Triple Z gives his predictions on Clash of Champions. Which is looking to be a promising card. Clash of Champions is basically Night of Champions but with a different name. Also, where is this Roman Reigns/Erick Rowan thing going?
Ah, Clash of Champions the former WCW/NWA event which is now being used as a WWE event. It makes sense that WWE is bringing back more of the WCW PPV names. Let's be real Clash of Champions sounds better than Night of Champions. Here is to hoping that WWE does Bash at the Beach and some other WCW classics. Isn't it ironic that Clash of Champions returns at the same time as WWE is about to face their biggest wrestling challenge since WCW.
AJ Styles vs Cedric Alexander
"Is AJ Styles declining?"
That's a question I have been seeing lately around the WWE universe. Honestly, I don't think he is. I just think he has taken a significantly smaller role then we are use too. Styles is now with Gallows and Anderson. They are the group "The OC." The trio has potential but you have to wonder if "The OC" is actually holding Styles back. Having Styles as part of a group seems more like a creative rest stop. I have said it many times but WWE is bloated. So, not every guy gets to be in the main event scene. (Look at Jon Moxley). Styles should be back in the main event scene again soon.
Cedric Alexander is a rising star for WWE. I feel that him beating Styles is possible but I just don't think it is the time.
Winner: AJ Styles
Shinsuke Nakamura vs The Miz
It is crazy to think AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura are the mid-card champions. This shows how bloated or stacked WWE is. The Miz is a marketable star, and his 2016 heel run was never capitalized on. Fans also never got to see a babyface Daniel Bryan beat heel Miz. Nakamura seemed lost in the shuffle for awhile and I'm glad to see WWE found something for him. I think The Miz is going to win on Sunday. Having him as the Intercontinental champion would be good for FOX's SmackDown. I still hope Nakamura stays within the title picture.
Winner: The Miz
The New Day vs The Revival
This is a solid match. If given the time it could be one of the best matches we see at the PPV. I think because WWE's main roster is so chaotic. Talents like The New Day and The Revival don't get to show their full potential. Even though I think WWE is going to do its best to keep The Revival happy. I don't see them winning this match. I also can't imagine The Revival going to AEW even if they do have a "feud" with The Young Bucks.
Winners: The New Day
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
The Women's Tag Team Championship has become a hot potato. Surprise! The championships are dual-branded. Once the IIconics lost the championship I knew it would open the floodgates for new champions. I think Bliss and Cross don't work as a team. I think at this rate we are waiting for Bliss to turn on Cross so we can get that feud. Bliss and Cross should do the job to Deville and Rose. It would only make sense since Deville is now on the cast of Total Divas to give her a championship run. I also think that Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose are a true team so that's also another reason to give them a championship run. I still think WWE is going to need time to figure out this division. Realistically the division outside of the current tag team champions has The IIconics, Deville/Rose, and Asuka/Kairi Sane. They actually need to split up Asuka and Kairi Sane. It just doesn't work and having Paige as their manager is brutal to watch.
In the end this division has issues. I think for now the smart play is to give Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose a run with the championships. They will probably defend them at Evolution II... oh wait.
Winners: Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
Braun Strowman & Seth Rollins vs Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
Dolph Ziggler somehow remains relevant within the WWE title picture. WWE changed Bobby Roode's name to Robert Roode. Which is honestly just a puzzling move for no particular reason other than it's stupid. Obviously, WWE is going to give Ziggler/Roode the championships to set up the main event later on. Why build the tag team division when random pairings always prevail? I think Roode could still be a major player within WWE if he is given the chance to shine.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
Bayley vs Charlotte Flair
Bayley is in a grey area. Is she really a heel? We will have to wait and see. Just because she is friends with Sasha Banks shouldn't make us think she is a total heel. This match will determine if WWE is going to pull the trigger on Bayley being a heel. Charlotte Flair is also in a weird spot. Does she need another championship reign? No. Yet, Charlotte is coming off of a huge victory over Trish Stratus. Should WWE run with that momentum? Not to mention Bayley cashed in Money in the Bank on her. So, Charlotte winning the championship back would be a big victory for her. I just don't think it is needed. Also, WWE really needs Bayley to get somewhere. She was suppose to be one of the top women's division stars and it feels like she hasn't hit her stride. Hopefully, this heel championship run and inevitable babyface turn on Sasha Banks will get her back on track. With all that being said I think this match ends with Bayley showing off her "ruthless aggression" by hitting Charlotte with a chair, kendo stick, whatever else, etc. Meaning Charlotte would win by DQ, and she wouldn't become champion.
Winner: Charlotte Flair via DQ
Roman Reigns vs Erick Rowan
Did WWE botch an intriguing Roman Reigns storyline?
THEY SURE DID.
Why is this match happening at Clash of Champions? It's not even for a championship. Kinda defeats the point of WWE's version of the PPV. Reigns/Rowan could've happened at another PPV but still this whole storyline is a mess now. Literally, WWE just needed to reveal that Daniel Bryan is jealous of Roman Reigns and that he was the man who orchestrated all the attacks on Roman Reigns. Leading us to a big time money match between Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan. That isn't hard. Now we are seeing Reigns face Rowan in a match that I'm betting ends in a no contest because why not? And you may ask how does a NO DQ match end in a no contest? They will find a way. It's too early to have Rowan lose and it wouldn't make sense for Reigns to job.
Kofi Kingston vs Randy Orton
Kofi Kingston's championship reign has taken a turn. This is the "make it or break it" section of the reign. Similar to other champions in the past. We will see if WWE has the confidence in Kofi Kingston to continue his reign. Randy Orton still remains his biggest threat. If Kingston can conquer Orton. The sky is the limit. Kingston could end up facing Roman Reigns, John Cena, or Brock Lesnar down the line. I think Kingston's reign has time left but I wouldn't be surprised if this match makes it seem like his championship window is closing.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks
I can't see Becky's reign ending yet. Although heel Sasha Banks has been a breathe of fresh air. This is the feud both of them needed and I hope it lasts longer than Clash of Champions. Not much else to say on this.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Seth Rollins vs Braun Strowman
WWE could put the championship on Strowman but I don't see it happening. Seth Rollins is being groomed into a WWE mainstream mega star (similar to Reigns). Being the only active main roster member (outside of Roman Reigns) to beat Brock Lesnar clean (let alone beating him twice). Rollins has the big match momentum. Strowman does not. Rollins is going to continue his reign. Honestly, I don't know what massive threat WWE could have Seth Rollins face next?
The one thing is for sure is that Rollins is currently "the man." Strowman is too on and off again to actually give a championship run. Rollins will be a safe champion until WWE figures out on what to do with him and the championship.
Winner: Seth Rollins
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