On Sunday night, WWE will host Clash of Champions. This will be the third Clash of Champions event, with the first two taking place in 2016 and 2017. Before that, the event was called Night of Champions, which was a yearly pay-per-view from 2007-2015. The tradition for this PPV is that every single WWE title will be on the line. […]
On Sunday night, WWE will host Clash of Champions. This will be the third Clash of Champions event, with the first two taking place in 2016 and 2017. Before that, the event was called Night of Champions, which was a yearly pay-per-view from 2007-2015.
The tradition for this PPV is that every single WWE title will be on the line. 11 matches are scheduled for the card, with all 10 titles on the line and one grudge match featuring once of the weirdest storylines in recent years.
Here are my predictions for 2019 Clash of Champions
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan in a No Disqualification match
Prediction: Roman Reigns wins
The storyline line heading into this was someone tried to take out Reigns by using a forklift. It is odder than it sounds believe me. For weeks there was a tease as to who did it, from Buddy Murphy to Rowan’s former tag partner, Daniel Bryan. Turns out it was Rowan himself and now they are set to take place in the only non-title match card.
The no disqualification is a nice touch and will likely see a car crash of a match here. I have Reigns winning here but Rowan will look strong here.
Cruiserweight Championship – Drew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado
Prediction: Drew Gulak retains the Cruiserweight Championship
This will likely see the last of the 205 Live brand on a WWE PPV, with Triple H announcing that the cruiserweight division will merge with the NXT roster, ending the 205 Live brand as a standalone show.
Personally, I think this is a good call. While the purple brand has put on some great matches, WWE did not do a great job in promoting the brand, putting their matches on the pre-show of pay-per-views without any hype. Most of the cruiserweights compete in NXT as well, so those guys will fit nicely as NXT heads to a live T.V. show on Wednesdays starting September 19.
For the match, I think it’ll be a solid match with some high-flying action while Gulak will be a submission machine. I think Carrillo will eventually have a good run with the Cruiserweight Championship down the line but it is too early to have Gulak drop the title.
Women’s Tag Team Championship – Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
Prediction: Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss retain the Women’s Tag Team Championship
The team of Cross and Bliss has been a better team than I thought. The combination of those two has been fun to watch and are reviving the newly formed women’s tag titles nicely.
Given that they want to legitimize those titles after an unforgettable run by The IIconics, keep the titles on them for a while longer. There are no signs of them breaking up anytime soon, so why not? Rose and Deville are a talented duo and I think down the line, they’ll be tag champions but for now, keep the titles on Bliss and Cross.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) (c) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)
Prediction: The New Day retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Another cross-branded match here with New Day on SmackDown and Revival on Raw. I am still not a fan of this but it is better that we have only one of these types of matches here.
Given that there has been no build here between the teams and given Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder’s contract status up in the air, I have New Day retaining here. It’ll still be a solid match but you have to wonder what are the plans for Revival moving forward.
Raw Tag Team Championship – Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman (c) vs. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode win the Raw Tag Team Championship
A toss-up here but I think this could be a classic WWE thing where both the champions cannot be on the same page, drop the titles, and intensify the feud for the Universal Title later in the night.
Either way, this could be the case as a transition champion and start-up another set of tag feuds for the titles. WWE needs to make tag team wrestling great again. Simple as that. It would not shock me if the titles move around to the likes of The Vikings Raiders or Gallows and Anderson again.
Intercontinental Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The Miz
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura retains the Intercontinental Championship
Nakamura has had a nice career revive since winning the IC title. The addition of adding Sami Zayn as his mouthpiece is a nice touch, giving someone to do his promos rather than himself.
This will be a good match and The Miz could very well win his 9th IC title (currently, AEW’s Chris Jericho has the record for most title reigns with nine.) He’ll break that record eventually, but for now, keep pushing Nakamura as a legit champion.
United States Championship – AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander
Prediction: AJ Styles retains the United States Championship
I am a huge fan of Alexander and I think he has the chance to be a future multi-time champion in the future but the timing now may not be right. WWE needs to continue building Styles’ and The OC. Having him drop the title now would hurt the faction before we really see it taking off.
Give it a few more months and will see Alexander as champion. Still, this is going to be a great match.
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Prediction: Bayley retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship
WWE just re-tooled Bayley character with a slight heel-edge to it. Why have her drop the title now? Flair can afford to take a few losses here and there but Bayley needs to be protected with her new ring style.
Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Prediction: Sasha Banks wins the Raw Women’s Championship
Banks came back in a new heel persona and wrecking every opponent that comes in her way. Lynch may have lost steam as she has won the title back at WrestleMania 35 and it may be time to switch things up. Much like Bayley, you have a new edge in Banks, so why have her lose so quickly after coming back. Plus the new heel champs of Bayley and Banks really changes the landscape of the women’s division.
Universal Championship – Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman
Prediction: Seth Rollins retains the Universal Championship
WWE has put too much time into pushing Rollins as the top babyface in the company and after just beating the powerful Brock Lesnar for the second time this year for the title, it would not make sense for him to drop it so soon.
It would not shock me if we see Bray Wyatt make an appearance during the match after teasing it for the past few weeks. Maybe Strowman aligns himself with his former Wyatt Family member?
WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton
Prediction: Kofi Kingston retains the WWE Championship
I know it would make sense for Orton to win here and have Kingston chase for the title but the booking is so perfect here that the babyface overcomes the heel once again here.
It will be a great match between the two and we could see another questionable finish and we see both men face off again at WWE’s next pay-per-view, Hell in a Cell.
Clash of Champions, unlike a lot of the past PPV’s, does not have a lot of obvious winners. They really could go in any direction here. It’ll be interesting to see where they do go, with SmackDown moving to Fox and the WWE Draft on the horizon, we may see a lot of title changes before both brands are settled in come October.