WWE Clash of Champions
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|WWE Clash of Champions|
|Brand(s)||Raw (2016, 2019–present)|
SmackDown (2017, 2019–present)
205 Live (2019)
|Event gimmick||All active WWE championships available to each brand featured at the event are defended|
WWE Clash of Champions is a professional wrestling event produced by WWE, a Connecticut-based professional wrestling promotion. It is broadcast live and available only through pay-per-view (PPV) and the WWE Network. The event was established in 2016 and replaced Night of Champions in the late September slot of WWE's pay-per-view calendar. The event was moved to December in 2017, but returned to the September slot after the event was reinstated in 2019. Similar to Night of Champions, the theme of the event is that all active WWE championships available to each brand division featured at the event are defended.
Clash of Champions was established by WWE in 2016 and replaced their previously annual pay-per-view, Night of Champions, which had ran from 2007 to 2015. That event had a theme in which every active championship on WWE's main roster during those years were defended; Clash of Champions was established on a similar concept. The inaugural event was held exclusively for the Raw brand following the reintroduction of the brand extension in July 2016, where the promotion again split its roster into separate brands where the talent exclusively perform. This first event was held on September 25 that year and was the very first Raw-branded event of the second brand extension. The following year, the event was held as a SmackDown-branded event and was pushed back to December.
In 2018, WWE discontinued brand-exclusive pay-per-views following WrestleMania 34. A Clash of Champions event was originally announced to be held that year, but it was later canceled and replaced by the all-female event, Evolution. In 2019, Clash of Champions was reinstated for the September slot. As the event was no longer brand-exclusive, the 2019 event featured the Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands, but after 205 Live merged under NXT—which shortly after became WWE's third main brand but continues to run its own separate shows—the events since have only featured Raw and SmackDown.
The 2021 event was originally scheduled to be held on September 26 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. However, on July 9, 2021, WWE announced that Extreme Rules would instead take place on that date at that venue.
The concept of Clash of Champions is that all active WWE championships available to each brand division featured at the event are defended. For example, the inaugural event was a Raw-exclusive pay-per-view, as such, only the titles exclusive to Raw at the time were defended. After brand-exclusive pay-per-views were discontinued in 2018 and after the establishment of two non-brand exclusive championships in 2019, every title available to each brand featured on the event have been defended. For example, in 2019, the event featured Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live, so all the championships available to those three brands at the time were defended.
Although the event is centered around championship matches, non-championship matches have occurred at the 2016, 2017, and 2019 events. In 2020, every match on the card was a championship match. With a total of eleven championships at the 2019 event, two titles were defended on the Kickoff pre-show to reduce the actual pay-per-view's runtime. The 2020 event had one championship match occur on the pre-show.
|Intercontinental||United States||Raw |
- The WWE United States Championship is the only championship to have been defended at every Clash of Champions event held thus far. This is due to WWE's annual draft, which is also why the WWE Intercontinental Championship was not featured during the first two years. In the 2016 WWE Draft, the United States Championship was made exclusive to Raw and the Intercontinental Championship was made exclusive to SmackDown, thus the United States Championship was featured at the inaugural Clash of Champions event, which was Raw-exclusive. During the 2017 WWE Superstar Shake-up, the two titles switched brands, and thus the United States Championship was also featured on that year's Clash of Champions as it was SmackDown-exclusive. With the discontinuation of brand-exclusive pay-per-views in 2018, the United States Championship, as well as most of the other championships, have been featured each year since the event was reinstated in 2019.
- The WWE Cruiserweight Championship was part of the Raw brand in 2016, but became exclusive to 205 Live in 2018 with 205 Live also being featured on the 2019 event. Soon after the 2019 event, 205 Live was merged under the NXT brand and the title was renamed to NXT Cruiserweight Championship and is no longer featured at Clash of Champions, as NXT continues to run its own separate shows.
- The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship was introduced in February 2019 and is available to the Raw and SmackDown brands. It was originally scheduled to be defended at the 2020 event, but just before the event, the defending champions were not medically cleared to compete, thus the title match was canceled.
- The WWE 24/7 Championship was introduced in May 2019 and has a special rule in that it can be defended any time, anywhere, as long as a WWE referee is present, thus making it available to all of WWE's brands. As a result of this rule, the championship is rarely defended in actual matches. It often changes hands by a sneak attack and a roll up pin, generally backstage at events. This has been the case for the 24/7 Championship at each Clash of Champions event since the title was introduced.
Dates and venues
|Raw-branded event||SmackDown-branded event|
|1||Clash of Champions (2016)||September 25, 2016||Indianapolis, Indiana||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship|||
|2||Clash of Champions (2017)||December 17, 2017||Boston, Massachusetts||TD Garden||AJ Styles (c) vs. Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship|||
|3||Clash of Champions (2019)||September 15, 2019||Charlotte, North Carolina||Spectrum Center||Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman for the WWE Universal Championship|||
|4||Clash of Champions (2020)||September 27, 2020||Orlando, Florida||WWE ThunderDome at Amway Center||Roman Reigns (c) vs. Jey Uso for the WWE Universal Championship|||
|5||Clash of Champions (2021)||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBD|
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