Finn Balor challenges new champion Roman Reigns as Braun Strowman and his MITB contract await, Stephanie McMahon’s coronation of Ronda Rousey doesn’t go as planned, Triple H tells us why he’s facing The Undertaker one more time.
We also discuss TODAY’S TOP STORIES including GLOW being renewed for a third season, and NJPW announcing matches for their Long Beach, Destruction and King of Pro Wrestling shows.
Fun fact: Last night was the first time that a former Universal Champion has ever received a shot at the title (“contractually guaranteed rematch” or otherwise). It was Balor’s first title shot since forfeiting it in 2016, while Kevin Owens, Goldberg and now Lesnar have never had their rematch.
Now that I think about, that wouldn’t be a bad gimmick for Roman as a “fighting champion”… giving rematches to the former champs leading up to a rematch with Brock. Of course, I doubt that Goldberg would be up for another return (especially just to do a job) nor do I think Reigns/Goldberg is a match that could happen without getting shit on by the crowd before it even got a chance.
I would love to know how they pitch Rollins and Ambrose on backing Roman as part of the Shield to help keep Roman over with the crowd (in a face capacity, at least). Rollins is white hot and Ambrose has made a return to a big reaction and yet these guys are being asked to support a less-hot/over champion.
If this all leads to the long discussed 3-way for the title at Mania 35, I’m here for it. that would be awesome
Another Fun Fact: Triple H has had 36 matches (20 if you only count TV and PPV) and The Undertaker has had 18 matches (13 on TV and PPV) since “the end of an era”. Thus, they aren’t even the two performers on the Wrestlemania 28 card with the fewest WWE matches since that day… that distinction would go to The Rock and the great Maria Menounos.
Braun is still tweeting as if he has the briefcase, so there’s your answer for the moment. Though it’s possible that it will be part of an angle in the near future that since the announcement was made, it counts as a cash-in even though the bell never rang.