WWE's Clash of Champions pay-per-view will be headlined this Sunday by an Ambulance Match between WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton. McIntyre has been dominant in his first world championship reign, defeating Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 36 and retaining his title against Big Show, Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley, MVP, Dolph Ziggler and Orton in various championship matches. His reign unofficially hit the six-month mark this week, but according to Dave Meltzer WWE might have already tipped its hand about when the reign will end.
Meltzer wrote in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE made the rematch between McIntyre and Orton an Ambulance Match in order to "protect McIntyre from taking a pin while getting the title off him." This implies Orton is slotted to win on Sunday and become a 14-time world champion — though plans can obviously change between now and then.
This week's Raw saw Orton interfere in a non-title match between McIntyre and Lee, preventing the latter from taking his spot in Sunday's title match. "The Viper" also closed out the show by nailing McIntyre with an RKO while the champ was trying to lead the Raw locker room in attacking Retribution.
As the #WWERaw locker room brawled with #RETRIBUTION, @RandyOrton struck @DMcIntyreWWE with a vicious RKO before their #WWEChampionship #AmbulanceMatch THIS SUNDAY at #WWEClash of Champions! pic.twitter.com/HXBSuVldfR— WWE (@WWE) September 22, 2020
In the storyline, McIntyre added the Ambulance Match stipulation after Orton punted him in the skull three times in one night, forcing him to be taken out of the ThunderDome in an ambulance. The champ returned the favor by arriving at the Amway Center in an ambulance and nailing Orton with three Claymore Kicks throughout an episode of Raw. McIntyre will enter Sunday's match with a (storyline) jaw injury, which could also play into the finish.
WWE's next pay-per-view, Clash of Champions, takes place this Sunday. Check out the full card below:
- WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Ambulance Match)
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso
- Intercontinental Championship: Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn (Ladder Match)
- United States Championship: Bobby Lashley vs. Apollo Crews
- Raw Women's Championship: Asuka vs. Zelina Vega
- SmackDown Women's Championship: Bayley vs. Nikki Cross
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Lucha House Party
- Raw Tag Team Championships: Street Profits vs. Angel Garza & Andrade