What a week it has been for you, and really all WWE fans worldwide. Bet you are basking (a little) in the after glow of the Wrestlemania 32 weekend and post-Mania RAW. While you canâ€™t take all the credit for some of the incredible moments in the past week (Zayn versus Nakamura at TakeOver, Michael PS Hayes singing at the WWE Hall of Fame, the Womenâ€™s Triple Threat Match at â€˜Mania); it must have been an honor sitting on the sidelines, to some degree, and soaking it all in.
However, Wrestlemania 32 is all but a distant memory now, and next week, you wonâ€™t have all of that hype (or Shane McMahon) to fall back. But it seems you have set yourself up quite well. The debut of Apollo Crew, Enzo and Big Cass, and Baron Corbin were impressive. Cesaro has returned; and there seems to be a beautiful (and intrusive) Maryse by the side of Miz to make him relevant again. But even more impressive was an AJ Styles win; which turned him into the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. You had me guessing for a while there during the Fatal Four Way match on Monday; and Styles was my last pick to win. And that was not because I did not think he was worthy, rather I was going by the typical WWE Creative order recipe: heels first (Owens being before Jericho), and then potentially Cesaro, to make a huge splash with his return. You surprised me, Creative, and it was a pleasant surprise.
I think this is the right move, even if this feud doesnâ€™t equal a title win for Styles in the end; and I donâ€™t believe that this program could or would bury the guy. In a lot of ways, it will further his character, and give him more of a main event spotlight. Besides, you know better Creative; burying a guy that is this over, at the hands of guy still trying to get over, would be character suicide in this day and age for Reigns.
There are a number of ways to handle this, and Iâ€™m sure you are weighing out your options as it is.
Would this be perfect timing to turn Roman Reigns heel? It just might be, Creative. Off the cusp of a negative reaction from the Wrestlemania crowd this past Sunday, only to get booed out of the arena during RAW; you may be re-thinking this Reigns/face idea. Alas, despite only being in the WWE for a mere two and half months, Styles has had the opposite affect; being fully over with the WWE Universe, and I do believe hitting that child demographic you all oh-so love to target. Perhaps this would be a perfect time to re-consider the superhero character in Reigns, and have him join the dark side of the roster for a bit.
Or perhaps Styles is simply a distraction, for something else coming down the pipe. Maybe a returning Seth Rollins interrupts their match, that may (or may not be) scheduled for WWEâ€™s May 1st pay-per-view (PPV), Payback. Even more, maybe this match is simply going to help build another feud the WWE Universe has been anticipating: Ambrose versus Reigns, where potential Ambrose, fed up with Reignsâ€™ spotlight, turns on his former Shield buddy.
For Stylesâ€™ sake, I hope this is not the case, as I personally would love to see him in a title race program with at least two matches, versus a single one.
Either way, AJ Styles is the number one contender for Roman Reignsâ€™ title for now, and I cannot wait to see how you have this one play out.