WWE’s themed PPV event that’s dedicated to its proud title holders is back once again.
And as always, both brands’ top prizes will be up for grabs as hungry contenders vie for championship glory. The reigning and defending WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is stepping up to do battle with “The Viper” Randy Orton in a rematch that promises to be even more brutal than their last meeting. And chances are high that the brand new WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns will put his belt on the line against whoever rises up on the blue brand to face him. Here’s hoping that every one of the main brand’s championships is on the line and fills up Clash of Champions 2020’s card with interesting matchups.
Now let’s get into who we think will leave this upcoming September 27 event as champion.
Asuka (c) vs. Zelina Vega (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Predictions & Winner: So I’m pretty sure everyone can see the end result of this title contest from a mile away. The first clue that should point you towards the obvious winner is the fact that this bout is a Kickoff Match, which means its importance to this event is minimal.
Secondly, it features Asuka at her strongest form to date. And thirdly, she’s competing against someone who’s been running around the main roster as nothing more than a manager. All of a sudden, Zelina Vega is getting a Raw Women’s Championship shot over worthier contenders such as Bianca Belair? Yeah, Asuka’s going to easily run through Zelina here and add another bodybag to her string of successful title defenses.
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn (Triple Threat Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Predictions & Winner: So we have ourselves a Shawn Michaels/Razor Ramon type of Intercontinental Championship controversy here. After Sami Zayn disappeared from WWE TV, he was relinquished of his IC title-holding duties. And after a tournament was created in order to crown a new IC Champion, AJ Styles emerged as the new champion. But AJ’s reign soon came to a shocking end when he ran into Jeff Hardy, who managed to capture the belt for himself. But now that Sami has popped back up on the scene, he believes he’s still the rightful holder of the title and Jeff’s ownership of the belt is nothing but a farce. Seems like the best way to settle this whole legitimate IC Championship owner claim is by having a ladder match. And I wholeheartedly support that decision.
I have high hopes for this match. Even with his litany of injuries, Jeff still employs a daredevil style that truly comes to life during specialty matches such as this one. AJ may employ a more technical approach to his wrestling nowadays, but he’s known to pull out his high flying maneuvers from time to time. And I get the feeling that he’ll push himself to the limit with those very same moves during this match. As for Sami, he’s known for pulling out some wild moves whenever a ladder’s in play. But I think he’s going to play the long game and try to avoid taking as much ladder-related damage as possible. I think Sami’s going to regain the IC Championship here by capitalizing on Jeff incapacitating AJ and himself with a devastating ladder-assisted maneuver. Jeff’s sacrifice will lead right to Sami sneaking up the ladder to retrieve his self-proclaimed prize.
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Apollo Crews (WWE United States Championship)
Predictions & Winner: The Hurt Business is booming these days, aren’t they? MVP, United States Champion Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, and the newly added Cedric Alexander are running roughshod over Raw and Raw Underground. But an immense threat has done some damage to that strong ensemble in recent weeks and that threat is known as Retribution.
I think they’ll end up rearing their ugly (facemask assisted, of course) heads during this matchup and force it to go to a no-contest due to their run-in interference. This title match is most likely being set up as more of a storyline continuation between The Hurt Business and Retribution stables instead of a legit contest. Bobby and Apollo Crews will put on a good match, no doubt. But I’m sure everything will break down at some point and lead into a massive brawl between The Hurt Business, Retribution, and Apollo plus his closest ally Ricochet.
The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) (c) vs. Andrade and Angel Garza (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Predictions & Winners: This situation certainly looks familiar. I was open to seeing The Street Profits take on the duo they defeated for the titles in the first place (Seth Rollins and Murphy) or the new luchador duo of Dominik Mysterio and Humberto Carrillo. But alas, we’ve arrived at Groundhog’s Day for the Raw Tag Team Championship belts all over again.
Since Zelina Vega is off doing her own thing opposite Asuka, I foresee Andrade and Angel Garza running into even worse communication issues during this title opportunity. The bond between both men has been severely degrading as of late and I just can’t see them repairing that bond in time to wrest the titles from Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford. I predict some sort of screwup from Angel leading to Andrade being the one pinned, which will keep the belts on The Street Profits and likely bring Andrade and Angel’s fractured partnership to a definitive end.
Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik and/or Lince Dorado) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Predictions & Winners: There’s some obvious tension brewing between the members of Lucha House Party. In recent weeks, we’ve witnessed Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado get embroiled in some puzzling exchanges that have led to their downfall. It’s pretty evident that the world’s happiest luchadors are on their last legs as a trio and I get the feeling that their official breakup will happen via this match.
Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura will find a way to overcome their speedier opponents and do so with the assistance of a random screwup on behalf of the one Lucha House Party member that’s not competing in this match. And because of that unforeseen error, the Lucha House Party will be no more and most likely find themselves getting involved in a triple threat war soon after. And by the looks of things, I see a Kalisto heel turn on the horizon. WWE isn’t going in the right direction with this storyline by breaking up yet another duo while they play host to weak tag team divisions on both main roster shows.
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (c) vs. The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Predictions & Winners: So like everyone else who predicted it, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler ended up bringing Bayley and Sasha Banks’ Women’s Tag Team Championship reign to an end. Even though Nia and Shayna aren’t exactly best buds, they work together to the best of their ability in order to keep their championship reign alive. WWE’s a huge fan of putting two singles stars together to form a team, especially when those stars hate each other’s guts.
Their newest challengers come in the form of the newly reunited Riott Squad, who are still working out their issues and trying to get back to their days as a far more united duo. Both teams have problems brewing within their ranks, but I think Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan’s still fractured state will cost them the match. Nia and Shayna’s unfriendly partnership yet powerful tag-team combination will continue here and not end anytime soon.
Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Predictions & Winner: So the winner is clearly gonna be Bayley. Let’s just get that easy prediction out of the way first. The big story right now is Bayley’s violent turn on Sasha Banks and how Banks will eventually make her big return to get revenge on her former bestie. And that revenge will likely culminate in a major championship match on PPV. Right now, the current SmackDown Women’s Champion will be built up even stronger than she usually is while we await her eventual meeting with Banks. The first roadblock that Bayley will overcome is Nikki Cross. Bayley’s done it before on PPV and I’m betting the house on her doing it all over again.
There’s another big angle going on here besides Bayley’s beef with Banks, however. Due to the unsettling interactions she’s experienced with “The Fiend” and Braun Strowman, Alexa Bliss has completely morphed into the type of person Nikki has a hard time recognizing. Nikki has promised us that she’s going to find a way to “save” her friend from her current troubled state, but I think Alexa has other things in mind.
During this match, Alexa will come down to the ring at some point and do the unthinkable by crossing (no pun intended) her former best friend. Alexa’s twisted persona will be the cause of her betrayal and ultimately aid Bayley during her title defense. Due to that shocking occurrence, Bayley will retain the title while Nikki will be left to enter a new feud with this newly “twisted” version of Alexa. Might as well knock out two birds with one stone during this match – keep the title on Bayley for her future meeting with Sasha and push Nikki into a new beef with Alexa. Easy!
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton (Ambulance Match for the WWE Championship)
Predictions & Winner: Randy Orton always finds a way to slither his way back to the top. After losing to Edge at WrestleMania 36, Randy goaded Edge into a rematch and managed to defeat him at Backlash. And after losing via surprise backslide to Drew McIntyre at SummerSlam, Randy regained his number one contender’s spot by winning a triple threat match that also featured Keith Lee (who beat Randy at Payback) and Seth Rollins on Raw. Now in order to make his way to that final matchup, Randy got past Kevin Owens with the help of Aleister Black and pinned Rollins after stealing the winning pin from Lee. This sneaky, slithering, and conniving version of Randy is always entertaining and the right man to pit against McIntyre.
Prior to Randy getting this title shot, he incapacitated the WWE Champion a week prior. It’s clear to me that he set up McIntyre to lose his cool even more than before by assaulting him repeatedly backstage. I think McIntyre’s extremely pissed off state will play a huge part in how this match will unfold. McIntyre will have a fire lit up inside of him that will cause him to go a bit overboard and attempt to destroy Randy at all costs.
This newfound rage will play right into Randy’s gameplan, which is to cause the champ’s anger to cloud his judgment and make a costly mistake during a moment of blind fury. I think that plan will succeed, which will lead to McIntyre screwing the pooch on a move and walking straight into an RKO and a debilitating punt to end the match. I’m picking Randy as the winner here – it makes sense since this storyline has more legs to it and the best way to continue it is by having the title switch hands. Plus it’s a bit more entertaining when the babyface is chasing the heel champion, which I think will be the renewed “Viper.” Drew’s leaving in an ambulance here, folks…
Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) (c) vs. Jey Uso (WWE Universal Championship)
Predictions & Winner: I haven’t cared this much about Roman Reigns since the PPV bangers he produced with AJ Styles back in 2016. “The Big Dog” has been rejuvenated since his grand return as a badass heel who now has Paul Heyman in his corner. Just one week after his surprising comeback, Roman managed to capture the WWE Universal Championship with ease. And now he’s fully embraced his new role as SmackDown’s must-see, all business, take no prisoners champion. His first big PPV challenger is certainly an interesting one, to say the least. Due to him emerging victorious after a highly entertaining Fatal Four Way match, Roman Reigns’ cousin Jey Uso earned himself a title shot.
Now we all know how this one will turn out. Even though Roman and Jey have love for one another, all that goes out the window when the Universal Championship is on the line. And what makes this match so intriguing is the element of Roman’s new persona, which presents him as someone who has no time for family and mutual respect. Jey will put up a good fight, no doubt. And we’ll definitely get to see him run wild and have fans bite on every close pinfall he goes for. But in the end, Roman will take heed of Paul’s advice and run through his Samoan kin in the most severe manner possible. Roman’s going to put his Uso brethren alliance behind him by defeating Jey and continuing his latest top championship run.