2020 WWE Clash of Champions matches, card, start time, rumors, Gold Rush predictions, date, location

The annual WWE Clash of Champions pay-per-view represents the one night of the year when all championships must be defended. That leads to a stacked card with the potential for major changes to the status quo for both Raw and SmackDown.

The event goes down on Sunday, Sept. 27 from the WWE ThunderDome inside Orlando’s Amway Center. It will air live on WWE Network at 7 p.m. ET with a kickoff show at 6 p.m. The card is still developing, with only two world title matches having been made official. But things should pick up quickly in the coming months as challengers are determined for every title in WWE.

Read on for what we already know about the pay-per-view and what else we expect to see on the card. 

2020 WWE Clash of Champions matches

WWE Championship — Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton: Orton lost his first shot at McIntyre and the title at SummerSlam, getting caught in a McIntyre backslide. The retaliation came fast and hard, with Orton punting McIntyre in the head three times on the following edition of Raw, leaving McIntyre with a fractured jaw. On Sept. 7, McIntyre retaliated with three Claymores, sending Orton from the arena in an ambulance. In between those two separate attacks, Orton secured a rematch by winning a triple threat match against Seth Rollins and Keith Lee.

Universal Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs. Jey Uso: After Reigns’ shocking return at SummerSlam and subsequent title win at Payback, he needed a new challenger. Seeking to do things “bigger” than how Raw handled lining up McIntyre’s challenger, Reigns and advocate Paul Heyman said there would be a four-way match on the Sept. 4 SmackDown between Big E, Sheamus, King Corbin and Matt Riddle. Big E was taken out by Sheamus before the match, opening the door for Uso to step in, ultimately winning a chance to face his cousin for the title.

SmackDown Women’s Championship — Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross: With Bayley viciously turning on Sasha Banks, her main story immediately involved bigger things than Clash of Champions. But, as every title must be defended on the show, a four-way match was held between Cross, Tamina, Lacey Evans and Alexa Bliss, with Cross emerging as the winner. Cross challenged for the title twice in July — including a match at Extreme Rules — but a stale lineup of challengers landed her back in the role of Contender of the Month. 

2020 WWE Clash of Champions predictions

Raw Women’s Championship — Asuka (c) vs. Natalya: Having put her issues with Sasha Banks behind her, Asuka was lacking an established challenger. While Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler would be solid options, they are now tied up as women’s tag champions and will thus be defending their titles on this show. Natalya and Lana have been establishing their team as a new threat for Asuka as well as with Mickie James, who also established herself as a contender, getting a title shot on the Sept. 14 Raw. It seems that Natalya is the best remaining option.

Intercontinental Championship — Jeff Hardy (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn: Hardy and Styles have unresolved issues stemming from Hardy using his knee brace as a weapon in the match that won him the championship. Meanwhile, Zayn recently returned with the intercontinental championship belt he never lost in the ring and then attacked Styles and Hardy during a title match on Sept. 11. Nothing makes more sense to settle things between three men who all feel they have the legitimate claim to being intercontinental champion. 

Women’s Tag Team Championship — Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) vs. The Riott Squad: Jax and Baszler won the titles from Bayley and Sasha Banks and successfully defended them in the rematch. The Riott Squad then took on Jax and Baszler in a pair of handicap matches, with Liv Morgan pinning Baszler in the first and Retribution interrupting the Squad’s match with Jax. As the only established tag team who has interacted with the champions, The Riott Squad seem set for the shot.

United States Championship — Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Apollo Crews: The only options available for Lashley at this point are Ricochet and Apollo Crews. Aside from a singles match with Mustafa Ali, all of Lashley’s recent matches have involved Crews and/or Ricochet. Crews, meanwhile, has only wrestled Hurt Business members since mid-June. Even with another Lashley vs. Crews showdown being far from a unique pairing, it seems the most logical match since Crews hasn’t received a rematch since Lashley won the title at Payback.

Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships — The Street Profits (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro (c): While there are some other options out there for both teams, WWE has seemingly been more interested in breaking up teams than establishing new contenders. With a champions vs. champions non-title match set for the Sept. 14 edition of Raw, it seems the build could be on to a unification bout at Clash of Champions.

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