Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
Triple H’s Wrestlemania Opponent
The ending of Survivor Series was an absolute mess, I think most wrestling fans would agree on that. While it could be argued that the match was booked as to get Braun Strowman over, most of us can agree that once again, Triple H stole the limelight.
Wrestlemania feuds are often started at Survivor Series, though, and with Triple H screwing pretty much everybody in this bout, and then having a confrontation with Braun Strowman- fans were left a little bit confused as to who his Mania opponent would be. Rumoured opponents for Hunter have been Shane or Kurt Angle in recent months, and with him attacking both of these men at Survivor Series, things still remain unclear.
The rumours circulating today are that Triple H will face both Braun Strowman and Kurt Angle (sorry, Shane), one at the Royal Rumble, and one at WrestleMania. Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Radio commented today that it seems more likely that Braun will face Triple H at Mania. This makes a lot of sense- Triple H loves getting in the ring with up and coming stars at Mania, and it would also free up Angle to face Jason Jordan on the grandest stage of them all as well. This match definitely seems the most logical to me- it would also allow Jordan to screw Kurt out of a victory against Triple H at the Rumble, cementing his heel turn and creating the build towards their bout.
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Huge Return on Raw
WWE superstar Paige has had quite the 2017. Her sex-tape scandal earlier in the year doubled with her relationship with former WWE employee Alberto Del Rio led many to believe we might never see her step foot back in a WWE ring. Last night, however, she finally returned to Raw after weeks of speculation, Paige finally made her return to WWE television, and she wasn’t alone. Paige interrupted a fatal 4-way match between Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James, telling them that she was back and that she had company. NXT superstars Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose then stormed the ring, beating down the women inside it before being joined by Paige.
I love a good stable, and joining these two women up with Paige will no doubt help them get over pretty fast. The group also attacked Alexa Bliss backstage, establishing their lone wolves status within the division.
SEE ALSO: READ OUR WWE RAW REVIEW HERE
Royal Rumble Main Event Plans
Ever since Finn Balor made his return to WWE TV after Wrestlemania, the assumption has been that he would be given his long deserved rematch for the Universal title. He has been shunned throughout the year in favour of WWE’s bigger superstars but it looked as though he would finally get his chance at the Royal Rumble.
It now looks as though this isn’t the case. Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio today that the plans for Finn to headline the Rumble have changed, and recent booking certainly implies that that is the case. Finn was jobbed to Kane a few weeks back on Raw and was an afterthought during the Survivor Series elimination match. He then lost to Samoa Joe on last night’s Raw. If not Finn, though, then who? Speculation is that Braun will get another shot at Brock Lesnar at the Rumble, but with him presumably tied up in a feud with Triple H, my money would be on Samoa Joe getting himself another shot. As for Finn, personally, I’d have him take the Intercontinental title off Reigns in the coming months and give him a good run with that through Mania season.
Landmark for Roman Reigns
Last night on WWE Raw, Roman Reigns defeated The Miz in the show’s main event to become the new Intercontinental champion. This win was significant for Reigns because it now means he is a Grand Slam Champion in the WWE, yet another big achievement for the former WWE champion that will no doubt infuriate fans. Reigns is the 17th overall Grand Slam winner in WWE, and the 9th in its current format, with Shield team-mate Dean Ambrose being the last to accomplish the feat when he won the WWE title in 2016.
And Finally… for those of you who are still annoyed at Triple H ruining the end of Survivor Series, here’s a little video of him getting buried by the big screen at Survivor Series to brighten up your day…
Liam Hoofe is a writer and a teacher living in Madrid. You can follow Liam on Twitter here @liamhoofe