That’s it folks! The last pay-per-view of the year in WWE has come and gone. It’s far from plain sailing between here and New Year though. Following the events of Sunday night’s Clash Of Champions, there is going to be an awful lot of fall out in the coming weeks on SmackDown Live, starting this Tuesday. A new champion was crowned, Mojo Rawley is on a rampage, and most notably, there were a lot of developments in the whole Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn situation. More will be revealed on Tuesday night of course but between now and then here are five rumors about the blue brand on the back of what happened at Clash Of Champions.
5. Another Tag Team Is About To Break Up
2017 has been a bad year for a lot of tag teams in WWE. Enzo and Cass, The Golden Truth, The Hype Bros, DIY, the list of partnerships across all three brands that have broken up in the last 12 months goes on and on. Well, it looks like another SmackDown Live pairing may be ripped apart before the year comes to a close. At Clash Of Champions, four of SmackDown Live’s tag teams competed for The Usos’ titles. Many expected new champions to be crowned and for one of the two newer teams in the match to be given a much-needed boost. That did not happen. Instead, Jimmy and Jey are still Tag Team Champions. That may be because the real reason for the match was to propel the breaking up of a tag team. It could be monumental. The New Day or it could be Gable and Benjamin are the frontrunners for this rumor. The latter hasn’t exactly worked out and a lot of competitors in the match have been praising Gable since the match which may make WWE realize how good a singles wrestler he could be.
4. The US Title Is About To Become A Hot Potato
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night on Sunday came during the night’s opening match. WWE decided to go with the United States Title triple threat match to open the show. A brave choice considering the anticipation for the bout. It turns out it was a great choice and it may have even been the match of the night. It helped that the title changed hands in an unexpected twist. Dolph Ziggler is now the United States Champion, the second time he has held the prestigious belt. Leaving it on him for a while would be a good idea, but prepare yourself for some flip-flopping. Corbin will get his contractually obligated rematch and don’t be surprised if he wins the title straight back. Bobby Roode may even be involved in the potential constant switching.
PREVIOUSLY: THE US TITLE CHANGES HANDS AT CLASH OF CHAMPIONS
3. Mahal’s Moving On
At Clash Of Champions, we may have witnessed Jinder Mahal‘s final involvement in the WWE Championship picture. What—or rather who—is next for AJ Styles is an exciting mystery. What’s more interesting though is what WWE have in store for The Modern Day Maharajah next. It will be tricky to keep him near the top of the card without the WWE Title being involved in what he’s doing. Mahal’s first non-title rivalry looks like it might be one where WWE use Mahal to help raise the stock of a Superstar much further down the card, Mojo Rawley. The two of them have a history—Mahal was the final man Rawley eliminated to win the Andre the Giant Battle Royal—and WWE reminded us of that during the package for Rawley’s match with Zack Ryder. Both men looked to end their current rivalries at Clash Of Champions and now you can expect their respective paths to cross once again.
2. Owens And Zayn Are The Tag Team WWE Are Looking For
As mentioned during a previous entry WWE seems to be trying to find the next break through tag team on SmackDown Live. The Usos and The New Day have been leading the charge for the majority of 2017 and it’s now time for someone else to step up. As was demonstrated during the Tag Title match during Clash Of Champions, no one seems to have proved to WWE that they can carry the torch. They do have another pairing who will soon be looking for something to do though, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. As will be detailed more in the next entry Owens and Zayn’s time tormenting Shane McMahon may be done with for the time being after they managed to keep their jobs on Sunday night. Their next targets? The SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
1. Daniel Bryan Is Either Getting Fired Or Turning Heel
The match discussed in the previous entry was always going to be the one on Sunday’s card that left fans with the most questions. Daniel Bryan accidentally wound up Shane, McMahon then went rogue and wouldn’t let his enemies win, and it all culminated in an extremely fast count from Bryan to ensure Zayn and KO won. What happened in this match means either one of two things. The SmackDown Live GM has now aligned himself with Owens and Zayn and will become something of a heel as he helps them further torment McMahon. It may even be Bryan that gives them the aforementioned Tag Team Title shot. Alternatively, Shane McMahon may simply fire Bryan on Tuesday night. Both men were unprofessional, but Shane has hardly been making rational decisions during this entire saga.
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