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WWE Clash of Champions 2016: What Needs To Happen

by Phil Canavan on September 24, 2016

WWE Smackdown’s Backlash is now in the rear view mirror and it’s time to look forward to Clash of Champion presented by the RAW brand.  In this post I’m going to look at who should be the victory in each match and what needs to happen to protect certain talents.  But first this PPV has been somewhat of a clusterfuck.  With the creative teams now having to pull double duty booking two PPV’s at a time, the matches on this card have ultimately changed many times.

Pre-Show: Alicia Fox vs. Nia Jax
Is there any reason as to why anyone would be invested in this match? Alicia Fox comes back and gets speared through the barricade and this warrants a match at the first RAW PPV. Now how does WWE book this match? Nia Jax has just been beating up jobbers so getting the victory over Alicia Fox would be a massive victory for her and move her onwards and upwards within the women’s division. A loss for Nia Jax would just be dreadful for a character they are trying to build as a monster and would derail any push she had. But where does Alicia Fox sit? A win or a loss would not really hurt Alicia because she’s been out of action but it’s the way in which she loses which could. If they have Jax demolish Fox easily, then Alicia Fox would have a hard time rebounding in the division. For me victory should go to Alicia Fox by quick roll up of sorts after a beating from Jax that could lead to a rematch and a decent program between them!

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: T.J. Perkins (c) vs. Brian Kendrick
So WWE ran this awesome Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE Network in which T.J. Perkins was crowned as the first ever WWE Cruiserweight Champion! That’s right..the first. Although there has been Cruiserweight Champion before in WWE this title has no lineage! This past Monday on RAW there was a fatal four way to crown a number one contender in which Brian Kendrick won, but where was the champion for a stare-down or face-off to add hype to this match. It makes sense for T.J. Perkins to retain but for me there’s no excitement, no build and no reason to invest myself in this match…plus add in the news that WWE wants to water down this division in terms of high flying!

WWE RAW Tag Team Championship: The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and/or Xavier Woods) (c) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
WOW! Just WOW! How is this feud still going? I know we are in PG-Era land but the whole skits both teams have done lately have just been corny especially The Old Day which just fell flat. The New Day have been champions for so long that I believe they need to drop those belts to give them a renewed focus on trying to become three time champions. Gallows & Anderson came with with huge media presence along with AJ Styles and they formed The Club. After The Club fizzled out, Gallows & Anderson quickly found their spot in the mid-card field. A Title run for Gallows & Anderson would be the best outcome here but afterwards need to move on to a new feud before the fans turn on everyone involved!

WWE RAW Women’s Championship: Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley
This match was Charlotte vs. Sasha and then became Charlotte vs. Bayley when they thought Sahsa needed time off but then it was changed to Charlotte vs. Sasha again before being made into a triple threat match. These former NXT women really set the standard for what women’s wrestling needs to be today. WWE has kinda of split the women into two groups during the draft, those on RAW who are the new standard and those on Smackdown who are “divas”. Charlotte, Sasha and Bayley have tore it up in NXT and are set to put on a classic match at the PPV that this is one not to be missed!

Match #7 – Best of 7 Series: Cesaro vs. Sheamus
As with all of these types of series, there is always a tie-breaker match and this is it. The winner receives a championship opportunity but this has not been defined whether this is the WWE Universal Championship or the WWE United States Championship. This series is more non-sensicle booking for the WWE. Cesaro is one of the best guys the company has in terms of in-ring product yet they’ve dropped the ball so many times and refuse to put him in the main event picture. Sheamus on the other hand has had an up and down career. He has been WWE Champion and had been at the other end of the spectrum in what became a jobber stable. A win for Neither will not propel them as this match was thrown together because Vince had nothing for them.

WWE United States Championship: Rusev (c) (with Lana) vs. Roman Reigns
So this feud just got started when Balor got injured so they nixed it and never mentioned it. Now that Reigns is out of the WWE Universal title picture it seems that they are back to this feud as if a break never happened. It’s logic at its finest! I have no investment in this match whatsoever other than to hope they don’t bury Rusev!

Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho
Here’s another match that for me personally I have no interest in. This match seems thrown together because of storyline changes both men don’t have an opponent. A win for either does nothing in relation to the title picture.

WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins
The build up to crown the first ever WWE Universal Championship was epic with Finn Balor winning before relinquishing it the next night on RAW due to injury. After that was a fatal four way in which Kevin Owens won thanks to the help of Triple H. Has Rollins had his time as the company keep on burying him while RAW has become The Kevin Owens Show! Owens is a great choice for champion and it’s whether he can retain without the help of Triple H this Sunday! Owens needs the win to keep some prestige in the title but Seth Rollins cannot be booked weak either!