WWE Clash Of Champions 2020
Running Time: 178 Minutes
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: November 9 2020
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WWE Clash Of Champions 2020 was the main September supershow for the company. Rewatching it on DVD is interesting because it’s a card that looked weak on paper (the Covid-related cancellation of two matches didn’t help), but it isn’t too bad upon second viewing due to the variety of the action on offer.
The opening contest may be the must-see match from an in-ring standpoint. Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn and AJ Styles battling for the Intercontinental Title in a Ladder match was bound to provide memorable moments, and so it proved. In particular, the spot involving Hardy having his ear cuffed to a ladder is a shocking visual. Asuka vs. Zelina Vega couldn’t follow that, but Vega does put in a respectable performance, considering her previous lack of in-ring competition.
Bobby Lashley vs. Apollo Crews is alright, but it feels like a card-filler, and it more or less ends Apollo’s fairly strong push on Raw. The Street Profits vs. Andrade & Angel Garza, meanwhile, is a match I didn’t need to see again after repeated clashes between the two sides, and the abrupt ending (due to a Garza injury) only makes this even less significant in hindsight.
In between 24/7 shenanigans involving Drew Gulak and R-Truth, Asuka fills in to face Bayley once again. Asuka pulling double duty for the second straight PPV was necessitated by circumstances, so I won’t judge them too heavily here. Even so, it’s forgettable aside from Sasha Banks attacking Bayley after the match in a big moment for their long-awaited feud. Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton under Ambulance rules is a fun scrap, but while I enjoyed the legend cameos, surely it made McIntyre look weak to have four babyfaces interfere on his behalf?
The main event pits Roman Reigns against Jey Uso. What sounded like a total B-level attraction beforehand ended up greatly exceeding expectations. The key aspect of their unexpected yet highly entertaining rivalry is the focus on family drama, with their “brotherhood” pushed to levels rarely seen in WWE from a storytelling standpoint. That was the case here, and so it was a triumph that despite Jey seemingly having no chance of winning, it was still an awesome contest that justified its headline spot.
Based on the evidence above, then, WWE Clash Of Champions 2020 is worth reliving on DVD. The Ladder match and the main event are the major reasons to take another look at this event. The rest of the show is a bit topsy-turvy from a quality standpoint. But it remains a good effort from WWE overall.
Overall Rating: 6/10 – Reasonable