|Date: December 17, 2017
|Venue: TD Garden |City: Boston, Massachussets
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A video package kicks us off looking at some of the big matches for tonight.
Tom Phillips welcomes us to Clash Of Champions and we are right into the action!
Baron Corbin (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler – Triple threat match for the United States Championship
Background: Baron Corbin took a shot at Bobby Roode (possibly accidentally) during a lumberjack match on Smackdown a few weeks ago which resulted in Roode and Corbin getting into it. It looked as though the two would be destined for a singles match at Clash Of Champions but Dolph Ziggler was randomly added and the match was made a triple threat.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time triple threat match between these three men on PPV but Dolph has wrestled both in PPV singles matches before.
Clash Of Champions Record: All three men make their Clash Of Champions debut tonight.
Match: The match begins with Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode double teaming Corbin before they turn on each other. Roode looks for the Glorious DDT on Ziggler early but Dolph counters. Corbin gets involved and first slowly picks apart Roode before turning his attention to Ziggler. Roode has his turn to take the advantage, hitting Corbin with a blockbuster before looking for the same on Ziggler but Dolph counters and hits a fame-asser for a near fall. The crowd are definitely behind Bobby Roode in this one. Dolph clears the ring of Corbin and then looks for superkick on Roode but Bobby counters with a spinebuster and looks for the Glorious DDT but Dolph counters with a DDT of his own for as near fall. Roode slingshots Dolph into the top turnbuckle and then hits the Glorious DDT but Corbin breaks up the cover. Corbin then hits end of days on Bobby Roode but as he hits it Dolph hits the zig-zag on Corbin before pinning him for the three!
Result: Dolph Ziggler pins Baron Corbin to win the United States Championship.
Review: This was a good match to kick things off. The crowd were definitely into it. I was confident Bobby Roode would win and am actually pretty surprised to see dolph Ziggler win but I guess that’s why he was added to the match. A good match to kick things off.
Backstage Daniel Bryan is handing back a referee’s shift because it’s too big. Shane McMahon isn’t happy that Daniel Bryan hasn’t got rid of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn yet. Bryan says he is there to balance out Shane McMahon who has a grudge and is a hot head.
Dasha Fuentes catches up with Baron Corbin who says he was cheated, Dolph Ziggler shouldn’t have been in the match.
Aiden English is in the ring now to introduce his tag team partner, Rusev.
The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) (c) vs. The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. Rusev & Aiden English – Smackdown Tag Team Championship match
Background: Originally a triple threat match was made between The Usos, New Day and the tag team that beat The Usos by count out, Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin. Aiden English and Rusev were then added to the match when they beat The New Day.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time four way match between these four tag teams.
Clash Of Champions Record: Big E and Kofi are 1-0 at Clash Of Champions, Rusev is 0-1, everyone else makes their Clash Of Champions debut tonight.
Match: Kofi Kingston, Jey Uso, Aiden English and Chad Gable start the match. They all try and roll each other up and then all four men make tags and all eight men go at it! Kofi and Big E give Shelton the unicorn stampede. It’s advantage New Day until Rusev superkicks Kofi and then takes control. The crowd cheer for Rusev Day. Chad Gable lays into Kofi as Aiden applies a chinlock to Jimmy Uso. Aiden English will be grateful to be back on pay per view. This is an interesting match with four men in the ring at all times. The two teams of Rusev Day and Cable & Benjamin are dominant against New Day and The Usos for quite. along time. Big E and Jey Uso get hot tags and take the advantage in this match. The Usos hit superkicks on anyone moving. Rusev gets a hot tag and locks the accolade on Gable but Big E breaks it up. Rusev drops Big E with a superkick for a near fall. Rusev locks the accolade on Big E but Gable breaks it up with an impressive German suplex on Rusev. Chad Gable hits impressive German suplexes on English and Big E too before Jey hits him with a couple of suplexes and Jimmy hits a splash for the three!
Result: The Usos retain their Smackdown Tag Team Championships.
Review: This match was a lot of fun. A little slow in parts but it was a good match. The Usos retain their titles and right now I can see Rusev and English turning babyface and continuing a feud with The Usos. Matches like this take out the whole division so it’ll be interesting to see who steps up next. Does this clear the path for the Bludgeon Brothers?
There’s a video package next for Charlotte and Natalya.
Charlotte (c) vs. Natalya – Lumberjack match for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
Background: Charlotte beat Natalya for the Smackdown Women’s Championship the week before Survivor Series. Natalya would get her match on Smackdown but the match was interrupted by the debuting Riott Squad. The Riott Squad have since attacked many of the Smackdown women and it was decided that Natalya would get her rematch for the title in a lumberjack match.
Previous PPV matches: This is the fifth PPV match between these two girls, Charlotte has won the previous four.
Clash Of Champions Record: Charlotte is 1-0 at Clash Of Champions, Natalya wrestles at this show for the first time tonight.
Match: The lumberjacks for this match are Naomi, Tamina, Lana, Carmella, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. It doesn’t take long for charlotte to kick Natalya out of the ring and Naomi to kick Natalya back in. Natalya then throws Charlotte out of the ring and most of the women around the ring take shots at the queen. Natalya keeps throwing Charlotte out of the ring where the heels around the ring take shots. Naomi is the only babyface lumberjack. Remember when they used to be called lumberjills? I’ve never noticed hoe bad Charlotte’s chops are. Charlotte counters a sharpshooter attempt. The finish comes when all hell breaks loose with the lumberjacks and Charlotte takes them all out with a moonsault. Natalya then pushes charlotte into the ringpost and tries to lock on the sharpshooter but Charlotte counters and locks on figure eight and Natalya taps out.
Result: Charlotte retains her championship by submission.
Review: This match was ok, it wasn’t their best match. There was too much focus on the lumberjacks really. Charlotte wins though and has different contenders to her title as most of the division is heel.
Natalya cuts an angry promo after the match saying that she’s turning her back on the fans. She was already a heel so I don’t understand this. She cries as always.
There’s an ad for the WWE Network and a new mobile game.
Dasha Fuentes looks to get a word with Jinder Mahal but instead gets the Singh Brothers.
Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango) vs. The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan)
Background: For months on Breezango’s “Fashion Files” segment, Fandango and Tyler Breeze were being tormented by two unknown assailants. They thought it might have been The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor), but The Ascension joined with Breezango and after finding a clue with “2B” on it, they deduced that the two unknown people were The Bludgeon Brothers, who were being promoted as “coming soon” to SmackDown. The Bludgeon Brothers, the new team of former Wyatt Family members Luke Harper and Erick Rowan and after The Ascension “sacrificed” themselves, they convinced Breezango to face The Bludgeon Brothers at Clash of Champions
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two teams.
Clash Of Champions Record: All four men make their Clash Of Champions debut tonight.
Match: Tyler Breeze and Rowan start off the match and surprisingly Breeze gets the first few shots in but the advantage doesn’t take long as The Bludgeon Brothers take control on the outside. Harper and Rowan take out Breeze on the outside and then hit a double powerbomb on Fandango inside the ring. Harper and Rowan hit a double crucifix move on Fandango and that’s all she wrote. After the match Rowan and Harper cut a promo saying that this is the beginning of the end.
Result: The Bludgeon Brothers win by pinfall.
Review: This was very short. There was about three moves in the whole match and it was a match to show the dominance of Harper and Rowan.
Backstage Dasha Fuentes interviews Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn who say that Daniel Bryan made himself the second referee because he is on their side in wanting to make this a fair fight.
There’s a video package next for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn against Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn – Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan serving as special guest referees and if Kevin and Sami lose then they are fired from all of WWE
Background: At Survivor Series, Owens and Zayn attacked Shane during the 5-on-5 Survivor Series inter-brand elimination match against Team Raw, which SmackDown ultimately lost. A few weeks later, Shane decided that at Clash of Champions, Owens and Zayn would face Randy Orton and a partner of his choosing, who Orton later revealed would be Shinsuke Nakamura. Afterwards, Shane announced himself as the special guest referee while also putting an additional stipulation that if Owens and Zayn were to lose at Clash of Champions, they would be fired from WWE. On the final SmackDown before Clash of Champions, General Manager Daniel Bryan decided to add himself as a second special guest referee to keep the match fair.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time tag team match between these two teams.
Clash Of Champions Record: Kevin Owens is 1-0, Sami Zayn is 0-1 and both Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura make their Clash Of Champions debut.
Match: Randy Orton and Sami Zayn start the match and Shane McMahon is slightly more hands on in the early going than his co-referee. Randy makes the first cover of the match and both referee’s count it completely out of time with each other. Sami and KO make quick tags and keep Orton away from Nakamura. Eventually Nakamura gets the hot tag and lays into Kevin Owens. Nakamura locks on a triangle but Owens breaks the hold. Owens and Zayn then make quick tags to double team Nakamura. Orton gets involved and all four men go at it. Orton makes a hot tag and lays into Sami. Orton hits a superplex but KO drags Randy out of the ring and throws him into the steps. Owens then hits a splash on Nakamura through the announce desk. Randy hits a hangmans DDT on Zayn and then motions for an RKO with Shane cheering him on and Orton hits it! Shane gets in position to make the count but Owens kicks Bryan into Shane, stopping him from making the count! Shane is furious! Orton RKO’s Owens and then Zayn and Orton exchange pinfalls. Zayn looks to have the three but Shane refuses to count the three! Daniel Bryan is furious with McMahon! Orton looks for an RKO on Zayn who counters and rolls Orton up, Bryan makes a fast count! Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn win the match!
Result: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn win by pinfall.
Review: This was a fun match. It wasn’t spectacular but the two referees made it a lot more interesting. I wonder if we’re seeing a Daniel Bryan heel turn although Shane is acting more of a heel so maybe he is? I don’t know and I don’t know where this is going but it looks like Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan will come to blows at some point.
There’s an ad for the upcoming Mixed Match Challenge which is basically male/female mixed tag teams competing in a tournament all to be broadcast on Facebook.
There’s a VT next showing a brief history of the WWE Championship and then the feud between AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Jinder Mahal – WWE Championship match
Background: AJ Styles beat Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship back in November and now Jinder is having his rematch. AJ has generally had the better of Mahal and the Singh Brothers over the past few weeks.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Clash Of Champions Record: Both men make their Clash Of Champions debut tonight.
Match: Jinder has the Singh Brothers with him. Jinder looks to use his power advantage in the early going but AJ is too scrappy for him and takes the fight to the outside, targeting the right leg of Mahal. Jinder takes control much to the bemusement of the crowd. Jinders assault is slow and methodical and continues for most of the match. Mahal has a couple of good moves including a running musclebuster. AJ fights out of the Khallas and hits a Pele kick. Jinder then fights out of a Styles Clash. Jinder then looks for a top rope Khallas but Styles counters with another Pele kick. AJ hits a springboard 450 splash but the Singh Brothers try to drag Jinder out of the ring. Styles takes out Samir and Sunil with a phenomenal forearm and Styles Clash respectively. Jinder hits a Khallas on AJ who kicks out of the pinfall. Jinder then attempts a Styles Clash but AJ rolls him up into a calf crusher and Mahal taps out!
Result: AJ Styles wins by submission.
Review: This match was ok but probably one of AJ’s weaker PPV matches. AJ Styles wins and this will probably take Jinder Mahal out of the main event scene for now. AJ is so good. Looking forward to seeing where his title reign goes from here.
And that was Clash Of Champions 2017. Overall it was a decent show. There were no terrible matches and a few good ones. The opener was a good one with Dolph Ziggler unexpectedly winning the United States Championship. The Usos then retained their Smackdown Tag Team Championships in a really fun fatal four way match. It was slow and parts but overall a good match. Charlotte beat Natalya in an ok but forgettable match, The Bludgeon Brothers beat Breezango very quickly and then Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn beat Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura in a more surprising result. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Randy turn heel soon and feud with Nakamura. AJ Styles beat Jinder Mahal in a decent match that will probably put an end to Jinder Mahals main event run.
Overall Rating: 62.5/100 (ranked 99th out of 354)
Match Of The Night: The Usos vs. The New Day vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. Rusev & Aiden English
Worst Match Of The Night: Charlotte vs. Natalya
Surprise Of The Night: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn win with a Daniel Bryan fast count
Worst Booking Of The Night: Dolph Ziggler winning the United States Championship
Superstar Of The Night: AJ Styles
Clash Of Champions 2017 Will Be Remembered For: Dolph Ziggler winning the United States Championship