Two WWE Titles, Attending Shows, How Likely Is Sting vs. Undertaker?, Dissecting Wrestlemania XXX Lineup

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Am I the only one who is tired of seeing Randy Orton bringing two belts to the ring? Any word on what they are going to do with the original World Heavyweight Championship belt?

You are not the only one and I agree with you, it's old seeing Randy Orton carry both title belts. I can also tell you it wasn't the original plan as the original plan called for the "champion of champions" to only carry the WWE Championship belt after titles were unified. WWE even played up in the build to WWE TLC (the event where the titles were unified) that it would be the final time the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship belts would be in the ring together. Here we are nearly four months later and Orton is still carrying both and even had both at Tuesday's Wrestlemania 30 press conference. As long as there are two belts there will be continued rumblings and speculation about de-unification and the splitting of the title belts.

I've always been curious. How often do you attend events? Do you go to them when you are in the area? Do you get any media access to the superstars? Or are you attending just like any fan?

It's been a few years since I've attended a WWE show and this is because it's simply easier for me to operate at my desk with my phone than it is to be on the ground. We have a great team of correspondents that attend TV tapings and shows, so we always have people on the ground. The last couple of TNA shows I attended, I got media credentials and essentially had "free roam" over the backstage area. It was a neat situation to be in but I still accomplish more from my desk, managing our team of correspondents and working my connections from my phone. If this were 20 years ago and my work was sent out via snail mail rather than being posted instantly on the Internet, I'd probably travel a heck of a lot more.

With a match between Sting and Undertaker likely to happen, would you rather see it happen at Summerslam this year or Wrestlemania next year? I ask because a match at Wrestlemania would be an obvious Undertaker win, where a match at Summerslam would produce an unknown winner.

There are still several things that have to happen for Sting vs. Undertaker to become a reality. First, we have to be able to confirm that Sting has a WWE contract. We do not have that confirmation yet. Next, it hinges on Undertaker's health and desire for such a match. The former, Undertaker's health, is probably the biggest question mark because he won't even know himself until after his match against Brock Lesnar on Sunday. If Sting has a WWE contract and Undertaker's healthy, both parties will have to come into agreement on the match. When would it take place? Where would it take place? Most importantly, who would go over in such a bout? While Sting only wants one more match against Undertaker, it's fair to say both are on borrowed time. These are issues that can't be taken likely and would all have to be sorted before the dream match would ever actually come to fruition.

In your opinion, which Wrestlemania XXX match has had the best build?

I've been wanting to do a list for a while now, so I'll just list them in terms of interest with the top being the match/point I'm most interested in and the bottom being the match/point I'm least interested in.

  1. Will Daniel Bryan get his payoff?
  2. John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
  3. Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
  4. Everything else

My biggest area of intrigue is what will happen with Daniel Bryan? Will WWE finally give him the payoff he's rightfully earned and the one the fans want or will this be another situation where egos and backstage politics bury him yet again? Sure, there's a lot of money in Daniel Bryan as the proverbial underdog that is constantly held down BUT everyone eventually gets a payoff. Some are bigger than others and some are more successful than others but everyone eventually gets a payoff.

Bray Wyatt has done a phenomenal job on the mic in his program with John Cena. When I first heard they were doing Wyatt/Cena, I wasn't looking forward to it. However, Bray has proved he's worthy and how it's booked will be interesting.

If you don't have interest in "the streak," you're probably not a wrestling fan. While it's fairly *obvious* Undertaker goes over, will he steal the show like he did last year? A big-man battle between Undertaker and Lesnar is so big it doesn't need an explanation.

After this, it' s a forgettable card that feels rushed together by mixing and matching pieces to get people on the show. I have no interest in the 30-man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The winner gets… a trophy. So what? People going in expecting some type of elaborate payoff accompanied with a huge surprise are probably going to be disappointed. I see this match as a watered down Royal Rumble, where the winner doesn't get a title shot.

The Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational has train wreck written all over it. 14 women in the ring at the same time, where the winner goes over via pinfall. I can't envision anything other than some forgettable overly gimmicky bout that comes across as watered down and lacks payoff. I'd rather see a singles match with someone getting a big victory over the longest-reigning Divas champion in company history.

The Shield's match against Kane & The New Age Outlaws is extremely random. WWE teased dissension from The Shield for months and have now turned them babyface and reinforced the three pieces are one. Is this all part of an elaborate booking plan that ends in their inevitable breakup or is it WWE pulling back on planned singles pushes because they got cold feet?

The Pre-Show bout with The Usos defending the WWE Tag Team Championship against Los Matadores, The Real Americans and Ryback & Curtis Axel is another extremely random bout. Goldust & Cody Rhodes have been the best tag team in WWE over the course of the last year. They should be challenging The Usos in a bout that rewards all of their hard work. Los Matadores are comedy, RybAxel has fizzled and The Real Americans have teased dissension for months.

From the Ask WNW vault…

May 2012: Why does it seem that the WWE Intercontinental Championship doesn’t hold the same importance as it used too? - Some will argue the Intercontinental Championship isn’t as prestigious because there are two World title belts and why I think the number of titles certainly plays a factor, it comes down to the company’s vision for the belt. A title has prestige when it means something. The problem is when the titleholder is put under clean in a non-title match; no one takes the belt seriously. The counter point to this is, “well this shows anything can happen.” My response is why not just change the belt? My steps in restoring prestige to the Intercontinental title are eliminating the US strap and no longer booking the IC champ to go under in a non-title match. The strap could then be used to help elevate an up and coming worker.

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