Clash of Champions. Raw’s first exclusive PPV since the brand split. The same Raw, that has been struggling in the ratings and general reception of it product, actually put on a good show. The wrestling was all solid, the matches enjoyable.
However, when you stop and think about it. Did anything in the Raw landscape change as a result of this show? Well, no. Not really. Roman Reigns unnecessarily beat Rusev for the US Title sure, but Roman Reigns is not a popular man. So if you weren’t happy with the direction of Raw before, this wouldn’t have convinced you otherwise.
The more I think about this show, the more apathetic to it I become. Four of the seven matches ended with a screwy finish and although we were expecting the main event to end that way. We were expecting Triple H to interfere, not Chris Jericho. In the end the PPV just ended up feeling like a more wrestling focused Monday Night Raw. It felt very, unimportant in the grand scheme of things.
Before we get started lets quickly mention Nia Jax verses Alicia Fox on the Pre-show. Nia Jax won. Okay moving on.
I have to say, I’m surprised the show didn’t start with a promo from Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley. I was sure it was on the cards. In fact, we didn’t see either of them until half way through the show when they appeared in a backstage bit with Kevin Owens. That was nice, very nice.
Tag Team Titles: The New Day (c) vs. The Club
The New Day kick off the show with a typically New Day promo. They’re still really over despite me starting to think they’re getting a little stale. A once again serious Club emerge and start an immediate beat down on Kofi Kingston with Luke Gallows taking out Big E and Xavier Woods on the outside.If The Club had one then and there, I’d have been fine with it. Why couldn’t we have had this club since day one?
It’s a high paced opener with plenty of back and forth, very enjoyable. The finish sees Xavier hitting Karl Anderson with his trombone for the victory. Another misstep for The Club in my opinion, who can never seem to get the job done. It’s apparent that New Day will not be losing those titles until they beat Demolitions old WWF record of 478 days. I just hope the WWE can figure out what they want to do with The Club, because those guys are so good!
Cruiserweight Title: T.J. Perkins (c) vs. Brian Kendrick
It’s got to be said this show is starting off very strong. Tag Team titles and then the Cruiserweights? Good stuff!
Kendrick sets out his stall as the heel early on by refusing to shake T.J. Perkins hand. It’s not the quickest start with Kendrick and Perkins trading submissions, the larger WWE crowd don’t seem sure on how to react but we get some chants after a couple of minutes.
It’s always going to be difficult in the early stages teaching the wider audience about this style and getting them to care about a new group of talents. It’s not going to happen over night, but if given time and an opportunity to showcase their characters it’ll be fine.
Perkins gets to win with his knee-bar submission. After the match Kendrick and Perkins finally shake hands before sucker punch style headbutt to take down the champion. Overall it’s a solid match, a few botches but nothing major to gripe about, it’s only the start for the cruiserweights and the skies the limit! Continue reading