WWE’s final pay-per-view of the year, Clash of Champions, will take place Sunday Dec. 17 from the TD Garden in Boston. It will air at 8pm ET on the WWE Network and the match card as well as updates can be found below.
Mojo Rawley vs Zack Ryder
When there’s a pay per view there’s a kick-off show, and Clash Of Champions this Sunday will be no different. On that kick-off show we will finally see Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley go one on one. The break up of The Hype Bros was teased for a while and a few weeks ago it finally happened when Mojo snapped and attacked his now former tag team partner. Since then there has been very little follow up on SmackDown Live which is probably why this rivalry is only worthy of the kick off show. This match will likely signal the beginning of a Mojo push though, pre-show or not.
Breezango vs The Bludgeon Brothers
Speaking of The Hype Bros, it was actually a loss to The Bludgeon Brothers that proved to be the final straw for Mojo Rawley. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to Breezango on Sunday. Tyler and ‘Dango rarely wrestle these days and it’s hard to imagine that they’ll be picking up a win at Clash Of Champions. There was an angle that suggested Harper and Rowan were the mystery tag team behind the attacks on Breezango. Although that story line seemed to have been forgotten about, maybe we will see new life breathed into it with this match.
The Usos vs New Day vs Gable and Benjamin vs Rusev and Aiden English for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
What do you do when a rivalry isn’t panning out as well as you’d like? Throw more and more people at it of course. That seems to be what has happened with Sunday’s Tag Team Championship match. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable weren’t proving to be effective number one contenders to two more teams were brought in to bulk out the field. The build to this match has gotten quite a lot of screen time and considering the talent of many of the Superstars involved, as long as it isn’t too much of a cluster this match has the potential to be one of the best of the night.
Baron Corbin vs Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler for the United States Championship
For some reason WWE is incapable of keeping the United States Championship relevant for any significant period of time. While Superstars like John Cena and AJ Styles have it, the title becomes the center of attention, but outside of that they find it hard to keep fans interested. That has been the case since Baron Corbin has been US Champ. Add to that equation a lackluster Dolph Ziggler and a poorly booked Bobby Roode and you have a recipe for a match that hasn’t exactly grabbed people’s attention. Hopefully The Glorious One will win the title on Sunday and repair a few things about SmackDown Live in the process.
Charlotte Flair vs Natalya for the SmackDown Women’s Championship in a Lumberjack Match
The new additions to the SmackDown Live women’s roster have made quite the impact. The Riott Squad have been attacking various other Superstars, paying particular attention to the blue brand’s champion. Natalya has obviously delighted in that and will be particularly glad that the three new faces will be acting as lumberjacks for her title match on Sunday. The trouble is, as was demonstrated this past Tuesday, there will be more lumberjacks favoring the side that doesn’t include The Riott Squad. The one thing that is guaranteed from this match, as with any and all lumberjack matches, is chaos.
AJ Styles vs Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship
For the majority of 2017 we have had to endure Jinder Mahal as our WWE Champion. Then last month AJ Styles came along and rescued us from his reign of tyranny. The run of The Maharajah as a top guy isn’t over quite yet though. Mahal is still owed his rematch and that will happen this Sunday at Clash of Champions. The lack of a build to this one hopefully suggests that WWE see it as what we as fans all hope it is, a formality. Jinder’s contractually obliged rematch and once he loses Styles can move on and face more worthy and interesting opponents. Here’s hoping anyway.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan as Special Guest Referees
This is the match that has taken up most of SmackDown Live’s time for the past few weeks as well as a lot of the show’s top talent. Four men who are all at a World Championship level as well as both of the blue brand’s authority figures. Shane McMahon has been consumed with getting revenge on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn for a couple of months now and he believes he’s going to get it on Sunday night. It looks like Daniel Bryan may throw a spanner in that plan though. The GM will be right alongside Shane O Mac refereeing the match with him in what will make for a very interesting co-main event.
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