There are big things going down next Sunday at Clash of Champions. Jinder Mahal gets his rematch for the WWE Championship. The Usos are defending their titles in a Fatal Four-Way Tag Team match (holla holla). Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens might lose their jobs.
There is a lot that could happen, no doubt about it. Maybe Natalya wins again. Maybe Rusev and Aiden English become tag team champions. But while there are many things that could happen, here are some things that should happen.
Baron Corbin has found his groove. He was an unlikable dickhead before, but now that he has the US title, he’s grown increasingly more arrogant and obnoxious. His promos have improved (I guess we can thank the Miz for that), and his in-ring work has always been solid and crisp. I think he’s a great champion.
Meanwhile, Bobby Roode has struggled a bit with his character. He likes to fight and say “glorious” a lot, like he just found out what it means and wants to insert it into his every sentence. A good title chase could perhaps help a bit with that.
The addition of Dolph Ziggler to the match at Clash of Champions is an interesting move. Many would definitely say he’s there to eat the pin, be it from Roode or from Corbin. For what it’s worth, I think Corbin should retain this time.
If Corbin loses the title this Sunday, his reign clocks out a measly 70 days. He should be given more time to run with the title and prove himself. Roode could also benefit from a bit of direction. Him chasing after the United States title could provide him with some. I also think their promos together are highly enjoyable, but maybe that’s just me.
The Smackdown Women’s Championship will be defended in a Lumberjack match at Clash of Champions. There will only be like 7 lumberjacks, but as long as they do their job, I guess it’s fine. The thing is, half of those lumberjacks will be the Riott Squad. And they’re getting involved in the match somehow.
The Squad is out to prove their dominance and take over Smackdown’s women’s division. Having them interfere and possibly be involved in the match will solidify them as a top heel group on Smackdown. People may not be buying them as serious threats now (partly due to Liv Morgan being a ditz and Sarah Logan speaking incomprehensibly), but they might next Sunday.
Perhaps Carmella could take advantage of the chaos and cash in her Money in the Bank contract. This frees up Charlotte to take on the Riott Squad. This is still sort of unlikely, what with the balance of faces and heels in the women’s division being out of whack. One thing is for sure, though: the Riott Squad are going to beat some people down.
Imagine if Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens lost at Clash of Champions, were fired, and also ended up back on Raw. That would be super duper stupid. So they can’t lose. All the teasing of tension between Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan means that Bryan will somehow find a way to get involved. I just don’t see Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton walking away from Boston victorious, but I don’t think Zayn and Owens are winning cleanly either. In conclusion, Daniel Bryan will do something in the match.
I want to believe that WWE knows better than to assume people will boo Daniel Bryan, because they won’t. The minute his music plays and he does whatever he’s going to do (attack Shane, fire a heat-seeking missile at Shane, teabag Shane’s body after he gets hit with a Powerbomb), the place will erupt. It will spontaneously combust if he hits a move. The people will probably not boo Daniel Bryan, that’s for sure.
I don’t know what WWE has planned for this story, be it a double turn or whatever, but having Smackdown lose Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will deplete an already thin roster. WWE’s not that stupid. I hope.