WWE Clash Of Champions 2016 Complete Analysis

WWE Clash Of Champions 2016

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WWE Clash Of Champions 2016
WWE Clash Of Champions 2016

WWE Clash Of Champions 2016

WWE Clash Of Champions 2016 took place last Sunday and it was the first Raw Exclusve PPV since the current roster draft.

Here was the full card for the event:

Kevin Owens (C) vs. Seth Rollins (WWE Universal Championship)

Rusev (C) vs. Roman Reigns (United States Championship)

Charlotte (C) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley (WWE Women’s Championship)

The New Day (C) vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (WWE Tag-Team Championships)

TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick (WWE Cruiserweight Championsip)

Cesaro vs. Sheamus (Seventh match of the Best of 7 Series)

Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho

Pre-Show

Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox

“Playin'” 🤔 Let’s see how well that works out for you tonight. Don’t stand to close to the barricades 😈 #ClashOfChampions https://t.co/K3fSNC1wVy

— Nia Jax (@NiaJaxWWE) September 25, 2016

Nights like these are made for athletes like me, they’re made for champions. Bring your best, ladies. You won’t get anything less. #WWEClash

— Charlotte (@MsCharlotteWWE) September 25, 2016

This isn’t the first time we’ve shared a ring and I know #WWEClash won’t be the last. 8 years have led to this and I’m leaving #Champion. pic.twitter.com/e6R37XrXuj

— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) September 25, 2016

Really excited for #WWEClash, especially @MegaTJP vs @mrbriankendrick for the Cruiserweight Title. Wish @mauroranallo and I were calling it!

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) September 25, 2016

Nia Jax Vs Alicia Fox

This was a very quick, almost squash match. Alicia didn’t stand a chance or get in much offence after the drop kick she started the match with before she was flattened and pinned by the overweight Nia Jax.

A MASSIVE Samoan Drop by @NiaJaxWWE gives her the victory over @AliciaFoxy! #WWEClash #Kickoff pic.twitter.com/VgvvlOuQaG

— WWE (@WWE) September 25, 2016

.@AliciaFoxy is FIRED UP for her matchup vs. @NiaJaxWWE! #WWEClash #Kickoff pic.twitter.com/5kfI6TP0dZ

— WWE (@WWE) September 25, 2016

WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) vs. The Club

This was a good opening match, nothing special but it was fine for what it was.

Some fans seemed to be upset that The Club didn’t win the tag titles but it didn’t bother me.

Kofi scored the pin on Anderson.

The clock strikes MIDNIGHT!! #TheNewDay will make it to Day 400 of their #RAW Tag Title reign!! #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/mg6846gQjn

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

With the #RAW #TagTitles on the line, @KarlAndersonWWE & @LukeGallowsWWE look to end #TheNewDay’s reign at 399 days! #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/zadMfzFD0X

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: TJ Perkins (c) vs. Brian Kendrick

I thought TJ Perkins and Brian Kendrick had a really good match.

Perkins takes the win with a Knee Bar, forcing Brian to tap out as he wasn’t able to reach the ropes.

After the match, Brian extends his hand for a handshake but double crosses TJP and levels him with a big headbutt, sending him down to the mat and leaving him laying as he walks down the ramp.

I was pleased to see this happen because it means more matches between these two. This match was very good but it did feel like the first match in a series – they can and will have better matches and I’m looking forward to them.

A handshake … then a HEADBUTT from @MrBrianKendrick to the Cruiserweight Champ @MegaTJP!! #SoreLoser #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/8qMxrReU0i

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

KNEEBAR!! @MegaTJP picks up a submission victory over @MrBrianKendrick!! #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/bPoucndwbv

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

Best of Seven Series: Sheamus vs. Cesaro (3-3)

This would have been the deciding match in the Best Of 7 Series but it ended in controversial circumstances as both guys were said to be unable to continue the match after a hard-hitting battle. I thought this was the best match they have had in the series and that Cesaro really brings out the best in Sheamus and forces him to work harder and do more than he usually would.

There was a worrying moment in the match when Cesaro dived through the ropes and ended up landing on the top of his head. Thankfully he was okay and didn’t seem to be seriously injured.

On advice of the @WWE trainers and doctors, the referee STOPS the match! #BestOf7 #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/Wf5FZs4NM0

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

Both @WWECesaro and @WWESheamus go over the barricade. Trainers are attending to both men. #Bestof7 #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/OFwLEfSqW0

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

Tope Suicida to the floor takes out @WWESheamus, but @WWECesaro crashes head-first to the mat!! #WWEClash #BestOf7 pic.twitter.com/XE4FE4P7c1

— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) September 26, 2016

Will it be The #CelticWarrior @WWESheamus or The #SwissSuperman @WWECesaro that walks out of this #BestOf7 Series on top?! #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/83iISw3BrK

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

Next fall WINS IT ALL! #BestOf7 @WWECesaro @WWESheamus #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/Zv3lV0OSpJ

— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) September 26, 2016

Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho

Zayn and Jericho had a really enjoyable match – I expect it to be only the first in a series of matches between them with each one turning up the heat a little more until their last match but this one was still very good. Chris Jericho survived a Blue Thunder Bomb and avoided a Helluva Kick to score the victory after hitting a Condebreaker on Sami.

I look forwatd to watching furture matches between them.

#CODEBREAKER by @IAmJericho!! ONE TWO THREE!!

Jericho takes the victory over @ILikeSamiZayn at #WWEClash of Champions! pic.twitter.com/rbwobj7EUx

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

Shortest distance for @ILikeSamiZayn between two points is a STRAIGHT LINE!! @IAmJericho #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/qYR14w68zz

— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) September 26, 2016

Current and former best friends of @WWE #UniversalChampion @FightOwensFight go 1-on-1 RIGHT NOW at #WWEClash! @IAmJericho @iLikeSamiZayn pic.twitter.com/mplhNipkNW

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

.@ILikeSamiZayn wants NONE of @IAmJericho’s expensive scarf! #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/n0ThLOqKov

— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) September 26, 2016

RAW Women’s Championship: Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley

All three women work hard and have a really good match – For the finish, Charlotte boots Bayley into Sasha, knocking her from the ring and hits another boot on Bayley before pinning her to retain her Championship. I was expecting Dana to play a part in the match, perhaps costing Charlotte the Title but it didn’t happen. Good match.

It’s every woman for herself as @MsCharlotteWWE defends the #RAW #WomensTitle against @SashaBanksWWE & @itsBayleyWWE! #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/tkbm6oqJnp

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

[email protected] @SashaBanksWWE @MsCharlotteWWE #TripleThreat #WWEClash #WomensTitle pic.twitter.com/Wndmx2gkad

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

United States Championship: Rusev (c) vs. Roman Reigns

I started to watch this match but I was so bored after a few minutes that I just hit fast forward and I read online since then that Roman won the match with a Spear and became the US Champion. That’s good because I find Rusev so boring.
As far as I could tell from the little I watch, this match was slow and pretty bad. I wasn’t able to watch it and I’ve sat through some bad matches in my many years as a fan, but this was so bad that I just couldn’t watch it. Maybe I have less patience than I used to have, I don’t know, but trust me this really was bad and not worth watching.

@WWERomanReigns is the NEWWW @WWE United States Champion, defeating @RusevBUL at #WWEClash of Champions!! @LanaWWE pic.twitter.com/tunyyTgu1R

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

.@LanaWWE pulls the referee out of the ring to stop a pinfall, he sends her back to the locker room instead of a DQ! #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/moHU6HBaqj

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

#TheBigDog @WWERomanReigns is NOT backing down in this #USTitle match against the #BulgarianBrute @RusevBUL! @LanaWWE #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/Yfdr5rapG2

WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins

They had an excellent main event match here – the finish saw Chris Jericho who came to ringside put Kevin Owen’s leg on the ropes to save him after he had received a Pedigree from Rollins and was about to get pinned. Rollins hit a suicide Dive on Jericho and a Suicide Dive on Owens but the referee was down at this point. Stephanie appeared with another referee but the distraction allowed Owens to recover and he hit a Pop-Up Powerbomb on Rollins and pinned him to retain his Championship. Rollins may have been injured taking a Gutbuster from the top rope during the match as he looked in a lot of pain and was holding his ribs although he still contrinued the match.

@StephMcMahon & @RealMickFoley wish @WWERollins luck vs. @FightOwensFight. Rollins wants none of it. #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/KEOyEu5Bpg

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

@StephMcMahon sends another referee to the ring, and @FightOwensFight defeats @WWERollins with a Pop-Up Powerbomb!! #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/43HbGNbvb0

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

With his @WWE #UniversalChampionship on the line, @FightOwensFight is looking to PUNISH @WWERollins in every possible way! #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/yGif0nP886

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

“I’M THE MAIN EVENT!” – @FightOwensFight #WWEClash pic.twitter.com/xwaTCqYyPI

— WWE (@WWE) September 26, 2016

Overall I though this was a very good PPV for WWE standards in recent years – It would have been better if Roman / Rusev wasn’t on the card as that brought the quality down somewhat but thankfully I wasn’t watching live and was able to skip it. Everything else either lived up to or exceeded expectations and left doors open for further advancement in storylines and rematches.

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