Here’s why you need to watch WWE Clash of Champions 2020.
WWE‘s Clash of Champions 2020 is this Sunday and features some first-time encounters and plenty of rematches, which at first glance does not sound very appealing. Still, Clash promises to be a fun show, here are five reasons why.
The fourth Clash of Champions is headlined by the next chapter in the Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton rivalry and the first in Roman Reigns’ story as the “Reigns-ing” champion of SmackDown. The card offers a lot more and should be expected to deliver action and worthwhile progression or finality for some storylines. Five key components make this a must-see show, I’ll start with the stipulation matches.
Come for the ladders, stay for the ambulance. The Intercontinental Championship will literally be up for grabs when Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn, and AJ Styles meet in a ladder match to (hopefully) decide who the rightful champion is. In his relatively advanced age, Styles has become a more grounded performer, but expect vintage high-risk AJ with the addition of a ladder.
Jeff Hardy remains a daredevil despite 20+ years of jumping off anything he can jump off. Frankly, it is beautiful to watch the visibly battle-worn Hardy decide to climb something and drop on impulse. Sami Zayn’s two ladder match appearances gave fans some spectacular moments, like this Michinoku Driver he delivered to Owens on the side of a ladder, ouch.
We love a good ambulance match, don’t we? What is a standard no-disqualification match until the ambulance becomes the focal point near the end should be no problem for Orton and McIntyre. Their fervent desire to kill each other makes this an appropriate stipulation. These two have spent the last few weeks sending each other to the hospital, expect them to up the violence they are willing to dish out to one another.
Bayley Dos Straps
The Golden Role Models are no more, long live the Golden Role Models. Bayley and Sasha Banks were arguably the most valuable performers of WWE TV this summer. Their awesome work in the ring came second to their delusional, mean-spirited antics. Congratulations to these two workhorses for a run they should forever be proud of. It came to an end some weeks ago in a turn few saw coming, when Bayley was the one to finally betray Banks after nearly a year of running roughshod over the roster as a heel duo.
Bayley meets Nikki Cross again for the SmackDown Women’s Championship in her first defense post-Golden Role Models, and she will be on a mission to prove herself successful minus Banks. Bayley takes another big step this Sunday, win, lose, or draw. She is on a collision course with her ailing ex-best friend, and defeating Cross, who seems to be headed to a feud of her own with her ex-best friend, would mean we are headed towards the ultimate payoff between Bayley and Banks sooner rather than later.
Friends or Foes?
My favorite tag teams are the ones that succeed despite themselves. The pairing of Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax is the latest example of this hilarious plot device. Two of the most dominant figures on Raw reached championship glory with the simple strategy of one-upping each other, and it has been fun to watch. Though, the reunited Riott Squad stands in their way if they are to have a long run as tag champions.
I would like to see Jax and Baszler continue their reign because after only three matches together, to this point, there is still room for this team to grow and develop a friendship if the tag belts bind them together. On the other side, Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott’s story of a fractured but rehabilitating friendship has been interesting and their road to redemption should conclude with winning the championships, but Clash may not be the time for that. In any case, these two stories colliding could make for a compelling angle and match.
Every championship is defended at the Clash. This is common knowledge for fans, but lesser known is that a title change is virtually guaranteed. Since its inception in 2016, at least one championship has changed hands at Clash, look for the pattern to continue this Sunday. My money is on Sami Zayn recapturing the Intercontinental Championship he never officially lost.
Title changes can be a restart of sorts. New matches and stories come from having a new champion. For those who believe certain title pictures have grown stale, look at Clash as a chance for the WWE to make things anew. The current championship landscape is near-perfect, every superstar currently boasting a title appears to be the right champion at the right time, to see them all in action in high stakes competition is a treat.
The Tribal Chief
Roman Reigns is back, and he’s pissed. Accompanied by his “special counsel” Paul Heyman, Reigns has an all-new attitude that propelled him to the top spot of SmackDown upon return. His cousin, Jey Uso, will be the first to face the brunt of Roman’s fury as the new Universal Champion this Sunday.
On WWE’s “After The Bell” Podcast, Reigns credited Jey for being the first to directly coach him on the fundamentals of wrestling. It’s a shame he will be repaid for his generosity by getting his ass kicked, but that’s wrestling!
Plus, big aesthetic changes are on the horizon for Reigns. During a fundraiser Zoom call for Connor’s Cure organized by Mania Club, Roman made an appearance and revealed he will be wrestling this Sunday without his trademark vest. Fans advocating for “vestless Reigns” over several years, rejoice. Regarding the match itself, the consensus among some fans is that it will be a squash in favor of Reigns. Should Reigns and Uso be allowed to piece together a proper match, it will be a very entertaining bout. Those Anoa’i boys can work.