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.
Bobby Lashley Discusses Hurt Business Reunion
Bobby Lashley hopes that there will be a day that the popular Hurt Business faction will reunite, and reignited their dominant impact during WWE Monday Night RAW that was front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lashley, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Cedric Alexander, all formed the faction, and at one point they held a lot of gold, when Lashley was WWE Champion and Alexander & Benjamin were Raw Tag Team Champions.
The faction has since split up, with Lashley and MVP branching off as a solo act, but MVP eventually split from Lashley and is now managing Omos.
Lashley is still holding out hope.
“You know what, I was thinking about what could happen to actually bring us together, and I thought about this the other day. I was like, if [MVP] made Omos too dangerous, where he couldn’t contain him anymore, and Omos turned on him, he would need somebody to help him. There’s only one person that can beat Omos. Then, I may need some help, and if I need some help, you have Cedric, you have Shelton, you have, we can take him down, and then we’re babyfaces again. They’ll love us. Anything can happen,” Bobby Lashley said, during an interview with Ryan Satin on the Out of Character Podcast (H/T to Fightful)
WWE Fires John Laurinaitis
WWE has quietly let go of former WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis in the aftermath of public accusations levied at Laurinaitis and former WWE Vince McMahon, according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson.
“We are told that the termination happened within the last week or so and it was, for obvious reasons, being kept very quiet beyond a very small circle. We are working to confirm when the departure took place but every source, to a person, made it clear Laurinaitis was let go.”
Allegations came to light earlier this summer when the Wall Street Journal published an article alleging WWE board members are “investigating a secret $3 million settlement that longtime chief executive Vince McMahon agreed to pay to a departing employee with whom he allegedly had an affair, according to documents and people familiar with the board inquiry.”
It was alleged that McMahon “gave her like a toy” to Laurinaitis.
The WWE Board of Director’s investigation is ongoing.
Live Morgan Injury Update
SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan is set to defend her title at WWE Clash at the Castle that takes places in the United Kingdom during Labor Day Weekend, but could an injury limit her?
Morgan was wearing an arm brace on SmackDown leading fans to think she is legitimately hurt.
According to Fightful, Morgan is not hurt and the injury is a work to advance the storyline of Ronda Rousey “snapping” following the controversial ending to their SummerSlam championship match which saw Morgan clearly tapping out to Rousey prior to Rousey being counted down for the pinfall, giving Morgan the victory.
Morgan wining walking away still champion, given the circumstances, has irked fans.
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