The big WWE event of September comes late in the month with Clash of Champions throwing fists on the 27th. The fourth edition of the now-calendar fixture sees familiar foes slugging it out for championship gold. Many of the fights on the card are yet to be announced but the main events of the pay-per-view are already up in lights. WWE Champion Drew McIntyre continues his feud with Randy Orton after successfully defending his belt against ‘The Viper’ at SummerSlam. Orton is a man who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, such is his determination to win the title for a 14th time. Graciously accepting defeat was never an option for Orton. His next meeting with McIntyre involved three punt kicks to the head on the subsequent Monday Night Raw. The attack left McIntyre nursing a hairline jaw fracture, which is enough to keep a sane man sidelined. McIntyre, however, is obviously not sane.
Another title shot was not a given for Orton. He had to earn that right through victory in a triple-threat number-one contender match against Keith Lee and Seth Rollins. Chuffed about his achievements and dying to rub them in the face of his presumably-bedridden foe McIntyre, Orton monologued at length about how he would bring about his demise at Clash of Champions. Orton looked like he was going to strut arrogantly out of the arena when a vehicle pulled in next to the ramp. Sure enough, moonlighting as an ambulance driver, it was McIntyre, fit and healthy, perhaps coming straight from the hospital, to give Orton a slice of humble pie.
This feud has been developing nicely and WWE writers may have bigger plans for it in the pipeline. Orton is such a notoriously violent character that it would not be unexpected for blood to spill during this bout. Bigger matches – ones with deadlier concepts, like Hell in a Cell – could be on the horizon and therefore, we consider Orton to be the smart bet. A victory for him will prolong this rivalry and lead to McIntyre fighting twisted fire with twisted fire. Bookmakers like 888Sport offer odds on WWE events and they can be found and held up against competitors on Wincomparator’s website here. That’s not the only match locked in to the Clash of Champions card either. It will be a family affair when Roman Reigns defends his Universal Championship against his cousin, Jey Uso.
Reigns picked up the Universal Championship title at Payback when he beat Braun Strowman and defending champion Bray ‘The Fiend’ Wyatt. Now sporting a heel persona, he made a move to fill a Brock Lesnar-shaped hole in the company by teaming up with Paul Heyman. Having managed many champions in the past, with Lesnar his most famous associate, Heyman is the right person for Reigns to become allies with. Jey Uso, looking to have a proper go at the big titles, won a fatal four-way match on SmackDown to become the number one contender to face his kin. It promises to be a fascinating reunion in what will be a thrilling PPV.