On paper, Clash of Champions looked like it was
doomed to fail. The majority of matches on the card highlighted the annual
event’s biggest flaw in that they were simply designed to give both brands’
champions a match because it deemed they must defend the gold.
But filler or no filler, WWE pulled out all the
stops to make Clash of Champions: Gold Rush the very best event that they could
muster. And you know what? They only bloody went and pulled it off, as all three of the major matches delivered a wonderful blend of drama, storytelling and some damn fine wrestling while the rest of the card was entertaining from start through finish.
With a bonkers ladder match that took us back to
the good old days and a main event that made fans uncomfortable in the best
possible way, Clash of Champions succeeded in spite of itself. It was oddly
refreshing, thoroughly compelling and very, very entertaining – somehow,
someway, becoming the best WWE PPV of the company’s most unique year.