After an absence in 2018, the Clash of Champions pay-per-view is back this Monday (9:00am AEST) with 11 matches on the card and ten championship matches set to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A lot of questions will be answered, like whether Seth Rollins can retain his universal championship and if Sasha Banks can become an unstoppable force with her new look against ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch. Elsewhere, Kofi Kingston looks to continue his reign as WWE champion in his defence against Randy Orton.
Titles have changed hands only twice from the nine championship matches in which they’ve been on the line in the previous two Clash events. Maybe things will be different this year.
Cruiserweight championship: Drew Gulak (c) versus Lince Dorado versus Humberto Carrillo
Triple H said this week the cruiserweight division and 205 Live will become more closely aligned with NXT as the developmental brand is elevated to national television in the US, but it hasn’t been confirmed when it will move. Thus it wouldn’t be surprising if the cruiserweight title match is relegated to the kickoff show once again.
Winner: Drew Gulak
Women’s tag team championship: Alexa Bliss (c) and Nikki Cross (c) versus Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville have been a team ever since they debuted in the main roster in 2017, while Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross became allies during this year. Bliss and Cross have brought the titles back into some light lately after winning the belts from the IIconics last month. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross make formidable opponents for any team wanting to go for the gold.
Winner: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Intercontinental championship: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) versus The Miz
The Miz was made to look strong with a clean win over Andrade this week before being laid out after the match by Shinsuke Nakamura. That kind of gives the impression that Miz will be paying back the favour at the pay-per-view.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
No disqualification: Roman Reigns versus Erick Rowan
This feud was looking like it would be short-lived but it has actually turned out to be one of the best in 2019. Credit to both wrestlers and Daniel Bryan as well for making this rivalry very intriguing to watch. With the added stipulation of being a no-disqualification match and despite it being the only match on the card without a title on the line, this is going to be interesting to watch.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Raw tag team championship: Seth Rollins (c) and Braun Strowman (c) versus Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode have already shown they have solid chemistry in the ring, and it would be fitting if WWE would continue exploring that. It also makes for a better plot if Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman completely implode as tag champions before facing each other later in the show for the universal championship.
Winner: Roode and Ziggler
Smackdown tag team championship: The New Day (c) versus The Revival
Two tag teams with one trying to keep their momentum going while the other is going to switch their aim from the Raw tag team belts to the Smackdown tag team championships. Big E and Xavier Woods have been excellent this year as their focus relies on the tag team division, while fellow New Day member Kofi Kingston is focusing on his WWE championship. These two teams can put on a show, and expect that to be the case.
Winner: The New Day
United States championship: AJ Styles (c) versus Cedric Alexander
This has the potential to be the match of the night if it lives up to its hype. It was announced on Monday that AJ Styles is going to defend his title against Cedric Alexander after Alexander pinned Styles in a ten-man tag team match on a recent episode of Raw. Cedric Alexander’s momentum is huge at the moment, with some big wins. Meanwhile, AJ Styles hasn’t won a match clean since regaining the title against Ricochet at Summerslam.
Winner: AJ Styles
Smackdown women’s championship: Bayley (c) versus Charlotte Flair
Charlotte will have the home crowd behind her against a different and new Bayley. These two haven’t had a televised match since Bayley cashed in her contract against Charlotte at Money in the Bank in May this year. This is probably one of the tricker matches to predict, but I think this is going to be a lead-in for what lies ahead for the Four Horsewomen in Bayley, Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch.
Raw women’s championship: Becky Lynch (c) versus Sasha Banks
Ever since her return, Sasha Banks has made herself back into the boss she once was back in NXT, coming out of it as one of the best heels on the brand. Meanwhile, Lynch has had the Raw championship since this year’s Wrestlemania and has been one of the biggest stars in the company. It’s actually been well over three and a half years since Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks had a one-versus-one match, and that was before Wrestlemania 32.
Winner: Sasha Banks
WWE championship: Kofi Kingston (c) versus Randy Orton
After a really poorly booked Summerslam match, we’re at it again, with Kingston set to defend his title against Randy Orton. Kofi Kingston has created some remarkable moments with his championship run. This match needs to have a finish and whether Kingston kicks out of the RKO or the New Day find a way to help Kofi Kingston win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Universal championship: Seth Rollins (c) versus Braun Strowman
This looks like it’s going to be the main event. After countless contract signing failures, to actually creating a team on their own and winning the Raw tag team championships with them defending their titles on the same night as they compete against each other for the universal championship. The winner will most likely face The Fiend after Bray Wyatt mentioned that The Fiend will be next in line to compete for the universal title at Hell in the Cell.
Winner: Seth Rollins