WrestleMania is supposed to be the final hurrah for the WWE calendar year. It sums up what the WWE has been about the past twelve months since the last WrestleMania, but like last year, this WrestleMania is different; it’s bury the talent to the guys who help sell one million pay per views. The three main event matches are almost set in stone, they are predictable, and will NOT help further the booking the rest of 2013. In simple terms four of the six guys participating in the main event matches won’t be on WWE television for the majority of the year. The Rock will be around, sometimes. Brock Lesnar will have his big pop moments scattered for the next two years. Triple H will go back to running WWE day-to-day, and the Undertaker, arguably, could be having the last match of his professional wrestling career in just a few weeks. All the while, yes these three matches are selling/did sell WrestleMania but the under card is going to steal the show, and hopefully bringing a few part time fans back for more.
Let’s start with the tag team titles. The division and the champions are both in demise, so why not bring back a match for one night big splash? A five team ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Titles will not only get a big pop but can be placed on the card to help build momentum for the main event matches. Team Hell No against The New Age Outlaws, Epico & Primo, The Usos and The Monsters of Funk. You have Epico, Primo and The Usos to take care of the high spots. Team Hell No can drop the titles to the Monsters of Funk and not look weak, setting up a rematch that ultimately leads to the end of Team Hell No. This match may or may not lead to the tag team division getting quote un quote better or convince the WWE to start pushing tag teams again but this match could steal the whole show.
Goldust and Cody Rhodes have been teasing a match against each other at WrestleMania for the past two years. Cody no longer has a tag team partner, and is basically without anything to do every week other than scam on Kaityln. Why not do a brother against brother match? WrestleMania is all about the glitz, the glamour, and the booking that has nothing but dead ends. Goldust had a huge pop when he entered the Royal Rumble in January so setting up a match with him against his brother can get Attitude Era fans interested, Goldust can put his brother over, and that could be the spark that lit the fuse to Cody Rhodes becoming a major player in 2013.
Ryback against Mark Henry seems to be on the rise, but why not up the ante? The winner is the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Title. This match already has the no one knows who’s going to win feel to it, so spice it up a notch, it is WrestleMania after all. Both Ryback and Henry are incredibly strong so this match may not be high paced, but there is a high chance the ring may be need to be replaced after this match. I think a move to SmackDown for Ryback would do his character a lot of good. He is caught in the middle of the big time feel Raw has to it. A title run on SmackDown will not only help him, but it will help the ratings of SmackDown. I am not nominating Ryback to win, but logically it just makes sense. He is the new Mark Henry; big, strong, scary, and just needs to really pick and choose when he grabs a microphone.
The two mid card titles are really up in the air as far as what to do with them at WrestleMania. They haven’t done enough of Bo Dallas and Wade Barrett to give them a match and Mania, and Antonio Cesaro against The Miz, however how high I was up on this feud, has burnt out due to poor booking. Both Barrett and Cesaro should be a major part of the WWE’s future. It is a shame they both are stuck with nothing to do weeks before Mania. It’s going to be last-minute booking so here’s a last-minute thought: Go ahead with the Intercontinental Title Tournament the next few weeks on Raw and SmackDown. I am not too sure who should/could win but it gives Raw and SmackDown a good gimmick for a few weeks and at least Wade Barrett has a match at WrestleMania, even it’s on the internet.
Antonio Cesaro has been the United States Champion for 2013, while he has been great the booking has been poor. The stuff with The Miz was good, but it was so far and few in between the feud quickly faded. Cesaro is on the cusp of really being a major player and move up the ranks a bit in the WWE. Someone who could really help him get there, Chris Jericho. All signs point to Jericho leaving after Mania season to continue his conquest of becoming the biggest singer in Rock N Roll, all the power to you Chris. Jericho is a living legend and I have no problem saying that, his body of work speaks for himself. He really helped catapult CM Punk’s regin last year and he could do the same for Cesaro. The booking is easy, have Cesaro call out the fans for cheering for a guy who comes and goes as he pleases so he can sing in his crappy rock band. Out comes Jericho, boom, the match is set and these two put on one hell of a show.
I predicated The Shield would win their first two matches in the WWE. The powers that be aren’t dumb; they know who they signed when The Shield made their main roster debut. WrestleMania is drawing closer and it seems that The Shield won’t be left off the card; in fact the WWE intends to shine the bright lights all over Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns by sticking them with three former World Heavyweight Champions in Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show. Add the no disqualification stipulation and these six men will tear apart New Jersey. The Shield will win this match, and at the end of the day the only question being asked is by Sheamus, Orton, and Show. So, what’s next for us?
I filled in a lot of blanks on the WrestleMania card, I’m glad you sat through it, but there is one blank that still needs to be addressed, Dolph Ziggler. The card now has nine matches with my fantasy booking, throw in the Alberto Del Rio/ Jack Swagger World Heavyweight Title match, a divas match somewhere, and The Rock talking for a good 15-20 minutes and there is no room for Dolph Ziggler. Take a moment to take that in, arguably one of the top five guys in the business and he has no creative direction heading into the biggest night in professional wrestling. Everything points to Ziggler cashing in his briefcase but like I said on the Creatively Endeavored Podcast, that pop or shock won’t be as good as it would have been months ago. It may come as a surprise to some because of how Ziggler has been losing lately. I have a better idea, let’s kill two birds with one stone. Have Ziggler come done after Swagger/Del Rio attempt to cash in but AJ and or Big E Langston cost him the cash in. The next night on Raw, Dolph can complain how he didn’t get his match he deserves. Out comes Vickie Guerrero, she gives the ultimatum, give up AJ and Big E and you get your shot. Ziggler can drop them both, turn babyface, which the WWE needs, and win the World Heavyweight Title all at the same time. It won’t be the WrestleMania moment but Ziggler will be around long enough to make plenty of those.
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