It's finally the weekend that wrestling fans all over the world have been waiting for. With it being just days away from WrestleMania 31, I wanted to share my thoughts on the build and the card as a whole. Lee Herbert shared his thoughts on why he isn't thrilled about the build this week here on WWENews. The article inspired me to look at the positives of this year's event with seven "counter-points" that may or may not be addressing topics Lee already talked about.
1.) The Future Is Now
It hadn't hit me until watching this week's NXT that half of the card is made up of former NXT stars. Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Rusev, Seth Rollins, Paige, Dean Ambrose, and Luke Harper are all being prominently featured on the card. Rusev, Paige, and Harper are also going to be experiencing their very first WrestleMania match come Sunday. It's hard to believe these seven talented workers, who were just in developmental in the last three years, will be showcasing what they do best on the big stage. For years now, fans have begged WWE to give us new faces, especially at WrestleMania, and now it's happening! Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose are all undefeated at Mania, so is it possibly one of their streaks continue?
2.) Bray Wyatt Builds Feud By Himself; Undertaker's Return
The Bray Wyatt character is night and day compared to Husky Harris. Four years ago, I don't think anyone would've thought in their wildest dreams that this man would be facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31. After some repackaging in NXT, Wyatt has made it clear that he's here to stay as WWE's newest face of fear. From the instant I saw Wyatt in NXT, I knew he had all the potential in the world to be the next Undertaker. I'm not saying he's going to recreate The Streak, I'm saying that Wyatt has that unique character that could stick around for many years to come. In the year and a half that Wyatt has been on the main roster, he has had great battles with Kane, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Dean Ambrose.
This time, though, Wyatt faces his greatest challenge in The Undertaker. Much to the disappointment of many fans, Undertaker has not appeared at all since Bray called him out for a match. In fact, we haven't seen Undertaker since his Streak was shockingly ended last year at WrestleMania 30. Wyatt has appeared week in and week out since Fast Lane, cutting eerie promos on Undertaker. Thanks to the awesome theatrics from WWE, the promos have been even creepier. We have no doubt that The Undertaker will show up for his match, since he accepted it via the titan tron on Raw. But will The Undertaker be The Deadman or the chopper-riding Undertaker? What kind of shape is Taker in? Will this be his last WWE match ever? So many questions that we have will hopefully be answered after Sunday.
3.) Sting's In-Ring Debut
Sting finally made his WWE debut at Survivor Series in November. His feud with Triple H has what could be considered the longest build out of any of the matches on the card. There's obviously lots of interest in seeing Sting make his in-ring debut against none other than Triple H. Triple H is a fantastic worker who continues to put on great matches year after year. He is the perfect opponent for Sting. What's next for Sting after this match? That remains to be seen.
4.) The Ladder Match Returns
The Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship has absolutely been my favorite match build thus far. It has been phenomenal! Not only is this a Ladder Match, but it's for a midcard title, and I'll touch on this more in a bit. These seven highly talented workers all deserve a spot on the card and they have been given this great opportunity to show why. I would honestly be fine with any of the participants winning. The build to this match has left us with great memories from Raw and especially SmackDown. There is no doubt in my mind that this match will steal the show and leave us feeling satisfied.
5.) WWE Is Putting Effort In Giving Divas A Chance
Four Divas are being given a chance in the form of a tag team match between AJ, Paige, and The Bella's at WrestleMania. While I'm not exactly a fan of The Bella's, I'm very happy that AJ and Paige have a match. The build has been decent and the promo cut from these four left me dying to see this match! How will the match quality be? It's hard to say. What I'm hoping to see is the babyfaces go over.
6.) Midcard Championships Matter
Don't tell me the midcard titles in WWE don't matter at the moment, because they do. Rusev will be defending his United States Championship against the face of the company, John Cena. The match is being seen as the fourth "main event" because Cena is in it, but still, the U.S. Title is being defended in a big match at the big show is what matters. The Intercontinental Championship has been a hot topic going in to WrestleMania. While champion Barrett hasn't had his hands on the title much, several of his challengers have. WWE has provided us with two intriguing stories and matches at WrestleMania for the two midcard championships. It truly is a miracle.
7.) You Get A Match, You Get Match, (Almost) Everyone Gets A Match!
I did some research on WWE's current roster and who all will be competing at WrestleMania. From what I can find, 49 of WWE's workers will be in action, including Hideo Itami. Out of the active competing roster, Xavier Woods and El Torito are the only ones without an actual match, even though will be appearing. Sheamus, Bo Dallas, Hornswoggle, David Otunga, and Alex Riley fall under the "other" category of the roster due to injury or being a commentator. 10 Divas will not have a match either. If most of the roster is getting a chance to shine, then I would call this a success.
I know there is a lot of negativity towards the Battle Royal, but I can only see the positive side for the 20 men who have been granted the opportunity to perform whether they deserve it (Ryback, Rowan, Sandow) or not (The Ascension).
I can not express in words how excited I am. From just reliving moments on the WWE Network, to the Hall of Fame, to the big show itself... I can't wait to see what historical moments we will be witnessing. I'm sort of expecting some backlash for being so positive, so I would love to hear from you below in the comments section. Are you looking forward to WrestleMania? Why or why not? Let your voice be heard.
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