Clash of Champions 2019: Results, recap, analysis, ratings

Drew Gulak vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado - Cruiserweight Championship

Chris Novak: This was a pretty good opener, albeit sloppy. Drew Gulak retained his championship, to no surprise. I liked the action here but the finish was definitely a little bit disoriented. This is, unfortunately, the third time in a row that I think the cruisers left something on the table at a PPV. ***½ though for me here. 

Robert O’Neill: I will defer to Chris for the preshow matches, as I was watching the end of Bears/Broncos. I will give that game a star rating to make up for it. *

AJ Styles vs. Cedric Alexander - United States Championship

Chris Novak: This was a pretty fun match, although I don’t think it really did anything for ol’ Cedric Alexander. They’re probably gonna do some sort of long play here and I don’t see this being the end of it. ***½ for what this was. With more time, these two could probably have put on an even better match. Nevertheless… they were not given more time. Ceddy was beaten up by The Club afterwards. 

Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode - Raw Tag Team Championships 

Chris Novak: Roode pinned Rollins to win the Raw Tag Team Championships. I’m… surprised? I’m also further surprised that Rollins ate the pin? Sure… okay. Anyways, the match itself was fun. ***¼ for me. Just not sure I understand the logistics and inner workings of that one. 

Robert O’Neill: It was a good match, but yeah, the decision is a little odd, I suppose. Then again, I didn’t know what to expect going in. ***¼

Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair - SmackDown Women’s Championship

Chris Novak: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Bayley exposed the turnbuckle and threw her face down onto the exposed steel. She then grabbed Charlotte and threw her face down onto the exposed steel and won! Within a couple of minutes! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I LOVE IT! ***¼ for me here. I want a long match so badly for these two, but that was just brilliant. 

Robert O’Neill: That’s amazing. I didn’t see it at first so it looked like a weird finish, but Bayley also literally sprinted to the back after which was hilarious. ***½

The New Day vs. The Revival - SmackDown Tag Team Championships

Chris Novak: Whoa, that’s another stunner! More titles change hands! The Revival have become SmackDown Tag Team Champions! This was a rather good tag team match, which isn’t surprising, given the people in the match itself. They played up Woods’ injury at the end and made him a big victim and sympathetic face. The Revival are now TRIPLE CROWN Champs! ***¾ for this one.

Robert O’Neill: Hey a surprise title change! Definitely didn’t see that coming. Match was fun, as you’d expect with these two teams. ***¾

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. Fire and Desire - Women’s Tag Team Championships

Chris Novak: Alexa and Nikki retain their titles! This was a very fun tag team match. Nikki Cross won the match for her team after she hit her finisher on Sonya Deville. What I liked about this match was the fact that there was a lot of very fun character work here. I will give this ***½ and call it a day here.

Robert O’Neill: I enjoyed that aspect here. You don’t have to be the best technical workers in the world if you can get by with character work, and the crowd ate this up, which in turn got me very into it. ***½

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Miz - Intercontinental Championship 

Chris Novak: Shinsuke Nakamura retained his Intercontinental Championship. This was the best match of the night so far. Miz and Nak went blow for blow here. There was good character work and some good heeling from Zayn here. Drama was utilized enough here as well. **** for me. Feel very confident in this Nak and Zayn pairing. 

Robert O’Neill: A lot of people are mad that Sami Zayn is “just a manager” now, but he’s also incredibly entertaining. This has been my match of the night so far. Thought Miz and Shinsuke both showed out, and they work well together. ****

Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks - Raw Women’s Championship

Chris Novak: Woo buddy, that was a great match. Becky Lynch got DQ’ed, so Sasha Banks won, but Becky is still the champ. These two worked a hell of a match together. Their chemistry was really on display here. The transitions were both smooth and fluid. The in-ring work was just really great. They had a great brawl in the crowd and up on the concourse too. ****½ for me. The non-finish does not detract from how great this was. 

Robert O’Neill: One of the only matches I remember where a non-finish was satisfying. Holy crap. This hit all the notes and made us all remember just how good Sasha Banks is. Excited for them to keep it going. ****¾ 

Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton - WWE Championship Match

Chris Novak: Kofi Kingston retains (again!) This match’s finish was very good, but the match itself… well, it was fine. Like, just fine. I don’t really know what didn’t click for it but I didn’t like this match as much as the SummerSlam match. I did appreciate the fact that Orton teased THE PUNT~! for the first time in YEARS! *** for me. 

Robert O’Neill: Glad Kofi won. Wasn’t really a fan of this match either. Teasing the punt was cool, though. ***

Erick Rowan vs. Roman Reigns - No Disqualification Match

Chris Novak: HOLY SHIT, LUKE HARPER IS BACK! And he helped Rowan defeat Roman Reigns! That was a twist that I straight up did NOT expect. I thought Harper was a goner. But I guess they finally found him something! This match was a bit slow and a bit plodding. But I will give some extra puntos for the finish. *** again here. 

Robert O’Neill: Luke Harper being back is the big story here. Love it! The match was alright for what it was. ***

Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman - Universal Championship Match

Chris Novak: Seth retains the title! Seth dug in deep and used three Stomps and even the PEDIGREE! This was (yet another) fantastic sprint for the against a big guy. Braun pulled out all the stops too in this one, more power to him. ****¼ for me here honestly. 

THE FIEND showed up at the end and went after Seth Rollins. So, you know what that means.

Robert O’Neill: Enjoyed that a lot. Perhaps Strowman’s best match. Also loved The Fiend showing up. ****¼ 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: This was a pretty standard 2019 WWE PPV. Solid throughout, a brisk three and a half hour main card, and very entertaining. It wasn’t as fun as the Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania, but it was a good show with minimal low points and it has me excited to watch Raw and Smackdown. B+

Chris Novak: The average star rating for this show was a little over 3.5. That’s a solid show, so a solid B- this will get for me. There weren’t too many standout matches beyond Becky-Sasha, but I liked the fact that a lot of these matches, though some not included, leaned on character work. It’s a change of pace honestly and it still made for what was, in my opinion, a very watchable and palatable show.