Every championship is on the line as all Ten title belts are up for grabs. This month’s PPV will feature 11 matches. The only non-title match will feature Roman Reigns and Erick Rowan. More on that match later.
This is the final PPV before the big move to FOX and before AEW comes to television. The pressure is on. WWE MUST put on an outstanding PPV. They have to hit a grand slam. Despite ratings being up, they were down this week. Below I am going to preview each match on the card and put them in order from what I am looking forward to most to what I am looking forward to least.
NOTE: I am not picking any match. For my picks, please tune in to our podcast!
RAW Women’s Title Match: Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch (c)
Sasha Banks is back, a heel and has blue hair. It feels like the women’s division is about to be run by Banks and Bayley. Likely, Sasha will get involved in Bayley’s match, so Bayley will probably get involved in this match.
Lynch’s run as champions started off very strong. She was the biggest thing in the company. But Lynch has lost a ton of steam (not all of that is her fault), and it may be time to take the belt off her. Lynch could keep the belt but like so many others, how will the move to FOX impact this match (Lynch)?
I will admit I have a bias for this match. Sasha Banks is the first wrestler that I liked when I started watching, and I have rooted for her since. So the possibility of me seeing her dethrone “The Man,” win a singles title for the first time has something to do with this being first!
United States Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander
This has the potential to be the match of the night right here. These are two fantastic in-ring workers. Over the past few weeks, Alexander has had an opportunity to show what he can do, and he has not disappointed. Styles is the perfect guy to put Alexander over and make him a star. Is it wrong place wrong time for Alexander (The OC likely involved) or will the WWE pull the trigger on Alexander and give him the belt?
You can see from the video below (Courtesy of the WWE’s YouTube page) that these two can have an excellent match given the time.
WWE Championship Match: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton
The history between these two has been well documented over the past few months. Orton has brought out a side of Kingston we did not think he had. Kingston has shown he will do anything to protect himself, his family and attack Orton. Kingston has shown he is much better chasing a title then when he has the title.
This feud as the appearance of extending beyond Clash of Champions and into Hell in a Cell. So does WWE want to go into that match, and FOX, with the belt on Kingston, or the wily old veteran in Randy Orton?
Women’s Tag Team Match Alexa Bliss and Nicki Cross (c) vs. Fire and Desire
I find it interesting that the Kabuki Warriors are not in this match. When they were formed, it felt like a forgone conclusion that the belts were going on them next. However, the two, managed by Paige, haven’t come close to a title opportunity. They really haven’t been on television much.
On to the match. I am not sure why Alexa and Nicki have not turned on each other. One would think it would have happened by now. Perhaps it happens on Sunday. The time feels right to put the belts on Fire and Desire. When Bliss and Cross got the belts, the reports were they got them to “give them some credibility” (maybe Sasha Banks had a point). Mission accomplished. Bliss is a terrific champion, always has been, and the pairing has done wonders for the career of Cross.
But is it time to give Mandy Rose that long-awaited push? Will giving Mandy and Sonya the belt would lead to their long-teased break-up? What fantastic material will Corey Graves cook up during this match and if Mandy Rose wins the belt? Honestly, this is so high because of Graves and how awesome he will be IF Rose wins a belt!
IC Title Match: The Miz vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (c)
The Miz and the IC Title belt go together like Charlotte Flair and title opportunities. The Miz has won the IC belt eight times, one shy of tying the record set by Chris Jericho. Sami Zayn has been added to this feud as a “mouthpiece” for Shinsuke. To an extent, it has worked.
This feud has not had much build or heat behind it, partly because the two are on separate shows. It will be interesting to see where WWE goes with this decision because they are on different shows. The IC Title just changed shows during the last superstar shake-up and with the move to FOX coming, it’s hard to imagine them moving the number three title back to RAW. So will Shinsuke finally get the push, Vince McMahon has been reluctant to give or will The Miz, a champion and great talker recapture his belt and move to FOX?
Universal Championship match: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman
I think this match happens later on in the night. However, it doesn’t matter. WWE has invested so much time in Rollins to take the belt off of him now. The only way Strowman wins is if The Fiend shows up, which is possible. Like the Roman-Rowan match, this should be a good solid match with a predictable outcome. Unless FOX wants Rollins or we see The Fiend, it will still be Monday Night Rollins.
Smackdown Women’s Title Match: Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Bayley’s run as the champion started to become stale and flat. Then her best friend Sasha Banks returned, Bayley turned heel, and she has some potential again. If Bayley truly is going to be a heel and a believable one, she must win this match. Somehow someway, likely with the help from Banks, Bayley must-win for her heel character to work. However, I could see Vince putting the belt on Flair with the move to FOX.
RAW Tag Team Match: Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
It will be interesting to see where this match falls on the card. Will it happen before the Universal Title Match or after? My prediction is before. This way, their tag team has the opportunity to blow up and build some needed heat between the two. The only way Zigger and Roode win this match is if Rollins and Strowman self-destruct. The RAW tag-team belts have not been relevant in years. Will Zigger and Roode get a crack at trying to make them prestigious again or will Vince swerve us and keep the belts on Strowman and Rollins?
No Disqualifications Match: Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan
This is the only non-title match on the card, and it will be a very physical match as it has become quite personal between these two. Rowan was the one responsible for nearly ending Roman’s career, not once, but twice.
These two will brawl all throughout the area, like Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman did. Unless Vince pulls off a swerve with someone else getting involved, this one seems very predictable. Roman overcomes the physical Rowan to pick up the win.
Smackdown Tag Team Match: The New Day (c) vs. The Revival
The build to this championship has been lackluster to say least. None of these superstars appeared on the go-home show of Smackdown Live. The move to put the belts on the New Day felt a little day late, dollar short. The WWE should have gone all-in on the New Day three months ago.
There have been rumors for months that when their contracts are up; The Revival will make a move to AEW. Will WWE make one last attempt to keep the team by giving them the belts on the “A-Show?” The WWE tried the RAW tag-team belts and more money, and it did not work. Will the WWE try giving them the Smackdown tag-team title belts and will it work?
Cruiserweight Triple Threat Match: Drew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado
I’ll be totally honest. I have never watched 205 Live or the Cruiserweight division. I am sure this match will be a good one, but I know nothing about it, which is why it is last on the card. I read that Carrillo is well on his way for a big push and likely a title reign. However, is it too soon to pull the title off Gulak?
And that is the card! It should be a good night of wrestling. This is the last PPV before the big move to FOX. So much of what happens on this PPV will set up what happens on Friday nights in October. Although ratings have been better, they still aren’t where the company or television executives want them. The WWE must hit a grand slam this time. For picks go listen to our podcast!