WARNING: This is going to be a lengthy post because there are three matches I would change up by shifting and adding a few elements. The three matches I am going to discuss are Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton, AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon and Miz/Maryse vs Cena/Nikki. I believe by using these stars WWE can produce matches that would grab the fans attention and produce better storylines. WWE could do this by booking three matches in their places; John Cena vs AJ Styles for the WWE Title, Bray Wyatt/Randy Orton vs Luke Harper/Eric Rowen and finally The Miz vs Shane McMahon.
Authors FYI to the Readers: An “*” indicates the topic will be revisited in future articles.
Part I: Bray Wyatt/Randy Orton vs Luke Harper/Eric Rowen
First of all Orton would not have won Royal Rumble*. Instead Orton would have sacrificed himself in the Royal Rumble for Wyatt. Harper would have Wyatt lined up for an elimination with running move, Orton jumps in the way. Wyatt retaliates by eliminating Harper and then for history’s sake Lesner or Undertaker eliminate Wyatt as he is distracted by Harper attacking Orton on the outside. Orton would be kept off Smackdown for a week selling Harper’s attack at Royal Rumble. With Elimination Chamber coming up in two weeks Daniel Bryan would set up qualifying matches for four spots in the chamber match (the other 2 spots will be explained later on). Wyatt would face Harper in one of the matches the second week of qualifying matches. Wyatt goes over Harper clean but after the bell Harper attacks Wyatt with a chair. The lights go out and Orton flashes on to the screen in Wyatt form. When the lights come back on Orton is standing in the ring. Orton hits and RKO leading to Harper vs Orton at Elimination Chamber. Orton would go over Harper clean and it would be a fast match. As Orton poses in victory Harper is seen laughing on his way up the ramp.
In the Chamber match Wyatt would deliver a Sister Abigail to Cena and as he poses Styles steals the pin. Wyatt looses it on Styles destroying him with multiple Sister Abigails. As he delivers the last one the Wyatt glitch out hits the arena but instead of black and white it’s black and red only with sheep masks. Lights come back and In the ring standing on both sides of Wyatt is Harper and Rowen in black sheep masks. Orton runs down but can not get into the cage. Harper/Rowen hit a strong double team on Wyatt lights glitch again and they are gone leaving Styles laying on top of Wyatt, 1-2-3 Styles goes over Wyatt.
This sets up for Wyatt/Orton to call out Harper/Rowen. During the build up this gives Harper and Rowen mic time. They can slam Wyatt for bringing a snake (Orton) into the compound and into the family. This would bring in the possibility to keep the burning of the compound and grave of Sister Abigail but this time it would have Harper and Rowen do the damage. This would lead to Wrestlemania.
Wyatt would start the match and immediately he would be mauled by Harper and Rowen with continuing illegal double teams. Orton would attempt to come in but get stopped by the referee. Finally Wyatt gets to tag in Orton. We have a stare down between all 4. At this point Orton delivers an RKO to Wyatt with Harper and Rowen joining in on the mugging. All three men decimate Bray Wyatt. Referee calls it a no contest. Finishes with Orton on one knee holding his arms up for his pose with Harper and Rowen behind him. A red and black glitch of sheep masks being covered with vipers is shown. This finish would allow a face turn for Wyatt as he seeks his revenge. Also a strong heel turn for Orton. Finally a chance of a small push for Harper and Rowen as they fend off Wyatt and possibly leave Orton to fend for himself to go on their own.
Part II: John Cena vs AJ Styles – Iron Man WWE Title Match
So from a booking standpoint let’s keep the ending to their match at Royal Rumble as is seeing this storyline works well with John Cena and Ric Flair tied at 16 for the record.
On the Smackdown Live following Royal Rumble Styles would start the show. He would drop a rant on Cena getting lucky and getting a shot handed to him. So since Cena can just demand title shots he is going to do the same. Daniel Bryan comes out saying the Elimination Chamber is coming up and Cena will be defending the title there. Styles comes back saying since he is the ex champ he has a rematch clause. Bryan says he is right but that rematch will have to take place in the Chamber. This is where Bryan would also announce the qualifying matches for the remaining spots (Example: Wyatt vs Harper).
So as read in the above Cena, Wyatt and Styles would be the final three competitors. Styles steals the pin over Cena. Wyatt then gets jumped leading to Styles winning and walking away WWE Champ.
The next Smackdown Live starts out with Styles coming out. He preaches how no matter what John Cena and the Cenation (including Daniel Bryan) throw at him he will always be on top. Cena comes out says he is sick of this back and fourth with Styles and wants it finished. Styles replies saying it is finished. Cena says no because as you reminded us after Royal Rumble the former champ gets a rematch. Cena goes on to say that he doesn’t want any match because if he wins he will be the 17th time World Champion and he would take this time to give Ric Flair a plug for a crowd pop. To prove that he is worthy of the record he needs to know he is “The Man”. He proposes an Iron Man match. Styles agrees to the match on one condition; if he wins Cena can’t fight for the championship as long as he [Styles] is the champion. Cena agrees. Match is set as an Iron Man match.
The match would be very competitive for the first half. Slowly towards the end they each get a fall in. Match is tied at 1-1. Clock winding down. Cena showing frustration. Hits two Attitude Adjustments and Styles still kicks out. Cena goes for another but Styles counters into a Styles’ Clash. Roll up for a pin with Styles using the ropes but referee doesn’t see it. Styles up 2-1. Cena pops up starts questioning the pin. Styles lands a kick from behind. As Cena gets up Styles realizes there is only 30 seconds left ad ducks out of the ring. There is a chase in and out the ring. Cena is catching up to Styles causing a quick jump out of the ring Cena lands funny. Styles can’t believe it and quickly rolls into the ring. Cena can’t get to his feet as the referee checks on him. Clock finishes … 3-2-1. Styles has done it. At this point Styles would go after Cena focusing on the “injured” leg. This finish would accomplish a lot of things for the company;
1. It writes Cena off television.
2. Sets Styles up as a top heel. His constant taunting of killing “Cenation” alone would cause so much natural heat.
3. Gives opportunity to create new top faces for Styles to feud with such as NXT call-ups after Wrestlemania, Superstars traded in from RAW or even a newly babyfaced Bray Wyatt.
4. Finally with Cena waiting in the outside unable to challenge for the it allows for a cornucopia of creative opportunities to bring him back. IE: Money in the Bank winner waiting for his chance, Royal Rumble surprise entrant or even ground work for a possible heal turn*.
Part III: The Miz vs Shane McMahon
This match would organically come from Miz’s taunting of Daniel Bryan. Going into Elimination Chamber Miz would qualify by defeating Apollo Cruise from a dirty finish; either Maryse or even Ziggler in order to keep his feud with Apollo going on. In the Chamber match Miz would be in the final four after going on a huge run of offence. He would get into his mockery of Daniel Bryan. He would finish by applying the Yes Lock on John Cena would gain strength and stand up reversing it into and AA and pin The Miz.
Miz would cut a promo on the following Smackdown Live saying that for months he has been bullied and mistreated by management and we all know exactly who he means by management. He would make mention to being scrutinized by Daniel Bryan, forced into one sided Intercontinental Title matches after adding prestige to the title and finally having the “boss’ bro-in-law” costing him his chance of winning the WWE World Title and once again main eventing WRESTLEMANIA. The Miz finishes by saying he will be the one laughing last Daniel Bryan. This would lead to weeks of baiting Daniel Bryan with insults of his ties to Cena, how he quit, etc. Daniel Bryan would then put Miz in impossible matches. Finally when it seems Miz has had enough Bryan would be found in the back injured.
The Miz would come out the following week offering his condolences in a mockery (even possibly holding a funeral for Daniel Bryan’s Career). This would bring out Shane. Shane would call out Miz saying he knows it was him who attacked Daniel Bryan in the back and he is the reason why Daniel Bryan is laid up right now. He finishes by saying if Miz wanted a fight with management all he had to do was ask. Crowd pops. And Shane goes on to announce that the Miz will get his marquee match at Wrestlemania… with Shane McMahon. The Miz asks what happens if he doesn’t agree. Shane says I thought you would ask that so I have prepared this contract if you wanted to leave Smackdown. Miz laughs and says where do I sign. Then he realizes it’s for NXT. Looses his mind attacks Shane. Shane rallys back and sends him over the top. Shane rips up the contract and says I’ll see you at Wrestlemania.
I would have Shane do crazy spot in this match maybe even an elbow through the announce table or coast to coast. Miz would have a good spot where he runs through his Daniel Bryan moves and would even say he locks Shane into the Yes Lock. When Shane reaches out for the ropes after fighting for a long time have Maryse pull the ropes back enabling Shane to reach for them. Referee catches her and and sends Maryse to the back. Miz would let go at this point and starts yelling at the ref. Miz turns around Shane ducks a punch and turns it into a Skull Crushing Finale for the 1-2-3. Shane rolls out of the ring to Daniel Bryan waiting on stage and him and Shane start a Yes chant well Miz looses his mind in the ring. This gives Shane his final moment and hopefully would finish his run for awhile allowing Daniel Bryan to step in a stronger leadership role and continuation of the feud with Miz*.