Friendship Pays Off.
The one night of the year where every championship is guaranteed to be on the line would be the exclusive presentation of the RAW brand as the inaugural edition of WWE Clash of Champions was a RAW-exclusive event and it came to you, live on the WWE Network, from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. The August 29 episode of RAW will go down in history as one of the most shocking nights in WWE history as, during a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match to crown as new WWE Universal Champion, it would come down to Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins with RAW’s top prize on the line. This is when the wrestling world would be left in a state of shock as, appearing for the first time since WrestleMania, Triple H would make an emphatic re-emergence by delivering a Pedigree to Roman Reigns on the arena floor then encouraging Seth Rollins to pin and eliminate Roman from the match. Just when it looked like Triple H and Seth Rollins had re-united, Triple H would betray his former protégé, planting Rollins with the Pedigree and standing by as Kevin Owens pinned Rollins to become the new WWE Universal Champion. Since this night, Triple H has not offered any explanation for his actions but it has lit a fire under Seth Rollins as Rollins is more determined than ever to win the WWE Universal Title. Meanwhile, WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens has embraced being the apparent new ‘chosen one’ by Triple H, telling Rollins that he has been nothing but a “failure” since he returned from injury and that Rollins had been “replaced” as Triple H’s hand-picked face of the company. Now, it all comes down to Clash of Champions where both Superstars will set out to prove the other wrong as Kevin Owens would defend the WWE Universal Championship against Seth Rollins.
For the past month, Roman Reigns and Rusev have been battling each other in and out of the ring and it all started with Reigns humiliating Rusev and his wife Lana during their wedding celebration on RAW. This was supposed to culminate in a one-on-one match for the United States Title at SummerSlam, but Rusev would attack Reigns before the match could begin and this would send Roman into a rage as Reigns would attack the United States Champion with a steel chair, injuring the ribs of Rusev before putting an exclamation point on the attack with a Spear to Rusev on the outside. The following night on RAW, the injuries sustained by Rusev would end up costing Rusev a shot at the WWE Universal Title and Rusev would then take a few weeks off to heal from his injuries. The United States Champion would then re-emerge with a vengeance a couple of weeks ago on RAW when Rusev would, in turn, cost Reigns his shot at the WWE Universal Title before leaving Reigns lying in the middle of the ring after locking Roman in the Accolade. The following week, Rusev would ambush Reigns after Roman defeated Kevin Owens in a Steel Cage match, again brutalizing Roman and punishing Reigns with the Accolade. This all leads to Clash of Champions where Rusev will put the United States Title on the line against Roman Reigns.
Back at SummerSlam, Charlotte went beyond just trying to regain the RAW Women’s Title from Sasha Banks as Charlotte set out to try and end Sasha’s career, injuring the back of “The Boss” during their title match and ultimately coming out the victor and the new RAW Women’s Champion. After weeks of speculation about the state of her back, Sasha would return on RAW and would send a clear message to Charlotte by taking out Charlotte’s protégé, Dana Brooke, proving that she is ready to take the title back from Charlotte. However, earlier that same night, Charlotte had a non-title match against Bayley where Bayley pinned the RAW Women’s Champion, earning Bayley a future shot at the title. This would all culminate in a #1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match between Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Dana Brooke where “The Boss” would initially pin Bayley to become the #1 Contender. The following week, however, Charlotte and Dana Brooke would go to RAW General Manager Mick Foley with footage from the match that shows both Sasha and Bayley’s shoulders being down and this would lead to the GM ruling that the RAW Women’s Title match at Clash of Champions would be a Triple Threat Match with Charlotte defending against both Sasha Banks and Bayley!
For the last month, Cesaro and Sheamus have been fighting tooth and nail and nearly destroying each other in the process all for the sake of winning their Best of Seven Series and earning a future championship opportunity. Sheamus would take a decisive lead in the first three matches of the series, putting Cesaro in a must-win situation and, despite suffering from back issues stemming from his previous encounters with “The Celtic Warrior”, Cesaro was able to even the series up at three wins a piece. Now, at Clash of Champions, the final match in the Best of Seven Series would take place as Cesaro and Sheamus go one-on-one one more time with the winner taking the entire series and earning themselves a title shot.
In what can be described of a battle between Kevin Owens’ former best friend and Kevin Owens’ new best friend, Clash of Champions would see Sami Zayn go one-on-one with Chris Jericho. Also at Clash of Champions, with every RAW championship guaranteed to be defended, that would also mean the newly minted Cruiserweight Championship as, fresh off of winning the grueling 32-man Cruiserweight Classic to become the Cruiserweight Champion, T.J. Perkins would have his first defense of the title at Clash of Champions when TJP puts the title on the line against the veteran Brian Kendrick. After weeks of skits and threats, the RAW Tag Team Championship would be decided at Clash of Champions as Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson would get their opportunity to end the historic 399-day reign of The New Day by taking the RAW Tag Team Titles from the fun-loving trio.
- Kickoff Exclusive: Nia Jax def. Alicia Fox by pin following a Samoan Drop.
- RAW Tag Team Championship: Big E & Kofi Kingston (c) (with Xavier Woods) def. Gallows & Anderson by Kofi Kingston (c) pinning Karl Anderson following the Midnight Hour after Xavier Woods (c) hits Karl Anderson with his trombone. As a result, Big E & Kofi Kingston (c) retain.
- Cruiserweight Championship: T.J. Perkins (c) def. Brian Kendrick by submission to the knee bar to retain.
- Best of Seven Series: Match #7: Cesaro and Sheamus fight to a No Contest after neither man is able to continue.
- Chris Jericho def. Sami Zayn by pin following the Codebreaker.
- RAW Women’s Championship: Triple Threat Match: Charlotte (c) (with Dana Brooke) def. Bayley and Sasha Banks by pinning Bayley following a big boot to retain.
- United States Championship: Roman Reigns def. Rusev (c) (with Lana) by pin following the Spear to win the United States Title.
- WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens (c) def. Seth Rollins by pin following the Pop-Up Powerbomb to retain.
See page 2 for detailed results.