WWE Raw came up with the first ever Raw-only PPV, Clash of Champions on September 25th. For the past few years in the month of September, we used to get the Night of Champions PPV. This year, the PPV got replaced by Clash of Champions which was originally a WCW PPV. The theme of putting all the championships remained the same, though, like previous.
As per the reports, WWE had some big planning around this PPV. After the brand was over, they decided to arrange the PPV as a dual brand PPV where champions from both the brand would clash to represent their own brand. Hence, they put the word Clash instead of the previous word, Night. This would justify the main theme of the new plan, too.
Previously, we used to get a PPV where superstars from both the brand would collide with each other to represent their own brand. Either Survivor Series or Bragging Rights were the PPV where we got the team Raw vs. team Smackdown matches. We even got a similar match at Wrestlemania, too. Most of the time team Smackdown used to come up victorious.
WWE Creative has cancelled the plan of arranging the Clash of Champions as a dual-brand PPV since they did not want to increase the number of big PPVs in a calendar year. As of now, there are four big PPVs in a year where both Raw and Smackdown can take part. These are Wrestlemania, Summerslam, Royal Rumble and Survivor Series. The creative certainly wants to make champion vs. champion matches at the Survivor Series PPV. Even Raw vs. Smackdown matches too can be seen at the PPV in November.
The last minute decision to cancel the plans of having a dual brand PPV was apparently right. If they increase the number of dual brand PPV then it would be difficult for both Raw and Smackdown to establish the identity of their own brand and winning the war, in the process.