United States Championship Match: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Apollo Crews
While this is a rivalry that has been going on for months, it’s recently reached a new chapter after the defection of Cedric Alexander into The Hurt Business. Formerly close friends with Crews, Alexander has changed allegiance and joined with MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Shelton Benjamin to be the fourth member of The Hurt Business.
Lashley captured the United States Championship by defeating then-champion Apollo Crews back at WWE Payback, and Crews gets his rematch this Sunday at Clash of Champions. Lashley retaining might seem like the most likely choice, but having Crews take the win would open the path for his former ally Cedric Alexander to challenge him for the title, so I’m predicting Crews takes back his US Championship.
Prediction: Apollo Crews is the new United States Champion
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) vs. The Riott Squad
Of the night’s three tag team matches, this is the only one that doesn’t feel like something we’ve seen many times before. Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott have been building momentum for weeks after putting The Riott Squad back together, and they’ve now turned that into a title opportunity.
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler may be a relatively new pairing, even as champions, but their defeat of former-champions Sasha Banks and Bayley can’t be overlooked. They’ve got the collective power to bring the heat at Clash of Champions, but I think this will be the crowning moment for The Riott Squad and see the limits of Jax and Baszler’s partnership.
Prediction: The Riott Squad are the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: Jeff Hardy (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn (c)
There are nine matches at Clash of Champions, but I have absolutely no doubt this is the one we can expect to steal the show. When Sami Zayn was gone from SmackDown for several weeks, it was AJ Styles who won the tournament to crown the new Intercontinental Champion.
When he defended that title against Jeff Hardy, a pre-match attack on Hardy’s knee ultimately backfired and Hardy’s heavy knee brace inadvertently helped him capture the title. With Zayn back, and rightfully proclaiming himself to still hold the title he never lost, the stage is set for this spectacular Triple Threat Ladder Match where Sami Zayn may be a new champion in the recordbooks, but truthfully retains the title he never lost.
Prediction: Sami Zayn is the new, and still, the Intercontinental Champion