Coming off the latest episode of Monday Night RAW, the WrestleMania picture got somewhat clearer with a more defined direction for a portion of the mid-card. However, the main event scene could certainly get thrown into a tizzy if Dean Ambrose is able to defeat Triple H at Roadblock this Saturday night and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The recent absences of Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar have forced the WWE to center their storylines around The Game and The Lunatic Fringe, with the McMahon family saga playing a key part in the road to WrestleMania as well.
But what about the WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day and where they fit in Dallas? On Monday night, Kofi Kingston and Big E successfully defended their titles against the team of Chris Jericho and AJ Styles. The major news surrounding this segment came after the match when Jericho turned on Styles, hitting the Phenomenal 1 with three Codebreakers. That all but confirms another one-on-one clash between the team formerly (and briefly) known as Y2AJ at WrestleMania.
According to the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, The New Day is now on a collision course with the League of Nations, set to culminate in a faction vs faction match for the tag team titles at WrestleMania. The interesting tidbit out of this report indicates that the goal out of this potential feud would be to turn The New Day into fan-favorites, but no word whether a tangible face-turn will happen before or after WrestleMania. If a full-fledged program does start to materialize on television over the next few weeks, an organic turn could take place as the tag champs are clearly more over than the League of Nations.
Outside of some veiled shots during Edge and Christian’s Cutting Edge Peep Show and several social media videos, the two factions have yet to square off in a manner which would indicate a WrestleMania program is forthcoming. But with three weeks worth of RAW and Smackdown! to build the angle, that should allow plenty of time for Creative to devise a worthwhile feud. It’s certainly possible other tag teams could get involved, but neither the Dudley Boys or The Usos appeared on RAW to perpetuate a multi-team program. However, if Kevin Owens is slotted to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Sami Zayn one-on-one, and Kalisto puts his United States Championship on the line against Ryback, that could open the door for the tag team titles to be defended in a gimmick match featuring multiple teams at WrestleMania.
There have also been multiple reports suggesting that there’d be an additional Divas match at Wrestlemania separate from the triple threat championship bout between Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. The only non-championship angle that would fit that description at the moment revolves around Lana and Brie Bella. Lana attacked Brie on RAW, after her distraction caused Bella to get rolled up by Summer Rae. However, many in WWE do not feel Lana is ready for a singles match, so additional pieces may need putting into place as we move forward. Dave Meltzer also suggested that there is heat beyond her wrestling ability on Lana from within.
“There’s a lot of internal stuff going on with Lana right now. When co-host Bryan Alvarez asked, ‘hasn’t this been the case for months,’ Meltzer replied, ‘Yeah, but now there’s new stuff.’ Meltzer joked that ‘Lana in Rusev’s voice’ will probably cut a promo on him on Twitter now, referencing Rusev dismissing reports of Lana having heat with WWE last month.”
Many reports will continue to surface with the rest of the WrestleMania card still up in the air. We’ll soon find out whether WWE is willing to risk two heel factions facing off, and if Lana has the chops to compete in a singles match on the biggest show of the year.
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