The WWE is less than 48 hours away from the annual Royal Rumble and Braun Strowman has the opportunity to win the WWE Universal Championship.
However, there may be different Wrestlemania plan for the monster. According to a report from Wrestling Inc., – via the Wrestling Observer Newsletter – the backstage plan is still for Roman Reigns to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Wrestlemania.
As for Strowman, the big man will still have an opportunity to capture WWE gold, specifically the Intercontinental Championship.
The report states Strowman is set to challenge The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship at the Show of Shows in New Orleans. Miz recently defeated Reigns for the IC title on Raw to begin his eighth reign with the championship. It’s said the reason Miz went over clean was to make his match with Strowman one of the featured bouts at Wrestlemania.
The Intercontinental Championship is one of the cornerstones in WWE’s legacy and the title has been featured in several Wrestlemania bouts over the years, with a few of those matches etching their name in the annals of professional wrestling. The two that come to mind are the title match between “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III, as well as the ladder match between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania X.
An Intercontinental title bout between Miz and Strowman has the potential to be one of the most important matches at Wrestlemania. Fans who are dreading the idea of Reigns-Lesnar II have a new match to look forward to.
Both Miz and Strowman have shined on RAW in terms of in-ring work and mic time. Miz is widely regarded as one of the best heels in the company – his promos are second to none and he can work in the ring. Many fans and critics have praised Miz for helping elevate the Intercontinental Championship to a place it hasn’t been in a long time.
Strowman has has gotten over with the audience as this monster and can put on a good performance.
There’s also speculation that Miz winning the IC title is the beginning of a major push for him, one that could lead to a program for the Universal title. If Reigns wins the title from Lesnar, he and Miz could continue where their feud left off.
But if Miz is going to challenge Reigns for the Universal title, does that mean Strowman wins the IC championship at Wrestlemania? Probably and that’s a good thing.
Fans love Strowman and they want to see him succeed and win the Universal title. Having him defend the Intercontinental Championship would be a good test to see if he can carry the weight and pressure that comes with being a WWE Champion. If Strowman can shine with the IC title, then it won’t be long before he is wearing the Universal Championship – or the WWE Championship if he gets traded to Smackdown Live.
If Strowman’s IC title reign doesn’t work out or if Miz’s push gets derailed – this is WWE after all – then the two can feud over the Intercontinental Championship.
NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom
NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.
Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.
“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”
Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.
Rey Mysterio Praises Andrade
WWE superstar Rey Mysterio believes that the company has a big star on their hands in Andrade .
“This kid is awesome” Mysterio said, during an appearance on the WINCLY podcast. “I mentioned it before, in previous interviews, but, every time I’m in the ring with him, there’s an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie [Guerrero],” Mysterio said.
“This is how good he is! He’s thinking a step ahead before you even move. He already knows the positioning, and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. My hat goes off to Andrade, as he’s definitely the future of WWE.”
Mysterio sees all the tools necessary to succeed in WWE.
“Just like anybody else, once you can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star,” Mysterio continued. “I’ve seen him work on his English, and it’s a slow process, but he’s moving forward. Once he dominates his English language, he’s on his way to stardom.”
Fandango, Apollo Crews, Killain Dain Make Returns to NXT
WWE is starting to allow superstars on their main rosters to transition back to NXT, much like they did with Tyler Breeze, who recently returned to NXT, where he had his most success, following around 2 years of meandering on the main roster following his callup.
Fandango, Apollo Crews, and Killian Dain made their returns to NXT tv at Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University for Thursday’s NXT TV tapings.
Fandango, also making his return from injury, made the save for his Breezango partner, Tyler Breeze, who was on the receiving end of an attack at the hands of the Forgotten Sons. Crews made his return to take on Kushida in singles competition, and Dain made a brutal attack on Matt Riddle following Riddle’s win over Arture Rass.
Fandango had been out of action after suffering a shoulder injury back in July 2018.
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