WWE Clash at the Castle 2022 results, recap, grades: Roman Reigns defeats Drew McIntyre, Tyson Fury quits theory
WWE’s return to the UK for its first stadium show in the country in over 30 years delivered the goods. From start to finish, Clash at the Castle took him into the ring, including one of the best matches of the year.
The main event saw Roman Reigns succeed in defending the undisputed WWE Universal Championship against a very Drew McIntyre match in a match that saw everything from a rookie member of Reigns’ “Bloodline” to Tyson Fury hitting Austin Theory for prevent Theory from cashing in the Money in the Bank Contract.
While Reigns vs. McIntyre was a very good game, the best game of the night – and one of the best games of the year – came earlier in the night as Gunther successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship in a war exciting with Sheamus.
CBS Sports was with you throughout the event, providing updates and highlights as the action unfolded in the live blog below.
Clash at the Castle 2022 match results, ratings
Madcap Moss & The Street Profits vs. Austin Theory & Alpha Academy (Kickoff Show): Lots of building for Moss to get a hot tag which saw him hit a fallaway slam on Otis which was as impressive as it sounds. Montez Fort hit a blockbuster over the top rope to the outside as Chad Gable was held onto the shoulders of Angelo Dawkins. This caused Gable to be sent back into the ring to eat a Ford frog splatter for the finish. It was just a standard kickoff to warm up the crowd, but the big spots were effective in doing so. Madcap Moss and The Street Profits won. Austin Theory & Alpha Academy via pinfall – Category B
Bianca Belair, Asuka and Alexa Bliss against Damage Control (Bayley, IYO SKY and Dakota Kai): After the crowd sang for Bayley, the six women began brawling until the faces were able to hit a triple suplex. Things quickly settled into WWE’s standard six-person rhythm, with frequent tags and each woman having brief bursts of offense. Damage Control continually worked to try and isolate one of their opponents in the corner, which they eventually managed to do in Bliss. Asuka was eventually given the hot tag and was able to build momentum alongside her team before scoring at Belair to work on Bayley. Belair nearly won the match by hoisting Kai up for a KOD, but SKY was able to grab Kai’s foot before Bayley grabbed Belair’s braid to allow Kai to deliver a knee. Bayley then hit a rose plant and SKY hit a moonsault to allow Bayley to score the pin. A great fun match that saw everyone shine at various times and with a perfect finish as Bayley pinning Belair sets up a title program. Damage Control defeats Bianca Belair, Asuka and Alexa Bliss via pinfall – Rating: A-
Intercontinental Championship — Gunther (c) vs. Sheamus: Giovanni Vinci reunited with Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser to reform the Imperium before the game. Vinci and Kaiser sparred with Butch and Ridge Holland before the match started as Sheamus and Kaiser stood inches apart, staring at each other. As expected, the two immediately went to war, brutalizing each other with large strikes. Gunther dominated much of the early action, turning Sheamus’ chest various shades of red and purple with chops and forearms. Sheamus stood up defiantly after some heavier chops and grabbed Gunther’s arm and made a comeback, repeatedly sending Gunther scrambling as Sheamus continued to build momentum. After a more brutal exchange of strikes, Sheamus almost won the match after hitting White Noise. Sheamus scored another near fall with a Celtic cross. Still, Gunther managed to pull it off with a brutal lariat. It was a perfect match for what these two men do. Old school combat with real physicality. Gunther won. Sheamus via pinfall to retain title – Rating: A+
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Liv Morgan (c) vs. Shayna Baszler: Baszler immediately targeted Morgan’s arm, trying to lock in a first armbar. Baszler continued to attack the arm, even after Morgan had brief moments of hope. Baszler used German suplexes and kicks to keep Morgan on the defensive. Morgan finally fired, landing a series of strikes and digging his knees into Baszler’s face for a two count. Baszler tried to stomp Morgan’s arm, but Morgan locked in a triangle then an armbar to nearly score the submission. Baszler fought his way through before a knee to the jaw nearly scored him the win. Morgan rammed Baszler’s head into the turnbuckle before hitting a running powerbomb, but Baszler quickly locked in a Kirifuda clutch and armbar. Morgan was able to reach the ropes to break the hold and soon after hit Oblivion for the win. It was the kind of scrappy win Morgan needed, a far better booking than her match with Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam. Liv Morgan defeats. Shayna Baszler via pinfall to retain the title. Grade: B+
Edge & Rey Mysterio vs. Judgment Day (Finn Balor & Damian Priest): Edge made his entrance wearing a lucha mask. After Balor and Mysterio started the match, Priest scored and called on Edge to do the same. Edge quickly bounced Priest out of the ring and helped Mysterio switch to Judgment Day on the outside. After the hot start, Mysterio made the mistake of getting stuck in the corner of Judgment Day as the team isolated him from Edge. Rey eventually got the hot tag and Edge cleaned house, including hitting Balor with a 619 before Mysterio hit a splash for a two count when Priest broke the pin. Dominik Mysterio caused a distraction to help stop Balor from hitting Edge with a knockout blow before Rhea Ripley attacked Dominik. Dominik again caused a distraction, allowing Rey to hit a 619 on Balor, sending Balor into a spear from Edge for the win. After the match, Rey and Edge celebrated as Dominik watched in annoyance before kicking Edge in the crotch. As Rey tried to calm Dominik down, Dominik hit his dad with a lariat and left the ring alone as Judgment Day watched and laughed. The turning point was long in coming, but WWE ultimately had to pull the trigger. The match itself went well and was helped by a crowd that had been hot all night. Edge and Rey Mysterio won. Judgment day via pinfall – Category B
Seth Rollins vs. Matt Riddle: After a brief in-ring work start, Rollins drove Riddle into the ring barricade with a powerbomb before taking a suicide dive to send Riddle crashing into the commentary table. Rollins took advantage of his initial momentum to score a few close falls with big moves like a hawk arrow. Rollins hit a superplex and crossed looking to continue his momentum, but Riddle was able to turn into a fisherman breaker and a knee to the jaw. As Rollins exited the ring, he was kicked in the face before Riddle hit a Floating Bro on the outside. Riddle jumped into a triangle choke and nearly knocked Rollins out, but Rollins escaped and hit Riddle with Riddle’s own finisher, Bro Derek, for a near pinfall. After several hard-hitting exchanges and knockdowns, Rollins hit pedigree for a two count. Rollins said Riddle’s family left him again, causing Riddle to explode, but the loss of control allowed Rollins to regain the upper hand before hitting Riddle with a Randy Orton-style hanging DDT. Rollins then tried to hit an RKO, but Riddle blocked the move and began brutally attacking Rollins with punches before trying to hit Rollins with a chair. Rollins slipped into the ring to escape, then stomped his foot as Riddle tried to follow him. Rollins then finished the match with a second-rope stomp for the win. A good hard-hitting match with a good story of Rollins just being smart enough to take advantage of Riddle’s reckless aggression. Seth Rollins beats. Matt Riddle via Pinfall — Grade: B+
WWE Undisputed Universal Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs. Drew McIntyre: Reigns and McIntyre looked at each other after the bell rang and Reigns grew increasingly frustrated with fans singing loudly in support of McIntyre. McIntyre was able to overwhelm Reigns several times early, forcing Reigns to go outside the ring and collect himself. McIntyre continued to fight Reigns, knocking him over the top rope before throwing him into the barricade, ring apron and outside ring steps. Karrion Kross distracted the crowd by throwing a water bottle before Reigns got back into action at that point. Reigns began taunting McIntyre after putting him on the canvas.
Reigns continued to drop McIntyre with right hands, a tactic he returned to multiple times each time McIntyre tried to make a comeback. Reigns then asked for a microphone and demanded to be acknowledged before turning around in a Glasgow Kiss headbutt from McIntyre. McIntyre began throwing Reigns around the ring with belly-to-belly suplexes. McIntyre scored a near fall with a spinebuster. As McIntyre tried to hit the Claymore, Reigns countered with a punch from Superman. Reigns nearly won the match after a spear, but McIntyre was able to pull out to keep the match alive. Searching for a way to keep McIntyre down, Reigns locked himself in a guillotine choke but McIntyre crushed him into the turnbuckle to break the hold, only for Reigns to immediately lock him down again. McIntyre broke the hold again and threw Reigns through the barricade at ringside to get hit with another Reigns spear inside the ring.
Reigns argued with the referee, saying it should have been a three count, with the distraction allowing McIntyre to hit a Claymore which also knocked the referee out of the ring. Austin Theory ran to try to cash in the Money in the Bank contract but was knocked out by Tyson Fury. McIntyre hit another Claymore and again Reigns was kicked out. The two then brawled, both hitting big moves before McIntyre hit a spear and a Claymore, seemingly winning the match when the referee was dragged out of the ring by The Usos’ younger brother Solo Sikoa. setting up Reigns for a spear to hold back. the title. A really good game that could have used a bit better pace early on and a good way to keep the belts on Reigns while keeping McIntyre strong. After the match, Tyson Fury shook hands with Roman Reigns. Fury then helped McIntyre to his feet and raised his hand before getting on the mic to tell McIntyre he was the pride of the country before singing “American Pie”. Roman Reigns won. Drew McIntyre via pinfall to retain titles – Grade: B+