WWE Clash Of Champions Predictions: Braun Strowman Beats Seth Rollins For Universal Championship
WWE's Clash of Champions is happening right now, and you can check out our live results right here. Tonight, here single major WWE championship will be on the line, and this should be a pretty thrilling evening of wrestling.
This year's Clash of Champions will be taking place at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Make sure you mark down the time, depending on where you live, as the show starts at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET / 12 AM BST (September 16)/ 9 AM AET (September 16). The Kickoff Show starts one hour prior to the main card, and usually, there's at least one match in the first hour.
If you want to watch the PPV, head over to the WWE Network. First time subscribers can get one month for free, and you can cancel anytime. So you can watch Clash of Champions for free, and if you like the WWE Network, it costs $10 a month. Check out the full match card below.
WWE Clash of Champions Match Card:
- Drew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado (Cruiserweight Championship)
- AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander (United States Championship)
- Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The Miz (Intercontinental Championship)
- Big E & Xavier Woods (c) vs. The Revival (Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
- Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville (Women's Tag Team Championship)
- Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman vs. (c) Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (Raw Tag Team Championship)
- Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Smackdown Women's Championship)
- Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan (No DQ Match)
- Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship)
- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks (Raw Women's Championship)
- Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman (Universal Championship)
Like every other wrestling fan on the internet, GameSpot's Wrestle Buddies--Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner--have some opinions about the upcoming PPV, and we're here to predict the winners and losers for every bout taking place during the evening. Check out our predictions below.
Make sure to come back to GameSpot on Sunday, September 15 for live coverage of the show.
Drew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado (Cruiserweight Championship)
Mat: This will be a great match and seeing the Cruiserweight Championship be a triple threat is a nice change up from previous matches. Per usual, I don't watch 205 Live, so I have no horse in this race. But I do think it's time for a title change, so I'm giving the win to Humberto Carrillo.
Chris: Wait, 205 Live is still happening? I thought it was wrapped into NXT or canceled or became, like, an Instagram TV thing? Honestly, I don't keep up on 205 Live, and I know that's bad. I read all the time about how it's one of the best things going on WWE programming, but there is only so much wrestling time in the week and the landscape is about to get even more crowded. It's time to change things up with 205 Live. Make it part of NXT and, just for kicks, let's say Lince Dorado wins the title.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander (United States Championship)
Mat: Can Cedric Alexander finally overcome the odds and beat AJ Styles for the US Championship? I'm going to say no. Styles has
Bullet Club Orange County The O.C. on his side, so it's going to be in his favor, and it's way too early in the stable's journey to have a moment where Gallows and Anderson cost Styles the title. This feud has been going for a bit, and I want it to continue, so Styles wins.
Chris: I am so confused by everything happening with The OC, B****. At first, it seemed like they were primed to be a true force. AJ has the US Championship, the Good Brothers were tag champs. And the possibility of AJ getting a Universal Championship shot was teased. Then they lost the tag titles and didn't get a rematch, AJ never got added to the Universal Championship picture, and he's now defending against Cedric Alexander--while Gallows and Anderson aren't even on the show. Do something, literally anything with these guys. Styles wins, I guess.
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The Miz (Intercontinental Championship)
Mat: Heel Nakamura is amazing and face Miz is not my cup of tea. Right now, I'm really digging on the team of Sami Zayn and Nakamura. This is a really interesting wrestler/manager dynamic that will not only put Nakamura back in the spotlight, but elevate him as a really strong midcard. As for The Miz, I don't buy the Hollywood A-Lister gimmick--which has been softened--on a babyface. Nakamura wins and Zayn does some great dances.
Chris: I'm torn about this one. I want Nakamura and Zayn to both be elevated so badly. Both are severely misused on a regular basis but this new tandem doesn't really do anything for me. What's the purpose of it? Why is Zayn fine just being a mouthpiece after spending months mocking everyone for undervaluing him? We know he can wrestle. Also, the heel run of Shinsuke has been a disaster, so why not pivot back to where he shines as a hero? Then there's Miz. At a certain point, the ship will sail on Miz as a believable contender to any championship. He never wins the big one, which is a shame. I say Nakamura wins, but please give all three of these men something better to do soon.
Intermission: The 24/7 Championship
Mat: Now, the 24/7 Championship is not mentioned in any official capacity for this card, but there will be at least one time during the evening where it changes hands, right? I'm hoping this is a repeating thing throughout the evening, where the title quickly changes hands. However, what I need is Drake Maverick to win the title once again, so he can consummate his marriage. Well, I don't need that last part. He does.
Chris: Something something R-Truth, dash of Carmella and Drake Maverick, cut to promo for WWE Network shows.
Big E & Xavier Woods (c) vs. The Revival (Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
Mat: This all feels like this match is being built as a passing of the torch from one tag team to another. The Revival have teamed up with Randy Orton, and Kofi Kingston is the leader of the New Day, and it seems like the tag titles are moving over to Revival as these two teams go to war with each other. Something will change with the New Day. They all won't be champions after this PPV, and for that reason, I'm giving to the RAW tag team, The Revival.
Chris: The Revival isn't even a Smackdown team. That's how much the brand split doesn't mean anything at this point. However, the Revival is also dull as something that is incredibly boring. Putting them with human paste Randy Orton certainly hasn't helped. I say let New Day retain and drop the belt to an exciting new team. Or Breezango. Let them float between all brands.
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville (Women's Tag Team Championship)
Mat: I love both Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss, but I'm still a little unsure how I feel about them as a team. I don't hate it, but I really want Cross and Bliss out on their own, doing their own thing. I'm just being picky at this point. Rose and Deville feel like a real tag team, much like The IIconics. Yes, Cross and Bliss are still relatively new champions, but it's time to give Rose and Deville a bit of a push.
Chris: I find the team of Alixa and Nikki to be very fun to watch, and I love that this has essentially turned Little Miss Bliss face. She's a great villain, and her eventual turn on Nikki will be amazing. However, I'm so enjoying these two together now. Mandy and Sonya have come a long way in the last few months, and I think they'll be tag champs one day, but this isn't the time. Alexa and Nikki will retain.
Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman vs. (c) Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (Raw Tag Team Championship)
Mat: The most exciting thing about this match is knowing both Seth and Braun have a match coming later in the evening. That's pretty cool. As for Ziggler and Roode, these are two folks I really enjoy as singles competitors. Then again, I don't like Rollins and Strowman much as a team either. Where are The Usos at? I have no idea which way to go for this… Ziggler and Roode win so it feels like there is more on the line for the Universal Championship later on.
Chris: I'm going to keep this short. I have to assume Seth and Braun are going to retain, otherwise why make up a non-tag team for them to face in this utterly pointless match?
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Smackdown Women's Championship)
Mat: Is Bayley a full-blown heel now or a character teetering between those worlds? Regardless, I'm enjoying it very much. Bayley is riding a wave of awesomeness right now, and I haven't been this into the character since her NXT days. And when it comes to this feud between she and Charlotte, I am not feeling the heat. I would rather see Bayley grow as champion for a bit more before the title changes hands, so Bayley will win.
Chris: Whatever is happening with Bayley is the best thing she's done since getting to the main roster. It's nice to see her with an edge and this is the Bayley I want to see run with the title. I know WWE is constantly high on Charlotte and with Smackdown moving to Fox, they may want her as the face of the brand. Still, Bayley is connecting in a way now that she never had and I want to see Smackdown take that even further. Bayley for the win.
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan (No DQ Match)
Mat: It's weird to see Erick Rowan in a high-profile singles match. I like it. As for the story itself, it's over-tread ground that's not appealing. But I really do like that Erick Rowan is being used. I don't have much to say about this bout or story because it's a journey that's led us to the most plausible, dry conclusion in storytelling. Rowan will win because I want him to, and he'll be powered by cosmic radiation or something that makes him immune to Big Dogs.
Chris: This entire storyline is bad. If this is what Eric Bischoff's Smackdown is, I'm afraid. The whole thing has been a mess since the jump and it also seems like a strange time to break Rowan off from Daniel Bryan. Then again, WWE can't seem to figure out what to do with any of these guys at this point. I'm fine with Rowan attempting to go it alone, but he doesn't have the mic skills to match Bryan or Reigns, so those encounters will be strange. That said, I think Rowan will get the win here due to interference by Daniel Bryan, whether he intends to help his former partner or not.
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship)
Mat: Remember that time Randy Orton called Kofi Kingston "stupid?" And remember at the last PPV when WWE really dug into that, and we were all like, "this is pretty cool!" Then remember how they kept this feud going, even when it felt like it had zero legs? Well, the no-legs part is happening right now. While he's great in the ring, I don't find Orton appealing and I think putting the title around him is a bad move. Kofi is a ton of fun, a great champion, and a good representation of a WWE superstar. Let's get him in a feud that's exciting. Kofi wins.
Chris: Like a lot of WWE of late, Kofi's title reign has been dull. I don't know that it's his fault, though, as much as he's been put up against dull opponents. Why didn't his feud with Daniel Bryan stretch out longer? Why isn't AJ over on Smackdown going after the WWE Championship? Why is Shinsuke stuck in the midcard with a title that means very little these days, rather than going after the big belt? Why, oh why, was Kevin Owens not a serious contender? Instead we're stuck in what seems like month 500 of this Randy Orton feud. Randy Orton should not be a world champion anymore. He just doesn't make for an exciting name at the top of the card. I'm going to say Kofi ends up winning here but drops it to his next challenger--a newly-heel Miz.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks (Raw Women's Championship)
Mat: You know the drill. Becky wins.
Chris: But what if she doesn't? The Man's gimmick hasn't been as strong in the last month. What if she drops the title to Sasha, who reigns supreme for a while? Then Becky can go to Smackdown to feud with Bayley and everything in the world will be right. Take that, Mat. I'm calling Sasha as the winner.
Mat: Chris… Picking Becky to win is my thing. I can't stop now, even if I truly believe Sasha will win.
Chris: Mat, you don't get to have BOTH as your answer. That's not how this works. Otherwise, I guess everyone will win and now I am a king.
Mat: I already said Becky would win. I'm just saying, even if I thought Sasha COULD win, I couldn't pick her because Becky Lynch is the best thing ever and I will always predict her to win. New prediction: Becky Lynch also wins the 24/7 Championship during this match.
Chris: I agree with that prediction. Becky 24/7.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman (Universal Championship)
Mat: Now is the time. The time is now. The Monster Among Men will become Universal Champion, about a year too late. But better late than never, right? Much like you're about to read with Chris' prediction, I think the future for the Universal Championship #1 contender is clear: The Fiend. But what story could be better than the former Black Sheep of the Wyatt Family, Braun Strowman, taking on his mentor who has become a twisted, demented version of his former self? That's the story I want, and frankly, we all deserve it. Braun Strowman wins.
Chris: Like with Kofi, I think Seth Rollins' championship run(s) have been rather stale. It's less about his opponents, though. Instead, I am just not as drawn to his character as I'd like to be. He's not bad, he's just sort of there. Still, as much as I'd like to see Braun win here, I'm predicting Seth to take the victory and go on to feud with The Fiend. Then Bray can have the fancy red belt.