Biggest Takeaways From 2022 WWE Clash at the Castle Results

Doc-Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 3, 2022

Biggest Takeaways From 2022 WWE Clash at the Castle Results

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    Gunther with Imperium, and Sheamus with The Brawling Brutes (Credit: WWE)

    In front of over 60,000 fans, WWE returned to the United Kingdom for a pay-per-view with Clash at the Castle.

    The crowd in Cardiff, Wales was hot all night, and the Superstars worked their butts off to give them a show to remember.

    Here is a quick rundown of the results:

    • Madcap Moss and The Street Profits defeated Theory and Alpha Academy
    • Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai defeated Asuka, Alexa Bliss and Bianca Belair
    • Gunther defeated Sheamus
    • Liv Morgan defeated Shayna Baszler
    • Rey Mysterio and Edge defeated Finn Balor and Damian Priest
    • Seth Rollins defeated Matt Riddle
    • Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre

    Let's take a look at some of the biggest takeaways from Saturday's event.

Imperium Are Back

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    When WWE called Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser up from NXT, Giovanni Vinci was left with a new character, so fans assumed Imperium would not be a stable on the main roster.

    However, the Italian joined his former teammates on the main roster to reform the group and give The Brawling Brutes one more European to fight.

    Imperium were one of NXT UK's most successful acts and that popularity followed them to the main NXT brand. And fans of the main roster will now also get to enjoy their dominant style.

    Triple H is putting a lot of effort into fixing some of the mistakes made in recent years, and this is another good sign that he is paying attention to what the fans are saying.

    We may even get some kind of elimination match between the two trios at Survivor Series if this feud continues, but for now, we should just be happy to have Vinci back at Gunther's side where he belongs.

    Let's hope he and Kaiser enter the hunt for the tag team titles at some point.

Sheamus Ready to be Top Star Again

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    For the past several years, Sheamus has been one of WWE's most reliable and consistent performers. Thankfully, fans have realized how good he is with every passing year, and he has never been more popular.

    After the standing ovation he received in Wales on Saturday, it's clear the WWE Universe sees him as a major star, and it's time for the company to start booking him that way again.

    When The Celtic Warrior first arrived on the scene, he was given his first WWE title reign less than a year after his debut. However, his time in the main event picture has been much more limited in recent years.

    Sheamus has been a mainstay in the midcard and tag team scenes, but it's time for him to get back into that upper echelon of superstardom.

    It would not be surprising if WWE began booking The Brawling Brutes as a babyface group, especially after this show.

Shayna Baszler's Time Is Coming

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    Shayna Baszler might not have been successful in her attempt to win the SmackDown women's title on Saturday, but the way the match was booked indicates that WWE management sees her as a future top star.

    For the past couple of years, the WWE Universe has been perplexed by The Queen of Spades' booking. WWE used her as a dominant steamroller in NXT, but she has never been able to build the same momentum on the main roster.

    However, Baszler has been reinvigorated since the recent regime changes behind the scenes, and she now eels like a real threat to anyone with a title.

    If she continues to be positioned as a major player, it wouldn't be surprising to see the former MMA fighter holding a championship before the end of the year.

WWE Might Still Be Unsure of What to Do with Dominik Mysterio

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    Rey Mysterio and Edge were able to secure a win over Finn Balor and Damian Priest with a little help from Dominik at ringside.

    But the younger Mysterio turned on both his father and The Rated-R Superstar after the match was over.

    What didn't make sense, though, is that he didn't join The Judgment Day in the process or cost the veterans the match. He turned on them and then walked away on his own, so WWE is clearly torn on what to do here.

    It might not see him as a good addition to the heel faction, but it also doesn't see him working as a babyface right now. The turn was necessary, but where he goes from here is the mystery.

    Clearly, WWE is going to build to a father vs. son match at some point. That has always been the goal, but whether anyone cares about Dominik enough by the time it happens remains to be seen.

    While the 25-year-old has made a lot of progress since joining the main roster, many feel he was brought up too quickly and should have spent time in NXT before being put in such high-profile situations.

    Facing Rey will be his biggest test to date, and hopefully he will prove his worth, or he may end up being put back in the developmental system.

The Bloodline Runs Deep

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    Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre had a fantastic match at Clash at the Castle, but the Cardiff crowd was upset when Solo Sikoa appeared out of nowhere to cost The Scottish Warrior his chance to win the title.

    Many anticipated the Scot winning in front of a UK crowd to give him the proper coronation he never got after his win over Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36, but it wasn't meant to be.

    Adding a new member to The Bloodline is going to make things a little more interesting moving forward, which is great considering the storyline was beginning to lose some steam in recent months.

    This is going to raise some questions, though: Will The Usos be jealous if Reigns begins to favor Sikoa? Is there still room in The Bloodline for Sami Zayn? How long can The Tribal Chief keep the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship?

    We will likely hear from Sikoa at some point in the next week, but the big story coming out of this event was Reigns retaining his belts.

    Overall, the first UK stadium show in 30 years delivered some great action and memorable moments. We didn't see any titles change hands, but we did get a fun night of pro wrestling, and that's why we watch it.


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