Wednesday, March 29, 2023

WWE Clash of Champions 2019: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE Clash of Champions 2019, out of the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about Clash of Champions by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Drew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado

Preshow: Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat Match

Feeling the pressure of the triple threat stipulation, Drew Gulak threw himself toward Humberto Carrillo as the opening bell rang, hitting him with a nasty dropkick to start the match.

Dorado and Carrillo teamed up for a moment or two to wear down the champ, but Lince Dorado soon went into business for himself, diving to the outside onto both Carrillo and Gulak.

Gulak took Dorado out, leaving Carrillo to go one-on-one with the champ. While the odds were much more in his favor, as he had only one opponent to focus on, Drew Gulak did his best to defeat Carrillo quickly, but no matter what he threw, Carrillo wouldn’t stay down.

Lince Dorado came back, forcing Humberto Carrillo to roll out after a vicious attack, but was left alone with Gulak, who honed in on Dorado’s midsection with a gutbuster followed by multiple strikes.

Dorado again left the ring, but Carrillo was back. Gulak had really only had one opponent at a time to this point, but that meant that both Carrillo and Dorado were almost totally focused on him while catching their breath in between, forcing Gulak to even work harder to retain his title.

Humberto Carrillo had Gulak in a sharpshooter, but before he could tap Gulak out, Lince Dorado caught Carrillo in a submission, breaking the original hold. A few more minutes of tireless effort left all three men laid out in the ring.

Back to their feet, both Lince and Drew went after Humberto, Lince Dorado being the one to hit a hurricanrana from the top rope in the end. Carrillo came back with an Aztec Press and had Dorado pinned, but Gulak lept to his feet, throwing Carrillo out of the ring and rolling Dorado up with a german suplex to retain.

Winner: Drew Gulak

AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander

Preshow: United States Championship Match

Cedric Alexander, determined to prove himself in this match against long-time rival, AJ Styles, came out of the gate guns blazing, getting not one, but two near falls in the first couple of minutes. And not just one counts, either, it truly looked like he might take the early victory.

Styles put a stop to his momentum with a brainbuster on the apron and a Styles Clash outside of the ring, throwing him back into the ring for the win, but decided that Alexander hadn’t suffered enough yet, and lifted his head, breaking his own pin.

From here, Styles continued the abuse, hitting a Phenomenal Forearm and another Styles Clash and taking the victory. But that still wasn’t enough, so Styles kicked Cedric around a little more before Gallows and Anderson joined him, the three absolutely pummeling Alexander in front of his hometown crowd.

Winner: AJ Styles

Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode

Braun Strowman started things off for his team, tossing Robert Roode across the ring with ease as soon as the match started, visibly shaking Roode’s confidence.

Robert Roode soon gave up, giving the ring to Dolph Ziggler, who promptly got those hands as well. Confident in the level he had weakened their opponents, Braun Strowman tagged in Seth Rollins, but Rollins wasn’t nearly as dominant, Roode and Ziggler working together to overpower him.

By punching Ziggler from the apron to floor and hitting Roode with a blockbuster, Rollins almost escaped, but Dolph caught up to him before he could touch hands with Strowman, rolling him up for a pin. When the first takedown attempt failed, Ziggler trapped Rollins in a submission, taunting Strowman before trying for a DDT on Rollins, who prevented the attack, transitioning into a Falcon Arrow.

Ziggler came to regret his disrespect of Strowman immediately, as Strowman bulldozed both him and his tag partner, but Ziggler stuck his fingers in Strowman’s eyes, which the referee didn’t see. Rollins jumped back into the ring, relieving his injured partner. He appeared to be coming in for the victory over Robert Roode, but Dolph Ziggler interfered.

Rollins took his attention from Roode momentarily to take Ziggler down, allowing Roode to regain enough strength to come back with another series of attacks. Braun Strowman tried to help his partner but accidentally shoved him into the ring post, setting Robert Roode up perfectly for the Glorious DDT, which gave Roode and Ziggler the win.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler and Braun Strowman

Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match

In yet another hot start, Charlotte Flair kicked Bayley directly in the side of the head with the opening bell, knocking Bayley clear out of the ring. Once the champ was back in, Charlotte threw several chops before Bayley was finally able to fight her off – for about a second – then Charlotte was back on the offensive.

Outside of the ring, Charlotte launched Bayley into the barricade, kicking her around ringside before throwing her back in the ring for a pin, but Bayley kicked out.

Charlotte rammed into Bayley multiple times in the corner, then jumped onto Bayley’s leg with her full body weight, injuring the champ. The Queen looked almost unhinged as she battered Bayley, but her emotions would cost her the match in the (abrupt) end.

While Bayley was “laid out” and the referee was restraining Charlotte, the champ was actually untying one of the turnbuckle pads, which she shoved Charlotte’s face into, taking the win, and literally sprinting to the backstage area before Charlotte could recover and respond.

Winner: Bayley

The New Day (c) (Kofi Kingston and Big E) vs. The Revival

SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match

Setting the tone of the match right at the beginning, Scott Dawson attempted to interfere by grabbing Woods’ braced leg while Xavier Woods and Dash Wilder started things off.

Big E got an early near fall with a Uranage, but it wasn’t long before Dash and Dawson took control, putting Xavier Woods out of commission at ringside before double teaming Big E, first outside of the ring and then in.

Scott Dawson took the lead in the beatdown of Big E, giving the champ no window for offense, and even if E did break away, Xavier Woods was unavailable for a tag.

When Woods finally regained his footing, he tagged into the match ready for a fight, sending Dash out of the ring before leveling Dawson. But Dash came back with an attack to Woods’ already weakened leg, and to prevent any interference from Big E, The Revival caught him in a Shatter Machine at ringside.

Back in the ring, Dash and Dawson continued to wear down Woods’ leg, then hit a Shatter Machine, but instead of pinning him, they removed his knee brace, ripped his tights open, and Scott Dawson locked in a Trailer Hitch submission, forcing Woods to tap out, making himself and Dash Wilder the new SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions.

Winner: The Revival

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Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville

Women’s Tag Team Championship Match

Nikki Cross, deeply offended by Mandy and Sonya’s constant disrespect of her and her partner, Alexa Bliss, kicked off the match by taking Mandy down, mockingly performing Mandy’s signature dance moves while she watched in horror.

After dishing out some punishment to Sonya Deville as well, Nikki Cross tagged in Alexa Bliss, who picked up right where she left off.

But as Nikki and Alexa were ramping up toward the victory, R-Truth and the rest of the usual 24/7 Championship horde ran into the ring. Alexa Bliss saw her opportunity and took it, rolling Truth up for the 24/7 Title, but Truth powered out, leaving the ring with the 24/7 challengers in tow.

This distraction was exactly what Mandy and Sonya needed to pick up steam, the tag title hopefuls wearing Alexa Bliss down in merciless fashion. Bliss eventually escaped the onslaught, giving the ring to Nikki Cross, who got Mandy Rose out of the ring before attempting to set Sonya Deville up for a Twisted Bliss.

Mandy Rose pulled Nikki Cross from the ring just in time, however, and a subsequent double team maneuver from Mandy and Sonya almost cost Alexa and Nikki the match, but Nikki returned to save her partner.

After knocking Sonya off the apron, Nikki dodged Mandy’s knee strike, responding with her Swinging Neckbreaker for the win.

Winner: Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss

Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The Miz

Intercontinental Championship Match

With Sami Zayn at ringside in a neck brace because of the attack he suffered at the hands of The Undertaker on SmackDown Live, his client Shinsuke Nakamura began his quest toward the Intercontinental Championship.

Zayn tried to give his usual pep talk, but officials cut his mic shortly after the match began. He remained close by, however, making sure to applaud Nakamura’s every move.

The Miz expertly focused on Shinsuke’s legs in an effort to prevent the devastating Kinshasa finisher. With Shinsuke woozy in the corner, The Miz threw several knee strikes, then continued wearing down Shinsuke’s legs on the mat.

Miz lined up the Skull Crushing Finale, but Shinsuke dodged, kicking Miz in the back of the neck before hitting a german suplex as he slid out of the ring. With a series of strikes, Miz began to gain momentum, so Sami Zayn distracted him, hoping to stop him in his tracks, but when Shinsuke ran toward him for the Kinshasa, Miz caught him with a Skull Crushing Finale.

Unfortunately for Miz, Sami Zayn interfered again, this time holding the referee while Miz had Shinsuke pinned. Miz tried to come back, but the damage was done, and with a Kinshasa, Shinsuke took the win and the Intercontinental Championship.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks

Raw Women’s Championship Match

Looking to show The Boss that The Man is the peak of the Women’s Division now, Becky Lynch was ruthless in her attacks on Sasha Banks, overpowering the challenger right from the start.

But Banks wasn’t going to be dominated in her first big match since returning to the ring and came back with just as much ferocity as Lynch had shown in the beginning.

Becky Lynch put a screeching halt to Sasha’s building momentum with a brutal kick to the midsection while Banks was in midair. Sasha Banks wasn’t down for long, though, and responded with a Banks Statement. Becky powered out and hit her Becksploder, following it up with a leg drop, but it wasn’t enough to keep Banks down.

With a meteora from the second rope, Sasha Banks nearly took the win, screaming in frustration when Becky kicked out of the pin. Sasha went for the Banks Statement, which Becky escaped, locking in the Dis-Arm-Her, but Sasha was able to spin around and get her foot on the rope, breaking the hold.

Becky Lynch caught Banks with a missile dropkick, thinking this would surely gain her the victory, but only got a two count. The Man threw strikes at Sasha’s arm, trying to prevent the Banks Statement, but Banks put a stop to it with two backstabbers and a Banks Statement.

Though Becky Lynch broke the submission by getting to the ropes, she was severely worn down at this point, which Banks capitalized on by hitting her with a steel chair while the referee’s back was turned. And still, Becky Lynch persisted.

Banks brought the chair into the ring, prepared to hit Lynch with it while the referee watched, but the referee snatched the chair away from her, preventing a DQ finish. The Man grabbed the chair, hit the referee with it, then unloaded on Sasha Banks.

With the official knocked out, the women brawled through the arena, into the concession area, where Becky Lynch poured mustard on her opponent. Becky continued the assault as they made their way back toward the ring, Banks only coming back when they had made it all the way to the ringside area.

Banks got a few attacks in, but Becky Lynch was soon armed with the steel chair once again, slamming it into The Boss’ back before repeatedly smashing Banks’ face into it and trapping her in a Dis-Arm-Her in the chair.

Referees finally came down to the ring, breaking the women apart and declaring a disqualification, meaning Sasha Banks technically won the match but Becky Lynch remained Raw Women’s Champion.

Winner: Sasha Banks (via disqualification)

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton

WWE Championship Match

Contrasting with nearly every other match thus far, this one started off with a power struggle rather than one man taking the upper hand right away. Randy Orton grounded Kofi after the scuffle, but Kofi wasted no time responding with an attack of his own.

Randy Orton was ultimately the one to take control, however, confidently clobbering Kofi Kingston by throwing him into every object he could find, including the barricade and the announce table.

And no matter how hard Kofi tried to regain any momentum, Randy Orton cut him off at every turn. Very slowly, Kofi Kingston began grinding away at The Viper, persevering every time Orton attempted to take him down. Kofi thought he could hit a Trouble in Paradise, but Orton merely caught him in midair, using Kofi’s momentum against him with a backbreaker.

Near fall after near fall, Orton got closer and closer to victory while Kofi Kingston barely hung on. Kingston caught Orton off-guard with an SOS, but Orton broke out of the pin after only a one-count.

In an act of desperation, Kofi Kingston climbed the ropes. Before he could leap from the top, however, Orton shoved him down, setting him up for a superplex, which Kofi prevented by sliding out beneath Orton after a strike exchange.

Orton prepared for the RKO, but Kofi Kingston avoided it, albeit narrowly. The second RKO was successful, but Orton attacked too close to the ropes and Kofi got his foot up to break the pin.

Randy Orton wound up for the old-school punt, but Kofi was ready for it, dodging the boot before countering with a Trouble in Paradise, retaining his WWE Championship.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan

No Disqualification Match

Taking full advantage of the no disqualification stipulation, Roman Reigns lept from the ring as Rowan made his way toward it, punching Rowan in the face to start the action.

Once in the ring, Roman went for a spear, but was leveled by Erick Rowan, who then threw him out of the ring and into the announce table, the barricade, and the steel steps. Rowan backed up and charged toward Roman, but Reigns rolled out of the way at the last second, sending Rowan flying into the steps at full speed.

Roman wasn’t able to build momentum from this, however, as the brawl spilled into the crowd, where Rowan resumed the assault. Back at ringside, it appeared as though Roman might finally get some payback, but was again positively flattened by Erick Rowan.

Instead of using his powerful moveset as he normally would, Roman Reigns had to use every ounce of strength he had to simply stay in the match as Rowan laid into him.

Rowan brought the steel steps into the ring with the intention of hitting Roman with them, which Roman stopped with a Samoan Drop, slamming the steps into Rowan’s face then connecting with a Superman Punch, but only got a two count.

Outside of the ring, Roman went for another Superman Punch, but Rowan caught him, throwing him through the announce table, then back into the ring for a pin, which Roman barely escaped.

Frustrated by Reigns’ perseverance, Rowan bashed Reigns over the head with the bell as the two made their way back into the crowd. Rowan put Reigns through another table with an Iron Claw. The men fought all the way to the stage where Rowan prepared to hit Roman with the camera rig as he did on SmackDown Live, but Roman dodged, launching it at Rowan instead.

Rowan and Roman slowly approached the ring, Roman Reigns gaining steam all the while, but just as they were about to get back in for the finish, Luke Harper intervened, beating Reigns down.

With another Iron Claw, this time onto the steel stairs, Erick Rowan took the victory, leaving with his old friend Luke Harper.

Winner: Erick Rowan

Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman

Universal Championship Match

As if there wasn’t enough tension between the two, to begin with, the misunderstanding between Strowman and Rollins during the Raw Tag Team Championship match earlier in the show only added to the animosity.

Braun Strowman wanted to end things early and did his best to bulldoze Seth Rollins, but Rollins came back after every attack. And Rollins’ tenacity paid off when he dodged an attack from Braun, sending The Monster into an announce table. Rollins then dove onto him, putting him through the table.

Strowman came back with a massive splash from the top rope, landing directly on Seth Rollins, and miraculously, Rollins kicked out of the pin. Rollins almost knocked Strowman out with a chokehold, hitting a Curb Stomp when that didn’t work.

And when Strowman persisted, Rollins hit two more Curb Stomps. Which didn’t keep The Monster down. So Rollins dug deep, breaking out the Pedigree before connecting with another Curb Stomp, this time taking Strowman out for good.

As Rollins stood on the stage, holding his Universal Championship in celebration, the arena went black. A spotlight lit the place where Rollins stood, revealing that The Fiend had him in his grasp. The Fiend threw Rollins down with a Sister Abigail before picking a seemingly unconscious Seth Rollins back up for a Mandible Claw, taking the champ out to end the show.

Winner: Seth Rollins

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