WWE Clash of Champions 2020 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights
WWE Clash of Champions is billed as the one night of the year when every title on Raw and SmackDown must be defended, so WWE spent the last few weeks setting up all of the feuds that made up Sunday's card.
One of the biggest matches of the night saw Roman Reigns take on his cousin, Jey Uso. Was the healthy twin able to take down his own family to win the universal title or did The Big Dog prove his bite is just as bad as his bark?
The WWE Championship was also on the line in a SummerSlam rematch when Randy Orton battled Drew McIntyre.
We also saw a ladder match between Sami Zayn, AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy, while Zelina Vega got her first shot at a title when she battled Asuka, and The Hurt Business' Bobby Lashley took on Apollo Crews in another rematch.
However, Charly Caruso announced on the pre-show that Nikki Cross, Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax were not medically cleared to compete.
Let's take a look at everything that happened at Sunday's Clash of Champions.
The Clash Card
Here is the updated lineup for Clash of Champions:
- Asuka vs. Zelina Vega (Raw Women's Championship)
- Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship)
- Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso (Universal Championship)
- Cesaro and Nakamura vs. Lucha House Party (SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
- Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn (Intercontinental Championship)
- The Street Profits vs. Andrade and Angel Garza (Raw Tag Team Championships)
- Bobby Lashley vs. Apollo Crews (United States Championship)
Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Lucha House Party
Cesaro started off against Lince Dorado. The Swiss Superman took control for a moment by using his power to his advantage. Once Kalisto got the tag, he took over with a big splash off of the shoulder of Dorado.
Shinsuke Nakamura then regained the upper hand with a few well-placed strikes. He and Cesaro began making quick tags to keep Dorado cornered and themselves fresh.
The Golden Lynx tried to turn things around with a sunset bomb, but one quick kick from Cesaro put him down for a near-fall. The champions maintained control for quite some time. Dorado kept kicking out but it took him a little longer to do so with every cover.
Kalisto made the hot tag and with a little help from Dorado, they were able to send both men to the floor. Dorado helped Kalisto hit a tornado DDT on the floor before they took turns hitting moonsaults on Cesaro. The Swiss Superman kicked out at two and prevented Kalisto from making another tag.
Nakamura attacked Dorado and suplexed him over the barricade. This allowed the champions to team up on Kalisto. Cesaro swung him into Nakamura's Kinshasa to get the pin and retain the titles.
This was a fun and energetic tag match to get the action going. Some of the double-team moves from Kalisto and Dorado were both memorable and impressive.
Nakamura and Cesaro continue to shine as a team at a time when the division seems to be at a low point. They never give less than 100 percent when they are in the ring.
We didn't get a big fight between Kalisto and Dorado or a breakup angle, so WWE must be saving that for SmackDown.
Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn (IC Title Ladder Match)
Sami Zayn talked a little trash to get things going. AJ Styles took the first few shots at him, but it was Jeff Hardy who cornered both men and took control with a clothesline and bulldog combo. He tried to bring in the first ladder but Styles hit a baseball slide to send it into his ribs.
Zayn hit his trademark springboard moonsault to the floor before he picked up the ladder and threw it at Hardy. The Phenomenal One and The Charismatic Enigma both recovered and began fighting in the ring. Hardy ended up missing Styles with a leap from the corner and hit his ribs on the supports of an upside-down ladder.
Styles was the first to attempt going after the belts hanging above the ring, but Zayn was there to pull him back down. He took out The Great Liberator with a Pele Kick. Hardy stopped Styles from getting to the belts as they fought on top of the ladder. Hardy went crashing to the mat but was able to get up and keep Styles from reaching the top.
Zayn sent Styles onto a ladder with an exploder suplex. All three men ended up at ringside and after a brief scuffle, Zayn was the last man standing. He slowly climbed up the ladder until Styles launched a step ladder at him to knock him off. Styles and Hardy climbed opposite sides of the ladder and it ended up tipping over to take both men out.
The Charismatic Enigma took out both opponents at once when he pushed over the ladder to knock Zayn off and take out Styles in midair as he attempted a Phenomenal Forearm. Hardy took a rough spill to the floor when Zayn tipped over the ladder he was on. Zayn used a ladder to make a bridge between the ring and announce table. Styles spiked him with a moonsault DDT from the table.
Hardy put Zayn on the bridge and climbed up a different ladder. He hit a Swanton that took out Zayn and broke the ladder in half. Styles was all alone as he set up another ladder in the ring. He began to climb and Hardy made it into the ring in time to push him off of the ladder.
Zayn used a pair of handcuffs to attach Hardy's ear to a ladder outside of the ring. He tried to handcuff Styles to a ring rope but The Phenomenal One wouldn't let it happen. Zayn ended up handcuffing himself to Styles to keep him from climbing the ladder. It was a genius tactic.
Hardy dragged the ladder into the ring by his ear as Styles tried to climb up with Zayn on his shoulders. The Great Liberator produced a key to unlock himself and cuffed Styles to the ladder. Zayn ascended the ladder and took down both belts to become the IC champion.
Was this the best ladder match of all time? Maybe not but it's going to be a contender for WWE Match of the Year for sure.
All three competitors gave nothing less than 100 percent to make this a show-stealing performance. They were on a B-level PPV with no audience in the arena and wrestled like they were in the main event of WrestleMania in front of thousands of screaming fans.
Hardy was his usual risk-taking self and gave us a few more moments to add to his eventual Hall of Fame highlight reel, as did Zayn and Styles.
In fact, this bout had some of the most creative spots we have seen in a ladder match in quite some time. This was an all-around awesome performance by everyone involved.
Asuka vs. Zelina Vega (Raw Women's Championship)
R-Truth was doing his thing backstage when Drew Gulak rolled him up to win the 24/7 title. After a video package for Reigns vs. Uso, Zelina Vega made her way to the ring for her match against Asuka.
They locked up and Asuka drove Vega into the mat to assert her dominance. Vega kicked her in the knee but when they laced fingers for a test of strength, The Empress had the upper hand. Vega used her legs to snap Asuka's arm away.
The champ put her on the top turnbuckle but Vega was able to counter a superplex. Asuka hit a running hip attack to knock her off of the apron.
Vega went after the arm she injured earlier and put Asuka in an armbar. The Empress reversed into the Asukalock but was unable to keep it applied due to her left arm. Vega avoided another hip attack and hit a hurricanrana from the corner.
After Vega got a few near falls, Asuka was able to make her submit to the Asukalock to retain her title. After the match, Asuka offered her hand in a show of respect but Vega attacked her and walked off.
This was a good performance from both women but it felt a bit rushed and ended before it had a chance to really get going.
It was going to be hard for anyone to follow that Ladder match but it would have been nice to see what was at this point the only women's match on the card given a little more time.
Vega is going to surprise a lot of people who are not familiar with her in-ring skills. She is a gifted high-flyer who is going to get that belt one day.
Bobby Lashley vs. Apollo Crews (U.S. Championship)
Ricochet accompanied Apollo Crews to the ring while Bobby Lashley had MVP by his side.
They locked up and fought for control for a few seconds. The All Mighty scored the first knockdown with a running shoulder tackle.
The titleholder dominated for the next couple of minutes until Crews hit a crossbody from the top rope. Lashley quickly recovered and hit a flatliner for a two-count.
Every time Crews tried to make a comeback, it seemed like his rival had an answer for him. The former champion began to build up a head of steam and knocked Lashley out of the ring with a stiff elbow strike.
Lashley hit a huge superplex for a close two-count. After a few more exchanges, the champion applied The Hurt Lock for the submission victory.
This was a decent match but it never got out of second gear. It felt like WWE wanted both guys to look good and it ended up with neither of them standing out very much.
Lashley's style needs to be more violent. He is a professional MMA fighter and unreal powerhouse. He should be fighting more like Brock Lesnar.
Crews tapping out was a predictable finish but Cedric Alexander's absence was strange. It really seemed like it was a setup for him to interfere but it never happened.
The Street Profits vs. Andrade and Angel Garza (Raw Tag Team Championships)
Andrade and Angelo Dawkins kicked things off. El Idolo applied a deep headlock but Dawkins was able to break free and hit an impressive dropkick.
Montez Ford tagged in and hit his own dropkick. While Ford was distracted with Angel Garza, Andrade attacked him from behind. This allowed Garza to tag in and hit a double team move with Andrade to take control.
Ford powered his way out of a submission and dropped Garza on his back. Both men made the tag and Dawkins regained the upper hand. He went on a rampage as he threw both opponents around the ring like rag dolls. El Idolo stopped his momentum with a precision dropkick to the chin.
Garza and Ford tagged back in and ended up on the top rope together. The luchador hit a Spanish Fly for a close two-count. Andrade yanked Dawkins from the apron to prevent a tag. He tagged in and hit Ford with a running double knee for another near fall.
Dawkins came in and hit Andrade with his finisher. It looked like Andrade might have kicked out but the ref called for the bell. A replay clearly showed the ref botched the call.
It's hard to keep track of how many times we have seen these two teams fight each other. Raw is lacking in the tag team department right now and these duos have been bearing the weight of carrying the division until WWE comes up with something better.
However, the fact that these two teams have fought each other so many times has led to them developing more and more chemistry over time. This match was their best to date.
The botched finish by the ref likely robbed us of the planned finish but it will also be what WWE uses to keep this feud going until it has more teams to cycle in and out of the title picture.
Bayley vs. Asuka (SmackDown Women's Championship)
R-Truth regained the 24/7 title when he attacked Drew Gulak with a large metal bowl backstage during an interview with Kayla Braxton, and Bayley came out after that to address her canceled match against Nikki Cross.
The Role Model had a huge smile on her face as she held a steel chair above her head while pyro shot off behind her. She gloated about winning by forfeit and decided to issue an open challenge for her title. It appeared to be a disingenuous offer, but Asuka wasn't about to let her get away with it.
She ran to the ring, and the ref called for the bell. The Empress of Tomorrow ducked a clothesline and started taking Bayley apart. The SmackDown champ tried to walk away but Asuka brought her back into the ring for a hip attack to score a two-count.
She put The Role Model in an armbar and transitioned into the Asuka Lock. She had to break when Bayley grabbed the bottom rope. Bayley was able to take control for a moment but her longtime rival came right back with a roundhouse to the head and a German suplex on the floor.
Bayley grabbed her chair and used it as a weapon to cause a DQ. As she celebrated, Sasha Banks hit her from behind with a chair. She continued to attack her former friend with a kendo stick and chairs until The Role Model retreated.
As far as replacements for Cross go, WWE had a few options. Lacey Evans, Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss were all possibilities, but the company chose to go with another match we have seen several times in recent months.
It was cool to see Asuka look so good for the second time in one night but if the match was just going to end in a DQ anyway, WWE should have had someone else challenge Bayley.
Banks' return was likely meant to be part of the match with Cross, but this was still a satisfying way for her to get revenge. The post-match attack helped the grade. Otherwise, the match would have got a C.
Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (WWE Title Ambulance Match)
McIntyre took the lead early and cornered Orton for a series of kicks and punches. The Viper tried to fire back but the bigger McIntyre kept him at bay.
Orton was finally able to take him down and set up for the Punt. Big Show appeared out of nowhere and grabbed his leg to prevent him from hitting the champ. He pulled Orton out of the ring and chokeslammed him through the announce table.
They fought their way toward the ambulance. McIntyre grabbed a special red steel chair he had stored near the vehicle and used it to batter The Legend Killer. Orton hit him with a crutch to turn the tables.
Both men ended up inside the ambulance but neither could close the doors on the other. Orton attempted to slam the door of the ambulance on McIntyre's head but he was met with a vicious Glasgow Kiss. The champ lined up and kicked the door off of the vehicle when he missed a Claymore.
They took the fight backstage where McIntyre continued to beat on the challenger. After Orton threw McIntyre into a wall, Christian came out of nowhere to beat down the man who punted him earlier this year.
They fought back to the ambulance and that is where Orton slammed McIntyre's head into the windshield to shatter it and give himself time to recover. They climbed to the top of the ambulance and several cuts could be seen on McIntyre's back from the broken glass.
As Orton stood on top of the ambulance looking confident, Shawn Michaels superkicked him out of nowhere and pushed him off of the ambulance to the floor. As The Scottish Psychopath tried to drag Orton toward the ambulance, The Viper hit an RKO. He rolled McIntyre in and closed one door. As he prepared to win the match, McIntyre stuck his hand out to prevent it.
The WWE champion stumbled out and hit a Claymore before throwing Orton in. He was going to close the doors but he pulled Orton's head out so he could hit his own punt kick before closing the doors to win the match.
This is yet another match on the card we have seen multiple times. This wasn't their best encounter from this feud but it wasn't bad by any means. It was actually pretty fun.
Stipulations like Ambulance matches will always be controversial because the ending will always be unconventional due to the way somebody has to win.
Both Superstars are capable of having brutal, physical matches so it's not surprising to see them elevate this match above its stipulation. It's too bad so many other people had to be involved.
All of the interference made some sense from a storyline standpoint but it didn't help McIntyre. In fact, it made it look like he needed help to win. This was good but it could have been much better when you consider who was involved.
Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso (Universal Championship)
Roman Reigns came out for this match without his trademark vest, but he was still wearing cargo pants and boots as always. He had no expression on his face as he walked to the ring.
The ref called for the bell and the cousins circled each other. Jey Uso said it didn't have to go down like this before they locked up. The Big Dog backed him to the corner and made a clean break but did not back away. He forced Uso to go around him to get back to the middle of the ring.
They locked up again and Reigns tossed Uce across the ring. Jey knew he didn't have Jimmy in his corner but seemed undeterred. He leapfrogged his cousin and did a little dance to make him angry. Reigns threw him out of the ring with authority.
Reigns got a quick two-count and looked mad that his cousin had the nerve to kick out. He talked a lot of trash to Jey as he struggled to get to his feet. The "Tribal Chief" choked him on the top rope and knocked him off of the apron with a huge uppercut.
Reigns said he loved his cousin as he slammed his head into the announce table. Jey hit a Samoan drop out of nowhere for a two-count. Whenever it looked like Uso was going to build some momentum, Reigns would knock him back down.
Jey shoved Reigns into the ring post to give himself an opportunity. He clotheslined him out of the ring and hit a suicide dive. He kicked The Big Dog out of the ring for a second suicide dive. The titleholder hit a surprising Rough Ryder for a two-count.
Uso hit a superfly splash but as Reigns kicked out, he used his arm to hit a low blow while the ref was distracted. He followed up with a Spear.
Reigns wanted Uso to call him his Tribal Chief and when he refused, he hit his cousin with a second Spear. He refused to try to win until Uso acknowledged him as his superior. He delivered a brutal beatdown as he continued to demand respect.
Jimmy Uso limped to the ring and said he wanted to throw in the towel for his brother. Jey told him not to. Reigns said all of this could stop if Jimmy acknowledged Reigns' position at the head of the table. Jey begged him not to. Reigns dragged Jey back and kept beating on him until Jimmy finally threw in the towel.
Some matches are about big spots; others are about technical ability. This one was designed to tell a story and it accomplished that goal.
Reigns talking trash at his cousin as he toyed with him for most of the match was the best heel work we have seen from him since he returned to WWE. It helped sell his new attitude better than anything he could have done in the ring.
Cheating with a low blow was the icing on the cake. Not only did it establish that the title means more to Reigns than his own family, but it also indicated he is willing to put his pride aside for success.
This was better than anyone could have predicted. Uso looked great as the underdog and Reigns looked even better as the dominant jerk. This was an outstanding ending to a hot and cold PPV.
It is going to be interesting to see if this is the end of this story or if The Usos and Reigns become permanent rivals.