In the future, this is something that I think needs to be experimented with, but I don’t think WWE is equipped to pull this off right now, even if it’s more likely than ever before.
Option D: Something Regarding Brock Lesnar and/or Baron Corbin and/or Kurt Angle
What if it’s nothing to do with the women’s division at all?
I know the likelihood of that is slim, as Stephanie McMahon seems to focus a lot on these announcements on things like the women’s Royal Rumble and such, but she’s not a one-trick pony.
She’s still the commissioner of Raw, and she’s been having Constable Corbin act as a representative of her for the past few weeks.
Perhaps she is going to do something on her own, instead of acting through her vessel, and will be announcing something regarding Brock Lesnar’s contract status to counteract Kurt Angle’s authority on Raw.
After all, Lesnar has been positioned as Vince McMahon’s bread and butter, so why wouldn’t Stephanie be in the same boat, wanting to make Brock happy at the expense of everybody else?
Naturally, I’m leaning more toward this being an angle for the women’s division, but I don’t think we should count this out at all, and I’m surprised it isn’t getting more traction out there as far as rumors.
Option E: The End of the Brand Split
The idea that I believe perhaps the least in, save for the Women’s Intercontinental Championship concept, is that Stephanie will be announcing the official separation of the brand split.
SummerSlam is one of the biggest events of the year, and if a big angle were to be going down, this could be one of the times WWE would build it around.
I don’t buy it for one second, though, for many reasons.
First, if that was the case, why wouldn’t WWE have just pulled the trigger at Backlash with the co-branded events?
You could maybe argue that they wanted to do a few test runs to see if the shared shows would garner more views, saw it as a success, and want to go full-steam, but while that makes sense, I counter it with another question.
Why, then, is Paige announcing a contender to AJ Styles’ WWE Championship while we’re setting up someone to fight Lesnar for the Universal Championship, the Raw and SmackDown women’s titles seem to be pretty locked, and there’s no effort in separating the tag titles, either?
Also, why would WWE do this now, after Money in the Bank, and at SummerSlam, rather than at Survivor Series? That event had a champion vs. champion theme, and if any time of the year would be better to unify titles, that would be the best time to do it—particularly after the removal of Clash of Champions to follow it in December!
I put absolutely zero stock into this gossip whatsoever, and I’ll be beyond shocked if anything like this were to be announced on Raw tonight.
Gun to my head, I think we’re getting the tag titles announcement, but I’m really hoping it’s just the women’s pay-per-view. I think that’s the smarter play and the one that creates only positives, rather than problems.
But what do you have to say on the matter? What are you expecting tonight and what are you hoping for? How do you feel about these different options above?
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