WWE Clash Of Champions 2017: Daniel Bryan Betraying Shane McMahon And 5 Smart Booking Decisions
December 17, 2017 - WWE
WWE Clash of Champions 2017 is highlighted by AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal for a WWE Championship and a star-studded tab group strife pitting Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura opposite Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.
Over a final integrate of months, WWE has done a many out of a star-strapped register by putting a WWE pretension behind on Styles, teasing that possibly Shane McMahon or Daniel Bryan will spin heel, and carrying The New Day and a Usos lead a revived tab group division. That seems to have worked, too, as a show’s viewership was adult for 4 true weeks from Nov to Dec and has been usually behind that of Raw since Styles became champion.
The pivotal to a show’s destiny success, however, will be either or not Clash of Champions can continue that momentum, that isn’t a definite. At slightest on paper, a pay-per-view’s label isn’t accurately stacked, and it will be a final SmackDown-only PPV until Fastlane in March, definition that what happens during Clash of Champions will play a pivotal purpose in what we see occur for a blue code on a highway to WrestleMania.
Although SmackDown’s new widen of clever viewership has to be encouraging, it’s distant from a transparent that a outcomes of a matches on a common Clash of Champions label will be adequate to keep fans meddlesome for a prolonged haul. As always, though, that will count mostly on a peculiarity of a engagement of a show, that eventually depends on what a artistic group decides to do, generally with tip stars like Owens, Bryan, Nakamura, Styles and others.
Will a artistic group make a right moves? Here are 5 intelligent engagement decisions WWE contingency make during Clash of Champions.
Owens And Zayn Keep Their Jobs
If Owens and Zayn remove to Orton and Nakamura, they will be “fired” not usually from SmackDown but from all of WWE, per a orders of Shane-O-Mac.
Of course, banishment storylines are zero new to veteran wrestling (and WWE expected marred a outcome of this one anyway), though generally speaking, they frequency meant anything and mostly are totally lacking in logic. Anyone who watches WWE consistently knows that conjunction Zayn nor Owens will be legitimately dismissed from a company, though that’s beside a point. The genuine emanate here is either WWE will go by with Owens and Zayn losing their compare and being “fired” (only to, naturally, be rehired) or if this is a approach to pierce one or both stars behind to Raw even if a chapter is ostensible to forestall that from happening.
Here’s a thing: Neither should happen. Owens and Zayn have proven to be dual of a blue brand’s many vicious assets, and they usually so occur to have a prolonged story of sketch good together as they once faced off in WWE’s best sketch live eventuality feud of a year, a warn given that Zayn has not been portrayed as a tip star on a categorical roster. Throw in a fact that Owens’ WWE 365 special did “huge numbers” on a WWE Network or that he appears to be a tip sell seller on WWEShop.com, and it’s transparent that a blue code badly needs him to stay on Tuesday nights.
SmackDown is sorely lacking in a star department, generally on a heel side that has guys like Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal and Rusev who aren’t unequivocally noticed as categorical eventuality turn talents by a masses. Thus, that creates Owens (and to a obtuse extent, Zayn) even some-more vicious to a success of a blue brand, that can’t remove him, even if usually for a few weeks, since of a extensive strike a show’s star energy would take in his absence.
Charlotte Flair Retains
The many tangible womanlike luminary on SmackDown is Charlotte Flair, bar none.
Charlotte, after all, totally blows a rest of a blue brand’s women multiplication out of a H2O when it comes to Google hunt interest. Naturally, that suggests that Charlotte, who is still early into her run as a babyface, is a many renouned lady on a code and second to maybe usually Paige in that category. Yet, it wasn’t until recently that WWE capitalized on that by carrying Charlotte win a SmackDown Women’s Championship, with a widespread faith being that she did so in sequence for WWE to gain on a new broadside surrounding her father, Ric Flair.
It creates clarity for WWE to take advantage of a new pub Charlotte’s father has gotten, in partial since of his critically acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary, though Charlotte’s heartwarming pretension win was also a intelligent preference for WWE’s long-term future. Given reports that Ronda Rousey has been training during a WWE Performance Center in credentials for a WresteMania 34 compare with WWE’s Four Horsewomen, WWE contingency do all it can to build adult Charlotte between now and then.
It appears WWE might be building toward a Rousey vs. Charlotte match, that would be one of a biggest women’s matches in pro wrestling history, so proof says that Charlotte should demeanour impossibly clever in track to what to seems like an unavoidable strife with Rousey and MMA’s Four Horsewomen. That should start during Clash of Champions, when Charlotte defeats Natalya handily, puts her in a rearview counterpart for good and starts her tour to a history-making compare on a grandest theatre of them all.