Hello wrestling fans, this week we will look at the results of recent WWE and AEW shows, Brock Lesnar’s winning of the WWE Championship and its possible future, the AJ Styles-Omos feud, Goldberg’s final match, Athena (Ember Moon) eagerly awaiting her freedom, the result of Ruby Soho vs. Jade Cargill for the AEW TBS Title, AEW taking their belts seriously, a Triple H/AEW Japan idea, and Japan news.
WWE Day 1
Sheamus and Ridge Holland defeated Cesaro and Ricochet
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jey & Jimmy Uso) defeated The New Day (Kofi Kingston & King Woods)
Drew McIntyre defeated Madcap Moss (w/ Happy Corbin)
WWE RAW Tag Team Champions RK-Bro (Randy Orton & Riddle) defeated The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Edge defeated The Miz (w/ Maryse)
WWE RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch defeated Liv Morgan
Brock Lesnar defeated WWE Champion Big E, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, and Bobby Lashley (w/ MVP) in a “Fatal five-way” match to become the new WWE Champion.
Brock Lesnar becoming WWE Champion at WWE Day 1 was a big change in plans, as he was originally scheduled to wrestle Roman Reigns for Reign’s WWE Universal Championship. However, Reigns announced on the night of the event that he had tested positive for COVID-19. WWE is keeping the Championship with Reigns, which is a possible sign that the plan was for Reigns to retain it in his match with Lesnar, otherwise, it could have been forfeited to Lesnar.
Also, Lesnar’s win possibly indicates that the original plan was for Big E to retain the WWE Championship since Lesnar being added to the WWE Championship match didn’t mean that Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, or Seth Rollins couldn’t still win the Championship if the original plan was for one of them to win it.
In any case, Brock Lesnar is the new WWE Champion, and since he was feuding with WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns before Reigns tested positive for COVID-19, this would be a perfect opportunity to unify both championships. Whoever holds the top singles title in WWE is supposed to be considered the best- yet WWE has two top singles titles. This devalues both championships.
I think there should be one top singles champion, and that champion should defend the title on both brands, which is the closest that WWE can get to having a touring champion. This would raise the value of the championship, as the champion defends it against the best of both brands, not just one.
I will even go as far as saying that it would be the perfect opportunity to bring back the World Heavyweight Championship, one of the most prestigious titles in pro-wrestling history, and a title that I feel should not have been retired. Besides, one of their current top singles titles is called “WWE Championship”, and the other is called “WWE Universal Championship”. So technically, WWE doesn’t have a World Championship right now. With WWE being the largest company in the industry, this should change. So, book it WWE: WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, the winner becomes WWE World Champion and the holder of the Big Gold Belt.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis) defeated WWE RAW Tag Team Champions RK-Bro (Randy Orton & Riddle) in a non-title match.
WWE 24/7 Champion Dana Brooke & Reggie defeated Akira Tozawa & Tamina in a, “WWE 24/7 Title Mixed Tag Team” match.
WWE Women’s Tag Champions Carmella & Queen Zelina defeated Nikki ASH & Rhea Ripley
The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) defeated Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez
WWE United States Champion Damian Priest defeated Dolph Ziggler (w/ Robert Roode)
Omos defeated AJ Styles
Bobby Lashley (w/ MVP) defeated Big E, Kevin Owens, and Seth Rollins in a, “WWE Championship #1 Contendership Fatal Four Way” match, winning a shot at Brock Lesnar’s WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble this month.
When it was clear that AJ Styles and Omos were going to split, I disagreed from the beginning with how it was playing out. Styles being a face doesn’t help either one of them. He’s one of the best performers in the business and is successful as a face and as a heel. Meanwhile, Omos has been in the business for 2 years and is still learning how to be a successful performer in the business- throwing Styles around as a monster heel is making fans continue to take notice of Omos, but it’s not helping him.
Back when they lost to The Street Profits on 12/6 was when I would have done the split. With Omos losing for the team via countout, Styles should have gotten mad at Omos and chewed him out: “I’ve spent all these months mentoring you, and you screw up like that?? I knew I was wasting my time teaming with you.” And then walked out and left Omos standing there. Styles was a strong heel, so it wouldn’t seem unusual for him to react like that. And Omos has a lot less experience and constantly had his back- and then Styles ditches him over that mistake? So the fans would get behind Omos out of sympathy, and Styles would have gained points as a heel.
Then, I would have put both of them in new storylines. Styles is best utilized in the main event scene, where he could be working with someone like Edge. As for a face Omos, I think Austin Theory would be a good choice for him to work with. Theory constantly wants to impress Vince McMahon, and a way to do it would be by trying to defeat the 7 ft 4, 400-pound giant Omos. And then Styles and Omos would have a brief interaction during the Royal Rumble- Styles is alone in the ring, and then here comes Omos, who has a couple of minutes to try to get his hands on Styles and dish out some revenge for being abandoned two months earlier. And then that would be the end of Styles-Omos angles.
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