WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff
Original Air Date: September 15, 2019
Event Date: September 15, 2019
aired live on the WWE Network
Panel: Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, Booker T, David Otunga
Commentary: Vic Joseph (1), AIden English (1), Dio Maddin (1), Michael Cole (2), Corey Graves (2), Renee Young (2)
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton (1), Mike Rome (2)
Jonathan Coachman introduces the panel, and the panel talks about the matches for tonight’s show.
A look at the feud between Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch.
David Otunga and Booker T are impressed with Sasha Banks and her return.
A look at the feud between Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton.
Kofi Kingston and Big E join the panel via video from the backstage area. Caruso asks them how Xavier Woods is doing after being attacked by The Revival, and the camera pans over to show that Woods is with his New Day brothers. New Day feels good, and they are all ready to defend their titles.
A look at how Rowan and Roman Reigns ended up in a No DQ match tonight.
Booker T thinks Rowan is an intelligent monster. David Otunga respects Rowan’s motivations if not his actions.
Cruiserweight Title Triple Threat Match
Lince Dorado vs Humberto Carrillo vs Drew Gulak (Cruiserweight Champ)
(referee: Eddie Orengo)
Result: Drew Gulak pins Lince Dorado after Humberto Carrillo with the Aztec Press
Good match. There were some neat multi-man sequences including a unique train of submissions and a sort of scary moment when Carrillo dove out of the ring into Gulak who had Dorado in an electric chair position. The action was quick right form the start. This was a fun showcase of what these men can do. The match relied more on the speed and flying of Dorado and Carrillo than it did on Gulak’s style, but Gulak was definitely the smartest guy in the ring.
A look at the feud between Charlotte Flair and Bayley.
Sarah Schreiber welcomes Bayley and Sasha Banks. Bayley and Sasha mock Sarah and her question about their “intense” matches tonight. Bayley and Sasha both plan to be champions by the end of the night.
United States Title Match
Cedric Alexander vs AJ Styles (US Champ) w/ Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson
(referee: Darrick Moore)
Result: AJ Styles wins via pinfall after the Styles Clash
Good match. It was too short for my tastes, but it was definitely exciting. Alexander used his adrenaline to start extremely strong in the match, but some ringside action allowed Styles to take over. Back in the ring, Alexander was dominated by the champ. This was a promising match for Alexander, and I was happy with the reaction he got.
After the match, Gallows and Anderson return to the ring and join Styles in beating up Cedric Alexander.
The panel shares their final thoughts before the start of the main show.
Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman walk together as they get ready to put their tag titles on the line in a few minutes.
This was a good Kickoff show. The matches were both entertaining, and the interview segments were good (well, New Day’s was fun anyway). I was satisfied with the way both title matches ended.
Match of the Show
Cedric Alexander vs AJ Styles
This was actually a tough call. The US Title match was half the length of the Cruiserweight Title, but I think Styles versus Alexander was more exciting and memorable. Both matches were good though.