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Clash of Champions (2016) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE. It took place on September 25, 2016 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.[1][2][3] It was the first WWE event under the Clash of Champions chronology, replacing Night of Champions. It was the first Raw branded event following the second WWE brand extension in July 2016.[4]

Clash of Champions (2016)
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Promotional poster featuring six of Raw's seven champions going into the event: Kevin Owens, Charlotte, Rusev, and The New Day
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)Raw
DateSeptember 25, 2016
CityIndianapolis, Indiana
VenueBankers Life Fieldhouse
Attendance13,467
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Eight matches were contested at the event, including one on the pre-show. In the main event, Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Universal Championship. Of the five Raw-exclusive championships, only the United States Championship changed hands, with Roman Reigns defeating the defending champion, Rusev.

Contents

ProductionEdit

BackgroundEdit

In mid-2016, the WWE reintroduced the brand extension, splitting its main roster between the Raw and SmackDown brands, represented by the shows of the same name. The 2016 Clash of Champions was the inaugural event of the Clash of Champions pay-per-view chronology and was a Raw-exclusive event. It replaced Night of Champions, a pay-per-view in which the concept was that all WWE titles were defended. Clash of Champions was established on the same concept, with every title exclusive to Raw at the time defended – the WWE Universal Championship, the Raw Women's Championship, the United States Championship, the Raw Tag Team Championship, and the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.[4]

StorylinesEdit

The card comprised eight matches, including one on the pre-show. The matches resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches, with results predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw brand.[5][6] Storylines were produced on WWE's weekly television show Monday Night Raw.[7]

At SummerSlam, Finn Bálor became the first WWE Universal Champion by defeating Seth Rollins.[8] However, he was forced to vacate the championship the next night on Raw due to suffering a legit shoulder injury during the match. Rollins, Kevin Owens, Big Cass, and Roman Reigns all won matches to qualify for a four-way elimination match the next week on Raw for the vacant Universal Championship.[9] After Owens eliminated Cass, a returning Triple H helped Rollins eliminate Reigns, before turning on Rollins and helping Owens win the championship.[10] The next week, Rollins turned face and attacked Owens during his celebration ceremony. Raw general manager Mick Foley then scheduled Owens to defend his championship against Rollins at Clash of Champions.[11]

Rusev had been scheduled to defend the United States Championship against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam, but the match didn't happen because the two brawled before the match, with Reigns standing tall in the end.[8] Having been deprived of his chance at the WWE Universal Championship in the four-way elimination match, Reigns confronted Owens on the September 5 episode of Raw. General Manager Mick Foley promised to add Reigns to the title match at Clash of Champions if he could defeat Owens in a non-title match the following week.[11] Reigns lost the match, first by disqualification when Seth Rollins attacked Owens. Foley then restarted the match, but Rusev came down to the ring and distracted Reigns, allowing Owens to score a pinfall.[12] The following week, a match between Rollins and Rusev, which had been booked as punishment for their interference the previous week, ended in a double countout.[13] Reigns was then granted a rematch against Rusev for the U.S. title at Clash of Champions.[13]

At SummerSlam, The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) lost to Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson by disqualification when Big E returned from injury and interfered in the match. However, The New Day remained Raw Tag Team Champions.[8] On the September 5 episode of Raw, a rematch was scheduled for Clash of Champions.[11] On the September 12 episode, Kingston and Woods lost a non-title rematch against Gallows and Anderson.[12]

At SummerSlam, Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks to regain the Raw Women's Championship.[8] During the match, Sasha suffered a legit back injury and then took time off to heal. On the September 5 episode of Raw, Bayley defeated Charlotte after a failed distraction from Charlotte's valet, Dana Brooke. Sasha teased a retirement, but then revealed that she would be cleared to compete by Clash of Champions and invoked her rematch clause for the championship at the event.[11] The next week, a confrontation between all four women lead to a triple threat match to decide Charlotte's challenger at Clash of Champions. Banks defeated Bayley and Brooke to secure her title opportunity,[12] but a week later, after replays showed Sasha's shoulders being down as well as Bayley's when she pinned her, Bayley was added to the title match, making it a triple threat match.[13]

On the September 12 episode of Raw, Sami Zayn was the guest on Chris Jericho's "Highlight Reel". After both men insulted each other, Jericho attacked Zayn with a cell phone and a Codebreaker. Later, a match between the two was scheduled for Clash of Champions.[12]

A best of seven-series between Cesaro and Sheamus began at SummerSlam. Sheamus won the first three matches at SummerSlam and on the August 29 and September 5 episodes of Raw to lead the series 3–0.[8][10][11] However, Cesaro won the next three matches on a September 7 house show and on the September 12 and 19 episodes of Raw to even the series at 3–3.[12][13][14] The seventh match to decide the series was set for Clash of Champions.

T.J. Perkins won the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic and became the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Champion by defeating Gran Metalik in the final.[15] On the September 19 episode of Raw, The Brian Kendrick defeated Metalik, Cedric Alexander, and Rich Swann in a fatal four-way match to earn a title match against Perkins at Clash of Champions.[13]

On the September 12 episode of Raw, a match between Alicia Fox and Nia Jax ended in a no contest when Jax tackled Fox through the barricade.[12] On September 19, a rematch was scheduled for the Clash of Champions pre-show.[13]

EventEdit

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
English commentators Michael Cole
Corey Graves
Byron Saxton
Spanish commentators Carlos Cabrera
Marcelo Rodríguez
German commentators Sebastian Hackl
Carsten Schaefer
Ring announcer JoJo
Referees Chad Patton
Darrick Moore
John Cone
Rod Zapata
Interviewers Tom Phillips
Andrea D'Marco
Pre-show panel Renee Young
Booker T
Jerry Lawler
Lita

Pre-showEdit

During the pre-show, Nia Jax faced Alicia Fox. During the match, Fox was able to hit Jax with a crossbody from the top rope and followed it up with a Scissors Kick, but Jax kicked out of the pin. The end came when Jax executed a Samoan Drop on Fox to win the match.[16]

Preliminary matchesEdit

The actual pay-per-view opened with The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) defending the Raw Tag Team Championship against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. In the end, Xavier Woods struck Anderson with The New Day's trombone, allowing Big E and Kingston to execute the "Midnight Hour" on him to retain the title.[16]

Next, T.J. Perkins defended the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against The Brian Kendrick. Perkins forced Kendrick to submit to a Kneebar to retain the title. After the match, Perkins offered to shake hands with Kendrick, who responded with a headbutt.[16]

After that, Cesaro faced Sheamus in the final match of the best-of-seven series. In the climax of the match, Cesaro performed a Clothesline on Sheamus, knocking them over the barricade. After the ringside doctor ruled that the match could not continue, the match was declared a no-contest.[16]

In the fourth match, Chris Jericho faced Sami Zayn. The match ended when Jericho executed a "Codebreaker" on Zayn to win the match.[16]

In the fifth match, Charlotte defended the Raw Women's Championship against Sasha Banks and Bayley. During the match, Banks applied the "Bank Statement" on Charlotte, but Bayley broke up the hold. Banks applied Bayley in the "Bank Statement", but Charlotte broke up the hold. In the end, Charlotte executed a "Queen's Boot" to Bayley, knocking her into Banks, who was on the ring apron. Charlotte executed another "Queen's Boot" on Bayley to retain the title.[16]

Later, Rusev defended the United States Championship against Roman Reigns. During the match, Reigns performed a spear on Rusev, only for Lana to pull the referee out of the ring, for which she was ejected from ringside. As Rusev applied The Accolade on Reigns, Reigns escaped and executed a spear on Rusev to win the title.[16]

Main eventEdit

In the main event, Kevin Owens defended the WWE Universal Championship against Seth Rollins. During the match, Owens attempted a Running Senton on Rollins through a broadcast table, but Rollins rolled off and Owens crashed through the table. Chris Jericho then appeared to distract the referee. Rollins executed a "Pedigree" on Owens, but Jericho placed Owens's foot on the bottom rope, voiding the pinfall. Rollins chased Jericho and accidentally knocked down the referee. Rollins executed another "Pedigree" on Owens. but as the referee was still down and could not count the pinfall. Jericho attacked Rollins, who fought him off and executed suicide dives on both Jericho and Owens. Rollins tried to revive the official and Stephanie McMahon sent another referee to officiate the match. As Rollins re-entered the ring, Owens executed a Pop Up Powerbomb on Rollins to retain the title.[16]

AftermathEdit

Seth Rollins suffered a legitimate rib injury stemming from Kevin Owens's Gutbuster off the second rope, leading to him not being medically cleared to compete.[17]

The following night, Raw opened with a rematch between Roman Reigns and Rusev for the United States Championship. The match ended in a double countout. Afterwards, Reigns attacked Rusev with a chair, thus standing tall.

Also on Raw, Sasha Banks demanded a one-on-one rematch for the Raw Women's Championship as she had not been pinned at Clash of Champions. Charlotte agreed to the rematch to take place the following week on Raw, where she lost the title to Banks.

ResultsEdit

No. Results Stipulations Times[16]
1P Nia Jax defeated Alicia Fox Singles match[18] 4:55
2 The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (c) (with Xavier Woods) defeated Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson Tag team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship[19] 6:45
3 TJ Perkins (c) defeated The Brian Kendrick by submission Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship[20] 10:31
4 Cesaro vs. Sheamus ended in a no-contest Singles match
Final match in the best of seven series[21]
Series tied 3–3
16:36
5 Chris Jericho defeated Sami Zayn Singles match[22] 15:22
6 Charlotte (c) (with Dana Brooke) defeated Sasha Banks and Bayley Triple threat match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship[23] 15:28
7 Roman Reigns defeated Rusev (c) (with Lana) Singles match for the WWE United States Championship[24] 17:07
8 Kevin Owens (c) defeated Seth Rollins Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship[25] 25:07
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match took place on the pre-show

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