Universal Championship Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Braun Strowman
It’s been a wild few weeks for the Universal Championship. Back at WWE SummerSlam 2020, it was Braun Strowman who walked in as champion only to find himself unable to contain the sheer power and unstoppable nature of “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. After being driven into the exposed ring, Strowman fell, and “The Fiend” was the new champion. Moments after the match, Roman Reigns made his shocking return to WWE. In his first appearance since before WrestleMania 36, Reigns did as his shirt decreed: “wreck everyone and leave.”
Roman Reigns laid out both Strowman and “The Fiend” with devastating spears and made the final image of WWE SummerSlam a shot of him holding the Universal Championship. Reigns repeated that one week later, letting the bitter rivalry between Strowman and Wyatt kick off their triple threat match before joining in the final moments to deliver a low blow to “The Fiend” and finish off Strowman to pin him for the Universal Championship.
While both Strowman and “The Fiend” have a claim to a shot at Roman Reigns at Clash of Champions, I believe a number one contender’s match between the two will see Bray Wyatt (without “The Fiend”) fail to defeat Braun Strowman. This will set up Strowman’s rematch here, while leaving time for the collision course between Roman Reigns and “The Fiend” to build in the next few months.
WWE Championship Unsanctioned Match: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton
Last, but certainly not least, we have the one match that is currently announced for WWE Clash of Champions 2020. Randy Orton may have been sure to take whatever advantages he could, but the bottom line is that he was victorious this week on WWE Raw and has earned himself a shot at WWE Champion Drew McIntyre at Clash of Champions. Of course, this isn’t his first shot at McIntyre.
The issues between these two go back several weeks, and it was Orton’s actions that have temporarily put McIntyre on the shelf. It was mentioned several times during WWE Raw that Drew McIntyre would be in this match only if he is medically cleared to compete following the trio of punts Orton gave him the night after WWE SummerSlam 2020.
With that being a kayfabe injury and not a legitimate one, it seems to set the table for this scenario. If the doctors “refuse to clear” Drew McIntyre for action, but he insists on defending the title against Randy Orton in hopes of seeking revenge, WWE could choose to go with an Unsanctioned Match at Clash of Champions.
We’ve seen this in recent memory, as Orton took on Christian back in an Unsanctioned Match on WWE Raw back in June. It would leave McIntyre in his most vulnerable state yet as he takes on “The Viper” in a dangerous environment, and this could be the moment Orton is able to keep him down and capture the WWE Championship for the first time in over three years.