Smackdown Live closed out this year’s Clash of Champions pay-per-view with an intriguing finish.
The WWE Champion AJ Styles battled The Modern Day Maharaja in one of his best championship feuds since his arrival to the blue brand.
Smackdown Women’s Championship match between Charlotte Flair and Natalya outpassed expectation in a Lumberjack match encounter.
The tag team Fatal-4-Way scene hit a default expectation at the end of the showdown. Mojo Rawley looked to create a new pathway for himself. And The United States Championship match produced a new headline.
The event also featured Breezango going against The Bludgeon Brothers while the Job threatening match involving Zayn, Owens, Nakamura and Orton ended at the hands of a mixed-up referee decision.
Read on below for the full breakdown of WWE Clash of Champions 2017 pay-per-view.
MOJO RAWLEY VS. ZACK RYDER (Kick-off show)
Former United States Champion Zack Ryder sought retribution against his former Hype Bro ally Mojo Rawley in singles competition.
The collision was top-notch as both Superstars unloaded on each other in the early going.
The clash proceeded to the outside after Rawley overwhelmed his former Tag Team partner, taunting him to a stall.
A comeback saw Ryder emerge with a stunning counter advantage, only for Rawley to hit him with a Running Forearm shot to secure the pin.
Mojo Rawley defeated Zack Ryder via pinfall.
BARON CORBIN VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. BOBBY ROODE (United States Championship).
Baron Corbin looked to shut the mouths of his critics by retaining his United States title against Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler in a Triple Threat Match.
As the bout went underway, Corbin found himself at the mercy of a double-team attack by Roode and Ziggler.
The Glorious One briefly brawled with Ziggler before The Lone Wolf returned to the top of the fray; unleashing a series of methodical offenses on his opponents.
At different points in the match, each contestant scored a series of near-falls. Ziggler nearly picked up the win but came off short in milliseconds to the third count.
After a long exchange, a series of finishers were on display. A last-minute Zig Zag on The Lone Wolf was able to score Ziggler the final pinfall victory.
Dolph Ziggler defeated both Baron Corbin and Bobby Roode to become the new United States Champion
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM TITLES (Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match)
Before the match got started, Aiden English sang “The 12 Days of Rusev” as the hilarious duo headed to the ring.
Kingston, Jey Uso, English and Gable started things off for their respective teams. Seconds later, a ring-clearing brawl took out everyone from sight; allowing The New Day to emerge with the advantage.
Momentum shifted from team A to team D as the match gathered pace.
Gable and Benjamin outsmarted their foes with massive counters. The Usos thrived with sneaky attacks. The New Day unloaded with a selection of beatdowns while English and Rusev did great in leading an onslaught.
After a while of back-and-forths, Rusev nearly scored the finish but couldn’t keep Big E down as the bout approached later stages.
A Superkick and a diving Frog Splash allowed The Usos retain their Tag Team championships through it all.
The Usos defeated The New Day, Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin and Rusev & Aiden English.
CHARLOTTE FLAIR VS. NATALYA (Lumberjack Match for SmackDown Women’s Championship)
The Riott Squad alongside Tamina, Naomi, Lana and Carmella surrounded the ring as lumberjacks while Flair and Natalya squared off.
Natalya continued to maintain the advantage by continuously tossing Flair outside the ring towards the lumberjacks; punishing the Champ to an onslaught of right hands from The Riott Squad and others.
Flair fought her way through but continually fell victim to Natalya and the lumberjacks lurking at ringside.
Camella thought of cashing in her Money in the Bank contract, but Ruby Riott made sure that didn’t happen.
After a long run of momentum shifts, Natalya was forced to a tapout victory by Flair via a Figure-Eight Leglock.
In the end, Natalya left the scene with an outburst of tears as she berated the fans to the close of the segment.
Charlotte Flair defeated Natalya via submission to retain the SmackDown women’s title.
THE BLUDGEON BROTHERS VS. BREEZANGO
The Fashion Files Superstars looked to score a win over The Bludgeon Brothers this pay-per-view night.
The match was an onslaught as Harper and Rowan ran over Breezango in their trademark squash style.
Though Breeze and Fandango showed immense resilience by fighting back their opponents, it still didn’t stop the former Wyatts from ramming over them.
In the end, The Bludgeon Brothers trampled over a fallen Fandango for the win.
The Bludgeon Brothers defeated Breezango via pinfall.
NAKAMURA AND ORTON VS. ZAYN AND OWENS (Job threatening match)
As expected, Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan struggled to keep the peace as Owens and Zayn fought for their jobs against Nakamura and Orton.
Owens and Zayn were able to effectively work over Orton in the corner as the two referees bickered.
The Heels left the multi-time WWE Champion reeling until Nakamura got a tag into the fray.
The King of Strong Style unloaded on his opponents with groundbreaking strikes and series of submission manoeuvers but Owens and Zayn were still able to scale through.
An RKO from Orton seemed to have the match won, but Owens countered, pushing Bryan onto McMahon to break up the count.
An angry Shane McMahon then refused to count to three when Zayn had Orton pinned. And to a shock, Daniel Bryan then fast-counted Zayn’s next pin, securing the jobs for the Heels as he held their hands up high to the close of the bout.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn defeated Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura to retain their jobs.
JINDER MAHAL VS. AJ STYLES (WWE Championship match)
Former Champion Jinder Mahal looked to regain his WWE Championship against The Phenomenal AJ Styles this pay-per-view night in singles competition.
The bout was swift, epic and captivating as both contestants steeped into the squared circle in respect to the golden throne.
Mahal scored the early advantage by overpowering Styles early on, but the Champ was able to make a quick comeback, taking the challenger off his feet.
The Maharaja limped as he battled an injured Styles, leaving the Champ’s ribs hurting in a massive beatdown.
The 2-time WWE Champion looked to fight his way back up, but Mahal was always a step ahead of him.
The Maharaja continued to decimate his foe around the ring, making sure Styles’ ribs collided with the canvas.
After a long onslaught, the Champion never stopped fighting; he clamped his challenger with a mind-blowing Calf Crusher, forcing Mahal to a tapout victory.
AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal via submission.
- Mojo Rawley took a step towards stardom by thriving over Zack Ryder. His impacts were outstanding throughout the course of the match. WWE has to move him out of the pre-show slot in a hurry. Rawley is poised to make a hell of an impact on SmackDown Live in future.
- Ziggler’s win was indeed a shocker; he has been a low priority of late. His inclusion to the match, however, was a late call. I guess this debunks the rumors of him exiting WWE as said by media trolls all over the internet. Congratulations once again to the new United States Champion.
- Rusev and Aiden English’s reactions from the fans were epical. The fans cheered for them all through the course of the bout; including when they scored near falls. With this fame in place, it’s only a matter of time before they acquire the Smackdown Tag Team gold.
- The intriguing tension between Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon moved to newer heights. Kudos to Zayn and Owens for keeping their jobs. We look forward to the aftermath of this intriguing outcome in Tuesday’s episode of Smackdown Live.
- For the first time since he attained the spotlight, Jinder Mahal played the stalking monster role pretty well. He and Styles’ in-ring psychology was second to none.
However, WWE did a great job by allowing Styles cling to the gold heading into Royal Rumble in 2018, setting up the possibility for him to enter WrestleMania 34 as the WWE champion.
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