As Michael Cole loves to remind the fans, Clash of Champions is the only event where every single championship in the WWE is defended. And luckily it is this Sunday, streaming live on the WWE Network. With a packed card of matches that are sure to excite, it is shaping up to be another good PPV for WWE. In a night with every title on the line, we are almost guaranteed to see a change. With that being said, here is the preview!
Roman Reigns vs Erick Rowan in a No DQ Match
The one and only match on the entire card to not be a title match with the King of the Ring moved to Monday. Roman Reigns has been in limbo since his return to the WWE earlier this year, with his most recent problems being he was almost killed. Week after week it was either Roman trying to figure out who wanted him hurt, or him avoiding another freak accident. In recent weeks, it has been Erick Rowan admitting to the world that he was the one behind all of it, not Daniel Bryan. These two will now go to war in a No DQ match. If the past weeks are any sign, this is going to be physical.
Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak (c) vs Humberto Carrillo vs Lince Dorado
Following Triple H‘s comments this week, this could certainly be 205 Live’s last match to be represented on a PPV rather than an NXT TakeOver event, as both shows will be sharing talent more frequently in the coming months. Champion Drew Gulak has another tough test in what is sure to be one of the best matches on the card. Humberto Carrillo and Lince Dorado have an opportunity to capture the Cruiserweight Championship and bring each of their careers to new heights. Carrillo earned the opportunity by defeating Oney Lorcan in singles action, while Dorado was able to sneak his way in by pinning Carrillo, getting the opportunity in the process. This will certainly be one to watch as Gulak hopes to leave #AndSTILL.
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Big E & Xavier Woods (c) vs The Revival
#FTRKO has been a force on SmackDown LIVE in the past month, taking out The New Day in the process. The Revival now have an opportunity at Big E and Xavier Woods‘ SmackDown Tag Team Titles. Both Big E and Woods have been taken out by #FTRKO to the point where they have been missing from TV for weeks now. While they are sure to show up and defend their titles, this seems like the opportunity The Revival have been looking for. Could it be pure domination for #FTRKO beginning with The Revival? Or can The New Day overcome the odds once again?
Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman (c) vs Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman will compete twice in the same night, with their first bout teaming together in hopes of successfully defending their Raw Tag Team Championships. They take on the brand new team of Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, a team who won the Tag Team Turmoil match in impressive fashion to get here. The question continues to be if one of these two tag champions turn on each other, so they have the upper hand in their Universal Championship match later in the night. For Ziggler and Roode, they have a shot to shock by beating these two guys, displaying that getting their was no fluke.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) vs Fire & Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville)
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross are scheduled to defend their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Sunday against Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, Fire & Desire. This will be their first opportunity in some time as they defeated Bliss and Cross just two weeks ago. Both Rose and Deville have been teaming together since their time as Absolution, but have yet to capture any gold in that time. With this being their biggest chance in their career as a team since the Elimination Chamber match to crown the inaugural champions. And when it comes to Bliss and Cross, this is a shot to only continue their great relationship in hopes of remaining champions, something Bliss has done plenty of in the past.
Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs The Miz
Sami Zayn surprised many when he said he was going on a new journey following his losing streak. He said his best career performances when he was fighting for a bigger cause which has led to his partnership with the Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura. Their debut of sorts together was against The Miz, which has led Miz to having an opportunity at the Intercontinental Championship. With this title shot, he has a chance at tying the record for the title that was set by Chris Jericho in 2009. Shinsuke Nakamura looks like a new man with Zayn by his side, which only writes a huge problem for The Miz.
United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Cedric Alexander
Focus has been on other things for “The Phenomenal One” AJ Styles as he and The OC have been making it a tough time for Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman in recent weeks. Cedric Alexander now has his golden opportunity that he has been working for. After pinning him in the middle of the ring on Monday, he earned this chance and now can win his first singles title since going to Raw. This match didn’t have the build up like others on the card, but what it does have is two incredible competitors going one-on-one in a match that certainly could steal the show.
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Sasha Banks
Excitement should be incredibly real. Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks will go to war this Sunday in a match that hasn’t happened since NXT. Banks made it clear when she returned to the WWE that she should have main evented WrestleMania, not Becky Lynch. As payback, she wants the Raw Women’s Championship. A real cog in the system is that Bayley and Banks are back on the same page, which could mean even more trouble for “The Man” this Sunday. Not only can this match steal the show, but can truly be a classic if all goes well. Can Banks put an end to Becky’s reign and show that “The Boss” is back?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs Charlotte Flair
Ten. Charlotte Flair is going for championship reign number ten this Sunday when she takes on Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Bayley has gone down a different path which has resulted in a new attitude. Bayley won her first championship from Charlotte and has shown continuous success against “The Queen”. Does she have a wildcard on Charlotte to even further he past advantages against Flair which could be Sasha Banks? We will see come Sunday as Charlotte hunts for reign number ten and Bayley looks to continue her path of change.
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Randy Orton
The story has been written itself, but somehow has become even more personal between Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton. The WWE Champion has been attacked and brutalized almost every single week except for this one by Orton and The Revival. His friends have been hurt as well just for Orton to send Kingston a message. Who is going to be “stupid” come Sunday? History says Kingston, but this is his year and anything can happen. Randy Orton had zero success at getting in his head this past week, which left him laying inside MSG. His chance for payback is this Sunday when he could take the final important piece of Kingston’s career by pinning him with an RKO and taking the WWE Championship.
Universal Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs Braun Strowman
Finally, the main event of the evening. Seth Rollins defends his Universal Championship against his partner and co-tag team champion, Braun Strowman. Braun has shown signs of wanting the title for weeks now after failing many opportunities prior. He now has Seth Rollins in his sights as he looks to win the title he has been chasing for two years. For Rollins, he has another tough battle in his way of being the Universal Champion. At SummerSlam last night, he defeated Brock Lesnar and managed to win back the title, but can he shock once again and take out “The Monster Among Men”? No matter who wins, what we do know is this: “The Fiend” will be waiting.
Clash of Champions airs this Sunday at 7 pm EST on the WWE Network.