WWE Clash of Champions 2020 Match Card Predictions After Payback Results
For being a show built in one week with a card made up mostly of rematches, WWE Payback ended up being a surprisingly entertaining show.
The Universal Championship changed hands when Roman Reigns defeated Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler won the women's tag titles from Bayley and Sasha Banks, and Bobby Lashley defeated Apollo Crews to become the new U.S. champion.
Monday's Raw saw Randy Orton win a No. 1 Contender's match to earn a shot at Drew McIntyre's WWE title at Clash of Champions on September 27.
Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan also won an opportunity to challenge Jax and Baszler for the Women's Tag Team Championships. WWE has yet to announce when that match will take place but it may end up being put on the Clash card.
Let's look at some other likely additions to the show based on recent storylines.
Apollo Crews vs. Bobby Lashley
The Hurt Business has been making life difficult for Crews, Cedric Alexander and Ricochet for the past couple of months.
Raw featured MVP once again trying to recruit Alexander to his side. He planted the idea in Ced's head that Crews and Ricochet don't have his back like The Hurt Business would.
Despite Alexander refusing his offer, there was a moment later in the show when he looked like he might believe MVP.
A rematch between Crews and Lashley would be the perfect chance for Alexander to turn on his friends so he can join The Hurt Business and finally be involved with a successful group.
The former cruiserweight champion has been a babyface for his entire WWE run. It's time he gives being a villain a shot and Clash of Champions would provide a great opportunity for him to align with one of the premier groups in WWE today.
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Clash of Champions is the one night of the year when every title will be on the line, so there is a good chance WWE pairs Reigns up with either Strowman or Wyatt for a rematch.
Wyatt doesn't need a championship to be a top star anymore. His gimmick is so unique that titles do little to add to his overall success. People want to see him with or without a belt.
Putting Strowman into a singles feud with Reigns would also allow Wyatt's blossoming storyline with Alexa Bliss to unfold over the next few weeks without another feud getting in the way.
With The Big Dog now having an alliance with Paul Heyman, it is going to give him the first chance he has had to explore being a heel since he was first with The Shield.
Strowman will obviously want a rematch for the belt, and we could see him throw down the challenge as early as Friday's SmackDown.
Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross
If WWE is going to book any non-title matches Clash of Champions, Bliss vs. Nikki Cross makes more sense than anything else.
Their friendship is seemingly over after The Goddess smashed a mug she had given to the Scot as a gift when they first became tag team partners. Her fascination with The Fiend is her new driving force.
By the time the PPV rolls around, Bliss could be fully converted into Wyatt's ally, which would put her at odds with her former tag team partner.
It sucks that WWE is probably going to break them up right after making The IIconics split up, but this storyline is already in motion. The company may as well see it through and commit to making it feel important.
Big E vs. AJ Styles vs. Sheamus vs. Jeff Hardy
Jeff Hardy is going to need an opponent for Clash of Champions. AJ Styles has his sights set on regaining the Intercontinental Championship and is the most likely choice.
However, WWE may want to use this as an opportunity to give Big E more screen time. Having him and Sheamus join the party to make it a Fatal 4-Way would create a great combination of different Superstars.
If WWE wants Hardy to retain the title, Big E could stay protected by not being the one who takes the pin. Sheamus and Styles have been putting more people over recently, so neither of them would lose any momentum with another loss.
The Charismatic Enigma shouldn't lose the title yet, but if WWE is going to book a change, Big E would be the best person to take the belt from him.
Asuka vs. Mickie James vs. Billie Kay vs. Peyton Royce
Mickie James made it clear to Asuka that she is coming for the Raw women's title during their interaction on the show, but the former champion isn't the only one who should be involved.
This is another situation where WWE can create a Fatal 4-Way by combining two feuds into one. The other two competitors would be Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.
For some unknown reason, WWE decided to break The IIconics up on Raw. They were both sad about the decision but when they went backstage to check out Raw Underground, Royce threw her former friend to the wolves.
This looks like the first sign of a rivalry. The Clash of Champions card will be made up entirely of title matches, so putting them into the match with James and Asuka makes the most sense.