With every RAW championship on the line, the first RAW-exclusive pay-per-view since the WWE Draft kicks off with gold on the line as, on their historic 399th day as the tag team champions, The New Day’s Big E & Kofi Kingston, with Xavier Woods in their corner, would defend the RAW Tag Team Titles against Gallows & Anderson. As soon as the match begins, it becomes abundantly clear that Gallows & Anderson were through messing around as, with Karl Anderson keeping Kofi Kingston occupied in the ring, Luke Gallows would take out both Big E and Xavier Woods on the outside! Despite this, The New Day would battle back into the match and both teams would come within an eyelash of walking out with the RAW Tag Team Titles. Late in the match, Kofi Kingston would dive out of the ring to take out Luke Gallows and, with the referee’s focus on the activity outside the ring, Xavier Woods would hit Karl Anderson with Francesca, his trombone, before Big E & Kofi hit the Midnight Hour with Kofi pinning Anderson to successfully retain the RAW Tag Team Titles and keep their historic title reign intact.
The RAW Cruiserweight Division would then be represented at Clash of Champions as the winner of the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic and the new Cruiserweight Champion T.J. Perkins would make his first defense of the Cruiserweight Championship, defending the newly minted title against the veteran “Wizard of Odd” Brian Kendrick. Early on in the match, T.J. Perkins would begin to work his specialty and that is submission holds, looking for his signature knee bar and the Muta Lock, but the veteran Brian Kendrick is able to avoid any substantial damage from the submissions. During the hard-fought match, Brian Kendrick would look for the Captain’s Hook, but T.J. Perkins would counter, looking for the knee bar.
However, Kendrick would counter again before the challenger scores with Sliced Bread #2, but the champion kicks out! TJP then counters out of the Captain’s Hook before finally locking in the knee bar, leaving Kendrick with no choice but to tap out as T.J. Perkins successfully retains the Cruiserweight Championship. After the match, TJP would be interviewed about his successful title defense, but Brian Kendrick would confront the champion, initially showing a sign of respect by shaking the hand of T.J. Perkins and hugging the Cruiserweight Champion before catching TJP with a headbutt, dropping the champion!
Clash of Champions would then feature the thrilling conclusion to the Best of Seven Series between Cesaro and Sheamus as, with three wins a piece in the series, “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro would face “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus in Match #7 of the Best of Seven Series with the winner earning a future championship opportunity. During the match, both competitors would look to do anything they could to try and beat their opponent with Cesaro even utilizing the 619 of Rey Mysterio to try and beat Sheamus! Shortly after this, Sheamus would lock in the Cloverleaf on Cesaro, punishing the already injured back of “The Swiss Superman”, but Cesaro would counter out of the submission. After failing to put Cesaro away with a backbreaker, Sheamus would look for the Brogue Kick, but Cesaro would counter, sending “The Celtic Warrior” for a ride with the Cesaro Swing before locking in the Sharpshooter, but Sheamus is able to get to the bottom rope, forcing the break.
Shortly after this, Cesaro would knock Sheamus to the floor with a big boot before taking a dangerous dive out of the ring, landing awkwardly on his neck in taking out Sheamus. Back in the ring, Sheamus would score with the Brogue Kick, but Cesaro would kick out before “The Swiss Superman” was able to battle back, hitting the Neutralizer with Sheamus kicking out! Cesaro then punishes Sheamus with a series of European uppercuts, following it up with a dropkick that sends Sheamus to the ring apron. “The Swiss Superman” then goes for a superplex to the outside, but Sheamus would knock Cesaro off of the top rope and Cesaro lands back-first on the ring apron. Sheamus then dives off of the top rope to the outside, but Cesaro catches “The Celtic Warrior” with a desperation uppercut! With both men completely exhausted, Sheamus would manage White Noise on the arena floor.
Cesaro then fights back, sending Sheamus into the ring post before both men take each other over the barricade to the outside. It’s at this point that the referee exits the ring, calling for medical assistance for both men. At the advisement of the medical personnel, the referee would call an end to the match as neither man is able to continue. After the match, a frustrated Cesaro would implore the referee to let him continue to fight, saying he can compete with one good arm. Medical personnel then tries to help Sheamus to the back but “The Celtic Warrior” repeatedly refuses to be helped. Cesaro then gets back into the ring, still wanting to fight as, despite Sheamus’ best efforts to break free, the medical personnel force Sheamus to the back.
In a battle of Kevin Owens’ former best friend and his apparent new best friend, Clash of Champions would see “The Underdog from the Underground” Sami Zayn go one-on-one with six-time former World Champion Chris Jericho. At the end of a grueling match, it was Chris Jericho scoring with the Codebreaker, pinning Sami Zayn to pick up the win.
The RAW Women’s Championship would then be on the line at Clash of Champions as Charlotte, with her protégé Dana Brooke in her corner, would defend the RAW Women’s Title against Bayley and “The Boss” Sasha Banks in a Triple Threat Match, where the only way to win is by pinfall or submission with the first woman doing so walking out as the RAW Women’s Champion. Early on in the match, all three competitors would battle for the early advantage before Bayley and Sasha Banks confront each other in the ring, making it clear that there would be no alliances between the three Superstars. With Bayley taking control of the match, Dana Brooke would get involved in the title match as the protégé drops Bayley face-first on the ring apron, taking full advantage of the rules of the Triple Threat Match.
Dana’s interference would allow Charlotte to isolate Sasha in the ring as the champion starts to work over the bad back of “The Boss”, even ripping the protective tape off of the back of Sasha. Charlotte then uses the ring post to nearly bend Sasha in half around the post before Bayley intervenes and is abruptly knocked down by the champion. Back in the ring, Sasha would mount a comeback against Charlotte before Bayley is able to get back into it, taking out both Charlotte and Sasha with a high cross body.
Bayley then hits a series of elbows to Charlotte and Sasha Banks in the corner before Sasha fights back with the double knees to the mid-section of Bayley. Charlotte then breaks up the attempted pinfall before Sasha dives to the outside, taking out Bayley. In the ring, Charlotte would look for the Figure-Four, but Sasha counters, sending Charlotte right into the Bayley-to-Belly from Bayley before Sasha breaks up the pinfall with a pin of her own which is broken up by the champion. Sasha and Bayley would then form a temporary alliance to try and take Charlotte out, but Charlotte would take Bayley out before focusing on “The Boss”. Sasha then positions the champion on the top rope, but Charlotte fights off Sasha before Bayley tries to take advantage with Charlotte knocking Bayley to the mat.
Charlotte then positions both Sasha and Bayley in the ring for a moonsault, hitting a moonsault on both of her opponents with Sasha and Bayley both kicking out. Charlotte then hits Bayley with Natural Selection before Sasha catches Charlotte, locking the champion in the Bank Statement. However, this is when Dana Brooke would again save the title for her mentor as Dana rolls into the ring, pulling Charlotte out of the ring. With Sasha’s attention on Charlotte and Dana Brooke on the outside, Bayley would look to take advantage by rolling Sasha up, but Bayley and Sasha would go counter-for-counter before Charlotte knocks Bayley to the outside.
The champion then rolls “The Boss” up, putting her feet on the ropes, but Sasha still kicks out. Sasha then locks in the Bank Statement on Charlotte again, fending off Dana Brooke before Bayley breaks up the submission. However, Bayley then finds herself locked in the Bank Statement, but Charlotte then breaks it up. Charlotte then brings Sasha to the outside, sending “The Boss” into the barricade. Back in the ring, Bayley would try to surprise Charlotte with a roll-up, but the champion would kick out. Bayley then looks for a sunset flip, but Charlotte holds on before grabbing the hair of Sasha to try and avoid being pinned. Charlotte then hits Bayley with a big boot that knocks Bayley into Sasha, knocking Sasha to the floor before the champion hits a second boot, pinning Bayley to successfully retain the RAW Women’s Title.
In the culmination of a rivalry that has become personal over the last month, the United States Championship would be defended at Clash of Champions as Rusev, with Lana in his corner, would defend the prestigious championship against Roman Reigns. During a punishing match, Roman Reigns would catch Rusev with the Superman Punch, but when Reigns goes for the Spear, Lana gets on the ring apron, distracting Roman long enough for Rusev to take advantage with a kick to the face. Rusev then looks for the Accolade on Reigns, but Roman fights out, scoring with the Spear to Rusev.
However, this is when Lana would pull the referee out of the ring and, despite Lana trying to end the match by disqualification, the referee would decide otherwise, ejecting Lana from ringside and letting the match continue! On the outside, Roman would hit two of his Drive-By dropkicks before rolling Rusev back into the ring. The champion would then fire back with a kick to the face before locking in the Accolade, but Roman is somehow able to power out of the submission before Rusev catches Reigns with a rake to the eyes. Rusev then goes for another kick to the face of Reigns, but Roman catches Rusev with another Spear, finally pinning Rusev to become the brand new United States Champion!
Backstage, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and RAW General Manager Mick Foley approach Seth Rollins, wishing Rollins luck in his match. However, Rollins tells Stephanie to “save it” because everything that comes out of her mouth is a “bold-faced lie”. Seth then says that, after tonight, Stephanie and her husband, Triple H, are going to have to find a new “golden boy”. The Commissioner again tries to deny any involvement with Triple H betraying him on RAW before Rollins says that he’s got a match to focus on and, after tonight, Stephanie and Foley are going to realize that they “bet on the wrong guy”, telling Stephanie to tell her husband that Triple H that he “bet against the wrong guy”.
Then it was time for the emotionally charged main event as, after the re-emergence of Triple H directly led to Kevin Owens winning the WWE Universal Title last month, Kevin Owens would make his first defense of the WWE Universal Title at Clash of Champions, defending RAW’s top prize against the man who was cost the championship by Triple H, Seth Rollins. Early on in the match, Seth Rollins would appear to tweak his surgically repaired knee and Kevin Owens is quick to capitalize on it, taking control of the match in the early going. Rollins would manage to fight back against the champion, doing his best to cope with his knee issues as the challenger takes control of the match.
Seth then sends Owens to the outside, twice sending the champion into the ringside barricade before exposing the Spanish announce table. Back in the ring, Rollins would catch Owens with a kick to the face, but Owens kicks out. Seth then looks for the Pedigree but Owens counters before going back to the hurt knee of Rollins, squashing Seth in the corner with the Cannonball. After the Cannonball fails to put the challenger away, Owens would look for his package powerbomb, but Rollins battles back with a knee to the face and a kick to the head, toppling the champion. Owens then battles back, missing an attempted Cannonball before rebounding with a neckbreaker over his knee, but Seth kicks out.
Seth Rollins then has Kevin Owens positioned on the top rope, but the champion grabs Seth, hitting a gutbuster from the top rope, following it up with the frog splash, but the challenger kicks out again. The fight then makes its way outside the ring as Owens lays Rollins out on the exposed Spanish announce table before taking the top off of the German announce table. The champion then gets on top of the German announce table, giving a DX crotch chop to both the referee and Rollins before going for the senton, but Seth was able to move out of the way and Owens crashes and burns through the table! Back in the ring, Seth catches Owens with the flying knee before following it up with a frog splash of his own, but Owens kicks out.
Owens’ best friend Chris Jericho then comes out to ringside, distracting Seth Rollins long enough for Kevin Owens to capitalize with the package powerbomb, but Rollins is somehow able to kick out again. Jericho then gets back on the ring apron and Rollins sends Owens into Jericho, knocking “Y2J” off of the ring apron before giving Owens a DX crotch chop of his own and planting the champion with the Pedigree. However, Jericho would put Owens’ foot on the bottom rope at the last second, saving the title for Owens. Incensed over Jericho’s involvement, Rollins would chase Jericho around ringside before Jericho cuts through the ring, allowing Owens to catch the challenger coming into the ring. Owens would look for the Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Rollins would counter, inadvertently colliding with the referee, taking the official down.
With the referee down, Jericho would again get on the ring apron, getting knocked down by Rollins before Owens tries to take advantage, again looking for the Pop-Up Powerbomb, but the challenger counters, hitting Owens with the Pedigree! Rollins then has the match won, but with no referee to count the pinfall, the match would continue. Rollins then tries to bring the referee to his senses, but Jericho attacks Seth from behind as Owens rolls out of the ring. Seth would then fight back against “Y2J”, diving to the outside to take Jericho out before diving out on the other side, taking Kevin Owens out. Seth then tries to get the referee to his feet again, but this is when RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon comes out with a second referee. The second referee would briefly check on his fellow official before heading into the ring, but Rollins would walk right into the Pop-Up Powerbomb of Kevin Owens, who pins Seth to successfully retain the WWE Universal Title with a major assist from his best friend Chris Jericho. As Seth Rollins lies in the ring, visibly disappointed and frustrated, Owens and Jericho celebrate Owens’ first successful, albeit questionable, defense of the WWE Universal Title.
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