Professional wrestling used to be about progression.
Wrestlers would work their way up the food chain before they were given a chance to compete for the promotion’s top title. Today, the idea of making a rising star “wait” his or her turn is senseless because fans want to see the new upstart challenge the established veteran.
Both Rusev and Roman Reigns made an immediate impact on WWE once they made the move to the main roster. The big Russian has beaten almost everyone in his path with the exception of John Cena. Reigns has been dominant both as a member of The Shield and as the company’s World Heavyweight Championship. Coincidentally, the United States Champion doesn’t have a dance partner for SummerSlam and Reigns doesn’t have an opponent now that he lost to Finn Balor last week on the main event of Raw. Am I the only one who sees this as the perfect match made in August history?
To say Reigns needs Rusev right now may not be the right words, but in order to build Reigns as a force of good – in the same kind of frame John Cena has been portrayed – this is a necessity.
The one thing we can all agree on is Rusev is the perfect heel who gets heat each time he enters the ring. Titus O’Neal and Zach Ryder couldn’t bring the champion, and his lovely bride Lana, down, but the mighty Reigns is the perfect opponent to win and capture the United States Title.
If Reigns wins at SummerSlam, it goes a long way toward getting him over with the fans. Someone has to defend Old Glory and the company. Going back to Cena once more makes no sense. Reigns makes plenty of sense and won’t need a huge build to gain support of WWE’s faithful.
Randy Orton vs. Brock Lesnar is the Perfect Match
I have said out loud I wonder what happens to both Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar after SummerSlam, but for now, I am pretty excited about this match.
Both wrestlers need a solid match upon their return to the ring. Orton, who has been out of action the past nine months due to surgery, really doesn’t have a place on Smackdown yet. Lesnar is fresh off a win at UFC 200, despite enhancement (I had to go there). Since these two have not faced each other in 14 years, can history repeat itself with one of the better matches of the night?
My only fear is the aggressive Lesnar and the just getting started Orton will both be rusty when they clash. I’m sure with all the controversy surrounding Lesnar, the former world champion has something to prove. Does this kind of match put The Viper in jeopardy of injury once more?
Separate but Equal
Will Smackdown Live have its own titles as well as its own pay-per-view events? Does this brand split help the company by remaining single and unattached?
I like the idea of both brands having specific events on pay-per-view, but this time, too much of a good thing is harmful to success. While there has been an announcement of a Cruiserweight Title, what other titles are going to be invented or brought back? The Universal Heavyweight Title is a solid (and cheesy) idea for Raw, but it is built around a new feud between Finn Balor and Seth Rollins.
WWE would be smart to bring back titles that had decent success in the past. The World Television Title should be a no-brainer. The Hardcore Title could also make a triumphant return. And if anyone is listening, please bring back the Women’s Tag Team Titles.