Hello WWE fans, today we will look at the results of recent WWE shows, and this Saturday’s Royal Rumble as the road to WrestleMania begins.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown
Kofi Kingston (w/ Big E) defeated Madcap Moss (w/ Happy Corbin)
Aliyah defeated Natalya via disqualification
The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) defeat Los Lotharios (Angel & Humberto)
WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair defeated Naomi in a “WWE SmackDown Women’s Title Contender’s Match” with Sonya Deville as special referee
Sheamus (w/ Ridge Holland) defeated Ricochet
Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins defeated The Usos (Jey & Jimmy Uso)
Bianca Belair defeated Queen Zelina
Kevin Owens defeated WWE United States Champion Damian Priest via disqualification
Dana Brooke, Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley defeated Carmella, Nikki ASH & Tamina
Randy Orton (w/ Riddle) defeated Chad Gable (w/ Otis)
AJ Styles defeated Austin Theory
The Mysterios (Dominik & Rey Mysterio) defeated The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
MSK (Nash Carter & Wes Lee) defeated Jacket Time (Ikemen Jiro & Kushida) in a, “Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 First Round” match
Solo Sikoa defeated Boa in a, “No Disqualification Falls Count Anywhere” match
Duke Hudson defeated Guru Raaj
Indi Hartwell, Kay Lee Ray & Persia Pirotta defeated Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin, Jacy Jayne & Mandy Rose)
The Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson) defeated Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward in a “Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 First Round” match
Io Shirai defeated Tiffany Stratton
Cameron Grimes defeated Tony D’Angelo in a “WWE NXT North American Title #1 Contendership” match
With WWE Royal Rumble being this Saturday and WrestleMania not far away, I have been thinking about what I would do if I were booking those two events. First, I would decide what matches I want for the main singles title matches.
As I explained recently, I think the WWE Championship and WWE Universal Championship should be unified, and that there should be a WWE World Champion. With Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns still feuding, this would be a perfect opportunity to unify the titles and finish their angle on the same night, so I would book Lesnar and Reigns to successfully defend against Bobby Lashley and Seth Rollins respectively at the Royal Rumble, and then face each other on night 1 of WrestleMania.
I would book Roman Reigns to win the unification match, with Paul Heyman turning on Brock Lesnar and realigning himself with Reigns. On night 2 of WrestleMania, Roman Reigns would face the winner of the Royal Rumble, and I would book that person to be AJ Styles, who I would plan on booking to defeat Reigns for the WWE World Championship. Whether it’s been in TNA, Japan, or WWE, Styles has never disappointed. I recall reading that the reason why Styles lost the WWE Champion in 2018 was that he requested it due to not wanting to be on the road as often as he was. They were unreliable sources though, and hopefully, it’s not true, because Styles is definitely the wrestler who I want to be Champion at the end of WrestleMania.
The Women’s Championship matches that I would book for WrestleMania would be Asuka vs. Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair, so Lynch would successfully defend the WWE RAW Women’s Championship against Doudrop at the Royal Rumble.
We haven’t seen Asuka in months, and the Women’s Royal Rumble match is where she would make her surprise return, winning the match and then choosing Becky Lynch to be her WrestleMania opponent. Becky Lynch would retain at WrestleMania, but I would want this match to be the beginning of a series of matches between the two, so Lynch’s victory would most likely not be a clean one.
According to WWE, currently injured Sasha Banks will return to action before WrestleMania. Charlotte Flair’s WrestleMania opponent would be decided in a Battle Royal, which is where Banks would make a surprise return and win the shot at Flar’s WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship, which she would win at WrestleMania.