WWE Clash of Champions 2019 PPV Predictions
Change is in the air! WWE’s Smackdown is moving to Fox in less than a month a rumour is that there is a draft coming again. Not only is it going to be more than the regular superstar “shake-up” we’re used to. Word has it that it’s going to be set up like a high end sports draft over three nights: Raw, Smackdown, and now NXT, that’s going to two hours to compete against the upcoming AEW show.
Due to all the movement and NXT being aired on the USA Network (let’s see how we get in here in Canada), wrestlers are going to be moved all over the place. If wrestlers are being move, championships are going to change and I think we may see a few surprises on this show that will foreshadow where people are going to go. I think with all the change coming, this show is going to be fun to watch because you really don’t know what may happen here based on WWE’s long term vision going into this new era.
As usual, I’m giving my two cents on what I think is going to happen and it’s probably biased based on what I hope will happen. If there are any changes in the next day, I’ll update accordingly. Here we go!
Drew Gulak (Champ) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado –
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
I don’t watch 205 Live anymore. There’s so much to take in during the week, it gets buried for me. I know the talent is great and I enjoy the major matches on the monthly PPVs. I’m excited to hear the rumours that this brand will be amalgamated with NXT in October. I hope it’s true because the talent will get more exposure and the crowd at Full Sail University will be more engaged than those at the tapings. It will also force me to take more notice.
All that said, I don’t know anything about the two facing Drew Gulak. Gulak has been on NXT before so I think he’s the right one to hold the championship heading into the shake-up. That’s the reason he’s my pick. I’ve enjoyed his work but I’m excited to see what the other two bring to the table.
Winner: Drew Gulak
AJ Styles (Champ) vs. Cedric Alexander –
United States Championship
There’s been no build up to this match but that doesn’t mean it won’t be good. I think Alexander has been paired with Styles to help showcase his talents. It will be a decent back and forth effort, but there’s no way in hell Alexander is walking out with the championship, especially after this match being announced almost as an afterthought.
Winner: AJ Styles
Shinsuke Nakamura (Champ) vs. The Miz –
With the pairing of Sami Zayn with Nakamuara, there won’t be a title change happening. Nakamura is just getting back on TV and they need to elevate him and the championship. It’s been ages since the IC Championship has seemed relevant and they need to start. If the Miz wins, it’s just more hot potato. I just can’t fathom a title change happening here.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamuara
Big E & Xavier Woods (Champs) vs. The Revival –
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
I totally forgot that these two were the tag champs on Smackdown. I really don’t care. I’m so sick of The New Day. I know they’re a merch machine and I appreciate their talents, but I’m just done with them. I hope there is a title change here and let The Revial actually have a run that solidifies them. They need it. If they lose here, they will go the way of The Ascension. Remember them? I’m basing my win off of hopes, not the sale of T-Shirts.
Winners: The Revival
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (Champs) vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
The challengers have already beat the champs. WWE creative have really done nothing to elevate Bliss and Cross as babyfaces, although I think it was great to pair them to show the audience that Cross is talented. I see a title change happening to bring Rose and DeVille to a new level and hopefully have Bliss turn on Cross to continue with what makes her great: being an asshole.
Winners: Rose & Deville
Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode –
Raw Tag Team Championship
Booking 101 would have this match start off the PPV and have the champions lose. Why? A) It gives them time to rest before the main event and B) It sets up more animosity between the two before the championship match. There’s no way these two are going to keep the belts. They need the loss to get people more engaged in what may happen in their match for the Universal Championship (man, I hate the name and look of that title).
It’s only fitting that this new pairing of Ziggler and Roode get the tag championship because they can be a hot heel team people want to see lose the belts and, with Ziggler being one of the best on the roster, he deserves it and it will all only help Roode showcase his talents. He just hasn’t been utilized to the best of his ability since he’s been on the main roster. He’s a heel and needs to showcase it. Just lose the damn porno mustache, man.
Winners: Ziggler and Roode
Bayley (Champ) vs. Charlotte Flair –
SmackDown Women’s Champion
WWE Creative has to cut the crap with Bayley’s half-assed heel turn. Change her music, get rid of the blow up guys, and have her come out pissed off. It’s ridiculous that they want people to buy her alliance with Sasha Banks as legit if she’s coming out smiling and as she’s been seen as a babyface!
This match may not get the buy-in it deserves because not only have they not set up Bayley well yet as a heel, they have done nothing to make Charlotte be cheered. It’s now half-heel vs. heel. How is the crowd going to get into that? I think we’ll see something where Bayley does something, like get DQ’d, to keep the belt and we’re going to see a heel/babyface turn. I have a funny feeling that Bayley is going to stay on Smackdown with the championship and Charlotte is going to Raw in the next few weeks. With that Spidey-sense tingling, Bayley is winning this to continue on with her decent into heel territory.
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan (No Disqualification Match)
On a night where we are supposed to get only championship matches, WWE has to find a way to get Roman Reigns on the card. As much as I’d LOVE to be hopeful for a legit Rowan win here to help solidify him on the roster, it’s not happening. We’re going to get the usual shit Reigns match where he’s beat up most of the match, thrown into the steps and then comes back to win, essentially burying Rowan.
What could change this? Well, we could have the usual Reigns match and have a little bit of interference from Daniel Bryan to show he was in on this whole charade all along. Could we also have a Luke Harper appearance? I have no clue. This one is up in the air for me because they could go so many ways to elevate the heels, but, as we’ve seen in the past, WWE and Vince loves Reigns so much that you could hit him with everything in a match and he’ll still win. He’s got the same shitty booking as Hogan and Cena. I’m hopeful WWE Creative will do the right thing and elevate Rowan somehow.
Winner: Erick Rowan
Kofi Kingston (Champ) vs. Randy Orton –
I’ll start off by saying I dig Kofi Kingston. I loved seeing him get his moment at Wrestlemania. Unfortunately, I’m done with seeing him as the champ. We need someone new to breathe some life into the championship picture. The sad thing is, I can’t stand (almost hate) Randy Orton. He is boring personified. I am finished seeing these two feud.
If I want Kingston to lose to get new life into the championship reign, it will be to Orton. I don’t want Orton as a champ because I don’t need to fall asleep watching Smackdown. If Orton wins, we’ll have another month of these two going at each other and I don’t want that.
With all options exhausted, I’m hoping Kingston wins to finally get the final pin on Orton and his boring ass. A new feud heading into Smackdown on Fox will be a breath of fresh air and Orton can go back to not being on TV every week. I’m praying to the wrestling gods Orton doesn’t win here.
Winner (please): Kofi Kingston
Becky Lynch (Champ) vs. Sasha Banks –
Raw Women’s Championship
Crybaby Banks is back on WWE TV and is finally being allowed to embrace the heel persona she rocks at. The rumours indicate that Lynch is heading to Smackdown to help get the ratings it needs out of the gate. If Bayley retains, Charlotte can be drafted to Smakdown to go against Banks if she wins this match. Could we also see the return of Ronda Rousey to interfere in some way to lead to Smackdown’s debut on Fox? That’s money right there even if you’re not a Rousey fan. WWE needs to strike when the iron is hot on Bank’s return and give her the belt.
Winner: Sasha Banks.
Seth Rollins (Champ) vs. Braun Strowman –
Sorry, guys. Rollins is winning this one. Bray Wyatt, The Fiend, has been advertised in so many areas to challenge Rollins for the belt and they’re both heading to the Hell in the Cell PPV for the championship.
There’s nothing more to really write about this because the spoilers are everywhere. WWE could swerve us all by having The Fiend actually cost Rollins the championship. That would actually be cool and a great way to set up a feud. Those two could go at it for a month of two and then Wyatt could set his sight on Strowman at the Royal Rumble or the Survivor Series, touting that he was the one that brought him into WWE and helped him win the belt. Man, I wish I wrote for WWE. Although this set up plays out well in my mind, I think Rollins retains because it may make The Fiend’s championship win mean more when he takes out the person that took out Brock Lesnar.
Winner: Seth Rollins