Roman Reigns also survived WWE’s European outing as champion. Boxer Tyson Fury got involved in the main event against Drew McIntyre at “Clash at the Castle”. But Jimmy and Jey Uso’s younger brother made the decision. All developments of the evening summarized.
Roman Reigns has held the Universal Championship for two years now, and has also held the WWE title since WrestleMania last April. However, the reign of the unanimous champion was threatened at “Clash at the Castle” in Cardiff: Scotsman Drew McIntyre was presented as the strongest challenger for some time.
McIntyre also ensured that Reigns’ regular supporters, his cousins Jimmy and Jey Uso and Bloodline helper Sami Zayn, had to stay in the US with an attack on SmackDown.
In the main event in front of more than 60,000 spectators, however, danger emanated from Austin Theory, the recently almost forgotten money-in-the-bank suitcase porter. Theory wanted to seize a good opportunity to redeem his MITB contract. Just as he was about to explain this to the referee present, Tyson Fury struck unexpectedly!
Fury sat in the first row of spectators for the main event. The acclaimed boxing champion, who made his WWE debut in 2019 by defeating Braun Strowman, knocked out Theory with a knockout. Nothing came of the money-in-the-bank cash-in. Apparently it was important to Fury that Reigns and McIntyre chose the winner among themselves.
The next controversy soon followed: When everything looked like a McIntyre triumph after a Spear and the Claymore Kick, the official was suddenly pulled out of the ring by an unknown person. The count ended abruptly, saving Reigns.
Seconds later it became obvious: Solo Sikoa, Jimmy and Jey Uso’s younger brother, had intervened. The 29-year-old had previously only been seen on NXT. Now the family activated him for the Premium Live Event to save Reigns from losing the title. Drew clashed with Sikoa in a row. But the Samoan pulled McIntyre’s neck over the top ring rope. Reigns flew in with a spear and managed the controversial title defense.
Guest of honor Fury then congratulated the winner. When Reigns left, Fury built up the beaten Scot. Fury not only found warm words, but also sang the song “American Pie” together with Drew and the fans – Fury is well known for these vocals in boxing. With the unusual entertainment, the evening had a supposedly happy ending for the viewers.
IMPERIUM ARE BACK
A great joy for the German-speaking audience: The “Imperium” trio is back.
Before Ludwig Kaiser presented the champion Gunther for the title match, he also introduced the audience to Giovanni Vinci. Vinici is better known to many than Fabian Aichner. Aichner, who comes from South Tyrol, was separated from his colleagues Kaiser and Gunther in April. The duo was called up to SmackDown, with Aichner staying behind on NXT. Under the new management of Triple H, this decision has now been corrected. At the same time, “Empire” returns as a group name. Now men are wearing black instead of red outfits again.
Intercontinental Champion Gunther and his challenger Sheamus fought the expected tough duel. The injuries from the wild brawl were easy to see on the Irishman in particular.
Sheamus survived Gunther’s first powerbomb, in turn hitting the Celtic Cross (Razor’s Edge) again in a long time. Gunther later came back with a second powerbomb. He then waited for the “Celtic Warrior” to get to his feet, followed up with another massive lariat and managed to defend the title.
Cardiff fans gave the loser a standing ovation.
DOMINIK TURNS AGAINST HIS FATHER
The trip to Europe ended bittersweetly for the Mysterio family.
Father Rey had previously decided to play the tag team match against The Judgment Day (Finn Bálor and Damian Priest) with the experienced Edge at his side. This did not go down well with his son Dominik. However, Rey reassured his pupil that he would definitely be needed ringside.
And indeed, Dominik Mysterio was an important influence on the match. Just as Finn Bálor was about to launch his coup de grace on Edge, Dominik distracted referee Jessica Carr.
Dominik soon arranged for Bálor to land on the middle ring rope. Rey was able to show the 619, Edge followed up with the spear and thus managed to win the pinfall.
Dominik was able to settle the score with Judgment Day, but he was still not satisfied with his father’s decision. The 25-year-old showed that when he suddenly kicked Edge between his legs. Rey was horrified but was knocked out with a clothesline by his own son. Judgment Day was amused by this action, Dominik ran out of the hall alone.
Shortly thereafter, Rey could only apologize to Edge for his son’s actions. Edge, who by the way had one of the most emotional entrances to the ring with tens of thousands of singing fans, hugged his old companion.
SETH ROLLINS PLAYS ON HIS EXPERIENCE
Seth Rollins defeated Matt Riddle in one of the most spectacular matches of the evening. Both rivals fought an exciting duel over long stretches, which had become very personal at least since Rollins’ words about Riddle’s ex-wife and the couple’s children.
Also in this match Seth repeatedly provoked his opponent. The ex-wife was mentioned again, and Rollins brought in acts from the repertoire of Riddle’s friend Randy Orton.
Rollins took advantage of Riddle’s hot temper, after Matt missed with a chair outside the ring, he conceded a stomp upon returning to the ring. Seth climbed the ropes, stomped a second from there, and won.
“Rollins used Riddle’s wrath against him,” commentator Corey Graves noted.
BAYLEY POSITIONS FOR A TITLE MATCH
Damage Control (Bayley, Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai) opened the night at Principality Stadium with a triumph over Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss and Asuka. The trio around veteran Bayley worked better as a team. In the closing stages, Bliss and Asuka didn’t matter at all, and Belair was taken by surprise. She conceded Dakota’s Kick, Iyo’s Moonsault and Bayley’s Rose Plant. With the pinfall win over the reigning Raw Women’s Champion, Bayley got himself into the mix for an upcoming title match against Bianca Belair.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan hit the proving ground against former MMA fighter Shayna Baszler. Morgen defended himself against Baszler’s submission techniques. A Codebreaker sat at the right moment, followed by the Oblivion. Morgan remained champion.
In the kickoff show, the Street Profits teamed with Madcap Moss in a win over Alpha Academy and Austin Theory. Ford first shone with a spectacular blockbuster over the ring ropes, then the frog splash sat against Chad Gable.
A total of 62,296 fans from 42 countries came to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and experienced the first WWE stadium event in Europe since 1992. The SummerSlam at that time was remembered with a few moving images. One of the two main eventers from 30 years ago, Bret “Hitman” Hart, guest-starred. His rival at the time, Davey Boy Smith, passed away in 2002.
The next WWE Premium Live Event will take place on Saturday, October 8th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Then it’s time in the old ECW metropolis: “Extreme Rules”.
THE NIGHT AFTER CLASH AT THE CASTLE WAS WORLDS COLLIDE WITH THREE TITLE UNION MATCHES AS WELL AS STARS FROM NXT, NXT UK, RAW AND SMACKDOWN – ALL THE RESULTS HERE:
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