Hello everyone and welcome to Planet Kayfabe for this WWE Clash of Champions preview. The event takes place live this Sunday from Charlotte, North Carolina.
I have to be honest right off the top. I am not looking forward to this review at all and if you've followed my live tweets for Raw and Smackdown since SummerSlam, that should tell you how enthusiastic I am with this product as a whole right now. On top of that, the King of the Ring Finals will remain what it was, to begin with -- just another gimmick to desperately pop a rating for Raw because the finals are no longer on this show. That match will take place on the following Raw.
That's right. If you want to see who the next winner of the prestigious King of the Ring tournament is you are going to have to NOT pay!
Whatever. I never took this shit seriously from the start. Call me when the KOTR PPV returns. Then you'll have my attention.
Drew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado (Triple threat match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
Probably the pre-show bout. Picking Gulak to retain.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville (Tag team match for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship)
I'm not expecting anything great here. This will probably be no different than a match we would see on Smackdown. I'm sticking with the champions to retain. These titles don't mean much, which is sad when you consider it wasn't that long ago when these titles were propped up as some huge historic deal. Basically, if you're a woman and you gave birth this week, when you found out you were pregnant these titles were supposed to be important and in that time you created life and WWE killed a division on their main roster. Pretty impressive.
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The Miz (Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Again, I'm not expecting a great match. Sami Zayn will likely be at ringside (at least they showed him in the graphic) so he will probably cause some bit of a distraction or just outright get involved and cause Nakamura to retain either with his move or by DQ.
I want to pick Miz since he has been such a loser as a babyface and a title win here would salvage him a bit, but I don't see it happening. Another heel victory.
The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) (c) vs. The Revival (Tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
This match could be pretty good, but with 12 matches on the card, as of this writing, I'm not sure how much time it will get. I'm pretty torn with this one, so when in doubt, I will go with the babyfaces to retain their titles.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander (Singles match for the WWE United States Championship)
It's AJ, so there's potential for the match of the night here and Cedric is talented as well, so stylistically, they should match up well. I'm sure Cedric will be "very game" as Michael Cole says, but I'm sticking with AJ to retain.
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan (No Disqualification match)
Ugh... Talk about dropping the ball. One somewhat intriguing angle and WWE has dropped the ball here. I just want it to be over with. I'm picking Roman Reigns to win. I never thought I'd say this but... damn does Roman deserve better. Even though he has routinely been on both shows it doesn't seem like WWE has really presented him like a superstar since coming back to action in February. I'm sure that will all change once Rumble/Wrestlemania season kicks into gear, but 2019 has not been an exciting year if you're a Roman Reigns fan or even if you're not. It's not fun to cheer or boo a guy who is just another guy on the roster. I don't know if this company has given up on Roman being their answer to John Cena or what. Maybe they buy into this "we don't need a top guy" narrative that I've even heard guys like Cena say. I very much disagree. You do need a top guy. Roman wasn't a strong top guy, but he was someone. Right now you just have a bunch of dudes having matches and nothing feels special. Roman wasn't a big numbers mover, but at least they tried to make him feel special at one time. Whatever. Try to enjoy two non-champions wrestling on Night of f***ing Champions.
Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman (c) vs. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler (Tag team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
I don't have much to say about this one. I don't think it will be a great match and I'm comfortably picking a title change here. Yeah, the team of two guys, one who was off TV for months and came back to lose a bunch of times and the other who couldn't buy a spot on Raw or Smackdown this year win one match, become #1 contenders and there ya go. They're gonna be your new Raw Tag Team Champions. Whatever. They wouldn't be the worst ones. B-Team, Hawkins and Ryder? Yeah, this is your tag division.
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship)
I am a bit torn on this one. Bayley turned, I guess, and Charlotte is still a heel but could likely be cheered in her home town and will probably lose in her home town because Vince is old and out of touch and thinks that still gets heat instead of kills heat like when Bayley lost in San Jose as a babyface.
I'm sticking with Bayley to retain somehow. Possibly in dirty fashion. Maybe by DQ. WWE will have to pad Charlotte's kayfabe stat book some other day. If only she had some of her dad's charisma the ratings might not be so shitty. At least this will likely be a good match,
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton (Singles match for the WWE Championship)
This has been a pretty good angle for Kofi. Even though since his match with Bryan he hasn't really delivered a truly great match as a top guy that you'd expect from a main eventer, he's at least been booked right and this angle has been pretty good. I'm not sure how well their styles will match up, but it should be a good match and it will be disappointing if its anything below a 3 1/4 star level.
This angle would have the story come off as a Kofi Kingston redemption story as if he can't lose. However, this same company is the dirt worst at booking babyfaces so I could see Randy Orton winning just because they want him to.
As a matter of fact, I'm picking Orton to win here. They might want a heel champion on Smackdown when they move to Fox for the purpose of doing a babyface title change on the first episode on Fox. So, yes, I'm predicting Randy Orton will essentially be a transitional champion and then lose the title either back to Kofi on Smackdown or maybe even a guy like Roman Reigns. I don't know. They have to do more on that f***ing show than just bring back old guys from the 80's and 90's who can't wrestle anymore.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks (Singles match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship)
This feud has been kinda fun outside of all the cheap heat Sasha got at Nattie's dead father's expense early on. Becky especially has needed a feud like this, but I think some fans have grown tired of her act. Its one thing to be a care-free rebellious badass, but when you're always shooting your mouth off and coming in hot in every promo you can come off as a raging bitch. Sometimes you need to dial it back a bit. Not every promo has to be a fake worked shoot.
Sasha came back as a heel and she's like the shiny new toy so she's probably going to get a mix of cheers. I'm going with my gut. It just feels like its time for a change. Bayley is champion (and will retain in my opinion) Shasha is back with a new attitude, Becky has been champion for a while and it doesn't feel like there's much juice left in "The Man". A title change could be good for both Becky and Sasha. Becky can freshen up her act and Sasha can really establish her return with a title win.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman (Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship)
This reads like a weak main event on the marquee and in terms of match quality, I doubt that will be much to brag about either. I don't have much to say here. I think Seth retains. It would be interesting if they retained the tag titles but Braun won the Universal from Seth in a sort of role reversal, but I doubt that happens.
There are my predictions for this Sunday's Clash of Champions event. My expectations aren't high. Normally, I'd say that's a good opportunity for my low expectations to be far exceeded, but I'll be surprised. I mean, come on. Just look at this card, plus NO King of the Ring? That's bullshit. I feel bad for the 7 or so people who bought a ticket just to see those KOTR finals.
That's all for me. Follow me over on Twitter @PlanetKayfabe where I will be live-tweeting the event. Until next time, take care, enjoy your weekend and God bless.