0 out of 5
Of the many unforgettable moments that happened at WrestleMania 36 two days this year, Drew McIntyre won the WWE Championship from Brock Lesnar in the main event Night 2 is arguably the most satisfying.
Scot’s trip to the top of the cards since his first assignment with WWE more than a decade ago has been well documented, and he finally where he was among the elites in the main event scene.
The victory over The Beast Incarnate is no small feat, and WWE must take advantage of its hot momentum going forward.
His first defense for the title came at the end of The Show of Shows in a recording aired during Raw Monday when he fought Big Show in an impromptu battle. Thankfully, he emerged victorious (albeit with his teeth), leaving viewers to question who would challenge him to get gold.
Raw’s list is filled with competitors who are worthy of leaving WrestleMania and the possibilities are endless now because McIntyre has a prestigious prize. Having a full-time champion as the face of an excellent event will once again refresh and make the road to SummerSlam fun to follow.
McIntyre solidified his star status with his victory over Lesnar on Sunday night, but now it’s all about the consequences and how he will be booked as a champion.
These five conflicts will give him the most convincing competition and ensure his government is certified successful.
1 out of 5
Of all the people on Raw’s list now, no one fought with McIntyre in the ring almost as often as Seth Rollins.
The two men had countless matches with each other in the second half of 2018 when Scottish team partner at the time, Dolph Ziggler, was at odds with Rollins over the Intercontinental Championship. Most of the matches were won by McIntyre.
It should also be noted that the Scottish victory over The Architect on Raw which led to WrestleMania 35 (where Rollins won the Universal Championship) was finally forgotten. That would be a logical time to transition it into a title image.
One year later, and the two men were far more comfortable in the reverse role. Rollins suffered the loss of his first major single in some time when he lost to Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 36, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t compete for Raw’s top title again in the end.
As a result of being busy with Owens since dropping the Universal Championship to The Fiend at Crown Jewel in November, The Monday Night Messiah was forced to put aspirations to get gold back on one side.
Assuming that the competition is going well, he can easily announce his intention to challenge McIntyre for a WWE title in the not too distant future.
Both men have conquered The Beast at WrestleMania, but fans immediately turned their backs on Rollins. He could argue the same thing would happen to McIntyre soon. This is a story line that basically writes itself.
2 out of 5
While this idea may not sound attractive to many people on paper, McIntyre vs. Jinder Mahal can function as a WWE title dispute provided it is brief and ordered as a filler before the Scottish player moves to a more important opponent.
From the point of view of the storyline, it would be logical for Mahal to target McIntyre and the championship that he just won after returning to the ring.
The Modern Day Maharaja has been sidelined with a knee injury since last June. Before that, he had turned the wheel on the main list, despite holding a WWE title for a six-month defeat in 2017.
WWE tried to continue to push its main event in competition with the Roman Government in 2018 but failed. And at this point, fans don’t have much incentive to buy him as a competitor anymore, but the history of previous 3MB stability can’t be ignored.
As a former WWE champion in his own right, Mahal can claim that he had reached the top of the mountain long before McIntyre and deserves to be where his former teammate is now.
The match might not be an instant classic, but it will be an acceptable main event for the upcoming Raw episode to help kill time and reintroduce Mahal as an instant threat.
3 out of 5
For someone who has held a WWE Championship for more than a year, it is almost unbelievable that AJ Styles has so far been removed from the world title image as long as he has it.
To his credit, he has made most of his role in the upper middle card at Raw by reversing his heels, reforming The O.C. and dominated the United States Championship scene for a while. As soon as his journey with the prize of stars ended, he floundered to the point of making magic with The Undertaker in an innovative Boneyard match at WrestleMania 36.
After being “buried alive” by The Deadman at the end of the affair, it’s safe to say that WWE Universe won’t see much of The Phenomenal on Raw for the foreseeable future.
When Styles returns triumphantly, ideally within a month or two, his first business must challenge McIntyre for the WWE Championship. He has been out of the main event mix long enough so that it will mean something when he goes for gold again.
McIntyre revealed in a recent interview with Adi Kift and EGO Total from Israel (h / t SEScoops) that he aims to one day share a ring with The Phenomenal One. Outside one television Thrice-match Threat Match also involves Randy Orton in January, the two had never clashed in a single competition at WWE.
Assuming SummerSlam goes according to plan on August 23, McIntyre vs. Styles will be the main event to be seen for payment per view.
This will also provide the best opportunity for the Scot to prove his worth as a top talent on Monday night against one of the best the business has to offer.
4 out of 5
The only time McIntyre and Kevin Owens went to war was on the Smackdown episode in July 2019 and then on the final Raw before the Survivor Series four months later. Both matches were entertaining, but the Scottish coach turned around before they had the chance to engage in a full dispute.
It would be difficult for WWE Universe to decide who to encourage between these two fan favorites, but this is a game that makes perfect sense at the moment.
Owens put his rivalry with Seth Rollins to rest at WrestleMania 36 on Saturday night when he defeated The Monday Night Messiah with the strict Stunner. He then tempted to return to being “The Prizefighter” on Raw Monday, which meant he intended to compete for the WWE Championship.
KO has had several opportunities in the top titles in Raw and SmackDown since losing the Universal Championship three years ago. However, he is more of a threat to the tit holders now given how much momentum he has.
McIntyre had to fight Raw’s best talent, and Owens had to be included in the conversation. Combined with how strong the chemistry is in their rings, this hostility will be something special.
5 out of 5
Before winning the Royal Rumble and directing his attention to the WWE Championship Brock Lesnar, McIntyre was involved in competition with Randy Orton.
Before The Viper could finish his score with AJ Styles in the January 13 Raw, the Scottish player put himself in the fight and made him a Triple Threat. His sharp victory over Styles irritated Orton and made the two go one on one the following week.
Their heated clash ended in failure due to interference from The O.C, but Orton’s post-match RKO to McIntyre sent a message that they had unfinished business. The two of them embarked on different paths on their way to WrestleMania, but it was only a matter of time before they met again.
At WrestleMania, McIntyre fulfilled its destiny by defeating Lesnar and becoming a new WWE champion, but staying on the food chain would be a different matter simultaneously. There is nothing better at guarding and checking and testing their courage than The Apex Predator.
Some of the best jobs in Orton’s career have emerged in competition with Edge. Despite his shortcomings at WrestleMania 36, there is no reason to think he will not be equally motivated in a high profile program with McIntyre.
Graham Mirmina, aka Graham “GSM” Matthews, has specialized in sports and entertainment writing since 2010. Visit his website, The Next Era of Wrestling, and “likes” it officially Facebook page to continue talking about all things wrestling.