The Real Winners and Losers From WWE Clash at the Castle 2022 Match Card
WWE Clash at the Castle was a special night in Cardiff, Wales. Many crowd favorites had performances that will survive the test of time, even if not all of them won out.
Drew McIntyre put everything into his performance against Roman Reigns. The whole crowd was behind him, and he was close before Solo Sikoa got involved. Now, the Scot will have to wait some time before becoming a world champion again.
Sheamus had the match of his career with Gunther. Even though The Celtic Warrior did not win, he got the crowd behind like at no other time in his career. The Judgment Day couldn't pull off the win, either, and Finn Balor and Damian Priest were overshadowed.
Liv Morgan went out to perform against Shayna Baszler, winning her second title defense clean. Bayley, IYyo Sky and Dakota Kai got their own impressive victory over Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss and Asuka.
It was mostly a night of major winners, but there were some clear losers as well at Clash at the Castle.
Winners: Damage Control
Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai's group now has a name: Damage Control. The stable also has its first win as a trio, and it was a big one.
Bianca Belair, Asuka and Alexa Bliss are all former women's champions who have been at the top of the card. Defeating them makes a major statement, but it is even bigger because The Role Model pinned the reigning Raw women's titleholder.
Sky and Kai had already defeated Asuka and Bliss, which was important, but Belair remained the elusive target. It took finishers from all three women to take her down, setting up Damage Control to take over the Raw women's division.
This was a moment equivalent to The Shield winning its first six-man tag team match. This is a group that cannot be ignored anymore and should have a long impactful run, beginning with some memorable title bouts.
Sheamus had the match of his career with Gunther. In a battle that was unlike anything else WWE has put on in a long time, The Celtic Warrior was brutalized but fought right back, barely losing in the end to The Ring General.
It was a Match of the Year contender for the company, stealing the show with a hot crowd fully behind the Irishman. This wild showcase saw him come off as a bigger star than he has been in a long time.
It is unclear how long the 44-year-old will continue wrestling, but this could be one of his last major title matches. And he made the most of it.
Gunther was not quite as big a winner, but this was still a good night for him. He defended his title and reformed Imperium with the addition of Giovanni Vinci.
This feud should not end here, especially with a potential great six-man tag title match to come between Imperium and The Brawling Brutes.
Winner: Liv Morgan
Liv Morgan had a rough night at SummerSlam and needed a hard reset. That came at Clash at the Castle where she looked like a champion, defeating a game Shayna Baszler clean.
The SmackDown women's champion put on her best match since fighting Becky Lynch back at WWE Day 1. She worked from underneath but always answered her opponent with technical offense.
Morgan can make it through 2022 as champion, perhaps even get to WrestleMania 39 with the belt, but she needs to get the same spotlight as she received here. She has to look like a champion in every defense.
Baszler also deserves serious credit. She worked this like she was back in NXT, and hopefully we will continue to see this side of her on SmackDown.
Loser: The Judgment Day (Again)
The Judgment Day have lost every major match with Edge and Rey Mysterio involved. This entire feud has hurt them, and this bout was no different.
They were merely the background for Dominik Mysterio's heel turn.
Rey's son attacked the veterans out of frustration for the lack of recognition he has gotten. He walked out alone, without adding his name to a group that cannot win in its current form.
If The Judgment Day had at least gained a member, they would have had a decent night, but that didn't happen. Finn Balor and Damian Priest still can't pick up a win against the veterans.
It is time for them to escape the confines of this rivalry. Let The Prince and The Archer of Infamy go after tag team gold, and let Rhea Ripley start wrestling at the top of the women's division again.
The future can still be bright for the stable, but nothing will change as long as they are dealing with The Master of the 619 and The Rated-R Superstar.
Loser: Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre has never felt as big as he did in the Principality Stadium. It was a once-in-a-lifetime night, including the return of "Broken Dreams" to herald his entrance.
With all his momentum, The Scottish Warrior needed to win, but he could not do it. He lost in the end after outside interference, taking away any chance for him to defeat Roman Reigns.
While he was heavily protected by the result following Solo Sikoa's surprise arrival, this was the perfect night and moment. But it passed by.
Reigns has defeated just about everyone and run through the field. He will now likely make it to WrestleMania 39 as champion, while McIntyre may be left to pick up the pieces and drop down the card.
The future is bright for both men, but a moment was lost here. WWE will hope to create this same magic when The Head of the Table does finally lose.