WWE: Original planning for the Clash of Champion PPV

Written by: Raja
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Bengaluru, Sep 28: Clash of Champions was the first PPV that WWE Raw came up with on September 25th. Previously, in the month of September, we used to get the Night of Champions PPV.

This year, the PPV got replaced by Clash of Champions but the theme remained the same of putting each of the championships on the line.

Clash of Champions was supposed to be a dual brand show (image courtesy: wwe.com)

Apparently, moving forward to the post-Draft era, WWE had some huge planning around this one PPV. They did not simply change the name of the PPV for nothing.

The initial plan was to make it a dual brand PPV where the champions from both the brand would have squared off against each other.

This plan would certainly justify the renewed name of the PPV where the word “Night” got replaced by “Clash.”

But, then plan was removed from the creative’s notebook since WWE already has four big dual-brand PPVs in a calendar year (Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble, Survivor Series, Summerslam) and they don’t want to add more to the list, as of now.

If any champion vs. champion match is going to take place from both the brand it can take place at the Survivor Series PPV.

Previously when we used to have Raw and Smackdown as different brands in the last decade, we had seen team Raw vs. team Smackdown matches in the Survivor Series PPV. For some unknown reasons the Smackdown brand always used to come up victorious.

As per the tradition of the PPV, the last big PPV of the year in November consists of a traditional 10 man elimination tag team contest. WWE intends to utilize the norm this year since we have two separate brands, right now.

The decision of not making Clash of Champions a dual brand PPV was perfect since four big dual-brand PPVs in a calendar year is enough.

Increasing them will fade away the importance of arranging brand specific PPVs. This specific brand only PPVs are good from WWE’s perspective since the healthy competition between Raw and Smackdown will enrich the company, further.

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