Welcome to the first installment of the 3-Count!, where we discuss the 3 biggest things that happened in the WWE this week.
1.) Passing of the Torch
In a contest that felt like a Wrestlemania caliber match waiting to happen, two superstars squared off looking to prove a point at WWE No Mercy 2017. Roman Reigns versus John Cena. These two colossal superstars had previously never faced each other in a one-on-one match, thus setting the stage for an unforgettable battle between these two top-notch talents. Despite not being a championship contest, this match feels like one of Roman’s biggest matches with a lot more on the line than title gold. Roman Reigns looking to prove once and for all that he is the Big Dog that he claims to be, and John Cena aiming to show fans why he is still the face of the WWE. With Roman Reigns coming out of the match victorious, there was an apparent ‘passing of the torch’. We don’t know what this means for either of these superstar’s futures, but we are left to believe that John Cena will be taking some time off and we will be seeing Roman Reigns in more big spots as he claimed his role as the Big Dog.
Is the feud between Reigns and Cena finished? Will we see a rematch down the road?
2.) IC Gold for Reigns?
Could Roman Reigns be the next Intercontinental Champion? (Yes, unfortunately, we are still talking about him.) As seen on Miz TV, Roman Reigns was called out by the current IC title holder during Monday Night Raw. Despite Reigns having his eyes set on the Universal Championship, The Miz has other ideas. Miz calls out Roman Reigns saying, “You’ve never been Universal Champ, and yet you act like all of us are beneath you”. Miz then goes on to say, “This [Intercontinental Championship] is the title to have and I am the man to beat”. With Roman Reigns viewing this as an opportunity, the altercation on Miz TV became the precursor for a number one contenders match to be live later that night on RAW. Roman Reigns ultimately wins the contest which sets up a title shot for Reigns next week on Monday Night Raw. With Roman Reigns never earning the Intercontinental Championship, some may view this as the first stop on the Big Dog’s path to the Universal Championship.
Is the Intercontinental Championship Roman Reigns’ stepping stone to the Universal Championship that he desires? Will he be able to beat The Miz on Monday Night Raw next week to get one step closer?
3.) KO versus The McMahon Family
It is no secret that Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens don’t exactly see eye-to-eye. The McMahon and KO feud has been escalating each week since its conception last month. What started out as a vendetta between Shane and Kevin, became a much more personal conflict when Owens viciously attacked the chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon. Shane gets his chance to avenge his father’s brutal attack on Sunday, October 8 at WWE Hell in a Cell.
Will this be the end of the KO and McMahon Family feud? Or will this match open the door for an even more destructive path for Kevin Owens?