Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman for Title Set for WWE Clash of Champions 2019

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2019

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Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins will fight alongside one another and then against each other at Clash of Champions on Sept. 15.

Strowman and Rollins will first defend the Raw tag team titles, which they took from Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson last week on Raw. Then Rollins will put the Universal Championship on the line in a singles match against Strowman after accepting a challenge from The Monster Among Men on Monday:


IT'S ON, PARTNER. @WWERollins has accepted @BraunStrowman's challenge for the #UniversalTitle at #WWEClash of Champions! #RAW https://t.co/Gp09q49QY4

The Rollins/Strowman dynamic is bound to implode at some point, as it will likely follow a template WWE has used numerous times in the past.

Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage are the most famous example, with Hogan helping Savage win the WWF title at WrestleMania IV and forming The Mega Powers. Savage eventually turned heel and dropped the championship to Hogan at WrestleMania V.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin also enjoyed short-lived tag team title reigns with Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker before facing the two in marquee singles matches in 1998.

The only surprise is that WWE isn't allowing Rollins and Strowman much time to create any emotional investment before they seemingly become rivals.

At the very least, this is something the promotion could let simmer until Survivor Series in November, and Rollins vs. Strowman on its own could arguably be worthy of WrestleMania.

It looked like Strowman was on the fast track to the top when he was involved in a Fatal 4-Way for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam 2017. Then he unsuccessfully challenged Brock Lesnar for the belt at No Mercy a month later.

After that, the air slowly started going out of the balloon, with Strowman basically an afterthought on the last two WrestleManias.

His match against Rollins at Clash of Champions could be a sign WWE is finally ready to position Strowman as its top champion.