With the month of July now here we are approaching the one year mark for the Brand Split and one thing hasn't changed that being the WWE could still use depth to help the roster. There is no doubt that the health of wrestling outside the WWE is at an all time high and more people are making money away from WWE then they have in a long time. In the last few years one company that has really taken off is Lucha Underground. One the top stars in Lucha is Johnny Mundo who recently held the Lucha Underground World title back last summer and is a Main Event level talent in the company.
At this point Johnny is a veteran of wrestling having held World title gold in various companies at this point which is a drastic change from his days in WWE when he was considered an up and comer. Many think that Johnny could've been given the opportunity to carry the company as World Champion in WWE, but was never given the chance to shine. If John did return to the company he could still deliver on the level that he did during his first run with the company. Also he could not only help give a fresh face contender for the mid level titles, but at this point I believe that Johnny would also be able to gain a stable spot in the main event picture.
There is a good amount of conversation going on right now that John and his fiancé could be looking for a new home in the near future, but at this point there is no discussion about John returning. I would like to John return to WWE especially if the company also bring his fiancé with him as it would allow Morrison to have a different feel about him this time around.
Aiden English vs Tye Dillenger
John Cena vs Rusev
2017 has been a very interesting year for both Cena and Rusev as they have been unlike any other year before it both names. Early in the year John was tied with The Miz until Mania then he went on hiatus till he reappeared to begin his feud with Rusev. On the other side of things Rusev has had a terrible year comparing this to the other years he's had since his main roster debut. Now with all the talk of a possible retirement around the corner for Cena I do think this match could go either way. Logically Rusev should win to try and establish him as a top star with the company and see where it goes, but also Cena could take the loss. WWE doesn't always use logic so I do think that Cena ends with the win.
WWE Tag Team Title Match:
(c) The Uso's vs New Day
This has been a very interesting feud worth keeping an eye on and just shows how things have changed in recent years as the last time they fought the roles were reversed. I loved the match they had back at Backlash last month and the finish was perfect to set up the rematch this month, but now it's hard to predict what happens next. Giving us the Rap Battle like they did a few weeks ago on Smackdown it gave this feud a very different feel. Now I have enjoyed this feud and the run for The Uso's, but I think it might be time for a switch. So this might mean that "It's Time For Some New Day!!"
Baron Corbin vs Shinsuke Nakamura
I have enjoyed Baron's run since the brand split because I feel like it's a throwback push to the old days of slow booking. Now Nakamura is a special case because I think most people expected more from him once he debuted on the main roster, but they are bringing him up slow. I prefer slow booking that takes place over a longer period overly quick booking like that is typical for WWE. I know that if Nakamura loses to Corbin then fans on the internet will complain about one loss even though Corbin is "Mr. Money in the Bank." With that being said I think that Baron gets the win to give him a big win as "Mr. Money in the Bank."
#1 Contender Women's Championship Match:
Tamina vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte vs Lana vs Natalya
The last time the Smackdown Women's division had a multi-women's match they rushed through the match and made it look weak which ruined Naomi's title win in my opinion. I think this could be a good match, but the bar isn't set very high based on the WrestleMania match. I don't have much to say about this match, because I am just hoping they don't try and rush through the match like last time. Honestly, I would like to see Natalya win the match to mix things up in the title picture I don't think she will but she is still my pick.
WWE United States Title Match:
(c) AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens
We they fought at Backlash I was wondering how they would get out of the match without one of them looking weak and they did it. Now with roles reversed I would like to see Kevin not get the title back because at this point he would already become a three time US champion and I would like a little break from him holding the title. Seeing AJ hold the belt is a breath of fresh air and I would like to see it continue.
Punjabi Prison Match for the WWE Championship:
(c) Jinder Mahal w/ Singh Brothers vs Randy Orton
Even though this feud hasn't done well for business have really enjoyed seeing Jinder hold the WWE title as it was extremely unexpected. I do think they could have had Randy split his title shots up and given Jinder a longer run, but they instead squeezed in all the shots now. In the history of this match the heel has never won and that doesn't look good for Jinder and his run. But looking at both sides I would prefer seeing Jinder hold on to the title over seeing Randy get the title back.
Since the start of NXT we have seen a vast number of top Independent stars join the company and shock the wrestling world. From Bobby Roode to Samoa Joe to James Storm to Prince Devitt have found there way to NXT. Then we have those who fall into a special category like Chris Hero that didn't make it as far as they could've under the WWE banner. Austin Aries at one point was one of the biggest names not under the WWE banner and the first person to win the ROH World Title on two different occasions.
When Aries arrived in NXT the bar had been set to see how far he'd be able to go up the card before hitting the main roster. Honestly, at first I didn't think that Aries would ever hit the main roster as I didn't think he sort of fit the WWE model. But when the cruiserweight division was brought back it opened the door for a name like Austin Aries to reach the main roster. Now I do think that given the chance Austin could've put on display the talent that made him a top talent in ROH & TNA. But with backstage issues seemingly playing a part in holding Austin back it kept him down.
Either way at this point Austin has left the WWE and is now heading back to the Independent circuit. Could we see Austin head back to GFW or ROH possibly yes as I think both doors are still open. Aries is and has always been a vastly talented performer, but maybe not the right fit for the WWE.
Even in the month of July there the biggest PPV of the year is still making headlines and giving us something to talk about. Yes! There has been talk about possible WrestleMania matches for next year's event which is something we will talk about on another day. For today we will talk about possible WrestleMania locations for future events.
The two locations I have found the biggest event of the year one event that could host a WrestleMania and the other was actually had their bid rejected. One city that has entered the rumor mill for WrestleMania is London, England. Now most fans would likely be very surprised to find out that this city could be in the running to host WrestleMania 35 as due to the time difference between, the US and UK that has really kept the WWE from holding a major event elsewhere. But due to the increased attention that the WWE has been put on establishing the UK market I would say its possible that we could see a WrestleMania across the pond. Another possible location for WrestleMania 35 seems to be New York City, which maybe something we talk about the future.
As for the location that had their bid rejected for WrestleMania it was none other the New England Patriots who tried have WrestleMania held in their home stadium, but it was turned down. Now I'm not sure what the reason could be that the WWE turned down the bid, but what I do know is that I would rather see Mania is the UK over another football stadium.
Two years ago the WWE decided to bring back Tough Enough and give the product of a bygone era one more chance. Even though at first it seemed that the changes that they made to the series was helping things at first, but I just think that fans may just be interested in a concept like this anymore. The reason for this is because the highlight of the season was when Hulk Hogan got removed as a judge for the show during the season.
At the time I understood the reason that the WWE limited the mentioning of the Hulkster, but I still was on Hogan's side due to the "controversial" incident taking place when he wasn't in the company. However, they let him go and haven't really talked about the Hulkster too much since then, but there has been talk recently that Hulk could be returning soon to the company.
Now even with the judgement of the Hogan vs Gawker lawsuit and Hogan being more set financially the WWE is still his home. I for one will love seeing Hogan back where he belong because I believe that he should be inducted again into the Hall of Fame with the NWO. When he will be back is another question but hopefully soon!!
Since the Brand Split last year we have seen a split among the women's division with some being exclusive to Smackdown Live and others to Raw. Unfortunately though the booking for both brands has been vastly different and in some cases one brand has been a lot better than the other. Really the booking of the women's division has been a weakness of Raw since the brand split which is a problem as it makes the division seem weak.
Raw has fallen victim to the simple booking effect which has forced some talent to be forgotten and forced into shoddy, meaningless angles. Though some cases the women's division is a lot like the Tag team division it should be booked differently. The reason for the comparison is that normally their is only one feud going on for the title and that's it nothing else much like it is in the tag team division. Now with Sasha as number one contender I hope that the booking can improve because Sasha and Alexa could have a money feud if it is booked right.
However, if we have learned anything from the past few months with Raw is that they don't always go the logical way when it comes to booking. But logical and different have always been a tough barrier for the WWE to get passed with booking on Raw. The women's division can be a lot better than it is and I think that depending on how this next feud goes that will gives us an idea of what to expect for the rest of the year.
Last year the hottest tag team in the WWE was American Alpha. At one point the future was in doubt for both Chad Gable and Jason Jordan in NXT as neither of them had a future prior to them coming together as a team. When the WWE made the decision to unite Gable and Jordan they showed the power of why tag team wrestling is very important. Following their arrival on the main roster they were booked well the first time, but in no time the booking changed and things fell a part.
Unfortunately, for Jordan and Gable the WWE fell into the lackluster booking strategy of making them unreal and booking them way to strong and having them defeat everyone. However, following their loss of the tag team titles to the Uso's a little before WrestleMania they were written off television and haven't returned yet.
At this point there are rumors surrounding there return which at this point is still up in the air with not much is known. There has been talk about what the future holds for the team as there seems to be big plans for Alpha upon their returns to the company. Now I hope that upon their returns the booking for the team to allow them to live up to the potential they almost reached in NXT.
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