Are the Shield nearing a return or is a Dean Ambrose heel turn in the works?
Don’t tease us. If the WWE Universe can agree on anything, it’s the fact that nearly everyone that tunes into Monday Night Raw on a weekly basis would, A) lose their minds when/if The Shield reunite, and B) agree that it went over well.
As Dean Ambrose’s rivalry with The Miz has run bone dry, insert Seth Rollins into the fold. The Architect incidentally came out to have Ambrose’s back on Raw this past week, sparking fantasies of a Shield reunion, which Ambrose quickly shut down while catching up with Rollins in the backstage area.
In order for it to work, Roman Reigns would presumably have to take a step back from the main event scene, which could be the biggest hurdle they face. Also, there would need to be a common enemy in mind, and the Miztourage doesn’t exactly strike fear into the collective hearts of the locker room.
If they don’t go that route, an Ambrose vs. Rollins rivalry, Part II, could be next, as it’s tough to see Ambrose simply stepping aside in the Intercontinental Title picture for Rollins. But due to the fact that Seth has served as the heel before, it might be time for Dean to change the playing field on his old Shield brethren, despite how over he remains as a face for the past two years.
What’s next for Finn Balor ahead of SummerSlam?
The biggest casualty of the brand split upon his return, Finn Balor has been left out in the Arctic while the remainder of the roster has been embroiled in feuds. Now that he has appeared to have moved on from Elias Samson (on Raw, nonetheless, as opposed to Great Balls of Fire), Balor is an open book for SummerSlam.
His list of likely opponents isn’t all that long: Bray Wyatt could be an option, but that would be a sideways move from the most recent rivalry Wyatt finished with Seth Rollins. Also on the table, and likely the more appealing option, is John Cena. With the entirety of both the Raw and SmackDown Live roster off doing other things, the newly-minted free agent could use a big-time collision of his own against Balor, an epic encounter between the two for the first time on PPV.
Who is being brought in to feud with Breezango?
There’s nothing wrong with a little mystery in the WWE these days, which has become apparent in the ongoing saga of “Who wrecked Breezango’s office?” The two detectives have interviewed nearly everyone on the SmackDown Live roster, which begs the question, is SAnitY the next call-up to the main roster?
Tyler Breeze has been sure to mention how big and scary looking the men who attacked him were, which made The Ascension prime suspects, although they ultimately turned up innocent. That could lead to the massive Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe joining the roster, alongside Eric Young and Nikki Cross.
The SmackDown Live tag team division is stick thin as it is. The addition of another group to the fold is a necessity, and attacking the popular Fashion Police is a brilliant way to bring somebody new aboard.
Is Kevin Owens left out in the cold for SummerSlam?
Much in the same ilk as Finn Balor on Raw, Kevin Owens seems to be the forgotten man on SmackDown Live. He is on the heels of having dropped his United States Championship at a live event, unlikely to claim it back from Styles, with the possibility of a Styles-Shinsuke Nakamura classic looming at SummerSlam.
So, where does that leave Owens? Although Chris Jericho has returned to wrestling at live events, he isn’t expected to return to the company in 2017. While that may have been the WWE’s initial plan, it appears to be that there is legitimately no one at his level for Owens to wrestle at the biggest show of the summer.
It serves as a reminder that Owens teamed with Jericho at the event last year to defeat Enzo and Big Cass in the opening match. Despite his six-month reign as Universal Champion over on Raw, Owens has managed to get booked into a corner, where they may need Y2J to make an early return just to get Owens on the card at SummerSlam.
Why does it feel like Goldust is getting a push?
Following his consecutive beatdowns of his former partner, R-Truth, the vibe that Goldust may be getting a singles push is getting a bit uncomfortable. The break-up between the former team has been drawn out into way too many promotional vignettes of movie quotes and creepy music, with the action in the ring not living up to the words on the mic.
But there really cannot be much reason for Goldust to come out looking strong here, other than to establish him back as a singles competitor. Who either man could even move on to face is anyone’s best guess, wherein lied the rub of breaking up the Golden Truth in the first place.