In the span of a month we have seen two unexpected title changes first with The Miz dethroning former champion Drew McIntyre at the Elimination Chamber finally cashing in Money in the Bank and then last Monday when Lashley moved into the top spot. In my opinion, Drew McIntyre has stepped up this past year as one of the top stars in WWE and can be considered a credible draw once fans return. I have been behind the idea of Miz winning the World Title again for years as I thought his success with the Intercontinental Title from years ago was some of the best work he had done in his career and he earned another chance to be on top.
Seeing them rush Miz into the spot and out of the spot to want the right guy on top at Wrestlemania is frustrating to me, because Lashley easily could've defeated McIntyre at Royal Rumble or TLC to drop the title back to him at Wrestlemania instead of having a transitional spot for Miz and two short reigns. I'm not saying that McIntyre will unquestionably win at Wrestlemania, but signs seem to point in that direction.
Normally, WWE doesn't do well with creating successful factions or trios with only a small hand full being worth mentioning and not looked at jokes from the last decade. At first it seemed unclear where The Hurt Business would land, but now it's clear they are closer to success then failure. The faction has done wonders for each member especially Benjamin and Alexander giving both men who were floundering at the time consistent television time. Lashley on the other hand has had an up and down run since returning to WWE and it's unclear how the World Title victory will effect him just yet. It's good step forward no doubt, but WWE will need to build him credibility between now and Mania other wise he will risk becoming another transitional champion in the long run. Honestly, I think keeping the belt on Lashley long term is the right move and to let McIntyre chase for a while would be smarter for business rather then giving him the title right back again. Either way Lashley needs to protecting either by a strong showing or not falling out of the picture right after Mania and even though the plan may not be set in stone the writing is on the wall that McIntyre could have his sights set on another World Title reign at Mania.
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