Kane's Attack On Raw, Battle For Control Of The Brands, The Goal In Rock vs. Cena, Too Strong Of A Wrestlemania Lineup?

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Considering the attack after Raw's tag title match, does WWE have plans to put Kane back in the tag division or was this just a random attack?

As noted on my Twitter account, I felt Kane's attack was very random. While I do not know the creative plans for Kane at Wrestlemania, his post-match beat down on Monday's Raw Supershow seemed like a way to get him on television. For more on Kane, read the Smackdown taping results at this link.

With the announcement that Teddy Long will be the GM on Raw next week and John Laurinaitis will be the Smackdown GM, what are the chances that Long and Laurinaitis face-off at Wrestlemania with the
winner becoming GM of both Raw and Smackdown?

As soon as things got physical on Monday's WWE Raw Supershow when Long shoved Laurinaitis, I thought to myself, "not again." Remember last year's Wrestlemania match between Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler? My hope is WWE uses the Long/Laurinaitis feud to do a "Bragging Rights" type match with workers representing both Long and Laurinaitis. I am never for non-wrestlers getting in the ring on pay-per-view but especially not at Wrestlemania.

What is WWE's goal with John Cena and The Rock in terms of who is the babyface and who is the heel?

Many people had assumed Wrestlemania was going to be the point when John Cena turned heel, however, that isn't the case. The last I heard company officials want the audience split 50/50 for the match which is why they gave Cena free reign Monday night to say whatever he wanted to generate a pop. For those that missed it, Cena delivered and accomplished the goal.

I'm unbelievably excited for Wrestlemania this year, but it's got me wondering if maybe there is too much going on. With The Rock/Cena, Triple H/Undertaker, Sheamus/Daniel Bryan and Chris Jericho/CM Punk already set to bring down the houseā€¦ What can we expect, if anything, from people like Randy Orton, The Miz, and The Big Show?

The Wrestlemania XXVIII lineup is very strong but I can confirm all but The Miz will definitely have matches at the pay-per-view. It's a good possibility The Miz is on the card but since I'm not aware of the creative plans for him, I don't want to speculate. Given last year's disappointing Wrestlemania, this year's loaded card is very refreshing and I don't think there can be "too much" going on.

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  • SSB

    Gonna be an awesome Wrestlemania this year!!!

  • @RatedMKD

    I'm fully certain that Long vs Laurinaitis is going to lead to a multi-man tag team match. Why bring out numerous heels with no ongoing storylines to back up Big Johnny during that segment at the Elimination Chamber PPV if they're not going to participate themselves?

    The card is already stacked from the first four matches alone (it's averaging out at one main event match for each hour of the show!), so 'Mania doesn't need a MITB match this year. Having a ten-man tag team match for control of both RAW and SmackDown would be a nice alternative that gets even more people on the card than the ladder match usually does.

    • MVP

      I would hope that this doesn't turn into a RAW vs. Smackdown match but rather a Team Teddy vs. Team Ace, with wrestlers from either roster eligible to be on either team. I think it's already heading this way with Alberto, Christian, and Mark Henry already throwing their support behind John Laurinaitis.

  • Ricky Valdez

    Orton v mizz would be great, I like the mizz, but he is a little to annoying, he allways has to remind everybody about how awesome he is, almost like he is trying to convince himself of that.

    • Charles

      I think that’s the point bud.

  • mathew30

    its exactly the full card that should happened every mania.

  • Jim

    There can never be too big of a card for Wrestlemania. Its the show of the year ans due to that it should have a jam packed card. From top to bottom should be loaded. If for any other reason but to keep everyone interested and psyched for the 3 big matches. Which isn’t easy to do on a show like Mania since it’s so long.

    If the Rock wants to continue being face for this match, I think it may be a good idea for him to practice his promos. Because this writing his lines on his arms stuff is just ridiculous. I’ve never seen that on a wrestling show. I mean what is this? History class or something?

    • havoc525

      To everyone buying into the “notes on the wrist” deal, get over it. It was to put over the storyline, giving Cena a talking point, period.

      • Terry

        Nope you are wrong , you could see him look at his wrist everytime he took a break from talking . Just like when he was cutting promos from his house ….off a teleprompter .

        • James Mitchell

          With his sunglasses so you couldn’t see his eyes

          • XKonn247

            He wasn’t wearing sunglasses.

  • Mike L

    Team Laurinaitis: David Otunga, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler and The Miz Vs. Team Long: Santino Marella, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston and Ezekiel Jackson.
    Add in Kharma Vs. Beth Pheonix, Randy Orton Vs. Kane and, maybe (hopefully) a tag title match, and this will be the biggest Wrestlemania in years.

    • Jg

      That’s fine.. But cena is rite.. “keep trending” who Cares!!!!!!!!!

    • Joey

      what about Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, Christian, Mark Henry?

      I'd rather they book:
      Team Laurinaitis: Otunga, Del Rio, Henry & Christian (since they all came out at EC)
      vs. Team Long: Santino, Mysterio, Zeke & Shaq (Shaq still believes he'll be apart of WM so stick him here)

      Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes for the IC title

      Kane vs. Orton

      Triangle Ladder Match for the Tag Team Titles:
      Epico & Primo vs. Swagger/Ziggler vs. Kingston/R-Truth

      Beth vs Kharma for the Divas title

  • ranewber

    Kane comes back with a tag team partner…Zach Ryder, who has embraced the hate! How awesome would that be?

    • Take care, spike the wig

    • Dave Barton

      I’d be all for it if it gave Zack a makeover…he’s waaaay too dorky right now. I just hope Zack doesn’t get involved in Rock/Cena at WM. That match needs to be 1-on-1 with no interference.

  • Nighthawk

    The writing on Rock’s arm was obviously put there to give John Cena something to talk about. When has anyone, especially the Rock, had to do that before?

    • Hardy

      Exactly plus he’s an actor anyways, his job is to remember lines. It’s clearly either a last minute altercation or done purposely for cena to focus on.

    • Rabin car

      He might jump in and make cena lose

  • Mike D

    It’ll be Orton vs Kane after his attack on The Viper to end this weeks SD!

  • Dan

    Question for all you Americans from here in Aus. How much do tickets to Raw and Smackdown cost?

    • kevin

      I have got them for as cheep as $20 that’s for upstairs

      • Dan

        That’s actually pretty decent. That’s like going to the rugby over here.

    • Bigbdawg

      I gave $50 per ticket and I’m right off the ground floor in front of the ring

      • kevin

        They a pretty good deal floor up to up top. Lol its the ppv where they soak you for hundreds per ticket

        • Dan

          Yeh that all makes sense. I would’ve only bought a ticket for Wrestlemania or last years MITB. Everything else was subpar.

  • Batch-pz101

    I really like the zack Ryder inbrace the hate story line I think that whould be great .kane and Ryder vs the tag champs but it has to be strait up no three way or four way

  • Glen

    I really don’t care anymore if Cena turns heel of not. All I want and every single person who chants “Cena sucks!” just wants to see the boy scout superman over the top PG character to disappear. I firmly believe the
    Cena we see whenever The Rock is around is in fact the REAL JOHN CENA! And
    That’s the Cena we want! I’m tired of the fake Cena when The Rock isn’t around.

    • AJG316

      I wonder if that's another way of asking wwe to keep the rock here ???? Interesting

  • Joey

    I expect WWE to add Big Show vs Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship, Kane vs. Randy Orton, Team Teddy Long vs. Team Laurinaitis, Kharma vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas Championship, and hopefully a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Title Match: Epico/Primo vs. Uso's vs. Kofi/R-Truth vs. Ziggler/Swagger…

    if those matches get added, along with the 4 main event matches already confirmed, this will be the greatest WrestleMania ever and can rival WrestleMania X-Seven and WrestleMania XIX

    • kevin

      Fatal 4 ways suck.

  • John

    Isn't Wrestlemania in The Rock's hometown? I expect the crowd reaction to be much like Hogan/Rock with this time Cena playing the role of The Rock & getting booed out of the building.

    On that note, WWE really needs to take Wrestlemania back to Toronto, Canada. The crowds there are unbelievable!

    • Joe

      So glad someone brought up the Rock getting booed when he faced Hogan! Seems like everyone forgot that at one point people were sick of Rocky getting shoved down their throats.

      • AJG316

        Alot like cena is now

    • kevin

      I love how people keep bringing up Toronto when I was there and that place started emptying out before jericho triple h even started. Let’s try having it someplace that never had it like san Diego

      • John

        The reason the crowd emptied before the main event was because the REAL headliner was Rock vs. Hogan. It was stupid for WWE to put Jericho/HHH as the main event at WM 18 so they only have themselves to blame for people leaving early.

    • MonsterMike42

      I keep hearing that Vince wants the Rock/Cena match to be 50/50, with the crowd cheering for both men. He seems to be the one with a short memory. The WWE fans almost never cheer favorably for the hometown hero's opponent. In 2006, Cena and Edge had a match for the WWE title in Toronto. The fans booed John for most of the match even though he was the face and Edge was the (usually)much hated heel. Elimination Chamber in St. Louis in 2010 was the same. A then-heel Randy Orton got one of the biggest pops next to Triple H and Undertaker.

  • PirateKing

    Johnny Ace is not a “non-wrestler”. Maybe he was never very good but Laurrenitis was a wrestler

  • sami

    in my predictiopns for wrestlemania…

    (Big show vs Cody Rhodes! is a given…)
    Kharma vs Beth Pheonix? Awesome maybe?!
    EVE and Kelly Kelly may have something to do with the show with this whole twitter thing going oon…

    ORTON vs KANE!!!
    Orton vs daniel bryan vs Sheamus maybe? I ll go with Orton vs Kane though :-)!
    Last I heard was that their was to be some sort mask battle royal? I think someone posted it on this site?

    Cm punk vs Jericho… we know
    Taker vs HHH we know…
    Rock vs Cena … we know

    Tag title match? with kofi and truth?

    Miz finds a new partner? and is involved maybe?

    going to be a sweet mania!

  • Eddie

    ya i agree with havoc 525….

    when it comes to pro wrestling.. rocky is consider next to God when he has a mic……
    this was just to show that cena can compete with him well when it comes to talking the other one down…..

    otherwise do u think they would let cena expose rock on live television???
    next thing u knw he’ll be wearing a mic at wm so that people can hear rocky talking to him during their match…. and then saying rocky cudn’t complete the match without help…..

  • I'd just like the point out the elephant in the room that everyone is ignoring here and that's the fact that Rey Mysterio is gunning for a WM return so if that were to happen we should probably try and factor in a possible match for him too. As for who he'd match up with, it's a tough call.

    • H.M.

      Rey Mysterio could come in aid of Teddy Longs presumed 'Team Long' for Mania. They lack strong babyfaces anyway.

    • Chris

      How about Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio since Del Rio "took him out"?