WWE Clash of Champions 2016 Review & Opinion

Clash of Champions 2016

WWE Clash of Champions 2016 Review & Opinion

Last night, WWE Clash of the Champions 2016 took place from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was certainly an interesting show to watch. Here is the Clash of Champions 2016 Review & Opinion…

WWE RAW Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) (w/ Xavier Woods) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

This was a really good opening match, albeit if slightly on the short side. It really looked like Gallows and Anderson were going to pick up the win very quickly, but thanks to Xavier and Francesca; The New Day prevailed. Just needed some more time. 

Winners: The New Day, to retain the WWE RAW Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

Never seen a T.J Perkins match before, so really unsure on what to expect. It was actually a really good match, but you cannot help but feel that it had being toned down to fit within the “WWE Style”. Ultimately, T.J retains but is still taken out by Kendrick afterwards. 

Winner: T.J Perkins, to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

Best of Seven Series – Match 7: Cesaro vs. Sheamus

Once you’ve seen it once, you generally don’t need to see it again the following week. This was actually a really good and enjoyable match which takes one by surprise. The finish though was pathetic. Ultimately, a good match which achieved very little. 

Winner: No-Contest

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn

This has the potential on paper to be a fantastic match, but in all honesty it came across as slightly bumpy and awkward. There were some cool spots but generally they didn’t seem to click. And, for Jericho to win truly didn’t make sense. Sami in the WWE hasn’t being an easy ride.

Winner: Chris Jericho

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

WWE RAW Women’s Championship: Charlotte (c) (w/ Dana Brooke) vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

This was a really interesting match to watch, and very enjoyable. There was some hope it would be made a Fatal-4-Way with Dana being involved. But still, it was a really great match even though the finish from Charlotte to Bayley was slightly weak. 

Winner: Charlotte, to retain the WWE RAW Women’s Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

WWE United States Championship: Rusev (c) (w/ Lana) vs. Roman Reigns

This was a match that was completely different to everything else on the card. This was very much a power contest but still not bad. It was brilliant but it wasn’t bad either. The only real downside with it was that it was probably to predictable who was going over. 

Winner: Roman Reigns, to capture the WWE United States Championship

Match Rating:

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

This match was pretty good with an almost non-screwy finish. The match was very evenly contested by both men throughout, even though it is difficult to take Seth as a face. Whilst it may have being good, underlying feeling is that it could have delivered more than it did. 

Winner: Kevin Owens, to retain the WWE Universal Championship

Match Rating: 

Generally, from a wrestling perspective this was a very good and enjoyable show to watch going forward. The matches contested on the card were very enjoyable and certainly delivered on the entertainment value. But from a storyline perspective, it is difficult to work out where they go forward from here. There are only two definitive matches which can be drawn from: the Cruiserweight Championship (which probably won’t) and Sheamus versus Cesaro. The ideal conclusion for this match would be inside Hell in a Cell in five weeks. 

It certainly did not make any sense for Jericho to prevail over Sami Zayn. Sami really needs a big win and an opportunity to spear himself amongst everyone else to stand out. But if he continues losing the way he has then this won’t be something achieved easily. And with Charlotte retaining the championship, what does this mean going forward. There is no clear candidate to challenge her for the title at the moment unfortunately. Nia Jax certainly isn’t ready for that position at the moment, so who will be the next in line to face Charlotte is really unclear. 

With their losses, it could certainly be an interesting journey ahead for Rusev and Seth Rollins. Unfortunately, Rusev is now effectively out of the championship picture with no clear direction. What they do (or don’t do) with him now could certainly be interesting. And Seth, well after this loss he really needs to remain out of the championship picture for the time being. He needs to rebuild some momentum for his inevitable feud with Triple H. He doesn’t need the title at the moment, so some high profile feuds could really be of benefit to him at the moment. 

How they work out what they have planned for Hell in a Cell 2016 could really be interesting. There was nothing on the show sadly to make RAW standout from SmackDown. If anything, it was slightly predictable. 

On a separate note, I do find Michael Cole’s mistake amusing – 21 says since In Your House 3! Kudos Cole, kudos!

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