At WWE Clash of Champions, Seth Rollins managed to retain his Universal Championship against Braun Strowman, but then got attacked by Bray Wyatt. Rollins, along with WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, has been doing his best to carry WWE's main event scene on his back since defeating Brock Lesnar for the big red belt at WrestleMania in April. Lesnar of course used Money in the Bank to win back the title at Extreme Rules, only for Rollins to recapture it at SummerSlam in August.
After once again slaying the beast, it quickly became clear that Rollins' next challenger would be Braun Strowman. "The Monster Among Men" had received multiple opportunities at the title in the past, only to come up short. Still, most fans believe it to be inevitable that the nearly invulnerable Strowman will eventually hold world championship gold. However, Clash of Champions would once again not be his night.
In a manner reminiscent of Rollins' matches with Lesnar, Strowman dominated for most of the proceedings, beating the hell out of his much smaller challenger. Eventually though, Rollins fought back, putting down The Monster after a whopping four curb stomps and a pedigree. The crowd response to Rollins' win wasn't entirely positive, as it seemed many were pulling for Strowman to finally get his due. Nevertheless, Rollins celebrated, that is until he was attacked from behind on the ramp by "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt, who slapped on the dreaded Mandible Claw hold. Check out some gifs and clips of the match and aftermath below.
Ever since Wyatt returned from a long hiatus by debuting his new "The Fiend" persona, he's been rejuvenated both creatively and physically. Wyatt's in the best shape of his life, is enjoying huge fan support, and can still talk circles around most WWE performers. Wyatt attacking Rollins isn't entirely a surprise, as he had publicly challenged the winner of Rollins vs Strowman to a match at next month's Hell in a Cell event. Still, doing it as the show was signing off was definitely not expected by most.
The big loser here seems to be Strowman though, who despite the booking of his monstrous character as nearly unstoppable, always seems to end up being stopped when it counts. Strowman has lost so many title opportunities on pay-per-view at this point that his title shots are almost without drama. After all, we all know he'll probably lose like he always does. The fans still clearly want him to be champion too, as evidenced by the vocal booing when it became clear Rollins was about to put the big man away.