It’s easy to get bogged down in the negativity that exists online when it comes to the world of professional wrestling. Let’s put a pause on the bad stuff, all the complaints, criticisms, rants, and rundowns. Instead, let’s come up for a breath of fresh air, sift through the week that was, and accentuate the positives.
Here are your top positives from the week that was:
1. Reigns, Ambrose, and Lesnar head towards FastLane
I’ve been thoroughly entertained with the lead up to the main event of FastLane. I think WWE has created a fun and interesting dynamic with the pairing of Reigns, Ambrose, and Lesnar and they’ve played up that dynamic quite well over the past couple of weeks, especially on this week’s Raw and Smackdown. What WWE has also managed to create is an opportunity for fans to play around with the idea of who will face Triple H at WrestleMania.
I know, I know, Roman Reigns is all but guaranteed to win at FastLane because… well… “that’s where they’re going” seems to be the reasoning. And while my money would be on Reigns (though betting on a predetermined contest seems silly to me) to headline Mania with Triple H, I think the reasoning has to be a little better than “just cuz.” I’m fine with the idea of Reigns going to headline Mania because it’s the logical ending to the Reigns vs. Authority feud. And while some would say predictable is bad, I disagree.
I mean, if I order a pizza and they deliver Chinese instead, I’m not going to be happy. Sure, it was unpredictable, and yes I got swerved, but I’m not happy about it. On the flip side, if I order a pizza and they deliver said pizza to me then I’m happy. Was it predictable? Thankfully, yes. So my point here is to say that the dynamic of this triple threat allows Reigns to get from point a to point b in a way that tells a concise story. He has to beat the guy he failed to defeat at last year’s WrestleMania along with his best friend/brother in order to get at the guy who has bested him at nearly every turn.
Lesnar may be the least likely to face Trips, if only for the fact that the writing on the wall shows Bray Wyatt facing the Beast at Mania. But, it’s always possible that the Wyatt stuff was either a red herring or plans that were laid for something that had to be scrapped. Think about it, WWE wants to top 100,000 fans at AT&T Stadium for Mania and it wouldn’t be that surprising if Vince thought Lesnar vs Triple H was the way to reach that number. His inclusion into the triple threat is fun, regardless, because he’s able to be a daunting obstacle for both of his opponents at the same time.
Then there’s the real wildcard, Dean Ambrose. Why is he the wildcard? Because he has no obvious direction for Mania and he just lost the Intercontinental Championship on Monday’s Raw. I mentioned after the Rumble that I could see WWE changing lanes (no pun intended) and having Ambrose face Triple H at Mania. His crowd reaction is better than Reigns and he proved he could be a main event guy during his feud with then champ Seth Rollins last year. Does WWE have the fortitude to change things up? The fans would most likely respond positively to the decision and it could create an extra special buzz heading into WrestleMania.
So, those are the scenarios that this dynamic creates. This is all in addition to the fact that I think these three will have an excellent match together. As for the result, I have a theory that is definitely going out on a major limb. I think the main event at Mania will be Triple H defending the title against Roman Reigns AND Dean Ambrose. Why? Well, as I said before, Ambrose has no clear direction for Mania and I think the might be because his plans include being in the main event. Plus, this would allow Roman Reigns to not have to carry all the baby face heat in the match by himself and run the risk of the crowd cheering Trips over him. The one variable that I can’t pin down in this theory of mine is whether or not Ambrose would in fact be a face in this scenario. If he were to turn heel, then having Reigns overcome his evil boss who constantly screws him over and his brother who turned on him would be about the most sympathetic situation you could put the guy in. But I’m leaning more towards him not turning, just because I think it’s too risky having a guy like Reigns try to win the crowd over against a guy like Ambrose.
But all of that is just talk from some guy on the internet (who likes to keep things positive). Time will tell if I’m right about a possible triple threat main event at WrestleMania, but one thing is for sure and that’s the triple threat we know about, the main event of FastLane, is going to be a must see match as we go further down the Road to WrestleMania.
2. Kevin Owens Wins IC Title
I went long on number 1 (which I seem to do a lot lately) so I’ll try to keep this one a bit more brief. I love the idea of Kevin Owens as Intercontinental Champion and I think pairing him up with Ziggler at FastLane is brilliant as it makes Ziggler’s recent wins over KO truly mean something.
Owens was so much fun as the NXT Champ running around Raw last year. I think Owens is at his best when he’s either champion or chasing a champion because it allows him to play up his “I do this to support my family” stance all that much more. Plus, Owens being able to point to the title as proof that he’s as good as he says he is really helps his character since he talks about it more than most heels and to a degree that most heels don’t go (IE, claiming history didn’t exist before he came to WWE).
The matches we’ve already gotten from Dolph and KO have been very entertaining and I’m hopeful that being on the PPV will give them a platform to really cap off what has been a great little series of matches between the two. The match also adds to what is shaping up to be a very strong PPV event on paper.
The biggest positive I get out of this though is the fact that Kevin Owens is in the IC title picture this close to WrestleMania. I’m hopeful that this will lead to a meaningful title match at Mania involving Owens in his WrestleMania debut. Since the Andre Battle Royal gives multiple people a “get on the card” payday, I’d like to see the IC title match be more conventional than we got last year. I’d love to see Sami Zayn show up on Raw after FastLane and have he and KO go one on one at Mania. If not Zayn, then maybe AJ Styles. I could go on with possible Owens opponents, but suffice it to say I’m excited to see what Kevin Owens’ direction will be as we gear up for WrestleMania 32.
– I’m really enjoying the Dudley’s anti-table heel antics over the past couple of weeks.
– EC3 has been coming along nicely as he starts his face run in TNA these past couple of weeks.
– I can’t be the only one finding Miz to be putting in some great work lately. Both on the mic and in the ring. His match with Jericho this past Smackdown was excellent.
– Since last week was dedicated to Daniel Bryan, I didn’t get the chance to applaud the work of Kurt Angle and Drew Galloway in their match from Impact last week. If you haven’t seen it, go out of your way to do so.
Well, that’s it for this week. Until next time, stay positive!