10/12/2023

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For the first time in 30 years, WWE will finally hold a stadium show in the United Kingdom and aim to produce a memorable event for the fans. Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales will host Clash at the Castle on Sunday, September 4 at 3am AEST on the WWE Network.

In a contest that has been anticipated beyond the announcement of the show, Roman Reigns will lock horns with Drew McIntyre for the Undisputed Universal Championship in the main event. The Scottish Warrior has been eager for a win in his homecoming and looks to conclude the Tribal Chief’s 700+ day reign as world champion.

While only five other matches have been made as of this writing, the show features major starpower as Triple H looks to produce further impact creatively, following how he has booked Raw and Smackdown.

Below is The Inner Sanctum‘s preview and predictions for each match at Clash at the Castle.

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Bianca Belair, Asuka & Alexa Bliss vs Bayley, IYO SKY & Dakota Kai

Ever since joining forces at SummerSlam, Bayley, Dakota Kai and IYO SKY have ran rampant on Monday Night Raw by targeting the brand’s top babyfaces. In Cardiff, they will be aiming for a huge scalp against Bianca Belair, Asuka and Alexa Bliss in a six-woman tag team match.

It can be argued that Belair should have defended her Raw Women’s Championship at one of WWE’s biggest shows for the year, but at this point is too early for Bayley’s group to challenge her and the other top contender Rhea Ripley is occupied in feud with Edge and the Mysterio’s.

Therefore, booking this contest was a good decision and Bayley’s stable need to claim a win to keep their momentum rolling. Kai and SKY have already had a tag team match against Asuka and Bliss, which was a part of the Women’s Tag Team Title tournament.

The former were victorious and advanced to the finals as a result, so it can also be argued that Bliss and Asuka need a win back to look strong. However, Bayley and her partners have been booked well and do not look like taking any pins or submissions.

Alexa Bliss is the perfect candidate to be pinned or submitted in this match, as Belair is the Raw Women’s Champion and Asuka rarely receives the fall.

Prediction: Bayley, IYO SKY and Dakota Kai

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Edge & Rey Mysterio vs The Judgment Day

In a rivalry that should culminate at Cardiff, Edge and Rey Mysterio are looking for one more opportunity to put The Judgment Day behind them when they will face Finn Balor and Damien Priest in a tag team match.

The feud commenced when the Rated-R-Superstar was removed from The Judgment Day, only weeks after forming the faction. Ever since, there has been several one-on-one matches on Raw between these four men and they will all finally be in the same ring at the same time on Sunday.

It has been rumored for a number of weeks that Rey’s son, Dominik will join The Judgment Day and that prospect received some momentum on the August 29 edition of Monday Night Raw.

Dominik was threatening to hit the Eradicator, Rhea Ripley with a kendo stick, however, the former Raw Women’s Champion persuaded Dominik to pass the weapon to her and he eventually did.

Mysterio also looked mesmerized by what Rhea told him, which could potentially be a tease into The Judgment Day recruiting him as a new member.

Dominik also questioned why Rey chose Edge as his tag team partner over him, but the legendary Luchador said he needed the Rated-R-Superstar’s experience and still wants his son’s support.

The Mysterio’s defeated The Judgment Day at SummerSlam last month, while Edge had a victory over Priest on Raw last week. Balor and Priest desperately need a major win and could receive assistance from Dominik, if the rumors are true.

Prediction: The Judgment Day

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Liv Morgan (c) vs Shayna Baszler – Smackdown Women’s Championship

Shayna Baszler has been portrayed as an unstoppable force since Triple H became the Head of Creative, and looks to become the Smackdown Women’s Champion by beating Liv Morgan.

Under Vince McMahon’s administration, Baszler was mistreated and did not represent the monster she was back in NXT. However, she has been booked strongly against Liv Morgan, who has been carrying an arm injury since SummerSlam.

Due to the controversial finish which saw The Smackdown Women’s Champion narrowly defeat Ronda Rousey, the Baddest Woman on the Planet placed Morgan in a devastating armbar after the match in frustration. In recent weeks, The Queen of Spades has been exploiting the champion’s sore arm by attacking it on Smackdown.

The condition of Morgan is unclear at the moment, as she did not make an appearance on last week’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown. However, it is difficult seeing her retain the title clean if she is not entering the match fully healthy.

Unless she wins through another controversial finish, it is hard seeing Shayna Baszler lose decisively, especially if Triple H is in charge of creative. Morgan has also lost some admirers recently, who thought she should have lost to Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam.

Combining these factors indicates that a new Smackdown Women’s Champion will be crowned at Clash at the Castle, which could also mean Baszler vs Rousey is on the horizon.

Prediction: Shayna Baszler

MORE CLASH AT THE CASTLE NEWS:

‘I didn’t see this coming at all’: Wade Barrett surprised by Cardiff event

‘It’s going to be absolutely wild’: Doudrop discusses Clash at the Castle and career

30 years ago: The last time WWE held a stadium show in the United Kingdom

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Gunther (c) vs Sheamus – Intercontinental Championship

In a dream match that many of the fans have wanted to see, Gunther will be defending his Intercontinental Championship against Sheamus, which is remarkably the first time the title has been on the line at a Premium Live Event since WrestleMania 37 over 500 days ago.

This contest between the two hard hitters is perfect for the Intercontinental Title to be reintroduced to importance after being poorly handled by the previous regime.

It is going to be a very physical match, as Gunther and Sheamus are both simply not afraid to fight.

Despite both being heels, it should not hinder the dynamic of the match and the crowd will more than likely be very split between who to cheer for.

The Celtic Warrior also needs to win the Intercontinental Championship to claim grand slam status in WWE, which makes the story of the match more intriguing.

While he is a threat to The Ring General’s title reign, Gunther is being booked as a monster and it looks like that won’t be ending in the short term.

It is unrealistic seeing him lose in any fashion, especially since Triple H is now in creative control of WWE and previously booked the Intercontinental Champion to hold the NXT United Kingdom Title for 870 days.

Prediction: Gunther

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Matt Riddle vs Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins

The Original Bro, Matt Riddle and The Visionary, Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins will finally do battle at Clash at the Castle, after their scheduled match at SummerSlam in July was postponed.

In a highly personal rivalry, Riddle was not medically cleared to compete against Rollins at ‘the biggest party of the summer’, which delayed the bout from happening.

The two started their feud in June, where The Visionary mocked The Original Bro for being a loser following his Undisputed Universal Title loss to Roman Reigns as well as his Money In The Bank qualifying match against Omos.

Riddle then got his revenge on Rollins by preventing him from winning the Money In The Bank contract.

The program intensified even further when Rollins joked about Riddle’s partner, Randy Orton for being injured before unleashing several attacks on his Cardiff opponent in a bid to end his career.

On the August 29 edition of Monday Night Raw, the two individuals verbally abused each other for their respective personal issues. Riddle said that Rollins’ wife, Becky Lynch is the only man in their marriage and The Visionary retaliated by speaking about The Original Bro’s divorce and losing his children.

The match between the two has been building for months and has the potential to steal the show.

Both are desperate for huge wins, as Rollins lost three consecutive matches to Cody Rhodes while Riddle also needs to avenge some momentum. The Original Bro will produce a valiant effort, but The Visionary will more than likely be too strong for his opponent.

Prediction: Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins

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Roman Reigns (c) vs Drew McIntyre – Undisputed Universal Championship

In a match that has been several months in the making, Roman Reigns will finally defend his Undisputed Universal Championship against the United Kingdom’s own, Drew McIntyre. The bout will main event the show, as the Scottish Warrior is looking to finally have his coronation in front of a live audience.

Reigns has held the Universal Championship since 2020, while he won the WWE Championship and unified both titles at WrestleMania 38 in April. Long before ‘The Showcase of the Immortals’, McIntyre was much anticipated to end the Head of the Table’s record-setting reign as Universal Champion.

The world champion has virtually faced almost everyone on WWE’s main roster for his title and he aims to continue his dominant reign of terror by surpassing a highly emotional McIntyre.

It will be their first one-on-one clash since Survivor Series in 2020, where Reigns won by technical submission after McIntyre passed out in a guillotine.

There are multiple factors to consider when predicting this match, which makes the task very difficult.

Drew McIntyre has not had a huge crowning moment in front of fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as he won his first WWE Championship in an empty Performance Center against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36.

That would be burning inside of him and combining that with the fact he will be in front of his people at Cardiff, along with how Roman has held his title for over two years, he does seem to be the sensical choice to win this match.

However, McIntyre has numerous enemies as well as the Tribal Chief, which could all come into play during their main event. Reigns has always had the backup of The Bloodline in his championship defenses, who have now recruited Sami Zayn.

Karrion Kross is another person who has been eyeing Drew McIntyre on Friday Night Smackdown, by constantly attempting to antagonize The Scottish Warrior in his promos. Finally, Theory is still Mr. Money in the Bank and always has to be considered in the outcome of an Undisputed Universal Title match.

All parties could potentially get involved, especially when two of them have their respective issues with Drew McIntyre and the other is in line for a championship opportunity at any given moment.

However, Theory is an outside chance at this stage, as Triple H may not want to rush giving him the world title so soon within his contract.

The result is a genuine 50/50. Although McIntyre is long overdue for a special moment in front of fans and conversations have kickstarted about Reigns potentially dropping the championship, he could lose this contest due to outside interference from either The Bloodline or Karrion Kross.

Therefore, while the United Kingdom is home to Clash at the Castle and is the perfect place for WWE to pull the trigger on a Drew McIntyre win, it is tough seeing how the Scottish Warrior is going to fend off the Bloodline and a possible Karrion Kross appearance.

It also would not make sense if Reigns drops his Undisputed Universal Championship before The Uso’s lose their Undisputed Tag Team Titles, as the duo are not even defending their gold at Cardiff.

WWE may also want to pursue Roman Reigns vs Cody Rhodes in the near future as well, when the American Nightmare returns from injury. The mega AEW signee looked like he was receiving a huge push before tearing his pectoral muscle, as he won three consecutive matches against Seth Rollins.

Finally, there is unfinished business between The Tribal Chief and Rollins that WWE could explore in the short-term. Their match at Royal Rumble this year ended in a disqualification and The Visionary has indicated that he will seek the Undisputed Universal Championship after he closes his rivalry with Matt Riddle.

Prediction: Roman Reigns

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