4 current WWE stars who returned straight into the title picture
Usually, in WWE, the next challenger for the WWE or Universal Title is chosen because of their run of good performances or a string of back-to-back wins. Sometimes there’s even a #1 contender match.
Typically this would be someone who has been around for the last few months and has been steadily rising up the ranks, but conversely, WWE also has a tendency to overlook these people.
Instead, the company will quite often happily have someone else jump to the front of the queue simply because of who they are. In fact, we’ve seen it happen several times in the last few months.
Here are four WWE Superstars who have recently returned to WWE, only to get entered into the title picture straight away.
#4. Sasha Banks returns on WWE SmackDown to team up with, and then attack, Bianca Belair
The Boss Sasha Banks made her WWE return on this week’s SmackDown teaming up with Bianca Belair to take on the thrown-together tag-team of Carmella and Zelina Vega.
However, Banks would betray Bianca Belair by attacking her after their match and making it clear that she’s looking to regain the SmackDown Women’s Title that she lost at WrestleMania.
Banks had been absent from WWE since WrestleMania and even though the match hasn’t been made official yet, it very much looks like she’s just returned straight into the #1 contenders spot ahead of everyone else on the roster.
#3. John Cena comes back to WWE and immediately goes after Roman Reigns and the Universal Title
A WWE Superstar as big as John Cena should absolutely be in the title picture, and when he returned at Money in the Bank to confront The Tribal Chief Roman Reigns, many were expecting it, and were happy with it.
However, WWE decided to throw a curveball into the mix by having Reigns turn down Cena’s challenge and instead accept the challenge of an also returning Finn Balor.
This would’ve been fine, but next week WWE then immediately undid this by having Cena hijack the contract signing (after Baron Corbin attempted to) and inexplicably sign Balor’s contract, which WWE officials said was legitimate, making Cena vs. Reigns at SummerSlam official.
#2. Edge ambushes Roman Reigns on his WWE return, getting a title shot at Money in the Bank
The Rated-R Superstar Edge made quite an impact on his return to WWE when he surprised Roman Reigns and hit him with a spear, before using part of a steel chair to hurt the champion further.
Edge had been away from WWE for a number of months, having previously lost a title match at WrestleMania, where he and Daniel Bryan were both pinned in the middle of the ring by Reigns.
Edge didn’t have to wait in line for others to get a title shot. He simply returned to WWE when he was ready and was given one.
#1. Goldberg returns to WWE Monday Night RAW and tells Bobbly Lashley he’s next.
Goldberg may be a master at returning to WWE whenever he fancies it and entering the title picture straight away, as he’s done several times now up until this point.
We’ve already seen Goldberg return and face the likes of Kevin Owens and The Fiend in title matches that he would ultimately win, but the latest instance saw Goldberg return to come face to face with Bobby Lashley.
Lashley had just dominated Kofi Kingston in one of the more one-sided WWE title matches in a while, and was looking for a new challenger. He may have bitten off more than he could chew, however, as Goldberg returned and became the next challenger straight away.