Sunday, December 17, 2017

WWE Clash of Champions Results - Dec 17, 2017

Pre-Show:

We're live from the TD Garden in Boston, MA as Renee Young welcomes us to the WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff pre-show. She's joined by Sam Roberts and David Otunga. They go over tonight's card as fans make their way into the arena. We go backstage to Kayla Braxton in the Social Media Lounge. She will be joined by The New Day later on. Fans can submit their questions with the #AskNewDay hashtag on Twitter. We go back to the panel and Renee leads us to a video for tonight's WWE Title match.

- Dasha Fuentes is backstage with AJ now, asking if he's concerned with The Singh Brothers. AJ knew they would never turn their backs on Jinder Mahal, just like he wishes he didn't do because that's when he got attacked. AJ says he will defy the odds tonight and he will be ready for anything. He's got to be better than good, better than great. He's got to be... phenomenal. AJ walks off and we go back to the panel to discuss the match. Sam and Otunga both pick AJ to retain. We go to a break. We see events leading to tonight's WWE United States Title Triple Threat. Sam believes Bobby Roode will win while Otunga goes with Baron Corbin to retain. We see events leading to tonight's Breezango vs. The Bludgeon Brothers match. They both pick The Bludgeon Brothers to get the win.

- Renee hypes tonight's Lumberjack Match and sends us backstage to Dasha with Naomi. She says SmackDown isn't for the taking and she's here to make sure of that. She sends a warning to The Riott Squad to stay far away from her tonight or they will feel the glow. Carmella, Lana and Tamina Snuka appear. Carmella tells Dasha to leave. Lana says they don't see eye to eye but they have a common enemy in The Riott Squad. Tamina tells her things will be alright if she doesn't cross them. Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan appear next. They all start arguing as referees try to break them up. We go to a break. We get a video package for the SmackDown Women's Title match and come back to champion Charlotte Flair on the panel. She's soon interrupted by Natalya, who talks trash about getting her title back tonight. We see The New Day setting up with Kayla Braxton as we go to another break.

- Back from the break and Kayla is in the Social Media Lounge with The New Day. They tease pancake mix coming to WWE Shop soon. Big E also talks about making his WWE debut 5 years ago on the December 17th, 2012 RAW. They go on with typical New Day shenanigans before Kayla wishes them good luck in tonight's Fatal 4 Way for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles. The panel discusses the Fatal 4 Way now. Otunga and Renee believe The Usos will retain but Sam goes with Rusev Day taking the titles. Renee leads us to a video package on tonight's battle of The Hype Bros.

Mojo Rawley vs. Zack Ryder


We go to the ring and Tom Phillips welcomes us. He's joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. Mojo Rawley is out first to a new theme song. Zack Ryder is out next to face his former tag team partner, with what may be a remixed theme song. Ryder stares Mojo down as he walks to the ring.

The bell rings and Ryder unloads with a dropkick. Ryder keeps the fight going, causing them both to tumble over the top to the floor. Ryder fights but Mojo turns it around at ringside and rams Ryder into the LED board on the side of the ring. Ryder turns it back around and rolls Mojo back into the ring. Ryder side-steps and fights his way in but Mojo catches him with a spinebuster. Some fans boo as Mojo stares down at Ryder.

Mojo keeps control and rocks Ryder into the corner now. Mojo with a splash and a 2 count. Mojo keeps Ryder down with a headlock now. Ryder causes Mojo to run into knees in the corner but Mojo knocks him off the top. Ryder lands hard on the floor. Mojo follows and runs around the ring, knocking Ryder into the barrier. Mojo talks trash to Ryder while he's down. We go to a commercial.

Back from the break and Mojo has Ryder down in the ring. They get up and keep it going. Ryder looks to make a comeback but Mojo shuts him down. Ryder finally gets some offense in and hits a forearm in the corner. Ryder beats Mojo down in the corner and nails the Broski Boot. Ryder with another Broski Boot on the ropes. Mojo kicks out at 2. Mojo easily turns it around and nails a huge running right hand to the face to drop Ryder for the pin.

Winner: Mojo Rawley

After the match, Mojo stands tall as his new music hits. Mojo gets down in Ryder's face and talks some trash. We go to replays.

- We go back to the panel for another rundown of tonight's matches. We get a promo for WWE Mixed Match Challenge next. We also get a video package for tonight's big tag team match with special referees. We see Dolph Ziggler, Bobby Roode and WWE United States Champion Baron Corbin walking backstage as Renee wraps the pre-show.



WWE Clash of Champions Opener:

The show opens with a video package highlighting the main feuds heading into tonight's show. There's a good bit of time spent on AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal, Charlottle Flair vs. Natalya, and of course Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton gets a bit of time as well.

In the arena, Tom Phillips welcomes us to the show and we jump immediately into the action. The lights go out for Bobby Roode to make a glorious entrance, and the crowd is definitely excited for Roode.

WWE United States Championship Triple Threat Match
Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Bobby Roode


Dolph Ziggler is out next, and Ziggler gets a bit of a mixed reaction as he makes his way to the ring for his silent entrance. Baron Corbin is the last man to make his way out, and the Champion gets a pretty apathetic reaction from the fans on his way down the aisle.

The bell rings and Ziggler and Roode seem to look at each other before turning on Corbin and attacking him in the corner. Roode and Ziggler stomp away at Corbin, and when Corbin bails from the ring, they follow. Roode and Ziggler double clothesline Corbin over the barricade and into the crowd. Roode immediately turns on Ziggler and brings things back into the ring. Roode tries for the Glorious DDT, but Ziggler counters into a roll up. Roode is able to connect with a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Ziggler is able to dump Roode to the outside where he's caught with a nasty clothesline from Corbin. Corbin is able to tag Ziggler with a right hand when he leans to the outside. Corbin picks up Roode and throws him into the barricade before bringing things back into the ring. Corbin hits Roode with a clothesline in the corner before slamming him to the mat and hitting him with a running right hand to the side of the head. Roode slumps down to the mat, but Corbin picks him right back up and whips him across the ring hard.

Corbin picks up Roode and drives his shoulder into Roode's spine in the corner. Corbin blasts Roode with another big right hand before heading to the outside and backing Ziggler into the barricade spine first. Corbin heads back into the ring and Roode is able to connect with a kick to the gut and a couple of chops, but Corbin responds with a side walk slam that puts Roode down for a two count. Ziggler is in to break up the pin, and Corbin responds by stomping away at Ziggler's chest in the corner. Corbin misses a clothesline on Roode, bails to the outside and comes in with a giant clothesline for Ziggler. Ziggler falls out to the floor, and Roode is able to connect with a clothesline on Corbine. Roode hits another clothesline in the corner before connecting with double knees on a charging Corbin, and a blockbuster out of the corner. Corbin bails from the ring and Ziggler tries for a Zig Zag on Roode. Roode fights it off and he fights for the advantage with Ziggler. Ziggler connects with the Fameasser, but Corbin breaks up the pin attempt. Corbin rips off his shirt and tells Roode to get up. Corbin charges back and forth across the ring with clotheslines for Roode and Ziggler. Corbin is caught with a back elbow from Roode and a dropkick from Ziggler. Roode is able to take out Ziggler, but he turns around into a nasty Deep Six from Corbin that's good for another two count.

Corbin seats Roode on the top turnbuckle and he follows up after. Roode fights off Corbin, and Ziggler is up from out of nowhere attempting a superplex. Roode hangs on, but Ziggler is able to weaken him, and Corbin powerbombs Ziggler for a tower of doom type spot. Corbin pins Ziggler but Ziggler kicks out at two. Corbin crawls over and pins Roode, but Roode is also able to kick out at two. Corbin is slow to get to his feet, and he pulls Dolph up by the hair. Corbin tries for a chokeslam, but Ziggler counters out. Corbin charges Ziggler, and Ziggler side steps him, sending Corbin crashing shoulder first into the ring post. Ziggler tunes up the band in the corner, but he misses with a superkick and eats a Bobby Roode spinebuster. Roode taunts for the crowd and tries for the Glorious DDT, but Ziggler fights it off and hits a leaping DDT of his own, putting Roode down for a near fall.

Corbin is back in the ring and he tosses Ziggler out to the apron. Corbin charges Roode, and Roode low bridges Corbin, sending him to the floor. Roode catches Ziggler's boot when he tries for the superkick, and Roode is able to connect with the Glorious DDT on Ziggler. Roode is tossed out to the floor by Corbin, and Corbin pins Ziggler, but Roode is able to pull Corbin off before the three count. Corbin hits a nasty backbreaker on the floor and he brings Roode back into the ring. Corbin sets up for the End of Days on Roode, and Ziggler leaps up for the Zig Zag on Corbin at the same time. Ziggler pins Corbin and gets the three count.

Winner and NEW WWE United States Champion: Dolph Ziggler

After the match, Ziggler grabs the title and quickly heads up the entrance ramp and to the back. He looks over his shoulder back at the ring before heading backstage.

Backstage:

Daniel Bryan is shown backstage, and he's not happy with his referee shirt. Shane McMahon walks in and says his fits. Shane says he's been going a little bonkers. He respects Bryan, but he asks what's been going on. He says Sami and Kevin were supposed to be gone. Shane made himself a special guest ref, and then Daniel made himself a ref. Daniel says he's trying to protect Smackdown Live. He knows Shane is a bit of a hothead. Shane tries to clarify how this will work. Bryan says they'll be in the ring at the same time. Bryan says he's got some ideas, but he's like to speak privately. Shane says to find a shirt that fits, then they'll talk.

Backstage:

Baron Corbin is shown walking backstage. He's very upset and says he didn't squander this opportunity, Dolph stole it, and shouldn't have been in the match. Corbin says he'll get his title back before storming off.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship Fatal Four Way Match
The Usos vs. The New Day vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs. Rusev and Aiden English


Aiden English is in the ring, and he has the pleasure of introducing his tag team partner, Rusev, who makes his way to the ring to a nice reaction from the crowd.

Aiden says because it's Rusev day, it'd be a great day to win the Tag Team Championships. English sings a song based on 12 days of Christmas that's all about what Rusev gave to him. It's pretty great and culminates with 'a tag title victory', and the crowd is fully behind it, immediately beginning a 'Rusev day' chant. English asks if the crowd wants an encore, and they do! English begins to go into the 13th day, but he's interrupted when Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin make their way down to the ring.

Big E tells the fans in the crowd to clap their hands and feel the power. New Day make their way out with Big E pouring pancakes out of a Booty-O's box, and Kofi tossing pancakes into the crowd while Xavier plays trombone, it's quite a spectacle.

The Usos are out last, and the Champions have a couple of mics in hand. English is targeted, he's told this isn't The Voice. They do their own version of the 12 days, which just includes them counting down the days, shouting lock down, and welcoming their competitors to the Uso penitentiary.

The bell rings and English, Gable, Kofi and Jey Uso kick things off and fight for a bit before staring each other down and tagging out to their partners. New Day are able to clear the ring, and Big E tosses Kofi to the outside on top of Rusev and Gable. Shelton Benjamin hits a massive belly to belly suplex on Jimmy Uso, but the pin is broken up by Big E. Big E and Kofi take turns stomping away at Shelton in the corner while Woods gloats. Kofi connects with a dropkick on Rusev, and Big E whips him into a dropkick on Benjamin, then one for an Uso, but Rusev stops him with a massive kick to the face. Rusev tries to pin several of his opponents, but he doesn't have any luck.

Gable tags in and double teams Kofi with Benjamin for a near fall. Gable and English lock in submissions on Kofi and Uso at the same time, and stare each other down. Benjamin tags in and suplexes Kofi, and Rusev tags in as well with a kick to the spine for Uso. Gable tags in once more and stomps Kofi's chest in the corner, taking turns with Benjamin. English is back in the ring as well, and Benjamin whips Kofi into the ropes and back drops him. English tries to pin Uso and the pin is broken up by Benjamin. Gable suplexes Kofi and pins him, but it's broken up by Rusev. This match is a bit of a mess and kind of seems like two matches happening at the same time. Gable and Benjamin continue to double team Kofi, but Kofi is able to respond with a dropkick to Gable. Kofi tries to make the tag, but Benjamin pulls Big E from the apron and to the floor. Gable hits a rolling kick to the top of Kofi's head, but the pin is broken up by English. Gable and English argue until Gable is caught by a kick from Jimmy and Kofi hits a double stomp to English's chest. Jey and Big E tag in and Big E suplexes Gable across the ring and Jey hits a Samoan drop on English. Jey hits a running hip check on Gable and Big E splashes English. Both men go for the cover, but neither gets three. Jey hits a superkick on Big E and Jimmy hits a superkick on Kofi. Double superkick for English, but when they try to hit it on Gable and Benjamin, it's blocked. Benjamin sends Jimmy out of the ring and Gable connects with a cloverleaf on Jey. Benjamin catches Kofi with a powerbomb. Rusev stops the submission with a kick to the back of Gable's head and English rolls up Gable, but Gable kicks out at two. Rusev tags into the match and he stomps Gable's spine before clamping on the Accolade in the middle of the ring. Big E slides in and breaks up the hold. Big E shoulders Rusev for the midnight hour, but English knocks Kofi off the top rope. Rusev rolls up Big E but is kicked away. Rusev connects with the matchka kick, but Big E kicks out at two.

Rusev stomps Big E's spine and clamps on the Accolade. Big E tries to stand, but Rusev grinds him down. English comes in and connects with an awesome German suplex on Rusev before connecting with a Chaos Theory on English. Gable continues to impress with another Chaos theory on Big E. Jimmy is able to save his brother with a superkick to Gable, and he heads to the top rope for a frog splash. He goes for the pin, and this one is over.

Winners and STILL Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Usos

The Usos dance around with their titles in the ring while all of the other teams are shown recovering out on the floor.

- We get a video package recapping the recent history between Charlotte Flair and Natalya, beginning with Charlotte winning the Smackdown Women's championship from Natalya in her home town, and the events leading up to their match tonight.

The lumberjacks are introduced first as Naomi makes her way out, doing a slightly shorter version of her regular entrance. Carmella is out next, followed by Lana and Tamina who enter together.

The Riott Squad is out next, and they all go to their own side of the ring.

Smackdown Women's Championship Lumberjack Match
Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya


Natalya is the first of the competitors to make her way out to the ring, and she doesn't get too much of a reaction. The fans don't seem overly excited for this match so far.

Charlotte is out next, and she gets a nice pop on her way out from the back. Charlotte gives Naomi a little high five before heading into the ring. We get formal ring introductions for this one, and then we're ready to begin the match.

The bell rings and both women go right in for a lockup. Charlotte goes behind Natalya, but Natalya fights out and takes Charlotte down with a shoulderblock. Charlotte comes up with a shoulderblock of her own and she kicks Natalya out to the floor. Naomi gets in a quick shot before sending Natalya back into the ring. Natalya tosses Charlotte out to the floor, and she is attacked by the Riott squad, Tamina and Lana before being tossed back in. Charlotte is able to come up with a neckbreaker but Natalya is quick to respond, sending Charlotte head first into the middle turnbuckle. Natalya clotheslines Charlotte and kicks her to the outside in front of the Riott Squad. they attack before sending Charlotte into the ring. Natalya tosses Charlotte out again to Tamina, Lana and Carmella. They attack before sending her back in. Natalya quickly kicks Charlotte back out and the cycle repeats itself. Natalya clamps on a rear chin lock, and Charlotte struggles to stay in the match.

Natalya slams Charlotte to the mat and hits a low dropkick before kicking her spine. Natalya chokes Charlotte against the middle rope, but she misses a baseball slide and she ends up outside. Carmella simply pushes Natalya back into the ring. Charlotte chops Natalya's chest repeatedly before she sends her into the ropes and drops her with another chop. Charlotte struts a bit before she tries to head to the top. Natalya stops her by pulling her down to the mat. Charlotte kicks Natalya away when she tries for the Sharpshooter. Charlotte tries for the Figure Four, but she's kicked to the outside where the Riott Squad immediately attacks and Lana, Tamina and Carmella try to join. Naomi is in from out of nowhere leaping off the top rope and wiping out everyone on the floor. Back in the ring, Natalya is able to lock in the Sharpshooter. Charlotte struggles, but she's able to make her way to the ropes to force a break. Tamina pulls Charlotte out of the ring, and things break down with all the lumberjacks trying to attack either Charlotte or each other. Carmella grabs the Money in the Bank briefcase, and she looks to get involved, but Ruby Riott stops that immediately. Charlotte heads to the top turnbuckle, and she connects with a moonsault that takes out a good deal of the lumberjacks on the floor. Natalya is right there, picking up her opponent and slamming her face first into the ring post.

Natalya brings things back into the ring and goes right for another Sharpshooter, but Charlotte is able to turn things around immediately, locking in the Figure Four and transitioning right into the Figure Eight immediately. Natalya is force to tap out, and this one is over.

Winner and STILL Smackdown Women's Champion: Charlotte Flair

Natalya is interviewed in the ring after the match. She says she did nothing wrong. Charlotte did what she does best, and that's using her family's name to cut corner. Natalya says she has given the WWE Universe some of the best matches women in this company have ever seen. She's carried this entire division for ten years. And all of the fans have treated her with nothing but disrespect. Natalya says the WWE Universe wants to turn their back on her, the women want to turn their back on her. Now she's turning her back on all of the fans. Natalya leaves the ring and begins bawling. The crowd sings 'hey, hey, hey, goodbye' on her way out, and it doesn't look like that makes her feel any better.

Backstage:

After a couple of commercials, Jinder Mahal's dressing rooms is shown backstage. The Singh brothers step out and let us know that Jinder is preparing for his match with AJ Styles tonight. The Singh brothers have absolutely no doubt that Jinder will become a two time champion tonight. He's so confident that he may not even need their help tonight, you'll just have to watch.

The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Breezango

Back in the arena, Breezango make their way out to the ring and the crowd doesn't seem too impressed. Tom Phillips takes the opportunity to introduce all of the foreign language announce teams.

The Bludgeon Brothers are out next, and the crowd seems to not be very excited for this match.

The bell rings and Harper blasts Breeze with a big right hand before scaring Fandango from the apron. Rowan tags in and eats a kick to the face from Breeze. Breeze tags out and Fandango hits a kick to the side of Rowan's head. On the floor, Rowan stops himself from being run into the ring post, and he brings Fandango into the ring before double teaming Breeze with Harper and slamming him face first into the mat. Rowan splashes Fandango in the corner and Harper connects with a double team powerbomb. Rowan and Harper hit the double team Razor's Edge, planting Fandango on the mat for a three count.

Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers

After the match, Rowan and Harper stand tall as we go to replays. They take the mic and say the future holds more bludgeoning, more pain, more fear. The end of the beginning, the beginning of the end. They hit each other and announce who they are before dropping the mics and standing tall as their music hits.

Backstage:

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are backstage and they talk about how they know why Bryan made himself a ref. Zayn says Bryan's the only reasonable thing on Smackdown. They know why Daniel made himself a ref, and they also know why he counted the three count this past week on Smackdown. Shane has a history of screwing Kevin as a special ref in matches. Owens says Daniel Bryan knows that he and Sami are A plus talent, and that tonight is a fair fight. And the Sami and Kevin show is not getting cancelled any time soon. Sami says the yep movement rages on. They're asked what if they don't win and are fired. Samie and Kevin look disgusted at the question before simply walking off.

- We get a video package that highlights the bad blood between Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon, and how Daniel Bryan came to be involved in this match, and why the stakes are so high with Owens and Zayn's WWE careers on the line.

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton with Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon as special guest referees

Shane McMahon is the first man to make his way to the ring for the next match. Daniel Bryan is out second, and Bryan is hugely over with the crowd on his way down the aisle.

Shinsuke Nakamura is the first competitor to make his way out to the ring, and the crowd is very much behind Shinsuke, singing along with his theme as he makes his way toward the ring.

Randy Orton is out next to a warm welcome from the crowd.

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens make their way to the ring together, and they have a few vocal supporters that are making themselves heard with 'Yep' chants. Before the match can even begin Sami and Kevin are in Shane's face and Bryan steps in to break it up. Bryan reminds both teams that one man needs to step out for the match to begin.

Both Shane and Bryan call for the bell at the same time and it looks like Sami and Randy will kick things off for their respective teams. We get a lock up and Orton back Zayn into the corner, but Sami turns it around. Orton is able to clamp on a headlock, but Zayn pushes him away. Orton knocks Sami down and goes for a pin and both Shane and Bryan go for the count, and appear to have a couple of words. Orton pulls up Sami and blasts him with a huge uppercut. Nakamura tags in and works over Sami's arm a bit. Sami pushes Nakamura into the ropes and breaks clean before working over Nakamura's arm. Sami wrenches Nakamura's arm, but Shinsuke is able to turn things around. Sami makes it to the ropes and Bryan forces Shinsuke to break the hold. Owens tags into the match and he goes to work with repeated blows to Shinsuke's stomach in the corner. Shane is in to break things up, but Owens continues to work on Nakamura in the corner. Nakamura turns things around and is able to take Owens down to the mat, but both refs go for the count again, and both look frustrated. Orton tags in and goes to work on Owens in the corner. Orton goes for a pin and again a double count happens, and Daniel and Shane decide to split the ring.

Owens blasts Orton with a forearm and Shane counts for Owens, but Owens is frustrated when he only gets two. Sami tags into the match and hits Orton with repeated chops in the corner, screaming that Orton can't take his job. Owens kicks away at Orton's chest in the corner and Bryan tells him he needs to back off. Owens complains to Bryan that Shane made a slow count earlier. Sami tags in and he clamps on a submission, ripping at Orton's face, but Orton is able to fight out and he suplexes Sami, dropping him down on the top rope. Sami is able to make the tag and Owens comes in quickly with a cheap shot to Nakamura that stops Orton from making the tag. Owens pins Orton, and Shane counts to two, and Owens is mad that Bryan didn't make the count. Owens clamps on a rear chin lock, but Orton is quick to fight out of it. Sami tags into the match and he locks in a rear chin lock of his own. Orton slowly inches toward his own corner, and he eventually breaks the hold with a belly to back suplex that plants Sami on the mat.

Both men make the tag and Nakamura catches Owens with a boot to the chin. Nakamura kicks Owens repeatedly in the chest before laying in with some nasty knees to the shoulder. Nakamura lays Owens across the top rope and he runs in with a knee to the ribs, but it's not enough to end the match. Nakamua goes for a suplex, but Owens fights it off, only to be met with a kick to the side of the head from Nakamura that's good for another two count. Owens catches Nakamura with a rear elbow, and he counters a powerbomb attempt with a triangle choke. Owens is able to position Shinsuke for a pin and Bryan counts it, but Shane is upset since Shinsuke had the hold on. Sami tags in and knocks Orton off the apron. Sami charges into the corner, but Nakamura connects with a kick. Sami plants Shinsuke with the Blue Thunder Bomb, but it's only enough for a two count. Kevin tags in and hits a running senton across Shinsuke's back, but Orton breaks up the pin. Sami is in and he attacks Orton before dumping him out to the floor. Sami gets in Shane's face before heading out to his corner. Owens goes for another senton on Nakamura, but Shinsuke is able to get his knees up.

Orton and Sami tag in and Orton isn't able to hit his snap powerslam, but he grabs Sami and launches him up, sending him crashing down toward the mat. Sami climbs up to the top turnbuckle, but Orton crotches him. Orton heads up after Sami and he connects with a superplex. Owens pulls Orton out of the ring and sends him crashing into the ring steps. Nakamura intervenes, and he takes it to Owens against the barricade until Sami gets involved. Sami and Kevin begin taking apart some of the announcer's tables. Sami holds Nakamura across the announcer's table and Owens connects with a frog splash through the table.

Back in the ring, Orton is able to connect with the snap powerslam on Zayn the second time around. Orton connects with the suspension DDT on Sami, and he drops to the mat to call for the RKO. Shane looks very excited, and Orton is able to connect with the RKO. Shane begins the count, but Owens pushes Bryan on top of Shane to stop the count. Shane appears to be furious and he screams at Bryan about it. Owens attempts to get involved and eats and RKO for his trouble. A series of roll ups happen with neither man getting the advantage. Sami rolls up Orton on Bryan's side of the ring and Shane blatantly does not count to three even though Sami maintains the pin. Bryan argues with Shane and Sami rolls up Orton. Bryan intentionally does a fast count while Shane tries to intervene, and Sami gets the three count.

Winners: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens

After the match, Owens and Sami celebrate on the ramp as we go to replays. We come back to what looks like the crowd chanting "yep!" for Owens and Sami. Bryan looks on from the bottom of the ramp while Owens and Sami celebrate on the ramp. Shane is in the ring with Orton and Nakamura. We go to more replays of the controversy. Owens and Sami taunt Shane as he looks on from the ring.

- After a couple of commercials, the announcers debate Daniel Bryan's motives, with Graves saying that Shane was completely willing to screw Owens and Zayn out of their careers, and he thinks Bryan acted in Smackdown's best interests. They quickly turn their attention to the main event, sending things to a video package highlighting AJ Styles recent history with AJ Styles, including Styles winning the title in Manchester, England, and Jinders repeated attempts to gain an edge in his quest to regain the WWE Championship.

WWE Championship Match
AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal


Jinder Mahal is the first man to make his way to the ring for the next match, and he is accompanied by the Singh brothers, both of whom are saying that Jinder will be a two time Champion.

AJ Styles is out next, and the Champ gets a nice reception on his way down the aisle. After formal ring introductions, we're ready for the match to begin.

The bell rings and The Singh brothers immediately have to be instructed to get off the ring apron. Jinder immediately pushes Styles back into the corner a couple of times to demonstrate his power. Styles tries to go behind Jinder, and Mahal connects with a elbow to Styles' face. Jinder calls for a test of strength, but goes to boot Styles in the gut instead. Styles catches Jinder's boot and focuses on the leg, hyper extending Jinder's leg and sending him to the outside. AJ is quick to follow, blasting Jinder with a kick to the back of the knee. Styles brings things back into the ring where he tries to make Jinder tap out by wrenching away on Jinder's leg. Jinder is able to stand and Styles goes in but he's caught with a chop to the throat. Styles hits the ropes and he leaps in for a cross body, but he's caught by Jinder. Jinder shoulders Styles and he throws him up and into the ropes, causing Styles to crash out to the floor.

Jinder follows Styles out to the floor and he throws Styles into the barricade hard. Jinder breaks the count before sending Styles back into the ring. Jinder pulls AJ back out to the floor and he throws him over the barricade and into the timekeeper's area. Styles is slow to recover, crawling out, and Jinder pulls him up and tosses him into the ring. Jinder drives his knee in Styles' spine, and then drops a knee to the chest. Jinder stomps away at Styles while the Singh brothers watch and cheer from the outside. Jinder connects with a big running knee that sends Styles crashing to the outside. Jinder follows AJ out to the floor and he suplexes Styles on the announcer's table, which seems to have been re-built after the last match. Mahal brings things back into the ring and he drives his knee into Styles' spine while also clamping on a rear chin lock. Jinder wrenches back before driving Styles down face first to the mat. Jinder stomps Styles' gut, then snap mares Styles over into a body scissors. Styles screams in pain, but he refuses to give up.

Jinder breaks the hold and Styles pulls himself up in the corner. Styles breaks out with a series of chops to the chest, but Jinder is quick to respond by whipping Styles into the corner hard. Jinder locks Styles in a modified abdominal stretch, but Styles is up on his feet quickly, so Jinder throws him into the corner and tackles AJ. Jinder climbs up to the middle rope and leaps off with a flying knee to AJ's chest. Jinder smiles and waits for AJ to stand, heading up to the middle rope once more. Jinder leaps off and runs right into a dropkick from Styles in mid-air. Jinder rolls out to the floor to catch his breath.

AJ kicks away the Singh brothers and doesn't allow the distraction to let Jinder gain an advantage on the floor. Styles brings things back into the ring and Styles goes to springboard, but Jinder stops him and Styles lands on the top rope instead. Jinder shoulders Styles and he connects with a nasty gutbuster that puts Styles down for a two count. Jinder picks up AJ and he seats him on the top rope. Jinder connects with a big right hand, then he pulls Styles up for a superplex. Styles drops down, and he's able to counter with an electric chair drop to take Jinder down to the mat.

Styles and Mahal trade right hands when they stand, and Styles comes up with a nasty combination that stops Jinder cold. Styles hits a low forearm to a seated Jinder. Styles connects with a leaping clothesline in the corner. Styles tries to shoulder Mahal, but has trouble. Styles whips Jinder into the ropes and shoulders Jinder for a very quick ushigaroshi. Styles tries for the Styles Clash, but Jinder backs AJ into the corner. AJ blocks a charging Jinder with a double boot in the corner, but Jinder picks up AJ and flap jacks him down to the mat for another near fall. Jinder tries for a suplex, but AJ lands on his feet and connects with a bridging Northern lights suplex for a two count.

Styles connects with a kick to the side of the head. Styles goes for another low forearm, but Jinder gets his knees up to counter the hold. Jinder shoulders AJ and drops down with a shellshock like slam. Jinder picks up Styles but finds himself eating a Pele kick. Styles tries for a tornado DDT, but Jinder throws him off and connects with a huge running boot to the face. Jinder pins AJ, but AJ is still able to kick out at two.

Jinder sits on the top turnbuckle, and Styles connects with another Pele kick. Styles pulls Jinder off the top rope and to the mat. Styles rolls out to the apron and he connects with a 450 splash, but he's slow to make the cover, and the delay allows the Singh brothers to grab Jinder's leg. Styles leaps over the top rope and takes out the Singh brothers on the floor, hitting the Styles clash on the floor. Styles is able to pull Mahal down throat first over the top rope. Styles misses the Phenomenal forearm, and Jinder connects with the Khallas, but Styles is able to kick out at two.

Jinder calls for the Styles clash, but Styles counters into the Calf Crusher, locking it in, in the middle of the ring. Mahal reaches for the ropes, but Styles just pulls him back into the middle of the ring, and Jinder is forced to tap out.

Winner and STILL WWE Champion: AJ Styles

Following the match, Styles holds the title high while Jinder holds his leg in pain and inches his way up the entrance ramp.

Clash of Champions goes off the air with AJ raising the WWE Title.



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