At WWE Clash of Champions, almost every major champion defended their gold (Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, women tag team champions, were removed from the show for reasons unknown). So it's noteworthy that only one title changed hands: the opening bout saw Sami Zayn win the Intercontinental Championship back in an excellent ranked match.
Drew McIntyre maintained his WWE Championship by defeating Randy Orton in a confusing Ambulance Match, while Romain Reigns defeated Jey Uso to keep his Universal Championship.
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It was a decent show with nothing bad to say about it. Outside of the opener, it's hard to tell that something was particularly good. In the worst case, it was a bit boring (Asuka versus Zelina Vega, Apollo Crews versus Bobby Lashley) and there was a botched finish (Raw Tag Team Championships).
If you've skipped the show and want to know what to catch up on, check out the opening and closing games. Everything else can be safely skipped.
Roman Reigns retains the Universal Championship by loss
Roman Reigns is, as if there was any doubt, still your universal champion. He defeated Jey Uso after Jey's brother Jimmy ran to the ring and literally threw in the towel. Reigns had already impaled Jey twice and was taking mounted punches when Jimmy threw in the towel.
A little disappointing. The way it was built – with Reigns smashing Jey in the arena and the announcers talking at length about how Jey is above his head – seemed to indicate a big, fiery Jey comeback with a few curt phone calls . But there really wasn't one but a super kick-splash combo that we all knew wouldn't count three.
Jey didn't really shine like he should have as it came down to solidifying Reigns as a badass heel. And that's fine, but the way the fight built up, with a super slow start and a strong Reigns offensive, felt like a climax to Reigns, so determined and unceremoniously to win.
That said, it was a mission accomplished as it relates to Reigns as a heel. He's great for that role.
Rating: 3 stars.
Drew McIntyre is still a WWE Champion
After a fantastically stupid match, Drew McIntyre defeated Randy Orton to keep his WWE Championship.
The two took part in an ambulance match. To win, you had to put your opponent in a standby ambulance and close your doors. It ended with McIntyre hitting a Claymore kick, an Orton punt, throwing Orton in, and closing the door on their rivalry (likely).
So that's all right. The stupid part? McIntyre has been aided throughout the game by the legends Orton has injured in recent months. About a minute into the fight, The Big Show appeared and choked Orton through the announcer's table. Later, when McIntyre and Orton were fighting backstage, Christian gave McIntyre a reprieve by surprisingly attacking Orton. Towards the end, when Orton was high on the ambulance, Shawn Michaels hit him with a surprising Sweet Chin Music.
Every time McIntyre, the hero, got a big helping hand, Orton, the villain, fought back bravely. The psychology was all wrong. Instead of giving McIntyre a hard-fought victory, he barely won after receiving help from three legends.
Rating: 1 star. Just watch the great SummerSlam match again.
Sasha Banks attacks Bayley
Bayley was supposed to defend her SmackDown Women's Championship against Nikki Cross, but Cross, possibly due to COVID-19, was unable to make the show. Instead, Bayley had an open challenge – which Asuka answered.
It was a quick match with Asuka dominating a nervous Bayley. But after a few minutes, Bayley hit Asuka with a steel chair to keep her championship by disqualification.
After the match, Sasha Banks appeared out of nowhere and hit Bayley with her own chair. After Bayley briefly gained the upper hand, Banks whined at her with a kendo stick before Bayley withdrew.
Street Profits defeated Andrade and Angel Garza
Botched end of an otherwise strong tag team match. Angelo Dawkins pinned Andrade with a spinebuster, although Andrade was clearly eliminated by two. It appears to have come after Angel Garza rightly injured himself when Andrade and a couple of referees checked on him after the match.
I understand that if someone is injured you go home early, but if it's a tag match and the two people in the ring aren't injured, there has to be a better way to end the match than just referee three count as it was one two.
– Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) September 28, 2020
What appeared to be just another raw-quality tag team title match on paper was a lot of fun, thanks in large part to Andrade and Garza. They're both just so crunchy, and The Street Profits are solid baby faces with quality sales and comebacks.
Rating: 2.5 stars. Despite a bad finish.
Bobby Lashley retains the US championship
After a back and forth match, Bobby Lashley knocked out Apollo Crews with a Full Nelson (or Hurt Lock, as it's now called).
There isn't much to say about this game. They had a similar fight at Payback and although they worked hard it was a very easy fight. Back and forth, not a big story (other than MVP talking to crews throughout which was moderately amusing) but at least a clean ending.
Rating: 2 stars. It was nice.
Asuka presents Zelina Vega
Asuka retained her Raw Women & # 39; s Championship after Zelina Vega hit the Asuka Lock.
That was tough. Zelina Vegas 'strength doesn't lie in wrestling – at least not yet – so this match was essentially Asuka wrestling with Vega and working hard to make Vegas' attack as impressive as possible. The story of the fight was that Asuka kept trying to reach Asuka Castle, but Vega kept finding ways to counter.
It got more fun over time, but Vegas weaknesses were hard to ignore.
Rating: 2 stars. After the match, Asuka cuts a promo saying Vega is a tough opponent, but not ready for Asuka. She tried to shake hands, but Vega had a fit and kicked Asuka. Asuka then spoke angrily in Japanese which is fantastic all the time and ends the segment. Expect a rematch soon.
Sami Zayn wins a great ranked game
Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn and AJ Styles beat each other out. That triple threat ranking game ended with Sami Zayn taking out two Intercontinental Championships – Jeff Hardy's and Sami Zayn's old ones, which he claimed he never lost – to become the undisputed IC champion.
That was a fantastic game. It started as a standard, very good ladder match. It escalated to exciting spots like Jeff Hardy, who is a madman, striking a Swanton bomb from the top of one ladder and Zayn crashing through another ladder. AJ Styles owned much of the game and dominated the first two thirds.
The last stretch was particularly imaginative. Zayn took out two pairs of handcuffs. He tied Hardy – through his earlobe – to a ladder and tied himself to Styles. When Styles was struggling to climb a ladder while lifting Zayn, Hardy, who was still attached to the ladder, attacked Styles.
Zayn took a key out of his mouth, broke away from Styles, climbed the ladder, and won the match.
Rating: 4.25 stars. Great ladder game. This is one of those games that you have wished for a lot.
Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro retain tag team titles
Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro defeated the Lucha House Party on the kickoff show to keep their SmackDown Tag Team Championships. Nakamura and Cesaro achieved their fantastic tag team finish – Cesaro's huge swing in Nakamura's kinshahsa – for the pin.