5 biggest questions from WWE RAW, NXT, and SmackDown - World Champions unite; Aleister Black returns

What were the biggest questions from WWE programming this week?
What were the biggest questions from WWE programming this week?
Ali Akber

WWE RAW kicked off the week with another decent episode. Riddle got himself into a match against Randy Orton and managed to pull off a memorable victory. Will The Original Bro and The Viper continue their rivalry in the weeks to come?

Drew McIntyre blamed MVP for the attack by Mace and T-Bar last week. However, MVP clarified that the two men have nothing to do with The Hurt Business. Are Mace and T-Bar just looking to make a name for themselves after splitting from RETRIBUTION? Also, who will become the #1 contender to the RAW Tag Team Championships?

KUSHIDA began his WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship reign with an Open Challenge. He defeated Oney Lorcan to show that he’s a fighting champion. Will Santos Escobar demand a rematch for the title soon?

Kyle O’Reilly returned to NXT after putting an end to his rivalry with Adam Cole. Will KOR jump the line and get back in contention for the NXT Championship?

Cesaro and Daniel Bryan teamed up to take on Jey Uso and Seth Rollins on WWE SmackDown. Rollins walked out on Uso who was left to take the Running Knee from Bryan to pick up the loss. Bryan then got another chance to take on Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship next week.

Will the Yes Man finally win the Universal title on SmackDown? Or will a loss at the hands of Reigns lead to him being ousted from the Blue brand?

Let’s take a look at the five biggest questions from WWE RAW, NXT and SmackDown this week.

#5 Where were the WWE RAW Tag Team Champions again?

Omos made his main roster in-ring debut at WWE WrestleMania a couple of weeks ago. The mammoth superstar teamed up with AJ Styles to challenge The New Day for the RAW Tag Team Championships.

While Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods had Styles on the ropes for most of the bout, Omos tilted the advantage in his team’s favor towards the final moments. Omos took out Kingston and won the RAW Tag Team Championships for himself and Styles.

The victory deserved a celebration on RAW, but it did not happen on the episode that followed WrestleMania. Many fans expected Omos and Styles to show up this week, but they were nowhere to be found.

Where are the new RAW Tag Team Champions? Why did WWE keep them away for the second week straight? Teams like The Viking Raiders, Elias & Jaxson Ryker and even The New Day have been prominent on the Red brand since WrestleMania.

However, the new leaders of RAW’s tag team division are nowhere to be found, and WWE will need to bring them back sooner rather than later. RAW’s tag team division hasn’t been too great in recent years, and WWE needs to do something to make it stronger.

Will Omos and Styles return soon and make their title reign memorable? Will the unlikely tag team soon find their opponents for WrestleMania Backlash? Fans will just need to wait and see what happens on RAW this coming week.

#4 Why did Braun Strowman come out to help Drew McIntyre on WWE RAW?

Drew McIntyre was treated to a double chokeslam by Mace and T-Bar on WWE RAW last week. McIntyre wanted answers from MVP this week as he believed that the CEO of The Hurt Business had something to do with the attack.

Instead, Mace and T-Bar attacked McIntyre once again on RAW. This led to a Handicap Match between McIntyre and the two heels. During the match, Mace and T-Bar beat down McIntyre and got disqualified in the process.

Surprisingly, Braun Strowman came out to make the save and then teamed up with McIntyre to take on Mace and T-Bar in a tag team match. Why did Strowman come out to help McIntyre?

Strowman was a heel not too long ago, but WWE tried to turn him into a face during his rivalry with Shane McMahon. It seems like creative needed some angle to help cement him as a babyface, and therefore he was pushed into this storyline.

Considering Strowman was part of the Triple Threat Match on RAW last week with Randy Orton and McIntyre, was it the right call to have him save The Scottish Warrior the following week? Will Strowman and McIntyre’s partnership continue for longer or was it just a one-time thing?

#3 Why did Charlotte Flair lose her cool on WWE RAW?

Charlotte Flair returned to WWE RAW after WrestleMania 37 and was ready to make an impact right away. She first cut a promo to inform the rest of the roster that she was better than them. She also told the WWE Universe to stop complaining about her getting all the opportunities in the company.

The Queen then attacked Rhea Ripley and Asuka during their WrestleMania rematch on RAW. This week, Flair got a match against Asuka on the Red brand. While Flair had the upper hand in the match, a distraction from Ripley allowed Asuka to roll her up to pick up the victory.

After the match, Flair lost her cool and viciously attacked the referee. This led WWE to fine and suspend her from the ring. Why did WWE allow Flair to return and suspend her a week later?

Was Flair only brought back to make the RAW after WrestleMania bigger? Will she continue to get a break from RAW while Asuka and Ripley compete for the women’s title?

It will be interesting to see whether Flair makes a comeback to RAW before WrestleMania Backlash or not.

#2 Why isn’t Dexter Lumis entering the WWE NXT North American Championship picture?

Dexter Lumis has been one of the top superstars on WWE NXT for some time. The superstar has a unique character and his in-ring work has improved a lot since he first came to WWE.

Over the past several weeks, Lumis has been in a rivalry with members of The Way. The Tortured Artist has continued to stalk NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano and even defeated Austin Theory on a couple of occasions.

Lumis also defeated Gargano in a singles match back in February but never got an NXT North American Championship shot after that. Lumis still has a connection with The Way, and the superstar has developed a special interest in Indi Hartwell.

Bronson Reed, meanwhile, has found himself in a rivalry with Gargano and will likely defeat Theory to get another shot at the title. Since Lumis is already part of a rivalry with The Way, why isn’t WWE allowing him to get his hands on the NXT North American title?

At this point, it looks like WWE is just trying to give Johnny Wrestling a longer title reign after he’s enjoyed a few short ones. Is that why Lumis is being kept away from Gargano and his title? Or is there something else in the works for The Tortured Artist?

#1 Does Aleister Black need a new character on WWE SmackDown?

Aleister Black made his first appearance on WWE TV on SmackDown in six months. Black had one of the darkest and most interesting characters in WWE before returning this week. Instead of digging deeper into his existing character, WWE decided to give him a different character on SmackDown.

Black was seen reading from a book called "Tales of the Dark Father." The vignette was dark just like Black’s previous vignettes and promos. However, does The Striking Man from Amsterdam need a change of character in WWE?

Black was one of the most interesting characters in NXT. He carried that momentum into the main roster, and his Black Mass kick made him a hit with the fans. WWE could have carried on his previous character and brought him back right after WrestleMania with vengeance on his mind.

Giving him a new character and building him up again may or may not help the SmackDown Superstar. Should Black have continued with his previous character and returned to deliver a Black Mass to Apollo Crews? Or is it a better idea to bring The Striking Man from Amsterdam back with a renewed character?

Edited by John Cunningham
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