Next Sunday is Clash of Champions, where all the championships will be defended. A quick glance at the card is enough to expect a palatable show. Barring any tremendously bad booking decisions, there is no reason for Clash of Champions to suck. It may not be the most exciting card, but it’s decent, at least.

With this in mind, there are three matches taking place in Boston that have a ton of potential. Will they be Match of the Year quality? Hard to say. Still, they could definitely be the highlights of a solid night.


Bobby Roode v. Dolph Ziggler v. Baron Corbin


According to some people on Reddit, this match has been happening at house shows, and it’s been pretty good. It’s a shame that Ziggler and Roode’s first few matches were marred by bad booking and no one really caring about Dolph. The two-out-of-three-falls match they had to qualify for Survivor Series was actually a pretty good match.

The one people worry about is Corbin. People think his ring work sucks or he has to be carried. Whatever. Corbin is more than capable of holding his own. He really shines in triple threats. Remember that one he had with Kalisto and Apollo Crews? Or the one with AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler? What about AJ Styles and Sami Zayn? Or AJ Styles and Tye Dillinger?

Ziggler is no AJ Styles, but he’s still very good in the ring. Roode is also great, albeit not as exciting to watch. If anything, this match will be like the one at Hell in a Cell. But come Clash of Champions, these three could put on a great triple threat.

The New Day v. Rusev & Aiden English v. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable v. The Usos

There are a lot of talented wrestlers in this match. The Usos have been putting on quality matches with American Alpha, Breezango, and the New Day. The New Day are the New Day, and Benjamin and Gable are some of the smoothest workers on Smackdown’s roster. Even the oddball team of Rusev and Aiden English are quite skilled wrestlers themselves.

While having eight men in the match could lead to a cluttered mess (such as the Fatal 4 Way Tag Match at Money in the Bank 2016), I don’t think this will be the case. If this is all planned out properly, this could be an exciting contest. It’s like adding a bunch of great ingredients to a dish. It would be hard to mess this up.

Some may bemoan the addition of the New Day and Rusev and Aiden English to the match. I get it. Many would have liked to see what the Usos and Benjamin and Gable are capable of. That right there is a quality match. Still, we can’t complain, because there is so much talent and skill in this match.

Jinder Mahal v. AJ Styles

Jinder Mahal? Stealing the show? The only that would be possible is if the rest of the matches were held underwater or had paraplegic competitors. At least, that’s what I think some people would say.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Jinder Mahal’s not the worst wrestler in the world. His matches with Randy Orton are underrated by many. They were good, solid affairs that were ruined by booking (except Backlash; that was great).

Sure, Jinder’s matches with Shinsuke Nakamura were atrocious, but that’s another story. His match with AJ Styles for the title was, unsurprisingly, Jinder’s best match. He’s in the ring with AJ Styles. AJ’s that good.

Without the ever-looming threat of the Singh Brothers by his side, Jinder will now have to actually wrestle. We don’t need to worry about having the exact same match finish, because it seems Jinder will want to do this himself.

If AJ and Jinder’s TV match was great, then their match at Clash of Champions could be absolutely phenomenal.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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