…How shall I put this? When the best match on the card is the opener, it says alot. When the house crowd heads for the exits as soon as Roman Reigns comes out, you know Vince McMahon has no choice but the make some hard decisions he knows he doesn’t want to make about his new top guy.
At this point, one three things will need to happen and it should happen ASAP:
- Roman Reigns Heel turns: Fast track to this would be to have Reigns destroy a Top Babyface. Seth Rollins and/or Finn Balor would be sufficient. Taking out Braun Strowman…that would instantly put him Over.
- Braun Strowman replaces Reigns as the new Top Guy: Let’s be honest, Strowman could Heel turn and he would STILL be over. He got Over when he destroyed Roman Reigns several times last year as a Heel. Strowman would be a safe bet at this point now that he’s worked with all the top talent on the roster at this point.
- Someone Else Replaces Reigns as the new Top Guy: AJ Styles could pull it off as could D-Bry, who are both Over with the WWE Universe already.
According to some sources, WWE’s plan for Roman Reigns is to book him like they did Daniel Bryan with a “management is keeping me from the title” angle. The problem is the reason it worked with Daniel Bryan is because originally the plan was for Batista, who won the Royal Rumble in 2014 was originally booked to win the WWE Championship off Randy Orton at Wrestlemania 30.
Orton annd Triple H convinced Vince and Batista putting D-Bry over would be the better storyline so they changed the card that year. Batista’s part-time contract with WWE would be expiring after Wrestlemania 30 and he needed to return to Hollywood to help promote the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. So, the card was changed so D-Bry would both get his revenge on Triple H and win the Title in the same night in two separate matches.
…The rest is history.
I suspected this might have been the plan for Reigns when Vince Kayfable temporarily suspended him for running his mouth. I am willing to see how things turn out but the obvious problem is Reigns can’t cut a good promo for shit. He was destroyed on the mic trying to cut promos with John Cena last summer leading up to their match at Summer Slam as a reminder. His ring skills aren’t the problem. His problem is he lacks the charisma and mic skills to be a Babyface.
I do think “Roman vs. Authority” could work as long as Triple H isn’t involved since he was used already. When Rollins came back from the knee injury that forced him to vacate the WWE Championship two years ago, things were set in motion for his Face turn. It was well executed and was organically done, ending with the Rollins vs. Triple H. Match at Wrestlemania 33.
…On that note. Roman Reigns beat Triple H for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 32 using the “Regins vs. The Authority” angle. Ironically, that was when the house crowd started booing him actually. The WWE Universe realized then that Reigns was going to be the new top guy and felt he hadn’t earned it like the guys before him did.
As I said before, the plan for him could work BUT Triple H can’t be involved this time since he was used before already and it didn’t work. Having him feud with Shane could work, however.
All the titles defended at Backlash were retained. Neither of the tag team titles were defended, nor was the Universal Title. On that note, Brock Lesnar is not booked to compete at Money in the Bank and that’s probably just as well. It’s no longer a secret Lesnar is in talks with UFC to compete at some point later this year. Since WWE and UFC are on friendly terms between Lesnar, Ronda Rousey (And Bobby Lashley and Shana Baszler), it might be a cross-promotion opportunity if Lesnar has the Universal Title when he competes on UFC.
Speaking of UFC-WWE crossovers.
Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke, who along with Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey were known as the Four Horsewomen of UFC reported to the WWE Development Center in Orlando earlier this week. They will presumably follow in Baszler’s footsteps and go through NXT before moving on to the main roster.
The four were involved in an awkwardly cut promo involving three of NXT’s Four Horsewomen Bayley, Charlotte and Becky Lynch (Sasha Banks was the only one who wasn’t there) during the Mae Young Classic last year (which Baszler competed in and is the current NXT Women’s Champion).
Now that Shafir and Duke are both coming to WWE, the challenge Rousey famously threw down could happen. Since all PPVs are now crossbrand, it will no longer matter who’s on which roster either.
This year’s Money in the Bank PPV happens June 17 and will be crossbrand. Like last year, there will be a match for men and women BUT superstars from both brands will be involved.
The following Men have qualified so far:
- Braun Strowman
- Finn Balor
- The Miz
The following Women have qualified so far:
- Ember Moon
- Charlotte Flair
- Mandy Rose
There will presumably be four superstars from each brand involved. Whoever wins the match gets the briefcase for their brand. I predict RAW will get the Women’s Briefcase and Smackdown will get the Men’s Briefcase.
16 out of 19 cash-in attempts were successful. Who were the three failed cash-ins? Let’s revisit that:
- John Cena: Cena became the first person to fail to cash in the Money in the Bank Briecase in 2012: He famously announced a week in advance he would be cashing it on then current WWE Champion CM Punk at RAW 1000. Thanks to The Big Show running interference, the attempt ended in failure.
- Damien Sandow: Won the briefcase in 2013 and failed to cash it in vs. John Cena, who was the current WWE Champion at the time.
- Baron Corbin: Tried to cash in vs. then WWE Champion Jinder Mahal last year when they were both on Smackdown but failed due to interference from Randy Orton. In truth, Corbin was booked for the failed cash-in as punishment for some backstage comments to a guest speaker he took issue with.