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[PPV Recap] ‘WWE Clash of Champions 2019’ – All Them Titles On the Line, Reigns vs. Rowan

Date: September 15, 2019
Venue: Spectrum Center (Charlotte, NC)
Commentators: Various

Welcome to JVPW’s live coverage of WWE Clash of the Champions 2019 featuring all of the title defenses and also Roman Reigns taking on Erick Rowan in a No-DQ match. Why is there a match not for a title on a show that’s themed to be about championships? Because shut up, they have our 9.99. ANYWAY let’s do this.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWE CHAMPION: Kofi Kingston
  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Seth Rollins
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Shinsuke Nakamura
  • WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Drew Gulak
  • RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: “The Man” Becky Lynch
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Bayley
  • RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods)
  • WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross

LINEUP

  • Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman [c] vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode for the RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • Bayley [c] vs. Charlotte Flair for the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • The New Day [c] vs. The Revival for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross [c] vs. Fire & Desire for the WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • Shinsuke Nakamura [c] vs. The Miz for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Bayley [c] vs. Sasha Banks for the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)
  • Kofi Kingston [c] vs. Randy Orton for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (1/4*)
  • NO DISQUALIFICATION: Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan (*)
  • Seth Rollins [c] vs. Braun Strowman for the WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)

*****

Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman [c] vs. Dolph Ziggler & “The Glorious” Robert Roode for the RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Rollins & Strowman meet later in the night for the former’s Universal Championship. HOW WILL THEY CO-EXIST AGAINST A TEAM THAT FEELS ONLY LIKE A WEEK OLD?

Roode tries to psych himself up while Strowman just stares at him emotionless, the crowd chanting “GET THESE HANDS”. Roode grabs a side headlock, Strowman easily throws him off into the corner. It was, ahem, a glorious effort. Ziggler tags in and hops on Strowman’s back. He gets slung off, Braun follows up with a big boot. Rollins tags in, Strowman whips him into Ziggler then Rollins whips Ziggler into Strowman who hits a shoulderblock. Ziggler escapes a waistlock with a back elbow and tags in Roode. Ziggler distracts Rollins, Roode knocks him out of the ring and Ziggler plants him with a DDT on the floor. The challengers wear Rollins down, Ziggler grabbing a sleeperhold. Rollins escapes with a jawbreaker, Ziggler bounces back with a Fameasser for the 1…2…Rollins kicks out. Rollins ducks Roode, knocks Ziggler off the apron, and connects with a middle-buckle Blockbuster on the Glorious One (hey wait a minute isn’t that HIS move?). Ziggler tags in and counters a power bomb with a sunset flip for the 1…2…Rollins kicks out and Ziggler immediately leaps into a backpack sleeper. Use a jawbreaker again dude! Rollins counters a DDT with a Falcon Arrow. Strowman gets the hot tag and barrels through everybody, moving the ring with a corner splash on Ziggler. Strowman goes for the Running Powerslam, Ziggler escapes with an eye rake and sends him into the post. Superkick from Ziggler, Strowman counters a Glorious DDT and Rollins tags himself in. Rollins ducks the Glorious DDT and hits a sling blade, followed by a tope suicida on Ziggler. Rollins rolls through a flying nothing and runs into Roode’s spinebuster for the 1…2…Rollins kicks out. Strowman drives Roode into Rollins and fights Ziggler on the floor, Roode hits the dazed Rollins with the Glorious DDT for the 1…2…3.

Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode defeated Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman [c] via pinfall to win the RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (9:35)

  • Congrats to the team that didn’t exist this time last month for winning RAW’s top tag team prize. Real prestigious, this division. The match was alright but outside of Rollins I didn’t really have anyone I was particularly invested in so it was just a bunch of bodies doing things for ten minutes. (**)

The former champs make their way to the back, dejected about their loss. Charly Caruso stops Strowman to ask about the loss. Strowman says he didn’t lose the Tag Team Titles, Seth did, like he’s going to lose the Universal Championship tonight. Strowman vows to keep Rollins’ losing streak going when he gives him THESE HANDS.


Kayla Braxton is standing by with her guest, the RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Lynch puts over all of her accomplishments while all Sasha Banks did was dye her hair. She has earned everything she’s gotten, just like Banks earned the beating she’s about to get. Tonight The Man comes around. It wouldn’t fit the gimmick AT ALL but now I want Becky to come out to Johnny Cash.

Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton join Corey Graves on commentary as we’re switching to SmackDown Live stuff.

-FEUD RECAP: Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair


Bayley [c] vs. Charlotte Flair for the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Flair with a big boot right at the bell for the 1…2…Bayley kicks out and rolls to the floor to gather her bearings. Flair chases Bayley back in and lays in some knife-edged chops, but Bayley escapes a slam and drives her to the mat using the hair. Flair angrily belts Bayley with a forearm for the disrespect followed by an overhead throw and a kip up for flavor. Flair connects with another forearm and covers again for a two-count. Action moves back to the floor, Flair throws Bayley into the barricade (Bayelycade?). Flair rolls her back in, Bayley kicks out of the lateral press but with less force than before. Crowd is pro-Flair as they’re in her hometown, Flair gives them something to cheer as she goes after Bayley’s left leg. Bayley counters the Figure Four with an inside cradle for the 1…2…Bayley kicks out and Flair drops her with another big boot. Bayley removes the bottom turnbuckle pad, sends Flair into it, and covers for the 1…2…3! AYYYYYY!

Bayley [c] defeated Charlotte Flair via pinfall to retain the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (3:43)

  • Flair beat Bayley half to death, Bayley played dirty pool to retain the title. That was hilarious, and I enjoyed every second of it. (***)

Bayley immediately grabs her title and runs to the back. Flair smirks when she comes to and has a ref hold the ropes for her as she makes her way to the back.


-Recap of Shane McMahon “firing” Kevin Owens at the end of SmackDown Live this past week.


The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) [c] vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

This is Woods’ return match, having the spent the last month on the shelf following The Revival’s attack on his left knee. Said knee is braced up so obviously Wilder goes after the limb almost immediately. Woods catches a charging Wilder with a chop, Big E belts Dawson on the floor with a running clothesline. Big E tags in, Woods whips Wilder into a urniage and E covers for a two-count. Woods gets taken out from the apron, Wilder does SOMETHING to Big E off the apron and to the floor (I was looking down, oops), and The Revival are in control. Wilder slows things down with a chinlock/bodyscissors combo. Big E almost fights them off, Revival beat him back down, and we’re back to that combo, this time from Dawson. Dawson tags out, Big E hits Wilder with a belly-to-belly suplex, Woods suddenly wakes up and gets the hot tag. Woods with back to back forearms and a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Wilder throws him into the ropes, Woods kicks him and connects with an Honor Roll. Dawson sends Woods to the apron, Woods comes back in with a sling DDT for the 1…2…Wilder breaks it up by STOMPING THE KNEE. Dayum. Big E sends Wilder tot he apron, Wilder dodges the spear and goes for a tope. Big E catches him, but Revival double team and hit a Shatter Machine. Woods tries to fight The Revival off but the DAMNED NUMBERS GAME is too much and his knee gets clipped. Revival with the Shatter Machine, but Wilder wants to attack the knee. They remove the knee brace and rip open Woods’ tights, Dawson applies an Indian Deathlock, Woods almost grabs the ropes but taps instead despite being right there.

The Revival defeated The New Day [c] via submission to win the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (10:03)

  • Had some exciting moments, Big E rules, but that finish was weird. I guess they wanted to make him suffer or whatever but they took FOREVER to get to it and it lost a lot of oomph before Dawson finally applied the leglock. (**1/2)

The Revival grab mics on the entrance stage and brag about how they’ve stopped the pancakes and the trombone noise, as the old school have quieted the new noise. Dawson says the Universe will get a bigger treat tonight when Randy Orton wins the WWE Championship.


-Charly Caruso is joined by the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Alexa “Harley Quinn” Bliss and Nikki Cross. A boom mic gets in the shot, revealing 24/7 Champ R-Truth and Carmella. Truth calls her “Other Carmella” and stooges on his whereabouts. Cue the lower card members of the roster to give chase. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhh.


Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross [c] vs. Fire & Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville) for the WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Cross beats up Rose and does her gyrating while Young does the whole “building up women” thing in a VERY FORCED MANNER. Obvious pandering is obvious. Bliss tags in, snap suplex to Deville for a one-count. Deville stares at Bliss for a moment and tags Rose back in. Bliss clobbers Rose with forearms in the corner, catching a kick to deliver a slap. Bliss slaps her again and connects with a forearm followed by double knees for a two-count. 24/7 Champion R-Truth runs into the ring while being chased by a bunch of geeks, Bliss rolls him up for a two-count. Truth and Carmella go running into the crowd and ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Deville gets a tag and kicks the f*ck out of Bliss’ ribs for a two-count. Fire & Desire with quick tags as they try to wear Bliss down, Rose hitting a delayed vertical suplex followed by a running knee from Deville for a two-count. Bliss misses a forearm, Rose misses a forearm, both hit one another and go crashing down while Graves CREEPS ON THE LADIES. Cross gets the hot tag and wrecks Deville, Rose runs in and gets sent to the floor. Cross connects with a back suplex and heads to the top for a flying crossbody and the 1…2…Deville kicks out. Bliss tags in but gets accidentally crotched when Cross is sent into the ropes. Knee clip/running knee combo for the 1…2…Cross breaks it up just in the nick of time. Cross gets the legal tag, dodges a corner knee from Rose, and hits a hanging swinging neckbreaker for the 1…2…3.

Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross [c] defeated Fire & Desire to retain the WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (8:05)

  • The yelly commentary was unbearable and the 24/7 stuff interrupting mid-way sucked, but besides that this was…fine. This show has been fine. I’m glad Cross got to pick up the win though, show that she’s holding up her end of the team. (**1/4)

The Miz makes his extended entrance so WWE can introduce the other international announce teams.

Sami Zayn makes his way out next, wearing a neckbrace after the chokeslam by The Undertaker on SmackDown Live to introduce Shinsuke Nakamura. We ditch his entrance to watch a clip of the aforementioned chokeslam.


Shinsuke Nakamura [c] [w/ Sami Zayn] vs. The Miz for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP

OH F*CK ME, ZAYN HAS GOT A LIVE MIC TO DO COMMENTARY. KILL ME NOW. Miz with an armbar, Nakamura counters with one of his own. Someone finally cuts his mic off so now I can pay attention to the actual match. Miz connects with a series of chops followed by a knee and a running kick for a one-count. Miz sends Nakamura to the apron, slides under, and pulls him off to the floor, then throws Zayn’s mic up the ramp. Biggest babyface move of his entire career. Zayn gets his revenge though, distracting Miz so Nakamura can kick him off the apron. Nakamura hangs Miz on the apron and buries a running knee right to the teeth followed by a kneedrop to the back of the neck. Miz catches a kick, catches it in the middle rope, and kicks the other leg out so it extends, setting it up for a Figure Four. Miz launches into a string of comeback offense, concluding in a flying double axhandle for the 1…2…Nak kicks out. Miz goes for a Figure Four, Nak counters and applies a cross armbar. Miz shifts his weight into a roll-up for the 1…2…Nak kicks out, Miz drills him with a DDT for the 1…2…Nak kicks out again. Nak rolls Miz off a SCF attempt and connects with a sliding snap German suplex. Miz dodges a Kinshasa and sends him knee-first into the corner. FIGURE FOUR TIME! Nak makes it to the bottom rope, Miz pulls him back in and tries again but Nak counters with an inside cradle for the 1…2…nope! Zayn trips Miz, Nak with a running knee to the back of the head for the 1…2…MIZ KICKS OUT. Miz counters a Kinshasa with a Skull Crushing Finale for the…here’s Zayn to distract the ref while Miz gets a visual pin. An angry Miz chases Zayn around the ring, running into a kick from Nakamura. Nakamura rolls Miz in and it’s KINSHASA for the 1…2…3.

Shinsuke Nakamura [c] defeated The Miz via pinfall to retain the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (9:31)

  • Once they cut Zayn’s mic I was able to focus and enjoy the match. I didn’t think Miz and Nakamura would work well but that’s just me underestimating Miz’s ability again. Good stuff here, Zayn is a GREAT chickensh*t heel manager. He might have found his true WWE calling. (***)

“The Man” Becky Lynch [c] vs. “The Boss” Sasha Banks for the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Lynch slaps Banks and rams her heads repeatedly into the canvas, putting an end at her attempt as trash-talking. Lynch catches a kick, counters with  dragon screw legwhip, and hits a running corner forearm. Banks with a tilt-a-whirl, Lynch rolls through the Banks Statement attempt while Banks rolls out of the ring to avoid the Disarmer. Banks tries to stall, Lynch flattens her with a baseball slide and connects with a leaping right from the steps. Back in the ring Lynch heads to the top, Banks shakes her off and stomps a mudhole in her in the corner. Banks goes to work as Charlotte goes the dueling chant route. Banks traps Lynch in a double chickenwing-looking submission, foot in the back for extra torque. Lynch almost escapes so Banks lets go and hits a meteora for the 1…2…champ kicks out. Lynch goes for the Bexploder, Banks counters but eats a kick. Lynch charges, Banks kicks her and applies another stretcher submission while sitting on the top buckle. Banks come flying down and Lynch kind of sort of hits a dropkick to the guts on her way down and both ladies are down. Lynch on the offensive leading into a Bexsploder. Lynch leaps in with a clothesline, Banks counters with the BANKS STATEMENT. Lynch fights to her feet and hits a Bexsploder. Lynch with a guillotine legdrop from the middle buckle for the 1…2…Banks kicks out. Banks fights Lynch off the buckles and connects with a flying meteora for the 1…2…Lynch kicks out and Banks cries out in frustration. Banks with double knees in the corner followed by a paint bush. Lynch counters the Banks Statement with the Disarmer, Banks rolls her up for the 1…2…Lynch kicks out and reapplies the Disarmer but Banks gets her ropes on the rope to force a break.

Lynch with a missile dropkick for the 1…2…Banks kicks out again and Lynch looks real frustrated and a tad disheartened. Lynch stomps Banks’ arm and tries another kick but Banks catches her in the ropes and hits a Backstabber, followed by a second into the Banks Statement in the center of the ring. Lynch shifts the weight for a roll-up but they’re in the ropes so Banks rolls to the floor and yanks the arm across the middle buckle. Hell yeah. Banks throws one chair in the ring to distract the ref, hits Lynch with another, and connects with a running knee for the 1…2…LYNCH KICKS OUT OH SNAP! Banks tries to use a chair (WHYYYYYYYYYY, I thought you wanted the title), ref grabs it out of her hands and it falls to the canvas. Lynch grabs the chair and accidentally (and very gently) hits the ref with it. Lynch stalks Banks on the floor, misses the chairshot, and chases Banks into the crowd. Lynch puts the Disarmer in between a handrailing, Banks taps but it doesn’t matter. Banks fights her off and continues her retreat, Lynch follows her as the brawl continues into the Concourse. Lynch bashes her into the concession stand and spills mustard all over here for she is YELLOW. Action moves back to ringside. Banks spears Lynch in the barricade and throws her into the apron. The ref is still out from that weak ass chairshot. Apparently the match ended and Banks won via DQ. No one in the live crowd knows though. Banks goes for a chair shot, Lynch kicks her and cracks her repeatedly with the steel, then puts in the Disarmer between the chair. Officials, NOT BAYLEY OR ANYONE, come out to finally break things up. I’m counting this whole segment in the match time, f*ck it.

Sasha Banks defeated Becky Lynch [c] via DQ; Lynch retains the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (19:30 for the above)

  • A great match chock full of drama…and then we also got a brawl around the arena to boot which I dug as well. Hell yeah. Thanks for saving the PPV, ladies. (***3/4)

Kofi Kingston [c] vs. “The Apex Predator” Randy Orton for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP

90 seconds before we get the first hold of the match, a waistlock from Orton. Standing switch from Kingston, Orton drops one knee and breaks it with an elbow to the eye socket. Side headlock takeover from the challenger. Kingston escapes, double leapfrog and a leaping back elbow. Kingston with a forearm smash in the corner, Orton bails from the ring to kill the champ’s momentum. Orton takes his sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet time getting back in the ring and backs Kingston in the corner. Kingston dodges the strike and lights Orton’s chest up with slaps, Orton responds with a thumb to the eye. Kingston to the apron, Orton runs into him and the champ flies into the barricade. Orton drops Kingston ribs-first on the barricade followed by a suplex onto the floor and a belly-to-back onto the German announce table. Back in the ring Orton covers but Kingston kicks out of both attempts. Kingston connects with a missile dropkick to the left shoulder, Kingston runs in and gets sent shoulder-first into the post. Y’all this match is boring me to tears and I can’t concentrate so I’m probably missing stuff and I apologize.

Kingston catches Orton with a clothesline and both men are down. Orton sends Kingston to the apron, Kingston with a springboard single (?) axehandle. Kingston mounts his comeback, including a Boom Drop. Some people in Charlotte boo the champ LIKE IDIOTS. HE’S NOT THE BORING ONE IN THIS MATCH/FEUD, YOU IDIOTS. Orton counters Trouble in Paradise with a backbreaker for the 1…2…not yet. Kingston with a crossbody, Orton rolls through for the 1…2…kickout. Orton counters the S.O.S. and drops Kingston with a dropkick for the 1…2…kickout. Kingston with a flurry of strikes, Orton with an eye rake, Kingston with the S.O.S. for the 1…2…Orton kicks out. Kingston to the top, Orton crotches him but Kingston fights off the superplex. Orton responds with a series of rights, Kingston slides out from under and runs right into a powerslam for the 1…2…Kingston kicks out. Orton plants Kingston with a hanging DDT and sets up for the RKO. Kingston counters the RKO with a roll-up for the 1…2…kickout. Orton with an RKO from outta nowhere for the 1…2…Kingston gets his foot on th ebottom rope. WHY IS THIS F*CKING MATCH STILL GOING, SOMEBODY STOP THIS. Kingston dodges a Punt Kick and hits Trouble in Paradise for the 1…2…3. Mercifully it’s over.

Kofi Kingston [c] defeated Randy Orton via pinfall to retain the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (20:48)

  • Dull as f*cking dirt that went on ten minutes too long. For a couple of guys in a blood feud there was no sense of urgency from anyone. BLEEEEEHHHHH. Kingston has had dull defense after dull defense against sh*tty opponents since winning the title at WrestleMania and it’s depressing. (1/4*)

The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) add absolutely nothing to the show, as usual. Booker T is also here doing a King Booker thing. I don’t f*cking care, GET ON WITH IT WWE.


NO-DISQUALIFICATION MATCH
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan

Reigns attacks Rowan before the bell, Rowan counters a spear with an elbow and tosses him to the floor. Rowan tosses him into the barricade and faceplants Reigns on the announce table. I’m going to be honest, Kofi/Orton was so bad that all my energy is gone and all I want is for this show to end so take this with a grain of salt. They fight through the crowd, do a kendo stick thing, and Reigns connects with a Drive By. Reigns gingerly clears off one of the announce table and gets belted with a running forearm out of nowhere. Rowan brings this NO DISQUALIFICATION MATCH back into the ring for a REGULAR WRESTLING MATCH and does power stuff to him very slowly while the crowd begs for tables or SOMETHING INTERESTING to happen. Reigns clotheslines Rowan out to the floor, Rowan lands on his feet and throws Reigns into the post after pulling him out. Rowan removes a piece of the LED wooden blank on the apron and drops him face-first on the apron followed by a big boot. Rowan brings in stairs, Reigns ducks it and hits a Samoan drop for a two-count. Reigns with a Superman Punch for the 1…2…Rowan kicks out and Reigns can’t believe a move he never wins with didn’t get him the win. Ooop the Network feed is stuttering, please do it so something is interesting. Rowan catches a Superman Punch and puts Reigns through the announce table with a power bomb. Rowan rolls Reigns in for the 1…2…Reigns gets the shoulder up! HAHAHAHAHA OKAY. Fight moves to the timekeeper’s area, Rowan cracks him in the back of the head with a ring bell and we’re back into the crowd. They fight to the technician area or whatever, Rowan sends Reigns through another table with an Iron Claw. Rowan spills Reigns on the entrance stage and tries to use the camera jib thing but Reigns hits him with a POINTY STICK and the jib cam. Superman Punch, goes for a spear but LUKE F’N HARPER SHOWS UP AND JOINS IN ON THE ATTACK. Oh thank f*ck, save us Luke Harper. Iron Claw yadda yadda Rowan wins.

Erick Rowan defeated Roman Reigns via pinfall (17:24)

  • Luke Harper’s return is all I give a sh*t about, rest of this was whatever. (*)

-Charly Caruso interrupts Seth Rollins while he’s trying to get ready for his Universal Title defense. Rollins gives no damns about losing the Tag Team Title earlier in the night (SAME). Rollins vows to add another beast to his collection. Ew.


Seth Rollins [c] vs. Braun Strowman for the WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Strowman bowls over Rollins and splashes him twice in the corner. Rollins escapes the Running Powerslam and goes after the knee. Strowman catches a kick, Rollins does a flip and connects with three superkicks. Rollins with a frog splash, Strowman kicks out before the ref can even make a count. Strowman catches Rollins mid-stomp and throws him to the mat like a sack of potatoes. Strowman controls the offense with his BIG POWAH MOVES and trash talk as the crowd politely sit on their hands. Rollins dodges something and hits a springboard knee strike followed by a second that drops the big man to one knee. Rollins to the top, Strowman catches him and clubs him in the chest. Strowman rolls Rollins into the ring, Rollins rolls out on the opposite side which conveniently leaves him open to a Strowman bulldoze. Strowman charges again, Rollins side steps and the big boy flies over the German announce table. IS CARSTON OKAY? SOMEONE CHECK ON CARSTON! Tope suicida sends Strowman into the table and pretty much breaks, this time breaks for real when Rollins hits another tope suicida. Rollins escapes a powerslam attempt and superkicks Strowman onto the Spanish announce table. Rollins goes to the top, Strowman rushes over and goozles him off the buckles. Strowman climbs the buckles himself, Rollins climbs up and tries a superplex but gets tossed to the canvas. Big man almost fell down. Strowman almost falls again but manages to hit the Superfly Splash, but hurts his knee so he takes too long to cover and Rollins kicks out just in time. Rollins with a backpack sleeper, Strowman falls to one knee. Strowman whips Rollins off, who hits the Curb Stomp for the 1….STROWMAN KICKS OUT AND ROLLINS CAN’T BELIEVE IT. Rollins hits a second Stomp for the 1…2…Strowman kicks out again! Rollins hits a THIRD Stomp for the 1…2…Strowman gets his shoulder up! Rollins with a Pedigree and ANOTHER Stomp for the 1…2…3.

Seth Rollins [c] defeated Braun Strowman via pinfall to retain the WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP (10:54)

  • After the low bar of the last few matches this had nowhere to go but up. But even with low expectations this was still pretty good, Rollins is great at the David vs. Goliath stuff and I appreciate Strowman hitting a big ol’ Superfly Splash. Good main event, just had the unfortunate job of following up a forgettable B-show. (***1/4)

Seth Rollins celebrates on the entrance stage when the LIGHTS GO OUT. THE FIEND IS HERE, BAYBEEEEEEEEE. Sister Abigail and a Mandible Claw to the Universal Champ!

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Becky/Sasha ruled, Luke Harper and The Fiend ruled, Seth/Strowman was okay. Rest of the show is forgettable and not worth anyone’s time, including the participants involved. Kofi/Orton has to be the worst f*cking thing I’ve sat through since their SummerSlam match and really cast a shadow on the rest of the show for me. Don’t even bother outside of the stuff I highlighted unless you hate making a productive use of your time.

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