Who will walk out of Clash of Champions with gold around their waist?
It is the annual Clash of Champions event where every title on the WWE main roster is on the line. The Four Horsewomen headline both women’s singles championship bouts. Bayley defends her title against Charlotte, while Sasha Banks challenges Becky Lynch. Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins find themselves in dual roles for the pay-per-view: they will defend their Raw Tag Team Championships before squaring off for Rollins’ Universal Championship later in the show.
With all this gold on the line, who is going to take it home? Let’s get into the matchups and my predictions for each of the show’s contests.
SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships – New Day (c) vs The Revival
It has been so nice to see The Revival getting a renewed push alongside Randy Orton. They’re an extremely talented team who have been mistreated before. This will be their time to shine – an extended Revival/New Day feud to carry SmackDown Live onto their Fox debut. These two teams have great chemistry, and New Day work great as babyfaces who are chasing titles.
Prediction: The Revival
Raw Tag Team Championships – Braun Strowman & Seth Rollins (c) vs Dolph Ziggler & Bobby Roode
Ziggler and Roode might be a thrown together tag team, but so are Strowman and Rollins. Having Rollins and Strowman wrestle twice in a single night will give their later title match a different flavour. The best way to give their title match a little more heat is to have a screwy finish to their tag title defense. Roode and Ziggler would not be able to beat Strowman without shenanigans, so they may get the pin on Rollins. It won’t be clean, but we will get new tag team champions.
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler & Bobby Roode
Women’s Tag Team Championships – Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss (c) vs Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
Mandy Rose’s promo on SmackDown Live this week was atrocious. Her entire promo was about her being prettier than Nikki Cross. It was poor content and poorly delivered. Just from that one promo and the poor overall build this feud has had, it feels like Bliss and Cross need to retain. Their dynamic is still very entertaining, and the feud with Rose and Deville could get a reboot and continue into Hell in a Cell.
Prediction: Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss
Cruiserweight Championship – Drew Gulak (c) vs Humberto Carillo vs Lince Dorado
This match looks like a great opportunity to solidify the reign of Drew Gulak. He has been one of the best parts of 205 Live for the entirety of the show’s existence. Now in his first championship reign, Gulak’s crusade against the rest of the cruiserweights is still in it’s infancy. Carillo and Dorado will have their own bubbling issues to deal with during the match. That will play right into Gulak’s submission-savvy hands.
Pick: Drew Gulak
Intercontinental Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs The Miz
There is a chance WWE pushes The Miz into another Intercontinental Championship reign for petty reasons. Chris Jericho is the new and first AEW World Champion. He is also the record holder for most Intercontinental Championship reigns with nine. Miz is currently sitting at eight, so WWE could put the title back on him to quickly take that record away from Jericho.
My hope is that instead of a title change for a petty reason, WWE will keep pushing Nakamura with the belt. Nakamura has been misused for so long on the main roster. This new push with the Intercontinental Championship and Sami Zayn could be a big development for him.
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura
United States Championship – AJ Styles (c) vs Cedric Alexander
The latest addition to the card has a chance to be the best match on the show. Alexander has had Styles’ number the last few times they’ve met up. He’s also rumored to be in line for a slow-burn push from Paul Heyman on Raw. Does that add up to a United States Championship reign? It might eventually, but won’t yet. Alexander can look good in defeat, and having a singles match on pay-per-view against a legend like Styles makes anyone feel more legitimate.
Prediction: AJ Styles
No Disqualification Match – Roman Reigns vs Rowan
This whodunit story has been a wild ride so far. Somehow, the person who has benefited the most might be Rowan. He has gone from silent, pure muscle sidekick to a featured singles bout against Reigns on pay-per-view. The money match from this weird saga is definitely Reigns versus Daniel Bryan. That might be at Hell in a Cell this year, so to get there Bryan may interfere on Rowan’s behalf here.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
SmackDown Live Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) vs Charlotte
Heel Bayley is something fans have been intrigued by since she debuted on the main roster. Now she’s here, and she already has a championship around her waist. Charlotte is always a threat to become a champion, as WWE seems intent on her at least matching her father’s 16 championship reigns. For now, Bayley as a heel remains the better choice of champion. Letting her rule the blue brand and take on all-comers could make for entertaining viewing for Friday nights.
WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) vs Randy Orton
Randy Orton will not be the one to dethrone Kofi Kingston. Since starting at Wrestlemania 35, Kingston’s reign has been one of the best babyface championship reigns in recent memory. Orton’s issues with Kingston have been rooted in their problems from 2009. If Orton wins, it will seemingly validate all of the negative things he’s said about Kingston. This feud also looks like one of the most likely to get a Hell in a Cell match. Kingston winning could extend it to October.
Prediction: Kofi Kingston
Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs Sasha Banks
The Boss is back and she is ready to grab a title. Once Sasha Banks returned from her hiatus, she made her goals known: she is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship. Lynch has been a great champion, but will be even better on a quest for revenge. Banks will win the title on her first try since returning, and may do it through nefarious means. This is the feud that may take us all the way to the Royal Rumble, and maybe even culminate at Wrestlemania. It all will start at Clash of Champions with a Banks win.
Prediction: Sasha Banks
Universal Championship – Seth Rollins (c) vs Braun Strowman
The Rollins babyface championship reign(s) have been somewhat underwhelming. Rollins is an insanely talented wrestler, but his popularity has cooled significantly since the Royal Rumble. It might be time to test the waters on a Braun Strowman title reign. He has the ability to be a popular babyface or a monster heel champion, dependent on how WWE wants to run with him. Paul Heyman has some more pull backstage now on Raw, and Strowman feels like a Paul Heyman champion. It’s time to pull the trigger and get Rollins back on the chase.
Prediction: Braun Strowman
Those are my predictions for Clash of Champions, but what are yours? How many titles do you think will change hands? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.
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