THE WRESTLING REPORT

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

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Raw came out swinging, with an appearance from Stone Cold Steve Austin and a stunner on AJ Styles. The contract was finally signed between Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman but then the OC showed up and wrecked shop, then in the next match AJ Styles was fighting Cedric Alexander and the OC showed up again, but this time The Viking Experience saved the day. Could they finally be building up to an actual rivalry for the OC? The girls put on an amazing tag match in selling the upcoming clash of champions as all four of them looked great. Baron Corbin coming out on top of the triple threat to make it into the King of the Ring finals is an obnoxious development but hopefully he won't win it. It was great of Raw to finish with a Stone Cold toast, with him kind of crowning Seth and Brawn.

Smackdown started off a little wonky with a timing error meaning the show opened up with Undertaker already in the ring and Sami Zayn out to address him. It does end nicely though with Undertaker choke slamming the Mouth of the North. The build up to the Women's Tag Team titles hasn't been anywhere near as good, with this week finally stooping to Mandy just calling Nikki Cross ugly. The underselling continued with Rowan and Roman squaring off and then Chad Gable defeating Shane for his pathway to the finals. We're now set up for Chad Gable against Baron Corbin for the title of King of the Ring, in a true who cares less match. Shane taking Elias' place was an interesting development and they're building up for an interesting Kevin Owens vs Shane rivalry which is great except this won't be the first time it's come up.

Clash of the Champions is looking really strong overall and there is genuine uncertainty coming into the event of who will be champion when it's all said and done. This weekend is going to be a big deal simply because it's unclear what will happen next.

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Coming out of their first pay per view in their new weekly format, AEW came out resetting the stage. After the big betrayal of Cody Rhodes by MJF during the Jericho championship match there was still some great sizzle between all of these guys in the middle of the show as Jericho and MJF cut a great promo and then Cody Rhodes tried to run out there and get revenge but suffered the wrath of the Inner Circle and the numbers game overwhelmed. The crowd is in it with these guys and they have done a great job of signing talent that really grabs the energy and uses it. Moxley, the guy WWE had no business letting go, continues just burning up all the tape he gets recorded on and there is no doubt he is the guy that is a superstar regardless of who has belts and who doesn't. All you need is a ring and a microphone and Moxley is going to win over crowds and steal shows. I honestly have been massively impressed with the formula All Elite Wrestling has put together and while they are doing subtle differences like posting win/loss records and things of that nature they are really staying more true to wrestling than WWE feels in a lot of ways these days.

Survivor Series is already this weekend, making that Crown Jewel event seem even more poorly planned in the WWE calendar. Survivor Series has long been one of the iconic WWE events, alongside Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania and Summer Slam. These have long been the main four and nowadays with all the crazy scheduling and over booking, Survivor Series got almost zero buildup coming out of Crown Jewel. There have only been three RAWs since the Saudi Arabia event and one of those continued the NXT takeover event, which at least did lend to the Survivor Series matches, and four Smackdowns but one of those is the NXT invasion episode because a contingent of the Fox roster had trouble getting out of Saudi Arabia on time. So with little fanfare and troubled writing, Survivor Series is here and honestly I'm struggling to muster the energy to care. There hasn't been consistent rhythm or momentum since the brand split and subsequent draft and perhaps their biggest splash was Fox bringing back CM Punk to the WWE Backstage show, where oddly enough he has no relationship with WWE. I'm curious if WWE is starting to think they have too many masters now.

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