Fresh off the heels of an exciting Summerslam, there are a few openings for some fresh feuds in WWE. With one of the largest rosters in history, there are plenty of matchups that have never even happened. SummerSlam is one of the big four pay per views that will usually tie up loose ends on rivalries and open up fresh and interesting storylines. Here are five new matchups that could be instant classic rivalries.
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5. Buddy Murphy vs. Finn Balor
With Buddy Murphy transitioning to a weekly on-screen role, we will have to see him involved in his first main roster feud. Murphy was a workhouse on the cruiserweight division show 205 Live but since coming to Smackdown Live, we haven’t seen much from the ‘Best Kept Secret’. He has been involved in the storyline with Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan, but he shouldn’t be stuck in a filler role and start off on a bad foot.
Finn Balor has no real direction after his loss to The Fiend at Summerslam. With rumors of a break from WWE, there isn’t evidence that there will be a rivalry in the near future for the first ever Universal Champion. Balor and Murphy would mesh well in the ring with similar in ring styles and it could be a great way to put over Murphy as an up and coming superstar while possibly giving Balor one last classic matchup before taking some time off.
4. The OC vs The Viking Raiders
The Raw tag team division is a bit overloaded with heel teams compared to face teams. With the OC being tag team champions, there aren’t many matchups with face challengers that would be much interest. When you break down the face tag teams on the Raw roster at the moment, you really just see Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins, The Lucha House Party, or the Usos. The Usos have been in the championship hunt on both brands for so long it’s starting to feel a bit bland, too.
We still haven’t fully seen if The Viking Raiders are heel or face, but matching up two villain teams against each other can often be a breath of fresh air. The difference between these two teams is that The OC can be undermining and cowardly at times whereas the Raiders are just smash mouth and vicious in their matches. Even adding AJ Styles as backup could add to some quality matches. The important thing here is to get The Viking Raiders into quality matches and not just squash matchups against development talent. What better way to make a name for them than getting them into the tag team title scene?
3. Seth Rollins vs Drew McIntyre
Hopefully we have seen the end of the long-standing Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar feud and we can see some new competitors for the Universal Title. One man who is worthy of a shot at the top title is Drew McIntyre. Since his return to WWE, he has been one of the stronger booked wrestlers week to week. Being involved in programs with Roman Reigns, Kurt Angle, and Dean Ambrose, WWE has shown the faith in McIntyre and he has more than proven that he is new and improved over his first run.
The worst thing about a part time champion such as Brock Lesnar is that much of the top talent isn’t given an opportunity to work for the top belt. Now with Rollins there on a weekly basis we can see some new talent rise and create names for themselves. At the moment, McIntyre seems like the logical answer due to his impressive heel work and lack of a current feud. He has shown in his last several programs that he can pull his weight and make every single feud feel like top notch television. We have seen ‘The Beast Slayer’ and ‘The Scottish Psychopath’ in ring together before and they have a good chemistry that could work for a long term story.
2. AJ Styles vs Braun Strowman
Recent reports have shown that Paul Heyman is interested in making Braun Strowman look more like the monster when we first gained notoriety in WWE. Sending him straight to the Universal Championship scene shouldn’t be the way to go. Adding him with AJ Styles and feuding for the United States Championship would be a good way to gain notoriety for a rebuild of Strowman. Styles has always had good matches with bigger competitors such as Brock Lesnar, Samoa Joe, and Bobby Lashley. The Monster Among Men would probably be one of, if not, the largest superstars that ‘The Phenomenal One’ has ever gone against.
This matchup would be the proverbial cat and mouse game where Strowman is hunting Styles and The OC throughout the arena like the predator versus prey. Think along the lines of the feud Strowman and Kevin Owens had awhile back where Braun tormented him over the weeks of the rivalry. The three on one advantage wouldn’t play as much of a role as it would with a smaller competitor. Styles and Strowman have never faced off against each other so this is a rare chance for a first time matchup. The logical thing would be for Strowman to come out on top, but never count out the Phenomenal One. With ‘The Monster Among Men’ making the save for Seth Rollins, this rivalry could be quickly becoming a reality.
1. Bray Wyatt vs Ricochet
Bray Wyatt is arguably the hottest act in professional wrestling today. You could even argue he has the two hottest gimmicks today with the Firefly Funhouse and The Fiend. The split personalities have completed rejuvenated the career of Wyatt and after his win over Finn Balor at SummerSlam, he could literally face anyone and the majority of fans would be interested immediately. The selection for Ricochet was based on him just ending his feud with AJ Styles and having nowhere to go at the moment. These two could create an interesting dynamic in the ring.
You look at Wyatt and he has this sort of Joker-like look to him and we just saw Ricochet brand his attire from DC Comics’ Nightwing at SummerSlam. WWE has tried their best to brand Ricochet as a real life superhero, so why not add the aspects of the comic book world? Instead of heel and face, this is truly superhero versus supervillain. Seeing someone invade the Firefly Funhouse is an idea that has to materialize at some point also. Just imagine all of the fresh ideas that can come from this matchup. Wyatt has a blank canvas for potential opponents but Finn Balor to Ricochet seems like the perfect trend towards Wyatt destroying all of the hero characters that WWE has to offer.