WrestleMania 38 takes place in Dallas, Texas in just two weeks time and United States Champion Finn Balor along with Intercontinental Champion Ricochet still don’t have matches scheduled for the event. What does the showcase of the immortals have in store for these two?
Finn Balor and Ricochet won their championships the same week with Balor winning on Monday, February 28th and Ricochet winning on Friday, March 4th. It once seemed likely that both men would defend their titles at the show, but as we get closer to the event neither superstar has a match scheduled yet. These guys haven’t even received any solid storyline direction to have a legit challenger at WrestleMania.
After losing his title to Finn Balor, Damian Priest turned heel which seemed to be leading to a blowoff match at WrestleMania between the two, but after running the match back multiple times since then the feud has lost what little steam it had to begin with. The rest of the viable challengers for Balor are simply nonexistent on Raw. Balor Vs Priest as a potential match on WrestleMania 38 just for WWE to get the United States Championship on the card is disappointing to say the least. It shows WWE’s lack of care for the United States Championship and disrespect towards Balor and Priest for not giving them a proper build for what could’ve felt like a big match.
As for Ricochet his situation isn’t looking to great at the moment either. The 2022 SmackDown roster is arguably the weakest it’s been in years and the talent aren’t the even to blame for it. WWE creative has done absolutely nothing to build new stars on the Smackdown brand since the most recent draft. With all of the top heels on Smackdown seemingly preoccupied already it really looks like there’s a shot Ricochet isn’t on the card at all.
Keep in mind WrestleMania is still two weeks away and both of these men could be added to the card at any minute. The problem is that it shouldn’t have happened this way. If you want fans to truly see value in championships then they need to be involved in great matches built off the back of great stories. Don’t get me wrong an impromptu championship match is great, but not at the biggest show of the year when your two mid card titles have felt like nothing but props for months.
WrestleMania 38 takes place in Dallas, Texas at AT&T Stadium Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd.
WrestleMania 38 Card
- Roman Reigns (Universal Champion) vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE Champion)
- Raw Women’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair
- SmackDown Women’s Championship — Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
- Edge vs. AJ Styles
- The Miz & Logan Paul vs. The Mysterios
- Women’s Tag Team Championship — Queen Zelina & Carmella (c) vs. Naomi & Sasha Banks vs. Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan vs. Natalya and Shayna Bazler
- Pat McAfee vs. Austin Theory
- Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin
- Sami Zayn vs. Johnny Knoxville
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The Usos (c) vs. Rick Boogs and Shinsuke Nakamura
- Raw Tag Team Championship — RK-Bro (c) vs. The Street Profits vs. The Alpha Academy