m still waiting for that MITB cash-in.
The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Breezango
Short, Nasty, and Bludgeon’ed. I guess Breezango should have brought back-up. Like a tank. Rusev had a tank once. Maybe when Rusev/English fight 2B down the line, Rusev can bring back his tank. Seeing Harper and Rowan demolish people makes me happy. Usos be warned.
Owens and Zayn’s Careers on the Line: Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura (Special Referees: Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan)
Two Refs. Two Teams. Shenanigans. Despite this being the longest running story arc it also feels almost rushed in places. Still we have Nakamura wrestling and Kevin Owens continuing to be the best heel in the business. Yes He Is. Sami’s heel turn is a wonderful twist to his character and the man is embracing it. Orton is Orton, Randy gotta Randy. The refs duel and screw each other before Daniel Bryan fast-counts to give the win to Sami and Kevin. Jobs are saved.
WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal
Styles is Phenomenal. Mahal is… Jinder and shouldn’t be Hindered. I’m not a blind Jinder hater but AJ has been main-eventing for years around the world. It’s really not fair to match them up. The Singh Brothers are fun. Match is back and forth with Jinder attacking the ribs and Styles targeting the left leg. Power vs Speed Strikes. Mahal wont’ let AJ get momentum but Styles won’t die. In the end there can be only one champ and the Calf Crusher means AJ Styles is still your Champion.
All in all this PPV was what I wanted to get out of it. It wasn’t the best of the year but it wasn’t the worst. Mathematically most PPVs have to be average and that is what Clash Of Champions gave us: A down-the-middle PPV where none of the matches were awful but no one went above and beyond to steal the show either.
Match Of The Night: Tag Team Championship: Four-Way