It's Clash Of Champions weekend! No matter how excitedly we say it people still don't seem to be that phased that we are on the cusp of the final WWE pay-per-view of the year. Things usually enter something of a lull at this time of year as Survivor Series is done and dusted and the Royal Rumble is on the horizon. Plus, it's the holiday season, of course. Ironically, that may play right into WWE's hands. Fans aren't expecting much from Sunday's show, so even the slightest twist or surprise will have fans thinking that Clash Of Champions was a huge success. There are a number of things that WWE could do to make this pay-per-view a lot better than it seems on paper, and here are five of them.
5. Let The Glorious Reign Begin
Not sure about the rest of you, but as big fans of NXT we're dying for those who only watch WWE's main roster product to be shown why Bobby Roode is such a big deal. This past week on SmackDown Live they didn't even show his entrance on television. Entrance aside, Roode is still such an asset. He's a terrific in-ring performer—one who many in the business liken to Triple H. Someone with credentials like that deserves more than what he has in his current spot. WWE can start to remedy that with a win on Sunday night. The triple threat for the United States Championship is currently one of the least anticipated matches on the card, but a win for Roode will make sure fans remember it.
4. 2B Does Not Stand For Bludgeon Brothers
Fandango made a questionable decision on this past week's SmackDown Live by declaring that he and Tyler Breeze will take on The Bludgeon Brothers at Clash Of Champions this Sunday. His tag partner didn't seem too up for the challenge but nevertheless, the match has been made official. This is all because Breezango and The Ascension believe Harper and Rowan to be behind the attacks on them over the past few months. They have good reason to believe that too after discovering the 2B clue. If all of this build simply leads to The Bludgeon Brothers indeed being 2B, then that would fall a little flat in our eyes. If WWE throws in a new twist, then they could freshen up what has been a very long running angle.
3. The Tag Team Division Needs New Leaders
The tag team division on SmackDown Live has been one of the standout aspects of the blue brand for a large part of 2017. Well, more specifically two of the division's teams, The Usos and The New Day. WWE recently tried to give Benjamin and Gable a little bit of that rub and make them the next contenders to Jimmy and Jey's titles, but that hasn't worked out. Instead, they've had to reintroduce New Day into the equation. However, they have accidentally stumbled upon some new potential leaders. Rusev and Aiden English are proving to be quite the formidable tag team and are also very popular with the fans. Making them Tag Team Champions on Sunday will go a long way to making sure the show is a success.
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2. AJ Styles Buries Jinder Mahal
There aren't many situations where fans of wrestling will actively want one Superstar to bury another. Well, the co-main event at this Sunday's Clash Of Champions is one of them. When AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship last month we thought The Modern Day Maharajah's reign of tyranny was over. Unfortunately, Mahal has remained a part of the World Title scene on SmackDown Live and that now needs to come to an end. Styles doesn't just need to beat Jinder on Sunday, he needs to humiliate him. There can be no grain of doubt once the dust settles from this match that Mahal can use to claim he deserves another shot. Beat him resoundingly Styles and send him to the mid-card.
1. Hint At Daniel Bryan's In-Ring Return
As announced on this past week's SmackDown Live, the Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn tag team match will have two special guest referees, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. You really have to imagine that something serious is going to go down at the climax of this one and honestly what that's going to be is anyone's guess at this point. Shane could turn heel, Bryan could turn heel, Owens and Zayn could lose and get fired, it really is a mystery. If WWE really wants to create a buzz coming out of Clash Of Champions then they need to plant the seed in fans' heads that Bryan is on the road to wrestling for WWE again. It's easily done too. He doesn't have to take a bump, just have him take out Shane in some way and everyone will automatically think that The Yes Movement is back in business.