WWE Clash of Champions 2016
Tonight is WWE's first exclusive Raw Pay Per View since the brand split after Smackdown's Backlash two weeks ago. WWE have decided to make brand PPV's fortnightly instead. Coming live from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday 25th September, would WWE Clash of Champions bring out the fighting champions? Would it continue to change its downward spiral of uneventful rostered talent and highly ignorant championship babysitters drooping the ratings? Would WWE wake up and realise its wrongs? Let's find out.
It's as if Night of Champions has been quietly erased from our memories and replaced with a Gaming App named PPV instead.
WWE Tag Team Championship
Kofi Kingston and Big E (c) w/Xavier Woods Vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
New Day claimed they were fun with their toilet humour gathering no interest and more disdain. New Day have been stale since Wrestlemania and beyond and have mainly held the titles for the sake of it and not as championship might.
The only people who seem to care are WWE. Fans have left. A few marks were in for the indie luvvies tonight, which will please Triple H's plans to cash in on cheap heat to justify his lame hirings of ignorance. Most were indifferent or offered no reaction. The competition, loosely fitting, were simply given the title opportunities numerous times by WWE.
New Day were instantly taken out as Michael Cole told us, as Kofi was pummelled inside the ring by the lacking connectivity of punches by ignorant bland boy Karl Anderson. Gallows took over but no one was interested any longer, if at all.
Chicken legs blubber guts Anderson took over again given some chances to get over by Big E and still failed to draw interest. WWE had hoped giving him all the freebies would pay off. WWE are just as much to blame for inconsistency.
It was all very boring and somewhat pedestrian. Quick tags, beatdowns and rushed pinfalls made this what it was, a spot match desperately needing some buzz. It wasn't there and covering for Gallows and Anderson's failings to deliver exposed how green and inability to wrestle they really are.
Big E pinned Anderson, who turned and looked at Gallows to make a save breaking kayfabe on the mat. Disgraceful worker. Kofi Kingston and Big E took the high flying finisher to complete this drab casting and retain the WWE Tag Team Championship (now moronically called the Raw Tag titles) from their lacking competition. There was no other choice.
New Day danced, gyrated and played their trombone. How thrilling.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
TJ Perkins (c) Vs Brian Kendrick
The midget era has arrived and WWE are insanely deluded at how great it is supposed to be. How WWE envisage this as a future is downright hilarity on their part. WWE are the biggest laughing stock at this time with mark booker Triple H obsessed with his own ego. Lacking stars, flying spots and inability to deliver was blindsided by Triple H's hard on for a couple of video tapes of jumping elves.
TJ Perkins won the pathetically produced Cruiserweight Classic tournament. Perkins instantly fluffed and felt lacking of confidence he boasted of before taking his place on the main stage.
The title, themed and dressed up like a boxing title with purple leather back strap and silver plates could not have looked more uglier. It barely even fits a Cruiserweight's waist, too.
All of it is plain laughable and WWE have lost many fans over this lacking foresight. Perkins entered in some lame computer game themed joke that had no emphasis or appeal. Even more laughable.
There was a quick roll through and mat lying on the floor as the pair tried to make something of nothing but it was against them thanks to WWE lack of foresight and highly ignorant endorsements in the Cruiserweight Classic which ruined the entire division before its rebirth.
Perkins jumped off the top to the outside as Kendrick rolled him up in the ring apron outside to get advantage.
A few cheap and empty spots got an instant reaction. Fans are desperately fickle to try and say WWE is great again, yet the real fans have left. Only the Indy luvvies seem to be there. It does not look encouraging for a bleak future after their fifteen minutes of fame evaporate.
The pair had rest holds and headlocks but the pair were too small and loose to convincingly hold any impact.
It was thoroughly quiet and boring in the arena even with a handful of moment gophers. I wonder if they are WWE plants?
The match wore down into boredom quickly and could not justify a new division of lacking emphasis, passion and necessity. WWE should axe the title and division immediately or before Christmas. It can't succeed despite Vince McMahon's desperation to prove everyone wrong on everything to say he could. Are the ratings down?
Lacking moments and stalling, Perkins then did a Hurricanrana which was a simple spot where Kendrick had to pull himself over the rope. It was bland and boring and the only moment which some flappy seal fans lapped up in their desperation to make it work. That won't make it work. Who is more desperate? WWE or its Indy darlings?
TJ Perkins fell flat on his face after another top rope dive. Repetitive anyone? Kendrick did well in a moment of backflipping as Perkins kicked out. TJ Perkins rolled Brian Kendrick up to retain the Cruiserweight title to completely no reaction whatsoever and many glum faces in the crowd.
Wow. It's officially a TNA match in WWE.
After the match Perkins hugged and shook the hand of his lifelong pal Kendrick, who shoulder-butted Perkins. Perkins failed to sell the nudge.
Best of Seven Series
Cesaro Vs Sheamus
At three a piece and with no real care in the world, WWE's lack of direction for both stars and an excuse for rematches for a few months, the pair had their one important match here. Every series match HAS to be on PPV or TV. WWE put most of them, on WWE House shows and tours and superstars. WWE lied and said they were all on Raw.
WWE outright lying at the 7 series matches as most of the were NOT shown on Raw and on Main Event etc. are further proof of its contempt for fans and failure to recognise its own product. They still can't figure out why it fails to connect any more with fans. The product stinks.
Sheamus, who has no depth, direction or skill any longer against the man WWE view with contempt for being over with crowds and talented beyond belief, Cesaro. Hmmm. WWE can't figure out why so many of its ratings are at its lowest ever in the 1's. Ouch!
WWE quickly changed the ring ropes too. They were purple for the CW title match. lol.
The pair were constantly on their backs taking moments to play to the crowd and despite their efforts it was boring thanks to WWE's clueless booking. It's as if they purposely booked it to make it fail. As absurd as that sounds, WWE do, do that.
The pair got their advantage each to keep it equal but it wasn't anything exciting. The whole series has been a washout. No one cared and WWE drained all the energy from it before it got to PPV.
After some big spot moments and Sheamus failing to secure a pin, Sheamus got angry. Cesaro nailed a boot and Neutraliser as Sheamus just kicked out for a shock moment to entertain. Fans chanted "This is awesome" It wasn't awesome and fans will chant for any moment given like sheep, however it was better than most so far. If the Awesome moments are a cheap pander then its very worrying what fans are looking for in the future of dumbed down wrestling entertainment.
Not exactly Undertaker, Macho Man or Roddy Piper thrills, is it? Perspectives highly important.
Sheamus dived off the top turnbuckle who fell into a chance uppercut by Cesaro. Sheamus gets the White Noise to follow up outside and stay in it. Sheamus was whipped into the ring post who held his hands up.
Cesaro clotheslined Sheamus over the barricade as the pair feigned injuries. WWE called the bell and made it a draw, making this a No Contest.
Ha! Y'all got screwed by Vince again. The Best of 7 series ends in a draw with fake injuries. LMFAO. You all pay for this sh*t! Vince f**ked you all again and continues to view you with such contempt. When fans fall for it everytime, WWE will continue to do it to you.
Cesaro hoped to go on as Sheamus was being led away by referee's. The fans were rightly livid with more false advertising and dodgy decisions.
Sami Zayn Vs Chris Jericho
The resident taxi driver Sami Zayn arrived. He looks more like a busker, but fans think he's an Uber driver. It wasn't at all interesting and bland plus one. In came whiny b*tch Jericho who continues to live Vince McMahon's mid life crisis.
The pair yelled and stalled before getting started. Need some thinking time? Zayn backed Jericho into the corner to get a few jabs in and get it going.
The funniest moment was when Jericho nailed Zayn with an Enziguri as he missed and Zayn stood still on the spot and awkwardly pretended to fall down. It was so unbelievable stupid. Jericho then proved he was the "Stupid Idiot" with light foot stomps barely touching or hurting Zayn. What a mess.
Zayn was stuck in the Walls of Jericho and could not reach the rope as Jericho looked like he was taking a dump. Zayn rolled through a small package and powerbomb for near falls but fell short. Spot moments galore were somewhat unappealing again. Chris Jericho then randomly nailed a Codebreaker to pin Sami Zayn and end this match so abruptly, just like that, with no sense whatsoever.
WWE showed their previous Smackdown segment of The Miz and Ziggler. Fighting in a Chicken suit to help sponsors KFC get over. Lame as ever.
The blubber champion, and Mick Foley was met by Stephanie McMahon. They all praised their own egos and Kevin Owens cheered his title hander Triple H. He blubbed on about lacking monotonic "I am the show" rubbish. It was weak and futile. Even a simple promo could not be upheld. His uplifting vest with horrid armpits made sure you could smell the Body Odour everywhere.
WWE Women's Championship
Bayley Vs Charlotte w/ Dana Brooke Vs Sasha Banks
Apparently this is now 'Raw's' Women's title yet it is the only Women's title. WWE are still clueless. WWE can't figure out its own title branding.
Bland champ, druggie Sasha (who still hasn't sit out for 30 days) or tepid Bayley? So many choices.
Can Charlotte actually do anything without a plus one hanger on? how is Dana supposed to get over either? She can't on her own because her look is appalling, but even so, it doesn't help anyone.
After Charlotte was out the way, Sasha gave Bayley a gentle nudge before they went at it. Charlotte stopped Sasha with a hair grab to take it with Bayley. Sasha returned as all three missed arm moves and all did a triple dropkick missing one another, on purpose, this time.
It went back to being weak and slow with Sasha and Charlotte reversing flips and wooing. Dana Brooke's hollering outside was even more painful.
Bayley was given her chance to take some offence before Sasha quickly took it back. Everyone got their chance as Dana Brooke assaulted Bayley and flung her into the outside. Apparently No disqualifications are allowed in a three way. This was never done much in the proper days though, was it? Talk about lame.
Charlotte uses the turnbuckle to grind Sasha's back as the ref can't call it, and Charlie blasts a clothesline on Bayley, stirring outside.
Sasha got back into it as the match was all, everyone's turn blah blah blah as Bayley cross body dropped them all. It was all a little cheap and tacky.
Charlotte accidentally placed her hand over Sasha but the ref did not count. That was an official botch.
Messy and clunky interactions over the rope proved once again when Charlotte and the gals are tired it becomes very sloppy.
Charlotte manages a double Moonsault and fails both, separate pins. Charlotte is reversed into the Banks Statement as Dana Brooke saves Charlotte. Bayley and Sasha mix it up with close falls as Charlotte returned to Sasha with rope leverage for two.
Quick counters see Sasha lock in the Banks Statement from a poor Back Stabber. Dana tries but is booted off as Bayley returns fort Sasha. Charlotte stops the quick submission on Bayley as more close falls as cheap mishaps occur to create buzz.
Charlotte boos Bayley who bashes into Sasha Banks being held by Dana Brooke as Charlotte picks up the cheap pin fall over Bayley to retain the ever so troubled Women's Championship lacking contenders and talent.
WWE United States Championship
Roman Reigns Vs Rusev (c) w/ Lana
This match started well with good action, mostly from Rusev but Roman Reigns held his own. The crowd plagued the match with cheers and boos of "Let's Go Roman" "Roman Sucks." He is officially John Cena Mark II. Apart from girls a few guys and kids, Roman Reigns was met with hate. Rusev was thoroughly cheered. Though it was all about the indifference to Roman despite Rusev's fantastic development as a main event player and superb US champion.
The crowd were so fed up they chanted for "CM Punk" to keep their interest fading fast.
Reigns was followed by indifference as the match was interlaced with beautiful moments lost on the personality involved being so awkwardly placed with its WWE Universe.
Reigns winked at Lana as he attempted to Spear Rusev, who halted him in his tracks. Roman charged the defending champ with fists as Rusev took a quick counter and hard boot for two sets of two falls.
Roman Reigns Speared Rusev and almost won as Lana pulled the sweetie referee Rod Zapata to stop the count. Rod was mad and sent Lana packing to the back after her perfectly upset wails. Rusev looked distressed as Roman continued to work down the champion with brute force. Fans cheered Rusev as they did when Lana saved him. Rusev clasps on The Accolade in the hottest moment of the match with sheer noise from the crowd.
Reigns fought the power to rise above and break the hold as Rusev raked the yes. Rusev charged at Roman Reigns who speared Rusev instead to catch the count and win the United states Championship.
There was a lot of noise for this one.
WWE Universal Championship
Seth Rollins Vs Kevin Owens (c)
Universal Champion and ratings dropper to their lowest ever in WWE, Kevin Owens, was given the title once again by his real life friend Triple H. Failing to get fans, thrill and ratings, Owens, an absurd choice that WWE never really wanted in the first place, made the absurd decision to cave in to Indy Darlings. WWE is not an Indy promotion Triple H is desperately obsessed with. The ratings have reflected such and WWE continue to be clueless to accept it.
Fans had left because the same thing happened with Owens a year ago over the Intercontinental Championship. Triple H failed to listen and Vince McMahon was foolish enough to cave in to make hunter feel a part of the extended family as its trophy husband with every call up choice an abysmal failure.
The Universal Championship, the ugliest belt in the game, is not even a real, heavyweight championship and a made up trinket that has no Heavyweight status. It is a transitional championship that will never get over.
Within literally one minute, Owens was getting pummelled by Seth Rollins and took breather spots outside on the canvas and knocked over on the floor. Owens not one minute in is already on the mat outside rolling around. Such an amazing star, huh, Vince?
Seth then kept Owens on the ground in the ring next.
Even when he's being carried Owens still cannot deliver at all. Rollins used a perfect flip to get the match some more momentum. It was still slow, empty and lumbering for Owens to play catch up.
Owens took another jab and yelled "ohhh" and stumbled on the spot as Rollins followed up and put himself into a DDT so Owens could gain some movement. Owens was once again outside and slowly picks Rollins up and pushes him into posts and corner partitions. How exciting.
Once more Owens yelled trash and raised his hands to the audience for a cheap pop. the blubber continued to do nothing and wait for Rollins to do all the work so he could try and sell Owens, who cannot sell himself.
Owens continued to yell as he does in the same routine every match like textbook. This isn't the Indies, dipsh*t!
Rollins ran towards Owens who flipped him over the ring for a chance to seem in control.
Owens used a head lock on the floor inside as he yelled unrelatable trash. A comfortable spot for lazy Owens, who really cannot go with the best of them and further embarrassment WWE as an immediate laughing stock.
Owens once more stands over his opponent talking crap once again. It was not main event calibre at all. Are WWE joking with themselves?
Owens was once again down and outside being walked around by Rollins for some breather spot time. Rollins helped further by dismantling the Spanish Announce Table.
After much wheezing from a puffed out piggish Owens crawling on the canvas, he flipped Seth over and got a cheap kick in the heel back before flinging himself as the bowling ball with legs at Rollins for a cheap two fall.
Rollins again set up the corner exchange as Owens lifted Rollins and jump knee'd him which he almost dropped Rollins and caused severe injury on a botched angle.
Now Owens uses an adjoin table to charged through Rollins and missed as tubby toting crotch chop taunting Owens jumped through the table as Seth moved.
Owens no sold the move after taking a quick knee to the head from Seth.
Owens fails to sell table crash within 30 seconds. Any champ would know how to work properly.
Chris Jericho arrives to help Owens cheat and stop Rollins as Owens gets the powerbomb and fails the pun. Seth Rollins shoves Owens into Jericho much like the divas match. Seth Rollins tells big boy Owens to "suck It!" as Jericho puts Owens leg on the rope. What an unflattering sight it was.
Rollins chased Jericho outside so Owens could gather his breath. Owens then flung Rollins into the referee, knocking him down. Seth smashed the Pedigree for a ten plus count. It was poorly produced and repetitive. Jericho attacks Rollins as Owens rolls himself outside once more. Rollins took down Jericho and then other side Owens with torpedo dives to the outside.
Stephanie McMahon sends a new referee down as Kevin Owens has Seth Rollins walk into him for another powerbomb to see Kevin Owens get a cheap and tainted pinfall to retain the ugly, never getting over, transitional title.
PPV Rating - 2/10
Men/Women of their matches - Kofi Kingston, Brain Kendrick, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Bayley, Rusev, Seth Rollins
Man/Woman of the PPV - Rusev
WWE's exclusive Raw PPV couldn't have been any worse at kicking off its new stance at creativity. Still repetitive, worn out, drab and favouring useless pals in the back room over talent will continue to drive WWE's ratings down the crapper.
Failing to utilise such talents who shone themselves tonight in Cesaro, Seth Rollins and Rusev see WWE still ever at the precipice of crumbling self destruction.
WWE putting all its eggs in one big basket of useless, ignorant, Triple H ego ridden festation over his NXT favourites who have no skill or fans, is hurting WWE's product. WWE do not care.
Instead WWE have rewarded failed WWE Champion and new US Champion, resident druggie abusing Roman Reigns, the staple of America. How ironic that the standpoint of America is to use steroids, be hated and succeed through corruption.
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Alongside the failed druggies is Sasha Banks, who has yet to serve suspension time after her bust last month. WWe violate its own wellness policy and her injury time doesn't count to suspension for 30 days. Only in WWE can doping be rewarded.
As for the divas match, it was still loosely fitting, had no real poise and three uneventful stars who are barely scrapping the barrel.
Sheamus is a lost cause even though Cesaro was once more the star that WWE so often hates. Fans have already bolted thanks to such poor decisions.
Jericho is a filler match. Enough said.
Zayn does not have a handful of fans.
The Cruiserweight's were a letdown and have no style or interest. Another flash in the pan once its five minutes are up. Triple H can never remove his ego from destroying the product, can he?
No one cares about the tag division any longer. It's a joke to even suggest it is one.
For WWE, they have seemingly produced yet another TNA PPPV with disastrous results. Lacking champions, zero talent and useless names unable to materialise. Dodgy decisions, false starts, lies and ego maniacs convoluting the product further complete such a mess. Then there are the steroid junkies.
WWE will make up its own bitter rules as and when it chooses and fails to see where the success truly lies. Their hate continues to reek through all of their products and once again fail to listen through stubborn egotism. The ratings last week for Smackdown and Raw are at their lowest ever. Yet WWE does not seem to care one iota about its dwindling reputation and its failure to listen and acknowledge what will make it shine and has been most loyal in critique.
They only have themselves to blame. However, in WWE's toxic environment, they will always blame anyone but themselves. WWE could have it so simple, if they put their egotistical BS aside. Until that day changes, neither Vince McMahon or Triple H seem to have the understanding to make the necessary decisions that are right for the show. Which begs the question? Do they really care about the fans, business and critique? Or do they simply not give one hoot and want their own ego shining through as gospel? I think we all know the answer to that one without one ounce of doubt.
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