WWE’s annual PPV where all the titles go on the line, Clash of Champions, is set to take place this Sunday from the Amway Center in Orlando, FL, a.k.a The Thunderdome.
This continues the streak of empty-arena PPVs for WWE in 2020, with the Thunderdome having virtual fans in attendance. All the titles, as promised, will be defended this Sunday, with several champions defending their titles after quite some time.
The PPV card is a mix of fresh matchups along with the ones which we have seen quite some times over the course of 2020. However, WWE PPVs have been on quite on a roll this year, and expect this to be no different.
We run down the WWE Clash of Champions 2020 match card and give our thoughts and predictions on how the show will go down.
Pre Show | RAW Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Zelina Vega
This match is as fresh as it gets on WWE programming. Asuka has defeated several stars on RAW in the Pandemic Era, where she has emerged as one of the MVPs of WWE programming.
Vega is a highly talented in-ring performer, but it hasn’t been utilized much due to her equally good managerial skills. This match will be an interesting watch but there is no way that Vega captures the title from the Empress of Tomorrow.
Could Melina make a return during this matchup?
Prediction: Asuka retains
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross
This match is taking place at the PPV, only because WWE promised that all the titles will be defended. There is absolutely no reason for this encounter to happen, as Bayley has already defeated Cross on multiple occasions in the past.
Also, Bayley is currently in a major rivalry with Sasha Banks, while Cross is trying to bring back her friend Alexa Bliss from the control of the Fiend.
Bayley should end up winning this match and go on to face Sasha Banks at Hell in a Cell.
Prediction: Bayley retains
United States Championship: Bobby Lashley(c) (w/ The Hurt Business) vs. Apollo Crews
This week on RAW, WWE officially announced the matchup to take place on the PPV. Lashley and Crews have given great matches so far in their rivalry, which sets a high standard for their next encounter as well.
Along with The Hurt Business, Lashley has been actively trying to take down Retribution, where the group has come across as babyfaces. Meanwhile, their feud against Crews and Ricochet is still maintaining them as Grade A heels.
Although Lashely won’t lose the title so soon, some interference from Retribution can be expected in this matchup.
Prediction: Lashley retains
RAW Tag Team Championship: The Street Profits (c) vs. Andrade and Angel Garza
Right back to the series of repetitive matches, as the Street Profits will once again defend their titles against the two Mexican stars. Garza and Andrade no longer have Vega at their side to guide them, which could help them to bring a different side of theirs to the picture.
Street Profits started out strong but their run has gotten stale over the last few months, and it will be best to let the two charismatic stars from south of the border take the straps.
Prediction: Andrade and Angel Garza win.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship: Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The Lucha House Party
The depleted SmackDown Tag Team Division will turn towards the only two teams remaining, in what is probably the least exciting match on the card.
Cesaro and Nakamura have done a good job so far but Lucha House Party aren’t credible challengers for the titles. The champions should easily retain their titles, while WWE must plan on giving the tag division a shot in the arm.
Prediction: Cesaro and Nakamura retain.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott
With two major teams (IIconics and Golden Role Models) out of the picture, the Women’s Tag Division is once again devoid of proper talents. The makeshift duo of Baszler and Jax is a fun pairing, but it isn’t going to last forever.
Morgan and Riott’s reunion was low-key one of the sweetest moments on RAW in the last few months, and the duo capturing the titles will be the icing on the cake. Jax and Baszler had a good run together, but the implosion is imminent.
Prediction: Morgan and Riott win the titles.
Triple Threat Ladder Match | Intercontinental Championship: Jeff Hardy (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn
A mouth-watering matchup for any wrestling fan from the 2000s, the three highly talented superstars will compete in a Ladder Match, which already makes this a great shout out for MOTN.
Zayn hasn’t worked a proper match for months, but he showed signs of regaining his former self against Styles on SmackDown. Hardy thrives with ladders all around him, while Styles has always been the jack of all trades.
The obnoxious heel Zayn is a great character and should be carrying around the title on his shoulder.
Prediction: Sami Zayn wins
Ambulance Match | WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton
McIntyre took down Orton at SummerSlam but couldn’t deliver the Claymore for the win. Over the course of the last few weeks, both men have attacked each other on numerous occasions with their signature moves, leading to them receiving medical attention.
Keith Lee has played the third fiddle in this rivalry, with all his matches being interrupted by either Orton or McIntyre. The Ambulance stipulation feels like a way to protect McIntyre in a loss. Orton is at the top of his career and should win the title to tie his mentor Triple H with fourteen championships.
Prediction: Randy Orton wins.
WWE Championship: Roman Reigns (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Jey Uso
Any other superstar receiving a title shot so randomly would have met with tremendous criticism from the WWE Universe, but Jey Uso’s victory in the No.1 contender match was met with great appreciation.
WWE is often lambasted for not putting proper stories in their matchup, but they have gone out of their way to make this matchup seem like a must-watch encounter. The Cousin vs. Cousin rivalry, with Reigns valuing his family above everyone else, has made for great story-telling so far.
However, Reigns’ heel-turn will be officially complete when he victimizes, brutalizes, and conquers Jey at the PPV, and will solidify him as the No.1 villain in the business.
Prediction: Roman Reigns retains.