Best Bets: WWE Clash of Champions ’16

Who will help you take home the jellybeans?

As we discussed on this week’s podcast, this card does not seem to have the promise to match up to Backlash. On the plus side, the matches themselves, for the most part, will be entertaining, and the odds are not too long on many of the favorites, making it easier to bet on.

You know the drill: I am betting imaginary jellybeans for each match (based on Paddy Power’s odds) and keeping track of my “winnings.” I’m dividing my picks into three categories: 🔒Locks™, Solid Picks and Stay Aways. I will bet 10 jellybeans on the 🔒Locks™, five on the Solid Picks, and none on the Stay Aways.

Here are my WWE Clash of Champions picks. Remember that I’m not necessarily picking the winner, but the one that I feel is the best bet.


Singles match in a best-of-7 series

Sheamus: 3/10 (-300)

Cesaro: 2/1 (+200)

Pick: Cesaro

There is no reason to have Cesaro go down 3-0, get hurt, and then push it to a seventh match if he’s not going to win. Cesaro hasn’t gotten a big win since WrestleMania 30, and this is a good opportunity to give him one, whereas Sheamus does not need the rub of winning this series and getting a championship opportunity.

Solid Picks

Singles match

Chris Jericho: 1/2 (-200)

Sami Zayn: 6/4 (+150)

Pick: Chris Jericho

Jericho mentions every week that he’s Kevin Owens’ best friend, so naturally that means they are building to a Jericho-Owens feud. Therefore, I think Jericho needs to be kept strong so he’s a believable challenger for Owens in a few months. A loss here, even a clean one, won’t hurt Zayn – the Underdog from the Underground would not be an underdog if he won too much.

Triple-threat match for the Raw Women’s Championship

Charlotte (c): 8/15 (-188)

Bayley: 6/4 (+150)

Sasha Banks 11/2 (+550)

Pick: Charlotte

I see this spitting into two feuds – Charlotte vs. Dana Brooke and Bayley vs. heel Banks. Brooke has been getting too much screen time for her to not have a defined role moving forward. As for Bayley and Banks, the Boss needs to turn heel to regain her mojo, and Bayley needs a more defined feud to get more over on the main roster.

Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship

Kevin Owens (c): 1/2 (-200)

Seth Rollins: 6/4 (+150)

Pick: Kevin Owens

Triple H did not put Owens over to have Rollins win it back in a month. There is money in Owens and Helmsley screwing Rollins (and also continuing to sow discontent between Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley). Rollins will be a champ again, but it’s not his time.

Stay Aways

Singles match

Nia Jax: 1/8 (-800)

Alicia Fox: 4/1 (+400)

Pick: Nia Jax

Jax is going to win – the only question is if it will happen in over 4 minutes or under.

Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

TJ Perkins (c): 1/5 (-500)

Brian Kendrick: 3/1 (+300)

Pick: TJ Perkins

Kendrick is a good, smart worker that will be able to get Perkins over as a face, but there’s no way Spanky wins the belt in Perkins’ first match on the main roster.

Singles match for the WWE United States Championship

Roman Reigns: 4/7 (-175)

Rusev (c): 6/5 (+120)

Pick: Roman Reigns

This match could go either way, and the odds reflect that, so I don’t feel comfortable betting on it. This feud has been going on for so long that it’s especially odd that there hasn’t actually been a title match between these two. Water pistol emoji to my head, I say Reigns wins and Rusev wins it back shortly thereafter.

Tag team match for the Raw Tag Team Championship

The Club: 2/5 (-250)

The New Day (c): 7/4 (+175)

Pick: The Club

If the Club doesn’t win here, they look like chumps and a waste of time. They haven’t been particularly funny or entertaining on the mic, their entrance music isn’t very good, and they don’t have the Young Bucks. Pretty much everything that made them stand out in Japan is gone. Winning the tag team belts would help them regain some credibility.

Overall record to date: 94-62-9

Jellybeans won to date: 47.09 on a 41-38-8 record

Biggest win: 45 jellybeans (Ryback def. Sheamus, Mark Henry, King Barrett, Dolph Ziggler & R-Truth at Elimination Chamber 2015) columnist Evan Cross can be reached at . Follow him on Twitter .

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