WWE Clash Of Champions 2017 Predictions
I know, I know…I haven’t written about WWE in a long time. I just don’t have the time to dedicate to commenting on both shows every week AND a PPV and results. I never did a results/thoughts piece on Survivor Series because, well, I just didn’t care. This piece may just very well be my “swansong” writing about WWE on here.
I have been so bored by most of the product and booking since the summer that I just don’t even want to give my time writing about it. The PVR has been my best friend over the past few months of WWE programming because since after SummerSlam, I couldn’t give two shits, really. If I was a shareholder, I’d ask for the removal of all the McMahons and Kevin Dunn. I’d also hire writers that have watched and understand wrestling. I suppose this piece will reflect what I just stated.
Zack Ryder vs. Mojo Rawley
Here’s a feud that could be hot and put front and center on WWE programming. WWE could have built this up over the last couple of weeks. Know what? They didn’t. They’ve thrown it on this PPV as match with only the turn swerve of Rawley a couple of weeks ago. How fucking stupid is this? This is a story that could write itself yet the writers and producers have given it no time. The winner here is obvious, or should be. It’s Rawley. WWE has never backed Ryder. He should be running the mid-card yet because he went into business for himself to try and get himself over (and grab the “brass ring,” as Vince called it), but he’s been punished for it. As well, to get Rawley over has a heel, he needs to win. Poor Zack Ryder.
Winner: Mojo Rawley
Breezango vs. The Bludgeon Brothers
The “new” team wins. Breezango is awful. The “Fashion Files” is awful. WWE, split this “team” you’re doing nothing with and add people to the roster, unless you’re going to not make them nothing more than glorified jobbers. Wait….that’s the reason for this match.
Winners: The (ugh) Bludgeon Brothers (Seriously? In 2017, this is the best Creative could come up with for a name?)
Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler –
Triple Threat Match for the United States Championship
Ziggler is great and should be higher on the card than he has been. Yeah, I know he’s been “on top of the mountain,” but WWE has shown no faith in him although he’s one of the best pure talents on their roster. Makes you think, huh? He’s been thrown into this match for no apparent reason except to probably make the match better than what it would be with the other two squaring off. Sorry, people. Corbin isn’t good on the mic or in the ring. I have no feeling of hate or love for the guy. He’s just “there.” Roode, on the other hand, is good but like Nakamuara, WWE is just making him entrance fodder instead of building a character. Roode or Ziggler is getting pinned here.
Winner: Baron Corbin
The Usos vs. The New Day vs. Shelton Benjamin
& Chad Gable vs. Rusev & Aiden English –
Fatal 4-Way Match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship
The Usos are the best team on either show but WWE needs to build up new threats. I’m going with my gut here and saying it’s gonna be a Rusev Day!
Winners: Rusev and Aiden English
Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya –
Lumberjack Match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
Instead of focusing on the technical prowess of two excellent women wrestlers and the abundance of women on their roster they could actually build individual stories around, WWE is watering everything down by throwing everyone, once again, into the mix. Heading into the Royal Rumble and the new year, the women’s division needs a shake up. The ridiculous parallel between the new Raw and Smackdown‘s women’s threesomes can make anyone point to how lazy WWE Creative is, but these three will be the focus of the Lumberjack (Jill?) match and the reason why tonight will be the night Carmella will cash in her Money in the Bank opportunity and join the squad.
Winner: doesn’t matter – Carmella is walking out as champ
Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
w/ Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan as special guest referees
Orton is boring as hell and has no chemistry with Nakamura. WWE has no idea what to do with Nakamura. The whole story behind this match is about a McMahon’s anger with talent who he could have “fired” at any time. The additional of Daniel Bryan into the match insures the heels win here. The writing is on the wall: either WWE is so good this time keeping a secret that will be leading to Bryan’s in-ring return against Shane or they’re pissed because of Bryan’s outspokenness that he’ll eventually wrestle outside WWE that they’ll try to turn him heel here before his contract expires. The story is not on the men in the ring and that’s sad.
Winners: Owens and Zayn
AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship
Triple H just beat Mahal in India because the Mahal project is over and done with. AJ Stlyes is winning. That’s it.
Winner: AJ Styles
I have absolutely no expectations going into this show.