Clash of Campions Results
Good day fellow Social Suplexers! With Survivor Series rounding out the last Big Four event of 2017, Raw plods along to the Royal Rumble while Smackdown built its year end feuds for the blue brand’s Clash of Champions. With the card in our rear view, how are we feeling after the last PPV Network Event of 2017? Not totally satisfied? Me too. Let’s hit the results!
Mojo Rawley def. Zack Ryder
Mojo has been killing it on the mic in recent weeks following his needed heel turn. He debuted with new music that sounds a little bit better then Big Cass’ new theme (i.e. not that trash). The match itself was alright, with the right man going over. Now, Creative needs to make Mojo to have some kind of purpose, or else this whole plot is for not.
Grade: 3 Suplexes.
Dolph Ziggler def. Baron Corbin and Bobby Roode
Bravo to WWE Creative with sticking to a narrative all the way to the end. For weeks it’s been commentated that Ziggler didn’t deserve to be in this match and he relied on the idea of his veteran instinct to be an asset. Dolph purely looked to be in the match to eat the pin and protect Roode and Corbin from losses they needed to avoid. However, in a brilliant bit of booking after a solid match, Ziggler hit the Zig Zag during Corbin’s End of Days (that spot never gets old) to pin the champion. I personally popped for this, as Ziggler has always been a favorite talent of mine. It’s criminal the way Vince and co. have used him in the past, so to see him secure another title in presumably the twilight of his WWE career is glorious.
Grade: 3 1/2 Suplexes.
The Usos def. The New Day, The World’s Greatest Tag Team 2.0, and Rusev and Aiden English
Wow, what a match. It started off a little sloppily with the newly implemented 4-Way Tag Team rules, but it heated up quickly. The crowd was hot for Rusev and English, with their third act push in the match flawlessly book, but the MVP had to be Chad Gable. His German Suplex seaquence was a work of art, truly. To be honest, I felt that this was the best time to take the titles off the Usos, after them having a red hot year. As heels, they had an opportunity to drop the titles without losing heat, but I’m ok with the decision to have them retain in a wily fashion. They’ll probably feud with a babyface team until Harper and Rowan are ready to take on the mantle of top heels.
Grade: 4 Germán Suplexes
Charlotte def. Natalya
Wow, this match was a mess. The caveat of it being a lumberjack match really fell flat, considering most of the lumberjacks (lumberjills?) were heel. Charlotte overcoming the odds were told in an especially messy fashion, against the backdrop of a mediocre match. Natty and Flair are capable of so much more, and the cash in tease and Nat’s execllent post match promo couldn’t save it.
Grade: 2 Suplexes
The Bludgeon Brothers def. Breezango
In a glorified squash, the match seemed disjointed and rushed. The blowoff to the immavualate Fashion Files angle deserved so much more than this.
Grade: 1 1/2 Suplexes
Team KO def. RKNakamura (Shane and Daniel Bryan as Special Referees)
The action was a little off during most of the in ring work at the beginning, especially citing the communication between the guest referees. The breakdown into the spots that finished the match, however were pitch perfect. The tension between the Smackdown brass boiled over into slight physicality, and Daniel screwed Shane, as predicted. This garners another reason to catch Smackdown come Tuesday.
Grade: 3 1/2 Suplexes
AJ Styles def. Jinder Mahal
There was only one logical outcome without causing a riot, and that was for the Phenomenal One to go over. Mahal looked strong in the beginning of the outing, working his usual slow, injury focused style, but varied it up a bit. However, it was the same story every Jinder match has; work, work, Singh Brother interference, finish. AJ bumped crazy for Jinder, but bounced back at the end. Happy ending.
Grade: 3 Suplexes