Rushonrock King Of The Ring Andy Spoors goes head to head with the Burrows Bros. to preview this weekend’s WWE Clash Of Champions 2019 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Centre.
Every WWE title on the line over the course of just a few short hours. All killer, no filler. The general consensus is WWE has stepped up their game in the last couple of months and after a stellar NXT UK Takeover in Cardiff, the main roster has its chance to shine once again.
When this many championships are on the line, it can be a thin line between losing some of the prestige behind marquee title matches and the feeling that anything can happen. Either way, it can be a perfect way to reset the landscape, cleanse the palate or set in motion the next few months of storylines.
The return of Sasha Banks seems to have lit a fire under women’s division. It has to be mentioned that there is a degree of disappointment that Banks was afforded an extended period of time off, before being granted a title opportunity just a few short weeks after. An argument of ‘who else?’ or a statement of her popularity in the WWE Universe. Her match against Becky Lynch could be one of the matches of the night, if the pair can draw a loud reaction from the crowd.
One of the knock on effects of Banks’ return was the heel turn of perennial good girl Bayley. After blasting Lynch and Charlotte with a steel chair, fans were excited to see a mean streak from the hugger. But the continued use of Bayley Buddies (think inflatable tube men outside car sales lots) for her entrance has made this character development feel completely half baked. To truly kick on, a special entrance of destroying the aforementioned Buddies or cheating to win is desperately needed. The night is likely to be all or nothing for the ‘Boss & Hug Connection’.
Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman will be pulling double duty as they first defend their Raw Tag Team Championships before facing off against each other for Rollins’ Universal title. The pair could well bookend the PPV with backstage build ups in between. The build to this match up had felt a little forced throughout and although Strowman deserves a run as champion, it’s hard to see this as the right time or stage for the ‘Monster Amongst Men’ to capture his first world title. The impending threat of Bray Wyatt and his Fiend persona gives will have fans watching until the bitter end after weeks of cryptic messages and rumours.
The only non title match of the night sees Roman Reigns out for retribution against the man who claims to be behind the mysterious attacks he has suffered in recent weeks, Rowan. It doesn’t feel like a natural conclusion to this particular series of unfortunate events, but it’s great to see Rowan given a chance on a big stage. He may have cast aside his running buddy Daniel Bryan, but history tells us we could be in for a swerve before this match is out.
Arguably the main event of the night should be the deeply personal feud between WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton. Bubbling away for weeks, the verbal barbs and physical exchanges the two veterans have traded has been fascinating. Dismissed as boring and past his prime, Orton has reverted back to his younger malicious self, while Kingston has added layers of character development to his always smiling, kid friendly persona. This will be physical and deserves every minute of action it is given.
Clash of Champions is the last PPV before Smackdown’s move to Fox Sports and NXT’s switch to the USA Network stateside, making it incredibly hard to predict which way WWE might go on this one.
Full Match Card and Rushonrock predictions:
Universal Champion Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman
Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan (No Disqualification Match)
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair
Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
Reese: Rollins & Strowman
John: Roode & Ziggler
Andy: Roode & Ziggler
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
Reese: Bliss & Cross
John: Bliss & Cross
Andy: Bliss & Cross
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Big E & Xavier Woods vs. The Revival
Reese: New Day
John: New Day
Andy: The Revival
Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Miz
United States Champion AJ Styles vs. Cedric Alexander
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado