Welcome to our coverage of WWE Clash of Champions 2017!
Tonight’s Clash features a huge match that may shape the landscape of WWE for months and years to come. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have walked a tightrope and tonight they fight for their WWE careers. Taking on the formidable team of Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton, Owens and Zayn will have to win to keep their careers, however there is also the added wrench of Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon as guest referee’s. This is a loaded match and the repercussions could be huge.
The WWE Championship will be on the line tonight with AJ Styles defending against the former Champion, Jinder Mahal. Jinder and the Singh Brothers have been a thorn in the side of Styles ever since he won the Championship. Tonight, AJ looks to rid himself once and for all of Jinder Mahal and move on to greener pastures. Mahal on the other hand, wants nothing more than to win the Championship back and once again become the Modern Day Maharaja.
Elsewhere on tonight’s big show, Charlotte faces Natalya for the WWE Women’s Championship in a Lumberjack match, The Uso’s put their Tag Titles on the line in a Fatal 4-Way match, Baron Corbin faces Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode in a Triple Threat for the United States Championship, Breezango faces The Bludgeon Brothers, and Zack Ryder takes on Mojo Rawley. That’s a stacked card for tonight’s huge Clash of Champion’s PPV, which begins at 7 PM on the WWE Network with a Kick-Off Show! Enjoy!
Renee Young hosts the pre-show panel consisting of Sam Roberts and David Otunga. The panel is introduced and it sounds like we have a predictably rowdy crowd in Boston!
The panel give a quick rundown of tonight’s card, the final PPV of 2017! Speaking of the huge tag team match tonight, Renee asks if Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan can call the match down the middle. Sam and Otunga both reckon Shane will find it hard to do so because his emotions often get the better of him. We go to the Social Media Lounge, where Kalya Braxton will be joined later by The New Day.
We get a video package for Jinder Mahal Vs. AJ Styles, with interviews from both men. Styles is backstage, where he is asked if he is concerned about The Singh Brothers. Styles says they’re terrible liars and he should never have thought they had turned against Mahal. Styles says he has to be ready for anything tonight, whether it’s the most annoying brothers in the world, or the 7 foot 4 jack in the box The Great Khali. Tonight he has to be better than good, better than great, he has to be phenomenal. He got Dasha Fuentes to say phenomenal with him. Back with the panel, Sam Roberts likens Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers to Scar an the hyena’s from The Lion King. Otunga says that he thinks AJ’s confidence will carry him through. Renee asks for predictions, and both men say AJ Styles will retain because he is the best in the world.
Coming up on the Kick-Off Show, Zack Ryder takes on his former partner, Zack Ryder. From here we move to a video package for tonight’s United States Championship Triple Threat Match. The panel talk about the match and Sam Roberts says that Dolph Ziggler has become a test for newcomers to SmackDown Live, and he doesn’t want to be that anymore. Otunga thinks The Lone Wolf will retain, while Roberts thinks Bobby Roode will steal this one and emerge a star.
We get a look at the Bludgeon Brothers/Breezango feud, which the Fashion Files has been to. We see a clip of Breezango backstage, where Fandango reveals they will be facing the Bludgeon Brother’s tonight and Breeze looks horrified. They share a shaky fist bump. The panel quickly say Bludgeon Brothers across the board and move on.
We go backstage to Dasha, who is set to interview Naomi. Dasha asks Naomi if she and Charlotte are at a disadvantage tonight considering they’re the only allies in tonight’s Lumberjack match. Naomi says that her and Charlotte are used to having haters. She sends a message to the Riott “rookies” and says they will feel the glow if they get in her way again. Carmella, Lana and Tamina walk up an Carmella tells Dasha to leave. Carmella welcomes Naomi back from injury, then Lana and Tamina say that they haven’t always seen eye-to-eye but tonight they have a common enemy. Speaking of whom, Ruby and the Riott Squad walk up, and they all start bickering as referee’s separate them and we fade to a commercial.
We get a video package for the Women’s Championship Match between Natalya and Charlotte. The Champion Charlotte joins the panel and says that tonight is very different because she has a lot of threats. She says that Carmella and the Riott Squad are her biggest threats. Natalya appears and says it’s great to see everyone and her Championship. She says she hopes Charlotte gives that title one last hug because after tonight “baby’s coming home to mama.” She kisses Otunga and Roberts on the cheeks and says she has to go get ready. Charlotte says she loves Nattie’s confidence and they bid her adieu.
We head to the Social Media Lounge with The New Day and Kalya Braxton. They get asked if they will start selling pancake batter and they say if there is a demand then yes. Next, Big E is asked if winning the title’s tonight for a fifth time would be his best Christmas gift ever, to which E freaks out at the mention of the number 5 (an NXT reference). They say they won’t give their strategy and that’s why they’re multi-time Champions.
Back with the panel, they talk about the Fatal 4-Way match for the Tag Team Championship’s. Rusev and English in particular get a shout-out for coming from nothing. Otunga says they’re the wild card because nobody really knows them yet. Roberts reckons Rusev and English will win but Otunga and Renee both say The Uso’s will retain.
The action spills out of the ring early and Mojo rams Ryder into the barricade. Ryder then hits Mojo with a dropkick through the ropes before heading back into the ring. Rawley catches Ryder with a nice spinebuster and takes control of the pace.
Rawley splashes Zack in the corner and gets a two-count before slapping on a headlock. Zack fights out and heads to the top rope but Mojo catches him with a big forearm and Z falls to the floor. Rawley runs around ringside and hits Zack with a huge shoulder that sends him into the barricade. We take a short break.
We come back and Mojo has Zack in a headlock again. Mojo fights back and hits a jawbreaker, only to be clobbered by Mojo. Ryder is on the mat, struggling, and Mojo walks around shoving him and talking trash. Finally, Zack hits a forearm, then an elbow, and a slap. Zack hits a clothesline, then a running forearm in the corner. Ryder beats Mojo down in the corner before hitting the Broski Boot, then a second and gets a near-fall! Mojo hits a shoulder to Ryder’s knee, then a huge running punch for the win!
After the match, Mojo gets into Ryder’s face. Good intensity from Rawley.
Back with the panel, they quickly discuss the match and are disappointed that Zack lost but impressed with Mojo. They do a final rundown of the entire PPV card. We get a lengthy video package for the huge tag team match between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura. Roberts says he loves seeing Owens and Zayn, so he doesn’t want to see them go. Otunga says the pressure is on Owens and Zayn, if they lose their life’s work is meaningless. The odds are stacked against them though, because Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakmura are in their prime. Not to mention the wild card referees.
That’s it for the Clash of Champion’s Kick-off Show. Enjoy the main card!
WWE Clash of Champion’s 2017 kicks-off from Boston with a video package, before Bobby Roode makes his glorious entrance. Dolph Ziggler is out second, followed by the Champion and we get ring introductions.
We start things off with a three-way standoff, Ziggler and Roode form a temporary alliance to put Corbin out of the ring, following outside after him and beating on him some more. They clothesline him over the barricade! Bobby turns on Dolph first, right hand, rolling him inside, catching the superkick, Glorious DDT countered with a back body drop and a pin, no good, off the ropes, Manhattan Drop to a Russian legsweep, only a two count!
Throwing Roode outside of the ring, Corbin runs him over with a lariat, right hand cuts Dolph off in the ropes. Back in with Roode, putting him into the turnbuckle and striking him in the middle of the ring after, a hammer whip puts the Glorious One into the buckles back first hard. Shoulder thrusts to the kidneys, another right hand, and Baron rolls outside to put Ziggler into the barricade for good measure.
Back in, headed for Bobby but he’s recovered enough to rally, kick to the guts, chops and punches, off the ropes but he runs into the side slam… Dolph makes the save! Shotei from Corbin puts Ziggler in the corner, he puts boots to him. Over to Roode, outside and back in, Ziggler wiped out and they trade blows. Bobby lays him out with a lariat, corner clariat, whip reversed, boot up, to the second and he hits the blockbuster for two.
Corbin rolls outside, Dolph looking for the Zig Zag but Roode blocks, boots up in the corner, leap over, Fameasser connects… Corbin breaks it up! He rips his t-shirt off and hits charging body avalanches on both guys but they fight back and a dropkick puts him out of commission. Roode hits a Rock Bottom on Ziggler, Baron recovers, Deep Six on Bobby but it only earns a near-fall. Baron sets Roode up top and climbing after him, the Glorious One knocks him down with rights but Dolph runs over to join him! Right hands, Baron stands up under them and we get a huge tower of doom! A cover comes up empty but the Lone Wolf is still on the only man standing. He grabs Dolph an looks for a backbreaker but he slips out and passes him shoulder-first into the post!
Ziggler tunes up the band but Bobby sidesteps and hits the spinning spinebuster! He does the Glorious taunt and looks for his finish but Dolph ducks the DDT and hits one of his own ony for Roode to kick out. Corbin comes back in, he dumps Ziggler onto the apron but Roode low bridges him outside. Bobby turns around and catches a superkick from Ziggler, catapults him into the corner and hits the Glorious DDT! Baron reappears and tries to throw Roode away but Roode throws him outside, makes the cover but Corbin pulls him from the ring. Corbin nails Roode with a backbreaker on the outside and brings him inside. Corbin looks for the End of Days but Ziggler jumps and hits him with a Zig Zag and wins!!
Ziggler celebrates his huge win after the match and the fans seem genuinely surprised.
We go backstage to see Daniel Bryan. Shane walks in and asks Bryan why he has inserted himself into tonight’s match, to which Bryan says he’s too hot-headed and emotionally invested to be impartial. Shane half agrees but still seems annoyed before leaving.
Backstage, Baron Corbin gets angry when interviewed about his title loss, yelling that he will get back his US Title from Ziggler. He throws a trash can and roars.
Aiden English is in the ring and he introduces Rusev. Both men are in the ring and the fans chant “Rusev Day”. English sings about the Twelve Days of Christmas but it’s all about Rusev and the fans love it. They chant and ask for an encore but the duo are interrupted by Gable and Benjamin. The Champion’s are out last and they sing their own version, which is twelve days of lock-down in the Uso Penitentiary.
Kofi, Gable, English and Jey Uso start things off. Chaos reigns right away as they tag all the partners in, leading to a huge brawl! Kofi jumps onto Gable and Rusev while Jey Uso jumps on outside to Aiden English. Benjamin goes up top an catches Jimmy Uso with a huge underhook suplex! Big E breaks up the pin attempt.
The New Day does the unicorn stomp on Benjamin. Jimmy Uso, Benjamin and Rusev are all in the corners of the ring, which is a pretty big stampede. Big E sends Kofi onto all of them but Rusev boots him and runs through everyone in the ring. Boston unleashes a “Rusev Day” chant! Things slow down a little as Gable has Kofi in a wristlock while Aiden English is headlocking Jimmy Uso while singing “Rusev Day”.
Tags are made and Shelton hits a suplex for a quick two count. Gable and Benjamin have some sort of alliance with Rusev and English. Kingston tries to tag Big E, but Shelton pulls the powerhouse off the apron to prevent it. Gable and Benjamin have a disagreement and get into a shoving match. This allows Uso to come in and take out the Olympian with a spinning kick to the head. Jey and Big E both tag in at the same time and they go on a rampage together. Both men make a cover at the same time, but neither gets a three count. The Usos start to run all over everyone, but Gable and Benjamin put a stop to their momentum. Chad locks one of the Uso in a cloverlead while Benjamin fends off everyone else. English eventually pulls him out of the ring so Rusev can break up the hold.
Rusev locks Gable in The Accolade but Big E makes the break. However, Rusev keeps the upper hand with a Machka Kick for another very close two count. He puts Big E in The Accolade and E almost gets out of it, but Rusev clamps down an it looks like E will tap but he is saved by Gable, who comes in and starts hitting suplexes on anyone he sees Ala Kurt Angle. He takes out Big E and Rusev with two impressive rolling German suplexes. Jimmy sticks him with a superkick, then another before Jey hits the Superfly Splash to get the pin.
After the match The Uso’s celebrate while we see the other teams lick their wounds at ringside. What a year for The Uso’s and they leave it as Champion’s.
We get a video package for Charlotte Vs. Natalya, which inclues the debut of the Riott Squad and how we’ve come to a lumberjack match.
With everyone already at ringside, the match gets underway and Natalya hits an early shoulder block to get first blood but Charlotte quickly gets up and sends her out of the ring. Naomi gets to hit a few kicks before throwing her back in. Charlotte gets tossed out of the other side, so Lana, Tamina, Carmell and The Riott Squad jump on her. Nattie keeps throwing Charlotte out of the ring so the lumberjacks will beat on her.
Natalya keeps Charlotte on the back foot until the Champion is able to respond with a series of chops. She hits a backbreaker and slams Nattie’s head into the turnbuckle. She climbs to the top rope but ends up being pulled down to the mat the hard way. Flair blocks a Sharpshooter and kicks her in the face. Both women end up outside the ring, but most of the lumberjacks attack Charlotte. Naomi springboards off the top rope onto everyone at ringside. That was a scary spot.
Back inside the ring, Natalya finally gets Charlotte in the Sharpshooter. She has her in the hold for a long time before Flair gets to the ropes. Tamina pulls Charlotte out of the ring so they can all attack her. Carmella grabs her Money in the Bank briefcase and looks like she will cash in, but Riott knocks her out of the ring with a running forearm. Everything is breaking down as all the lumberjacks start fighting each other. The Queen hits all of them with a moonsault except Natalya, who takes advantage and throws Charlotte into the ring post. Nattie brings her back in the ring, and looks for another Sharpshooter but it gets reversed into the Figure Eight and Nattie taps out!
That was pretty good for a lumberjack match, though I kinda wish Carmella had of cashed-in when the Jills were busy, that would have been unique. Natalya is interviewed after and says Charlotte won because she uses her family name to cut corners. Natalya says she has carried the women’s division for 10 years and everyone has treated her with disrespect. The WWE Universe and the women wants to turn their back on me, well now I’ll do the same. Natalya leaves crying as the crowd sings her out with the Goodbye song.
Dasha Fuentes interviews The Singh Brother’s backstage an they laugh about AJ Styles saying he would beat Mahal an them tonight. They say they’re so confident that Mahal won’t even need them. Dasha asks if that means they won’t be at ringside but they say we will have to watch and find out.
Breezango make their way ringside and we see the foreign language commentators before he Bludgeon Brother’s make their impressive entrance.
As soon as the bell rings, Harper takes out Breeze with one big shot. Fandango jumps off the apron to avoid the same fate. Rowan gets the tag and Breeze hits him with a jumping kick to the head. Fandango tags in and they take Rowan out of the ring.
Harper comes over to help Rowan destroy both members of Breezango. They drop Breeze onto the steel steps before finishing off Fandango with a powerbomb and a double team slam.
Welp, we know which team are higher on the booking teams pecking order. After the match the Brother’s cut a promo an say that this is the beginning of the end.
Backstage, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are being interviewed and talk about Shane screwing them over and everything else. Dasha asks “What if they don’t win and they’re fired”. They have no answer and walk away.
After a lengthy video package, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan come to the ring in ref gear.
Randy Orton and Sami Zayn start the match after a while of bickering between the two teams and the referees. They lock up and Randy pushes Sami to the corner. Shane and Bryan both try to make the count when Orton goes for a pin. Both men seem a little confused, as are the onlookers. Nakamura tags in and wrenches Zayn’s arm. The crowd chants for both men as they trade holds and reversals.
Shinsuke turns the tables on KO with a knee drop for a two count. Once again, both refs try to make the count and it’s weird. Zayn and Orton get tagged in again and Sami chops Orton across the chest a few times as he talks trash. Orton fires back with his own chop to knock Zayn down. Owens tags in and beats The Viper down with kicks and punches. Orton manages to counter a suplex from Zayn and drops him across the top rope. He tries to fight back against Owens, but he keeps getting taken down again. He drops Sami with a belly to back suplex. Both men reach their partners and Nakamura takes it to Owens with a series of kicks.
Big kick by Nakamura, followed by the Pride knees. Knee strikes to the ribs, followed by Good Vibrations in the corner. Running knee to the ribs while Owens is across the ropes for 2. Nakamura with a back heel kick for 2. Owens stops the Reverse Exploder, but Nakamura takes him down from the corner with a Triangle Choke. Owens pins Nakamura down for 2. Shane argues with Bryan about counting that. Owens with a superkick for 2. Zayn in and knocks Orton off the apron. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick, but Nakamura stops it. Zayn then catches him with the Blue Thunder Bomb for a near-fall.
Owens and Zayn with a double team on Nakamura, but Orton breaks up the pin. All 4 men begin brawling in the ring. Zayn gets in Shane’s face, but leaves the ring as he is not legal. Nakamura gets the knees up off another Owens back senton. Orton and Zayn in and Orton makes a comeback. Zayn avoids the snap slam, but Orton with a Delayed Exploder. Zayn hot-shots Orton, but Orton stops him on the turnbuckles. Bryan yells at Orton for crotching Zayn. Orton goes up with Zayn and hits a Top Rope Superplex. Owens pulls Orton outside and sends him into the steps. Nakamura goes after Owens and sends him into the barricade. Zayn goes after Nakamura and all 4 men are down. Zayn and Owens work over Nakamura by the announce table and begin setting up two tables. Zayn places Nakamura on one table while Owens leaps off the other and Bullfrog Splashes Nakamura through the table!
Back inside, Orton hits Zayn with the snap slam, followed by the apron-hung DDT. Orton hears the voices and begins setting for the RKO and hits it on Zayn. Orton covers Zayn, but Owens knocks Bryan into Shane to stop the pin. Shane yells at Bryan for stopping the pin. Orton gets in Bryan’s face, then RKO’s Owens! Zayn inside cradles Orton and they counter each other, with both refs counting pins. Zayn rolls up Orton, but Shane stops the count before 3, showing that he is screwing Zayn! Bryan gets in Shane’s face for doing that, then Zayn rolls up Orton and Bryan makes a fast count to end the match!
Bryan rolls from the ring as Shane looks furious. Shane dove onto Bryan just as he made the third count to try and stop him. Outside, Owens runs and tackles Sami to the ground as they celebrate. Bryan and Shane stare at each other, and Orton an Nakamura look pissed.
Its main event time! We get a video that chronicles the rivalry between AJ Styles an Jinder Mahal. The challenger is out first and he is indeed accompanied by The Singh Brothers. The Champion is out second and he is a big favourite in Boston.
They lock up and Mahal shows off his power by easily pushing Styles to the corner. He makes a clean break and AJ puts him in a waistlock. A hard back elbow from Jinder breaks the hold. The crowd chants for both men, which is somewhat surprising. AJ takes Mahal down with a kick to the leg and chases him out of the ring to take him down with another leg kick. Styles continues to focus on the leg of Mahal as he sets him up for the Calf Crusher.
Mahal picks up Styles and drops him on the top rope. The impact to the ribs sends AJ out of the ring to the floor. The Maharaja puts Styles through the wringer for several minutes. He brings AJ back out of the ring and slams him onto the announce table. Styles starts to make a comeback with a series of strikes, but one Irish whip into the corner puts him down due to his injured ribs. Jinder locks AJ in an abdominal stretch to continue destroying his ribs. This already has been one of Mahal’s best ever matches.
Mahal climbs up the turnbuckle and hits a flying knee to the body. He tries to do the same thing again and jumps right into a dropkick. Mahal regains control quickly and puts AJ on the top rope. He sets up for a superplex, but Styles slides down and hits an electric chair drop. He hits an impressive ushigoroshi, but Mahal kicks out at two. Jinder counters the Styles Clash with some shoulder thrusts in the corner. Jinder throws AJ into the air and lets him fall hard to the mat for a near fall.
Styles attacks with a few kicks, but Mahal counters a running forearm with both of his legs. He lifts AJ up for a Samoan drop to get another close two count. Mahal is caught with a Pele Kick but he kicks out at 2. The former champion sticks The Phenomenal One with a running boot, but Styles finds a way to kick out at two. He attempts a Khallas from the top rope, but Styles counters with another Pele Kick. He connects with a springboard 450, but The Singh Brothers try to pull Mahal out of the ring. AJ with a dive over the top rope and hits one of them with a Phenomenal Forearm, then takes-out the other with a Styles Clash.
AJ returns to the ring but Mahal catches him with a big running knee to the back of the head, then a Khallas! Styles kicks out! Jinder gets frustrated an lifts AJ up for a Styles Clash but AJ escapes and catches Jinder with the Calf Crusher! Jinder crawls to the bottom rope but AJ rolls hmi over and back into the centre of the ring where Mahal is forced to tap!
AJ celebrates with his title after the match, while Jinder lays on the ramp holding his knee.
That’s it for SmackDown and WWE’s final PPV of 2017. Let us know what you thought of Clash of Champions and be back tomorrow night for Monday Night Raw! Safe travels!