Hello WWE fans, today we will look at the results of recent WWE shows, Dolph Ziggler winning the WWE NXT Championship, and Seth Rollins currently without an opponent for WrestleMania.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown
Ricochet defeated WWE Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn to become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Naomi (w/ Sasha Banks) defeated Carmella (w/ Queen Zelina)
Drew McIntyre defeated Jinder Mahal (w/ Shanky)
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jey & Jimmy Uso) defeated The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Ronda Rousey defeated Sonya Deville
RK-Bro (Randy Orton & Riddle) defeated WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis) and Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins in a “Triple Threat” match to become the WWE RAW Tag Team Champions.
WWE 24/7 Champion Dana Brooke (w/ Reggie) defeated Tamina (w/ Akira Tozawa)
Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa defeated The Dirty Dawgs (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode)
Omos defeated Apollo Crews (w/ Commander Azeez)
Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley defeated Carmella & Queen Zelina in a “WWE Women’s Tag Team Title Championship Contenders” match
Finn Balor defeated Austin Theory via disqualification.
WWE NXT 2.0
Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo defeated Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez in a “Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 Semi Final” match
Fallon Henley defeated Tiffany Stratton
Grayson Waller (w/ Sanga) defeated LA Knight in a “Last Man Standing” match
Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray defeated Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter in a “Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 Semi Final” match
WWE NXT Tag Team Champions Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel) defeated MSK (Nash Carter & Wes Lee) via disqualification
Dolph Ziggler defeated WWE NXT Champion Bron Breakker and Tommaso Ciampa in a “Triple Threat” match to become the new WWE NXT Champion.
Dolph Ziggler’s winning of the WWE NXT Championship is good for NXT. He is a bigger name than anyone on the NXT roster, so he will temporarily boost viewership numbers, and adding him to the lineage of the championship adds value to it. It would be even better for NXT though if there were no need to bring outside talent into NXT. Again, this is only a temporary boost to viewership. It would be a long-term benefit if NXT were steadily increasing interest on its own. But for now, continuing to utilize RAW talent in NXT is a positive for the NXT brand.
With there being reports that Seth Rollins may or may not wrestle Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania, it appears that WWE has no more than a few weeks to decide what they will do with Rollins. It’s not a good idea for WWE to count on Rhodes to be his opponent unless Rhodes signs pen to paper, which apparently he has not. So as far as who Rollins will wrestle at WrestleMania, WWE should move on. With many wrestlers on the roster already scheduled for something for WrestleMania, a lot of options are no longer possible. It may not be the most desirable option, but at this point, an option is to not put Rollins on the WrestleMania card, and instead put him in a, “Three Way” match with Dolph Ziggler and an NXT talent for the WWE NXT Championship, and put the championship on Rollins. Perhaps that would not be as appealing to Rollins as a match at WrestleMania, but this option would be a boost in generating more interest in the NXT brand as WWE continues to utilize RAW wrestlers for crossovers into NXT.