By Donny Chedrick
For the first time since 1997, the title of Clash of Champions is returning to a wrestling ring. The last time it took place it was in a WCW ring and the main event was Scott Hall and Randy Savage defeating Diamond Dallas Page and Lex Luger to retain the WCW tag team titles.
This time, the main event will be for the WWE Universal Championship in a match between the champion Kevin Owens and the challenger Seth Rollins. Clash of Champions is replacing the old moniker known as Night of Champions, which was the annual WWE pay-per-view that took place in the month of September.
Last year’s event came full circle with the WCW theme as the legendary Sting faced off with Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship. This year, Rollins is in the spotlight again, but this time he goes into the match without the belt. It is an event full of championship matches and looks promising, as now it’s time to preview all the matches and give a prediction on how the show will go down.
Kickoff Show: Alicia Fox vs. Nia Jax:
This match has squash written all over it. Nia Jax is a rising star in the women’s division of WWE and Alicia Fox is the first of her known victims. Jax is being built up to become one of the most dominant in wrestling today, and her 6’0’’, 270-pound frame explains why. Until Jax comes up against Sasha Banks, Bayley or the champion Charlotte, she won’t be challenged in the women’s division. She gets the win here.
Prediction: Nia Jax via pinfall
Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn:
This match isn’t for a title tonight night, but it can deliver to the crowd as a great technical wrestling match. Chris Jericho has been one of the best in the business for more than 20 years, and he is on one of his best runs yet with the WWE.
Sami Zayn has really hit a plateau since defeating Kevin Owens at Battleground, but this could be a feud that helps him back into positive light. Expect a lot of quality and quantity in this match as Zayn and Y2J can both go for a long period of time and put on an exciting show.
The best part of Jericho’s run is that he knows how to get young talent over, and that is what he will do in this match. However, this could be a ploy to keep a rivalry going, and, therefore, it won’t have a clean finish.
Prediction: Sami Zayn wins via disqualification
Cesaro vs. Sheamus:
The best of seven series between the Celtic Warrior and the Swiss Superman will come to a conclusion with both men tied at three wins. After Sheamus won the first three matches, Cesaro has pulled his best 2004 Red Sox impression and has taken the last three to even the series.
Way back in mid-summer, the eventual winner of this series was promised a shot at the United States Championship, which is something each man has held before. Cesaro carried the strap early in his tenure and Sheamus held it after winning a battle royal in 2014 before he lost it to Rusev on a post-show match.
This would be a classic case of the face wrestler, Cesaro, coming back after being down such a great deficit, so he looks to be the favorite in this match.
Prediction: Cesaro wins via pinfall
Cruiserweight Championship: Brian Kendrick vs. TJ Perkins (c):
This is where the championship fun begins. A little more than a week ago, the Cruiserweight Classic came to a finish, and TJ Perkins was crowned the inaugural champion and is now the current holder of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
His first title match comes against a former WWE tag team champion and a man that has a new found life on his wrestling career, Brian Kendrick.
Kendrick won a fatal, four-way match on Raw to determine the winner, but Kendrick winning makes the most sense for the WWE at this point in time. Perkins is a new champion, and he needs built up as a promising guy that can defend his title, which is what he will do against Kendrick.
The challenger can also give a good match to Perkins and get the fans interested in cruiserweight wrestling again. Hopefully, these two get enough time to develop a well-drawn out match, with the champion retaining his belt.
Prediction: TJ Perkins wins and retains via pinfall
United States Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Rusev (c):
It is time for a title reign to come to an end, no pun intended.
Roman Reigns couldn’t get over with the fans as a main title holder, but a run with the US title could get him back into things. The fans still aren’t on his side after he’s been forced down their throats as a guy who won the title three times in the past year.
Roman will win this match with power moves as he and Rusev are two guys that can go back and forth with powerhouse wrestling and some high-flying excitement. In this match, the challenger will get the victory, as he could be one of the only challengers winning all night. Prediction: Roman Reigns wins the United States Championship via pinfall
Raw Tag Team Championship: Gallows and Anderson vs. New Day (c):
“New-Day-rocks! New-Day rocks!”
This could be the last match that the three enter with the belts around their waist for a while. No matter what combination of Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston it is today, the New Day isn’t expected to leave Indianapolis with the gold. It is time for Gallows and Anderson to have a run with the belts, because so far their run with the company has been a bust.
Prediction: Gallows and Anderson win the Raw Tag Team Championships via pinfall
Raw Women’s Championship: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte (c):
This has all the opportunity to be match of the night and bring a true respect to women’s wrestling. Sasha Banks and Charlotte put on a classic in Pittsburgh a few months ago when Sasha Banks won her first women’s title.
Since that time, Charlotte has won the belt back at SummerSlam in August, and the two have kept a feud ever since. This match has a questionable finish because Dana Brooke has been working on the outskirts of a feud with the champion for a few weeks now. This could be a time when the women’s champion is tossed out of her title because of her mentee, Dana Brooke.
Prediction: Bayley wins Raw Women’s Championship via pinfall after Charlotte is distracted by Dana Brooke
WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens (c):
The time is upon us: the main event for the WWE Universal Championship. Kevin Owens began his title run just a few weeks ago in an epic four-way match on Monday Night Raw where he outlasted Seth Rollins, Big Cass and Roman Reigns…with a little help from Triple H.
The Game could play a factor in the match tonight, because Owens will need to win in typical heel fashion. As Raw ended the other night with Seth Rollins leaping off the top of a cage, this match will be just as compelling.
Owens and Rollins could go for a long period of time, and the crowd will be hooked on every minute. The crowd can’t get too convinced that Rollins will win, but 99 percent chance says that he won’t. Expect Owens in a great main event match that will carry the Raw brand into Monday night.
Prediction: Kevin Owens wins via pinfall after help from Triple H