This week has seen some big changes on WWE TV with two brand new Grand Champions crowned.
At the end of Monday Night RAW this week, Big E cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and defeated Bobby Lashely to claim the WWE Title.
The Championship is Big E’s first World Title in WWE and after Kofi Kingston he is the second member of New Day to reach the top.
Fans have long believed Big E was capable of winning a world title and finally WWE pulled the trigger on the 35-year-old.
His solo surge began in July of last year when Kingston joined Xavier Woods on the injured list. He would win the Intercontinental title on Christmas Day 2020 before finally relinquishing that title to Apollo Crews on the road to WrestleMania 37.
Now that Big E has won the title, he will switch to the RAW brand of SmackDown and join his New Day brethren once again. They were originally separated in the draft last October.
Elsewhere, the NXT brand started a new era this week as the show is now called NXT 2.0 and has been renamed.
However, what’s old is new as Tommaso Ciampa became the NXT Champion in the inaugural episode of the New Era.
This marks Ciampa’s second reign and given his very successful first reign as a heel, fans are intrigued by how things are going to turn out for the 36-year-old.
It was a fatal four-way for the title that Samoa Joe was forced to quit. Von Wagner (formerly Cal Bloom), LA Knight and consensus frontrunner Englishman Pete Dunne all failed overnight.
Ciampa is a seasoned hand who can lead the brand into the next era and convincingly dominate the next prospect. WWE launched several new talent on NXT this week, so having a champion with a name value to start with seems like a smart move.
For Big E, Survivor Series is only two months away, and he’s currently on a collision course with the seemingly unbeatable Universal Champion, Roman Reigns.
Next week on RAW, The Bloodline – Reigns and The Usos – are slated to appear on RAW instead of on the European tour. Could a New Day and Bloodline feud be sparked?