For the longest time most fans believed that when Ambrose returned from his injury he would either feud with Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns but either way he would be a heel. In an interesting twist though the company brought Dean back as a good guy instead to reunited him with Roman and Seth to give us The Shield reunion we lost out on last year when Roman and Dean got injured. For me this has brought up the question since his return when will Dean switch sides or do they intend on keeping him as a good and not turning him even though he does need it.
As you can in the video The Shield's opponents for the Super show in Australia next month has started to plant seeds of deception between the brothers. In my opinion I do believe that this is just teasing things as opposed to anything set in stone. The reason for this is because it would be too soon for them to do the turn and they should let things build up. I think that if they do it right then the build should hit it's peak on the "Road to WrestleMania" setting something up for Ambrose against either Roman or Seth Rollins for WrestleMania next year. However, though I do question the foresight of the company as recent years have seen them lose the ability to book across the long term. Either way I think that it would be best for us to just wait and see what happens between now and next spring.
At first thought I figured that I would focus on the current picture within the Universal Championship. However, after the episode of Raw my idea changed with the focus shifting to current Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins. Now Rollins has really picked up where Miz left off reestablishing the prestige of the once prestigious championship. In reality Rollins would be pushing on the first 100 day reign in over a year with The Miz being the last name to hold the title for that long. In the past the company really relied on hot-shooting the championship instead of giving the champions long reigns.
Following his match with Dolph Ziggler on Raw the thought came to my mind that maybe Dolph would now move on from the Intercontinental title. The question would then move to who would challenge Seth for the title and I do hope that someone does, because the momentum can't stop here for the title. Especially now with Dolph & Drew becoming the Raw Tag Champion that should in directly take them away from the singles title picture. This could open the door for various names to make an impact in the title picture trying to bring a fresh name on television.
The one name that really jumped out for me was Apollo Crews, because if the company are on the idea of breaking a part "Titus Worldwide" then the best thing way to get Crews some consistent time is placing him in a feud with the IC Champion. Now I know that this feud might not get over as well as it does in my head, but in reality that's because I book a little more wrestling and less sports entertainment. Basically I'm more the NXT booker then WWE either way though I do hope that we can move on from Rollins vs Ziggler for a little while after this past Monday and give both Rollins & the title some fresh challengers.
Hell In a Cell 2018
Smackdown Tag Team Championship:
(c) New Day vs Rusev Day
Hell in a Cell Match:
Jeff Hardy vs Randy Orton
This feud has been building for the last few months as sort of a sub feud to the United States title feud that had been happening between Jeff & Nakamura. It is very interesting though to think that these two veterans have only feuded once during their legendary WWE careers the last time being almost a decade ago. Either way though I do think that this match is one of the few that can be justified being in Hell in a Cell and it will be especially interesting since this is the only match that Jeff has never been in as a member of WWE. The tough choice though is who will get the win tonight and I think it could go either way but Hardy deserves it more.
Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs The Miz & Maryse
This was an unexpected turn of events partially due to the lack of in-ring competition we have seen from Maryse in recent years and the other with Brie's retirement. Then we look ahead to WWE Evolution next month and things get a little clearer. As I mentioned back at Summerslam they would have Miz win if Daniel's contract status was still unknown, but now it's clear that Daniel is staying with the WWE so that changes things for this match. With that being said I don't think Miz or Bryan get the win or loss. Instead I think Brie will get the win over Maryse to avoid either of the men being involved in the finish.
Raw Tag Team Championship:
(c) Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler vs Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
Though this match does have more star power in it we have not seen enough build for the match for it to really belong on the show instead of the Smackdown Tag Team Titles in my opinion. Also since the match was made last week on Raw I will be keeping this short as it will also just be building to the Supershow next month anyway. I don't think it makes sense seeing Ziggler & McIntyre lose just yet so I think they keep the belts for the time being.
Raw Women's Championship:
(c) Ronda Rousey vs Alexa Bliss
From what I have seen the WWE has done an alright job of building this match back up again for a rematch. However, I just don't that without Alexa having a manger at ringside that people would legit believe Alexa has a chance to win. Don't get me wrong there would be a way to pull it off as Ronda is still very green in the ring and that could play into it, but I don't think it will change things. Rousey will get the win tonight and retain the gold.
Smackdown Women's Championship:
(c) Charlotte vs Becky Lynch
I was one of the people that thought that Becky would win at Summerslam, but at the same time wasn't surprised when Charlotte did instead. Fact is that Charlotte has become the sort of John Cena of the Women's Division giving her seal of approval to the next in line by being the one who drops the title to them. I do believe that is what comes tonight, because for once I think that the company is more then willing to strike while the iron is hot with Becky and capitalize on her momentum. Becky wins the Women's Title.
WWE Championship Match:
(c) AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe
In my opinion this has been the most intriguing feud in WWE recently and I think it has given new life to AJ's struggling reign as champion. One thing that WWE fans aren't use to is seeing people hold the World title for as long as AJ has held it and that's not a bad thing it's just the fact that WWE has gotten fans use to excessive amounts of title changes. Samoa Joe in my opinion has been the type of ruthless heel that AJ had been lacking during his reign so far and has made this feud great. The one question I don't have an answer to though is if Joe gets the win or not as I'm just not sure which way they will go. At this point Styles is pushing up on a year as champion coming in November, but it is possible he drops it here to win it back at the Supershow next month. My prediction though will be that AJ Styles retains the title tonight.
WWE Universal Championship: (Mick Foley Special Ref)
(c) Roman Reigns vs Braun Strownman
This match took an unexpected turn on the go home show when it was announced that Mick Foley would be the guest referee in the match. Overall this has been a very confusing build since Summerslam and the Hell in a Cell stipulation doesn't help lessen the confusion. Either way this match goes one of them may come out of it not looking the best and that would hurt them in the long run. However, this is one of the reason I thought that WWE going with Braun first against Roman was a mistake, because they would end up putting themselves into a corner. One way this match could go might make Braun look bad and the other way would make the last 6 months pointless if Roman's reign will end already. It will likely be a great brawl don't get me wrong, but I think that the WWE will have to bite the bullet one way or the other. If I know WWE the way they will go is Roman getting the win instead of Strowman because long term Roman needs more time as champion after such a build. Roman retains and we move on to the Supershow down under.
After covering most of the New Japan stables I have decided to expanded the radar of things searching threw WWE's past to find some of the more forgotten stables. Initially this series was suppose to be focused on giving more attention to New Japan. In modern wrestling only two companies are on top of the wrestling world are WWE & New Japan which is fitting as this is where one of my favorite series will be expanding next. Fact is that the WWE has had a lot of great stables in the past and only a handful of stables in recent memory, but this series will go for them all.
The reality is that New Japan has done something the WWE has been able to do and that is establish various factions together in one company and have them feud with each other without the feud taking over. In the past the WWE had let feuds between factions or stables take over the show look no further then "Gang Warfare" in 1997 as an example of how the WWE handles this type of thing. I know that this could be tied back to the differences in wrestling styles between Japan and America, but remember Gedo who books New Japan was inspired by Dusty Rhodes which means New Japan is showing us a style of southern wrestling that has a little Dusty Rhodes in it.
Overall though I like this series enough where I wanted to take a step forward and expand things to a other company as a way to keep this series going of the time being. I will not be focusing on just the good stables or factions either as I will talk about everything I can find from the annals of the WWE which I'm sure will make things very interesting in the long run.