Post-WrestleMania is an important time for WWE. With the biggest show of the year behind them, WWE need to find a way to maintain interest. Usually, that comes in the form of big returns, debuts, great storylines and big Title matches that can draw interest in the next pay-per-view.
Unfortunately, none of that is present on WWE TV so far. WrestleMania Backlash in May is expected to feature several rematches, and while that makes sense, it's not the best direction to go in.
There are a few WWE superstars who should have had a Title shot post-WrestleMania, but were robbed of it:
#6. Braun Strowman - Still not a WWE Title contender
2020 was a tale of two stories for Braun Strowman. The first three months and the last four saw him fall a bit out of place creatively. Despite this, 2020 was marked with his first singles title win (Intercontinental Championship) as well as his first World Title win (Universal Championship).
Since Braun Strowman came to RAW, he hasn't done as well, but that doesn't mean that he wasn't regularly featured. An injury seemingly kept him away from being a WWE Title contender at TLC - a spot that went to AJ Styles instead.
While Braun Strowman spent most of 2021 feuding with Shane McMahon, it came to a good conclusion at WrestleMania 37, as The Prodigal Son was defeated inside a steel cage.
Before WrestleMania, Bobby Lashley put out a bounty on Drew McIntyre. When the latter confronted the locker room, he went face-to-face with Braun Strowman, who vowed to come after him and the WWE Title after he was done with Shane McMahon.
Braun Strowman would have been an ideal post-WrestleMania WWE Title challenger for Bobby Lashley. He was involved in a match along with Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre to determine the number contender for the WWE Championship, but he was defeated.
While Drew McIntyre will always belong in the WWE Title picture, the post-WrestleMania season would have been a good time to rebuild him and put him in a non-Title feud.
The only non-Title feud Drew McIntyre has been involved in since WrestleMania 36 was one against Sheamus - and even that didn't play out as long as it should have.
#5. Sasha Banks - No Title rematch after headlining WrestleMania?
While we mentioned that WWE going with rematches post-WrestleMania isn't the best direction, this one makes sense. Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair made history by headlining Night 1 of WrestleMania 37, and they repaid WWE's faith in them by putting on an incredible main event.
While it hasn't been confirmed that Sasha Banks will not be competing for the SmackDown Women's Championship at WrestleMania Backlash, the build so far has indicated that Bayley will be the one challenging Bianca Belair and not Sasha Banks.
Bayley deserves a Title shot, but a Triple Threat direction involving Sasha Banks would be exciting to watch. It could be the main event of WrestleMania Backlash, even with Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre on the card and Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro expected to take place as well.
Sasha Banks wasn't just one of the MVPs of WrestleMania 37; she was one of the best and most reliable Superstars that WWE had in the pandemic era. After having her longest Title run in WWE to date, she deserves to be in the SmackDown Women's Championship picture.
#4. & 3. Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan
WWE's way of getting a lot of women on the card wasn't through the battle royal, but a Tag Team Turmoil match involving six teams. The Riott Squad duo of Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott lasted until the end on Night 1, but after getting worn out, they lost to the fresher team of Natalya and Tamina.
Post-WrestleMania, the WWE Women's Tag Team Title picture appears to be the same. Tamina and Natalya will be competing for the Tag Team Championship.
The Riott Squad hasn't had many opportunities in the past couple of years. WrestleMania would have been the perfect time to pull the trigger on a potential Title run for them. While we're sure that Tag Team gold awaits them at some point, they would have been more ideal opponents for Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
The Natalya and Tamina vs. Jax and Baszler match at WrestleMania wasn't particularly interesting, which is why we're surprised that WWE is targeting a rematch in the coming weeks or at WrestleMania Backlash.
#2. Daniel Bryan - WWE's best option for Roman Reigns post-WrestleMania?
Daniel Bryan competed in perhaps the final WrestleMania main event of his WWE career this year. While he wasn't scheduled to be a part of the main event, WWE decided to add him to the mix.
In hindsight, it was the right decision by WWE, as Daniel Bryan, Edge and Roman Reigns had one of the best WrestleMania main events in years. It was a great finish as well, with Roman Reigns pinning both Edge and Daniel Bryan at the same time.
Cesaro is an exciting new opponent for Roman Reigns at WrestleMania Backlash. Although the match isn't confirmed, it is expected to happen. There's only one problem - it would be all but guaranteed that Cesaro would lose.
Losing to Roman Reigns while putting on a great match isn't a bad thing, but it could affect Cesaro's momentum if not done right. As for Daniel Bryan, it's unclear what's next for him. Perhaps a one or two-month hiatus.
But he would have been a better post-WrestleMania title challenger to Roman Reigns - only to protect Cesaro in the long run.
#1. Becky Lynch - A WWE return still not on the cards
Becky Lynch has been away from WWE TV for 11 months now. She was the RAW Women's Champion for over a year and vacated the Title rather than losing it. Although Asuka took her place as the RAW Women's Champion for most of the past year, she hasn't had the same impact as Becky Lynch.
A few names were big losses to WWE in the pandemic era, but Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar were arguably the two biggest. In the eyes of many, Becky Lynch is the Champion who never lost the title. And post-WrestleMania would have been the perfect time to re-introduce her to WWE TV.
However, she didn't return on the RAW after WrestleMania, and WWE chose to put Charlotte Flair back in the mix along with Asuka. With Charlotte, Asuka and Ripley the three women involved in the RAW Women's Title picture, Becky Lynch may have been robbed of an incredible return and a Title shot.