WWE Clash of Champions 2017 Review/Results: Did It Deliver?

2017 has been a mixed year when it comes to the quality of PPV events WWE has given us thus far. The Clash of Champions PPV from Smackdown Live ends the year, but does it conclude on a high note?

Well the first match of the night was a big surprise as the triple threat was more exciting than expected. It was a USA title match between Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode.

The start of the match seemed kind of slow, but things started to improve near the end. All three guys tried their best to increase the pace to excite the crowd.

The shocking conclusion saw Dolph Ziggler win the match and become ther new US Champion. Nobody saw this coming but at least the WWE gave us something unpredictable for once.

Next up was the Tag Team Title match between The Usos, The New Day, Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin plus Aiden English and Rusev.

This was easily my favorite match of the night, plus the crowd were vocal throughout the night. I liked the fact that they were cheering 'Rusev Day' for a good portion of the match.

Chad Gable was also very impressive, although he didn't manage to win. The Usos got the win in the end to retain the titles, but there are lots of teams wanting to dethrone him.

Charlotte Flair vs Natalya was up next for the Smackdown Live Women's Championship. This was no ordinary match because several other women on the roster surrounded the ring in a Lumberjack Match.



Charlotte and Natalya had an epic match with each other a few years ago on NXT, but sadly they were not able to produce that same level of quality in this recent match.

Not to mention the Lumberjacks kind of ruined the pace.

Charlotte locked in the Figure Eight on Natalya and won the match. Natalya cut an interesting promo after that where she says she's turning her back on the audience.

The Bludgeon Brothers vs Breezango was just a straight up squash match. There's not much else for me to say here as The Bludgeon Brothers won easily in convincing fashion.

The match between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton was the longest one of the night. Even though all four of these men are talented, this match was a disappointment in my opinion.

The beginning of the match was far too slow full of boring headlocks and rest holds.

Not to mention a match like this is better suited for a Smackdown Live TV show in lieu of a PPV event like Clash of Champions.

The match was also overbooked with both Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan serving as Special Guest Referees. Shane tried to screw over Sami Zayn by not counting the three count.

However, Daniel Bryan got the last laugh allowing Sami Zayn to pin Randy Orton with a fast count. This means Owens and Zayn stays in the WWE and won't be fired.

The main event of WWE Clash of Champions 2017 was AJ Styles defending his WWE Title against Jinder Mahal. Again this match was slow at the start, but things picked up near the end.

This match felt like a traditional babyface vs heel match as Mahal controlled the action a lot. It was kind of boring to watch though mainly because Mahal is not the most exciting wrestler ever.

I did admire that Styles kicked out of Mahal's Khallas finisher though. In the end, Styles retained his title after making Mahal submit to the Calf Crusher.

As a whole, the 2017 Clash of Champions PPV was okay, but it was nothing special either. The in-ring work was fine, but none of the matches had a big fight feel to them.

The PPV also felt like a drag to watch because WWE elongated people's entrances and promo videos. We didn't really need to see separate entrances for Shane McMahon/Daniel Bryan plus the women in the Lumberjack match!

2018 is the start of a new year so hopefully next month's Royal Rumble can deliver. I want to see a new Royal Rumble winner and not someone that has been in the main event of WrestleMania before...

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