With Smackdown putting on a reasonably good showing for their first brand-exclusive PPV at Backlash, the spotlight moves to Raw and Clash of Champions, for their first exclusive special since the brand extension. With a larger roster, a longer show, and more time to build to the show (Raw had six weeks post-SummerSlam compared to only three for Smackdown), expectations should rightly be higher for the flagship show. The good news is, on paper, Clash of Champions looks like it could be a very good show. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have some concerns, as well as some predictions for who might come out on top at the first Raw-exclusive PPV of the New Era.
11. Nia Murders The Rest Of The Women’s Division
We’re not sure if you noticed this, but once you get past the four women involved in the Raw Women’s Title picture (Charlotte, Sasha, Bayley, and Dana), but with Summer Rae apparently on the injured list and Alicia Fox about to get planted six feet under this Sunday, Nia Jax represents the entire rest of the division. This is pretty much what we were talking about leading up to the draft, when we said that WWE should not split up the women across brands, because there simply aren’t enough of them to create two full divisions. But WWE didn’t listen, and now that Nia’s done squashing no-names and will likely rid us of the only other expendable full-time woman at Clash of Champions, where does she go? There’s absolutely no room at the top of the division right now, and that feud hasn’t even come close to playing out fully, and quite honestly, it could potentially last until WrestleMania in one form or another. So, what’s Nia Jax going to do in the months before a chance at a title shot opens up? Seriously, we’re asking a question here.