SmackDown Live already fired the first shot with Backlash. How will RAW respond with Clash of Champions! Let’s look at the PPV match card and my predictions for it!
Alicia Fox vs. Nia Jax
There isn’t much suspense, surrounding this match. It’s fairly obvious that Nia Jax will destroy Alicia Fox. Nia has been sold to us as an unstoppable power house and this will just give her a bigger stage to show off her strength.
Hopefully, we’ll at least, see Jax face a true challenge. Alicia can’t win but in the best case scenario Foxy will put up a good fight and make Nia sweat.
Cesaro vs. Sheamus
This Best of 7 series was bound to get to a tiebreaker, which conveniently overlapped with a PPV date. Everyone expects Sheamus to lose, putting over Cesaro at Clash of Champions.
However, it would be a much better booking choice to have Sheamus win. Realistically, he was the better man throughout the series and looked like a beast. Also, having the Celtic Warrior destroy the fans’ hopes and dreams for Cesaro would get him immense heel heat.
Rusev vs. Roman Reigns /US Championship Match/
The fans might not like it but it seems like Reigns will win clean. This will be his retribution for the losses and the beatings he’s taken lately. After all, making him a midcard champion is the WWE’s latest desperate effort to put him over as a face.
Also, Rusev has almost no momentum, going into Clash of Champions. He got destroyed by Rollins and then needed solid assistance from Kevin Owens to overpower an exhausted Roman Reigns. Despite having been a great heel champion, Rusev will drop the belt to Roman on Sunday.
TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick /Cruiserweight Championship Match/
The WWE grossly mishandled the introduction of the cruiserweights on RAW but hopefully, Clash of Champions will be their redeeming point.
TJP as a champion of the newly created division wasn’t even on RAW. He can’t possibly lose his title the first time he shows up on TV.
The reality is, many WWE fans haven’t watched CWC. Brian Kendrick is a recognisable face and he’ll help the fans engage with the fight. TJP will have to rely on his wrestling to win them over but from what we’ve seen so far, that should not be a problem.
Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho
Sami Zayn desperately needs this victory to stay afloat. Even though he won his feud with Owens, Sami was the one left forgotten again, while KO became the WWE Universal Champion.
Jericho’s brilliant in his hilarious heel gimmick. It’s only natural to have him lose and then chase that “stupid idiot” Zayn for revenge.
This will both create an entertaining feud, and will help Sami get some spotlight through Jericho’s attention-grabbing storyline building.
The New Day vs. Gallows & Anderson /Tag Team Championship Match/
The WWE Universe has been anticipating the moment when the New Day’s reign ends for a long time. It wasn’t at Summer Slam but it very well could be at Clash of Champions.
The New Day are great but the division needs some refreshing. Gallows and Anderson, as well, need the championships desperately. They came in totally over with the crowd but bad booking ruined them. The hope here is that a win on Sunday and a strong title reign can redeem Anderson and Gallows in the eyes of the fans.
Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley /WWE RAW Women’s Championship Match/
Something happened there and suddenly, from the most over female athlete in the WWE, Sasha Banks became a target of ridicule by the fans. The truth is – she’s better as a heel. Having her watch Bayley get crowned as the new RAW Women’s Champion will push the Boss over the edge, making her return to her heel roots.
As for Charlotte, she’ll probably be the one to get pinned by Bayley but she’ll find a way to blame it on Dana, leading to a feud between them. The only problem there will be how Dana will do as a face with her overly heel character.
Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens /WWE Universal Championship Match/
Seth Rollins has to lose this match. The WWE is putting a great deal of effort and care in his face turn. It’s not sudden and unexplained. There’s a build-up to it. Another screw job by the Authority at Clash of Champions will be the turning point for Seth, making him a full-fledged face on a mission to destroy the very people, he had helped put in power.
Aside from creating the best face in the WWE at the moment, this would solidify Kevin Owens’ position as a champion. KO is great in the ring and on the mic. He will do the title justice and he should not be made to lose the championship any time soon. He has the potential to be WWE’s top heel.
What are your predictions for Clash of Champions? Leave a comment and let us know!
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