WWE Clash of Champions 2017 – Previews and Predictions

WWE presents their final pay-per-view of the year tomorrow night live from Boston, Massachusetts. The SmackDown roster takes centre stage in the second annual Clash of Champions event under the WWE banner.

Whilst the build-up to the event has been considered lacklustre by WWE’s standards, it seems that the night itself has the potential to be a hard-hitting finale as the curtain comes down on WWE’s pay-per-view calendar for 2017.

With every Championship on the SmackDown brand on the line, there is potential for a number of shocks and upsets tomorrow night with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn’s jobs on the line, which could see them out of action over the festive period.

Picking the bones out of this one as ever are Jake Waring, Conair Bibby, Chris Rossington, Vickie Hopwood, Oliver Brock, Taylor Hopwood, Andy Arthurs and Phillipa Hopwood.

Kick off show –

Mojo Rawley Vs. Zack Ryder

Phillipa, Jake, Taylor, Vickie, Conair, Chris, Oliver, Andy – Mojo Rawley 

Thoughts by Taylor – Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley were showing signs of cracks in their team ever since Zack returned and it seemed as though Mojo had developed an ego after he was able to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale without his best friend. A few weeks ago following their loss to The Bludgeon Brothers on SmackDown, Mojo finally turned on his long-time partner and the team brought their two-year run to an end. Mojo seems to be the one that the company are pushing forward at the moment and if they’re hoping to push him into a better storyline after this one, then he has to pick up the win over Ryder here. This feud has the potential to turn into Darren Young Vs. Titus O’Neil from a few years ago, which is something that no one actually wants.

Baron Corbin Vs. Bobby Roode Vs. Dolph Ziggler – Triple Threat Match For The United States Championship 

Phillipa, Taylor, Chris, Oliver – Bobby Roode 

Jake, Vickie, Conair, Andy – Baron Corbin 

Thoughts by Conair – This match was announced on Twitter by “The Insider” Byron Saxton (why did they stop calling him that?) a few weeks ago. It’s a very NXT way of doing things, but I digress. Before this, the only interaction that Bobby Roode and Baron Corbin had was a spat during the Lumberjack match on Smackdown the week before the announcement. With Tye Dillinger and Mike Kanellis MIA and Aiden English teaming with Rusev, Roode and Corbin are practically the entire Smackdown mid-card, so this makes sense. Dolph Ziggler hadn’t popped up on TV (outside of “we hate raw ahhhh” assaults) since his Survivor Series qualifying match, so his inclusion in this match is confusing. Surprisingly, WWE even acknowledged this by stating that “[Ziggler’s] past accolades” earned him a spot in the match. Whatever. I’m one of the few people left that like Dolph Ziggler, so I’m not going to complain. This could be a good opportunity to get the title off Corbin without him being pinned, but considering that Corbin is the only person not to come out on top so far in the build to this match, I see him walking away with the title. No harm done here.

 

Charlotte Vs. Natalya – Lumberjack Match For The SmackDown Women’s Championship

Phillipa, Jake, Vickie, Taylor, Conair, Chris, Oliver, Andy – Charlotte 

Thoughts by Jake – Lumberjack matches on PPVs. No thank you. However, it’s fantastic that the depth of the women’s rosters are so now that they need a platform to try and get as many of them on a show as possible. Charlotte is still my Queen, and though she isn’t quite the same as a face, she is undeniably brilliant in the ring. I could have seen these two in a more simple stipulation than this really, an I-quit match, or a best of 3. As it is expected run-ins with The Welcoming Committee and The Riott Squad, a tease of Carmella and her briefcase and Sarah Logan to not be within 20 yards of a microphone at any point.

The Usos Vs. Rusev and Aiden English Vs. The New Day Vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin – Fatal Four-Way Match For The SmackDown Tag Team Championships

Phillipa, Vickie, Conair, Chris, Oliver, Andy – The Usos 

Jake – Rusev And Aiden English 

Taylor – Shelton Benjamin And Chad Gable

Thoughts by Phillipa – The Usos have held on to the Tag Team Championships ever since they managed to defeat The New Day back at Hell in a Cell. The Champions have already defended the titles against Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable in a straightforward tag team match as well as proving last month that they are one of the best tag teams in WWE when they defeated Raw Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro at Survivor Series. The fatal four-way situation gives the Champions a distinct disadvantage and if anything it would probably be Gable and Benjamin who look the most likely to take advantage of this situation, but hopefully, The Usos continue their reign and prove that they are Down Since Day Oneish on Sunday night.

 

The Bludgeon Brothers Vs. Tyler Breeze And Fandango 

Phillipa, Jake, Vickie, Taylor, Conair, Chris, Oliver, Andy – The Bludgeon Brothers 

Thoughts by Vickie – This match was announced this past week on SmackDown Live when Tyler Breeze and Fandango were seen as part of The Fashion Files almost being forced into a match with The Bludgeon Brothers by the duo that was said to have been their “best friends” The Ascension. It was thought that The Bludgeon Brothers were the ones behind The Fashion Police’s first case where they were given the clue “2B.” Does this mean that Tyler and Fandango will be the first ones to defeat Harper and Rowan? Of course, it doesn’t, it just means that they will be the latest victims of the dominant duo. At least Fandango and Breeze are wrestling again, that’s a positive, right?

 

AJ Styles Vs. Jinder Mahal – WWE Championship Match 

Phillipa, Jake, Vickie, Taylor, Chris, Oliver – AJ Styles 

Conair, Andy – Jinder Mahal 

Thoughts by Oliver – This has the potential to steal the show, the Modern Day Maharaja versus The Phenomenal One, with the Singh brothers potentially banned from ringside. How will Jinder fair going one on one, AJ has proven that he is the better man and has an answer for whatever Jinder throws at him over the past few months, including their match in Birmingham ahead of Survivor Series when AJ was able to dethrone the former Champion. Will AJ once again get the better of Jinder or will Jinder find a way to win back the title that he should never have lost on his own for the first time? I think AJ will retain, but it will definitely be an interesting encounter.

Randy Orton And Shinsuke Nakamura Vs. Kevin Owens And Sami Zayn – (Shane McMahon And Daniel Bryan Are Special Guest Referees And If Owens and Zayn Lose They Will Be Fired From All WWE)

Phillipa, Jake, Conair, Chris, Oliver, Andy – Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn 

Taylor – Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura 

Thoughts by Chris – The main event for Clash of Champions sees the tandem of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn up against Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton. This match also has two referees in the Commissioner of SmackDown Live Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan. This all started back at Hell In A Cell when Sami Zayn interfered at the end of the match helping Kevin Owens to the victory as Shane McMahon plummeted through the announce desk from the top of the cell. The duo has gone on the be the most talked about guys on the Smackdown Live roster and we’re even sent home during the UK tour in November after failing the put The New Day over on the Smackdown Live TV taping. Now the stipulation is that if Zayn and Owens win they stay in the WWE, however, if they lose they’ll be fired! Something tells me a heel turn by Bryan could lead to a new faction on Smackdown Live, plus could this mean that we’ll get to see Bryan wrestling again in a WWE ring? There are so many outcomes to this match that it’s  definitely not going to be a straightforward traditional tag team match. This has the potential to be the match of the night!

 

 

 

Clash of Champions is streamed live on the WWE Network and Sky Box Office from Midnight on Sunday 17th December.