What’s up everyone hope the day is treating you all well. With WWE Hell in a Cell in the books, we are one step closer to not only one of the most exciting PPVs of the year in Money in the Bank but also the return of live fans. Hell in a Cell was a solid PPV but I as much as other wrestling fans feel thankful that it’s over. With live fans returning, reports have been WWE has been sitting on “good” storylines and have been saving all of that for the return of live fans. I am going to take a look at a few pressing questions and superstars after the event and give my thoughts on what should/could be next as we approach the end of the Thunderdome era. As usual, feel free to comment at the bottom of the page and give me any of your thoughts or comments and continue to check out The Buzz for the latest in sports, entertainment, and wrestling as well as some of the best podcasts on the web.
1.) What’s next for “The Almighty” Bobby Lashley and the WWE Championship?
Fresh off his victory over Drew McIntyre at Hell in a Cell, the question people are all asking themselves is, “What’s next for Bobby Lashley?” Well, I have a thought on the situation. We have seen in the last couple of weeks that MVP has had some discussions with Kofi about various things – one of them being his “soft” attitude holding him back and the fact he never got a rematch for the WWE Championship after losing it to Brock Lesnar. In recent interviews, Bobby Lashley has stated he would like to give Kofi another shot but we all know he won’t do it without a price. What if that price is if Kofi loses to Lashley, he and his New Day brother Xavier Woods have to join The Hurt Business? That’s how you take all these loose ends and tie them up plus you freshen up The New Day and open up a whole new layer to the characters of Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. Those three men together along with the managerial services of MVP will undoubtedly take Kingston and Woods to the top tier of the Raw card once again. Other options, if this doesn’t come to fruition, would be a returning Keith Lee, Bray Wyatt (although I hope not, he needs to stay FAR away from the title), Randy Orton, or Matt Riddle. I’m going to hold out hope my initial prediction comes through although I’m not going to hold my breath.
2.) What’s Next for Drew McIntyre?
With no WWE Championship opportunities to come in the future, Drew McIntyre’s next step is very interesting. Where does he go from here? It’s a very intriguing discussion honestly. With Money in the Bank coming up, I see a scenario where Drew qualifies for the Money in the Bank ladder match and tries to win the briefcase to catapult himself back up the ladder, figuratively and literally. Even though I think Drew ultimately will qualify, I don’t see him winning the briefcase as WWE needs to put that on a superstar that needs it to push them to the next level. Cesaro, Big E, Sami Zayn, Keith Lee, or Riddle would be great choices. A feud with former 3MB member, Jinder Mahal, could happen with Jinder being back on TV after returning from injury. I ultimately project when “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt returns, Drew will be his first target and that’ll give Drew a fresh feud to sink his teeth into until ultimately beginning the process of working his way back up the ladder. Since I don’t see Bray returning until most likely when fans do, I see McIntyre just kind of lingering until Money in the Bank where maybe we see Bray cost him the match which would kick off their feud heading into Summerslam.
3.) Is Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte at Money in the Bank Inevitable?
The short answer is yes. It seemed the DQ finish at Hell in a Cell was put in place to protect both Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair (as if Charlotte needs it). The wild card here is obviously Nikki Cross who could possibly wiggle herself into the title picture from her recent success over both Rhea and Charlotte in previous weeks. There is also the possibility of the return of Becky Lynch, even though I assume that won’t happen until we get live fans back. Realistically, I see Cross getting either a one-on-one shot at Rhea for the title or maybe at Money in the Bank it’s a triple threat with Rhea, Charlotte, and Nikki Cross. It seems like the most logical thing is for Rhea and Charlotte again at Money in the Bank and it’s hard for me to believe that Charlotte, unfortunately, will walk out Raw Women’s Champion again.
4.) Where is this Alexa Bliss/Shayna Bayzler/Nia Jax/Reginald thing going?
I wish I had a better answer for you but honestly I have no idea where this is going. I am one of the few people left that haven’t soured on Bliss and her dark character but I do agree it is time to begin to show us where this is ultimately going. After defeating Bayzler at Hell in a Cell, and starting to get mind control (at least temporary) over Jax, Bayzler and Reginald during the match and in past weeks, I am curious what WWE’s endgame is here. Does this feud continue where Bliss ultimately convinces Bayzler and Jax to join the dark side? Does The Fiend come back soon to get his revenge on Bliss for costing him his match at Wrestlemania? We should get some follow up with an “Alexa’s Playground” or something tonight on Raw but this is one of the few things going on in WWE that I don’t have a prediction for. We will just have to sit back and watch and see together.
5.) Can anyone stop “The Head of the Table?”
After destroying Rey Mysterio last Friday on Smackdown, the question is, “Who is left to challenge Roman Reigns on Smackdown?” After running through Edge, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, Rey Mysterio, Jey Uso and Cesaro – it does seem there are little to no realistic opponents left for Reigns on the blue brand. I’m unsure if Reigns’ advocate, Paul Heyman, was referring to an open challenge this upcoming Friday on Smackdown or not, but if he was, I only see a few possible options. Big E stepping up to Roman to put up a good but ultimately not good enough fight to the Tribal Chief is an option. A returning of Finn Balor to the blue brand to challenge his former adversary, even though I see no value in bringing Finn back to the main roster only to lose his first match back. With no other NXT call ups on the horizon, it truly will be interesting to see what’s next for Roman. My prediction is, Big E stepping up even though I would rather see him in, and possibly win, Money in the Bank. But with the limited options of opponents currently for Reigns, he seems like one of the most logical, in my opinion. We shall see Friday night.
6.) A Fresh Opponent for Bianca Belair?
With Bayley in her rear view mirror, it’s time for Smackdown Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair, to get a fresh opponent. Unfortunately, that opponent is just going to be filler until the inevitable Belair/Banks II at Summerslam. Belair has won the Royal Rumble, won the championship in the main event of Wrestlemania, and won a Hell in a Cell match within the last 7 months. That’s one hell of a run. I see maybe Carmella as a good potential opponent for Belair at Money in the Bank to help fill time awaiting the return of “The Boss.” Maybe Mia Yim (Reckoning) makes her debut on the blue brand (it’s been reported for weeks that’s where she’s headed) and they have her feud with Belair. It seems more likely to me a Carmella fills that void as Bianca continues her impressive 2021 on her way to the biggest party of the summer.
7.) What’s the rest of Smackdown look like after Hell in a Cell?
With Sami Zayn coming off a huge victory over Kevin Owens (who tweeted that he will be taking some time off, even though I expect him back for Summerslam) I expect him to use this to convince WWE offical Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville to insert him back into the Intercontinental Championship picture. Zayn – as well as Seth Rollins, Big E, Apollo, Cesaro, and Otis are among the people I see possibly being put in the upcoming Money in the Bank Ladder match. Rollins, fresh off his victory over Cesaro (which each man has won one match each) seems like a lock to be in the ladder match as well as Cesaro. I expect their feud continues over the coming weeks with it coming to an end at the Money in the Bank PPV where the two men will be top favorites to win the briefcase. The Smackdown Tag Team Championship picture remains unclear after Roman Reigns injured Dominick Mysterio and seemingly did the same thing to Rey this past Friday on Smackdown. I expect the Usos to get another title opportunity at some point in time but The Street Profits, Alpha Academy, and Dirty Dawgs might have something to say about that. That’ll be worth monitoring. I’m excited to see how the rest of the blue brand shapes up heading into the summer as Smackdown has been the best “main roster” show over the past 2 years and does a great job of keeping fan-interest and with Summerslam coming up, I expect them to continue to do that.
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