— WWE (@WWE) August 30, 2016
Going into tonight, the WWE actually had me feeling like a kid again. I actually had no idea as to who they’d have leave Raw with the Universal title between Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, and Big Cass. Rumors had been swirling of Reigns winning and battling Rollins, then the rumors switched over to Rollins winning and battling Reigns. Even with just the two of them in the picture, it still provided for entertaining television.
I was texting my buddy throughout the entire main event tonight, going back and forth on how the WWE was actually making guys like Cass and Owens look good and deserving of being in a match with the likes of Rollins and Reigns. I half-jokingly had brought up the idea of having Owens pop-up power bomb Reigns and knock him out to have him and Rollins as the last two, figuring Rollins had it in the bag. Then, things got interesting.
As literally no one expected, Triple H came out of nowhere, hit a Pedigree on Reigns, and helped Rollins knock him out of the match. At that point, I texted my friends saying that they had actually pulled it off, and that they showed a little bit of guts tonight. Then, I again half-jokingly texted my friends saying they may have HHH turn on Rollins, too.
Little did I know, the WWE had a hardwire connection to my booking brain, and actually pulled it off. They showed some cahones, and actually had The Game turn on Rollins, giving Owens the win and sending the crowd into a frenzy.
I’m a huge Rollins fan, and have been ever since he won the Money in the Bank ladder match back in 2014, but I enjoyed that ending as much, if not more, than his Wrestlemania cash in back in 2015. I’ve loved Owens and the work he’s done in the last year, and this title reign is long overdue, in my opinion.
The WWE usually dies off once September hits, with football starting up and fans tuning into the primetime games on Monday nights rather than Raw. I am usually one of these people, and I tune out from the WWE, except for PPVs, from September-December. Football is, and almost always will be, a priority, but WWE made a case for itself tonight. I thought I was done after Finn Balor’s injury, and especially after the rumors of Reigns’ win came out, and I gave the company one last chance to prove itself before the NFL season came began. I think it’s safe to say, they took advantage of the opportunity.
The key thing, however, is what happens next. The possibilities are endless, between HHH/The Authority, HHH/Rollins, HHH/Reigns, Owens/Rollins, Owens/Zayn, and it’s all a matter of whether or not the WWE can capitalize. My ideal next few months of booking would be Owens paired with Sami Zayn, Triple H battling The Authority and Rollins, and Reigns back up against Rusev for the US title. I’d be fine with multiple other angles that it could travel, especially a program between Owens and Rollins, but the one thing that can’t happen is a complete meltdown. They need to capitalize on the heat, and keep the ball rolling. One thing is for certain, however, and that is just when I thought I was out, they pulled me right back in.