Clash of Champions Predictions

VAVEL's predictions ahead of Monday Night Raw's first exclusive PPV.

Clash of Champions Predictions
Who will walk away with the gold? Photo- WWE.com

This Sunday see's Raw's first exclusive PPV since the brand split and after SmackDown's first (Backlash) was met with positivity it is now over to the red brand to achieve. On paper, the card is strong with plenty of matches that have been built well and some that haven't had the time they need but with the people involved will be good matches.

(Pre-Show) Nia Jax vs Alicia Fox 

Can Alicia Fox be the one to end Jax's reign of terror. Photo- WWE.com
Can Alicia Fox be the one to end Jax's reign of terror? Photo- WWE.com

She's not like most girls, according to her theme song. Nia Jax has been on a warpath ever since debuting on the main roster, decimating a long list of jobbers. After a match against the first real member of the women's roster, Alicia Fox, Jax took her anger to the next level and sent Fox crashing through the barricades. 

In Jax's first ever main roster PPV match, Fox gets her chance at revenge from the beating she received, but it is unlikely she will be able to overcome the power and physicality of Jax whose domination will continue here. 

Prediction: Nia Jax 

Sami Zayn vs Chris Jericho 

Will Zayn get put on the list of Jericho? Photo- WWE.com
Will Zayn get put on the list of Jericho? Photo- WWE.com

This feud has been rushed and could have really developed if it had been given more time. Chris Jericho has been on a roll lately, seriously impressing everyone with his new attitude and the 'List of Jericho' the veteran has been at his absolute best. Sami Zayn, on the other hand, has been patiently waiting in the wings for the opportunity to be given a real feud since his rivalry with Kevin Owens ended and this should be the start of that. 

Zayn is in a desperate need for a big PPV win to get back the momentum he once had, but this feud could easily continue and the best way to do that would be for a heel victory, but this match could go either way. 

Prediction- Sami Zayn

Tag Team Championship: New Day (c) vs Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

Can the New Day's record breaking run continue? Photo- WWE.com
Can the New Day's record-breaking run continue? Photo- WWE.com

Both teams have been going back and forth for some time in what has been a rather underwhelming feud with the mix of bad comedy and then physicality not quite working. With that said, there have been some highlights in this rivalry and when given the opportunity they are certainly capable of putting on a good match. It feels like the right time for a title change here and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are in a serious need of a big win. 

The former New Japan tag team haven't been booked as strongly as they should have and a title run could really help solve that problem, whilst bringing a new element to New Day becoming title challengers, not allowing them to become stale. 

Prediction- Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson 

Cruiserweight Championship: TJ Perkins (c) vs The Brian Kendrick 

Will TJP survive his first title defense? Photo- WWE.com
Will TJP survive his first title defense? Photo- WWE.com

The return of the cruiserweights has been met with a fantastic response from the WWE Universe and the first title defense of TJ Perkins comes here at Clash of Champions. After the debut of the division on Raw, Brian Kendrick won a number one contenders match to earn the opportunity to have a shot at TJP's championship. 

Kendrick comes into the match as the desperate veteran heel who is hoping to have one last run in the company and will do anything it takes. Perkins hasn't been introduced to the main audience yet, which was a mistake on WWE's part during Raw, but this match is sure to be a fast-paced, action-packed thriller. In terms of the outcome, it seems very rush to take the belt away from TJP here and it is expected that he defends. 

Prediction- TJ Perkins

Best of 7 series: Cesaro (3) vs Sheamus (3) 

Who will earn a title shot? Photo- WWE.com
Who will earn a title shot? Photo- WWE.com

These two men have been going back and forth for over a month now since Mick Foley created the best of 7 series and even though there is no title on the line here, they are fighting for a title shot, as the winner gets a future opportunity. Sheamus started this series in devastating fashion, winning three matches in a row only for Cesaro to battle through injuries to even up the scores coming into this final match. 

It is sure to be a physical battle as they all have been, but both men have done a great job of having each match be a little different and they will be pulling out all the stops for this one. As for the winner, both men have come away from this looking stronger and therefore the objective was met but overall the Swiss Superman deserves the push more and that should happen here. 

Prediction- Cesaro

Raw Women's Championship: Charlotte (c) vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley 

Can Charlotte survive these odds? Photo- WWE.com
Can Charlotte survive these odds? Photo- WWE.com

The women's revolution continues to develop and grow with this match as the WWE and all three women have done a spectacular job in building and developing it. All three could easily walk away as champion as they are all deserving and have the ability to carry the division but right now seems like the right time to keep a heel champion and make the babyfaces wait, especially Bayley, whose time should come down the line for a bigger payoff. 

There has been speculation that Paige might return in this match and that could be a way of avoiding someone taking a big loss, but Dana Brooke is a more likely candidate to be getting involved, either way, Charlotte should walk away as champion, for now. 

Prediction- Charlotte

United States Championship: Rusev (c) vs Roman Reigns 

Can Roman Reigns topple Rusev? Photo- WWE.com
Can Roman Reigns topple Rusev? Photo- WWE.com

Two of WWE's hardest hitters collide again at Clash of Champions as this rivalry continues. The match itself has been thrown together at the last minute and hasn't had much build but that is ultimately down to the fact Rusev has just got married and he and Lana have taken time away which is understandable. 

Rusev is doing a brilliant job as the champion and Roman Reigns has enough star power that he doesn't really need a belt at this point, plus the story of his losing streak in title matches could build to something bigger down the line. We haven't seen Lana since Rusev's return and this seems like the perfect time to bring her back and cost Reigns a chance to be champion. 

Prediction- Rusev

Universal Championship: Kevin Owens (c) vs Seth Rollins 

The first Universal Championship defense takes place. Photo- WWE.com
The first Universal Championship defense takes place. Photo- WWE.com

In the night's main event, Kevin Owens will defend the Universal Championship against Seth Rollins. This match marks the first time the belt has ever been defended by a champion, with Finn Balor never putting it on the line and therefore this is set to be a historic encounter.

Both men are incredibly talented and will be sure to put on a great match as they hope to steal the show, with Rollins bordering a face turn the crowd should be behind him and he will likely wrestle a more high-flying style here. Triple H hasn't appeared since he helped KO win the title and this seems like the time for the Game to return and help him retain it before explaining his actions the next night on Raw. KO has waited long enough for this chance and ripping the belt away now wouldn't help create a new main event star, which is needed. 

Prediction- Kevin Owens