WWE Clash of Champions 2016: Here are the confirmed and rumoured fights

​WWE fans are all geared up to witness some exciting fights scheduled to take place at Clash of Champions 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana on 25 September. Even as WWE has confirmed some of the matches for the upcoming event, there are rumours that Roman Reigns might just take on Rusev for the United States Championship.

Here are the confirmed matches:

Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins (Raw Universal Championship)

Kevin Owens became the Universal Champion after he defeated Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Big Cass in a four-way fatal match at Raw on 29 August. Owens got some help from Triple H during the match as the latter pedigreed Rollins. During the previous episode of Raw (12 September) Reigns clashed with Owens, but during the match Rollins attacked the Universal Champion and in the process Reigns lost his chance to become the #1 contender to challenge Owens for Raw’s top title at Clash of Champions.

New Day vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (Raw Tag Team Championship)

New Day emerged victorious against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in the episode that aired on 29 August. However, the latter two showed that they are no joke as the duo defeated Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston in the previous episode of the show.

Charlotte vs Sasha Banks (Raw Women’s Championship)

Dana Brooke, Sasha Banks and Bayley contested for the #1 Contendership in a triple threat match on the previous episode of Raw. Banks won the right to challenge Charlotte as she defeated the other two divas after she pinned Bayley for the win.

Chris Jericho vs Sami Zayn

Previously, it was rumoured that Chris Jericho might square off against Roman Reigns. However, the rumour was debunked as WWE announced a match between Jericho and Sami Zayn.
Here are the rumoured matches:

Cesaro vs Sheamus (Best of Seven Series)

There is speculation that Sheamus and Cesaro might have their final fight of the series at Clash of Champions. The sixth fight will most likely take place in the upcoming episode of Raw. Cesaro and Sheamus have won three and two matches, respectively.

Rusev vs Roman Reigns (United States Championship)

Rusev returned to Raw after a month-long absence last week. Rumours about the duo’s match at Clash of Champions were fuelled when the champion attacked Reigns in the previous episode of Raw.


VIDEO: Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg and Sting to square off at WrestleMania 33 in fatal 4-way match?

The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Bill Goldberg and Sting are believed to have expressed their desire to return to WWE, just days after the former WCW and WWE champion Goldberg hinted at his possible comeback in an interview. Goldberg’s last match was against The Beast Incarnate at WrestleMania 20 in 2004.
Rumour mills were in over drive about Goldberg squaring off against the Next Big Thing at WrestleMania 33, which is scheduled to be held on 2 April 2017. Further, reports suggest that the four former WWE superstars might just go against each other in a four-way match at the event.
According to HealthAim, Goldberg and Sting have said they are willing to return to square off against the Deadman, who had sparked rumours about his return to WWE when he was pictured with Shane McMahon at a bar on 15 August in Texas. The Undertaker’s last fight was against Shane in a Hell In A Cell match at WrestleMania 32 in April.

When wrestlers were picked during the historic brand split earlier this year, The Undertaker was one of the biggest names to be left out. The WWE icon was named one of the top 10 free agents in the market that Raw and SmackDown Live could battle for in the near future. HealthAim has now reported that the organisers are in contact with former wrestlers to fill both Raw and SmackDown rosters in 2017.

Sting recently revealed in an episode of Legends with JBL that he has unfinished business with The Undertaker.

“That’s the unfinished business — I’ve always wanted to have that match, and I know that wrestling fans have always wanted to see it too,” Sting said. The wrestler had announced his retirement after he suffered a severe injury at the Night of Champions in 2015. Subsequently, there were reports that said that Sting had been rejecting undergoing a surgery as he believes it could end his career. However, the former wrestler has said that he would undergo an operation only after he settles his score with the man from the grave.

Previously, Goldberg had hinted at his interest to fight Lesnar in an interview. “Over the 11th when the video game comes out I’ll be kicking everybody’s ass on the roster for sure but you look at me I’m 49 years old man leave it to the young guys to go out there and do their thing I mean more imagine here and more hanging out with Simon and trying to just continually stay in shape,” the wrestler had said in an interview.

“No matter how old I am and you never say never but I mean it’s getting close to that clock kind of stopping on me but I mean you know you never seen we need one more in may. Man, I still can do it at 49. Brock, you’re next,” Goldberg said as he ripped a shirt with Lesnar’s name on it.

Change begins with me: Nigerians in diaspora backs Buhari

​Nigerians in diaspora seems to be in tandem with President Muhammadu Buhari’s “change begins with me” campaign.

These Nigerians under the umbrella of Nigerians in the Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) on Friday, September 16, threw its weight behind the president’s new campaign, mandating citizens to change their mindsets.

The NDMG in a statement signed by its United Kingdom coordinator Adeka Onyilo said the new campaign offers the last hope of restoring respectability to Nigeria and Nigerians.

Onyilo said the change begins with me campaign could become the greatest initiative of President Buhari’s led administration due to multiple “spin off” benefits that its adoption could fetch the country.

He further  said that most challenges facing the country would be addressed by the campaign which is said is long overdue.

“Any Nigerian who has travelled outside the shores of the country would attest to the stereotyped perception of Nigeria that is largely negative because of the ills committed by a few,” Onyilo said.

He also said: “A widespread adoption of the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign would bring about more individuals changing their ways at personal level, which would then multiply to present a positive image of the country.”

“We are confident that those in leadership position will have no option but to align their conducts with global best practice once they see a citizenry that is galvanized to change the country since follower-ship plays a greater role in how leaders implement their mandate.

The NDMG said the group’s expectation is that the campaign leads to an improvement in the perception of Nigeria.

The group said this would boost the confidence of foreign investors to do business in Nigeria and  strengthen the image of the country as a tourist destination.

It also said the  benefit of the new campaign would improve the ability of Nigerians living abroad to get employment and do business in our countries of residence.

“The appeal to the federal government is not to be daunted by those who are attacking the campaign because they are yet to fully understand its implications for national life. Instead of succumbing to the blackmail and condemnation of the campaign, the government should see it as the impetus to reach out to more Nigerians with the message of change.

“As people who have experiences that are constant reminders of the way the old Nigeria was perceived, we urge Nigerians irrespective of their location or age to see it as a wake up call to be more patriotic and proud citizens of our dear country,” the group said.

President Buhari launched the change begins with me campaign last Thursday, September 8.

Since its launch, many Nigerians have called on the president to first of all deliver the change he under the platform of All Progressives Congress party promised the citizens.

Also, the campaign has been marred with various scandals including the expose that the idea was stolen from two media consultants Akin Fadeyi and Omor Bazuaye by the minister of information, culture and tourism Lai Mohammed.

Just today, September 17, evidence emerged that the speech given by the president was dubbed from a speech once given by United States President Barrack Obama

Expect serious famine in Nigeria, UN warns

​The report attributed to UN’s assistant Secretary-General Toby Lanzer said currently, about a quarter of a million children in the north-eastern part of Nigeria are severely malnourished.

While this is so, millions of other children are supposedly starving in refugee camps ‘that are too dangerous for aid agencies to reach.’

“Nigeria is already economically struggling – it is in a recession for the first time in more than a decade, inflation is at an 11-year high and oil, which makes up 70 percent of the government’s revenue, is still suffering from a slump.

“For the country’s north eastern region, however, things are made worse by Islamic militants Boko Haram, who have disrupted trade and farming in the region and are also hostile to western medicine,” the report said.
According to Mr Lanzer, “we will see, I think, a famine unlike any we have ever seen anywhere” if nothing urgent was done.

There are around a million people in Maiduguri’s camps – most of them fleeing the reach of the terrorist group – and many of them are also struggling with hunger.

There had been several reports that food and other materials meant for the displaced persons in camps are stolen by government officials deployed to care for them.

The government is currently investigating this claim.

Meanwhile, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has revealed that it was funding six agricultural commodities value chains with emphasis on rice production.

Recession: FG releases fresh N350bn to boost economy

The Federal Government in a bid to stimulate economic activities says it is releasing additional N350bn for capital projects captured in the 2016 budget.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, gave the figure on Friday while briefing journalists on intervention measures being taken by the government to reflate the economy which is currently in recession.

She said that the release of the additional N350bn brings the total capital releases made by the government to N760bn.

She said with the economy in recession, the level of consumer demand would be reduced drastically, hence the need for government to step in by injecting liquidity.

She said, “What government wants to do is to step in and begin to spend and pushing more money into the economy and then get things moving again.

“Since the budget was passed in May, we have released N420bn. As we speak now, we are about releasing another N350bn. Everything has been between May and now.

“One of the sectors we spent the money on, of course the largest, has been power, works and housing. Quite a lot has gone on defence because we need to rebuild the credibility of our Army.”

The minister said out of the N350bn, the government would be setting aside N60bn for the implementation of the social intervention programme.

She said the implementation of social safety schemes was vital, as it would enable the government to provide direct cash to vulnerable Nigerians.

Diego Simeone shortens Atletico contract

Highly rated coach Diego Simeone said Friday he has shortened his contract with Atletico Madrid by two years until June 2018, a move likely to stir fresh speculation about his future.

The 46-year-old Argentine, who took Atletico to the Spanish league title in 2014 and the Champions League final last season, has been linked to many of Europe’s top clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Inter Milan.

In charge of Atletico since 2011, he had hinted at his possible departure after the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, saying he needed time to consider his options.

Simeone signed a contract with Atletico in March 2015 that originally tied him to the club until June 2020.

“It is true, we have talked and we have taken the best decision for the club and the team,” he told a news conference when asked about media reports that the club had agreed to reduce his contract by two years.

“We have taken this decision in conjunction with the club’s directors and it doesn’t alter the possibility of renewing terms again once the new arrangement ends.”