3 Merits and 2 demerits of Intercontinental Championship open challenge
The Open Challenge is coming back but it has consequences too!
Roman Reigns, the resident "Big Dog" of WWE, finally won the Intercontinental Championship last week to complete his Grand Slam in WWE, i.e become a wrestler to have held all the possible titles in WWE.
Reigns is an experiment by WWE for the past three years with little to no success. His face run has massively disappointed the WWE Universe. Finally, WWE decided to reunite the Shield, and this has led to positive reactions for the "Big Dog" for the first time in eternity.
His Intercontinental championship reign has just begun and he has already hinted at an Open Challenge, similar to what his former rival John Cena did back in 2015. Open Challenge has always been a favourite concept of the WWE Universe, and Reigns bringing it back will certainly bring intrigue to Monday Night RAW.
However, it doesn't come with its drawbacks, and in this article, we look at some merits and demerits of this concept returning to RAW.
#1) Merit: Fabulous exposure to new talent.
Roman Reigns is a polarizing figure in WWE but his in-ring performances have always lit up the WWE Universe. He has given exceptional performances with the likes of The Miz, John Cena, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins to name a few.
Cena's open challenge was universally loved because of the exposure it provided to new and upcoming superstars in the form of Kevin Owens, Cesaro and Sami Zayn amongst others. Reigns facing off against other talents on RAW can help elevate the status of his opponents in a huge way.
Cedric Alexander tweeted yesterday about him being a possible challenger, which could be a great sight for the fans. The talent from the 205 Live roster can get a big rub by facing the Big Dog.