Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
Three Matches Announced for WWE Clash of Champions
This weekend, via the official WWE YouTube channel, the company revealed the following three matches will be taking place at WWE Clash of Champions on December 17th:
The New Day Vs The Usos Vs Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
Charlotte Flair Vs Natalya
Baron Corbin Vs Dolph Ziggler Vs Bobby Roode
Also taking place on the card is a match for the WWE title between Jinder Mahal and AJ Styles. It would appear that the company has made several changes from what were the initial plans for the event. The addition of Dolph Ziggler is a random choice, though it could have been done to protect Roode, with Ziggler likely taking the pinfall loss and holding the Roode/Corbin feud for a little longer.
The New Day will no doubt add even more quality to the tag team title bout, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Aiden English and Rusev added to that bout before the event rolls around.
Paige Set for WWE In-Ring Return
Former Women’s Champion Paige has been one of the most talked about WWE wrestlers of 2017. The Norwich born superstar made quite the splash when she returned to television a few weeks ago, walking out on stage and then beating down several members of the women’s division with her new stable, Absolution.
Paige and her group were set for their first TV match last week, where they would face Sasha Banks, Mickie James, and Bayley; however, Absolution had other ideas- taking out Mickie and Bayley backstage, leaving Sasha to fend for herself.
Sasha will get her chance at revenge on this week’s edition of Monday Night Raw, however, when Paige steps back in the ring for her first WWE solo match in 18 months. I have a feeling the company is building Paige towards something big- potentially a Mania match with Asuka and if that is the case, then Banks is likely to be her first big step on the way to that bout.
A New Home for NXT
The USA Network has been the home of WWE for some time now, and it looks as though the channel could be adding NXT to their schedule very soon. Next Wednesday the channel with air a ‘one-off’ episode of WWE’s NXT program, but Dave Meltzer, talking on Wrestling Observer Radio speculated that this could be just the beginning for the show on the channel.
Meltzer speculated that the episode is a trial, and if it does good numbers, then it is likely the channel would earn itself a regular spot on Wednesday nights on the channel. This would be a big move for NXT, one that would effectively cement its place as the show’s third brand, something fans have been claiming for some time now.
Liam Hoofe – @liamhoofe