After taking the past 24 hours to look at what occurred at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view and what happened on Monday night’s Raw program, the moves made by management and the return of three key veteran superstars proves – like it or not – what is happening right now is best for business.
After coming off a strong showing (in my opinion Sunday night) – knowing Seth Rollins would capture the Money in the Bank contract and the odds were good that the company was not ready to put the WWE World Title on Roman Reigns yet – the return of The Miz, Chris Jericho and AJ Lee on Monday night were crucial to the transition toward the road toward SummerSlam. And by placing the title on John Cena and choosing a “Fatal Four-way” match with Reigns, Randy Orton and Kane, this all but assures us of seeing the 15-time world champion with the strap on his waist against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
But first, the company must get through “Battleground” to achieve this “mega” meeting.
How the WWE decides to deal with Reigns and Rollins and in the future with a potential title on the line is yet unknown, but I can see a Cena win over Lesnar at the company’s second largest PPV and then a cash in by the Authority’s newest acquisition. The summer months are guaranteed to be as hot as the Florida sun. It is only a matter of time before Daniel Bryan returns and the craziness that is beginning to calm within the company only heats up again.
Here are some observations from the pay-per-view and Monday night…
The team of Goldust and Stardust are mighty impressive. I honestly thought the union of the Rhodes brothers would lead to Cody turning on Goldust and joining The Authority. The WWE has done well to make sure the family stays intact.
I liked the idea of Jack Swagger defending America against Rusev and Lana. Swagger had no real place in the company once Cesaro left Zeb Colter to join Paul Heyman. I am sure if this means the fans will back Swagger, but they will back the concept of fighting for Old Glory.
A feud between Alberto Del Rio and Cesaro could be a good thing. But Heyman and the Brock Lesnar references need to stop unless Lesnar shows up at Battleground.
The idea of Dean Ambrose chasing Seth Rollins around when he wants to cash in the MITB briefcase is brilliant. The kryptonite at some point has to explode – making us all wonder if the Rollins experiment as a champion will succeed or fail.
At some point, The Usos and Sheamus must divorce and fight their own battles. These six-man tag matches are killing me.
Watching Naomi and Cameron at odds happened one night too late. It should have occurred at MITB.
The Damien Sandow experiment must come to an end. He is too talented to job for everyone in the WWE. He is no Barry Horowitz.
The Fandango/Summer Rae/Layla triangle must end now.
Please inform the creative team that The Miz vs. Chris Jericho is brilliant. Jericho dealing with The Wyatts cannot sell.
Oh and at some point, could Kane turn on Randy Orton and The Authority and cost them a chance at the world title.
Oh, and I guess that means those AJ pregnancy rumors are a bit false.
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