WrestleMania is just weeks away and I could not be more excited to see what WWE pulls off this year. The glitz and glamour is awesome, but could this be the year the show of shows misses the mark? In this article, I am going to give you the reason why it won't be good and how the card should look.
Can it be good? Yes. Every year WWE builds the card to be strong. However this year, the card is shaping up to suck. I, for one, am not seeing good things for the card here. It is the same old thing. Part timers and one off competitors come in and get top matches and the younger guys have to miss their shot for a WrestleMania moment or they are relegated to the preshow at worst, under to mid card at best. The fact that the show is four hours, six if you count the pre- and post-shows, I think hurts WrestleMania but in order to have more matches it is a needed time format.
What WWE needs to do to save Mania for next year is to get matches like Sting vs. Triple H and Lesnar vs. Reigns or Bryan done this year like they plan to and then get Triple H into his corporate position and leave him there and finally get The Authority off TV permanently, let Brock Lesnar go back to MMA until his Hall of Fame induction, and give the WWE Universe what they want and give Sting his one WWE match and send him out on a high note so he can be put in the Hall of Fame and end his road as the last WCW holdout to never compete in WWE. Once they do this they can focus on getting WrestleMania back to the awesome show it is. They do not need part timers to bog down the roster when they have young and hungry guys waiting. If I were WWE I would do this year like this.
The Preshow should have NO matches. Use the preshow to hype the actual card, interview some of the fans, hell, for the first time, in a bit of forward thinking (dangerous, I know), put a member of the WWE Universe on the panel for a fan's perspective on the show, and do a few interviews of guys on the card. They really want matches on the preshow to get the crowd hot then let all of the NXT Champions defend their Championships on the show. That is it. Done.
WrestleMania should be where all the Superstars say to themselves, after NXT was just showcased, "Well, Damn. Now we need to go out there and show the Universe that we can put on just as good, if not better, performances than them because we are the main guys here." The card should look like this for this year (Champions are listed first in title matches):
Nikki Bella vs. Brie Bryan
For this to happen, Nikki would have to lay claim to the Bella name solely and to do that she needs to beat Brie in a match on Raw and force Brie to use Daniel's last name. It renews their feud in which Nikki is the heel and Brie is the face, having Brie go over and win the title.
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
The match should feature 20 men and the winner should be named new #1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Consider this WrestleMania's new Money in the Bank, just you don't cash in, you automatically face the champ on the next PPV. Winner is Zack Ryder
Tag Team Championship
The Usos vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
This would be an classic and a MOTY caliber bout. Tyson and Cesaro win because they both are single handedly going to save this division.
To end The Authority's Power for good
Sting vs. Triple H
This won't be an excellent match, but the Authority angle needs to end for the WWE to survive to see Triple H retire and finish his grooming to take the company reins from Vince, who clearly has no idea what his current fan base wants. Sting wins ending his storied career on a high note.
Title Unification Match
Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett vs. United States Champion Rusev
This match is needed because the title picture is over saturated and last everyone knew, the Intercontinental title encompassed all seven continents including the USA so having that title absorb the US Title makes it more defendable across the globe. Bad News has to be the guy to hand Rusev his first loss cementing Barrett's face turn on his way to the main title picture.
Now on to what to do with Cena...after his loss to Rusev, Cena finally snaps and turns heel. Adrian Neville is called up to take Cena's face spot on Raw after Fast Lane leading to this...
If John Cena loses, he is banned from WWE for one year
John Cena vs. Adrian Neville
This match is a chance for Cena to exit WWE for a while to heal up and get reenergized while doing movies for Hollywood and WWE respectively while elevating a new main eventer in Neville. This is a match Cena MUST lose so that when he comes back, he can win over the fans again with a renewed purpose to win his final and record setting 17th world title on his retirement match at WrestleMania 32 ending his Hall of Fame career. Neville wins. this match ends the second hour.
The Miz vs. Damien Mizdow
This match is another classic with the most over guy in Mizdow and a guy who plays his heel character well in The Miz. In order for Mizdow to step out of The Miz's shadow, Mizdow wins sending him into the main event while Miz goes on to the top of the mid-card.
One Hour Iron Man Match for the Money in the Bank Briefcase
Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton
This match takes place as a culmination of the feud that was started back before Survivor Series. This is a back and forth match with it going to a 9-9 tie with :30 seconds to go. True to his internet meme, Orton hits an RKO out of nowhere when Rollins tries a Curb Stomp and wins the MITB briefcase.
Stardust vs. Goldust
With Stardust being frustrated with Goldust, he challenges Goldust to a match at WrestleMania. Goldust says never and they continue their chase (unsuccessfully) for the Tag Titles. Goldust then turns on Stardust becoming the heel. Stardust says that only one can lay claim to the Dust name, be it Gold or Star, going on to set up a retirement match for Goldust that Stardust wins and continues on as the sole Dust in WWE winning multiple WWE World titles.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan
As Brock is set to leave, this match become a triple threat. If you think I am going to pick Bryan, you are wrong. I think Roman wins as Paul Heyman turns on Brock aligning with Roman as his advocate dubbing him the NEW Beast Incarnate. Heyman calls Brock a dinosaur and that he will never return to WWE again (true till his Hall of Fame induction by Heyman). This would make it seem Roman turns heel, but on the contrary, out comes Orton to cash in, and Heyman looks and plays scared for Roman. Before the bell rings, Heyman grabs the briefcase, hitting Roman with it, orders the ref to ring the bell, to which Orton hits an RKO and walks out with the title and Heyman smiling and reinvigorating Orton's career as a top heel.
That is all folks for my first go around here. If you think I got it right or wrong please let me know. Also, feedback is welcome. Thanks for reading.