WWE Clash of Champions Opener:
The show opens with a video package highlighting the main feuds heading into tonight. A good deal of time is spent on Rollins vs. Owens, Banks vs. Charlotte vs. Bayley and Reigns vs. Rusev. There are also a couple of quick looks at the other Raw Champions, TJ Perkins and New Day, and more matches are highlighted than usual.
– The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. We’re headed right for the action as Big E tells the crowd not to dare be sour, and clap for the World Champs all while feeling the power!
Big E tosses out boxes of Booty-O’s to the crowd while Kofi just slings handfuls of cereal at the fans. The fans are solidly behind New Day. Big E hands out mics to his partners, then welcomes the fans to Clash of Champions. Woods says tonight every Raw Championship will be defended, starting with yours truly, your WWE World Tag Team Champions! Kofi says New Day have been married to the titles for 399 days baybee! But there are two people who want to take the New Day and break them up like Brangelina. He wonders who these two people could be? Who, who, who? Gallows and Anderson, that’s who. Woods asks the crowd if they want Gallows and Anderson to be champion and the crowd says no. Woods says they’re not fun, they give out raisins at Halloween, who wear tube socks with flip flops, and who fart on crowded elevators. Kofi says what’s worse is that these two guys have never poured themselves a bowl of Booty-O’s, which make sure you ain’t booty. But they’ll never take the titles from New Day, because New Day rocks!
Gallows and Anderson make their way out to the arena to a bit of an apathetic reaction from the fans in the crowd.
WWE World Tag Team Championship Match
New Day vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
It looks like Anderson and Kofi will kick things off as Gallows heads to the outside and wipes out Big E with a huge clothesline. In the ring, Anderson hits a nice Liger bomb, but it’s only enough for two. Gallows continues the rampage on the outside, taking out Woods as well. Anderson takes Kofi into the corner and charges in with a running boot. Anderson mounts Kofi for a series of punches to the face. Gallows tags in and kicks Kofi square in the chest. Gallows shoves Kofi into the corner and hits him with a combination of body shots and a big right to the face. Gallows picks Kofi up and scores with a nasty head butt. Gallows runs right into a big boot from Kofi, but Gallows prevents him from making the tag, picking him up, only to eat a dropkick to the chest. Kofi continues to back away from Gallows, and he makes the tag. Anderson also tags in and runs into three straight belly to belly suplexes from Big E. Big E hits the ropes and comes off with a huge splash.
Gallows distracts Big E, but Big E avoids the roll up. Big E tries for the spear through the ropes on Anderson, but Anderson counters with a knee to the face. Anderson comes back into the ring and runs full force into a big urunage from Big E. Big E comes out of the corner, but runs right into a running boot from Anderson, but it’s not enough for a three count. Gallows makes the tag and Anderson avoids the Big Ending, shoving Big E into a big boot from Gallows. Gallows shoulders Big E and drops him to the mat while Anderson kicks him in the side of the head. Gallows goes for the pin, but it’s broken up by Kofi. Anderson charges Big E and he’s backdropped to the outside. Gallows tosses Anderson back in the ring just in time for Kofi to tag in. Kofi leaps into the ring and falls to an immediate spinebuster from Anderson for two. Gallows tags in and hits a big clothesline, then a chokeslam on Kofi. Gallows connects with a superkick to Big E, then tags in Anderson. Kofi fights off the Magic Killer, avoids a charging Gallows in the corner, hits a charging Anderson with a big boot, then tags out to Big E. Kofi connects with Trouble in Paradise on Anderson and Big E follows with the Big Ending, but the pin is broken up by Gallows.
Gallows charges Big E on the outside, but misses and runs into the stairs and Kofi leaps over the top rope to wipe out Luke. Woods clocks Anderson with Francesca, and New Day follow up with the Midnight Hour for the three count on Anderson.
Winners and STILL WWE World Tag Team Champions: New Day
After the match, Gallows checks on Anderson as The New Day makes their exit. We go to replays.
– They are showing clips of the CWC, looks like TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick is up next.
Tom Phillips is backstage with TJ Perkins. Phillips speculates that Kendrick may be the favorite. TJ says since 1998 he’s been training for this moment, and now not only is he here, but he’s champion. He was born with a clutch gene, but he’s pretty nervous. Kendrick’s been here before, he’s been champion before. Confidence got him here, and won him the title, he’s confident he’s walking out with it. Wish him luck.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
TJ Perkins (c) vs. The Brian Kendrick
Back in the arena, Brian Kendrick makes his way out to the ring to a nice reaction in his return to PPV.
TJ Perkins is out next, and Perkins has a pretty awesome video game inspired entrance (it’s very much in the vein of Street Fighter, both in visuals and music. Perkins gets a great reaction in what is essentially a debut match.
Perkins offers his hand before the match, but Kendrick refuses. The bell rings and Perkins takes Kendrick down to the mat. Kendrick responds picking Perkins up and taking him down to the mat a couple of times. Perkins backs him way out of the corner, then takes Kendrick over with a spinning headscissors, hanging on and putting pressure on Kendrick’s neck. Kendrick stands, so Perkins takes him over with another spinning headscissors for two. Kendrick fights up and takes Perkins right into a side headlock. Kendrick grinds TJ down into the mat before falling to a shoulder block. Perkins takes Kendrick down to the mat and goes right into the knee bar, but Kendrick is able to make it into the ropes. Kendrick heads out to the floor. TJ does a springboard to the outside, but Kendrick catches him with the ring skirt and Perkins crashes down on the apron. Kendrick slams Perkins around a bit before taking him back into the ring for a two count.
Kendrick drops Perkins with a couple of big forearms. Perkins comes back with a roll up, transitioning right into a Boston crab before grabbing Kendrick’s arms and pendulum-ing him. Perkins dabs into a Muta lock, but Kendrick grabs the ropes again. Kendrick dumps Perkins over the ropes roughly and TJ grabs at his neck. Kendrick brings Perkins back into the ring and goes for another pin, getting two. Kendrick wraps Perkins’ arms around his own throat and pulls back in a straight jacket choke. Kendrick pulls back, but Perkins makes his way to this feet and struggles out of the hold. Kendrick tosses Perkins into the ropes and TJ just holds on tight. Kendrick charges, and TJ drops to the mat, leading Kendrick to dive through the ropes. Kendrick charges TJ in the corner and runs right into a big kick to the side of the head. Kendrick monkey flips TJ over and Perkins continues to grab at his neck, going down for a two count. Kendrick tries for the straight jacket again, but Kendrick fights it off. Kendrick grabs Perkins’ arms and yanks them back while keeping his boot on the back of Perkins’ head.
Perkins is finally able to fight out of the submission with a mule kick before taking over Kendrick with a spinning heel kick. Kendrick is able to send Perkins into the ropes and Perkins comes out with a very sloppy zig-zag styles neckbreaker. Perkins hits a double chicken wing into atomic drop on Kendrick, but it’s still not enough for three. Perkins suplexes Kendrick over and hangs on, picking him up for a quick belly to back suplex. Perkins points to the top rope, heading up, but he’s stopped by Kendrick. Kendrick heads up after Perkins, but Perkins fights off a superplex, pushing Kendrick to the mat. TJ stands on the top rope, and hits a hurricanrana so near the side of the ring, that he falls to the outside and drags Kendrick down with him.
Both men make it back into the ring at a count of 9. Kendrick tries for Sliced Bread, but TJ counters it. TJ hits a dropkick to the knee, sending Kendrick crashing into the middle rope. Perkins hits a dropkick to the side of Kendrick’s head. Perkins misses a splash from the top and Kendrick tries for the Captain Hook, but Perkins is able to fight out. Perkins works into the knee bar, but Kendrick fights up to his feet. Kendrick connects with Sliced Bread, but TJ is still able to kick out at two!
Kendrick hits a backbreaker, holding on and going right into the Captain Hook. Perkins counters out and hits a fireman’s carry into a kick to the side of the head. Perkins locks in the knee bar and cinches it in, forcing Kendrick to tap out inches from the ropes.
Winner and STILL WWE Cruiserweight Champion: TJ Perkins
TJ is interviewed in the ring immediately following the match. Kendrick interrupts right away and TJ offers his hand. Kendrick shakes TJ’s hand and gives him a hug before head butting him in the side of the face. Kendrick sneers at TJ while leaving him in the middle of the ring and heading to the back.
– After TJ Perkins’ video game themed entrance, we get a well-timed promo for WWE 2k17, which features a ton of easter eggs to be discovered.
Tom Phillips is backstage with Cesaro, he asks what it was like when he was down 3-0. Cesaro said when Foley made this series, he wanted to see who was more physically dominant, but Cesaro realized it’s also about mental toughness. He’s proved who’s mentally tougher. He’s going to go out, earn his opportunity, and reward the Cesaro section with the biggest comeback in sports entertainment history.
– The announcers recap the previous 6 matches in this Best of 7 series, with a really cool little graphic in the bottom corner that keeps a tally as they run through the results of all the preceding matches in order. This was a nice little change of pace from the normal video packages run on PPV’s.
Best of 7 Series, Match #7
Sheamus vs. Cesaro
Sheamus is the first man to make his way out to the arena for the next match, and the Big Fella doesn’t get a very positive reaction, drawing a lot of boos from the fans on his way down the aisle.
Cesaro is out next, and the Cesaro section is out in full force, as there’s lots of love for Cesaro on his way out to the ring.
The bell rings and we go right at it with Sheamus burying his knee in Cesaro’s gut, then hitting him with a couple of big clubbing blows. Sheamus continues to wail on Cesaro until he’s stunned with a quick shot, then a big dropkick. Cesaro sends Sheamus crashing to the outside, but Sheamus is up on the apron quickly and he hits Cesaro with a couple of clubbing blows to the chest. Cesaro fights off Sheamus and hits him with a big uppercut when he tries to leap back into the ring. Cesaro heads out to the floor, charges around the ring, and ends up thrown up on the apron by Sheamus. Cesaro lands on his feet and comes off with a big senton, landing on Sheamus hard. Cesaro crashes into Sheamus again, then brings things back into the ring. Cesaro heads to the top, but Sheamus sends him crashing down into the ropes, back first. Sheamus hits a suplex, then drops a knee from the middle rope on Cesaro’s head. Sheamus beats on Cesaro in the corner before hitting a backbreaker.
Sheamus picks up Cesaro for another quick backbreaker, working right over into a rear chin lock. Cesaro fights out of the hold, then ends up whipped into the corner where Sheamus charges in and whips his body at Cesaro, winding up on the apron. Sheamus heads to the top and leaps off with a clothesline for a two count. Sheamus goes for the Celtic Cross, but Cesaro counters with a roll up. Sheamus plants Cesaro on the mat and gets another two count.
Sheamus chokes Cesaro in the corner, then blasts him with forearms and right hands in the corner. Sheamus charges Cesaro in the corner, but Cesaro moves and Sheamus crashes shoulder first into the ring post. Cesaro comes in with a big uppercut to the back of Sheamus’ head, wiping him out. Cesaro and Sheamus both pull themselves up and Cesaro hits an uppercut in the corner, sending Sheamus back and forth across the ring a couple of times, continuing to hit uppercuts, until he finishes with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Cesaro grabs Sheamus’ legs but he’s kicked away. Cesaro sends Sheamus into the ropes and hits a 619! Cesaro stands on the top and comes off with a beautiful cross body for another two count. Cesaro tries for the Neutralizer, but Sheamus counters out. Cesaro hits the springboard corkscrew uppercut, and it’s only enough for two.
Cesaro goes for the swing, but Sheamus kicks him away and rolls him up for two. Sheamus connects with the Irish Curse backbreaker for another two count, then hits a second and third, but Cesaro will not stay down. Sheamus goes for the cloverleaf, kicking Cesaro in the back on his way over. Cesaro sheamus up, reaches for the ropes, but Sheamus drags him to the middle of the ring.
Cesaro rolls Sheamus up for two, but Sheamus pops up and hits the razor’s edge. After a bit of technical difficulties with my browser (sorry!), Cesaro pops right up and catches Sheamus with the big swing, then slams him to the mat, but it’s not enough for three. Cesaro attempts to pull Sheamus back into the ring from the apron with a superplex, but he can’t do it with his back hurt. Sheamus shoulders Cesaro, but Cesaro fights him off and knocks him to the floor. Cesaro hits a nasty suicide dive, landing on his face and contorting his back in a disgusting sight. Cesaro somehow stands and brings things back into the ring, walking right into a brogue kick, but Cesaro kicks out at two!
Sheamus drops repeated knees into Cesaro’s face before being backed away by the ref. Cesaro stands and blasts Sheamus with a bicycle kick, clothesline and Neutralizer, but Sheamus still kicks out at two!
Cesaro cracks his neck, then picks Sheamus up. Sheamus slaps Cesaro’s side and tells him to bring it, calling him a piece of crap. Sheamus stands and walks right into a train of uppercuts to the face. Cesaro charges right into double boots from Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus pulls himself to the top rope, and Cesaro hits a giant upper cut, then a huge dropkick, sending Sheamus crashing out to the apron. Cesaro brings Sheamus up and both men stand on the middle rope on the outside of the ring on either side of the corner. Sheamus hits a head butt that drops Cesaro out to the apron. Sheamus stands on the top rope and leaps off with a huge clothesline, but Cesaro counters with a huge uppercut. Cesaro charges Sheamus on the floor, and Sheamus catches him and connects with White Noise on the floor! Cesaro makes it back to his feet and sends Sheamus crashing into the ring apron. Cesaro comes charging in and both men go crashing over the barricade into the crowd.
Trainers and officials are in to check on both men, and the ref is instructed to call off the match. Cesaro looks furious, while Sheamus looks a bit out of it. Cesaro is shouting at the ref that he can fight with one arm. The crowd isn’t big on the decision, chanting for Foley, hoping he’ll come out to restart the match. Sheamus is helped to the back but he attempts to fight off the help. Sheamus is able to stumble his way for a bit before falling out of exhaustion.
Cesaro heads right back into the ring and yells for Sheamus to come on! Sheamus pushes back against a couple of refs and a trainer while Cesaro stands tall in the ring. Cesaro shakes his head while his music begins to play. We get highlights of the brutal, great match, with a not-so-great ending.
Bayley is shown backstage getting ready. Charlotte comes in and says it’s good to see her. Sure, she weaseled her way into a title match due to a dunce of a ref, but she’s earned it. Bayley thanks her and says she’s happy to be here, and she’s earned her title shot. Charlotte says it doesn’t matter what she thinks, Bayley will not win tonight. Bayley says a few weeks ago, she beat Charlotte, and she can beat her again. Charlotte says Bayley can’t even beat Sasha, and then she walks out, leaving Bayley to think about that one.
Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn
Sami Zayne’s music hits with no video package or anything, and Zayn comes out to a huge pop and a crowd full of fans singing his theme song. Chris Jericho is out next, and Jericho gets a pretty warm welcome from the fans, who seem to be enjoying drinking in some Jericho this evening.
Jericho is slow to take off his scarf, and after the bell rings, he screams at the crowd for a bit before throwing the scarf in Sami’s face. Sami goes nuts, tossing repeated right hands at the side of Jericho’s head. Sami sends Jericho into the corner and continues wailing on Jericho until Jericho catches Zayn with a cheap shot. Jericho blasts Sami with a right hand, then chops him across the chest, to big ‘Y2J’ chants. Jericho beats on Sami against the ropes, but Sami leap frogs over Jericho, hits a couple of arm drags, and a back heel kick. Sami hits Jericho with a wicked chop to the chest that echoes through the arena. Jericho grabs the ropes and bails to the outside. Sami follows and takes out Jericho with a clothesline on the floor.
Jericho whips Sami into the barricade, but Sami leaps up and stands on top of the barricade, before moonsaulting off on top of Jericho. Sami brings Jericho back into the ring and heads up to the apron. Jericho uses the ref as a distraction to hit a springboard dropkick, then a baseball slide to send Sami crashing to the floor. Jericho heads out after Sami and slams his head into the ring steps. Jericho picks up Sami and slams him down face first into the top of the barricade. Jericho sends Sami back into the ring, then heads to the top before leaping off with a flying back elbow for a two count.
Jericho takes Sami into the corner and blasts him with a right hand, but Sami is quick to fight back with open hand chops to the chest. Sami goes for a headscissors out of the corner, but Jericho catches Sami’s legs and crotches him on the top rope before pushing him out to the floor. Jericho heads out after Zayn and suplexes Sami on the floor. Jericho heads right back into the ring and instructs the ref to count. Sami makes it back into the ring at 7, but Jericho goes right back on the attack, kicking Sami square in the back. Jericho traps Sami’s head and arm in a submission, but Sami is able to fight out. Sami runs face first into a big boot from Jericho, but Sami counters the bulldog by tossing Jericho into the corner knees first. Jericho makes his way out of the corner slowly, running right into a clothesline from Sami. Jericho rakes Sami’s eyes and charges him, but Zayn backs up and low bridges Jericho, sending him crashing to the floor. Sami hits the ropes and does a beautiful tope con hilo over the top, wiping out Jericho.
Sami brings things back into the ring and heads to the top rope for a cross body, but Jericho won’t stay down for a three count. Sami hits the Michinoku driver, but Jericho still kicks out at two. Sami heads right back up to the top rope, but Jericho is up and he knocks him back. Jericho chops Sami’s chest, then heads up after him. Jericho stands on the top, but Sami blocks the superplex. Sami counters with a front superplex, remaining standing on the top. Sami leaps over Jericho, and turns around, getting caught by the legs, by Jericho. Sami fights off the Walls of Jericho, but falls to a big enzugiri. Jericho kicks the back of Sami’s head, then the side and front of his face. Jericho stands Sami up in the corner and slaps him, Sami responds with a thunderous slap of his own, then a series of open hand strikes, but Jericho comes back with a back elbow. Jericho goes for a lionsault, but Sami gets his knees up and rolls Jericho up for two.
Sami tries for the Blue Thunder Bomb, but Jericho counters. Jericho doesn’t connect with anything, and Sami capitalizes by running up the ropes for a quick arm drag. Sami teases the helluva kick, but Jericho bails to the floor. Sami heads out after Jericho, leaping through the bottom and middle rope in the corner, and sailing through the other side to connect with a tornado DDT on Jericho. Sami brings things back into the ring where he tries for the helluva kick, but Jericho moves out of the way. Sami blocks the Codebreaker, and throws Jericho into the corner with an exploder. Jericho counters the helluva kick by catching Sami’s leg and turning it into the Walls of Jericho. Sami is in the middle of the ring, but he pulls himself up and drags himself toward the ropes slowly. Jericho keeps an eye on Zayn. Sami tries to reverse the hold, fighting out of it instead. Sami counters into a small package for two. Jericho heads up to the top rope and leaps off, but he’s caught by Sami, and Sami connects with the Blue Thunder Bomb for two.
Jericho connects with a Codebreaker out of nowhere, and he pins Sami clean for three.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Jericho poses at the top of the ramp, letting the fans drink it in, before we cut to the Miz/Ziggler KFC commercial.
Kevin Owens is shown backstage and Foley and Stephanie walk up to him. Foley says they’re proud of them. Stephanie talks about tonight being the first Raw only PPV post-brand extension. Owens agrees and says it is a big deal. Owens asks if Foley is really proud of him, for overcoming the odds that Foley has put in front of him. Owens tells Foley not to interrupt him. Owens says he’s going to show Stephanie why her husband picked him over Seth Rollins, why they both should have picked him over Rollins in the draft, and that not only is he in the main event, but he IS the main event. And he’s going to show the world that Seth Rollins isn’t the man, he’s the mistake, Stephanie and Foley’s mistake. Owens walks away and Foley tells Stephanie that he loves that chip on Owens’ shoulder.
– Back in the arena, the announcers turn their attention to the Women’s Championship match, throwing it to a video package that recaps the events from SummerSlam, where Sasha Banks lost the title to Charlotte, through Sasha and Bayley both qualifying for a World Championship match with a double pin on Raw.
RAW Women’s Championship
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte
Bayley is the first woman to make her way into the arena, getting a very nice pop from the fans on her way down the aisle.
Sasha Banks is the next competitor to make her way out. Banks also gets a warm reception from the crowd, though Bayley may have had a more positive reaction overall.
Charlotte is the last woman out to the ring, and the Champion is accompanied by Dana Brooke. It’s worth noting after Banks removed her jacket, that she’s sporting some taped up ribs.
The bell rings and Sasha goes right after Charlotte, fighting her to the outside. Charlotte slaps Sasha, but both women are broken up by a baseball slide from Bayley. Bayley brings Charlotte back into the ring for a pin, but can’t keep Charlotte down. Sasha comes in and wipes out Bayley. Sasha shoves Bayley, and she comes back with a roll up on Banks. Sasha and Bayley argue for a bit before Charlotte pulls Sasha out of the ring, sending her to the floor. Charlotte heads back into the match, whipping Bayler into the corner and running into the back elbow and a springboard arm drag. All three women are in the ring and all three go for a dropkick at the same time. Bayley and Sasha duck a double clothesline, then knock Charlotte to the mat. Charlotte comes right back, punching Sasha and dropping her to the mat. Charlotte and Sasha chain wrestle for a bit before Charlotte ends it with a neckbreaker, and a stomp to Sasha’s ribs.
Charlotte heads to the top, but she’s seated by Sasha and pulled into the tree of woe. Sasha hits double knees to Charlotte, then Bayley comes in and wipes out both Sasha and Charlotte. Bayley catches Sasha on the apron and drops down with a DDT, dropping Sasha’s neck on the middle rope. Charlotte comes in from behind and hits a big boot to the back of Sasha’s head, driving Banks’ head into the apron while Brooke takes out Bayley on the floor. Charlotte grabs onto Sasha’s arms and yanks back. Sasha works her way up to her feet, but Charlotte slams Sasha to the mat by her hair. Charlotte whips Sasha into the corner, then takes her over with an exploder suplex, but Sasha will not stay down for three.
Charlotte rips off the tape on Sasha’s ribs, the wraps her around the ring post and yanks back on one of her arms and legs. Bayley stands on the outside and Charlotte knocks her out with a huge forearm to the face. Charlotte brings things back into the ring and Sasha fights back with a series of punches. Sasha comes up with a hurricanrana, then sends her crashing face first into the middle turnbuckle. Sasha hits a series of forearms to the face, then hits a couple of clotheslines and a dropkick. Sasha grabs Charlotte’s leg, then kicks her in the chest. Sasha tries for a backstabber, but Charlotte counter. Bayley’s in with a cross body from the top rope out of nowhere.
Bayley runs into opposite corners, hitting both Sasha and Charlotte with running shoulders to the stomach, running hip thrusts, and more. Sasha traps Bayley in the corner, then gets Charlotte in too, she tries for the double knees, but Charlotte moves and Sasha only connects with Bayley. Sasha heads to the apron following Charlotte to the outside. Sasha leaps off with a meteora and connects with Bayley. Charlotte beats Sasha around the ring. Sasha catches Dana Brook with a big right hand, then brings things back into the ring, but Charlotte connects with an immediate STO. Charlotte tries for the figure four, but ends up kicked into the Bayley to belly. Sasha breaks it up with a roll up for two, but it’s also broken up in turn by Charlotte. All three women trade chops and punches on their knees, with Sasha and Bayley ganging up on Charlotte. Charlotte avoids a double backdrop, kicking Banks and sending Bayley crashing into the turnbuckle. Sasha slaps Charlotte repeatedly, sending her back into the corner.
Sasha seats Charlotte on the top rope and heads up after her, but Charlotte sends Sasha crashing to the mat. Bayley runs into the corner, right into a knee from Charlotte. Bayley continues on, running back in, but she’s brought back down to the mat, sloppily crashing against the ropes. Charlotte slams Bayley on the mat next to Sasha, heads to the top, then hits a beautiful moonsault on both opponents. Charlotte tries to pin both women, but can’t get three. Charlotte hits the Natural Selection on Bayley, but Sasha comes in with a Banks Statement. Dana breaks things up and both Bayley and Sasha trade roll ups. Charlotte pops up on the apron and knocks Bayley to the outside. Charlotte rolls up Sasha using the ropes, but only gets two. Sasha blocks a clothesline and hits a backstabber, going right into the Banks statement. Dana’s up on the apron and Banks kicks her away. Bayley’s in to break things up. Bayley goes for a suplex, but Sasha counters with the backstabber into the Banks Statement. Charlotte breaks up the hold and kicks Sasha from the ring, sending her crashing to the floor. Charlotte picks up Sasha and sends her crashing into the barricade.
Charlotte heads back into the ring and Bayley catches her with an inside cradle for two. Bayley attempts to roll up Charotte, but Charlotte grabs on to Sasha. Charlotte fights away both women and knocks Bayley into Sasha, sending Sasha crashing to the floor, and setting Bayley up for a big boot, and a three count.
Winner and STILL WWE Women’s Champion: Charlotte
After the match, Charlotte clutches the title as Dana comes in. We go to replays. Charlotte and Dana leave and laugh as Sasha is down on the floor.
– We go back to the panel for discussion on tonight’s show. Everyone’s excited. Lawler says his favorite part was seeing Sami getting the gift of Jericho. Booker says it was the Best of 7 series. Booker says there needs to be a number 8. Lita says she thinks the girls may be a candidate to have stolen the show. Renee recaps the pre-show match where Nia Jax looked the most vulnerable she has so far in a match, but still ended up looking dominant in a victory over Alicia Fox.
– We jump right from that recap into a video package highlighting the recent history between Roman Reigns and Rusev, stemming from Reigns insulting Lana’s honor and ruining her special ceremony on Raw.
WWE United States Championship
Roman Reigns vs. Rusev (c)
Lana is already in the ring when we get back to the arena. She asks America to stand up, put their hands on their hearts, and welcome their true American hero. He’s the current and all-time greatest United States Champion. He’s her husband, the Bulgarian brute, Rusev.
Roman Reigns is out next, and he gets a hugely mixed reaction on his way to the ring. The crowd seems split pretty much 50/50 on Reigns.
The bell rings and both men circle each other before locking up. Rusev backs Reigns into the corner, but then ends up backed across the ring himself. Rusev shoves Reigns away and both men trade blows before Reigns tosses Rusev to the outside. Rusev heads right back in and is shouldered by Reigns, but he fights out of it, only to eat a right hand to the mouth. Rusev bails to the outside, making his way slowly back into the ring. Both men circle each other again before charging in with right hands. Reigns gets the upper hand, knocking Rusev back into the ropes, but Rusev rebounds with a spin kick that’s good for a near fall. Rusev kicks and stomps at Reigns’ back and stomach. Rusev mounts Reigns and hits him with a wicked series of right hands that sets him up for another two count.
Rusev kicks Reigns in his side, then chokes him against the bottom rope before driving him into the corner. Rusev lets Roman pull himself up, then sends him crashing into the corner. Roman’s getting dueling ‘Let’s go Roman’/’Roman sucks’ chants. Reigns stands and is immediately dropped with a big right hand to the side of the head. Rusev blasts Reigns with another big right fist before kneeing him in the gut. Rusev hits the ropes, but Reigns avoids him and wipes out Rusev with a clothesline. Reigns hits a back elbow, then connects with another clothesline, then a leaping clothesline off the ropes. Reigns misses a splash in the corner and he’s sent shoulder first into the ring post by Rusev, crumpling to the outside.
Rusev sends Reigns crashing into the apron and barricade, but when he rolls in to break the count, he rolls out to the boot to the face. Reigns hits a couple of right hands, and there’s a big ‘CM Punk’ chant. Reigns drives Rusev into the barricade spine first. Rusev sends Reigns into the ring steps back first, then he whips them into the set of steps on the other side of the ring before bringing Reigns into the ring for a couple of quick near falls. Rusev transitions right into a rear chin lock, trapping Reigns’ arm and leaning in on Reigns to add to the pressure.
Reigns fights up, but he’s taken back down with a hip toss and Rusev follows up with a leaping head butt. Rusev picks up Reigns and sends him into the corner, running right into a big boot. Rusev comes right back, wiping out Reigns, but it’s not long before Reigns responds with a Samoan drop for a two count. Reigns goes on the attack with a series of clotheslines in the corner. Reigns misses a running big boot, but he follows right up with a clothesline sending Rusev over the top rope. Reigns heads out after him and drives Rusev into the barricade before launching him into the ring steps.
Reigns brings things back into the ring and sets up for the Superman punch, but Rusev counters with a series of punches. Rusev hits the ropes, but Reigns connects with a back elbow and a series of firsts to the face. Rusev hot shots Reigns on the top rope and rolls him up for two, then hits a kick to the side of Reigns head that puts him down for another two count.
Rusev stomps away, charging in at Reigns, and Reigns hits a kind-of Superman punch to stop Rusev cold. Reigns goes for the pin, but only gets a two count. Reigns stands first and sets up in the corner. Lana stands on the apron and distracts Reigns, allowing Rusev to hit a straight kick to the chest. Rusev pins Reigns but only gets two. Rusev stomps on Reigns back three times before going for the Accolade. Reigns fights out and connects with the spear, but Lana pulls the ref out of the ring to break up the pin. The ref throws Lana out, and she’s furious, screaming on her way to the back that she did nothing wrong. Rusev is rolled up by Reigns, but he breaks out. Rusev avoids a Superman punch, but he’s thrown to the outside by Reigns. Reigns hits a baseball slide to the outside and follows it up with a drive-by. Reigns hits another drive-by on the German announcer’s table. Reigns brings things back into the ring and runs right into a superkick from Rusev for another two count. Rusev goes right into the Accolade and locks it in.
Rusev psyches himself up and stands with Rusev on his back. Rusev rakes the eyes to get Reigns to drop him. Rusev sends Reigns into the corner, only to run into a spear from Reigns. Reigns pins Rusev and gets the three.
Winner and NEW WWE United States Champion: Roman Reigns
After the match, Reigns is handed the title while still on his knees. He clutches the title and gets to his feet as we go to replays.
Seth Rollins is shown walking toward the ring when he’s interrupted by Foley and Stephanie who congratulate him on being in the main event of the first Raw PPV. Seth tells Stephanie to save it, that everything she says is a lie, and he’s not her golden boy anymore. She bet on the wrong guy, and she needs to tell her husband he bet on the wrong guy.
– Hell in a Cell is advertised as the next Raw PPV, and we go right from that commercial into a recap of the entire history of the WWE Universal title (it’s not a long history), and a video package highlighting the recent history between Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins, beginning with Triple H choosing Owens over Rollins, and coming to a head through confrontations on Raw over the last couple of weeks, as well as Seth’s growing paranoia about being replaced as the face of Raw.
WWE Universal Championship
Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens (c)
Seth Rollins is the first man to make his way out for the main event, getting a nice pop from the crowd on his way down the aisle.
Kevin Owens is out next, and he doesn’t get quite as warm a reaction as Rollins, but there seem to be quite a few Owens supporters in attendance.
We get formal ring introductions from Jojo, and we’re ready for the main event of the evening!
The bell rings and Owens bails out to the floor right off the bat. Owens baits Rollins out, and slides right in as Rollins heads to the floor. Rollins grabs Owens’ foot and Owens kicks Rollins away. Owens heads out to the floor and he whips Rollins on the floor, but Rollins reverses it and Owens crashes into the barricade. Rollins brings things back into the ring and stomps away at Owens in the corner before Owens bails again. Rollins follows with a running knee from the apron to the floor before bringing things back into the ring for a near fall. Rollins continues to bring the fight with strikes before dropping Owens to a seated position and hitting a running knee to the chest. Rollins brings things into the corner and chops Owens’ chest. Owens reverses a whip to the corner, but runs into a boot from Rollins. Rollins hits a crazy twisting blockbuster from the middle rope, but it’s only enough for two.
Owens and Rollins trade positioning. Rollins springboards over Owens. Owens catches Rollins’ leg and kicks the back of it before driving him to the mat for a two count. Rollins bails to the floor and Owens follows, running him right into the barricade, then driving him spine first into the ring post. Owens brings Rollins back into the ring and blasts him with a right hand to the face. Owens catches Rollins with another right hand, screaming that he’s the man.
Owens sends Rollins into the ropes and catches Rollins with an elbow to the top of the head that’s good for another two count. Owens pops up and kicks Rollins in the spine for a one count. Owens taunts Rollins, kicking at his surgically repaired knee. Owens wraps Rollins’ leg around the rope and kicks away at it. Owens eats an elbow from Rollins, who begins to fight back with chops. Owens is able to backdrop Rollins out to the floor though, sending him crashing out and grabbing at his knee. Owens makes his way out to the apron, asking if Rollins is OK before dropping a huge elbow on the floor.
Rollins makes it back into the ring only to be taken over with a snap mare, and eat a senton from Owens for another near fall. Owens works right over into a rear chin lock, grinding down Rollins and screaming at him that he’s going to fade into Black (then he asks if he gets it), and that Owens is the man. Rollins fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but Owens whips Rollins into the corner hard.
Owens picks up Rollins again and launches him across the ring once more. Owens continues screaming insults at Rollins, kicking his side, and whipping him into the corner again. Rollins catches himself this time and comes right back with a big lariat that turns Owens inside out.
Rollins and Owens trade forearms, and Rollins gets the upperhand with a chop and a series of forearms. Rollins ducks a couple of clotheslines and connects with a sling blade. Rollins charges Owens in the corner with a running forearm, then another, then he hits an STO into the middle turnbuckle before picking Owens up and dropping him down in a backbreaker. Rollins waits for Owens to stand before hitting the ropes and connecting with a running dropkick to send Owens crashing out of the ring. Rollins follows and sends Owens crashing into barricade after barricade. Rollins looks at the Spanish announcer’s table, and begins dismantling it. Owens crawls back into the ring and shoulders Rollins when he re-enters. Rollins fights out of it and tries to suplex Owens, but he can’t get him up. Owens reverses out, but eats a superkick while kneeling that puts him down for a two count.
Seth grabs Owens for the pedigree, but Owens fights it off. Seth leaps up in the corner, but Owens kicks out his leg, and Rollins drops down in the corner. Owens hits the cannonball, but it’s still not enough for three.
Owens gets to his feet and pulls Rollins up. Owens teases the package piledriver, but Rollins fights out. Rollins hits a high knee, Owens hits a superkick, Rollins strikes back with a back kick and both men fall to the mat. Owens pulls himself up in the corner, and drives himself into the corner with a big clothesline. Rollins avoids a second cannonball attempt, but Owens avoids a knee from the top rope, connecting with the pumphandle neckbreaker for two.
Owens heads to the apron, then up to the top rope. Rollins grabs the ropes and crotches Owens. Rollins follows up after Owens, but Owens fights him off with a big head butt to the nose. Rollins comes right back, charging up the ropes, but Owens catches him and hits a gutbuster from the top rope. Owens heads right up to the top and hits a frog splash, but Rollins still will not stay down for three.
Rollins heads out to the floor, clutching his ribs. Owens fights him over to the announcers table, laying Rollins out across the table. Owens breaks the count, then takes apart the German announcer’s table. Owens stands on the table, then crotch chops the ref and Rollins to huge cheers. Owens goes for the senton, but Rollins moves, and Owens crashes through the table to the floor.
Rollins sends Owens back into the ring and heads to the top for a huge flying knee from the top rope. Rollins goes right back to the top for a frog splash of his own, but Owens kicks out at two. Christ Jericho is out and causes the distraction, allowing Owens to slam Rollins to the mat with a crazy suplex, but it’s still not enough to end the match. Rollins tosses Owens into Jericho to send him crashing from the mat and then he rolls him up for two. Rollins connects with a knee to Owens’ face and does a crotch chop before connecting with the pedigree. Jericho puts Owens’ foot on the rope and forces the count to stop. Rollins doesn’t look too happy about it. Rollins chases Jericho around, then through the ring, and Owens stops him with a kick to the gut. Owens goes for the pop-up powerbomb, but ends up tossing Rollins into the ref. Rollins sends Jericho from the ring and counters the pop-up powerbomb with a pedigree out of the air, but the ref is still out. Rollins isn’t too happy about it, going over to shake the ref, when he’s attacked from behind by Jericho.
Jericho continues the assault until he’s backdropped to the outside by Rollins. Rollins hits a suicide dive through the ropes to take out Jericho, then he does another on the other side of the ring to take out Owens. Rollins sends Owens back into the ring, then Stephanie comes out with another ref for the match. Seth waits for the ref, then turns around right into the arms of Kevin Owens for a pop-up powerbomb. Owens pins Rollins and this one is over.
Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Kevin Owens
Jericho instructs the ref to hold both his and Owens’ hands up on their way up the ramp.
The show ends with Jericho screaming about how great Kevin Owens is while Seth Rollins looks on in disbelief in the ring.