Nikki Bella vs Carmella
Honestly, this may have been the best women’s secondary feud I’ve seen in quite some time. The two have gotten a lot of time to build up a legitimate feud, and I’m sure most fans are excited to see the pay off. This program has also given Carmella a chance to grow as an entertaining heel, and she actually feels like a threat in the division. The princess of Staten Island’s success can mainly be attributed to her dominance over Nikki in beat down/tag matches. She’s actually pinned Bella several times, and because of that Carmella can afford to lose this match.
Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt
Many fans have had mixed reviews on this particular feud, however I enjoyed it for the most part. It truly captures the campy feel Bray Wyatt can thrive with, yet he’s still showcased as a serious character. Along with that, Randy’s “psycho” attitude has been a great fit with Wyatt’s supernatural character.
As the weeks have gone by, Orton’s loss to Lesnar has almost been forgotten about, so he might be able to afford the loss. However, it may not be that easy as both men need to look strong heading into their next feuds. For some reason, I believe Orton is set to face AJ for Survivor Series, so it wouldn’t make sense for him to lose. Wyatt on the other hand just needs a win to remain relevant. Chances are, this will end in a DQ.
Winner: No Contest
Heath Slater & Rhyno vs The Usos
While this feud has also included American Alpha, it was wise to not include them in the match. This gives the Usos a chance to look like a dominant heel team they need to be. Expect for there to be a ton of spots where the crowd gets to cheer for Slater & Rhyno, but that’ll only add to the finish. If this match is worked right, the Usos can gain a ton of heat if they pick up the win, which will only add to their momentum.
Winner: The Usos
The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler
Honestly, this can easily be the main event to this show. That’s not a knock on the actual main event, it’s just a testament to how well these feuds have been built on Smackdown. This program has been near perfect, as we’ve seen the Miz at his best and the same could be said about Ziggler. In fact, the feud and stipulation have made Dolph more interesting than his Summerslam feud.
The finish to this is difficult to predict, because it’s hard to imagine either of the two losing. At the same time, that’s a sign of a strong feud because it shows how well both of them have been presented. I’m not fully aware of Ziggler’s contract status, so I don’t believe he’ll be leaving anytime soon. As long as the Miz looks good in defeat, Dolph will probably leave as the victor.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss
Bliss has only been on the main roster for a few months, yet she’s found a way to make herself stand out. Her feud with Becky has been awesome, and if you ask me, I find it more enjoyable than the Sasha-Charlotte feud. Their program has naturally fit in with the rest of the show, and it’s allowed fans for to get invested. With Becky just winning the title, it wouldn’t be appropriate for her to drop it in this match. Also, there would be no point in pushing Alexa so hard this early into her main roster run, as it would quickly dry her out.
Winner: Becky Lynch
John Cena vs AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose
In terms of back and forth promos, I’m convinced this has been the feud of the year. Each of them have meshed well, and it’s a shame it probably won’t extend into Survivor Series. This particular program has given us a version of John Cena we’re not used to, as he’s been more aggressive and selfish about his decisions. At the same time, it’s allowed Dean to work more of a tweener role, instead of just being a white meat babyface.
We’ll probably see a terrific match from these three, but there won’t be a title change. The company seems to be extremely high on AJ Styles and it would be a shame to cut his title reign right now. He still has a few months left in him as champ, so why not let him ride it out until Mania? I’m sure he’ll cheat to win, but it’s for the best.
Winner: AJ Styles
Unlike Clash of Champions, I’m sure most fans are much more excited for this PPV. On paper, it looks like a strong card, and each feud is quite deep.
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