Wrestlemania 35 is done and dusted and the fans of the sports-entertainment company saw several titles changing hands on the “grandest stage of them all”.
Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar to become the WWE Universal Champion, Kofi Kingston beat Daniel Bryan to clinch the the WWE Champion, Finn Balor captured the Intercontinental Champion with a win over Bobby Lashley, while Becky Lynch was crowned Jewel champion when she beat Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair at the same time for the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships. The company will now be looking change things with the upcoming superstar shake-up starting from next Monday night on RAW.
Even with the superstars switching shows, it is expected that Seth Rollins will continue to his feud against Brock Lesnar and the duo will be going head to head once again — this time at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view in May. Rollins’ Shield brother Roman Reigns get in the title mix as he had to relinquish his title when he sought his treatment for Leukaemia.
Speaking of The Shield, “The Hounds of Justice” gave a “farewell” to teammate Dean Ambrose who “fought” his last match of the WWE by taking on Bobby Lashley only to be laid out on the announcement table. Honestly, it can be a work given by the fact that he made personal remarks towards the Lunatic Fringe’s wife. The entire segment seemed scripted and hopefully we’ll see Ambrose in the WWE ring back again on a full-time basis.
Kofi Kingston has always been an asset for the company. It was nice to see him getting on top of the food chain and winning the WWE Championship after 11 years of struggle. Drew McIntyre, a RAW superstar who appeared on SmackDown, is a likely contender for the title. There are rumors that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is keen on keeping Randy Orton in the title hunt for the time being but it remains to be seen what the creative team will do with Orton at the moment.
Becky Lynch scratched and clawed her way to the top and went on to capture both top prizes in the women’s division. “The Man” is all set to feud with “Southern Belle” Lacey Evans as the duo brawled on both RAW and SmackDown after Wrestlemania 35. It is a big gamble which may backfire given the fact that Evans has never compete on the two shows and booking her against a talented individual like Becky Lynch is a decision which may not be liked by fans. The company has to step up its women’s division and should let talented fresh faces such as Nikki Cross, Kairi Sane and Candice LeRae take the division forward.
The superstar shake-up will directly have an impact on the Intercontinental and United States championship at least with Kevin Owens, Mustafa Ali, Sami Zayn and Braun Strowman expected to be the frontrunners for the two championships. It remains to be seen where the returning Bray Wyatt fits into the situation.
The dynamics of the WWE shows are set to change and hopefully more competitors will try to capitalize on the available title opportunities. With Money In The Bank just around the corner, it remains to be seen which superstars from the two shows gets their hands on the briefcase and earn a title shot during the period of one year.