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Ranking MOTY Candidates, Steve Austin At Wrestlemania?, Undertaker vs. Lesnar, Batista Public Enemy No. 1

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The "Match of the Year" list is growing. I was wondering what your thoughts were on the following matches - Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan at Royal Rumble, John Cena vs. Cesaro from Raw, The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield at Elimination Chamber and now Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro.

I am glad someone asked this question and laid out the matches. This is my Match of the Year list through two months and it's phenomenal that we already have four bouts to choose from. This is a good problem to have and let's hope it's a "problem" that we continue to have to deal with. I want to be careful not to get carried away with the matches I have seen most-recently clouding my judgment but I will do my best to rank this list. Keep in mind you can't really go wrong with any of these matches and they should all be considered "must-see" bouts. However, if I had to rank them, as you've essentially asked me to do, I would rank them as follows:

  1. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro at NXT ArRIVAL
  2. The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber
  3. Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt at Royal Rumble
  4. John Cena vs. Cesaro at Raw on February 17, 2014

Zayn vs. Cesaro is fresh but it's a slight notch above the rest in my opinion. The others could probably be interchanged and I would have no issue. However, I would much rather sit here and debate outstanding matches than have to scratch and claw to find something worthy of "Match of the Year" praise.

What's the latest on Steve Austin? Will he work at match at Wrestlemania 30?

Steve Austin is not in the plans to work a match at Wrestlemania 30. I believe it was John Cena that teased a bout against Austin at Wrestlemania 31 in Santa Clara, however, we're still over a year away from that. Austin is on good terms with WWE but there are multiple layers to him ever working another match. First, Austin has to have the desire to get back into in-ring shape. Second, he will have to agree to a sufficient payout to put his body on the line and offer up his services. I honestly don't know if we'll ever see Austin compete again. He made a good point recently when he said, say I train for one more match and work it, then what?

Why is Brock Lesnar getting the "golden ticket" to challenge The Undertaker at Wrestlemania? What has he done to earn the opportunity?

Undertaker requested a match against Brock Lesnar for Wrestlemania 30 before he faced CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29 last year. Undertaker felt it was one of the biggest matches they could do so he threw it out there. One of our correspondents from Wrestlemania 29 Fan Axxess met Undertaker and asked him if the bout against Punk would be his last. He pointed to Lesnar's picture and said he wanted a bout against this one. I've noted on numerous occasions that Undertaker vs. Lesnar for Wrestlemania 30 only hit one significant speed bump and that speed bump is obviously gone as the match has been announced.

Why are the fans so quick to bury Batista over Daniel Bryan?

The fan resentment with Batista starts and ends with how he was booked in the Royal Rumble match. He entered in a prominent spot and went over, while Daniel Bryan wasn't even booked for it. Fans haven't forgot and are very upset. Other people will point to Batista's ring shape and say he's getting gassed too easy and wasn't ready for such a top spot. I'm not as interested in talking about Batista's ring readiness as I am in talking about his booking. Babyface Batista has failed and it's time for a change. We noted a change was near and on this week's episode of Smackdown, he'll "tell the WWE Universe what he thinks about them." WWE should use the heat Batista is generating to their advantage by turning him in a big way, however, it will still not fix the bigger problem and that's the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania. If Daniel Bryan isn't in the match, which appears to be the case, the audience is going to crap on it regardless. As for Batista, the audience at NXT ArRIVAL brought him up, as they chanted "a lot better than Batista" when Emma landed a sit-out powerbomb on Paige.

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2013: Do you see Sami Zayn being a big name in WWE when he gets called up? - Sami Zayn, the former El Generico, is an extremely talented worker. He has all of the tools to have a credible run and is yet another well-seasoned name lurking in WWE developmental. I’m optimistic but there will be no way of knowing for sure until it happens.

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