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WWE Clash At The Castle PPV Review

Welcome to SmarkDown’s Clash At The Castle PPV Review! My name is Tanner and I’ll be running down my takes on the event! Enjoy!

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Bianca Belair, Asuka, & Alexa Bliss vs Bayley, Dakota Kai, & Iyo Sky (Damage Control)| 6 Woman Tag Team Match

IMG Credit: WWE

Bayley def. Bianca Belair via Pinfall at 18:43

A very energetic opener here. Nothing all that outstanding, however it’s still 18 minutes of consistent good wrestling. I’m very surprised by Bayley pinning Bianca clean, but it’s a good way to set up their match at Extreme Rules. ***

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Gunther(c) vs Sheamus | Intercontinental Championship Match

IMG Credit: WWE & Last Word On Sports

Gunther def. Sheamus via Pinfall at 19:34

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This match is slow, but astonishingly brutal. The way they just keep hitting each other no matter what is what wrestling is and I love to see. Gunther particularly beats Sheamus to his absolute limit before pinning him with a crazy lariat. Glad they got nearly 20 minutes with this one. ***1/2

Liv Morgan(c) vs Shayna Baszler | Smackdown Women’s Championship Match

IMG Credit: WWE

Liv Morgan def. Shayna Baszler via Pinfall at 11:00

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A surprisingly decent match, at least in my opinion, as Shayna works brutally on Liv’s arm while Liv plays underdog and had some nice counters to Shayna’s offense. The oblivion out of nowhere was good. **1/2

Edge & Rey Mysterio vs Finn Balor & Damian Priest (The Judgment Day) | Tag Team Match

IMG Credit: WWE
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Edge def. Finn Balor via Pinfall at 12:34

This was a very good tag team match that was fast, consistently paced, and had some good action in between. Also love the drama involved. Very surprised Dominik turned here, but that was awesome to see. ***1/4

Seth Rollins vs Matt Riddle | Singles Match

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IMG Credit: WWE

Seth Rollins def. Matt Riddle at 17:20

This match is very, very good with Rollins and Riddle putting on a stellar performance while telling a story of blood, anger, and revenge. Riddle nearly getting DQed works a lot and that Top Rope Stomp really does it for me. Great match. ***1/2

Roman Reigns(c) vs Drew McIntyre | WWE Undisputed Universal Championship Match

IMG Credit: WWE & The Sportser

Roman Reigns def. Drew McIntyre via Pinfall at 30:48

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This was….a lot. Roman and Drew were obviously going to have a dramatic banger of a match, but man this was something else. Multiple false finishes, plot twist, all put into 30 minutes. I loved the final few minutes of this, and I am absolutely shocked that for one, Solo Sikoa is here, and two McIntyre lost! This was great. What is next for Roman? ***1/2

Overall Thoughts: I am going to say that this was Show Of The Year for WWE. Everything meant something, everything was decent to great. The most consistent and entertaining show WWE has put on. Let’s see what’s next… 8/10

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Rating The Champ: Finn Bálor

Welcome to a new series on the website, called Rating The Champ. This will follow my prior World Title Series, where I reviewed each and every WWE Heavyweight Champion in history from Hulk Hogan’s first title win in 1984 all the way to the current days. Money in the Bank cash-ins will not be included for obvious reasons, unless it was a proper match (ie: Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006). Royal Rumble and battle royales won’t be included as well.

In this new series, I will rate all the PPV matches from each and every WWF/E Heavyweight Champion in history. To be fair, since this is the WWF/E title, I’ll only rate their PPV matches in the WWF/E. In this edition, we’ll be looking back at the PPV career of the one and only, former WWE Universal Champion, Finn Bálor.

2014

  • W/ Hideo Itami vs. The Ascension (TakeOver: R Evolution) ***

2015

  • Vs. Adrian Neville (TakeOver: Rival) ****
  • Vs. Tyler Breeze (TakeOver: Unstoppable) ***
  • Vs. Kevin Owens – NXT Championship (Beast in the East) ****1/4
  • Ladder: Vs. Kevin Owens – NXT Championship (TakeOver: Brooklyn) ****1/4
  • W/ Samoa Joe vs. The Revival (TakeOver: Unstoppable) ***
  • W/ Samoa Joe vs. Rhyno & Baron Corbin (TakeOver: Unstoppable) ***
  • Vs. Samoa Joe – NXT Championship (TakeOver: London) ***3/4

2016

  • Vs. Samoa Joe – NXT Championship (TakeOver: Dallas) ***1/2
  • Steel Cage: Vs. Samoa Joe – NXT Championship (TakeOver: The End) ***1/2
  • Vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Universal Championship (SummerSlam) ****

2017

  • Five Pack Challenge (Extreme Rules) ****
  • Vs. Bray Wyatt (SummerSlam**3/4
  • Vs. Bray Wyatt (No Mercy***
  • Vs. AJ Styles (TLC) ****1/4
  • W/ Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown (Survivor Series) **1/4

2018

  • Elimination Chamber Match (Elimination Chamber) ***1/2
  • Vs. The Miz vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Intercontinental Championship (WrestleMania 34) ****
  • Ladder: Vs. Seth Rollins vs. The Miz vs. Samoa Joe – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Greatest Royal Rumble) ***1/2
  • MITB Ladder Match (Money in the Bank) ****
  • Vs. Baron Corbin (Extreme Rules) **
  • Vs. Baron Corbin (SummerSlam) 1/2*
  • W/ Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown (Survivor Series) ***1/2
  • Vs. Drew McIntyre (TLC) ***

2019

  • Vs. Jordan Devlin (NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool) ***1/2
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Universal Championship (Royal Rumble) ***3/4
  • Handicap: Vs. Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Elimination Chamber) **1/4
  • Vs. Bobby Lashley – WWE Intercontinental Championship (WrestleMania 35) *
  • MITB Ladder Match (Money in the Bank) ****1/4
  • Vs. Andrade – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Super ShowDown) ***1/4
  • Vs. The Fiend (SummerSlam) **1/2
  • Vs. Matt Riddle (TakeOver: WarGames) ****

2020

  • Vs. Johnny Gargano (TakeOver: Portland) ****1/2

TOP FIVE

5. The Miz, Seth Rollins (WrestleMania 34)

4. Matt Riddle (NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2019)

3. Kevin Owens (Beast In The East 2015)

2. Kevin Owens (NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 2015)

1. Johnny Gargano (NXT TakeOver: Portland 2020)

Average rating per year
  • 2014 – 3
  • 2015 – 3.61
  • 2016 – 3.67
  • 2017 – 3.25
  • 2018 – 3
  • 2019 – 3.06
  • 2020 – 4.5
Overall average rating

3.44/5

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Don’t miss the next article here on Rating The Champ, where we’ll be looking back at former WWF/E & World Heavyweight Champion, Triple H.

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Rating The Champ: Kevin Owens

Welcome to a new series on the website, called Rating The Champ. This will follow my prior World Title Series, where I reviewed each and every WWE Heavyweight Champion in history from Hulk Hogan’s first title win in 1984 all the way to the current days. Money in the Bank cash-ins will not be included for obvious reasons, unless it was a proper match (ie: Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006). Royal Rumble and battle royales won’t be included as well.

In this new series, I will rate all the PPV matches from each and every WWF/E Heavyweight Champion in history. To be fair, since this is the WWF/E title, I’ll only rate their PPV matches in the WWF/E. In this edition, we’ll be looking back at the PPV career of the one and only, former WWE Universal Champion, Kevin Owens.

2014

  • Vs. CJ Parker (TakeOver: R Evolution) **

2015

  • Vs. Sami Zayn – NXT Championship (TakeOver: Rival) ****1/4
  • Vs. Sami Zayn – NXT Championship (TakeOver: Unstoppable) ***1/2
  • Vs. John Cena (Elimination Chamber) ****3/4
  • Vs. John Cena (Money in the Bank) ****1/2
  • Vs. Finn Bálor – NXT Championship (Beast in the East) ****1/4
  • Vs. John Cena (Battleground) ****1/4
  • Ladder: Vs. Finn Bálor – NXT Championship (TakeOver: Brooklyn) ****1/4
  • Vs. Cesaro (SummerSlam) ***3/4
  • Vs. Ryback – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Night of Champions) **1/2
  • Vs. Ryback – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Hell in a Cell) ***
  • Vs. Dean Ambrose (Survivor Series) ***3/4
  • Vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE Intercontinental Championship (TLC) ***1/2

2016

  • Last Man Standing: Vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Royal Rumble) ****1/4
  • Vs. Dolph Ziggler – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Fastlane) ***1/4
  • Ladder Match – WWE Intercontinental Championship (WrestleMania 32) ****
  • Vs. Sami Zayn (Payback) ****1/4
  • Vs. The Miz vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Extreme Rules) ****1/2
  • Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Money in the Bank) ****1/4
  • Vs. Sami Zayn (Battleground) ****3/4
  • W/ Chris Jericho vs. Enzo & Cass (SummerSlam) **1/2
  • Vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Universal Championship (Clash of Champions) ***1/4
  • HIAC: Vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Universal Championship (Hell in a Cell) ***
  • W/ Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown (Survivor Series) ****1/2
  • Vs. Roman Reigns – WWE Universal Championship (Roadblock: End of the Line) ***

2017

  • No DQ: Vs. Roman Reigns – WWE Universal Championship (Royal Rumble) ****1/4
  • Vs. Goldberg – WWE Universal Championship (Fastlane) DUD
  • Vs. Chris Jericho – WWE United States Championship (WrestleMania 33) **3/4
  • Vs. Chris Jericho – WWE United States Championship (Payback) ***1/2
  • Vs. AJ Styles – WWE United States Championship (Backlash***1/2
  • Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Money in the Bank****1/4
  • Vs. AJ Styles – WWE United States Championship (Battleground***
  • Vs. AJ Styles – WWE United States Championship (SummerSlam***3/4
  • HIAC: Vs. Shane McMahon (Hell in a Cell) ****
  • W/ Sami Zayn vs. Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura (Clash of Champions) **3/4

2018

  • Handicap: W/ Sami Zayn vs. AJ Styles – WWE Championship (Royal Rumble) ***
  • Six Pack Challenge – WWE Championship (Fastlane) ****1/4
  • W/ Sami Zayn vs. Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon (WrestleMania 34) **1/2
  • W/ Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley (Backlash) *1/2
  • Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Money in the Bank****
  • Steel Cage: Vs. Braun Strowman (Extreme Rules**1/2
  • Vs. Braun Strowman (SummerSlam1/2*
  • W/ Elias vs. John Cena & Bobby Lashley (Super ShowDown) *1/2

2019

  • Vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Mustafa Ali – WWE Championship (Fastlane) ****1/4
  • Vs. Kofi Kingston – WWE Championship (Money in the Bank) ***1/4
  • W/ Sami Zayn vs. The New Day (Stomping Grounds) ***3/4
  • Vs. Dolph Ziggler (Extreme Rules) N/R (not rated)
  • Vs. Shane McMahon (SummerSlam) **1/2
  • WarGames: W/ Ciampa, Lee & Dijakovic vs. The Undisputed Era (TakeOver: WarGames) ****3/4
  • W/ Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown vs. Team NXT (Survivor Series) ****1/4

2020

  • No DQ: Vs. Seth Rollins (WrestleMania 36) ***1/2

TOP FIVE

5. Miz, Zayn, Cesaro (Extreme Rules 2016)


4. John Cena (Money in the Bank 2015)

3. WarGames Match (TakeOver: WarGames 2019)

2. Sami Zayn (Battleground 2016)

1. John Cena (Elimination Chamber 2015)

Average rating per year
  • 2014 – 2
  • 2015 – 3.85
  • 2016 – 3.79
  • 2017 – 3.53
  • 2018 – 2.47
  • 2019 – 3.79
  • 2020 – 3.5
Overall average rating

3.28/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Don’t miss the next article here on Rating The Champ, we’ll be looking back at former WWE & World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena.

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Rating The Champ: Roman Reigns

Welcome to a new series on the website, called Rating The Champ. This will follow my prior World Title Series, where I reviewed each and every WWE Heavyweight Champion in history from Hulk Hogan’s first title win in 1984 all the way to the current days. Money in the Bank cash-ins will not be included for obvious reasons, unless it was a proper match (ie: Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006). Royal Rumble and battle royales won’t be included as well.

In this new series, I will rate all the PPV matches from each and every WWF/E Heavyweight Champion in history. To be fair, since this is the WWF/E title, I’ll only rate their PPV matches in the WWF/E. In this edition, we’ll be looking back at the PPV career of the one and only, former WWE & Universal Champion, Roman Reigns.

2012

  • TLC: W/ The Shield vs. Ryback & Team Hell No (TLC****1/2

2013

  • W/ The Shield vs. John Cena, Ryback & Sheamus (Elimination Chamber***3/4
  • W/ The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show (WrestleMania 29) ***
  • Tornado: W/ Seth Rollins vs. Team Hell No – WWE Tag Team Champonship (Extreme Rules**3/4
  • W/ Seth Rollins vs. Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton – WWE Tag Team Championship (Payback***1/4
  • W/ Seth Rollins vs. The Usos – WWE Tag Team Championship (Money in the Bank****
  • W/ Seth Rollins vs. The Prime Time Players – WWE Tag Team Championship (Night of Champions) **1/2
  • W/ Seth Rollins vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust (Battleground****1/2
  • W/ Seth Rollins vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The Usos – WWE Tag Team Championship (Hell in a Cell****
  • W/ The Shield & Real Americans vs. Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio & The Usos (Survivor Series***1/2
  • Handicap: W/ The Shield vs. CM Punk (TLC***

2014

  • W/ The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family (Elimination Chamber****1/2
  • W/ The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age Outlaws (WrestleMania XXX**
  • W/ The Shield vs. Evolution (Extreme Rules****1/2
  • No Holds Barred Elimination: W/ The Shield vs. Evolution (Payback****
  • Ladder Match – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Money in the Bank) ***3/4
  • Vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Battleground) ***1/4
  • Vs. Randy Orton (SummerSlam) ***1/2
  • Vs. Seth Rollins (Night of Champions) N/R (not rated)

2015

  • Vs. Daniel Bryan (Fastlane) ****
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (WrestleMania 31) ****1/2
  • Last Man Standing: Vs. Big Show (Extreme Rules) ***3/4
  • Vs. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Payback) ***3/4
  • Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Money in the Bank) ***1/2
  • Vs. Bray Wyatt (Battleground) ***1/2
  • W/ Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper (SummerSlam) ***1/4
  • W/ Ambrose & Jericho vs. The Wyatt Family (Night of Champions) ***3/4
  • HIAC: Vs. Bray Wyatt (Hell in a Cell) ***1/2
  • Vs. Alberto Del Rio (Survivor Series) ***1/4
  • Vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Survivor Series) **3/4
  • TLC: Vs. Sheamus – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (TLC) ***1/2

2016

  • Vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose (Fastlane) ****1/4
  • Vs. Triple H – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (WrestleMania 32) **
  • Vs. AJ Styles – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Payback) ****
  • Extreme Rules: Vs. AJ Styles – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Extreme Rules) ****1/2
  • Vs. Seth Rollins – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Money in the Bank) ***3/4
  • Vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Championship (Battleground) ***3/4
  • Vs. Rusev – WWE United States Championship (SummerSlam) N/R (not rated)
  • Vs. Rusev – WWE United States Championship (Clash of Champions) ***1/2
  • HIAC: Vs. Rusev – WWE United States Championship (Hell in a Cell) ***
  • W/ Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown (Survivor Series) ****1/2
  • Vs. Kevin Owens – WWE Universal Championship (Roadblock: End of the Line) ***

2017

  • No DQ: Vs. Kevin Owens – WWE Universal Championship (Royal Rumble) ****1/4
  • Vs. Braun Strowman (Fastlane***3/4
  • Vs. The Undertaker (WrestleMania 33) **
  • Vs. Braun Strowman (Payback***3/4
  • Five Pack Challenge (Extreme Rules****
  • Ambulance: Vs. Braun Strowman (Great Balls Of Fire***1/2
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe – WWE Universal Championship (SummerSlam****3/4
  • Vs. John Cena (No Mercy) ***1/2
  • W/ The Shield vs. The New Day (Survivor Series) ***3/4

2018

  • Elimination Chamber Match (Elimination Chamber***1/2
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Universal Championship (WrestleMania 34*
  • Steel Cage: Vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Universal Championship (Greatest Royal Rumble1/2*
  • Vs. Samoa Joe (Backlash) *1/2
  • Vs. Jinder Mahal (Money in the Bank) **
  • Vs. Bobby Lashley (Extreme Rules) ***1/2
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Universal Championship (SummerSlam**1/2
  • HIAC: Vs. Braun Strowman – WWE Universal Championship (Hell in a Cell) ***
  • W/ The Shield vs. The Dogs of War (Super ShowDown) ***3/4

2019

  • W/ The Shield vs. Corbin, McIntyre & Lashley (Fastlane) ****1/4
  • Vs. Drew McIntyre (WrestleMania 35) **
  • Vs. Elias (Money in the Bank) N/R (not rated)
  • Vs. Shane McMahon (Super ShowDown) *
  • Vs. Drew McIntyre (Stomping Grounds) ***3/4
  • W/ The Undertaker vs. Drew McIntyre & Shane McMahon (Extreme Rules) ***3/4
  • No DQ: Vs. Erick Rowan (Clash of Champions) ***
  • W/ Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan & Luke Harper (Hell in a Cell) ****
  • W/ Team Hogan vs. Team Flair (Crown Jewel) ***1/2
  • W/ Team SmackDown vs. Team RAW vs. Team NXT (Survivor Series****1/4
  • TLC: Vs. King Corbin (TLC) *1/4

2020

  • Falls Count Anywhere: Vs. King Corbin (Royal Rumble) ***1/4
  • Steel Cage: Vs. King Corbin (Super ShowDown) *1/2

TOP FIVE

5. Cody Rhodes & Goldust (Battleground 2013)

4. Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania 31)

3. Evolution (Extreme Rules 2014)

2. AJ Styles (Extreme Rules 2016)

1. Fatal 4 Way Match (SummerSlam 2017)

Overall average rating

3.33/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Don’t miss the next article here on Rating The Champ, where we’ll be looking back at the PPV career of former WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal.

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Rating The Champ: Seth Rollins

Welcome to a new series on the website, called Rating The Champ. This will follow my prior World Title Series, where I reviewed each and every WWE Heavyweight Champion in history from Hulk Hogan’s first title win in 1984 all the way to the current days. Money in the Bank cash-ins will not be included for obvious reasons, unless it was a proper match (ie: Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006). Royal Rumble and battle royales won’t be included as well.

In this new series, I will rate all the PPV matches from each and every WWF/E Heavyweight Champion in history. To be fair, since this is the WWF/E title, I’ll only rate their PPV matches in the WWF/E. In this edition, we’ll be looking back at the PPV career of the one and only, former WWE & Universal Champion, Seth Rollins.

2012

  • TLC: W/ The Shield vs. Ryback & Team Hell No (TLC) ****1/2

2013

  • W/ The Shield vs. John Cena, Ryback & Sheamus (Elimination Chamber) ***3/4
  • W/ The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show (WrestleMania 29) ***
  • Tornado: W/ Roman Reigns vs. Team Hell No – WWE Tag Team Champonship (Extreme Rules) **3/4
  • W/ Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton – WWE Tag Team Championship (Payback) ***1/4
  • W/ Roman Reigns vs. The Usos – WWE Tag Team Championship (Money in the Bank) ****
  • W/ Roman Reigns vs. The Prime Time Players – WWE Tag Team Championship (Night of Champions) **1/2
  • W/ Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust (Battleground) ****1/2
  • W/ Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The Usos – WWE Tag Team Championship (Hell in a Cell) ****
  • W/ The Shield & Real Americans vs. Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio & The Usos (Survivor Series) ***1/2
  • Handicap: W/ The Shield vs. CM Punk (TLC) ***

2014

  • W/ The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family (Elimination Chamber) ****1/2
  • W/ The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age Outlaws (WrestleMania XXX) **
  • W/ The Shield vs. Evolution (Extreme Rules) ****1/2
  • No Holds Barred Elimination: W/ The Shield vs. Evolution (Payback) ****
  • Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Money in the Bank) ****
  • Vs. Dean Ambrose (Battleground) N/R (not rated)
  • Lumberjack: Vs. Dean Ambrose (SummerSlam) ***1/2
  • Vs. Roman Reigns (Night of Champions) N/R (not rated)
  • HIAC: Vs. Dean Ambrose (Hell in a Cell) ****
  • W/ Team Authority vs. Team Cena (Survivor Series) ****1/2
  • Tables: Vs. John Cena (TLC) ***1/4

2015

  • Vs. Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Royal Rumble) ****3/4
  • W/ The Authority vs. Ziggler, Ryback & Rowan (Fastlane) *1/2
  • Vs. Randy Orton (WrestleMania 31) ***1/2
  • Steel Cage: Vs. Randy Orton – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Extreme Rules) ***
  • Vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Payback) ***3/4
  • Vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Elimination Chamber) ***3/4
  • Ladder: Vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Money in the Bank) ****1/4
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Battleground) **
  • Vs. John Cena – WWE US & World Championships (SummerSlam) ****1/4
  • Vs. John Cena – WWE United States Championship (Night of Champions) ****
  • Vs. Sting – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Night of Champions) ***1/2
  • Vs. Kane – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Hell in a Cell) ***

2016

  • Vs. Roman Reigns – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Money in the Bank) ***3/4
  • Vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns – WWE Championship (Battleground) ***3/4
  • Vs. Finn Bálor – WWE Universal Championship (SummerSlam) ****
  • Vs. Kevin Owens – WWE Universal Championship (Clash of Champions) ***
  • HIAC: Vs. Kevin Owens – WWE Universal Championship (Hell in a Cell) ***1/4
  • W/ Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown (Survivor Series) ****1/2
  • Vs. Chris Jericho (Roadblock: End of the Line) ***

2017

  • Unsactioned: Vs. Triple H (WrestleMania 33) ***1/4
  • Vs. Samoa Joe (Payback) ***
  • Five Pack Challenge (Extreme Rules) ****
  • Vs. Bray Wyatt (Great Balls of Fire) **1/2
  • W/ Dean Ambrose vs. The Bar – WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (SummerSlam) ****
  • W/ Dean Ambrose vs. The Bar – WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (No Mercy) ****1/4
  • TLC: W/ Angle & Ambrose vs. Miz, Braun, Kane & The Bar (TLC) ****1/4
  • W/ The Shield vs. The New Day (Survivor Series) ***3/4

2018

  • W/ Jason Jordan vs. The Bar – WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (Royal Rumble) *
  • Elimination Chamber Match (Elimination Chamber) ***1/2
  • Vs. The Miz vs. Finn Bálor – WWE Intercontnental Championship (WrestleMania 34) ****
  • Ladder: Vs. Finn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe vs. The Miz – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Greatest Royal Rumble) ***1/2
  • Vs. The Miz – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Backlash) ****1/4
  • Vs. Elias – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Money in the Bank) ***
  • Iron Man: Vs. Dolph Ziggler – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Extreme Rules) ***1/4
  • Vs. Dolph Ziggler – WWE Intercontinental Championship (SummerSlam) ***1/2
  • W/ Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre – WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (Hell in a Cell) ****1/2
  • W/ The Shield vs. The Dogs of War (Super ShowDown) ***3/4
  • Vs. Bobby Lashley (Crown Jewel) **
  • Vs. Dolph Ziggler (Crown Jewel) ***1/4
  • Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Survivor Series) ***3/4
  • Vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE Intercontinental Championship (TLC) **1/2

2019

  • W/ The Shield vs. Corbin, McIntyre & Lashley (Fastlane) ****1/4
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Universal Championship (WrestleMania 35) **
  • Vs. AJ Styles – WWE Universal Championship (Money in the Bank) ****1/4
  • Vs. Baron Corbin – WWE Universal Championship (Super ShowDown) **1/2
  • Vs. Baron Corbin – WWE Universal Championship (Stomping Grounds) **3/4
  • W/ Becky Lynch vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans – WWE RAW Women’s & WWE Universal Championship (Extreme Rules) *
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Universal Championship (SummerSlam) ****1/4
  • W/ Braun Strowman vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode – WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (Clash of Champions) **1/2
  • Vs. Braun Strowman – WWE Universal Championship (Clash of Champions) ***1/2
  • HIAC: Vs. The Fiend – WWE Universal Championship (Hell in a Cell) 1/2*
  • Falls Count Anywhere: Vs. The Fiend – WWE Universal Championship (Crown Jewel) **3/4
  • W/ Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown vs. Team NXT (Survivor Series) ****1/4

2020

  • W/ Murphy vs. The Street Profits – WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (Super ShowDown) **3/4
  • W/ Murphy vs. The Street Profits – WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (Elimination Chamber) ***
  • No DQ: Vs. Kevin Owens (WrestleMania 36) ***1/2

TOP FIVE

5. Ryback & Team Hell No (TLC 2012)

While still reigning as NXT Champion, Seth Rollins and The Shield made their debut at Survivor Series the prior month, costing Ryback the WWE Title. During the next number of weeks on TV, they went after numerous wrestlers – notably the then-tag champs Team Hell No, setting the stage for (a violent) debut match in a TLC bout at the eponymous PPV.

The Shield managed to use their numbers advantage to stay on top, constantly being able to avoid the big men’s strength and Bryan’s quickness by just working as a unit. The end saw The Shield win, despite Rollins dying a couple of minutes earlier after Ryback threw him off a giant ladder through a number of tables on the stage.

This has to be the most important match in the careers of all Shield members, individually and as a stable too.

4. The Wyatt Family (Elimination Chamber 2014)

Fast forward fourteen months, to a point where The Shield – particularly Reigns and Dean – were starting to fall apart, while Seth was trying to keep them together. To say this wasn’t the best time to face the dangerous Wyatt Family would be a huge understatement.

Seth was the ultimate babyface-in-peril in this bout, bumping all over the place and building up hot tags while using his speed to avoid the monsters. Ultimately, Reigns and Ambrose couldn’t work together, and that is what allowed the smart Bray Wyatt to hit the Sister Abigail on Reigns for the win.

3. Cody Rhodes & Goldust (Battleground 2013)

As good as athletics and technique are in wrestling, there’s nothing better than good storytelling with engaging characters. When you put them all together, magic happens and it reminds us why we keep watching the sport. That was this match.

With Cody Rhodes and Goldust fighting for their family against The Authority, the six amazing workers involved (including Dean and ‘The Dream’) created a moment fans will never forget – a simple old-school tag match full of emotion, and Dusty’s last great moment in the business. Simply spectacular.

2. Evolution (Extreme Rules 2014)

Now as babyfaces, the stable started a program with Evolution immediately after WrestleMania XXX. Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista had last worked together as a team on the May 3rd edition of RAW in the year 2004. Ten years and one day later, at Extreme Rules on May 4th in the year 2014, they were back to wrestle The Shield.

Rollins, as usual, played the babyface-in-peril role throughout most of the bout. The Shield beat the legendary faction after Rollins launched himself off the concourse onto Triple H and Orton while Reigns finished Batista inside the ring. The following month would see them beat Evolution again, before disbanding the following night on RAW.

1. Brock Lesnar, John Cena (Royal Rumble 2015)

Now no longer a member of The Shield, Rollins needed *that* first match on his own. He needed a match that would do to him what TLC 2012 did for The Shield. At Night of Champions in September 2014 he got involved in the Brock Lesnar/John Cena rivalry, setting the stage for a match at Royal Rumble 2015. One that would turn out to be *that* match.

Rollins and Cena smartly tried to avoid Lesnar as much as possible, constantly tossing him to the outside and trying to keep it one-on-one, only for the machine Lesnar to keep getting back in and take control. It looked like Brock’s broken ribs would take the belt off of him, as Rollins even pulled the Phoenix Splash, but ‘The Beast’ pinned Seth after the F5 to retain.

The real winner, however, was without any question Seth Rollins, who proved in his first big main-event title match that he belongs there.

Overall average rating

3.31/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Don’t miss the next piece here on Rating The Champ, where we’ll be looking back at former WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston.

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Rating The Champ: Bray Wyatt

Welcome to a new series on the website, called Rating The Champ. This will follow my prior World Title Series, where I reviewed each and every WWE Heavyweight Champion in history from Hulk Hogan’s first title win in 1984 all the way to the current days. Money in the Bank cash-ins will not be included for obvious reasons, unless it was a proper match (ie: Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006). Royal Rumble and battle royales won’t be included as well.

In this new series, I will rate all the PPV matches from each and every WWF/E Heavyweight Champion in history. To be fair, since this is the WWF/E title, I’ll only rate their PPV matches in the WWF/E. In this edition, we’ll be looking back at the PPV career of the one and only, former WWE & Universal Champion, Bray Wyatt.

2013

  • Ring Of Fire: Vs. Kane (SummerSlam) *
  • Vs. Kofi Kingston (Battleground) **
  • Handicap: W/ The Wyatt Family vs. Daniel Bryan (TLC) ***1/4

2014

  • Vs. Daniel Bryan (Royal Rumble) ****
  • W/ The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield (Elimination Chamber) ****1/2
  • Vs. John Cena (WrestleMania XXX) ***1/2
  • Steel Cage: Vs. John Cena (Extreme Rules) *1/2
  • Last Man Standing: Vs. John Cena (Payback) ****
  • Ladder Match – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Money in the Bank) ****
  • Vs. Chris Jericho (Battleground) ***
  • Vs. Chris Jericho (SummerSlam) ***1/4
  • Vs. Dean Ambrose (Survivor Series) ***
  • TLC: Vs. Dean Ambrose (TLC) ***1/2

2015

  • Vs. The Undertaker (WrestleMania 31) **1/2
  • Vs. Ryback (Payback) **1/2
  • Vs. Roman Reigns (Battleground) ***1/2
  • W/ Luke Harper vs. Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose (SummerSlam) ***1/4
  • W/ The Wyatt Family vs. Reigns, Ambrose & Jericho (Night of Champions) ***3/4
  • HIAC: Vs. Roman Reigns (Hell in a Cell) ***1/2
  • W/ Luke Harper vs. The Undertaker & Kane (Survivor Series) **3/4
  • Elimination Tag Team Tables: W/ Wyatt Family vs. Team ECW (TLC**3/4

2016

  • Handicap: W/ Luke Harper vs. Brock Lesnar (Roadblock) **1/2
  • W/ The Wyatt Family vs. The New Day (Battleground) ***
  • Vs. Randy Orton (Backlash) N/R (not rated)
  • No Holds Barred: Vs. Kane (Backlash) **1/2
  • Vs. Randy Orton (No Mercy) **3/4
  • W/ Team SmackDown vs. Team RAW (Survivor Series) ****1/2
  • W/ Randy Orton vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno – WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (TLC) **

2017

  • Elimination Chamber Match – WWE Championship (Elimination Chamber) ****1/2
  • Vs. Randy Orton – WWE Championship (WrestleMania 33) DUD
  • House of Horrors: Vs. Randy Orton (Payback) DUD
  • Five Pack Challenge (Extreme Rules) ****
  • Vs. Seth Rollins (Great Balls Of Fire) **1/2
  • Vs. Finn Bálor (SummerSlam) **3/4
  • Vs. Finn Bálor (No Mercy) ***

2018

  • Vs. Matt Hardy (Elimination Chamber) **
  • W/ Matt Hardy vs. The Bar – WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (Greatest Royal Rumble) **
  • W/ Matt Hardy vs. The B-Team – WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (Extreme Rules) **

2019

  • Vs. Finn Bálor (SummerSlam) **1/2
  • HIAC: Vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Universal Championship (Hell in a Cell) 1/2*
  • Falls Count Anywhere: Vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Universal Championship (Crown Jewel) **3/4
  • Vs. Daniel Bryan – WWE Universal Championship (Survivor Series) ****
  • Vs. The Miz (TLC) *

2020

  • Strap: Vs. Daniel Bryan – WWE Universal Championship (Royal Rumble) ****1/4
  • Vs. Goldberg – WWE Universal Championship (Super ShowDown) DUD
  • Firefly Fun House: Vs. John Cena (WrestleMania 36) N/R (not rated)

TOP FIVE

5. Daniel Bryan (Royal Rumble 2014)

The Bray Wyatt character made his debut in the summer of 2013, and this was only his fourth PPV match up until that point. Wyatt started the feud with Bryan after Hell in a Cell 2013, with Bryan at one point even joining The Family only to then attack Wyatt inside the cage in that awesome moment on RAW.

The two had a spectacular match at Royal Rumble 2014, which ultimately saw Wyatt catch Bryan with a Sister Abigail into the barricade on the outside followed by another inside for the win.

This was Wyatt’s biggest win in his entire career up until that point, as well as a fantastic bout itself.

4. Daniel Bryan (Royal Rumble 2020)

Fast forward six years, these two were once again wrestling each other. This time for the Universal Title, with Wyatt as his ‘Fiend’ gimmick, and in a Strap Match – which has to be a tough gimmick match to work.

Bryan eventually managed to make the people buy his nearfalls after taking a beating with the strap, and when he finally exploded with his own shots with the strap the crowd absolutely exploded… only for Fiend to put him in the Mandible Claw and win.

3. SmackDown vs. RAW (Survivor Series 2016)

The participants were: AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton & Shane McMahon for SmackDown ; Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman for RAW.

Wyatt and Orton had just recently formed ‘The New Wyatt Family’, and they were the final two for SmackDown against RAW’s Reigns and Rollins. Orton eliminated Rollins with the RKO, before taking a bullet for a team and eating Reigns’ Spear, allowing Wyatt to hit the Sister Abigail for the win.

2. The Shield (Elimination Chamber 2014)

After Bray’s win over Daniel Bryan at Royal Rumble, him and his Family took on The Shield at Elimination Chamber during a time The Shield were teasing a breakup.

The Wyatt Family took advantage of that, ending with Wyatt pinning Roman Reigns after a fantastic finishing sequence between all six men.

1. Elimination Chamber Match (Elimination Chamber 2017)

The participants were Bray Wyatt, John Cena, AJ Styles, The Miz, Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin. The match was for Cena’s WWE Championship.

Wyatt came in fourth, surviving until the final three alongside Cena and Styles, pinning both men to win the match and capture his first WWE Championship.

Overall average rating

2.73/5

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Don’t miss the next piece here on Rating The Champ, where I’ll be looking back at former WWE & Universal Champion, Seth Rollins.

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Rating The Champ: Brock Lesnar

Welcome to a new series on the website, called Rating The Champ. This will follow my prior World Title Series, where I reviewed each and every WWE Heavyweight Champion in history from Hulk Hogan’s first title win in 1984 all the way to the current days. Money in the Bank cash-ins will not be included for obvious reasons, unless it was a proper match (ie: Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006). Royal Rumble and battle royales won’t be included as well.

In this new series, I will rate all the PPV matches from each and every WWF/E Heavyweight Champion in history. To be fair, since this is the WWF/E title, I’ll only rate their PPV matches in the WWF/E. In this edition, we’ll be looking back at the PPV career of the one and only, former WWE & Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar.

2002

  • Vs. Jeff Hardy (Backlash) *
  • W/ Paul Heyman vs. The Hardy Boyz (Judgment Day) **
  • Vs. Test (King of the Ring) *
  • Vs. Rob Van Dam (King of the Ring) *1/2
  • Vs. Rob Van Dam – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Vengeance) **
  • Vs. The Rock – WWE Undisputed Championship (SummerSlam) ****1/2
  • Vs. The Undertaker – WWE Championship (Unforgiven) ***
  • HIAC: Vs. The Undertaker – WWE Championship (No Mercy) ***3/4
  • Vs. Big Show – WWE Championship (Survivor Series) **1/4

2003

  • Vs. Big Show (Royal Rumble) *1/2
  • W/ Chris Benoit vs. Team Angle (No Way Out) ****
  • Vs. Kurt Angle – WWE Championship (WrestleMania XIX) ****3/4
  • Vs. John Cena – WWE Championship (Backlash) **3/4
  • Stretcher: Vs. Big Show – WWE Championship (Judgment Day) ***1/2
  • Vs. Kurt Angle vs. Big Show – WWE Championship (Vengeance) ***3/4
  • Vs. Kurt Angle – WWE Championship (SummerSlam) ****1/4
  • Biker Chain: Vs. The Undertaker – WWE Championship (No Mercy) **
  • W/ Team Lesnar vs. Team Angle (Survivor Series) ***

2004

  • Vs. Hardcore Holly – WWE Championship (Royal Rumble) 1/2*
  • Vs. Eddie Guerrero – WWE Championship (No Way Out) ****1/2
  • Vs. Goldberg (WrestleMania XX) 1/2*

Second run

  • Extreme Rules: Vs. John Cena (Extreme Rules 2012) ****3/4
  • Vs. Triple H (SummerSlam 2012) ***1/2
  • No Holds Barred: Vs. Triple H (WrestleMania 29) **1/2
  • Steel Cage: Vs. Triple H (Extreme Rules 2013) ****
  • No DQ: Vs. CM Punk (SummerSlam 2013) *****
  • Vs. Big Show (Royal Rumble 2014) *
  • Vs. The Undertaker (WrestleMania XXX) **
  • Vs. John Cena – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (SummerSlam 2014) ****1/4
  • Vs. John Cena – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Night of Champions 2014) ***3/4
  • Vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Royal Rumble 2015) ****3/4
  • Vs. Roman Reigns – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (WrestleMania 31) ****1/2
  • Vs. Seth Rollins – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Battleground 2015) **
  • Vs. The Undertaker (SummerSlam 2015) ****
  • HIAC: Vs. The Undertaker (Hell in a Cell 2015) ****1/2
  • Vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose (Fastlane 2016) ****1/4
  • Handicap: Vs. The Wyatt Family (Roadblock 2016) **1/2
  • Street Fight: Vs. Dean Ambrose (WrestleMania 32) ***
  • Vs. Randy Orton (SummerSlam 2016) ***
  • Vs. Goldberg (Survivor Series 2016) N/R (not rated)
  • Vs. Goldberg – WWE Universal Championship (WrestleMania 33) ***1/2
  • Vs. Samoa Joe – WWE Universal Championship (Great Balls Of Fire 2017) ***1/2
  • Vs. Joe vs. Reigns vs. Strowman – WWE Universal Chapionship (SummerSlam 2017) ****3/4
  • Vs. Braun Strowman – WWE Universal Championship (No Mercy 2017) **
  • Vs. AJ Styles (Survivor Series 2017) ****1/2
  • Vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kane – WWE Universal Championship (Royal Rumble 2018) *
  • Vs. Roman Reigns – WWE Universal Championship (WrestleMania 34) *
  • Steel Cage: Vs. Roman Reigns – WWE Universal Championship (Greatest Royal Rumble 2018) 1/2*
  • Vs. Roman Reigns – WWE Universal Championship (SummerSlam 2018) **1/2
  • Vs. Braun Strowman – WWE Universal Championship (Crown Jewel 2018) 1/4*
  • Vs. Daniel Bryan (Survivor Series 2018) ****1/2
  • Vs. Finn Bálor – WWE Universal Championship (Royal Rumble 2019) ***3/4
  • Vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Universal Championship (WrestleMania 35) **
  • Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Money in the Bank 2019) ****1/4
  • Vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Universal Championship (SummerSlam 2019) ****1/4
  • Vs. Cain Velasquez – WWE Championship (Crown Jewel 2019) DUD
  • No DQ: Vs. Rey Mysterio – WWE Championship (Survivor Series 2019) ***3/4
  • Vs. Ricochet – WWE Championship (Super ShowDown 2020) DUD
  • Vs. Drew McIntyre – WWE Championship (WrestleMania 36) 1/2*

TOP FIVE

5. John Cena (Extreme Rules 2012)

After WrestleMania XXVIII, Brock Lesnar came back to wrestling for the first time since his bout with Kurt Angle in 2007. He attacked John Cena in his first night back, starting a feud between the two.

In the match’s first minute, Lesnar immediately made Cena bleed and just proceeded to kill him from bell to bell, using the most lethal of weapons in this exreme rules bout : his own hands.

That is until the end, where Cena for some reason wins the match with a single AA into the steps to beat Brock in his first match back… only to lose to John Laurinaitis at the next PPV. That was indeed a thing that happened.

4. Fatal 4 Way Match (SummerSlam 2017)

At this point, Lesnar had been the Universal Champion since WrestleMania, having retained against Samoa Joe the prior month. Meanwhile, Reigns and Strowman had been feuding for ages and they were added to the title match as well.

Brock did a spectacular job of making Braun Strowman look like a badass in this match, being overpowered by him numerous times and even taking two Powerslams through the table.

Near the end, Lesnar made his way back in the ring and took advantage of the fact Braun had been taken out for a while, hitting Reigns with the F5 to retain.

3. Triple Threat Match (Royal Rumble 2015)

Back at SummerSlam 2014, Lesnar had murdered John Cena to win the WWE Title, and Seth Rollins got involved in their rematch at Night of Champions the following month to set up this match.

Brock at this point was an absolute monster, and both challengers sold him like a big deal and tried to take him out of the match as much as possible.

After breaking Lesnar’s ribs and taking him out on the floor, Brock made his way back in and took out both guys before putting Seth away with the F5 for the win to retain.

2. Kurt Angle (WrestleMania XIX)

Despite being a former WWE Champion already, Brock Lesnar needed this. He had spent most of his career in WWE up until that point working “main event WWE style matches” with the likes of Undertaker and Big Show, but Lesnar was an amateur wrestling champion.

His opponent, Kurt Angle, was an olympic Gold Medal winner in amateur wrestling. This was exactly the style Lesnar needed to prove how damn good he is (and boy is he great), and there was no better opponent than Angle.

The match tells a great story and is a technical masterpiece, and had it not been for that ending it could’ve been number one on this list.

1. CM Punk (SummerSlam 2013)

In his first year back to wrestling in WWE, Lesnar had won two matches out of four. To say John Cena and (especially) Triple H didn’t need to be the ones beating Brock so early in his second run would be the understatement of the decade.

Lesnar needed a new opponent, a fresh match: enter CM Punk. Not only was the story with Paul Heyman fantastic, but also the match was believable and engaging from start to finish.

Lesnar dominated Punk, as he should’ve, and Punk was only able to fight back after taking advantage of where he was (ie: the ringpost). The ending saw Punk almost get the big babyface win, only for Heyman to get involved and get his ass kicked, which then allowed Lesnar to kill Punk with the chair followed by the F5 for the academic win.

For the record, this is not my favorite Brock Lesnar match ever, that would be the Iron Man bout with Angle on SmackDown – however, do not forget, these pieces only look back at PPV matches.

Overall average rating

2.82/5

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Don’t miss the next piece on Rating The Champ, where I’ll be looking back at former WWE & Universal Champion, Bray Wyatt.

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Rating The Champ: Goldberg

Welcome to a new series on the website, called Rating The Champ. This will follow my prior World Title Series, where I reviewed each and every WWE Heavyweight Champion in history from Hulk Hogan’s first title win in 1984 all the way to the current days. Money in the Bank cash-ins will not be included for obvious reasons, unless it was a proper match (ie: Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006). Royal Rumble and battle royales won’t be included as well.

In this new series, I will rate all the PPV matches from each and every WWF/E Heavyweight Champion in history. To be fair, since this is the WWF/E title, I’ll only rate their PPV matches in the WWF/E. In this edition, we’ll be looking back at the PPV career of the one and only, former World Heavyweight & Universal Champion, Goldberg.

First run

  • Vs. The Rock (Backlash) ***
  • Vs. Chris Jericho (Bad Blood) ***1/2
  • Elimination Chamber Match – World Heavyweight Championship (SummerSlam) ***1/4
  • Vs. Triple H – World Heavyweight Championship (Unforgiven) **
  • Vs. Triple H – World Heavyweight Championship (Survivor Series) **3/4
  • Vs. Triple H vs. Kane – World Heavyweight Championship (Armageddon) *1/2
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania XX) 1/2*

Second run

  • Vs. Brock Lesnar (Survivor Series 2016) N/R (not rated)
  • Vs. Kevin Owens – WWE Universal Championship (Fastlane 2017) DUD
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Universal Championship (WrestleMania 33) ***1/2
  • Vs. The Undertaker (Super ShowDown 2019) DUD
  • Vs. Dolph Ziggler (SummerSlam 2019) **1/2
  • Vs. The Fiend – WWE Universal Championship (Super ShowDown 2020) DUD
  • Vs. Braun Strowman – WWE Universal Championship (WrestleMania 36) 1/2*

TOP FIVE

5. Triple H (Survivor Series 2003)

To say Bill Goldberg’s WWE run wasn’t particularly the greatest would be the understatement of the century. Making the man sell for over ten minutes was a horrible idea, because not only was he bad at it, but also his character didn’t need it at all.

However, at least in this match Goldberg’s comeback made him look like a million bucks. He kicked the sledgehammer out of Triple H’s hands, destroyed the rest of Evolution with it, tossed it down and symbolically finished Hunter with his usual moves.

Let’s just ignore Triple H ended up pinning Goldberg anyway the following month, therefore making this match not mean as much.

4. The Rock (Backlash 2003)

Bill Goldberg arrived in WWE immediately after WrestleMania XIX, to feud with The Rock. He speared Rock right into tomorrow, and the two wrestled at Backlash.

The problem of having Goldberg sell for a long time was still there, but at least The Rock was there to cover those parts with his incredible charisma and over-the-top selling of Goldberg that made him look dangerous the whole time.

The Rock ultimately gets a little bit too cocky, which allows Goldberg to kill him with two consecutive Spears followed by the Jackhammer.

3. Elimination Chamber Match (SummerSlam 2003)

The participants were Goldberg, Randy Orton, Kevin Nash, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels and Triple H. The match was for Hunter’s World Championship.

This was without any question, the match that made Goldberg look more badass in his first WWE run… until the end, that is. Goldberg was the last to enter, with Nash already gone.

In five or six minutes, he absolutely murdered and eliminated Orton, Michaels and Jericho only for Triple H to then pin Goldberg with a single sledgehammer shot.

2. Chris Jericho (Bad Blood 2003)

The build-up to this match saw Jericho constantly being able to avoid Goldberg, and running away after getting his little cheapshot in.

Once the bell rings, Goldberg is finally able to get his hands on Jericho and his aggression eventually gets the better of… Goldberg. He knocks himself out going for a Spear through the barricade, injuring his shoulder.

Jericho works on that shoulder for a couple of minutes, until Goldberg makes the inevitable comeback. However, the Spear hurts him as well, and allows Jericho to put him in th Walls. Goldberg absolutely explodes out of that, though, and puts him away with another Spear followed by the Jackhammer.

1. Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania 33)

Remember their absolutely horrible and long match at WrestleMania XX? This was the total opposite, and that’s exactly why it was much, much, much, much, MUCH better.

From the moment the match started, the two bulls went after each other with their signature moves. They destroyed each other, destroyed the barricade at ringside and then went home. Short, simple and effective.

In the end, Lesnar became the first man to kick out of the Jackhammer and beat Goldberg cleanly. What would’ve happened way back in 2004, had Lesnar not decided to leave.

Overall average rating

1.77/5

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Don’t miss the next piece here on Rating The Champ, where I’ll be looking back at former WWE & Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar.

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Rating The Champ: Braun Strowman

Welcome to a new series on the website, called Rating The Champ. This will follow my prior World Title Series, where I reviewed each and every WWE Heavyweight Champion in history from Hulk Hogan’s first title win in 1984 all the way to the current days. Money in the Bank cash-ins will not be included for obvious reasons, unless it was a proper match (ie: Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006). Royal Rumble and battle royales won’t be included as well.

In this new series, I will rate all the PPV matches from each and every WWF/E Heavyweight Champion in history. To be fair, since this is the WWF/E title, I’ll only rate their PPV matches in the WWF/E. In this first edition, we’ll be looking back at the PPV career of the one and only, current Universal Champion, Braun Strowman.

2015

  • W/ Wyatt Family vs. Reigns, Ambrose & Jericho (Night of Champions) ***1/2
  • Elimination Tag Team Tables: W/ Wyatt Family vs. Team ECW (TLC) **3/4

2016

  • W/ Wyatt Family vs. Kane, Show & Ryback (Fastlane) *1/2
  • W/ Wyatt Family vs. The New Day (Battleground) ***1/4
  • W/ Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown (Survivor Series) ****1/2
  • Vs. Sami Zayn (Roadblock: End Of The Line) *

2017

  • Vs. Roman Reigns (Fastlane) ***3/4
  • Vs. Roman Reigns (Payback) ***3/4
  • Ambulance: Vs. Roman Reigns (Great Balls Of Fire) ***1/2
  • Vs. Lesnar vs. Reigns vs. Joe – WWE Universal Championship (SummerSlam) ****3/4
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Universal Championship (No Mercy) *1/2
  • TLC: Vs. The Shield (TLC) ***3/4
  • W/ Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown (Survivor Series) **1/4

2018

  • Vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Kane – WWE Universal Championship (Royal Rumble) *
  • Elimination Chamber Match (Elimination Chamber) ***1/4
  • W/ Nicholas vs. The Bar – WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (WrestleMania 34) DUD
  • W/ Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (Backlash) *1/4
  • Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Money in the Bank) ****
  • Steel Cage: Vs. Kevin Owens (Extreme Rules) **1/2
  • Vs. Kevin Owens (SummerSlam) 1/2*
  • HIAC Match: Vs. Roman Reigns – Universal Championship (Hell in a Cell) ***
  • W/ The Dogs Of War vs. The Shield (Super ShowDown) ***3/4
  • Vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Universal Championship (Crown Jewel) 1/2*
  • W/ Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown (Survivor Series) ***1/2
  • TLC: Vs. Baron Corbin (TLC) DUD

2019

  • No DQ: Vs. Baron Corbin (Elimination Chamber) *
  • Vs. Bobby Lashley (Super ShowDown) 3/4*
  • Last Man Standing: Vs. Bobby Lashley (Extreme Rules) ***1/2
  • W/ Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode – WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (Clash of Champions) **1/2
  • Vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Universal Championship (Clash of Champions) ***1/2
  • W/ Viking Raiders vs. The OC (Hell in a Cell) *
  • Vs. Tyson Fury (Crown Jewel) DUD
  • W/ Team SmackDown vs. Team RAW vs. Team NXT (Survivor Series) ****1/4

2020

  • Handicap: Vs. Zayn, Cesaro & Nakamura – WWE Intercontinental Championship (Elimination Chamber) *1/2
  • Vs. Goldberg – WWE Universal Championship (WrestleMania 36) 1/2*

TOP FIVE

5. Roman Reigns (Payback 2017)

After the 2016 Draft, it was obvious Braun Strowman was about to receive the push of his life. That is until his streak ended at the hands of Roman Reigns at Fastlane (of all places), and losing the Battle Royal at the WrestleMania 33 pre-show to Mojo Rawley (of all people). Just like that, fans were getting flashbacks to guys like Heidenreich.

This match against Roman Reigns at Payback came at the perfect time, putting Braun right back on the map before it was too late. He took advantage of Reigns’ injured shoulder to pick up the victory, destroying Reigns after the match was over as well.

This was unquestionably one of Braun’s most important matches of his entire career.

4. Money in the Bank 2018

The other participants were Kevin Owens, Rusev, Bobby Roode, Finn Bálor, The Miz, Samoa Joe and Kofi Kingston.

Braun was not only the winner of this match (which was a horrible idea, but that’s a topic for another day), he was also one of the highlights. Everyone started going after Braun, taking him out with ladders on the outside.

He tried to make numerous comebacks but was unsuccessful most of the times, before finally exploding and running over everyone to capture the briefcase. He was also involved in the most memorable spot of the match, absolutely killing Kevin Owens by tossing him off the ladder through some tables.

3. RAW vs. SmackDown vs. NXT (Survivor Series 2019)

Braun spent this match doing big things and teasing big confrontations with NXT wrestlers like WALTER and Keith Lee, only to be stopped by other heels.

He finally made his big comeback train around the ring around ten minutes into the match, but Keith Lee was enough to stop him and take him out via count-out.

Braun did a good job here of putting over Keith Lee, was protected in defeat and his team still won the match despite his elimination.

2. RAW vs. SmackDown (Survivor Series 2016)

The participants were Universal Champion Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman for RAW ; WWE Champion AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton & Shane McMahon for SmackDown.

Braun came into this match still undefeated, having destroyed every single one of his opponents since the Draft in July. As soon as he tagged in, he stopped Dean Ambrose’s dive in mid-air and proceeded to murder Shane McMahon as well.

Braun eliminated Dean Ambrose with the Powerslam, the number-one contender to the WWE Championship at the time, no less. Just a few minutes later, he was the victim of an RKO on the floor, while James Ellsworth prevented him from beating the count and eliminating him.

1. Fatal 4 Way (SummerSlam 2017)

At this point, it was clear Roman Reigns would battle Brock Lesnar at the following year’s WrestleMania. Meanwhile, Reigns had been feuding with Braun Strowman for months, while Samoa Joe had been in a superb program with Lesnar two months earlier.

Braun started the bout confronting Lesnar, actually getting the better of him. He then killed BOTH Joe and Reigns by tossing a chair at them, before putting Lesnar out for a while with a couple of Powerslams through the table.

A Spear from Reigns finally stopped Braun, and Lesnar took advantage of that little moment with Braun down to hit the F5 on Reigns to retain. This was by far the match that made Braun look like a f*cking monster the most, and without any question his best match so far for the current ‘Blueniversal’ champion.

Overall average rating

2.33/5

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Don’t miss the next piece of the Rating The Champ series, where I’ll be looking back at former World Heavyweight & Universal Champion, Goldberg.

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WWE World Titles – 2016

Welcome to my blog. This is the start of a new series, where I’ll be looking back at the history of WWE World Titles (not counting ECW) and ranking all the World Title reigns since the “Modern Era”. The “Modern Era” goes all the way back to the birth of Hulkamania in 1984, and that’s where we’ll end. Today we look back at the year 2016, and we’ll continue to go back from here.

In front of my star ratings for the matches, you’ll either see “HR”, “R” or “RTA”. “HR” means the match is highly recommended ; “R” means the match is recommended ; “RTA” means recommendation to avoid. In case nothing appears, the match is watchable but nothing spectacular.

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP

Roman Reigns (December 14, 2015 – January 24, 2016)

  • Televised matches: 7
  • Record: 5-1 (1 draw)

My match ratings:

  • Roman Reigns def. Sheamus(c) – RAW Dec. 14 2015 (***)
  • Triple H wins Royal Rumble Match – Royal Rumble 2016 (****) *HR*

This reign was just a way to set up Reigns’ eventual “real” win in the main-event of WrestleMania 32. He captured the then-WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Sheamus on the episode of RAW following TLC 2015, holding the belt for little over a month before being forced to defend it in that year’s Royal Rumble Match. There, he’d lose the title to Triple H, setting up their WrestleMania encounter and Reigns’ moment. The feud with The League of Nations and the whole “Reigns vs. everyone” storyline were really bad, but at least his big title win did get a big reaction. In Philadelphia, no less! That wouldn’t last, though, and the reign itself was only used as a bridge.

Rating: 2/10

Triple H (January 24, 2016 – April 3, 2016)

  • Televised matches: 4
  • Record: 3-1

My match ratings:

  • Triple H wins Royal Rumble Match – Royal Rumble 2016 (****) *HR*
  • Triple H(c) def. Dean Ambrose – Roadblock 2016 (****1/2) *HR*
  • Roman Reigns def. Triple H(c) – WrestleMania 32 (**) *RTA*

It’s still weird to think that Triple H was the WWE Champion in 2016! He won it in said Royal Rumble Match from the number thirty spot, and then went on to have three matches as champion. The first was a hidden gem against Dean Ambrose at Roadblock in March, with the gold on the line. If you’ve never seen the match, it’s well worth giving it a look. The second was on the following episode of RAW, defeating Dolph Ziggler before dropping the title to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 32. That match is not horrible, but for a WrestleMania, it’s pretty damn boring and the crowd is dead for most of it. Pretty much until Stephanie gets speared. Still, two recommended matches out of three rated above it not bad at all. Weird reign but not particularly bad.

Rating: 3/10

Roman Reigns (April 3, 2016 – June 19, 2016)

  • Televised matches: 11
  • Record: 8-2 (1 draw)

My match ratings:

  • Roman Reigns def. Triple H(c) – WrestleMania 32 (**) *RTA*
  • Roman Reigns(c) def. AJ Styles – Payback 2016 (****) *R*
  • Roman Reigns(c) def. AJ Styles – Extreme Rules 2016 (****1/2) *HR*
  • Seth Rollins def. Roman Reigns(c) – Money in the Bank 2016 (***3/4) *R*

I’m gonna start by saying I don’t like the way this reign began. The match with Triple H was bad in my opinion, and the “not a good guy, not a bad guy, the guy” promo the following night on RAW was one of the lamest promos I’ve ever seen. However, with that out of the way, the rest of his reign was pretty good. Sure, he was never good at promos or engaging on TV, but the feuds with AJ and Seth resulted in some really good matches. In fact, if you take a look back at the list above, all three of his PPV matches as champion are (highly) recommended. The suspension in the end was a bad way for the reign to end too, but he delivered as champion during this reign.

Rating: 6/10

Seth Rollins (June 19, 2016)

  • Televised matches: 2
  • Record: 1-1

My match ratings:

  • Seth Rollins def. Roman Reigns(c) – Money in the Bank 2016 (***3/4) *R*
  • Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins(c) in a MITB cash-in – Money in the Bank 2016 (N/R)

In his first match back from injury, Seth Rollins won back the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with a win over Roman Reigns. A few minutes later, Dean Ambrose cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and won the title. That was Rollins’ second reign. Good match against Reigns, but still… it lasted less than five minutes!

Rating: -/10

Dean Ambrose (June 19, 2016 – September 11, 2016)

  • Televised matches: 14
  • Record: 9-3 (2 draws)

My match ratings:

  • Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins(c) in a MITB cash-in – Money in the Bank 2016 (N/R)
  • Dean Ambrose(c) def. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns – Battleground 2016 (***3/4) *R*
  • Dean Ambrose(c) def. Dolph Ziggler – SummerSlam 2016 (**1/2)
  • AJ Styles def. Dean Ambrose(c) – Backlash 2016 (****1/4) *R*

Who can ever forget the night Dean Ambrose captured the WWE Championship? After winning the Money in the Bank contract earlier that night, Ambrose cashed it in after the main-event and made sure that every member of the former Shield held the title on that very same show. After this, Ambrose defended the gold in a triple threat match against both of his former brothers. The match itself was obviously good, but it was more about SmackDown vs. RAW nonsense than their own story, which is a shame. A disappointing match with Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam followed, before dropping the gold to AJ Styles in what was the best match of his entire reign. Looking at things long-term: in July, he’s SmackDown’s first draft pick and he’s the freakin’ WWE Champion ; at the first WrestleMania following said draft, he’s on the pre-show. With that said… was it a success? I don’t think so.

Rating: 4/10

AJ Styles (September 11, 2016 – January 29, 2017)

  • Televised matches: 15
  • Record: 6-6 (3 draws)

My match ratings:

  • AJ Styles def. Dean Ambrose(c) – Backlash 2016 (****1/4) *R*
  • AJ Styles(c) def. John Cena and Dean Ambrose – No Mercy (***3/4) *R*
  • Team SmackDown def. Team RAW – Survivor Series 2016 (****1/2) *HR*
  • AJ Styles(c) def. Dean Ambrose – TLC Match – TLC 2016 (****1/2) *HR*
  • John Cena def. AJ Styles(c) – Royal Rumble 2017 (*****) *HR*

Don’t let that win/loss record fool you – AJ was a heel at this point, and he lost most of his TV matches. James Ellsworth himself gave Styles three of his six losses as champion! However, look at that list of matches above. Five PPV matches, four of them for the gold, all of them are (highly) recommended and one is a five-star classic. AJ’s heel work at this time was also fantastic, especially after his win over John Cena at SummerSlam. He was one of the reasons that made SmackDown LIVE so enjoyable each and every week in late 2016, along with Miz, Ziggler, The Wyatt’s, Slater & Rhyno, etc. However, his booking was too weak to give him ten, but apart from that it was perfect. Or should I say phenomenal.

Rating: 9/10

WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Finn Bálor (August 21, 2016 – August 22, 2016)

  • Televised matches: 1
  • Record: 1-0

My match ratings:

Finn Bálor def. Seth Rollins – SummerSlam 2016 (****) *R*

Finn Bálor was one of RAW’s first draft picks in the 2016 Draft, having recently lost his NXT Championship to Samoa Joe after a long and really good reign. In his first night on RAW, Bálor won a four way and defeated Roman Reigns cleanly. That gave him the right to face Seth Rollins at SummerSlam to determine the inaugural Universal Champion. The match was great, but the crowd spent the majority of it chanting about how shitty the belt is (which it is, to be fair) and also saw Finn get injured as Seth’s Sting-killer-powerbomb ended up killing him as well. And that was it for Bálor, as he had to vacate the belt the following night on RAW.

Rating: -/10

Kevin Owens (August 29, 2016 – March 5, 2017)

  • Televised matches: 27
  • Record: 15-12

My match ratings:

  • Kevin Owens def. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Big Cass – RAW Aug. 29 2016 (***)
  • Kevin Owens(c) def. Seth Rollins – Clash of Champions 2016 (***1/4)
  • Kevin Owens(c) def. Seth Rollins in a HIAC Match – Hell in a Cell 2016 (***1/2)
  • Team SmackDown def. Team RAW – Survivor Series 2016 (****1/2) *HR*
  • Kevin Owens(c) def. Roman Reigns – Roadblock: End of the Line 2016 (***)
  • Kevin Owens(c) def. Roman Reigns in a No DQ Match – Royal Rumble 2017 (****1/2) *HR*
  • Goldberg def. Kevin Owens(c) – Fastlane 2017 (DUD)

When Kevin Owens won the Universal Title, nobody could’ve seen it coming. As soon as he appeared with Chris Jericho the next week and Jericho referred to Owens as “longest reigning Universal Champion in history”, I was instantly into their act. I wasn’t watching RAW at this time, but I would at least make sure to check their segments on WWE’s YouTube channel every week. They were easily the only reason to watch RAW on a weekly basis, and the belt was a very important part of their act. Owens’ matches as champion were all good, despite being repetitive, and his reign was enjoyable. The Lesnar/Goldberg feud didn’t need the title at all, and Owens’ reign deserved a much better ending than just randomly losing it to Goldberg in three seconds at Fastlane, of all places. The ending really hurts this reign looking back, but it does receive a very high six for being very enjoyable while it lasted.

Rating: 6/10

ALL-TIME CHAMPIONS RANKING

  1. Daniel Bryan (WWE Championship, 13/11/2018 – 07/04/2019) 9
  2. AJ Styles (WWE Championship, 11/09/2016 – 29/01/2017) 9
  3. AJ Styles (WWE Championship, 07/11/2017 – 13/11/2018) 7
  4. Kevin Owens (WWE Universal Championship, 29/08/2016- 05/03/2017) 6
  5. Roman Reigns (WWE Championship, 03/04/2016 – 19/06/2016) 6
  6. Brock Lesnar (Universal Championship, 02/11/2018 – 07/04/2019) 5
  7. Seth Rollins (Universal Championship, 11/08/2019 – 31/10/2019) 5
  8. John Cena (WWE Championship, 29/01/2017 – 12/02/2017) 5
  9. Dean Ambrose (WWE Championship, 19/06/2016 – 11/09/2016) 4
  10. Kofi Kingston (WWE Championship, 07/04/2019 – 04/10/2019) 4
  11. Seth Rollins (Universal Championship, 07/04/2019 – 14/07/2019) 4
  12. Brock Lesnar (Universal Championship, 14/07/2019 – 11/08/2019) 3
  13. Brock Lesnar (Universal Championship, 02/04/2017 – 19/08/2018) 3
  14. Triple H (WWE Championship, 24/01/2016 – 03/04/2016) 3
  15. Roman Reigns (Universal Championship, 19/08/2018 – 22/10/2018) 3
  16. Jinder Mahal (WWE Championship, 21/05/2017 – 07/11/2017) 3
  17. Bray Wyatt (WWE Championship, 12/02/2017 – 02/04/2017) 3
  18. Roman Reigns (WWE Championship, 14/12/2015 – 24/01/2016) 2
  19. Goldberg (Universal Championship, 05/03/2017 – 02/04/2017) 2
  20. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, 02/04/2017 – 21/05/2017) 1
  21. Seth Rollins (WWE Championship, 19/06/2016)
  22. Finn Bálor (WWE Universal Championship, 21/08/2016 – 22/08/2016)