Samoa Joe is about to make Tuesday night his personal playground.
After appearing on Monday Night Raw and once again calling out Roman Reigns, promoting their upcoming match between the two superstars at WWE Payback, the “Samoan Submission Machine” jumped over to SmackDown Live and called out the brand’s roster, making himself the baddest man on the planet.
After missing WrestleMania 34 due to injury and no program for him, Joe is ready to grab WWE gold. But given the blue brand’s new look, who does he work with first?
WWE did a great job in changing the landscape of both Monday and Tuesday nights. What was once a top-heavy roster for Raw now has a competitive balance. Joe, along with AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, Shinsuke Nakamura, Jeff Hardy, Big Cass and Shelton Benjamin should make things quite interesting. My only worry is that the creative team will lose sight of what talent is in front of them.
As we all know, this has been the M.O. of WWE for some time.
If the company decides to use John Cena on Tuesday nights instead of him floating from brand to brand, then this is a roster we can all get excited about.
The Styles-Nakamura feud has an infinite shelf life but should before the summer. A Joe-Styles confrontation for the WWE Title is worthy of a SummerSlam main event. And judging from their wars in TNA, it could be as dramatic as the WWE champion’s current program with Nakamura.
I’m interested to see how WWE does its job of booking new and exciting matches for the remainder of the year.
Rousey and Nataly
I will give you two guesses who Ronda Rousey’s next opponent will be heading into SummerSlam, and the first one only counts. The addition of Natalya to the Raw roster may have been one of the best moves of Monday night.
Despite her solid showing at WrestleMania 34, Rousey is still very green, and will need time to develop. Working with a veteran like Natalya, who is one of the best when it comes to putting young talent over, should make the former UFC star better.
As soon as the former SmackDown Women’s Champion Showed up in a segment was Rousey Monday night, it was evident how WWE is booking the neophyte.
It’s a good move as the company will push their new star toward the main event, in a program with either Nia Jax or Charlotte Flair.
Natalya Is one of the more underrated wrestlers on WWE’s roster. If the company is moving in a more youthful direction, what better way to help them get over and have them work with one of the best mat wrestlers there is.
This has the makings of a torch-passing moment.
I am curious how WWE will book Braun Strowman and his path towards the Universal Title. What appeared to be a foregone conclusion only a month ago, is now littered with roadblocks. The addition of Bobby Lashley to the Monday night roster didn’t do the “Monster Among Men” any favors.
WWE still appears to be committed to a Reigns title run. The fans are still opposed to this push. There has been talk of Lashley facing Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. So, my question is what does that do for Strowman, who is still over with WWE’s fan base?
It would appear the current path for the former Raw tag team is in reverse. While his popularity and his ability in the ring continues to grow, his ascension toward the mountaintop is detoured. The company cannot afford to waste his talent or opportunity to put the red brand’s strap on the baddest man on Monday nights.