By Ryan Clark on September 25, 2016
Event: WWE Clash Of Champions Pay-Per-View
Airdate: Sunday, September 25th, 2016 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Results by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
Nia Jax defeated Alicia Fox on the Clash of Champions Kickoff Show.
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video package kicks off the show focusing on the major matches for tonight’s event. Every champion will be in action with the championships on the line.
We go into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves welcome us to the show.
“OHH INDY — DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR WORLD FAMOUS TWO-TIME CHAMPS AND FEEL THE POWER!”
The New Day makes their entrance. Big E welcomes the crowd to Clash of Champions. Xavier Woods mentions that every RAW championship will be defended starting with them – your WWE World Tag Team Champions. Kofi Kingston says they have been married to these championship titles for a record setting 399 days, but there are two people that want to break them up like Brangelina. Who could these two people be? Who? Who? Big E answers, “Gallows and Anderson, that’s who!” Woods says no one wants Gallows and Anderson to be champions. They’re not fun like them. Gallows and Anderson give out raisins on Halloween, wear tube socks with flip flops, and fart on completely crowded elevators. Kingston says what’s worse is the fact that they have never poured themselves a big ol’ bowl of Booty-O’s. Booty-O’s — They make sure you ain’t booty. Kingston says they will never take the titles from them because… New Day rocks!
RAW Tag Team Championships Match
The New Day (c) vs. Gallows and Anderson
The bell rings, and Luke Gallows clotheslines Big E at ringside. Karl Anderson floors Kofi Kingston with a running Liger Bomb for a near fall. Outside, Gallows sends Xavier Woods into the ring post and slams Francesca II down. Anderson punches away at Kingston before tagging Gallows in. Gallows beats Kingston down, but Kingston eventually gets the advantage. Big E is tagged in, and he runs over Anderson with some belly-to-belly suplexes and a big splash. Big E starts rhythmically clapping. Anderson gets away, but Big E sends him to the apron. Big E goes for a suicide dive spear, but Anderson knees him in the head. Anderson charges, but Big E slams him down for a two count. Anderson gets to his feet and takes him down with a running boot for a two count. Anderson gets Big E on his feet and kicks him in the face. Gallows blind tags in and big boots Big E down. They connect with the Boot of Doom, but Kingston breaks up the pin. Gallows gets Kingston out of the ring. Anderson charges Big E, but he sends him over the top rope. Kingston is tagged in, and he springboards off the top rope into a spinebuster from Anderson for a near fall! Gallows tags in. Kingston goes for hte SOS, but Gallows blocks it and gives him a chokeslam. Gallows superkicks Big E and tags in Anderson. They go for the Magic Killer, but Kingston fights out. Kingston avoids a running shoulder, and Gallows hits the ring post shoulder first. Big E blind tags in. Kingston hits Anderson with Trouble in Paradise. Big E follows up with a Big Ending, but Gallows pulls him out of the ring. Big E sends Gallows into the ring steps. Kingston then wipes out Gallows with a tope. Woods hits Anderson with Francesca II while the referee was distracted. The New Day hits Anderson with the Midnight Hour for the win.
Winners and still RAW Tag Team Champions: The New Day
Match Rating: * 3/4
A commercial airs for the WWE Network and the plethora of original programming currently airing and to be aired.
Video Package: T.J. Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick
Tom Philips is backstage with T.J. Perkins. Philips says some say Brian Kendrick is the favorite in this match and asks for a comment. Perkins says he’s been training since 1998 to get to this moment. Not only is he here, but he’s the Cruiserweight Champion. He was born with a clutch gene, but he’s nervous. Brian Kendrick has been here before and been a champion. However, confidence got him this far, confidence won him the Cruiserweight Championship, and confidence will have him walk out as champion.
Footage is shown of Brian Kendrick submitting Cedric Alexander on RAW to become the #1 Contender.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Brian Kendrick vs. T.J. Perkins (c)
Much like the Cruiserweight Tournament, T.J. Perkins goes for a handshake, but Brian Kendrick denies him. The bell rings, and Perkins quickly takes him down. Kendrick quickly comes back with a pair of waistlock takedowns before powering him to the corner. Perkins quickly slides down and takes him down with a head-scissor takeover. Kendrick rolls him onto his shoulders for a two count, but Perkins quickly takes him down with another head-scissor for a two count. Kendrick powers him to the corner and applies a side headlock. Perkins fights up and shoulder blocks him down. Perkins takes him down and goes for the knee bar, but Kendrick quickly scurries to the bottom rope. Kendrick goes outside the ring to recover. Perkins goes for a springboard move to ringside, but Kendrick pulls the ring apron out and buries him in there. Kendrick clubs away at him before putting him in the ring for a two count. A dual chant for both men breaks out. Kendrick punches away at him, but Perkins takes him down and applies a pendulum submission before transitioning into a Muta Lock. Kendrick pulls himself to the bottom rope to break the hold. Perkins charges, but Kendrick sends him over the top rope. Perkins holds his neck at ringside. Kendrick puts him back in the ring and gets a two count. Kendrick applies a straightjacket submission, but Perkins fights up and bridges out. Kendrick knees him in the midsection and tries to send him out of the ring, but Perkins holds onto the ropes. Kendrick angrily charges, but Perkins sidesteps him to get him out of the ring. Perkins kicks Kendrick in the head as he charges. Kendrick quickly comes back with a monkey flip for a near fall. Kendrick digs his boot into the back of his neck while pulling the arms back for a really unique submission hold. Perkins eventually fights up and gets out with a mule kick. Perkins ducks a clothesline and connects with a running hurricanrana. Perkins catches him with an inverted atomic drop and a heel kick. Kendrick sends him to the corner, but Perkins sidesteps him. They hit a sloppy looking neckbreaker. Perkins hits him with a double chickenwing into an atomic drop for a near fall. Perkins connects with a traditional suplex and a back suplex. Kendrick quickly cuts him off as he goes to the top rope. Kendrick goes for a superplex, but Perkins fights him off. Perkins then hits him with a flying hurricanrana over the top rope!
Both men pull themselves into the ring before being counted out. Kendrick goes for Sliced Bread #2, but Perkins gets out and sends him into the ropes. Perkins with the TJP, but Kendrick quickly attempts the Captain’s Hook, but Perkins blocks it. Perkins goes for a knee bar, but Kendrick fights out. Kendrick connects with Sliced Bread #2 for a two count. Perkins fights out of another Captain’s Hook and catches Kendrick with a Detonation Kick. Perkins follows up with the Knee Bar for the submission victory.
Winner by Submission and still WWE Cruiserweight Champion: T.J. Perkins
Match Rating: ** 1/4
T.J. Perkins is asked in the ring what the last month has been like for him. Kendrick comes up to him and shakes his hand before giving him a hug. Kendrick then head-butts him down. Kendrick then limps away from the ring.
A commercial airs for WWE 2K17.
Tom Philips is backstage with Cesaro and asks him how he came back from a 3-0 deficit. Cesaro says when Mick Foley made this series, he wanted to find out who is more physically dominant. When he was down, it wasn’t about physical toughness. It was about mental toughness. Now it’s 3-3 and he’s going to prove that he’s the more physically dominant one and earn a championship opportunity. Cesaro says he’s going to reward the Cesaro Section with the biggest comeback in history.
Still photos recap each of the six matches that led up to this final match of the Best of 7 Series.
Best of 7 Series – Match #7
Sheamus (3-3) vs. Cesaro (3-3)
The bell rings, and Sheamus immediately starts punching Cesaro. Sheamus sends him into the ropes, but Cesaro kicks him in the face and dropkicks him down before sending him out of the ring. Sheamus shoulders him in the midsection and clubs him in the back. Sheamus clubs the chest and head-butts him. Cesaro then uppercuts him to the floor. Cesaro goes outside and tries for a running uppercut, but Sheamus sends him to the apron. Cesaro then takes him out with a sit-out senton. Cesaro connects with a running uppercut and puts him in the ring. Cesaro goes to the top rope, but Sheamus crotches him on the ropes for a one count. Sheamus connects with a release suplex and comes off the second rope with a knee drop. Sheamus clubs him in the corner and chops the chest. Sheamus connects with a backbreaker, which Michael Cole incorrectly calls an Irish Curse. Sheamus hits a second backbreaker before applying a chin lock. Sheamus fights out and uppercuts him. Sheamus reverses a whip to the corner and throws his body at Cesaro. Sheamus comes off the top rope with a clothesline for a two count. Sheamus sets up for the Celtic Cross, but Cesaro counters into a roll-up for a two count. Sheamus quickly comes back with a powerslam for a two count. Sheamus digs Cesaro’s head into the turnbuckle and uppercuts him. Cesaro punches him back, but Sheamus overpowers him. Cesaro quickly sends him shoulder-first into the ring post and uppercuts him in the back of the head. Cesaro pulls himself up and sends him to the corner. Cesaro starts the uppercut train before hitting a tornado DDT for a near fall.
Cesaro tries for the Cesaro Swing, but Sheamus kicks him away. Cesaro quickly gets him in the ropes and connects with the 619. Cesaro stands on the top rope and connects with a cross-body block for a two count. Cesaro tries for the Neutralizer, but Sheamus gives him a back body drop. Cesaro lands on his feet, ducks a clothesline, and connects with a springboard spinning uppercut for a two count. Cesaro signals for the swing, but Sheamus gets out and rolls him up with the tights for a near fall. Sheamus immediately follows up with the Irish Curse Backbreaker for a near fall. Sheamus connects with two more Irish Curses for another near fall. Sheamus goes for the Cloverleaf and kicks away at the back as he turns him over. Cesaro tries to claw to the bottom rope, but Sheamus pulls him away. Cesaro comes back with an inside cradle for a two count. Sheamus quickly comes back with a Celtic Cross into a backbreaker for a near fall! Sheamus cannot believe he kicked out. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick, but Cesaro counters into a roll-up for a two count. Cesaro quickly follows up with the Cesaro Swing and immediately transitions into the Sharpshooter. Sheamus screams in agony, but he reaches the bottom rope to break the hold. Sheamus gets on the apron to recover. Cesaro goes to the second rope and tries for a deadlift superplex, but his back gives out. Sheamus goes for White Noise on the apron, but Cesaro fights out and big boots him to the floor. Cesaro then gives him a suicide dive and lands directly on his face! Cesaro is so lucky to not be paralyzed.
Sheamus gets him in the ring and connects with a Brogue Kick for a near fall. Cesaro really looks like he’s completely out of it. Sheamus knees away at him, but Cesaro comes back with some boots and a Neutralizer for a near fall. I’m absolutely floored that Cesaro is even still wrestling. A “This is awesome” chant fires up. Sheamus punches him from his knees and dares him to come back. Cesaro fires back with some uppercuts and backs up before running into a pair of boots. Sheamus pulls himself to the top rope, but Cesaro dropkicks him to the apron. Cesaro pulls him up to the middle rope and goes for a superplex to the floor. Sheamus clubs him off to the floor and goes for a diving clothesline, but Cesaro uppercuts him out of mid-air! Cesaro charges for a running uppercut, but Sheamus counters with White Noise on the floor! Sheamus takes some time to get up, and Cesaro comes back by desperately sending him into the ring post and clotheslining him over the barricade. Trainers come out and delay the match to check on both men. The referee discusses with the trainers and calls for the bell.
Match Rating: ***
Cesaro argues with the referee that he still wants to fight. Sheamus is also furious. Sheamus still wants to fight, but he can’t stand on his feet. A loud “Let them fight” chant breaks out. Cesaro gets in the ring and motions for Sheamus to come back. The crowd wants to see them fight. Sheamus thinks about it, but he’s then helped to the back. The crowd boos as Cesaro’s music hits.
A commercial airs for the Smackdown Live show “No Mercy.”
Bayley is shown backstage putting on her headband. Charlotte walks in smiling and sarcastically says it’s good to see her. Charlotte says Bayley weaseled her way into a title opportunity. Bayley says this has been a dream of hers, so she earned it. Charlotte says it doesn’t matter that she thinks she earned it — she’s not going to win. Bayley says Charlotte is trying to intimidate her, but she beat her two weeks ago and will do it again. Charlotte says she can’t because she can’t even beat Sasha Banks.
A replay is shown from The Highlight Reel two weeks ago when Sami Zayn called Chris Jericho “Kevin Owens’ bitch.” Jericho then hit him over the head with a cell phone and gave him a Codebreaker.
Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho
The bell rings, and Jericho talks trash before telling the crowd to shut up. An “Olé” chant fires up. Jericho throws his scarf at Zayn, so Zayn powers him to the corner and punches away at him. Zayn sends him to the corner and punches him down. Jericho quickly comes back with a cheap shot to take him down. Zayn kicks him in the head and chops the chest. Jericho clubs and forearms him, but Zayn springboards over him, hits some arm drags, and a leaping calf kick. Zayn punches him and sends him into the ropes, but Jericho pulls himself out of the ring. Zayn follows him out and clotheslines him on the floor. Zayn punches him before having a whip reversed on him. Zayn leaps to the barricade and takes him out with a moonsault block. Zayn sends him back into the ring. Jericho pulls the referee in front of him and gives Zayn a springboard dropkick. Jericho connects with a low dropkick to knock him out of the ring before taunting the crowd. Jericho kicks him away from the apron and bounces him off the ring steps. Jericho punches him before dropping him on the barricade. Jericho gets him into the ring and takes him out with a flying back elbow for a two count. Jericho slaps him in the face and bounces him off the turnbuckle. Jericho continues to punch him until Zayn comes back with some chops. Jericho reverses a whip to the corner. Zayn goes for a slingshot, but Jericho counters by crotching him on the top rope. Jericho then knocks him to the floor. Jericho connects with a suplex on the floor and gets in the ring to look for a count-out. Zayn soon gets back in the ring. Jericho punches and kicks him before applying a chin lock. Zayn fights up and punches out before sending him to the corner. Jericho quickly boots him and goes for a bulldog, but Zayn sends him into the turnbuckle. Zayn then floors him with a stiff clothesline.
They trade punches before Zayn pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Zayn looks around before taking him out with a diving summersault plancha. Zayn puts him in the ring and connects with a cross-body block for a two count. Zayn soon connects with a Michinoku Driver for another two count. Zayn goes to the top rope, but Jericho cuts him off. Jericho chops the chest and goes for a top rope superplex, but Zayn blocks it. Zayn gives him a front superplex before diving. Jericho moves and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Zayn rolls through. Jericho quickly comes back with a step-up enzuigiri. Zayn looks to be out on his feet. Jericho boots him in the head and yells at the referee. Jericho continues to kick him in the face as an “Olé” chant fires up. Jericho slaps him in the head a few times before Zayn slaps back and punches him. Zayn hits the ropes, but Jericho gives him a back elbow. Jericho goes for the Lionsault, but Zayn gets his knees up for a near fall. Zayn goes for a Blue Thunder Bomb, but Jericho counters. Zayn comes back with a rope scaling tornado DDT before setting up in the corner. Jericho quickly gets out of the ring before the Helluva Kick hits. Zayn follows him out and dives through the first and second turnbuckle to give him a tornado DDT on the floor! Zayn gets him back in the ring and sets up again for the Helluva Kick. Jericho slowly gets up in the corner and avoids the Helluva Kick. Zayn counters the Codebreaker and gives him an exploder suplex into the turnbuckle. Zayn once again goes for the Helluva Kick, but Jericho counters into the Walls of Jericho. Zayn claws to the bottom rope, but can’t make it. Zayn rolls through and punches out before catching him with an inside cradle for a two count. Zayn sends him to the apron, but Jericho lands on his feet and goes to the top rope. Jericho comes off the top rope, but Zayn catches him and connects with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall! A “This is awesome” chant fires up. Zayn goes to lift him up, but Jericho catches him with a Codebreaker out of nowhere for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Chris Jericho
Match Rating: ** 3/4
The KFC commercial with The Miz and Dolph Ziggler is shown.
A video for Roberto Clemente airs to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon walk up to Kevin Owens and say they are proud of him. Stephanie says he is the WWE Universal Champion on the first RAW branded PPV. Foley says if anyone can follow the amazing action, it’s Owens. Owens asks if Foley is proud of him for overcoming all the obstacles he has put in his way. Owens sarcastically says it means a lot. Owens says he’s going to show them why her husband Triple H picked him over Seth Rollins. He’ll show them why they should have picked him over Seth Rollins as the #1 draft pick. He’ll show the world that not only is he in the main event, he IS the main event. More importantly, he’ll show the world that Seth Rollins is no longer “the man.” Rollins is “the mistake.” Owens walks off. Foley says he loves the chip on his shoulder.
Video Package: RAW Women’s Championship Match
RAW Women’s Championship Match
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte (c) w/ Dana Brooke
The bell rings, and Sasha immediately goes for Charlotte. They brawl to the outside before Bayley wipes them out with a baseball slide. Bayley puts Charlotte in the ring and picks up a pair of one counts. Sasha gets back in the ring and goes right for Charlotte. Bayley pulls Sasha back, and they have words. Sasha talks a little trash before Bayley sends her into the ropes. Charlotte quickly pulls Sasha down by the hair and gets in the ring. Bayley wrenches Charlotte’s arm before being sent to the corner. Bayley takes her down with an arm drag. Charlotte comes in, and all three women go for a dropkick. They stare at each other in a stalemate. Charlotte goes for a double clothesline, but they duck it and take her down. Charlotte quickly comes back with a slap. Sasha gets out of a body slam and goes for a head-scissor, but Charlotte takes her down and kips up. Charlotte goes to the top rope, but Sasha crotches her and ties her up in the tree of woe before hitting a double knee. Bayley comes back with a suplex on Sasha before elbowing Charlotte for a near fall. Charlotte rolls out of the ring to recover.
Sasha kicks Bayley and sends her to the apron. Bayley shoulders her in the midsection and snaps her off the middle rope. Dana Brooke takes Bayley down at ringside and sends her into the barricade. There are no disqualifications. In the ring, Charlotte kicks Sasha into the turnbuckle and targets the recently healed back. Charlotte applies a surfboard stretch before releasing it to knock Bayley off the apron. Charlotte sends her hard into the corner and continues to target the back. Charlotte rips the tape off Sasha’s back. Sasha kicks back at her, but Charlotte comes back by going outside and twisting Sasha around the ring post. Charlotte releases the hold to take Bayley down with a forearm smash. Charlotte gets in the ring, and Sasha punches back before giving her a head-scissor takeover. Charlotte charges, but Sasha gives her a drop-toe-hold into the turnbuckle. Sasha hits a pair of flying forearms and a dropkick. Sasha blocks a superkick and goes for the Bank Statement, but Charlotte fights it. Bayley then takes them both out with a missile dropkick. Bayley hits them both with running back elbows and knees in the corner. Sasha sidesteps her, lays her against the ropes, and pulls Charlotte’s head into Bayley’s midsection. Sasha then lays Charlotte over the turnbuckle and gives them both the double knees. Charlotte kicks away at Bayley at ringside before Sasha takes her out with flying knees. They trade blows at ringside before Sasha throws her into the ring. Dana was knocked down as well. Charlotte quickly floors her with a backbreaker/slam combo. Charlotte goes for the Figure Eight, but Sasha kicks her into Bayley, who pins her with the Bayley-To-Belly, but Sasha breaks it up. Sasha covers Bayley, but Charlotte breaks it up. All three women are down.
Charlotte chops them both from her knees. Sasha and Bayley punch away at Charlotte before picking her up and sending her into the ropes. Charlotte kicks Sasha in the face before sending Bayley into the turnbuckle. Sasha comes back with some chops to Charlotte before putting her on the top rope. Sasha goes for a superplex, but Charlotte counters with a front superplex. Bayley charges, but Charlotte knees her. They fall off the top rope, so Charlotte quickly comes back with a body slam. Bayley and Sasha are lying next to each other. Charlotte then hits them both with a single moonsault! Charlotte picks Sasha for a near fall. She tries Bayley for the same result. Charlotte hits Bayley with Natural Selection. Sasha interrupts this with the Bank Statement, but Dana Brooke runs in to break it up. Bayley rolls Sasha up, but Sasha rolls through for a two count. Sasha powers Bayley to the corner, but Bayley comes back with a back elbow. Charlotte knocks Bayley off the ropes and rolls Sasha up with her feet on the ropes for a near fall. Sasha comes back with the Bank Statement. Dana gets on the apron, but Sasha kicks her off. Charlotte nearly taps, but Bayley breaks up the hold. Sasha comes back with a Bank Statement on Bayley, but Charlotte breaks it up. Charlotte dropkicks Sasha out of the ring before telling the cameraman to move. Charlotte sends Sasha into the barricade. Dana talks a little trash to Sasha. Charlotte gets back in the ring, but Bayley surprises her with an inside cradle for a two count. Bayley goes for a sunset flip, but Sasha holds Charlotte up. Charlotte big boots Bayley into Sasha to knock her to the floor before hitting a second big boot. Charlotte then pins Bayley for the win.
Winner and still RAW Women’s Champion: Charlotte
Match Rating: ** 1/2
The Clash of Champions Kickoff Panel talks about the show so far. Highlights are shown from Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox.
Video Package: WWE United States Championship Match
Lana is in the ring to introduce her husband, the Bulgarian Brute and WWE United States Champion, Rusev.
WWE United States Championship Match
Rusev (c) w/ Lana vs. Roman Reigns
The bell rings, and they circle the ring. Rusev looks disgusted with Reigns. They lock up and tussle around for position. Rusev releases the lock up and kicks him. Reigns punches him and sends him out of the ring. Rusev runs in, but Reigns punches him back out of the ring. Rusev angrily gathers himself before getting back into the ring. They circle the ring, and Reigns punches away at him. Rusev quickly floors him with a wheel kick for a two count. Rusev pins him again for a two count. Rusev punches and kicks him down before mounting him and punching away at him for a two count. Rusev quickly kicks away at him and chokes him on the middle rope before taking him down by sending him into the corner. Reigns pulls himself up on Rusev. Rusev sends him hard into the corner again. A “Let’s go Roman/Roman sucks” chant breaks out. Rusev sizes him up and punches him down. Rusev lets him up again and punches him back down. Rusev knees him in the ribs a few times, but Reigns comes back with a clothesline. Reigns gives him a back elbow and connects with a clothesline. Rusev reverses a whip, but Reigns takes him down with a leaping clothesline. The boo-birds are coming out. Rusev quickly stops his momentum by sending him into the ring post. Rusev drives him into the barricade before getting back in the ring to break the referee’s count. Reigns comes back with some punches before putting him in the ring. A “CM Punk” chant breaks out. Rusev gets out of the ring. Reigns follows him out, and Rusev soon sends him into the ring steps. Rusev gets him in the ring for a two count. Rusev covers again for a two count. Rusev applies a chin lock, but Reigns fights up. Rusev takes him down before hitting a falling head-butt. Rusev stares down at Reigns before sending him to the corner. Reigns boots him in the face before hitting the ropes, but Rusev dropkicks him down. Rusev goes to the top rope for a diving head-butt, but Reigns rolls out of the way. Reigns then catches him with a Samoan Drop for a two count.
Reigns starts clubbing away at Rusev in the corner before hitting the ropes to hit him before clotheslining him over the top rope. Reigns follows him outside and sends him into the barricade. Reigns then sends him into the steel steps. Reigns gets him into the ring and sets up for a Superman Punch, but Rusev kicks him. Rusev punches away at him before Reigns runs him over with a back elbow. Rusev quickly drops him onto the top rope for a two count. Rusev kicks Reigns in the head for another two count. Rusev looks frustrated with his inability to put Reigns away. Rusev signals for something and charges, but Reigns floors him with a Superman Punch. The crowd starts booing as Reigns sets up in the corner. Lana gets on the apron to distract him. Rusev superkicks Reigns for a near fall. Rusev throws a tantrum while arguing with the referee. Rusev signals for the Accolade and stomps the back three times. Rusev goes for the Accolade, but Reigns fights it. Reigns immediately floors him with a Spear, but Lana pulls the referee out of the ring! The referee yells at Lana before ejecting her from ringside to a big pop. Rusev is stunned. Reigns rolls Rusev up for a near fall. Rusev counters a Superman Punch, but Reigns comes right back by sending him out of the ring. Reigns punches him before hitting a Drive By Dropkick on the apron. Reigns then hits a Drive By off the Spanish Commentary Table. Reigns gets him in the ring before going for the Spear, but Rusev superkicks him for a near fall. Rusev immediately transitions into the Accolade. The crowd is really into this match now. Reigns fights up with Rusev on his back as the crowd boos. Rusev rakes the eyes and talks some trash before kicking him. Rusev charges, but Reigns Spears him down for the win.
Winner and new WWE United States Champion: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: ** 1/2
Another commercial airs for “No Mercy,” coming in two weeks. After Clash of Champions, there will be another edition of “WWE Ride Along.”
Seth Rollins is walking backstage looking determined. Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon walk up to him to wish him luck. Rollins tells Stephanie to save it because everything that comes out of her mouth is a bold faced lie. After tonight, she’ll have to find a new golden boy. Stephanie says she had nothing to do with Triple H. Rollins tells her to save it because after tonight, she’ll see she bet on the wrong guy. She can tell her husband he bet against the wrong guy. Rollins storms off.
The next RAW branded PPV is “Hell in a Cell,” coming October 30.
Video Package: WWE Universal Championship Match
WWE Universal Championship Match
Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens (c)
The bell rings, and Owens immediately gets out of the ring to play mind games. Rollins goes outside, and Owens quickly gets in. Rollins grabs his foot, but Owens punches him. Owens goes outside and punches him before having a whip into the barricade reversed on him. Rollins gets him in the ring and punches away at him before stomping him down in the corner. Rollins goes for a boot, but Owens gets out of the ring. Rollins gets on the apron and lays him out with a flying knee to the head. Rollins puts him in the ring for a one count. Rollins chops him a few times before hitting a snapmare and a running kick to the face for a two count. Rollins punches him to the corner and stomps him before chopping him. Owens chops him back, so Rollins lays in some more chops. Owens reverses a whip to the corner before running into a boot. Rollins comes off the top rope with a blockbuster for a one count. Owens goes to the apron to catch his breath and snaps Rollins off the top rope. Rollins catches him coming into the ring with a Pedigree attempt, but Owens drops him on the apron. Owens avoids a springboard knee. Rollins kicks him in the midsection and face before Owens blocks a kick and kicks him in the bad knee before hitting a DDT for a near fall. Rollins quickly gets out of the ring and grabs his knee. Owens goes outside and sends him into the barricade. Owens drives him into the ring post before putting him back into the ring. Owens punches him down and talks some trash before posing for the crowd. They trade punches before Owens reverses a whip and connects with a back elbow for a two count. Owens kicks him in the spine for a one count. Owens goes back to concentrating on the bad knee. Rollins limps around the ring as Owens kicks him in the knee. Rollins comes back with some punches and chops before sending him into the ropes. Owens holds on and gives him a back body drop over the top rope. Owens then comes off the apron with a Mick Foley diving elbow to the floor! Owens gets in the ring and taunts the crowd again. Rollins gets back in the ring before being counted out. Owens immediately hits a snapmare and flattens him with a senton splash for a near fall. Owens applies a chin lock, but Rollins fights up and punches out. Owens reverses a whip into the corner, and Rollins hits the turnbuckle hard before collapsing to the mat. Owens sends him hard into the corner again. Owens yells, “Architect? You don’t even have a foundation!” Owens kicks him and sends him hard into the corner. Rollins rolls up the turnbuckle a la Shawn Michaels before coming down and turning Owens inside out with a clothesline.
Owens gets to his feet, and they trade punches. Rollins comes back with some chops and punches before Owens sends him into the ropes. Rollins ducks a number of moves before flooring him with a Sling Blade. Rollins gets to his feet and slaps his knee before hitting a pair of running forearms in the corner. Rollins hits a reverse STO into the turnbuckle before hitting a modified backbreaker for a near fall. Rollins gets to his feet and dropkicks him out of the ring. Rollins goes outside and sends him into the barricade. Rollins sends him into the barricade once again and clears one of the commentary tables off. Owens gets in the ring and lifts Rollins. Rollins gets out, rolls through a pin, and kicks him in the face for a two count. Rollins gets to his feet and goes for a Pedigree, but Owens gets out. Rollins lands on his feet and charges, but Owens avoids him and kicks him in the back of the knee. Owens gives him a cannonball in the corner for a near fall. Owens goes for a package powerbomb, but Rollins fights out. Rollins hits a high knee, and Owens answers with a kick. Rollins then takes him out with an enzuigiri. Rollins hits a running forearm in the corner and goes for another, but Owens catches him with a clothesline. Owens goes for the cannonball, but Rollins moves. Owens avoids a springboard knee and connects with a fisherman’s suplex neckbreaker for a near fall!
Owens goes to the top rope, but Rollins cuts him off. Owens head-butts him down to the mat, but Rollins scales the ropes. Owens quickly gets him on his shoulders and hits a super gut-buster! Owens quickly goes back to the top rope and connects with the frog splash for a near fall. Rollins goes outside and is clutching at his ribs. Owens goes outside and punches him onto the commentary table. Owens pulls the top off the table next to it and stands on it. The referee yells at Owens to not do it. Owens motions for the referee to “suck it” and goes for a senton, but Rollins moves and Owens crashes and burns through the table! A “This is awesome” chant breaks out. Rollins gets him in the ring and goes to the top rope for a flying knee to the head. Rollins goes to the top rope and connects with a frog splash for a near fall.
Chris Jericho runs down and yells at Rollins. Rollins scares him off the apron, and Owens floors him with a package powerbomb for a near fall. Jericho gets on the apron to argue with the referee before telling Owens to powerbomb him. Rollins then sends Owens into Jericho before rolling him up for a two count. Rollins knees him in the face before telling him to “suck it.” Rollins then hits him with a Pedigree, but Jericho puts Owens’ foot on the bottom rope. The referee checks to see if Jericho got involved. Rollins goes outside and chases him around the ring. Rollins gets in the ring, and Owens goes for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Rollins gets out and accidentally takes out the referee. Rollins elbows Owens and Jericho. Owens hits a superkick and goes for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Rollins counters into a Pedigree. Rollins pins him, but the referee is down. The crowd is counting how long Owens is down. They get to twenty before Rollins angrily gets up. Rollins checks on the referee, and Jericho attacks him from behind. Jericho stomps away at him and clubs him. Jericho shouts that Owens is his best friend and sends Rollins into the ropes, but Rollins holds on. Rollins then gives Jericho a back body drop over the top rope. Rollins takes Jericho out with a suicide dive before getting back in the ring and taking Owens out with a suicide dive. Rollins tries to get the referee up, but he’s still unconscious. Stephanie McMahon sends another referee down. In the ring, Owens gives Rollins a Pop-up Powerbomb for the win.
Winner and still WWE Universal Champion: Kevin Owens
Match Rating: ***
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho celebrate with the WWE Universal Championship. Jericho sings, “We Are The Champions” as the show ends.
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