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Clash of Champions is shaping up to be a great event.

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Raw started off strong with a contract signing between Seth Rollins and Brawn Strowman getting interrupted by AJ Styles and the rest of the OC. Ziggler and Roode came out and helped The OC beat down Rollins and Strowman after the match which was actually some smart writing. Lacey Evans and Natalya put on a great match, although there wasn't any story built from it, so it was a curious pairing. A Sasha vs Becky Lynch match looks promising they are both great wrestlers but the rivalry feels rushed a little bit. After all of that build up of how tough Cedric Alexander is supposed to be, he then loses to Baron Corbin? That's confusing at best. Is anyone else over the Viking Experience? The end to the Samoa Joe and Ricochet match was confusing but portrayed well, setting up a triple threat match into the finals of the King of the Ring on the Raw side. The Bayley heel turn at the finale was a great move that while they've been hinting at it, they haven't over sold it and it was a great moment.

Smackdown also came out strong with Bayley reminding everyone she's fighting Charlotte Flair for the title at the upcoming pay per view. Thankfully Elias eliminated Ali in the King of the Ring tournament, Ali is just one of those guys who keep getting a push that feels undeserved and this run in the King of the Ring was no different. Aleister Black asking people to come fight him during a King of the Ring tournament kind of feels like a missed opportunity, doesn't it? The tag match between Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross against Fire and Desire was exciting and a great preview for a potential rematch at Clash of Champions. I feel like the Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston rivalry has dragged on forever and am ready for it to be over. As happy as I was Ali was eliminated, I'm equally disappointed Chad Gable remains in the King of the Ring tournament. I'm so over the 24/7 title, at this point it's a massive joke and while sometimes it's fun, it's also never going to be taken seriously. The finale to Smackdown finally paid off the Roman Reigns lameness that they've been running for awhile and while Eric Rowan comes out of this great, I'm not sure if this is a good enough payoff.

Clash of Champions is setting up as an exciting pay per view with a lot of the rivalries building up rather well and potentially a lot of titles could change hands with most of them on the line.

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Houston gets the lopsided win

Valdez, Astros dominate the Angels in 10-0 rout in Anaheim

Framber Valdez was dominant against the Angels on Monday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a series win at home over the weekend, the Astros started their final regular-season road trip on Monday, squaring off against the Angels in Anaheim. They held the momentum firmly in their favor all night, dominating both sides of the game to start the series with a victory.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 0

Astros' Record: 89-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (11-5)

Losing Pitcher: Jaime Barria (2-4)

Siri leads off with a bang

With Jose Altuve being given the night off, Houston gave Jose Siri a shot at the leadoff spot, and he delivered to start the opener in Anaheim. He launched a missile to left field, 426 feet, to put the Astros in front 1-0 before the Angels could record an out. Later that same inning, they strung together three singles, the third being an RBI by Carlos Correa to double the lead.

Valdez goes seven shutout innings

That gave Framber Valdez a lead to work with as he stepped on the rubber in the bottom of the inning, and he didn't give it up as he would post a dominant start. He started with a 1-2-3 first, worked around a couple of singles in the second, then used a double play to face the minimum in the third.

He retired Los Angeles in order again in the fourth, stranded a two-out single in the fifth and a single and a walk in the sixth. He had his worst inning of the night in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single then loading the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. He'd escape the jam, though, keeping the shutout alive and finalizing his impressive line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 98 P.

Astros take the opener in lopsided fashion

Houston tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth, getting a one-out double by Correa to set up an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez, pushing the lead to 3-0. Things escalated from there, as another single put two on base for Martin Maldonado, who blew the game open with a three-run homer to make it a six-run lead.

Brooks Raley took over for Valdez in the bottom of the inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, made it his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run. The Astros didn't let up in the top of the ninth, getting two hits and a walk to load the bases before a grand slam by Gonzalez made it 10-0 and gave him 5 RBI in a two-inning span. Seth Martinez, called up by the Astros earlier in the day, made his big-league debut in the bottom of the ninth and closed out the lopsided win to put Houston's magic number at 6.

Up Next: The second of this four-game set will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Tuesday. Jose Urquidy (7-3, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, going opposite Packy Naughton (0-2, 4.32 ERA) for the Angels.

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