IT WAS A CLASH OF CHAMPIONS IN BOSTON, BUT ONCE THE NIGHT DREW TO A CLOSE WE WERE LEFT WITH MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS.
In a match where both men’s careers were on the line at Clash of Champions, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn managed to beat Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura, but the finish was not without controversy. After the two referees Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan began at odds with each other over who was making the decisions, they seemingly got things under control.
However, things boiled over when Owens shoved Bryan on top of Shane as he was counting down Zayn, who after eating an RKO was surely down for the count. The match reached a fever pitch when McMahon failed to count to three when Zayn had Orton rolled up. A shoving match ensued and in all the chaos, Zayn returned the favour and rolled up Orton as the SmackDown Live GM gave a rapid count of three to ensure ‘The Yep Movement’ lived on.
No one knows whether Bryan sided with Owens and Zayn or whether he was making a point to Shane O’ Mac, but we do know that both their jobs are safe. For now.
In the main event, AJ Styles retained his WWE Championship by forcing Jinder Mahal to tap out. In a long, back and forth contest which saw AJ Styles work over Mahal’s leg and Mahal work over Styles ribs, Mahal got caught in a calf-crusher by AJ and after an epic struggle, he had no other choice to submit.
We also saw two other championships stay with their incumbents, as Charlotte Flair retained her WWE SmackDown Live Womens Title against Natalya in a chaotic lumberjack match by getting the ‘Queen Of Hearts’ to tap to the Figure Eight. An interesting thing to note is that post-match, Natalya said that the entire WWE Universe turned their back on her, so she is going to turn her back on them and burst into tears as she headed up the ramp.
The Usos held on to their WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles in a wild fatal four way against The New Day, Rusev and Aiden English and the team of Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin, with a superkick and an Uso Splash.
A new champion was crowned however, as Dolph Ziggler shocked the world by nabbing the United States Title in a triple threat match against now former champion Baron Corbin and Bobby Roode. Ziggler captured the gold when he hit Corbin with a Zig-Zag as Corbin hit Roode with the End of Days.
Roode was incapacitated, allowing Ziggler to steal the show and the United States Championship for his second reign with the title.
In non-title matches, The Bludgeon Brothers destroyed Breezango and on the kick-off show, The Hype Bros exploded as Mojo Rawley bested Zack Ryder.
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