Tossing Salt Presents:
2019 WWE Clash of Champions
Thoughts & Predictions
September 14, 2019
Coming up on Sunday, live on the WWE Network and of course, select pay-per-view providers, is WWE Clash of Champions, the 2019 Edition, live from the Queen City of Charlotte, NC. It’s a big event for the WWE and is just days before the debut of NXT as a live, weekly show on the USA Network and just a couple of weeks to go before Smackdown moves to the Fox Network. I’ve put on my Sister Cleo outfit and have dug out the crystal ball and magic cards. Are you ready for some predictions? Let’s do this…
Universal Championship — Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman
As it appears now, the winner of this match will end up fighting The Fiend at Hell In a Cell next month and that makes me kind of want to see Braun go up against his former mentor and leader. It could be a really fun match. But let’s get real here. Braun is not going to be the WWE Universal Champion anytime soon. Seth went through Brock Lesnar to get the belt and it’s not time to start pulling title switches just yet. It’ll be interesting to see how they function as a team earlier in the night when defending the tag team titles against Ziggler and Roode before getting to this match. I’ll talk about that match later, but there will be stuff happening. I think that when the smoke clears, Seth will walk out with the arm raised and that Universal Championship safely in his arms.
Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Seth Rollins
WWE Championship — Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton
The build to this has been slow, but steady and I have no doubt that Randy and Kofi will have a damn good match. The question here is “is it time” for Kofi’s reign to end or is Orton just helping Kofi fill space and pass the time until that next big moment? I think we might see some Revival shenanigans and I keep hearing rumors that Madusa, the former AWA and WWF Women’s Champion, may be there to support Randy and The Revival as their new manager and if that’s true, I think we can safely say that the mood will change and we’ll end up with a new person wearing WWE gold. Hell, I think it will happen anyways.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion: Randy Orton
Raw Women’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Is it time for “The Man” to give up the gold and be sent back down the ladder to make room for “The Boss”? Sasha is a great heel and having her and Bayley together as the resident bad girl tag team is pretty cool and far more interesting than when they were both playing “good girls”. The push for Becky has slowed down a bit over the past few months, but she’s still hot and popular and I think that leading into the big split and Smackdown debut on Fox, this belt is pretty safe in “The Man’s” hands. Becky will take a beating, but will manage to come out on top.
Winner and STILL WWE RAW Women’s Champion: Becky Lynch
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
As much as I hate to say it, right now the WWE is under attack by Ric Flair, who just happens to be Charlotte’s daddy. Bayley just won the title a few weeks ago and just turned heel a couple of weeks ago. It’s a work in progress and Charlotte, paying for the sins of her father, will be the scapegoat and take a loss in this match. These two women will kick ass and steal the show, but in the end, the title stays hugged closely to Bayley’s championship body.
Winner and STILL WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion: Bayley
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan (No disqualification)
If Roman wins, this feud is over pretty quickly, but I don’t expect to see Rowan be able to beat the “big dog” on his own either. I look for Daniel Bryan or maybe even Rowan’s former partner, Luke Harper, to get involved. And the “Big Dog” will get put down, at least for this round of the game.
Winner: Erick Rowan
Intercontinental Championship — Shinsuke Nakamura (c) w/ Sami Zayn vs. The Miz
Another match that should be a fun one to watch. Miz needs to get a big win after losing the battles against Shane earlier this year and losing to Elias in the King of the Ring tourney. Miz needs the win, but Shinsuke’s title run thus far has been less than memorable. With Sami at his side, there is a chance to really kick things up a notch and make this title run mean something for the Artist. I think Sami gets involved and causes a DQ, thus allowing Shinsuke to lose the match, but keep that title firmly in his grasp.
Winner (by DQ): The Miz (Shinsuke retains the Intercontinental Championship).
United States Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander
AJ doesn’t need the title, but I think that the OC works better if there is a champion in the mix and AJ is the best one for that role. Alexander is damn good and from what I understand, is a favorite of Paul Heyman and in line for a big push down the road. This could begin with a title win here, but I think that while there are belts in Cedric’s future, it won’t be this one. Not yet anyways. I think he’ll take AJ to the limit, but Gallows and Anderson will cause just enough of a distraction to allow AJ to turn it around and score the win, thus keeping his title belt.
Winner and STILL United States Champion: AJ Styles
Raw Tag Team Championship — Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
So do Seth and Braun implode during this match or is that something we have to wait and look for later in the night when they face off and compete for the Universal Championship? Roode and Dolph make an interesting and exciting team and would be a good team to wear that RAW Tag Team gold, but I don’t think it’ll happen yet. Maybe in a rematch on Monday Night RAW, but for Sunday, I think Braun and Seth will work together just enough to defy the odds and keep those belts for one more day.
Winners and STILL RAW Tag Team Champions: Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman
SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The New Day (c) vs. The Revival
Here is where the belts change hands and we see classic tag team wrestling score a big victory. With some help from their partner in crime, Randy Orton and maybe even Madusa, if the rumors are true, old school wins again. New champions in the house .
Winners and NEW Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Revival
Women’s Tag Team Championship — Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) vs. Fire & Desire
WWE’s odd couple, Nikki and Alexa defending against the team of Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, who have that nifty new nickname of Fire and Desire. Didn’t Buff Bagwell and Scott Norton already use that one twenty years ago in WCW? No, that was Vicious & Delicious. My bad! This seems to me like a match that was thrown together to make sure that Alexa and Nikki had a match for this show. I’d rather be seeing Asuka and her partner doing their Kabuki Warrior thing here as the challengers, but I guess this will work. Nikki and Alexa are still fun and have a quality about them that says “watch us”. I think we’ll be watching them with those tag team belts for a long time to come.
Winners and STILL Women’s Tag Team Champions: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross.
WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth versus ???
And finally, we have the 24/7 Championship, currently held by R-Truth. I don’t think we’ll see an actual real match with this title at stake, but I suspect that we’ll see at least three title changes during the course of the night. And who will be the new champs? How about Curtis Axel, Heath Slater and one more run for Drake Maverick. And I think that R-Truth will end the night winning back the belt once more to become a record setting 16-time 24/7 Champion.
Winner and STILL WWE 24/7 Champion: R-Truth
And there you go. The King of the Ring Finals, with Chad Gable taking on Baron Corbin, has been moved to Monday Night on RAW. Look for Corbin to take that one and be the new King. Oh vey! And that’s what’s what for the WWE Clash of the Champions. So what do you think? Who are your predictions for winning and losing each match? Drop me a line in the comments or here at the site with your thoughts as well as any questions you may have. Let’s talk some rasslin’.
And now, with that, I’m out of here. Thank you for reading. Until the next time, take care and stay safe and I’ll see you at the matches.