Our first Raw exclusive PPV, and after how Backlash went down, Clash of Champions has a lot to live up to! Of course, they’re more used to the full three hours, so they shouldn’t be struggling to fill time. I can only hope that Jerry Lawler isn’t on the pre-show, and is therefore a SmackDown exclusive. Now if only we could write him off altogether.
Alicia Fox vs. Nia Jax (Pre-show)
This has been set up for week after week, with Nia destroying local talent at a rate of knots, leaving broken women behind her. While I was hoping this would culminate in ehr coming up against Braun Strowman and smashing him to pieces, instead, she fell afoul of Alicia Fox after Nia battered her friend. I just hope we get to see Alicia’s Northern Lights suplex. I love that.
Prediction: Nia to squash Fox, because heaven forbid anyone get any character development or change in this little holding pattern Nia’s in right now.
T.J. Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick – Cruiserweight Championship
Almost no lead up into this, because of how recently the CWC ended. As such, there’s unlikely to be a championship change, because it would make the whole of the CWC mean basically nothing if the winner got the belt taken off his straight away.
Prediction: T.J. Perkins to keep his pretty purple championship.
Cesaro vs. Sheamus – Final Match of Best Of Seven Series
The shine was gone from this once Cesaro went 0-3 down, becasue this is a story, not a legitimate athletic competition, and we know how the story goes once the good guy comes up against insurmountable odds. Of course they were going to go the full seven matches, so Cesaro had to fight back.
Prediction: Cesaro to win and take the overall accolades.
Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho
A minor grudge match, about who’s been the best friend to Kevin Owens. I’m not sure what Sami thinks he’s going to get out of this, other than making Jericho leave him alone, as it’s not like he particularly wants to be Kevin’s bestie again. Either way, everything Jericho touches turns to gold right now, so this should be an amazing match, and hopefully means we’ll see Sami moving towards a title picture.
Prediction: Sami Zayn to take the win.
Rusev vs. Roman Reigns – United States Championship
It was weird, last Raw, when Roman faced Kevin and Seth and Rusev had a match, but it’s back to the status quo now, with Roman and Rusev for the US title. Rusev’s had a really good run with the US title, proper heel heat, but the feud with Roman has been confused and odd, with Rusev the bad guy, despite just defending his wife against someone who keeps calling her a mail order bride. Honestly, I don’t want to see Rusev’s amazing title reign stolen by Roman, unless we get some sort of character change from him. But I’ve stopped holding my breath about that.
Prediction: Rusev to keep the US title. Please.
The New Day vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson – Raw Tag Team Championships
Okay, look, I love The New Day. But as faces, they just don’t have the same shine to them that they did as heels, whereas The Club are getting terrible promos as heels. This whole feud feels totally weird, with the good guys being boring, and the bad guys being cringeworthy. I think the time is up for The New Day, though, as they’ve held the belts for over a year now. Besides, they’ll be more interesting trying to claw their way back to glory than they are as the established champs.
Prediction: Gallows & Anderson take the titles.
Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley – Raw Women’s Championship
Made a triple threat on Raw this week, this match is guarenteed to be bloody amazing, and if they don’t give it the good slice of time that it deserves, I’ll be pretty disappointed. I’m looking forward to seeing whether this is Dana Brooke’s time to change sides, as she and Charlotte have been on increasingly rocky ground for the last few weeks, and she’ll no doubt be in attendance at ringside. I think, however, it’s too early for Sasha to take the title back, and Bayley needs a longer run, so perhaps Brooke sours everything in the hope of Sasha winning and being on the side of the new champ, but Charlotte prevails, and Dana realises she’s just made a powerful enemy.
Prediction: Charlotte to retain.
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins – Universal Championship
The big one. The Kevin Owens show is full steam ahead, with people loving his title reign. Owens is hilarious, brilliant, and incredible in the ring, and he matches all of this with a passion for his titles, snatching at them as they’re handed back to him. As much as I usually prefer my heels reaching for gold, rather than holding it, Owens manages to make holding a title his best trait, playing it into his character with aplomb. Whichever way this turns out, it’s going to be a hell of a match. However, we can be pretty sure Triple H’s big hands are all over this, and that he’s going to make sure Owens keeps the title at the expense of his previous investment in Seth Rollins. Seth isn’t going to take a second betrayal that well. Let’s hope he can trade the Pedigree out for something else after this – or retire Triple H for good and take that finisher for his own as a mark of disdain, rather than a mark of respect.
Prediction: Kevin Owens remains our favourite champion!