We had the first PPV event in the U.K. in over 30 years. Summerslam in 1992 was the last event and that featured the classic main event between Bret Hart and the British Bulldog. We have the Clash at the Castle PPV, and this was one of the most anticipated WWE event in a long time. Ever since Triple H took over all the creative control the product has improved immensely. Clash at the Castle featured only 6 matches, but they all have had great buildup heading into the event. The WWE have also put a focus on wrestling since Triple H took over. Let’s see how things turned out with this Clash at the Castle premium live event.
We kicked things off with the 6-Woman tag match. On one side, we had Raw Women’s champ Bianca Belair, Asuka, and Alexa Bliss. The other side had Bayley, Io Sky and Dakota Kai collectively known as Damage Control. Bayley made her long-awaited return at Summerslam last month and she brought Kai and Sky with her. The match featured all the ladies get in a lot of offense. We also were treated to quite a long match. I’ll be honest, anytime Asuka and Io Sky in the ring it made me want to see them head-up in the future. The crowd was hot for this match, and they were chanting towards Bayley also. With Asuka and Bliss on the outside, the other ladies went to work on Belair leading to Bayley pinning her. Winners: Damage Control (Bayley, Io Sky & Dakota Kai)
Match Rating: 3.25/5- Nice opener from the ladies. Damage Control should have won the match as they’re still establishing themselves. Bayley pinning Belair sets up a future championship match between the two.
We had Gunther defending the Intercontinental Championship against Sheamus. Sheamus became the #1 contender a few weeks back on Smackdown by defeating five other wrestlers. Sheamus was the correct pick to face Gunther because we expected a great and hard-hitting match from them. During the entrance of Gunther, we saw the reformation of his group Imperium which is great. They started brawling immediately after the bell and Gunther was taking it to Sheamus. They beat each other on the outside and in the ring. Sheamus chest was bleeding from the chops of Gunther and Sheamus did his fair share to Gunther. The crowd was clearly behind Sheamus for this one. Unfortunately for them, Gunther would win with a powerbomb followed by the lariat. Winner and Still Intercontinental Champ: Gunther
Match Rating: 4.5/5- Amazing match! Sheamus received a standing ovation after the match from the crowd. It’s hard to believe that Vince was souring on Gunther because he’s a great wrestler.
We stay on Smackdown with Liv Morgan defending her Women’s Championship against Shayna Baszler. Baszler won a gauntlet match a few weeks ago to become the #1 contender to the championship. Morgan is still nursing an injured arm and Baszler has targeted it for weeks. Shayna concentrated on the arm of Morgan throughout the match. Morgan fought her off and hit a great amount of offense. Baszler looked like the same Shayna from NXT where she dominated with her slow and methodical style. Baszler almost won the match with the Kirifuda clutch, but Morgan escaped. Afterwards, she hit a codebreaker on Baszler and followed it with the Oblivion to win. Winner and Still Smackdown Women’s Champ: Liv Morgan
Match Rating: 3/5
We had the Judgment Day taking on Edge and Rey Mysterio. Edge hit the ring wearing the same mask as Mysterio to show solidarity. Mysterio and Balor started things off, but Balor tagged in Priest, and he wanted Edge. Priest got the best of Edge in that instance, but things picked up. The action was crazy throughout this match from all four of them. Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley got involved in the match as expected. At one point, Ripley decked Dominik, but Mysterio dove to the outside to help him out. At one point, Edge hit the 619 on Balor, which was pretty funny. In the end, Rey hit the 619 on Finn and Edge followed that with a spear for the win. Winner: Edge & Rey Mysterio
Match Rating: 3.75/5- The Mysterios and Edge were celebrating in the ring, but Dominik kicked Edge in the groin to the surprise of everyone. As Rey pleaded with Dominik to see what he was doing, Dominik leveled his dad with a brutal clothesline. As Dominik was leaving to a lot of boos, Balor and crew were laughing at Mysterio & Edge.
We had Seth “Freakin” Rollins taking on Matt Riddle. These two have been going at it for a while and things have gotten personal between them. They went at each other as soon as the bell rang. The two ended up on the outside and Rollins power bombed Riddle into the barricade. Rollins was in control for a while and even hit the Bro Derek on Riddle. Riddle had his fair share of offense throughout the match. Rollins hit Riddle with Randy Orton’s draping DDT. Rollins went for an RKO, but Riddle countered with a rear-naked choke. Riddle got emotional again and tried to use a chair but missed. Rollins hit the curb stomp and then finished off Riddle with another curb stomp from the second rope. Winner: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: 4.25/5- This was really a great match between these two.
We now have the main event as Roman Reigns defended his Undisputed Universal championship against Drew McIntyre. The build for this match has been exceptional with it looking like Drew would dethrone Reigns. This match had everything and then some. Once again, the crowd was crazy throughout this match as well as the entire evening. During the match, they both had nearfalls as there were many in this contest. Reigns grew frustrated and even threatened to hit the referee, but McIntyre hit the Claymore Kick. The referee was knocked out and later Drew hit his finisher again. When it seemed like Drew won, the referee was pulled out and it was Solo Sikoa from NXT and the Usos brother. McIntyre tried to pull Sikoa in the ring, but he dropped McIntyre’s throat across the rope. Reigns hit a big spear for the win to retain the championships. Winner and Still Undisputed Universal Champ: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: 4/5- This match was crazy and even Austin Theory went to cash in his briefcase but was met with a right from Tyson Fury. Solo Sikoa was rumored to be on his way to the main roster and what better way to be introduced. Fury hit the ring and confronted Reigns but ended up shaking his hand. Fury and McIntyre sang and cut promos before leaving.
Overall Rating: 8/10- The Clash at the Castle was really, really good. This premium live event was entertaining, and the crowd was awesome. Below are my top 5 moments from Clash at the Castle.
- The Crowd
- Gunther vs. Sheamus- Had high expectations of this match and it delivered and was match of the night. It was great to see Imperium reunite because they shouldn’t have been separated.
- Rollins vs. Riddle- This has been a great feud and the match was good also.
- Reigns vs. McIntyre- Great match, we got the debut of a new Bloodline member also. I’m fine with Reigns winning because I’m thinking someone else will beat him.
- Dominik Mysterio Heel Turn
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