…The road to Wrestlemania 32 began at the Royal Rumble.
While my predictions for the main event’s outcome didn’t happen at all, I’m thoroughly impressed with how it ended. Triple H went off script a bit with is speech (as usual) on the post-Rumble RAW: I think it’s a safe bet he won’t defend the title at Fast Lane later this month.
Given this is the first time The Game will be competing against a non-Attitude Era Super Star who isn’t Brock Lesnar or Sting at Wrestlemania, Triple H is just holding the title for now. It was a dick move on his part and very predictable but storyline wise, it’s brilliant. For those keeping count, he is one win away from tying with John Cena, who himself is one WWE Title win away from tying Ric Flair’s 16-time record. As an aside, Cena’s taking some time off to focus on other things (kayfabe, he’s injured).
Getting back to Wrestlemania 32, it will likely be Triple H vs. Roman Reigns. It’s no secret Trips has wanted to get in the ring with Reigns for a while at a PPV event. The table has been set. Let’s be honest: Dean Ambrose is the Intercontinental Champion and can be expected to defend said title at Wrestlemania.
Of course, Lesnar has also been booked for a match at Wrestlemania. The question is who will his opponent be. It’ll likely be made clear at Fast Lane but I’m guessing it will be against the Wyatt Family. There’s no DQ in Triple Threat matches so what’s likely to happen is the Wyatts get involved and cost Lesnar the win. Of course, Kane clearly has some unfinished business with the Wyatt family but I don’t see them teaming up. Lesnar fights Strowman while Kane fights Bray Wyatt.
We also know Sting has been booked to appear at Wrestlemania. The question is who will he face. All signs point to the REAL dream match fans want to see: Sting vs. The Undertaker. It would be interesting to say the least. Speaking of The Deadman: he’s said he’s got enough in the tank to compete at Wrestlemania so…yeah.
Finally, where does this leave The Rock? We know he’s not hosting and it’s not yet known if he will be in a match or if he’ll just do a skit like last year. I’m thinking he’ll appear in a skit but be ringside for The Usos or Roman Reigns’ match–they ARE his cousins, after all.
Charlotte’s Heel turn and Sasha Banks’ Face turn appears to be complete as of the Royal Rumble. We knew there was no way in hell Charlotte was gonna be able to feud with Becky Lynch as a Face so…yeah. What’s likely is Charlotte will drop the title to Sasha or Becky at Wrestlemania. It feels like that’s how things are being set up to be.
Moving on to the Injured list:
- WWE.com is reporting Nikki Bella will be out indefinitely due to injury. We know this is a work and she’s just fine. It’s likely she’s just taking time off to be PR work for the company in other capacities.
- As a reminder, Seth Rollins is gone until July the earliest.
- Randy Orton is scheduled to return from injury after Wrestlemania.
The big news on Daniel Bryan…that’s getting a separate blog post =O