As the road to the Royal Rumble continues we saw the long-awaited return of John Morrison, the Big Show join forces with Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe to take down The AOP and the self-proclaimed “Monday Night Messiah” Seth Rollins, a huge fatal-four-way match where Keith Lee emerged as the new number-one contender for the North American Championship, and much more.
Here are my top five moments from this week.
5. Braun Strowman appears to be on his way to finally hold a singles championship.
Trust me when I say this, it pains me that this makes the number five spot on the list. There have been so many starts and stop pushes for the big man that has destroyed The Monster Among Men’s momentum that it’s concerning. Strowman has been targeting Shinsuke Nakamura and company for a few weeks now.
On this week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown, Strowman beat Nakamura clean in the middle of the ring which all but guarantees that he’ll be getting a title shot at the upcoming Royal Rumble pay-per-view. I won’t hold my breath though, after all, we all were certain Strowman was walking out of Crown Jewel a few years ago with the Universal Championship and he didn’t…. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong!
4. Rusev/Lana/Liv Morgan/Bobby Lashley Almost Over!!!!
Hallelujah have we finally reached the end of this train wreck of a storyline. Don’t get me wrong, this whole love story angle has garnished a hell of a lot of viewership but please let’s be done already. On next week’s edition of Monday Night Raw, Rusev will go one-on-one with Bobby Lashley hopefully for the last time.
“The Bulgarian Brute” needs to whoop his ex-wife’s new hubby’s ass to close out this rivalry. I thought for sure that would happen at TLC but sadly it didn’t. Lashley can move on to bigger things and perhaps Rusev can find a fresh opponent to battle with.
3. Austin Theory vs. Joaquin Wilde
I freaking love Austin Theory. He’s got a great look, a badass entrance theme and a ton of charisma that is going to take him big places this year. On this week’s edition of NXT, the two young up-and-comers had a great high-octane action-packed match.
The NXT Universe was fully behind Theory as he delivered another tremendous performance. He finished Wilde off with his customized TKO and picked another victory. If Lee doesn’t defeat Roderick Strong in two weeks and become the North American Champion I can see Theory being the one to take the title.
2. John Morrison Is Back!
The WWE Universe is raving about how awesome it is to see John Morrison back after eight years. I was shocked that they didn’t keep his return under wraps until the Royal Rumble and inserted him into the Miz/Kofi Kingston storyline. I have no doubt in my mind, that Morrison will add a much-needed spark back to Friday Night SmackDown!
I’m just over here hoping and praying that he’s not going to be placed back into the mid-card scene right where he left off. Let’s have the eventual tag team match that will steal the show against The New Day but, after that push him into the main event title scene that he truly deserves.
1. Keith Lee is Number-One Contender
After another spectacular fatal-four-way match, Keith Lee emerged victorious with a North American Championship title shot happening in two weeks. The big man has taken over the black and gold brand as he makes his rise to the top of the food chain.
Lee had a tremendous showing at WarGames and Survivor Series, and there’s no doubt in my mind that big things are ahead of him going into 2020. I’m extremely excited to see if Lee can be the one to end the Era of The Undisputed Era. One day he will be NXT Champion and it will simply be “Limitless.”