After matches for the Cruiserweight Championship and United States Championship on the pre-show, WWE Clash of the Champions opened with another title match, one that would impact yet another title match later the same night.
Seth Rollins, the WWE Universal Champion, and Braun Strowman, his challenger for later in the night, defended their Raw Tag Team Championship against the recently-formed team of Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. It was a match of two pairs of unlikely partners, and it had an ending that fans may not have expected.
— WWE (@WWE) September 15, 2019
Roode and Ziggler controlled much of the beginning of the match, cutting the ring in half and focusing on Rollins. Rollins eventually managed to tag in Strowman, who went on a rampage.
But though Strowman seemed like he might save the match for his team for a moment, he ended up being the reason they lost. As Rollins and Roode faced off on in the ring, Strowman ran into the ring to stop an attack by Ziggler and accidentally bumped Rollins. Roode was then able to hit a distracted Rollins with a Glorious DDT for the win. This is the second time both of these men have held the Raw Tag Team Championship.
Tonight @HEELZiggler and myself prove to the @WWE universe that we are not only just great individually but together we are Absolutely #Glorious …..tonight we #Stealtheshow and we become your NEW #RawTagTeamChamps #ClashOfChampions
— Robert Roode (@RealRobertRoode) September 15, 2019
Now, Rollins and Strowman will go into their Universal Championship match with Strowman having just lost them the tag titles they won on their first night as allies.