Three AEW and WWE stories to watch the week of September 12


There are a lot of headlines to watch in both AEW and WWE, with these three stand out among the group.

As Summer draws to a close, this is usually a bit of a “slower” time before WrestleMania season picks up in January. However, WWE has picked up momentum and continues to put on strong weekly content. Now, more than six weeks into Triple H’s run as leader of creative and talent, it will be interesting to see if any of that momentum wains and whether fans will continue to turn out.

AEW is having its own successes and challenges, mostly tied to the fallout from All Out. A week later and there are still ramifications, but the company is moving forward with new Trios Champions crowned and a tournament to find the next AEW World Champion.

Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler team up?

Ronda Rousey is once again in the WWE SmackDown title picture as she prepares to take on Liv Morgan at Extreme Rules. But that isn’t the only angle she’s involved in. She just attacked Adam Pearce after he berated her in the ring. Plus, she and Shayna Baszler had a backstage moment where Rousey is seemingly trying to inspire her close friend to revert to the destroyer that ruled the NXT Women’s division before coming to the main roster.

If Baszler and Rousey are paired up, they could be a big threat to the women’s divisions on both shows. Especially if they team up with the intention of claiming the WWE Tag Team Championship on their own. Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H were known as the Two Man Power Trip. Sasha Banks and Bayley did the same when they became the Two Woman Power Trip. Baszler and Rousey could be headed toward the same thing if they unite their powers.

Will AEW belt The Acclaimed?

The biggest talking points coming out of AEW All Out came from the behind-the-scenes politics that leaked into what’s available for the ring. But there was one story that was surprisingly important and that was The Acclaimed and their quest for the AEW Tag Team titles. They were defeated by Swerve in our Glory, but there was a rumbling that an audible should have been called in that match. Now, the two teams will run it back at AEW Grand Slam on September 21, and many are pointing to this being the moment where Caster and Bowens finally get AEW gold.

What’s next for Roman Reigns?

Another week of WWE action occurred without “The Tribal Chief” on screen. Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre at Clash at the Castle and hasn’t been seen since. Reigns continues to enjoy what is a “lighter” schedule that comes with being a superstar of his status. Even with the positive creative changes throughout the promotion, there’s still a challenge of booking programming without a top prize on the show.

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This raises the question of what is next for Reigns. Fans should prepare themselves for the idea that he will not defend his champions at Extreme Rules. There isn’t even an individual at the top of the card that could be a suitable opponent for him at this time. Still, there should be steps taken this week to find out who is next for Reigns in the coming months.