Clash of Champions Predictions

Posted on Dec 16 2017 - 2:33pm by Jeff Bridges
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This Sunday, the SmackDown Live-branded pay-per-view Clash of Champions will be live from the TD Garden in Boston.

There are plenty of interesting match-ups on the card, so our WWE writers Shalene Hixon and Jeff Bridges give their predictions:

Zack Ryder vs. Mojo Rawley (Pre-show)

ShaleneThis match is basically an afterthought. Once the Hype Bros broke up, there was never anything else done to advance the story line. Rawley wins this easily. Winner: Mojo Rawley

JeffThe breakup of The Hype Bros has been teased for a while and just like when Zack was injured, Mojo will be the star here. Better overall than Ryder in every way. Winner: Mojo Rawley


Breezango vs. The Bludgeon Brothers

ShaleneAs entertaining as Breezango is, they have absolutely zero chance. Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers

Jeff: While Breezango are very solid in-ring competitors, The Bludgeon Brothers have been on a massive tear and I don’t see it stopping here. Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers


Charlotte vs. Natalya (SmackDown Women’s Championship lumberjack match)

ShaleneThe lumberjacks will definitely factor into this match in some way. Charlotte retains here, I don’t see them putting the belt back on Natalya anytime soon. Winner: Charlotte

Jeff: I feel like the lumberjacks will play a large part in this. Despite that, Charlotte retains because Natalya simply isn’t championship caliber. Winner: Charlotte


The Usos vs. The New Day vs. Rusev and Aiden English vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin (SmackDown Tag Team Championship fatal four way match)

ShaleneI think this could be a great match. We already know the kinds of matches The New Day and The Usos have, so we’ll see how the other two teams fare. Regardless, The Usos will retain. Winner: The Usos

Jeff: Despite the odds stacked heavily against them, The Usos will prove why they are the best tag team on the roster today and retain. The New Day don’t need another reign this soon and the two other teams just aren’t ready yet. Winner: The Usos


Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler (United States Championship triple threat match)

ShaleneI expected this to only be between Corbin and Roode, I still don’t understand why Ziggler is even in this match. Either way, Corbin will use his sneaky ways to retain his title. Winner: Baron Corbin

Jeff: Baron Corbin is known for weaseling his way through any situation. I believe that it will be similar here as I feel he will steal the pin away from one of the other two men, furthering the feud but retaining the title a bit longer. Winner: Baron Corbin


AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal (WWE Championship match)

ShaleneI feel like this match isn’t as one-sided as some might think. However, I still don’t see any reason to put the title back on Mahal. Styles retains and hopefully doesn’t lose the belt anytime soon. Winner: AJ Styles

Jeff: This is one of my riskiest picks but I am sticking with The Phenomenal One. I truly feel like they are planning for him AJ vs. Shinsuke at WrestleMania, which means he need to retain his title until then. Winner: AJ Styles


Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan are special guest referees)

ShaleneThis is going to be total chaos. I feel like Bryan will disagree with McMahon’s tactics during the match, causing him to screw Orton and Nakamura over. Owens and Zayn will pick up the win and keep their jobs. Winner: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Jeff: This match is going to be chaotic as both referees have different agendas. Owens and Zayn will win because Bryan and McMahon are going to argue to the point where they can capitalize and keep their jobs.  Winners: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn