Clash of Champions: Predictions
This Sunday, September 15th, is WWE Clash of Champions and I’m here to offer my predictions for the pay-per-view! We have 11 matches on the card and 10 of which are title matches. The lone non-title match is Roman vs. Rowan, try saying that 10 times fast, in a no DQ match. With the King of the Ring final apparently being pushed to Monday Night Raw, we won’t be seeing Chad Gable vs Baron Corbin.
Since WWE doesn’t release the match card order in advance, I will also be predicted the card order. So let’s start with the Pre-Show!
2 matches usually, so let’s start with…
Drew Gulak (Cruiserweight Champion) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado
Gulak has not held the title long enough for a shock title change to happen here.
Prediction: Gulak retains via pinfall
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (Women’s Tag Team Champions) vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
Bliss and Cross need to have a falling out before they lose the titles and Sunday will not be that day. The titles are still fresh on the duo and by having them on Bliss specifically, they are guaranteed to be on TV.
Prediction: Bliss and Cross retain via pinfall, Sonya eats the pin
The rest of the matches have too many big names, as opposed to the pre-show matches, so they need to be reserved for the main card. WWE likes to start the show off with a bang recently so let’s start like this…
Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman (Raw Tag Team Champions) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
By placing this match first, we get to see the Rollins and Strowman try to coexist and remain tag champions before they face-off later in the night. Ziggler and Roode are a thrown together tag-team but they will capitalize on Rollins and Strowman misunderstandings, creating tension for the matchup later in the night.
Prediction: Ziggler and Roode win via pinfall after Rollins costs Strowman, angering the monster.
Shinsuke Nakamura (Intercontinental Champion) vs. The Miz
This match will be treated as a “cool-down” match and Shinsuke win retain to keep the rebuild of his character going. Zayn will probably get involved to distract Miz allowing Shinsuke to hit a Kinshasa and prevent Miz from becoming an Intercontinental Champion for the 9th time.
Prediction: Nakamura wins via DQ
Bayley (Smackdown Women’s Champion) vs. Charlotte Flair
Two men’s matches in a row mean that a women’s match is due for a showing. This one will go on first as Smackdown is seen as less of show compared to Raw still, somehow. Bayley will use full-on heel tactics to retain, embracing the fact that she is a heel now.
Prediction: Bayley wins via pinfall but cheats to get there.
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan in a No DQ match
After a heel victory, the crowd needs a pick-me-up and that’s where WWE sends in their favorite wrestler since John Cena, Roman Reigns. This match will obviously involve lots of chair shots and traveling around the crowd, maybe even backstage at some point. But, because he’s THE BIG DOG… Reigns will win fairly easily.
Prediction: Reigns wins via pinfall after a spear through a table.
New Day (Smackdown Tag Team Champions) vs. The Revival
The New Day, represented by Big E and Xavier Woods will keep things in the ring against The Revival to compliment the prior match. I feel that in order for New Day to lose the titles, they need to do something like what the Raw tag titles are doing. Kofi will have to Freebird rule the titles and fill in for either Big E or Woods after a hard-hitting match. Tonight that won’t happen, but maybe next month at Hell in a Cell.
Prediction: New Day wins in convincing fashion.
Kofi Kingston (WWE Champion) vs. Randy Orton
Logically, after the previous match, Kofi would retain his title here to complete the 10-year long storyline and his fellow New Day members can come celebrate with all the gold. There will be callbacks aplenty, but Kofi will outlast Orton, getting him back for burying him 10 years ago.
Prediction: Kofi wins via pinfall after a Trouble in Paradise.
AJ Styles (US Champion) vs. Cedric Alexander
I have predicted various heel victories up to this point. In fact, the heels won the first 3 matches on the main card and the faces won the next 3. So, because of what I have predicted next, Cedric Alexander needs to come away with the victory here over a heel Styles. Alexander has seen his star rise over the past few weeks and it seems that WWE believes in him. The crowd is behind him so there would be no better way to get him over than a big pay-per-view victory over AJ Styles. The OC will try to get involved but Alexander will overcome the odds.
Prediction: Alexander wins via pinfall to become the new US Champion.
Becky Lynch (Raw Women’s Champion) vs. Sasha Banks
Banks has just returned and turned heel alongside her best friend Bayley. For her to lose at this point would be extremely damaging to her character. Banks will shock the crowd and pull off the upset victory of Becky Lynch so that she and Bayley can run the women’s division as champions and then go after the tag belts.
Prediction: Banks wins via submission after Becky taps to the Bank Statement.
Seth Rollins (Universal Champion) vs. Braun Strowman
The main event is here and Seth Rollins needs to send the crowd home happy after the previous match. As the de facto babyface in this matchup, Rollins will defeat the “Monster Among Men” so that Braun can be the heel for wanting to destroy Rollins because of what took place earlier in the night. This match will set up a rematch at Hell in the Cell next month.
Prediction: Rollins wins via pinfall with The Stomp.
That’s my predictions for Clash of Champions this Sunday! Let me know who you think is going to win in the comments down below!