I was recently reading some of the reactions to the ladder match at WrestleMania for the Intercontinental Championship. Some people thought it sounded good and were excited to see a ladder match return to WrestleMania. I won’t hide my bit of bias here, I am absolutely one of those people. I think a ladder match at WrestleMania just feels right. I also think that it gives a good opportunity to guys who are above the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The Battle Royal is absolutely a great opportunity for guys like Zack Ryder and Titus O’Neal who more than likely wouldn’t end up on the WrestleMania card otherwise. WrestleMania is an unbelievable event, the feeling of being at WrestleMania is like nothing else on Earth. For wrestlers it is the same way, I can’t even imagine the buzz that goes through a wrestler who is about to wrestle in front of a crowd a WrestleMania. There are wrestlers who will work their whole life and never get to experience that feeling, so I think it’s great that WWE is getting as many workers on the WrestleMania card as possible. That all said, there are certain workers who are just above that match. Plain and simple there are guys who are a better caliber. That leads me back to some of the comments and reactions I saw from the announcement of the ladder match. Some people were saying it was pointless because the Intercontinental Championship didn’t mean anything anymore. That a throwaway title doesn’t deserve a ladder match at WrestleMania. Some people were upset because Daniel Bryan has ended up in the ladder match and he is above it. Others were upset because there wasn’t a “real” match for the Intercontinental Championship match and they’re just throwing random people in a ladder match so that the title can be defended at WrestleMania. To all of these people I have to say this one thing: Just shut up and watch the match.
This might seem harsh, but it is good advice. I am proud to consider myself a smart fan (or a smark) and I love to debate and talk wrestling with other fans. Wrestling is a passion of mine, and many others, and we love to think about the backstage workings in the WWE. We smarks love to play the WWE chess game. “If this wrestler works this match, then they can go on to wrestle this other wrestler at this event.” We all have strong opinions and we all love to debate what is best for the company and for certain workers. I am proud to be one of the people who fits into this description, but at the same time I think we need to step back and appreciate wrestling when it’s right in front of our faces. People are so busy planning out what WWE’s next step will be that they don’t appreciate what is happening in the now. Getting into the backstage aspect of pro wrestling can be half the fun, but we also can’t forget that what we love is wrestling, not the politics behind wrestling. This is a very good match and I think people are downplaying it’s quality because they are unhappy with how WrestleMania is shaping up this year.
People who say this match is really just a throw away because of how the Intercontinental Championship is booked aren’t looking at the bigger picture. In fact, they are upset that WWE is doing exactly what they should be doing. If fans want the Intercontinental title to be booked better and be seen as more prestigious, there are two important things need to be done. One, book it in high profile matches at big events. You know, like a ladder match at WrestleMania. Secondly, there needs to be legitimate Superstars chasing the title in those matches. You know, like Dolph Zigger, Dean Ambrose, and Daniel Bryan. For almost as long as I can remember smart fans have complained about the Intercontinental Championship not being as prestigious as it once was. Now, for the first time in a long time, WWE could be looking to correct that. If I am being candid and honest, they probably won’t be restoring it’s prestige after WrestleMania, but whose to say honestly that they won’t.
The fact is, this match has the strong potential to steal the show at WrestleMania. There are so many incredible workers in this match that anything less would, honestly, be a surprise. When I think back to WrestleMania moments that stand out in my mind, I don’t think year by year, I think moment by moment. It isn’t a chronological list, WrestleMania 2000 had this match and this match, WrestleMania 26 had this match, etc etc. What I remember are the awesome moments and amazing matches. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit, Shelton Benjamin running up a propped up ladder, Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker (part 1 or 2), Edge spearing Jeff Hardy from the top of a ladder, John Cena hitting the FU on Big Show for the first time. I could go on and on, but the point is it’s not about who was and wasn't in the main event certain years, it’s about the memories at WrestleMania that are most important. Would I have liked to have seen Daniel Bryan vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania? Absolutely. Does that make his current match any less likely to create a memory I’ll never forget? Hell no. So do me a favor fans, instead of complaining and trying to play the WWE fantasy booking game, just shut up, watch, and enjoy!