Hey everybody! It’s @TheMagnumDA with another installment of the PPV Pick’em report! Tonight, Colin will continue his miraculous run with the WOPC Championship by defending it at Clash of Champions! Heel Turn Tom and I will try one more time to wrestle away the WOPC Championship from the Editor, and I even included a Bonus at the end to shake things up! This contest will continue into tomorrow night! Without further ado, ON WITH THE PICKS!
WWE Cruiserweight Championship – Triple Threat Match
Drew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado
Colin: This is always a hard pick for me because I really don’t follow 205 Live so not sure exactly what’s going on storyline wise. Drew’s been the champ for a while but if they’re going to somewhat integrate this with NXT, if there’s a title change, I think it would be in one of the earlier shows on USA Network. Gulak retains.
Tom: I don’t see them changing the title on this match. This will be a fun kickoff show match with Drew Gulak walking out still the champ.
Magnum: For those of you who’ve had the chance to see Humberto Carrillo in the ring, consider yourselves lucky. The dude can go! Not sure about his haircut, though. Lince and Humberto both deserve this opportunity, but we know the division belongs to Drew Gulak. Drew retains.
WWE Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship
The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) (c) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)
Colin: I’m sick of The New Day being champions (almost) most of the time. Can’t wait for Big E to turn on them LOL! Give me The Revival for the win here and new champions.
Tom: I like The Revival, but this is not the day. Not to spoil a later pick but I see the New Day all hanging onto the gold a little longer.
Magnum: I’m torn on this one, because it feels like Legacy 2.0 is going to be one of the top stables in WWE as we go into the new year. After seeing Big E and Xavier get absolutely decimated by Orton/Dawson/Wilder after Summerslam, I can’t help but think that they’re going to pull the trigger on The Revival tonight.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman (c) vs. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler
Colin: I think it would be a mistake if they keep the titles on Rollins/Strowman. They’re going nowhere with them and neither of them need the title. Good way to have them implode in this match which makes the Universal title match more interesting. Roode and Ziggler new champs!
Tom: This match will see Seth and Braun thinking the other is out to get or hurt the other for later in the night. Braun will bump Seth into a roll up or something to make the Glorious Show-off (Roode and Ziggler) the new Raw Tag Team championships.
Magnum: This is such a weird set-up…the Ziggler/Roode pairing does not feel compatible in any way, but neither does the Rollins/Strowman duo. I feel bad for legitimate teams like Heavy Machinery and the Authors of Pain, who have to sit on the sidelines while Vince lives out his dream of trying to create tag teams out of singles stars. Anyways, I don’t see this ending well for Rollins and Strowman. Roode and Ziggler take the straps.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) w/Sami Zayn vs. The Miz
Colin: Shinsuke Nakamura should be in the WWE title picture not here but hey, at least he’s the IC champ. The Miz has been great lately but I predict a Nakamura win this time.
Tom: I don’t see how making the Miz champion right now would be good for the IC title. Shinsuke pins the Miz for the title retention.
Magnum: Honestly, Nakamura’s title reign is a joke, but they wouldn’t have The Miz go out there and just destroy Shinsuke and Sami on their first PPV together. This is obviously building towards something…but what is it? Either way, Nak’s not going down. Give me Shinsuke to retain via fluke pin.
WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Colin: Judging that Becky is being heavily advertised by Fox in Smackdown commercials and because Sasha had that WWE Network special this weekend, I’m betting that Sasha will actually win this match and the title.
Tom: This heel turn has to do something. The Man needs to be that babyface chasing the belt. Sasha, maybe with a little help from Bayley, is your new WWE Raw Women’s Champion.
Magnum: Finally a challenge for The Man – the newly revamped bad-ass Boss. It’s not a question of “if” – it’s more of a question of “when”. Personally, I think that they brought Sasha back with the intent of creating a new mountain for Becky to climb. I wouldn’t be surprised if the championship is passed back and forth between these two. For tonight, give me Sasha Banks to win the belt.
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan
Colin: Still not sure why it was Rowan behind the wheel. Oh well. There’s two ways this can go: either kill the whole angle and have Reigns bury Rowan or keep having at it and find a way somehow for Rowan to come out on top. I’d say go all the way and help elevate Rowan a little bit. Reigns can do with a loss here and there. Rowan to win. Hopefully with some assist from Luke Harper!
Tom: Maybe Rowan’s character will develop more than I imagine. But as of now Romance must pose. A Superman Punch and Spear for the 1-2-3, and Reigns wins.
Magnum: For the last time, NOBODY cares about the freaking VINTNER. This storyline is beyond stupid. Quite honestly, if you think Rowan can actually be pushed as something marketable, just remember that this was the guy who lost to The Rock in less than 5 seconds at WrestleMania. As my Chicago friends would say, Erick Rowan is a chumbolone – end of story. Roman wins.
WWE Smackdown Live Women’s Championship
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Colin: Becky has already that she’s coming after Bayley one of these days. Bayley will retain this one and go in a feud with Becky heading into Smackdown. No one wants Becky vs Charlotte #1,543,940.
Tom: While Charlotte is a better heel, this Bayley character change can’t happen with her losing the title on the first PPV. With some chicanery from Sasha, Bayley pins Charlotte to remain your Smackdown champion.
Magnum: I’m not sure how I feel about Bayley’s turn, but I will say this – there’s going to be a point where both Bayley and Sasha hold both titles. I’m thinking that Sasha’s going to win the title tonight, so this may be their chance. Bayley retains.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
Colin: Rose and Deville are pretty good as a tag team and I think both deserve a singles run. Never thought this Bliss/Cross tag team would work, but it is and I expect them to win this one.
Tom: I want to see where this odd couple relationship goes. Bliss and Cross keep the titles.
Magnum: I heard that WWE is really high on Sonya Deville, especially since she’s come out as the first openly gay female performer in WWE. I think that’s awesome! So, of course, WWE is going to exploit this and make everyone involved look like fools. I don’t know if it’s time for Bliss/Cross to go their separate ways, but I don’t see them holding on to the straps for much longer. It only makes sense that, at the Clash of Champions, we see a bunch of titles change hands. Let’s stick with that gameplan – give me Fire and Desire to take it all!
WWE United States Championship Match
AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander
Colin: I am going for the upset in this one guys. Cedric has been on a run lately and I would not be surprised at all if he wins against Styles today. AJ needs to move to a bigger title feud and not run around with the U.S. title.
Tom: WWE could have something if they book this OG Club of they book it correctly. With a little help from his friends, AJ beats Cedric.
Magnum: This match was just added to the Clash card – I think it will be an incredible bout, but this match serves two purposes – first, getting Cedric on the card in a championship match against a top-quality opponent. Also, it gives AJ a chance to save face after the ass-whooping Steve Austin laid on him. Man, I’d give anything for an Austin/Styles match. As for tonight? Give me AJ Styles to retain.
WWE Universal Championship
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman
Colin: A Braun Strowman vs The Fiend feud would be great because of the past Family Wyatt ties, but I am thinking that if The Fiend is going for the title after this one, there’s no way they will make him lose. Seth will keep the title, head into HIAC and lose it there.
Tom: Thinking of where they go after tonight I see more better matches with Seth as champ. A curb stomp out of no where and Davenport’s own is still the Universal Champion.
Magnum: Again, this is a weird set-up, because they’re basically two babyfaces. This strikes me as the kind of match where one of these two guys are going to turn on each other. It has that vibe to it – very much reminds me of the WWE Championship match from WrestleMania XXXIV (Nakamura vs. Styles). It’s likely that whoever turns, they’ll be the one who walks away with the strap. I don’t see this one ending clean, either…and while I am not 100% sure Seth’s going to turn on Braun, it seems likely that Seth is the one who’d have to resort to cheap tactics to retain.
WWE Championship Match
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton
Colin: I don’t think they will pull the trigger on a title change so soon before the move to FOX. Just for the shock factor, I think Kofi will lose the title on an episode of FOX. Kofi to retain the title.
Tom: I kind of spoiled it in the New Day pick. I don’t see where they go if they make Orton champ. Kofi-of-Champions continues as the New Day celebrates his win.
Magnum: You know, originally I thought Kofi’s run would continue into Hell in a Cell. The more and more I think about it, though…I think Legacy 2.0 is going to pull off the sweep tonight. Orton wins and becomes WWE Champion once more.
KOTR BONUS for 2 Points:
Who wins the King of the Ring on Monday Night?
Baron Corbin vs. Chad Gable
Colin: Considering how many surprises we got in this KOTR tournament I’m tempted to pick Chad Gable to win this one. But I think Vince McMahon receives sexual favors from Baron Corbin considering how much they bloody push him down our throats. LONG LIVE KING BARON CORBIN. Ugh.
Tom: Corbin must have some dirt on the McMahon family. He keeps getting pushed. Corbin will screw Gable to be the new King of the Ring and both will come out better from it.
Magnum: I’m not so sure about those favors, Colin. Thinking about it is going to make me ill, frankly! Haha…I’m just going to run with a shocker, because this whole tournament has been shocking. I can’t believe some of the finishes that have happened. So let’s go with one more surprise and call Chad the victor…which makes him the one and only King Gable.
Well fans, there you have it! We picked the KOTR finals as a bonus! This might spice up the final results, don’t you think? Either way, we’ll see you in a few short weeks for HELL IN A CELL. Feel free to let us know your thoughts on Twitter! @TheMagnumDA signing off!