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Will Drew McIntyre Dethrone Roman Reigns?

WWE’s Clash at the Castle marks the corporate’s first UK stadium pay-per-view because the 1992 SummerSlam occasion. The six-match card takes place this afternoon and options six important card matches, headlined by the long-awaited Undisputed WWE Common Championship match between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre. Elsewhere on the cardboard, Sheamus will look to lastly grow to be a Grand Slam Champion by taking up Intercontinental Champion Gunther, Liv Morgan will attempt to hold her SmackDown Girls’s Championship reign alive towards Shayna Baszler and Bianca Belair will be part of forces with Asuka and Alexa Bliss to attempt to cease Bayley’s new faction. 

Who walks out the winner of every match? We have assembled ComicBook’s group of professional wrestling writers to offer their predictions and break down the most important questions heading into the present. Take a look at their picks under!

Will Drew McIntyre Finish the Present as World Champion? If So, How?

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(Photograph: WWE)

Connor Casey: I’ve but to listen to a convincing argument as to why Reigns’ championship reign ought to proceed previous this level. A match with The Rock at WrestleMania would not want a championship on the road — Rock has personally instructed this very web site he will not come again for a championship reign — and the error of unifying the 2 world championships can lastly be mounted. Have Drew win, soak within the adulation of most likely the loudest crowd response we’ll hear all yr, then have him relinquish the Common title on Uncooked and grow to be the Purple Model’s prime man whereas holding the WWE Championship.

Matt Aguilar: Whereas I do assume the time to separate the Titles is quick approaching, I simply do not assume that occurs at Conflict on the Fortress. Drew remains to be over and positively may do it, however I do not assume it occurs. Maybe that is once we lastly get the Solo Sikoa call-up to shake up The Bloodline and make McIntyre look robust popping out of the match, as Reigns had to usher in one other man simply to maintain his Title reign transferring ahead. I do hope the break up occurs quickly, however I do not assume step one in direction of that occurs right here.

Evan Valentine: Is there something that may cease Roman Reigns at this level? I am genuinely asking as a result of I do not know how for much longer this reign can proceed whereas nonetheless being fascinating. I believe Roman must be taken down a peg however Conflict At The Fortress would not really feel just like the place to do it. If this match had been taking place at Survivor Collection, I’d lean just a little extra towards Drew.

Nick Valdez: I do not actually assume so! Drew’s a beast and all, however his time has handed. He positively deserves a correct non-pandemic period title run sometime, however there are such a lot of different fascinating gamers concerned within the prime title image now that his win would appear just a little weak. It is an enormous stage for Drew, and a loss would finally higher serve him in the long term heading into the remainder of the yr.

Tim Adams: I do know there was a whole lot of buzz relating to Roman Reigns lastly dropping a strap, however I do not see that occuring. The one particular person at present on the roster that has an opportunity to dethrone The Tribal Chief is Cody Rhodes, and an individual not on the lively roster is Dwayne Johnson. I will be the pessimist of the group.

Charlie Ridgely: Drew would not really feel like “the man” to carry Roman’s title reign to an finish, however it does really feel like the right scenario. It’ll come all the way down to a typical situation with the Bloodline, one through which the Usos aren’t as profitable in helping the Tribal Chief. When Roman loses, it creates a schism within the Bloodline, prompting Solo’s call-up and giving them a compelling story that does not want any {hardware}. That, or they’re going to discover a method to break up up the titles.

Christian Hoffer: It is positively time for Roman to drop the belt, however Drew McIntyre would not seem to be the correct selection. There’s not a whole lot of historical past between Roman and Drew and I’d a lot slightly seen Roman lastly consuming a loss to somebody who both serves as a becoming foil for Roman or who might be a “subsequent face” for the WWE. Drew would not want the rub from beating Roman and he simply would not seem to be the correct match for this story.

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Is There a Technique to Proper The Ship on Liv’s Title Reign? Or Ought to They Abandon It Right here?

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(Photograph: WWE)

Connor: The mishandling of Morgan’s title reign is a disgrace, however it looks like Shayna Baszler vs. Ronda Rousey is the route we’re heading towards. The simplest possibility is to have her lose the title right here and both rehab her place as a babyface or flip her.

Matt: The query suggests there’s something improper with the Title reign as is, which I do not consider is true. The following step for her arc nevertheless ought to occur right here, as they both must step again into extra face territory or lean into her being a heel by dishonest to win. Ronda Rousey vs Shayna Baszler appears to be the subsequent feud for each events, and there would not have to be a Title on the heart of that to make the feud fascinating, so hoping they hold the Title on Morgan.

Evan: I do not thoughts Liv’s present reign, it is nonetheless contemporary however her shedding the title towards Shayna would possibly add an fascinating wrinkle to the proceedings. We’re in a post-Vince McMahon world and it seems like much more can occur in the way forward for the WWE due to it, together with right here. I am wanting ahead to Morgan defending the title on the Fortress.

Nick: Except they steer additional into her dishonest to win or one thing like that, there is not any actual lasting energy to her unintended wins persevering with. All of us love an underdog, however by some means her title reign has undercut it. The proper method to steer could be to finish it.

Tim: Giving Liv Morgan some dominant wins could be a begin, however proper now I do not see that occuring. So the correct course could be to have her drop the title to somebody, after which rebuild Liv’s character so she’s higher arrange for achievement down the highway.

Charlie: Liv had such an ideal factor going, and the followers had been totally into her title reign. However that ending at SummerSlam is tough to come back again from. I believe the one method to proper the ship is for her to lose the title and ultimately win it again, this time in a legit match with out briefcases or controversies. Bonus factors if Rhea may be the particular person she takes a title from.

Hoffer: WWE would not know guide underdog face champions. They could not do it with Becky throughout her first run, they could not do it with Johnny Gargano when he was NXT Champion, and so they could not do it with Kofi Kingston. It might be higher for Liv to drop the title and get momentum again as she chases the title. It is not Liv’s fault that she received sucked into the charisma and story vortex that’s Ronda Rousey, however a reset could be a good way to get the followers again on her facet.

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Do Sasha & Noami Return at Some Level Throughout The Present?

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(Photograph: WWE)

Connor: For the reason that tag titles aren’t concerned in that six-woman tag match, my guess is that they maintain off till this week’s Uncooked on the earliest.

Matt: Earlier than final week I used to be pondering that it may very nicely occur, and whereas it nonetheless would possibly, it does seem to be Uncooked or SmackDown would be the place the place Sasha and Naomi finally return. Raquel and Aliyah do not actually have a match on the cardboard, so in the event that they did return it could presumably be after the Six-Lady Tag Match, however that would not actually join like them coming again throughout or after a match for the Titles they beforehand held.

Evan: That is one other one which I may see being saved for Survivor Collection. Think about hyping up a four-woman group after which having Sasha and Naomi becoming a member of in as thriller visitors. That may obtain fairly the pop within the wrestling world. I do not know what it’s about Conflict At The Fortress particularly, however it would not really feel like an occasion that can essentially drop bombs on the subject of main adjustments within the WWE.

Nick: I am good on that, thanks! Uncooked or SmackDown as a substitute!

Tim: It might be fascinating to have Sasha Banks and Naomi return as heels to assault the brand new Girls’s Tag Group Champions, Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah. There’s a phase of the WWE Universe that’s towards Sasha and Naomi for “not being skilled” and strolling away from the corporate, so what higher method to carry much more warmth on them than by viciously attacking the group that changed them as champions?

Charlie: I need to say sure, however I believe that is being saved for Monday evening. Aliyah and Raquel are transitional champions at greatest, and it seems like they’re solely within the place they’re in to maintain the belts heat for the actual champs.

Hoffer: Since All Out is the next evening, I really feel just like the WWE will need to do one thing splashy at Conflict of the Fortress. If they don’t seem to be going to unfurl the Gordian Knot that’s Roman’s Undisputed Championship run, bringing again Naomi and Sasha will surely be a method to make this weekend’s dialog concerning the WWE as a substitute of AEW.

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Will Sheamus Lastly Turn out to be a Grand Slam Champion?

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Connor: Each of Nashville’s favourite adopted sons (Drew & Sheamus) are strolling out with gold!

Matt: It might be cool, however do not assume that is taking place, a minimum of not right here. Gunther’s reign nonetheless has a number of life left and remains to be comparatively early, so having him go down right here would do extra hurt than good. I believe it does occur for Sheamus in some unspecified time in the future although.

Evan: Lord is aware of he is earned it. I am rooting for Sheamus right here, he is been with the corporate for therefore lengthy and actually put within the work alongside the best way. Whereas I do not see him changing into World Champion any time quickly, if ever once more, the Intercontinental Title looks like an ideal belt for his resume.

Nick: Love Sheamus, and his profitable the IC could be an ideal search for his crew. However on the identical time, Gunther actually cannot lose his first large occasion as defending champion.

Tim: Let’s give it up for Sheamus, one of many extra unlikely future Grand Slam Champions in WWE historical past. Sheamus is a seasoned vet and would proceed to have banger matches towards anybody he defended the Intercontinental championship towards. Plus, Sheamus and Gunther can proceed their feud with some gimmick matches, swapping the championship backwards and forwards.

Charlie: Like Drew, this case virtually feels too good to be true. Then once more, Sheamus deserves it. His matches have been constantly nice as WWE transitioned between the Vince and Triple H eras and this is able to be an superior method to acknowledge that. Plus, being the heel that he’s, Sheamus profitable a title may present a chance for him to kick the Brutes to the curb, permitting Pete Dunne to get his actual identify and gimmick again. A construct to a Dunne/Sheamus program could be a whole lot of enjoyable to look at.

Hoffer: Sheamus is nice and I am not going to begrudge him any success he will get with this program. Nonetheless, Gunther remains to be comparatively contemporary to most WWE followers and I really feel like he wants a dominant (and for much longer) run for followers to purchase into his gimmick. I believe Sheamus ultimately will get the Intercontinental Championship, however not this weekend.

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How Does This Weird Dominick/Rhea Angle Finish?

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(Photograph: WWE)

Connor: Ship Dominick all the way down to NXT. It seems like having Rey drag him alongside on Uncooked has stunted his improvement.

Matt: Man, I actually don’t have any clue. Maybe that is how they put on him down and finally flip him towards his father, one thing that everybody’s predicted for years now.

Evan: Judgment Day must hold being constructed up as a faction and having Rhea wail on Dominick a bit extra is definitely a technique to do this. A solo match between the 2 at Excessive Guidelines could be AMAZING and crossing the female and male worlds of the WWE ought to occur extra typically.

Nick: Dominick on a pole match, custody of Dominick match, it could all simply be gravy. I am nonetheless holding out hope that Legado will find yourself concerned by some means and provides Dominick a method to push again towards Judgment Day. However truthfully, I believe I wish to see Dom betraying his dad, placing on a black luchador masks and changing into a brand new Judgment Day member.

Tim: I do not actually see Dominick becoming a member of Judgement Day, principally as a result of it does nothing for the group. Nevertheless, a rising infatuation between the 2 that is primarily based on Rhea continually beating on Dominick could be intriguing. I actually do not know the place issues will go, however I am having fun with the angle to date.

Charlie: They should combat. They should combat and Rhea has to win. She may beat any of the boys concerned on this feud however seeing her beat up on Dom could be essentially the most satisfying.

Hoffer: Frankly, we must always get a Rey Mysterio/Rhea Ripley “Winner Will get Custody of Dominick” match. Afterward, Dominick ought to see if Karrion Kross’s outdated masks and leathers are nonetheless in WWE storage, as a result of he’ll want them.

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Give Me Three Matches for Excessive Guidelines That Spin Out From Saturday’s Present

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Connor: Drew McIntyre vs. a returning Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins for the vacated Common Championship, Ronda Rousey vs. Shayna Baszler

Matt: Ronda Rousey vs Shayna Baszler, Sami Zayn vs Jey Uso (Full Membership into the Bloodline on the road), Karrion Kross vs Drew McIntyre

Evan: Liv Morgan Vs Ronda Rousey (Let’s be actual, its going to occur once more sooner slightly than later), Judgement Day Vs The New Day: Battle of the Days, Seth Rollins Vs. Sheamus for Intercontinental Title.

Nick: Shayna Baszler vs. Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey, Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre runback, Bianca, Sasha, Naomi vs. CTRL.

Tim: Roman Reigns defending one among his championships towards Drew McIntyre in a Cage Match to maintain The Bloodline from interfering; Sasha Banks & Naomi vs. Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah for the Girls’s Tag Group Championship in a Tables Match; and Riddle vs. Seth “Freakin” Rollins in a 2/3 Falls Match.

Charlie: Sheamus vs. Pete Dunne (if we cease calling him Butch perhaps they’ll too) in a Belfast Brawl for the Intercontinental Championship; Avenue Income & Hit Row vs. Most Male Fashions & Los Lotharios in a TLC match; Sami Zayn vs. Jey Uso in a Final Man Standing match

Hoffer: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs. the Usos in a Ladder Match, Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns in an Excessive Guidelines match, and Bianca Belair vs. Bayley in a Final Lady Standing match.

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Predictions

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Connor:

  • Undisputed WWE Common Championship: Drew McIntyre def. Roman Reigns
  • SmackDown Girls’s Championship: Liv Morgan def. Shayna Baszler
  • Intercontinental Championship: Sheamus def. Gunther
  • Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky def. Bianca Belair, Asuka & Alexa Bliss
  • Matt Riddle def. Seth Rollins
  • Edge & Rey Mysterio def. Finn Balor & Damian Priest

Matt:

  • Undisputed WWE Common Championship: Roman Reigns def. Drew McIntyre
  • SmackDown Girls’s Championship: Liv Morgan def. Shayna Baszler
  • Intercontinental Championship: Gunther def. Sheamus
  • Bayley, Dakota Kai, and Iyo Sky def. Bianca Belair, Asuka, & Alexa Bliss
  • Seth Rollins def. Matt Riddle
  • Edge & Rey Mysterio vs. Finn Balor & Damian Priest

Evan:

  • Undisputed WWE Common Championship: Roman Reigns Def. Drew McIntyre
  • SmackDown Girls’s Championship: Shayna Baszler Def. Liv Morgan
  • Intercontinental Championship: Sheamus Def. Gunther
  • Bianca Belair, Asuka, & Alexa Bliss Def. Bianca Belair, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky
  • Seth Rollins Def. Riddle
  • Finn Balor & Damian Priest Def. Mysterios

Nick:

  • Undisputed WWE Common Championship: Roman Reigns def. Drew McIntyre
  • SmackDown Girls’s Championship: Shayna Baszler def. Liv Morgan
  • Intercontinental Championship: Gunther def. Sheamus
  • Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky def. Bianca Belair, Asuka, & Alexa Bliss
  • Seth Rollins def. Matt Riddle
  • Finn Balor & Damian Priest def. Edge & Rey Mysterio

Tim:

  • Undisputed WWE Common Championship: Roman Reigns def. Drew McIntyre
  • SmackDown Girls’s Championship: Shayna Baszler def. Liv Morgan
  • Intercontinental Championship: Gunther def. Sheamus
  • Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky def. Bianca Belair, Asuka & Alexa Bliss
  • Matt Riddle vs. Seth Rollins ends in a No Contest
  • Edge & Rey Mysterio def. Finn Balor & Damian Priest

Charlie:

  • Undisputed WWE Common Championship: Drew McIntyre def. Roman Reigns
  • SmackDown Girls’s Championship: Shayna Baszler def. Liv Morgan
  • Intercontinental Championship: Sheamus def. Gunther
  • Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky def. Bianca Belair, Asuka, & Alexa Bliss
  • Seth Rollins def. Matt Riddle
  • Finn Balor & Damian Priest def. Edge & Rey Mysterio

Hoffer:

  • Undisputed WWE Common Championship: Roman Reigns def. Drew McIntyre
  • SmackDown Girls’s Championship: Shayna Baszler def. Liv Morgan
  • Intercontinental Championship: Gunther def. Sheamus
  • Bianca Belair, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky def. Bianca Belair, Asuka, & Alexa Bliss
  • Seth Rollins def. Matt Riddle
  • Finn Balor & Damian Priest def. Edge & Rey Mysterio

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