WrestleMania 33 has come and gone, but it seems like a lot of feuds are far from finished. While the rivalry between Roman Reigns and The Undertaker has ended with The Deadman possibly retiring, other feuds seem like they'll continue for an undetermined amount of time. Triple H and Seth Rollins could easily continue until the rumored Bad Blood Pay-Per-View, Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin will likely continue heading into Backlash, Austin Aries and Neville may continue on 205 Live, and a few more feuds could continue going forward. Aside from the most obvious post-WrestleMania plans, there are also a few storylines and feuds that don’t need to happen over the course of the spring and summer.
Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper were fighting prior to WrestleMania and that could easily become a mid-card feud for SmackDown going forward. Meanwhile Reigns and Braun Strowman clearly aren’t done with each other and will likely continue to fight until Reigns inevitably goes after the Universal Championship. Aside from potential matches, there are even non-wrestler storylines that are on the horizon that just aren’t interesting to people like Stephanie McMahon inevitably coming to blows with the new Raw General Manager Kurt Angle.
Vince McMahon announced on Monday Night Raw that there will be some form of “Superstar shakeup” for both brands next week and this could end some storylines, but there’s no telling which storylines when it comes to the WWE.
15 Roman Reigns Vs. Braun Strowman
This feud could’ve been a star-making match for Strowman if it occurred at WrestleMania and if Roman Reigns lost clean. Unfortunately, the WWE decided to waste a good match and have it at Fastlane. The match they had was good and the feud made it seem like the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object, but the wasted the finish on a C-level event instead of pushing it to the main card of WrestleMania; a place Strowman deserved to be after getting over this past year. This match was basically confirmed by Strowman himself in a promo on the Raw After WrestleMania, but hopefully that does not come to pass…at least this soon.
After Reigns retired The Undertaker at WrestleMania, he shouldn’t be subjected to mid-card feuds anymore. Whether fans like it or not, it would be insulting to The Undertaker for Reigns to do anything aside from fight for the Universal Championship. Also, since Strowman failed to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, he literally has no momentum going forward. Resuming this feud for future PPVs would be a failed attempt at elevating Strowman when they clearly missed their chance. If they spent time building up Strowman again, then it could work as a match for SummerSlam or Survivor Series. But to do it this soon would be a mistake.
14 Jinder Mahal Getting Singles Push
While the fans have been focusing their attention on the lackluster WrestleMania buildup and their love/hate relationship with Roman Reigns, something that is flying under the radar is the possibility of Jinder Mahal getting a singles push.
When Mahal and Rusev’s team broke up, Jinder slowly began to be booked more prominently than he had ever before. Two incidents in particular were his match with Reigns a few weeks ago where he was mounting legitimate offense and as recently as WrestleMania 33 when Mahal was the runner-up for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Mahal was uninteresting in his first run with the WWE and nothing has changed since his second one began, but he seems to be heading towards a push for whatever reason.
It doesn’t matter who it’s against or what’s on the line, the fact is that no one wants to see and it doesn’t need to happen.
13 Mojo Rawley Vs. Dolph Ziggler
In the buildup to the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, Mojo Rawley and Dolph Ziggler have been having confrontations. Also, Mojo eliminated Ziggler in the match prior to winning, so this will probably continue on as a mid-card feud for SmackDown.
While SmackDown does need new rivalries and feuds going forward, this is not one of them. For starters, Rawley is a tag team wrestler turned singles competitor (unless until Zack Ryder returns) and Ziggler is an upper mid-card heel. Any rivalry the two continue aside from the Andre the Giant Battle Royal will feel like nothing but filler for the shows and events to come. Rawley would probably be best teaming up with Curt Hawkins as both could potentially bond over being partners of Ryder. As for Ziggler, his heel turn isn’t working out as of right now and a feud with someone beneath him won’t change that.
12 Carmella and James Ellsworth Continuing Their Relationship
The relationship between James Ellsworth and Carmella began back in 2016 when A.J. Styles decimated Ellsworth and Carmella showed him sympathy after the match. This eventually would lead to one of the most uninteresting storylines in the SmackDown Women’s Division as Ellsworth and Carmella mostly did backstage segments which offered little to nothing of value to the entire show. This pairing ultimately isn’t working and it would be in the company’s best interest to end this storyline as soon as possible.
This pairing was likely made to keep people interested in Carmella, but all it did was completely kill any interest left for Ellsworth. If the WWE wants Carmella to be interesting, they should probably just send her to Raw and let her reunite with Enzo and Cass. As far as Ellsworth, it’s safe to say that his 15 minutes of fame are up.
11 Bayley Vs. Charlotte
When Bayley was chasing the Raw Women’s Championship in 2016, this seemed like a great chance to establish her as a star in the Women’s Division, but the handling of this feud has been atrocious. Bayley would defeat Charlotte for the championship on a random episode of Raw and would end Charlotte’s PPV winning streak a month before WrestleMania. Then, at WrestleMania, Bayley defeated Charlotte to retain the championship. It seems like this would be the end of the feud, but the WWE is known for continuing feuds longer than necessary.
This storyline between Charlotte and Bayley hasn’t done much to develop either wrestlers character and they’ve been fighting ever since the night after Roadblock: End of the Line. If the WWE wants to establish Bayley going forward, then moving her past the feud with Charlotte would be the best course of action.
10 Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows Without a Leader
When WWE announced they signed A.J. Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows, many fans imagined the heights all four men could reach if booked correctly. Styles and Nakamura managed to become champions relatively quickly, but Gallows and Anderson have basically been irrelevant since they were drafted to Raw and Styles was drafted to SmackDown. Gallows and Anderson even managed to become Raw Tag Team Champions this year, but the only time people cared was at this year’s WrestleMania when they lost the titles to The Hardys. At this point, Gallows and Anderson desperately need a figurehead.
When Gallows and Anderson had Styles to play off of for segments and skits, it was a lot more funny and interesting than their current gimmick of calling people nerds. Styles may be out of the question for now, but with Finn Bálor back, the WWE clearly have a direction they can go in that would solve a lot of problems for the former members of the Bullet Club.
9 Kevin Owens Vs. Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens have been feuding for almost as long as they’ve been professional wrestlers. Whether they’ve fought in Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Ring of Honor, NXT, or the main roster, they have always been at war with each other and it makes for some entertaining matches. This was especially true for Zayn and Owens in 2016, as both men would have great matches and carried the mid-card during the summer. It seemed like the WWE was going to draft them to different shows and let them develop on their own for a while, but both men ended up on Raw and it’s starting to become a problem. Since Battleground, Owens and Zayn have already fought five times in meaningless matches. This could easily be another mid-card feud for Owens and Zayn going forward, but the WWE should avoid that.
Both men need to be kept separated from each other for a while because their feud has been going on since 2014 when Owens debuted. If the WWE waits a few years and develops both men as top guys, then this could be a World Championship feud later. But if the WWE goes right back to this feud after WrestleMania, then this feud could become what John Cena against Randy Orton is considered today.
8 Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
Seth Rollins defeated Triple H at WrestleMania 33 and seemingly brought to an end a nine month feud. Rollins managed to get revenge on both Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in the match and it seems like the WWE can move on from this feud. However, the Stephanie McMahon element and the fact that the WWE likes to extend feuds could mean that Rollins will face Triple H for the next couple of months and that doesn’t need to happen.
Rollins finally managed to look strong against Triple H and the remnants of The Authority, which brings his character arc to an end. The best thing for Rollins to do now would be to move on to another feud and build his character back up after months of looking weak. If the feud between Rollins and Triple H continues, even if it’s through other people like Samoa Joe of Kevin Owens, it likely won’t elevate Rollins any higher than he is now.
At this point, Rollins needs to be kept as far away from Triple H as possible.
7 Cesaro Vs. Sheamus
When Cesaro and Sheamus began their feud in 2016, many fans were uninterested in the prospects of seeing a series of matches stretched out to seven back to back encounters. However, by the time their final match occurred at Clash of Champions, people wanted to see them fight. Unfortunately, that match never got a finish and they have been a tag team ever since. However, it’s likely that their tag team will come to an end sometime after WrestleMania. If they do break up, then expect the WWE to restart their rivalry.
Many fans were hoping that Cesaro would get more of a chance to shine during the brand split than he did over the past few years, but he was involved in a meaningless feud with Sheamus that later became a mid-card tag team. Looking forward, fans want to see Cesaro finally rise and escape the mid-card scene once and for all.
6 Baron Corbin Vs. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose defeated Baron Corbin on the WrestleMania kickoff show to retain the Intercontinental Championship in what many feel was a disappointing match with a disappointing ending. The feud seemed like a perfect chance to make Corbin a star while also giving both men a chance to showcase their abilities, but it just wasn’t a match worthy of anyone’s time. Not only did neither man feel like stars, but it soured a lot of people on any potential for a continuation of the feud going forward.
Like many matches from WrestleMania, this match will likely continue to the next SmackDown Exclusive PPV, but the WWE should probably quit while they’re ahead. The feud was based around that fact that Corbin cost Ambrose the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber, so Corbin wanted to take Ambrose’s title, but Ambrose’s win basically means the feud is over, even though they fought again on this week's SmackDown. Coupled by the fact that this was most people’s candidate for worst match of the night and even the prospect of weapons might not change the match quality as proved last year in the Ambrose Asylum match.
5 The Wyatt Family Feud
Now that Bray Wyatt is no longer the WWE Champion, this will ultimately leave him and Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan, without anything to do following any rematches planned between Bray and Randy Orton. Bray and Harper have already had matches before and it would be easy to see the WWE having those two men feud going forward, but that isn’t what is needed right now.
With Bray not likely to return to the main event scene soon, the best thing he, Harper, and Rowan could do is reunite The Wyatt Family and build themselves up again in the tag team division. They all might have talents individually, but the collective dynamic is a lot more intriguing than seeing them fight each other and it not amount to anything. The Hardys have returned to the WWE and the possibility of seeing The Broken Hardyz face The Wyatts is a much bigger deal than anything The Wyatt Family could possibly do in a family feud.
4 A.J. Styles Drafted to Monday Night Raw
When A.J. Styles came to the WWE in 2016, many people expected him to be mishandled or misused as so many non-WWE wrestlers have been in the past. Thankfully, the WWE realized the caliber of an athlete that Styles was and allowed him to accomplish all he did in 2016. After defeating Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 33, Styles is likely to be fired or traded to Monday Night Raw, due to rumors claiming Vince McMahon likes what he’s been doing and wants him for the flagship show. While Styles' presence may help Raw, he should not be traded this soon.
Aside from the fact that Styles has helped to make SmackDown a superior show to Raw, Styles going to Raw would basically translate into feuding with majority of the people he’s wrestled before. Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, and Sami Zayn are just a few of the wrestlers who Styles has had matches with and while it’s rumored that other wrestlers will be moved around also, it would make more sense to keep him on SmackDown and build some semblance of brand identity first, instead of just changing everything.
3 Randy Orton Vs. Bray Wyatt
WrestleMania 33 has come in gone and so has Bray Wyatt’s time as a WWE Champion. In a match that most people consider lackluster, Randy Orton defeated Bray to become a 13-time World Champion. Many people thought this could potentially be a moment to make Wyatt a star, but the WWE went with the safe option of Orton coming back to the World Title scene. This feud had its upsides, but hopefully the WWE leaves it be and never revisits this feud.
It would be easy to pick apart the randomness and the oddity that is WWE’s booking, but focusing on the in-ring action turns what could have been a good feud into a terrible one. Their first match at No Mercy wasn’t worthy of anyone’s time, but people chalked that up to the WWE phoning it in to extend the feud. However, when it came for the storyline to deliver at WrestleMania, all fans got were the same old thing from both wrestlers, a light show that made no sense, and an anticlimactic ending.
Wyatt is owed a rematch, but for the sake of everyone involved it should be blown off on SmackDown. Otherwise, there’ll be more disappointing matches on the horizon.
2 Stephanie McMahon Emasculating Kurt Angle
The majority of this list was supposed to be designated to feuds, but the situation with Stephanie McMahon as an authority figure is getting way out of hand.
During the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Era, Stephanie would be more balanced in looking dominant and looking weak. However, that immediately came to an end when The Authority was formed in 2013. Since that time, we’ve seen her embarrass countless wrestlers and other authority figures alike. When Stephanie named Mick Foley as the General Manager for Raw, many fans expected it to be a matter of time before she would emasculate and fire him. Since that has already happened, it’s imperative that the new GM will have to be subjected to more of her domineering.
Vince McMahon named Kurt Angle as the new Raw General Manager and this is where the emasculation needs to end. We don’t need to see any more people getting embarrassed by her. Enough is Enough.
1 Goldberg Coming Back In Some Capacity
At WrestleMania 33, Brock Lesnar finally defeated Goldberg and won the Universal Championship. This not only ended a six month-storyline between The Beast Incarnate and the WCW Legend, but it ultimately ended the string of unbelievably short Goldberg matches. This “fantasy warfare turned reality” storyline has ended satisfyingly with Lesnar as the champion, but Goldberg staying with the WWE is still an option as of now. However, hopefully the company and Goldberg have enough sense to never do this again.
While Goldberg thinks of himself as the “Mike Tyson of Professional Wrestling,” most fans were unsatisfied knowing that Goldberg’s matches were extremely short. While nobody expected their matches to go the length of Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega, most people wanted to see a match that was at least longer than two minutes. Their match at WrestleMania lasted nearly five minutes, but it still shows that Goldberg can’t do much these days aside from his finishers. That match with Lesnar and Goldberg at WrestleMania may be the peak of Goldberg’s in-ring ability and it would be best if the WCW legend leaves on a high note while he still can. He didn't confirm he was done during Raw, but we hope he is.