2022 is already shaping up to be an exciting year with the confirmed dream feud between Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley set to go down at the Royal Rumble event. But with such a stacked roster (still, despite the releases of 2021), there’s a heck of a lot of potential to dive into and plenty of big matches that WWE could put together throughout the year.
In spite of the harrowing experiences we all shared throughout the pandemic, WWE bounced back in a big way in 2021, giving us some incredible draws like Roman Reigns vs. John Cena at SummerSlam and the equally impressive main event of WrestleMania Night 1 between Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair. The standard has been set pretty high for WWE coming into the new year.
So with that being said, let’s all get a bit giddy over some huge, marquee WWE matches that might be headlining pay-per-views throughout 2022.
1. Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar
Really? Again? I hear you all say from behind your screens. Yes, Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar absolutely needs to happen in 2022. We almost got another taste of the dynamic between a heel Reigns and a babyface Brock at the Day 1 pay-per-view, but due to COVID rearing its miserable head, that was unfortunately taken away from us.
Now that Lesnar is WWE Champion and seemingly appearing for RAW henceforth, this leaves the option of a Reigns/Lesnar feud to be picked up around WrestleMania season. Of course, we’ve seen these two do battle at Mania twice already, yet the potential for this match is more exciting than ever before, what with Reigns’ new persona making him one of the most watchable wrestlers in the game today.
Lesnar is also hitting his stride since returning in the summer, so here’s hoping for a brutal contest between two bitter blood rivals to get us all raring for the rest of the year.
2. Gable Steveson vs Bobby Lashley
Olympic gold medallist Gable Steveson has been a hot topic amongst WWE fan communities, with many speculating that he’ll be making his RAW debut in the near future, perhaps around the Rumble event. Steveson has appeared briefly on WWE TV, mostly to stand in the crowd and remind everyone that he exists. In the meantime, Steveson has been training as part of the first Next In Line class, along with several other scouted collegiate wrestlers.
So why this match? The only interaction Gable has had on RAW has been with the Hurt Business, shaking hands with MVP suggesting that a partnership could soon be forged. Instead, I suspect we’ll see a babyface Steveson choosing to take the righteous path and steer clear of Lashley and his manager, drawing the ire of ‘The All Mighty’.
Lashley would make for a great first opponent for the talented debutant, making for a safe hand for the young superstar to work with in his first worked match, while also giving Bobby a marquee match for WrestleMania following a successful 2021 as WWE Champion.
Whichever way you look at it, this would be a massive success on the big stage.
3. Randy Orton vs Riddle
Nobody wants to see this, but deep down, we all know it’s coming.
Ever since Randy and Riddle first bumped fists, the seeds were sown for an eventual backstab, likely from ‘The Viper’ on his goofy pal. Unless WWE choose to swerve everyone and have Riddle be the villain once they drop the RAW Tag Titles, RKBro will probably implode just in time for a WrestleMania singles bout.
It seems that Riddle is slowly moving up in terms of his stature on the main roster, and with the amount of RKBro merch sold, that doesn’t surprise me one bit. A huge with over his partner would be massive for his future career in WWE, hopefully propelling him into the mid-card scene and maybe even into the main event. It would be a rare success story on the main roster for ‘The Original Bro’.
Whether this goes down at ‘Mania or it’s saved until after the big show for SummerSlam or even later than that, we’ll just have to wait and see.
4. Rhea Ripley vs Bianca Belair
Here’s a match that has yet to happen on the main roster since first being teased during last year’s Women’s Royal Rumble match. Rhea and Bianca both had incredible runs in 2021; both winning championships and headlining respective WrestleMania nights. Without a doubt, these two have made the most of their debut year and should eventually find themselves in a situation where they are standing across the ring from each other in 2022.
If WWE want to truly start pushing for fresh faces in the Women’s Division, which is something they’re slowly starting to achieve, then these are the two stars that they need to keep building on throughout the year. Rhea and Bianca would naturally tear the house down in a singles bout, with Belair making for the ideal babyface against a heel ‘Nightmare’.
Even though this has happened prior in the hallowed days of NXT, this is a rematch that would definitely be worth tuning into now that they’re both fully-fledged stars.
5. WALTER vs Bron Breakker
This could change a lot depending on the result of the NXT Championship match between Tommaso Ciampa and Bron Breakker at New Year’s Evil, but whoever walks away from that match as champ, they should soon be meeting face-to-face with ‘The Ring General’ WALTER. The former United Kingdom Champion broke records and boundaries, becoming a huge hit wherever he appeared within WWE. WALTER has been a hotly anticipated get for the main NXT brand and with his looming re-debut as part of his Imperium faction, this should soon lead to him becoming a contender for the big gold.
WALTER has already proven that he’s a threat to any champion within WWE, so if they’re looking for a big draw to compete against either Bron Breakker or someone to potentially dethrone ‘The Blackheart’, then WALTER is an easy pick. Fans have been clamouring to see the big Austrian travel overseas to compete under the now-NXT 2.0, what way to capitalise on that by crowning him as NXT champion within a few months of his arrival.
Bron Breakker may not deserve a short reign, granted he’s come a long way in the short space of time he has been featured on NXT for, but quite frankly 2.0 is a dying brand and needs to have a big hitter like WALTER behind it to see it through to survival.
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