WWE Clash of Champions 2020: Results, full recap and analysis


WWE Conflict of Champions noticed virtually each main-roster champion defend their gold (Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, Ladies’s Tag Group Champions, were taken off the show for unknown reasons), so it is outstanding that just one title modified palms: The opening bout noticed Sami Zayn win again the Intercontinental Championship in a wonderful ladder match. 

Drew McIntyre retained his WWE Championship by beating Randy Orton in a confounding Ambulance Match, whereas Romain Reigns soundly defeated Jey Uso to maintain his Common Championship.

It was an honest present, with nothing abjectly dangerous to report. Exterior of the opener although, it is arduous to say that something was notably good. At worst, it was slightly boring (Asuka versus Zelina Vega, Apollo Crews versus Bobby Lashley), and there was a botched end (Uncooked Tag Group Championships). 

In the event you skipped the present and need to know what to compensate for, watch the opening and shutting matches. Every little thing else is safely skippable. 

Roman Reigns retains Common Championship through forfeit 

Roman Reigns, as if there was any doubt, continues to be your Common Champion. He defeated Jey Uso after Jey’s brother, Jimmy, ran right down to the ring and actually threw within the towel. Reigns had already speared Jey twice, and was throwing mounted strikes when Jimmy threw within the towel.

A little bit of a letdown match. The way in which it was constructed — with Reigns smashing Jey across the enviornment, and the announcers speaking at size at how Jey is over his head — appeared to point an enormous, fiery Jey comeback with a couple of shut calls. However there actually weren’t any, aside from a superkick-splash combo that all of us knew would not be a 3 depend. 

Jey did not actually shine the best way he ought to have, as this was all about solidifying Reigns as a badass heel. And that is effective, however the best way the bout constructed up, with a brilliant sluggish begin and heavy Reigns offense all through, it felt like an anticlimax for Reigns to win so decisively and unceremoniously. 

That stated, it was mission completed because it pertains to Reigns as a heel. He’s superior on this function. 

Ranking: three stars. 

Drew McIntyre continues to be WWE Champion

After a fantastically silly match, Drew McIntyre defeated Randy Orton to retain his WWE Championship.

The 2 competed in an Ambulance Match, so to win one needed to stuff his opponent right into a standby ambulance and shut its doorways. It ended with McIntyre hitting a Claymore Kick, a Orton Punt, tossing Orton inside and shutting the door on their rivalry (in all probability). 

In order that’s all effective. The dumb half? McIntyre was helped all through the match by the legends Orton has injured over the previous few months. Round a minute into the bout, The Large Present appeared and chokeslammed Orton by the announcer’s desk. Later, when McIntyre and Orton had been brawling backstage, Christian gave McIntyre a reprieve unexpectedly attacking Orton. In direction of the tip, as Orton was standing tall atop the ambulance, Shawn Michaels hit him with a shock Candy Chin Music.

Every time McIntyre, the hero, obtained an enormous serving to hand, Orton, the villain, valiantly fought again. The psychology was all incorrect. As an alternative of McIntyre getting a hard-fought victory, he barely gained after getting assist from three legends.

Ranking: 1 star. Simply re-watch their superior SummerSlam match. 

Sasha Banks assaults Bayley

Bayley was meant to defend her SmackDown Ladies’s Championship towards Nikki Cross, however Cross, probably on account of COVID-19, was unable to make the present. As an alternative Bayley had an open problem — which was answered by Asuka. 

It was a fast match that noticed Asuka dominate a flustered Bayley. However after a couple of minutes, Bayley, scrambling on the surface, hit Asuka with a metal chair to retain her championship by disqualification. 

After the match, Sasha Banks appeared out of nowhere and hit Bayley with a chair of her personal. After Bayley briefly obtained the higher hand, Banks wailed on her with a Kendo Stick a bit earlier than Bayley retreats.

Road Income beat Andrade and Angel Garza

Botched end to an in any other case sturdy tag workforce match. Angelo Dawkins pinned Andrade with a spinebuster although Andrade very clearly kicked out at two. It seems to have come after Angel Garza legitimately injured himself, as Andrade and a bunch of refs had been checking on him after the match. 

What on paper was trying to be one other Uncooked-quality tag workforce title match ended up being numerous enjoyable, thanks largely to Andrade and Garza being so thrilling to look at. They’re each simply so crisp, and The Road Income are strong babyfaces, with high quality promoting and comebacks. 

Ranking: 2.5 stars. Dangerous end however. 

Bobby Lashley retains US Championship

After a back-and-forth match, Bobby Lashley tapped out Apollo Crews with a Full Nelson (or Harm Lock, because it’s now being referred to as). 

Not a lot to say about this match. That they had an identical bout at Payback, and although they labored arduous it was a really easy bout. Backwards and forwards strikes, not a lot of a narrative (aside from MVP speaking smack to Crews all through, which was reasonably amusing) however no less than a clear ending.

Ranking: 2 stars. It was effective. 

Asuka submits Zelina Vega

Asuka retained her Uncooked Ladies’s Championship after Zelina Vega tapped out to the Asuka Lock.

This was tough going. Zelina Vega’s energy is not in wrestling — no less than, not but — and so this match was primarily Asuka wrestling round Vega, working arduous to make Vega’s offense look as formidable as doable. The story of the bout was that Asuka stored trying the Asuka Lock, however Vega stored on discovering methods to counter. 

It obtained extra enjoyable because it went on, however Vega’s weaknesses had been arduous to disregard.

Ranking: 2 stars. After the match, Asuka cuts a promo saying Vega was a troublesome opponent however not prepared for Asuka. She tried to shake palms, however Vega threw a match and kicked Asuka. Asuka then spoke angrily in Japanese, which is superior on a regular basis, ending the phase. Anticipate a rematch quickly.

Sami Zayn wins superior ladder match

Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn and AJ Types beat the crap out of one another. This triple menace ladder match ended with Sami Zayn unhooking the 2 Intercontinental championships — Jeff Hardy’s, and Sami Zayn’s previous one he claimed he by no means misplaced — to change into the undisputed IC champ.

This was a implausible match. It began as a regular, excellent ladder match. It escalated with thrilling spots, like Jeff Hardy being a maniac and hitting a Swanton Bomb off the tippy prime of a ladder, crashing Zayn by one other ladder. AJ Types owned a lot of the match, dominating the primary two thirds.

The ultimate stretch was additional imaginative. Zayn introduced out two pairs of handcuffs. He tied Hardy — by his earlobe — to a ladder, and handcuffed himself to Types. As Types struggled to climb a ladder whereas hoisting Zayn, Hardy, nonetheless hooked up to ladder, attacked Types.

Zayn obtained a key from his mouth, uncuffed himself from Types, climbed the ladder and gained the match.

Ranking: 4.25 stars. Nice ladder match. That is a kind of matches you want had a crowd. 

Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro retain tag workforce titles

Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro defeated Lucha Home Occasion within the kickoff present to retain their SmackDown Tag Group Championships. Nakamura and Cesaro hit their superior tag workforce end — Cesaro’s Large Swing into Nakamura’s Kinshahsa — for the pin.

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Daniel Van Boom