Who are the current champions in WWE and who do I think will beat them?
WWE WORLD CHAMPION
Current: Bray Wyatt
Next: Randy Orton
Explanation: I've been saying since the Royal Rumble that I had no interest in seeing Wyatt win the title, nor Orton to beat him for it. That has not changed.
WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION
Next: Brock Lesnar
Explanation: Goldberg will drop the title to Lesnar at WrestleMania, and then we won't see the championship defended until probably SummerSlam and it will probably be Roman Reigns who beats him or something dumb like that. WWE programming is going to suck.
Current: Dean Ambrose
Next: Baron Corbin
Explanation: Called it a hunch a few months back and now, after the Elimination Chamber, this seems to definitely be the direction they're going.
UNITED STATES CHAMPION
Current: Chris Jericho
Next: Kevin Owens
Explanation: If WWE cops out and has Goldberg go into WrestleMania as the Universal champion, then Jericho and Owens will fight at Mania for the United States title and I think Owens will win it. Alternatively, if Owens is able to retain the Universal Championship, I think Zayn will be booked to win the United States title from Jericho at Fastlane or before that.
Next: Austin Aries
Explanation: If it isn't Aries, then I'll be shocked, even though Jack Gallagher and Cedric Alexander should be in the running at some point this year to hold that belt.
RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS
Current: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows
Next: Big Cass and Enzo Amore
Explanation: It's not out of the realm of possibility that The New Day win those belts back, but as far as other babyface teams who are in contention, Enzo and Cass make the most sense to me.
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS
Current: The Usos
Next: American Alpha
Explanation: There's no great babyface tag team on SmackDown other than American Alpha, so unless The Usos keep this title long enough for the draft to switch things up with Enzo/Cass or The New Day, or we get The Hype Bros back in action, I think the safest bet is to see American Alpha regain the titles.
RAW WOMEN'S CHAMPION
Next: Sasha Banks
Explanation: SO sick and tired of Charlotte as champion, so I'm really hoping they don't just have her win it back at Fastlane or WrestleMania. I'd rather see a heel Sasha Banks win it from Bayley down the line.
SMACKDOWN WOMEN'S CHAMPION
Current: Alexa Bliss
Next: Mickie James or Tamina Snuka or Asuka
Explanation: I'm sure Naomi relinquishing the championship wasn't the plan, so how WWE reacts to this will be interesting. Will Alexa Bliss keep it for a while or will she be a transitional champion to a different babyface? How long will Naomi be off the shelf? Is Mickie James expected to get a title reign? Will Tamina or Asuka be in the match at WrestleMania? Will Nikki Bella win it just to give her another title reign?
Current: Bobby Roode
Next: Roderick Strong
Explanation: Strong isn't going to be moved up to the main roster for a while and most people are heels, so I think he's the next to be groomed for this position, but it won't happen until Houston.
NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS
Current: The Authors of Pain
Next: No idea
Explanation: With Shane Thorne injured, TM-61 is out of the running at least for a while. SAnitY are heels, as are The Revival. I have literally no idea who could end up dethroning The Authors of Pain, but I think I'm not the only one in that regard. I have a feeling WWE's creative team themselves don't have a plan yet.
NXT WOMEN'S CHAMPION
Next: Ember Moon
Explanation: Makes sense, right?
UNITED KINGDOM CHAMPION
Current: Tyler Bate
Next: Pete Dunne
Explanation: After the performance he put on and the way they prioritized him, you've got to assume Pete Dunne is next in line, although that seems like the easy answer and they may go a different route.