All professional sporting activity has been on hold in America for several months, but some leagues and events are now beginning to restart and reopen. With the Indy 500 recently showing that the show can go on, sports betting Indiana saw a usual frenzy of activity.
While although pro-wrestling does not have the heavy tarmac as its playground, there is still the ability to crush bones elsewhere. With their new “Thunderdome” open for business, a sense of normality is returning to Vince McMahon’s usual traveling circus. A circus that will now be operating at a fixed location for the foreseeable future.
With two-thirds of the 2020 grappling calendar behind us, it is time to take a look at what is lined up for the remaining four months of the year.
As August’s SummerSlam event concluded, the wrestling world was shocked to see the return of Roman Reigns. After a savage attack on both The Fiend and Braun Strowman, it seems as if the former Shield member now has two targets on his back.
The surprise showing of the 35-year-old subsequently had social media ablaze. With September’s “Clash of Champions” on the horizon, the previously anointed “Big Dog” will look to be a central part of the main event.
Whether he tops the bill as either champion or challenger remains to be seen, although whichever status he enters the ring with, there is a sizeable chance that he will be the WWE Champion come the end of the evening.
His sensational return has undoubtedly shaken up a rather lifeless Smackdown locker room. With an injection of life now thrust into it, questions remain as to who will be brave enough to enter Reigns’ yard.
A list of contenders could include AJ Styles, and even though the “Phenomenal One” has recently been dispossessed of the Intercontinental Championship, there is no reason why the former New Japan and TNA combatant cannot compete for much bigger prizes.
Much has been made of Styles’ recent transition to WWE’s blue brand, and after going public on matters regarding his backstage fallout with then Raw writer Paul Heyman, the switch to Smackdown has offered something of a new beginning. A new beginning that may have now come to a recent end, with Jeff Hardy claiming the Intercontinental belt for a fifth time on a recent episode of Smackdown, Styles is now free to focus on a new challenge.
A challenge that comes in ruling the roost once more and with the 43-year-old already earning two previous WWE Championship stints, a mega-clash with someone of Roman Reigns’ ilk could be a perfect matchup for November’s Survivor Series.
Of course, there is also the ability for cross-brand rivalry, and with Raw’s status quo unchanged since WrestleMania, there is perhaps a suggestion that a face vs. face clash will eventually be the end game in all of this.
A game that sees Drew McIntyre act as a foe for Roman Reigns, and with the dominance the Scottish superstar has shown in the past few months – none more so than when getting the better of Randy Orton at SummerSlam – a tilt at undisputed glory may not be all that far away.
When it comes to all things undisputed, a focus on the NXT brand cannot be forgotten, and with Adam Cole recently being disposed of as the king of the WWE’s newest league, could a call up to Monday or Friday night soon be on the cards?
There is a sense that the Undisputed Era has achieved all that they’ve set out do on Wednesday night, and they now find themselves in something of a holding pattern, a pattern which also creates a dilemma.
Do the awesome foursome continue to tread water and be a big fish in a small pond, or do they test their abilities against the very best. That is a question they will have to ask themselves, but at the same time, only Vince McMahon has the answer.
Their collective fates lie in his hands, and with fellow NXT alumni Keith Lee making a recent step up to Raw, there is hope for everyone else. If the Undisputed Era are to truly cement their place in WWE folklore, a change of scenery might be required.
Whichever way it pans out for Adam Cole and his three friends, the remainder of 2020 looks set to be just as dramatic as the months that have gone before it, and although WWE fans may not be in attendance, they will be still be treated to some of the best wrestling in the business today.