by Adam Salzer
Hello, everyone, and welcome again to Making the Grade! Raw's first brand-exclusive pay per view offering just wrapped up, so let's take a look at how it stacked up!
Nia Jax v. Alicia Fox
Nia Jax's first match against an actual opponent was decent, I guess. They actually let Alicia get some offense in!
Grade: C, At least it wasn't a squash?
Raw Tag Titles: New Day (c) v. The Club
I really liked the way the match started, and honestly wouldn't have complained if The Club won during that initial flurry. I disagree with the outcome, but the match itself was good. Club made to look strong, New Day had to cheat to win. Plus the crowd booed while Kofi was hitting that New Day Hour or whatever it's called.
Grade: B, Probably would have been an A if The Club had won the titles.
Cruiserweight Title: Brian Kendrick v. TJ Perkins (c)
This match was a little sloppy, not gonna lie. I didn't really want either man to lose, but I wanted TJ to lose less, so I'm glad he retained. It also would have been not good for the Cruiserweight brand as a whole for the winner of the CWC to lose two weeks later. It also concerns me that the crowd was pretty dead for a good portion of this match. Perhaps they were expecting something a bit more fast-paced and exciting?
Grade: B, solid, solid match.
Match 7: Sheamus v. Cesaro, for a championship opportunity to be named later
We talked shit about this series when it was announced, and there were a couple botches in the match. The most noticeable one I need not mention because if you saw the match, you know what I'm talking about, but other than that this was a hard-fought match between two competitors who brought it all to Match Number 7. And then they go and fuck everything up and end the match in a No Contest.
Grade: C, I cannot give it anything more than that with that dumbass ending. Eat a dick, WWE.
Sami Zayn v. Chris Jericho
Though I am sad to see Sami lose AGAIN, this match was really good. Back and forth, lots of close finishes, excitement, intrigue, action, suspense, adjective, adverbs, pronouns... A-hem, sorry about that. Good match.
Grade: A, Sami should win the rematch.
Raw Women's Title: Bayley v. Sasha v. Charlotte (c)
I thank WWE for giving us a replay of the moonsault after the match, because that was beautiful. This was how a triple threat match is done, everyone is involved most of the time, and the one-on-one segments are both not too long and don't constantly involve the same two wrestlers. The ending with the sunset flip and the double boot to the face was a little awkward and weird, but the match itself was a thing of beauty.
Grade: A, If you didn't watch Clash of Champions, go back for this match.
US Title: Rusev (c) v. Roman Reigns
I think this one qualifies as the Foregone Conclusion match of the night. Pretty decent match marred by some storytelling issues. In my opinion Rusev should have been 100% disqualified when Lana pulled the referee out of the ring, but instead the ref ejects her and Roman goes on to win.
Grade: B, Roman's punishment by reward continues.
Universal Title: Seth Rollins v. Kevin Owens (c)
As expected, these two men put on a very good match. And Kevin Owens gets to throw out some of his classic quips. The ending was convoluted as hell, plus a look from Steph at the end that may have been evil? I dunno. Hell of a ref bump, though.
Grade: B, points off for the ending.
Average Grade: B
I got nothing this month.
I'm taking points off for a lack of Triple H. KO winning the title was a HUGE thing and we STILL haven't had any followup on why Hunter did what he did.
Final Grade: B-
So there we have it! Clash of Champions scores my highest grade yet, anchored by solid in-ring action and mostly-sensical storytelling and match outcomes.
Leave your comments below on how you thought the show was and listen to this week's episode of The Rundown for the recap and tomorrow night's fallout!
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