Thursday, September 22, 2016

WWE Clash Of Champions Preview

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the WWE Clash Of Champions Preview.

WWE Clash Of Champions takes place live at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis, Indiana and of course you can catch it live on the WWE Network. WWE debuts Clash Of Champions with its first event as a RAW only event, which is replacing the yearly Night Of Champions pay per view. Every WWE title on the RAW roster will be defended tonight on the card.

- "WWE Universal Championship Match": Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins: After Finn Balor had to vacate the WWE Universal Championship, a Fatal Four Elimination Match went down to decide a new champion. During the match, Triple H, who hasn't been seen in five months, returned and screwed over Roman Reigns and then afterward did the unthinkable. Many thought Triple H returned to help Seth Rollins, but to everyone's surprise, Triple H turned on Rollins with a Pedigree and helped Kevin Owens win the title. RAW GM Mick Foley immediately took action and made Seth Rollins the #1 contender, due to Triple H's screw job. Kevin Owens defends the WWE Universal Championship and looks to prove that he can retain the title without any assistance. Seth Rollins looks to take the championship, prove that Owens can't get the job done alone and return to being the face of the WWE that he owned all last summer. But.....what about Triple H? Triple H hasn't been seen since screwing over Rollins. Will we see the COO of WWE and mastermind behind NXT return again tonight?

- "WWE United States Championship Match": Rusev (c) vs. Roman Reigns: Rusev and Roman Reigns have been locked in a feud with each other over the summer. Reigns originally challenged Rusev for a shot at the championship while interrupting Rusev and Lana's wedding celebration. Rusev said no and Lana ended up going face first into their wedding cake. Rusev faced Reigns one on one a week later and looked to avenge his wife for being humiliated by Reigns. Reigns defeated Rusev by pinfall with a spear and was also guaranteed a title shot at Summer Slam. The match at Summer Slam never took place as Reigns viciously attacked Rusev before the match, put the big Russian on the DL and was forced to the backstage area by WWE Officials. Rusev returned weeks later and viciously attacked Reigns after Reigns came up short in a #1 contenders opportunity against Kevin Owens. Reigns will now look to again avenge his attack with a title shot tonight. Can Reigns defeat Rusev and bring the WWE United States Championship back to America? Will Rusev finally defeat Reigns, avenge Lana and keep the title secure in Russia?

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": The New Day (c) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson: Last month at Summer Slam, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston battled Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the tag team titles. The match ended with The Club winning by DQ after Big E returned from his groin injury and got revenge on The Club. The Club received a rematch for the titles at Clash Of Champions a week later, due to winning by DQ at Summer Slam. The Club also battled The New Day in a non title match two weeks before Clash Of Champions and defeated New Day by pinfall. Will The Club finally capture the WWE World Tag Team Championship that has been evading them since they arrived in the WWE? Can The New Day defeat The Club and continue on as the longest reigning WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions?

- "WWE RAW Women's Championship, Triple Threat Match": Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley: Charlotte and Sasha Banks have been locked in a feud over the summer. Sasha defeated Charlotte on RAW's first show after the draft, to win the WWE RAW Women's Championship. Charlotte got her rematch at Summer Slam, won back the WWE RAW Women's Championship and also injured Sasha's back during the match. Sasha returned in September, teased a possible retirement, but fooled Dana Brooke with her speech and beat down Dana. Sasha promised that she was coming for Charlotte next to win back the title. Sasha then went on to defeat Bayley and Dana Brooke in a Triple Threat Match, making Sasha the official #1 contender to the championship. Or so we thought. Controversy surrounded the match as it appeared that Sasha and Bayley pinned each other at one time in the match. So Mick Foley made it a Triple Threat Match with the Women's Championship on the line. Will Sasha avenge her loss at Summer Slam, avenge the back injury Charlotte caused her and win back the WWE Women's Championship? Will Bayley surprise everyone and win the title early in her main roster debut. Will Charlotte continue to dominate the women's division, defeat Sasha and Bayley and continue to do it with Flair?

- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match": TJ Perkins (c) vs. Brian Kendrick: The highly successful WWE 32 Man Cruiserweight Classic Tournament concluded a few weeks back. The tournament saw TJ Perkins survive all the way to the end, winning the tournament and becoming the first ever WWE Cruiserweight Champion. The veteran Brian Kendrick was also in the tournament and made it all the way to the Final 8 before coming up short handed. Last week on RAW, Mick Foley held a Cruiserweight Fatal Four Way #1 Contender match as the Cruiserweight Division officially kicked off on RAW. Brian Kendrick won the Fatal Four Way and now moves on to Clash Of Champions to battle TJ Perkins. Can the up start Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins continue to turn heads in the Cruiserweight Division with his high flying style? Can the veteran and graduate of the Shawn Michaels School of Wrestling, Brian Kendrick, jump start his career as a Cruiserweight Champion?

- Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn: What are best friends for? They are for attacking and beating up your former best friends. Chris Jericho has been best buddies with Kevin Owens the past few months and has stuck up for the WWE Universal Champion whenever he gets the chance to open his mouth. Jericho invited Owens' former best friend Sami Zayn to be a guest on the Highlight Reel a few weeks back and chaos broke out. After Jericho and Zayn traded insults at each other, Jericho busted a cell phone over Zayn's head and then laid Zayn out with a Code Breaker. Zayn, however, would get the last laugh as RAW GM Mick Foley announced that Jericho would meet Zayn at Clash Of Champions to settle this feud. Can Jericho defeat Zayn or do one better and end Zayn's career to make Kevin Owens happy? Will Zayn get his revenge for the head shot with the cell phone and Code Breaker and finally shut Jericho up?

- "Best Of Seven Series, Match #7": Sheamus vs. Cesaro: Sheamus and Cesaro have been locked in a major feud during the late summer. RAW GM Mick Foley pitted both men against each other in a best of seven series to determine which superstar was the best. Last month at Summer Slam, Sheamus and Cesaro kicked off match #1 and concluded with Sheamus picking up the win and taking the 1-0 lead. Sheamus would then go on to take the next two matches and take the commanding 3-0 lead. Cesaro, with a back injury and his will to not give up, came back, took the next three matches in a row and tied the series at 3-3. Match #7 was made official at Clash Of Champions to finally decide a winner. Can Cesaro pull off the unthinkable comeback and take the series? Can Sheamus finally find a way to take down the Swiss Superman and not end up choking worse than the Golden State Warriors?

- Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox: The monster Nia Jax arrived on the main roster at the WWE Brand Extension Draft back in July and has been destroying every up and comer that has stepped up to her. Last week on RAW, Nia faced the women's division veteran Alicia Fox in a one on one match. Alicia did her best and held her own against the new comer Nia Jax, but Alicia ended up getting speared by Nia right through the outside barricade. RAW GM Mick Foley decided to give Alicia a rematch against Nia Jax on the Clash Of Champions Pre-Show, so she could get another shot at the monster. Can the veteran Alicia Fox out fox Nia Jax and hand her a first main roster defeat? Will Nia Jax make quick and easy work of Alicia Fox just like her recent main roster opponents in the past?

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