Wrestling league WWE presents two debutants at the European mega-show Clash at the Castle – and a hand-wringing performance by world boxing champion Tyson Fury.
Wrestling league WWE put on a furious surprise fireworks display at its European mega-show Clash at the Castle – where world boxing champion Tyson Fury also made a big appearance.
The British heavyweight champion – himself a show fighter in the WWE ring three years ago – intervened handily this time in the main match between Universal Champion Roman Reigns and challenger Drew McIntyre.
Tyson Fury lands knockout blow from audience
Fury stopped an attempted interference from young star Austin Theory with a knockout blow from the front row – Theory had been trying to cash in his Money in the Bank case and claim the title himself.
Fury then joined winner Reigns in the ring and shook his hand after a lengthy exchange of glances. He then consoled the defeated McIntyre and put on a vocal show familiar from his boxing fights, intoning for the crowd the classics “American Pie” by Don McLean and Oasis’ “Don’t look back in Anger”.
Whether there is any substance in the suggestion of a match between Reigns and Fury associated with this staging remains to be seen. It would be Reigns’ second WWE bout after his duel with Braun Strowman three years ago – Strowman, who was sacked last year, is rumoured to be on the verge of a comeback to WWE, reportedly on the next edition of Monday Night RAW on Monday, according to media reports.
Solo Sikoa and Giovanni Vinci make surprise debuts
Two other personnel moves were already made by new creative director “Triple H” Paul Levesque: In Cardiff, in front of the eyes of legend Bret Hart and UFC sensation Leon Edwards, two new faces also celebrated surprise debuts in the main squad: Solo Sikoa and South Tyrolean Giovanni Vinci (Fabian Aichner).
Sikoa, younger brother of tag team champions Jimmy and Jey Uso, helped his uncle Roman Reigns to victory at the end of the show by pulling the referee away when McIntyre was on the verge of a seemingly certain victory after his claymore finisher. Sikoa – previously active in the NXT build-up squad – has thus arguably joined the Bloodline grouping with Reigns and the Usos.
Vinci, meanwhile, followed his German-speaking companions Gunther (formerly: WALTER) and Ludwig Kaiser (Marcel Barthel) into the main roster and reformed the Imperium alliance with them. Gunther and Kaiser had been promoted in the spring without Vinci – another decision by ex-boss Vince McMahon, which Levesque has thus now revised.
Gunther remains champ, Dominik Mysterio goes bad
Gunther defended his Intercontinental Title against Irishman Sheamus at the Clash, the two as expected delivering a slaughterfest tailored to their strengths, which received a standing ovation at the end. The central stylistic device of the match was fierce forearm and flat hand strikes (chops), whereby Sheamus’ chalky white skin colour was particularly well suited to illustrate their effect.
The third standout match of the night saw Seth Rollins defeat former UFC fighter Matt Riddle, the leitmotif of this bout was Rollins repeatedly copying Riddle’s own actions to throw him off his game – in the end Rollins closed the bag with a stomp from the second rope.
Another big development: After the victory of the legendary duo Rey Mysterio and Edge over Finn Balor and Damian Priest from Judgment Day, Rey’s son Dominik turned on Edge and his father with an attack – and now seems to be part of the faction that is at odds with them.