WWE Stomping Grounds: What Will World Title Scene look like Following Sunday’s Event
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, June 23, 2019
WWE’s newest pay-per-view takes place tonight live from the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. The event features plenty of rematches from Super ShowDown, which took place two weeks ago from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and will surely provide plenty of moments and serves as the company prepares the buildup for Extreme Rules and SummerSlam.
WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs Baron Corbin
Seth Rollins and Baron Corbin have been involved in a feud on Monday Night Raw since Rollins defended his newly won championship against AJ Styles at Money in the Bank. Even though Rollins retained against Corbin at Super ShowDown, the two still have a score to settle when they face off once again and this time there will be a special guest referee involved.
For weeks, Brock Lesnar, the 2019 Money in the Bank winner, has been teasing a cash-in by appearing on Raw and attacking the champion. Lesnar has yet to officially cash-in the briefcase which makes him an interesting option if WWE choose to add him to the matchup as the special guest referee. Another option would be to turn Lesnar into a face by having him attack Corbin and then eventually cash-in his briefcase on the former golden glove winner, who has been one of the company’s top heels as of late.
A Brock Lesnar face turn could be interesting especially since he retired from the UFC when he couldn’t agree to terms for a fight with Daniel Cormier. With Lesnar now being one hundred percent committed to his pro wrestling career as opposed to focusing on a UFC return, now may be the best time to refresh Lesnar’s character and what he can do as a top face in 2019. Lesnar’s face run in 2003 played a pivotal role in Smackdown’s success, so who knows what he could do for the company now that their ratings have been struggling as of late.
Prediction: Seth Rollins retains
Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Dolph Ziggler
Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler will add another chapter to their decade-long rivalry when they battle in a steel cage match for the WWE Championship. This match is also a rematch from Super ShowDown, where Kofi successfully retained with some help from the New Day however with the match being contest inside a steel cage, there will be no outside interference and each superstar can only win by pinfall, submission, or by escaping the cage.
Both Kofi Kingston and Dolph Zigger have had many outstanding matches against one another over the past ten-years, so Sunday could be where both men steal the show and are talked about as having match of the night. Based on how the feud has gone and the possibilities going forward, it’s likely that Kofi retains the WWE Championship and once again enters a feud with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
In addition, WWE could also head into an entirely different direction and have Kofi defend his WWE Championship against both Big E and Xavier Woods in a New Day triple threat match. A triple threat match between the New Day members could be an intriguing because it’d be interesting to see which member of the New Day would get the best response from fans and which member fans were to get behind if WWE went in that direction.
Prediction: Kofi Kingston retains
Smackdown Women's Championship: Bayley (c) vs Alexa Bliss
Raw Women's Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Lacey Evans
Big E and Xavier Woods vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre
Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Neese (c) vs Drew Gulak vs Akira Tozawa
Smackdown Tag Team Championships: Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) vs Heavy Machinery
United States Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs Ricochet
Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Dolph Zigger
Universal Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs Baron Corbin with special guest referee (TBD)
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