And we also might have a better sense of who those champs will be taking on in April in New Orleans. Seriously, when is the last time that crown jewel of the WWE women's division had a match that felt like it actually mattered?
The main selling point to this match was Orton going after the only title he has never held in the WWE, but Booker ruined that story during the pre-show when he said a man with Orton's accomplishments does not really care about winning the U.S Title.
Even though he may be guilty of mailing it in from time to time, when he's locked in, few in WWE are better than Shinsuke Nakamura.
All that aside, this was a very good match to open the show. I can imagine this match being in the running to steal the show, as Rusev should inspire Nakamura to pull out a solid one.More news: Spartans Extend Their Big Ten Record With 21st Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance
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One would assume the ex-Intercontinental Champion is getting ready for the match or that he is just being ironic. While there is nothing to go out of you way to see, AJ-Nakamura and Charlotte-Asuka were confirmed for WrestleMania.
The remainder of the card shows Randy Orton challenging Bobby Roode for his United States Championship and yet another Tag Team Championship battle between The Usos and The New Day. Randy Orton for the WWE United States Championship - The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) vs. Maybe this is a sign that WWE how much longer Cena will be around. Cool package that gets over the big moments.
Going by the history of WWE, mostly all the departing veteran superstars have followed the pattern Cena is following. If The New Day wins, it would most likely be a triple threat tag team match. It seems like a play to just beef up the women's rosters on the main level. But with an appearance later in the night a la her close shave against Charlotte Flair after the Riot Squad attacked her.
Just as it looked like we were settling in for another New Day/Usos classic, the Bludgeon Brothers interrupted with oversize mallets and an ax to grind. Not counting the Royal Rumble (where New Day competed in the 30-man match), The Usos and New Day have wrestled each other on LITERALLY EVERY Smackdown or dual-branded PPV going back to June of a year ago.
But there was a new competitor for SmackDown's women's title, with Asuka appearing after the conclusion of Charlotte Flair's win over Ruby Riott to challenge the champion. Please tell me that she is not going to do so during the Charlotte vs. Asuka WrestleMania match to give creative an easy way out of booking a clean finish to the singles match. It feels like WWE is in a holding pattern until after WrestleMania, when they'll probably do another draft, "shake things up" and not fix the underlying problems in the writer's room, resulting in us right back here in six months complaining about the fifth Broken Matt Hardy vs Bobby Roode match in a row.