It should not have taken Nia Jax as long as it did to dispose of Alexa Bliss to claim the Raw Women’s Title at WrestleMania 34, but WWE had a story it wanted to tell. The upstart Jax, who has played second, third and fourth fiddle to the upper echelon of women’s stars on WWE’s roster is now in her rightful place, atop the red brand waiting for her rematch with Little Miss Bliss and anyone else who comes down to the ring.
Jax’s win was just one of the highlights in the Big Easy. When the match was created by Kurt Angle, the coronation of the former NXT star was only a matter of time. The company wrote a believable program, tugged at the heartstrings of the fan base and made a former villain a beloved character everyone could support.
WWE pushed many of the right buttons on Sunday night. While we are still buzzing about the ending of the Universal Title match and the move to put Jinder Mahal over as United States Champion, can you honestly say it was a bad night of wrestling? Hardly.
The match between Charlotte Flair and Asuka was arguably the best of the night, with the Intercontinental Title match between The Miz, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins on the same level. The plan by the company for so many titles changing hands leads me to believe a superstar shakeup is eminent.
Here are a few of my thoughts from Sunday night.
Charlotte’s win over Asuka is surprising and mandatory at the same time. Who else on the SmackDown Live roster would have broken the streak? Also, having Carmella cash in her Money in the Bank contract against Asuka made no sense, especially if she were to win. If Carmella cashes in and Asuka beats her to capture gold, the fan base could accept that a heck of a lot more than if the Long Island, NY star beat the Empress of Tomorrow.
I did not like the John Cena-Undertaker match. Last year, Undertaker last over 10 minutes in the ring before losing to Roman Reigns. This year, he wins as Cena jobs for him. It’s a bit hokey and takes away part of The Undertakers character. This should have been a more methodical match or it should have never taken place.
The Bludgeon Brothers are exactly what WWE needs to add more excitement to the blue team’s tag team division. They remind me of the Road Warriors and Wild Samoans – two bad ass teams that ran through their opponents. What they did last night – facing the Usos and New Day – was impressive. Who comes out of the woodwork to face them and give Harper and Rowan a serious challenge is up in the air. I would love to see them in a program with The Bar.
The Shinsuke Nakamura low blow was a perfect ending to the WWE Title match with AJ Styles. It is hard to root for both competitors. One of them had to turn the page. There must be one good guy and one bad guy. This adds more intrigue to a rematch. It also opens the door for other booking options for the King of Strong Style.
The Braun Stowman/Nicholas angle was a bit odd. Ok, it was a lot odd. While the two won the belts from Cesaro and Sheamus, at some point, the Monster Among Men will have to pick a “serious” tag team partner. Is Rey Mysterio still a possibility?
The Ronda Rousey debut calmed my fears that her WWE career would be a flash in the pan. Rousey proved against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon she could hold her own in a wrestling ring. Also, the fans ate the comedic act up. In the end, Rousey should be a contender for a women’s title by the end of the year. I would love to see her and Sasha Banks or Natalya or even Flair in a program.
Finally, I loved the match involving Daniel Bryan. He was as energetic as he always has been and showed no signs of ring rust. What will happen next? A singles program with either Kevin Owens or Sami Zayn would be epic. There are other booking options as well that could include Bobby Roode, Jinder Mahal and Nakamura. I would love to see a program with Dolph Ziggler. WWE must be careful not to push the superstar toward the main event too quickly or the locker room may become restless.