Triple Z gives his predictions and analysis for RAW's first PPV Clash of Champions.
Sorry for not writing BreakDownZ for WWE Backlash. I follow SmackDown but I do not consistently watch. From here on out I will just be covering RAW and mixed events. (Also helps with the schedule. I can't accomplish 19 BreakDownZ in 12 months.)
Alicia Fox VS Nia Jax
Interesting choice for a Kickoff match. RAW is really trying to catch up to SmackDown's women's division. RAW has more talent. SmackDown has just utilized their assets better. This match and its booking is quite simple and obvious. Nia Jax is being pushed to the moon. I don't exactly know where WWE wants Jax in this division but I do know she's going to win on Sunday.
Winner: Nia Jax
Chris Jericho VS Sami Zayn
This match has serious potential. "Show Stealer" comes to mind. Sami Zayn has been in classics this year. Chris Jericho is a legend. I expect a very good match that ends with Jericho on top.
Winner: Chris Jericho
TJ Perkins VS Brian Kendrick
I enjoyed TJ Perkins back in TNA. While under contract with TNA, Perkins expressed interest in the WWE. It's so cool to finally see him get to this stage. Perkins won the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic. WWE was smart having TJ Perkins win the tournament and the title. Even if Sabre Jr. and Ibushi signed they still don't seem like natural WWE products. TJ Perkins has the "It Factor" that WWE enjoys and cherishes. While his opponent is a savvy in-ring veteran, and has momentum on his side. I expect Perkins to hold onto the title. On a side note, I feel WWE dropped the ball on introducing the Cruiserweights. They needed to have the whole division in the ring even if they didn't wrestle. Perkins should've been on RAW! The champ doesn't appear? Seriously? Also from a story perspective WWE could've introduced Neville and Kalisto into the division. (With Jack Swagger leaving for SmackDown this would be perfect for Kalisto to jump ship to RAW.) Back to the match analysis, Kendrick and Perkins won't let this moment slip. Like what the CWC proved they only need 20 minutes to have an exciting contest.
Winner: TJ Perkins
Cesaro VS Sheamus
WWE trying to steal NBA story lines now. Cesaro may come back from being down 3-1 to Sheamus. I lost interest in this series but it would be neat to see Cesaro win. If WWE is using the NBA logic then it will happen.
The New Day VS The Club
This is a toss up. The New Day is one of the hottest acts in WWE today. The Club is still trying to get over with the "mark" crowd. The New Day will continue their reign. I have a feeling WWE isn't ready for The Club to reign supreme on RAW.
Winner: The New Day
Charlotte VS Bayley VS Sasha Banks
I'm going to be bold with my prediction. Sasha Banks is going to win back the title. Sasha is going to take advantage of Bayley to win the match. This will set up the long plot arc for WrestleMania. I believe at Clash of Champions were going to see the return of the "semi-heel" Sasha Banks. The match itself is going to either be fantastic or it's going to be a mess. There is no two ways about it. Hopefully Sasha doesn't try to break her neck. RAW's Women's division is looking bright. Clash of Champions may be the true start to the Women's Revolution in WWE. Will see though...
Winner: Sasha Banks
Roman Reigns VS Rusev
Sunday night is going to be a huge test for these two. Can Rusev and Reigns have a solid outing? I believe they will and Roman Reigns had a great match on RAW with Kevin Owens. Reigns is going to beat Rusev to win the United States Championship. WWE needs to capitalize on Roman's momentum. Rusev has had a good reign as champion but if Roman Reigns doesn't beat him. Who will? If WWE wants Roman Reigns to get necessarily "over" again they will let him have the United States Championship. Roman Reigns has been a part of many great matches this year. Reason why? People wanted him to lose so it created drama during the match. I anticipate this match to be a hard fought fight that results in Reigns becoming the United States Champion. Rusev will continue his feud with Reigns probably and when that is over, he will probably head to the blue brand.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens
Easily expecting a "Match of the Year" candidate for this. Triple H will probably get involve and help Kevin Owens retain. These two never fail, and it is exciting to see how this plays out. My prediction is Triple H and another surprise helps KO keep the red title.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Clash of Champions will be one of the best PPV's of the year.
Just look at this stacked card. We got Bayley VS Sasha VS Charlotte, Rollins VS Owens, Rusev VS Reigns, Jericho VS Zayn, and the Cruiserweight match! A lot of fans have been dissing RAW and it's very odd to be honest. RAW has the perfect opportunity to deliver at Clash of Champions. This has potential to be one of the best PPV's of the year! I also will be watching this event without going on Twitter. I'm going to try to watch the event in peace. I don't want to read uneducated takes about pro wrestling. "Why was the women's match only 12 minutes." and "Why is this the co-main event?" for examples. Also without going on Twitter my full attention will be the event. Usually when that happens I muster a pretty good review afterwards. Don't worry I will tweet something if need be.
Thanks for reading! Enjoy Clash of Champions!
Creator of ZWrestleTalk. Zach is the current Disney Reporter for entertainment website Cultjer. Zach also has had his wrestling articles published at PWPNation.com for a brief period. Zach is now focused on expanding and creating content for ZWrestleTalk.
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