The next WWE PPV is Clash of Champions on September 15 where every championship in WWE will be on the line. At least that’s the idea behind the show. Last night on Raw, which I reviewed here, they set up some of the big matches at Clash of Champions.
There was a backstage segment with Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins being interviewed by Sarah Schreiber, which was taped last week since Seth Rollins was on vacation for this week’s show. In the segment, Strowman made it clear to Rollins he wanted a shot at the Universal Title held by Rollins and Rollins agreed, so the match became official.
What WWE is really hyping up is that it will be the first time that current tag team champions will also be wrestling for a major singles title (in this case the Universal Title) on the same PPV event. We have seen tag team champions feud before, but this is the first time where they defend the titles and face eachother on the same PPV.
They also did a Tag Team Turmoil match featuring eight tag teams. After about 20 minutes, the new team of Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode emerged as the winners after beat four teams in a row. It was a great way to put them over as a new team. Are they a long term team or just something to get the tag team division through Clash of Champions? We don’t know that yet, but I think they have a legit shot at becoming the champions.
Here are the official matches.
WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton – This was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Smackdown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
King of the Ring Tournament Finals: Raw wrestler vs. Smackdown wrestler
Other titles that will need to be on the show include:
Raw Women’s Championship held by Becky Lynch. I think a match against Sasha Banks makes a lot of sense. If it’s somebody else, I would be surprised.
United States Championship held by AJ Styles. There’s no obvious opponent right now. I don’t think it would be a good idea to have him face Braun Strowman again.
Smackdown Tag Team Championships held by The New Day’s Big E and Xavier Woods. Last week on Smackdown, The Revival issued a challenge against The New Day, but it’s not official yet. They will likely make it official tonight on Smackdown.
Intercontinental Championship held by Shinsuke Nakamura. After Nakamura and Sami Zayn attacked The Miz last week on Smackdown, a Nakamura vs. Miz match is likely.
Women’s Tag Team Championships held by Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. There are no obvious opponents right now, but I hope Asuka and Kairi Sane get built back up again soon.
Cruiserweight Championship held by Drew Gulak. They pick different people every month it seems, so it’s hard to know who they might go with. It could be Humberto Carrillo, who has been getting a good push of late.
I’m not sure if there will be a Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan match, but that has been rumored. They were not in a match at SummerSlam even though they are healthy, so I would be surprised if they sit out this show as well.
King of the Ring Update
There were two King of the Ring matches on Raw last night. Ricochet beat Drew McIntyre in a great match and then Baron Corbin beat The Miz. Tonight on Smackdown, it’s Ali vs. Murphy in a matchup of former 205 Live stars and then former tag team partners Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin will have a match.
On the Raw side, Samoa Joe vs. Ricochet and Cedric Alexander vs. Baron Corbin will take place next week on Raw.
The final Raw match will take place on September 9 when Raw is in Madison Square Garden in New York City. The final Smackdown match will take place on September 10 when Smackdown is also in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The King of the Ring winner will be crowned in the final match of the tournament on September 15 at Clash of Champions in Charlotte, NC. Here are the updated brackets.
My pick for the finals is Andrade vs. Ricochet with Andrade getting the win, but if it’s Ricochet that wins then that’s fine too. The key is what happens after the guy wins King of the Ring and if it really helped his career.
I’ll be back for a Smackdown review either late tonight or early tomorrow. I don’t know yet.