Sunday night WWE hosted Clash of Champions. 11 matches were on the card, with all 10 titles on the line. Overall, it was a solid card with a nice twist of an ending that previewed a new match heading into the next WWE pay-per-view, Hell in a Cell.

A little late on the preview but here are my thoughts on Clash of Champions.

Cruiserweight Championship – Drew Gulak (c) def. Humberto Carrillo and Lince Dorado (pre-show)

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Grade: B

A solid opener to the kickoff show. Gulak continues to show that he is holding the 205 Live brand together.

With that being said, the crow was really not into it and it is a shame. The cruiserweights deserve a lot better and with them being merged with the NXT roster, we may see the appreciation there. If Gulak continues to impress when he moves to NXT, he may eventually get called up to SmackDown or Raw. Imagine the matches he could have with the likes of AJ Styles or Seth Rollins for example.

United State Championship – AJ Styles (c) def. Cedric Alexander (pre-show)

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Grade: F

Why put these two on the kickoff show? Both Styles and Alexander have had an excellent feud for the past few weeks and they deserved a main card spot and even a longer match, with this bout going a little under 10 minutes.

WWE pushed Alexander nicely the past few weeks with some nice booking and victories, only to have him destroyed by Styles as well as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. I hope we see these two guys again in a bigger spot down the line.

Raw Tag Team Championship – Dolph Ziggler & Bobby Roode def. Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman (c)

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Grade: B-

The match was a solid opener but it felt like more of a weekly T.V. match compared to a pay-per-view bout.

It did serve it’s purpose, with Strowman getting more heat as they battled for the Universal Championship later in the night but with the talent in the ring, the match was solid. It will be interesting to see what the plans are for the new Raw Tag Team Champions down the line and hopefully, will see more legit tag team go for the titles, rather two random superstars teaming up without any reason.

SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) def. Charlotte Flair

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Grade: C+

An okay match here with Bayley pulling Flair into the exposed turnbuckle and scored a quick pinfall victory. Her running out of the ring right away for the cheap victory was a nice add-on to her character.

That being said, I wish the match was a little longer given the abilities both females can do here.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Revival def. The New Day (c)

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Grade: C-

Xavier Woods selling his injury he suffered a while back was a nice touch here and the tag bout was good, but I gave this alow grade because of the fact that The Revival won a title from a brand they are not a part of.

Hopefully, things will clear up once the WWE Draft comes about on October 11 and the tag divisions on both brands get fixed because they desperately need to be retooled.

Women’s Tag Team Championship – Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

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Grade: B-

A good match here as WWE tries to revive the Women’s Tag Team Championships. Rose and Deville have great chemistry together and should be the team that dethrones the champs down the line but the right team won here.

Creative has done a good job with the pairing of Cross and Bliss, moving away from Bliss manipulation Cross and rather them being a legit team that works together. Cross was a star here, showing that she can hold her own and not just someone’s buddy.

Intercontinental Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura (c) def. The Miz

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Grade: C

Miz and Nakamura have no real in-ring chemistry which is odd due to both superstars are solid in the ring. Sami Zayn as the mouthpiece is perfect for Nakamura but at times he got more of the heat and reaction from the crowd, which sometimes does not work.

Miz chasing Zayn around the squared ring after taking out Nakamura was not a good call, making the face look like a fool here. WWE seemed to have dropped the ball on a face Miz and we may see a change in character after suffering multiple losses in the last couple of pay-per-views.

Raw Women’s Championship – Sasha Banks def. Becky Lynch (c) by disqualification

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Grade: A-

I normally am against a DQ finish in a title match but this is one of the few times that this works here. Banks and Lynch have a heated rivalry and WWE has done a good job in booking it. Having Lynch attack Banks with a steel chair gives Banks a legit reason to earn a rematch, which she will as she battles Lynch once again inside Hell in a Cell.

It reminded fans that Lynch is still a badass and will do what she can to earn the victory. Banks should win the title eventually with her new heel persona but it is better to extend it to Hell in a Cell, which should be a great match.

WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) def. Randy Orton

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Grade: A-

I was not sure who was going to win here but I am glad to see Kingston retain. WWE has done a great job booking him as one of the smarter and strong champions in recent years.

This was one of the first matches where fans believed Kingston’s title reign would be in jeopardy. Having him beat a 13-time champion clean only legitimizes his run.

The question remains on who will be Kingston’s next challenger. Outside of Roman Reigns, there is no one on SmackDown I think right now has a reason for a title shot. We still have a few weeks until Hell in a Cell, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do for the next couple of weeks.

Erick Rowan def. Roman Reigns in a No Disqualification match

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Grade: C

An okay match but I felt they could have cut this match in half with a better result. It was great to see Luke Harper return and looks to align himself with his former tag partner.

Outside of Harper’s return, there as nothing memorable here. It was also odd to not see any involvement from Daniel Bryan, who was a major part of the storyline.

Still, it was great to see Harper back and I hope WWE uses him properly this time around.

Universal Championship – Seth Rollins (c) def. Braun Strowman

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Grade: B

Before I get to the post-match, I need to ask. What is WWE’s long term goals with Strowman?

No doubt he is talented and is one of the most popular superstars in the company. Why does he destroy opponents in non-title matches but then don’t book him properly when it comes to title matches?

This has been the case for years now and fans only wonder when will it be Strowmans times. Hopefully, we can see a proper title reign with him down the line.

The Fiend Bray Wyatt appearing and attacking Rollins was amazing and now gets to challenge Rollins for the Universal Championship at Hell in a Cell in the stipulation. The match was solid throughout but the Wyatt appearance overtook the action inside of the ring.

Rollins vs. Wyatt should be a good one but I wonder what the plans are for Strowman now.

Overall

Clash of Champions, in my opinion, was a solid pay-per-view. Yeah, there were a couple of dud matches but many of the other matches were. Nothing on year is memorable per se or Match of the Year candidates but still a solid night of action.

Of course, the main thing was The Fiend making an appearance. I am really looking forward to seeing what they have planned for him at Hell in a Cell.

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