Things took a dark turn when both The Demon Kane and The Fiend emerged after Universal Champion Seth Rollins clashed with Raw Tag Team Champion Robert Roode.
He really did it. Baron Corbin is the King of the Ring, and not an angry tweet in the world is going to change that. He earned it, too, capping off a wildly impressive run with a truly hard-fought victory over SmackDown LIVE’s resident wrestling machine, Chad Gable — as likely a candidate as any for champion of the future, but one who’ll have to settle for second place after a last-second heartbreak at the hands of the newly-crowned king.
“Heartbreak” is an apropos word to describe Gable’s fate in this tournament. The grappler made like his unofficial motto, scratching and clawing every step of the way to the visible frustration of Corbin, whose inability to put Gable away led to a comeback wherein the Olympian connected with Chaos Theory and entwined The Lone Wolf’s legs in a grapevine Ankle Lock. Unfortunately for Gable, none of his big moves were enough to keep Corbin down, and the grappler decided to simply throw hands in the corner. Corbin shoved his opponent away, Gable countered with a sprint into a headscissors, Corbin swung him into the End of Days and that was it. Baron Corbin now sits the throne, whether you like it or not. All that remains is his coronation on SmackDown LIVE to make it official.
With Sasha Banks falling short of the Raw Women’s Championship and Bayley narrowly holding on to the SmackDown Women’s Title, it’s safe to say The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection had a mixed night at Clash of Champions. Never ones to wallow, however, they seemingly turned things around on Raw with an impressive win over Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross. (That’s the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions beating the current ones, for those keeping score.)
After Bliss was sent to the locker room to receive medical attention, Sasha and Bayley claimed victory when The Boss cranked back on the Bank Statement to force Cross to tap out, but their victory was quickly overshadowed by the reemergence of their rivals. Charlotte Flair laid out Bayley with a chair in the ensuing post-match confrontation among the Four Horsewomen, seemingly implying The Queen has unfinished business with The Hugger. And Becky Lynch was clearly happy to mix it up again with Sasha even beyond a chair-swinging confrontation: In fact, The Man upped the ante of The Boss’ post-brawl challenge for a Raw Women's Championship rematch at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, challenging Sasha to a bout inside the Cell itself. Clearly, there’s a world in which Boss and Hug each end up with titles around their waists, but judging by tonight’s events, it’s going to get a whole lot harder before they do.
From the minute Bray Wyatt hinted at adding Seth Rollins to his “Wall of Friendship,” it was only a matter of time before The Fiend made another appearance on Raw — especially given that the two are set to battle at Hell in a Cell in three weeks. And true to form, The Fiend made his presence known when The Beastslayer was at his most vulnerable. Strangely, however, he left Rollins intact for the evening, opting to add a different name to his collection of “Friends” for the time being.
That name? Kane, who came to Rollins’ aid after The Beastslayer’s main-event match against Robert Roode — decided by a disqualification when Roode’s partner Dolph Ziggler interfered to prevent a three-count after a Stomp — led to a five-on-one attack from Roode, Ziggler and The O.C. The Devil’s Favorite Demon cleaned house, only for the lights to go out and The Fiend to emerge and incapacitate the former WWE Champion with the Mandible Claw. Wyatt didn’t inflict the same punishment on Rollins, however, crawling over to the shuddering champion and going face-to-face with him as Raw dissolved into a distorted version of the Firefly Fun House theme song. They’re not friends yet, apparently. But there’s plenty of time for that.
In other action … Bray Wyatt confronted Universal Champion Seth Rollins from the Firefly Fun House … Braun Strowman crashed a Tag Team Champions Summit … The O.C. def. Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders … and Rey Mysterio def. Cesaro.