Last night on Monday Night Raw it was officially announced that at the Raw brand PPV Fastlane in March, WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens will be defending his title against….Goldberg?
If rumors are true then this could mean that Goldberg will be going into his WrestleMania 33 match with Brock Lesnar as the defending WWE Universal champion. I have no issue with Goldberg and Lesnar taking a spot on the WrestleMania card; while it might not be a “technical masterclass” it is certainly a big-money match, and I can respect that from a business standpoint. What I can’t fathom however is the idea of making it for a title that should be used on Raws “full-time” main eventers like Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, or even Roman Reigns. For being a publicly traded company that has made billions and billions of dollars over the past 40-50 years, it surprises me that WWE chooses to take a one-time big pay off from a match with two guys who probably won’t even still be working 2-3 years from now, instead of actually investing in future stars who may not be making them that kind of money now, but who down the road if given the proper treatment can make the company 10x more money than a one-off WrestlelMania match between two part-time megastars could. The way to do that? Let them be the ones fighting for the title on the grandest stage of them all rather than Goldberg and Lesnar. Sigh.
For all we know, plans could still change between now and Fastlane and Owens might end up retaining the title due to shenanigans. But if they don’t, than the future of Raw’s main event scene could be looking pretty grim.
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