Since the summer time we have seen the development of Ambrose & Rollins reuniting as The Shield after three years. Rumors for Wrestlemania point to the possibility of Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins breaking up again ahead of Mania to allow for them to work the big event. However, i do believe that it really would be too soon for a break up between the partners as it wouldn't get as much as they could out of them as a team. Honestly, also the WWE at this point they need teams in the company's tag divisions as oppose to more singles competitors that could flounder within the roster.
In my opinion giving us the match at Wrestlemania would make it extremely clear that the company doesn't hold long term booking in the same regard as they once did. I think that seeing that match at Summerslam would be better or even at Survivor Series as it would help the match have more meaning and background. Also holding the match off until August or November would allow them to have a major match on a PPV not called Wrestlemania.
The one thing I don't understand is that the WWE has really tried to make both Survivor Series and in particular Summerslam feel like major events again in recent years. So with that being said they should try and long term book for at least one of them giving us major matches to make it feel like another Wrestlemania. Fact is I think it would a hugely missed opportunity if Ambrose and Rollins collide at Mania instead of later on in 2018.
The last time that I dialed it back to start predicting matches for the biggest event of the year. However, the difference between this edition of the series as I have chosen to pick a match that will more likely happen then the match I selected the first time around. The first match I chose was AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura and even though it seems possible at this point after the events of the UK Tour and certain videos that have surfaced.
But now there is one match that a lot of people have been hearing rumors about and that this match could be the final match for Brock Lesnar under his current contract. As for a little over a year we have heard rumors of Brock and Roman Reigns coming back together for one more match. Also even though most fans really don't want to see this match due to the likelihood that Reigns vs Brock will headline the event. Roman has headlined the last four Wrestlemania's and none of them since his first have been that good. One of the main appeals of Roman & Brock fighting again due to the ending of their Wrestlemania match when Rollins won the title.
However, the one reason that most fans don't want to see this match is for two reasons as some of us feel like Brock could have a better final match in the WWE. The other reason is similar to the reason that we were worried about the last time is that with Brock leaving it means that with no doubt Roman will win considering that Brock will be leaving. The one thing that the WWE could do is continue to change the old plans by going in a completely different direction. But it is more likely that Roman Reigns & Brock Lesnar will be one of the top matches for Wrestlemania.
The time of year that wrestling fans look forward to every year is almost here once again and as WrestleMania season draws closer prediction time does as well. People like me take there time and think about what matches we'd like to see and what we will likely see on the show. I for one love WrestleMania season because it is truly the one time out of the year that anything can happen inside the WWE. Also from Royal Rumble to the show of shows the WWE always has more eyes on the product than at any point during the year. Now is time for me to start picking some matches I would love to see at Mania and then as we get close fill it what we likely will see.
One match I think that every fan with a social media account wants to see one match at WrestleMania in particular. Now if this match does happen it would be the first time a match that took place at Wrestle Kingdom would happen at a WrestleMania. At this point I do think most of you know what I am referring to as I would love to see AJ Styles against Shuinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania. Everyone likes to point out the surreal nature of seeing certain people in WWE, but just imagine how surreal it would be to see Nakamura vs Styles at WrestleMania.
Now with Styles in the title picture against Jinder the book is still open ever so possibly that the match could happened. Don't get me wrong I don't think that this match will happen due to the WWE having other plans for the show of shows. However, I don't disagree with the idea that it could happen in the future with both men especially AJ being seen as a major star.
Last Year, the WWE began to induct names from the very early days professional wrestling under the guise of the legacy brand of the Hall of Fame. I for one think that this concept is fantastic and a great way to allow fans a window into a past that most of them may not be aware of and also gives the talent that paved the way an opportunity to be honored. I am aware that most fans don't know a lot of the names that get inducted under the Legacy branch, but that's point of inducting because that is the only way fans will get to know them and even if it is only for a little while they will get more attention then have in a long time.
I am a firm believer in the idea that if it isn't talked about it's forgotten it doesn't matter if it's historically or in current times either way it's pretty easy forget someone or something. This has been a problem for pro-wrestling because it is very easy to forgot a member of the old guard in favor a new face. But that is why I believe this is so important to do for WWE because it allows fans to remember the old school for even a few minutes.
With WrestleMania tomorrow I would typically avoid running two posts back to back. The only reason I have chosen to look back at a WrestleMania is because of the historical significance of this WrestleMania in question. The tagline for this WrestleMania was "End of an Era" due to the Hell in a Cell Match between Undertaker and Triple H and it was billed as "Once in a Life Time" because of the match between John Cena and The Rock.
However, due to the how highly criticized that "Once in a Life Time" slogan would become due to the following years Mania. With that being said we will be focusing on two matches from the card instead of the entire card; once again due to the historical significance of the matches.
Though at this point most people will understand the significance of the match, but at the time most people thought that the WWE was just trying to bury Daniel Bryan by letting him lose to Sheamus in 18 seconds. The concept of the 18 second would later become it's own thing and help with the push of Daniel and that along with AJ Lee's "Kiss of Death" it would help in making Daniel into a superstar. Even though most may think that the only reason Daniel got his push is because Punk walked away and though that might be true history has been written. Nobody could have thought that this match would have had the impact it did on WWE's future as most disregarded this match at the time it became the start of the Yes Movement.
Quite honestly, this was the last good match of Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania against Triple H. The reason why this was the down turn of the streak is not just because Brock Lesnar would break the streak at WrestleMania 30. At WrestleMania 29, CM Punk would attempt to conquer the streak, but comparing the two matches his match with Triple H was much better especially with the magnitude of the match. There is no doubt that this match did in fact signify the end of an era as this would be the last time Shawn Michaels would have an in-ring part of WrestleMania and well that picture it speaks a "Thousand words." Don't Believe me, take a look as this was the last time these three legends were on stage together on the "Grandest Stage of Them All."
Recently, I thought about the idea of continuing to push the hype of WrestleMania in the final week prior to the big event this coming Sunday. Over the years we have seen a tremendous amount of fantastic matches and also a good number of terrible matches as well. Now this isn't a how I would book it, but it is more just trying to make the greatest WrestleMania card combining the matches from past WrestleMania's into one card.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship:
(c) Daniel Bryan w/ AJ vs Sheamus
Due to the later impact that this match would have on Daniel's career in the WWE as this indirectly set the "Yes Movement" in motion. Nothing would change with this match, because the booking of the match is what caused the movement to begin and I think this would be a great opening match.
2014 Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
I would say that the Battle Royal would have made it on the card, because of how deeply ingrained in the WWE formula a battle royal has been especially this one as this first installment of the Battle Royal. When it was announced for WrestleMania 30 it was new and fresh and different which brought a bit of intrigue for the match going into the event.
The Rockers vs Haku & The Barbarian
This might be a strange match to include on a super card, but basing it off the idea of formatting and time we would need matches that could carry the weight for the middle of the show. Having knowledge of this match on WrestleMania Seven and how much of fantastic opener this was for the show it could occupy time for this "Super Show."
Euro-Continental Triple Threat Match:
(c) Kurt Angle vs Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit
Looking back at WrestleMania 16 there were very few great moments from the show, but one of the matches that was a highlight of the show was the Triple Threat match between three men making their WrestleMania debut's. This would also be a nice way to change things up focusing on the mat wrestling side of things for the first time this event.
Ultimate Warrior vs Randy Savage
In my opinion this was one of the greatest matches in not just WrestleMania history, but also in the career of Ultimate Warrior. This was the perfect match from start to finish and the segment following the match was just the icing on the cake. Randy showed just how good he is being able milk a great match out of The Warrior. With how things worked out later in the year I think that the WWE may have chosen to let Randy win over Warrior, but we can't go back we can only wonder "What if?"
Tito Santana vs The Executioner
For those of you who know your WrestleMania history you will know why I chose to include this match out of all the matches. Based on the legacy of WrestleMania I felt including the first ever match in WrestleMania history is very fitting to include in something like this. This match was nothing special, but either way it was still the opening match on the first ever WrestleMania.
Sasha Banks vs Charlotte vs Becky Lynch
Out of all the best Women's division matches that have happened in the history of WrestleMania this one was one of the best overall matches in a very long time. This match was the embodiment of how much the division has changed in recent years this was the most time a women's match has been given in the history WrestleMania. There is no way I could do something like this without including this match. Especially, with the women getting special entrances including having Snoop Dogg sing Sasha to the ring.
The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels
Surprisingly, this was the first WrestleMania meeting between two legends and it would go down as one of the greatest matches in the history of this event. From start to finish these two put together a classic match and one that is still talked about today.
TLC II: WWF World Tag Team Championship:
Dudley Boys vs Edge and Christian vs Hardy Boys
One of the many bright spots of WrestleMania 17 was the match between the Hardy's, The Dudley's and Edge and Christian as it showed just how bright the future was for WWE and what they were doing right. Even though at this point the three teams had been feuding on and off since 1999 not only did they not disappoint the match defied expectations and was a highlight of the show.
The Rock vs Steve Austin
Due to historical significance I selected their match from WrestleMania 19 as it was in my opinion the best match of the trilogy and would be the last match of Steve Austin's career. Without these two men and their ascension through the ranks during the Attitude Era the WWF likely would have gone under. Because much like when your building sports you want someone build around and that someone was Steve Austin and then a guy like The Rock was like having two cornerstones sort of comparable to Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris or Kobe Bryant and Shaq O' Neil (Sorry Big Show). Either way at the time this match didn't really have much significance other than it being the third match between the legends and going in The Rock had never beaten Austin at Mania. That changed!
Once again What Culture hits the nail on the head once again with this video, because the one thing some fans seem to miss is that WrestleMania has moved away from being just designed for hardcore fans. Since around WrestleMania 27 it has become a little bit clearer that the WWE has been pandering to the casual fans when it comes to WrestleMania, because they knew that hardcore fans will watch it either way.
I am not saying that hardcore fans don't matter its just that the WWE don't think they need to try that hard to get the hardcore fans interested in watching the biggest event of the year. With names like Triple H, Shane McMahon, Undertaker, Goldberg, Brock, and others having major parts on the show because they know that it will get casual fans interested in the show due to the nostalgia as Simon mentions in the video.
Even though some of us may not believe that the right match is headlining the show, but I feel like their is a good balance on the show of both nostalgia and good build. For example, with Kevin Owens vs Jericho and Brock vs Goldberg I feel there is enough attention on all sides. Now this doesn't mean that I don't agree with those fans who think full time talent should main event, because I do believe that Randy & Bray should main event since Randy won the Rumble; all I am saying is I understand why they aren't going to main event.
With WrestleMania quickly approaching it is fitting to start putting a bow on all the WrestleMania oriented series. This means that this will likely be the last WrestleMania match we look back at for this years Road to the big event on April the second. There has been so many big matches at WrestleMania and there are numerous matches to chose from. As far as modern wrestling goes there hasn't been many amazing matches other than involving The Undertaker, but very few have had amazing build-up and a match that paid off. Daniel Bryan's push and build up to the biggest WrestleMania match in modern wrestling and it paid off at WrestleMania XXX when Bryan won the World Title. No words can describe how this build paid off so well and unfortunately things didn't go as planned because of injuries, but there is no doubt that this moment will live on forever.
This weekend is Fast Lane and it is the final stop before WrestleMania in early April which means that the speed on the "Road to WrestleMania" will be picking up in the coming weeks and that means the hype will to. The card is slowly but surely coming together with more matches becoming clear even though they may not be confirmed at the moment the direction is present.
For the one match that is confirmed we now look to Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt and though I feel like the WWE could've let things simmer for a few more weeks it is good to finally see the official Mania match getting some hype. This match has been built up for the last 6 months or so and will finally reach a boiling point at the big event. Though as of right AJ Styles may be the Number 1 contender we still have a little under a month before Mania and that means plenty of time for Randy to become number 1 contender again. I am aware that this match has not been announced yet, but it seems pretty clear that it will be announced very soon.
As for the other side of the coin as in a match that isn't even close to being announced but for one reason or another I think will happen. I am going to shift gears and go to RAW specifically the women's division where Charlotte has reigned supreme for over a year. Most people would think it's Bayley vs Sasha, but at this point it's pretty that this match will not happen at WrestleMania this year at least. Next would be Charlotte vs Bayley for third month in a row well I do think they will both be in the match, but it will not be one on one. I think that the WWE may give the women a multi-person match this year as in a fatal four way for the Women's title involving Charlotte vs Bayley vs Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax for the Raw Women's title. This would put a nice bow on Charlotte in the title picture and could give Bayley her second reign with the title or maybe Nia her first.
WrestleMania over the years has produced some of the best matches during the year and in some cases have given us the best matches in the history of wrestling. In the last 19 years that I have been watching wrestling I have seen some of my all time favorite matches while watching WrestleMania. So with that being the case and WrestleMania slowly approaching I thought it would be a great time to look back at some of my all time favorite WrestleMania matches of all time.
This first match needs no explanation or at least very little. Just thinking about this match gives me goosebumps, this is by far one of the best matches ever not just in WrestleMania history. At WrestleMania 3 not only did the wrestling world change when Hogan slammed Andre but fans jaws dropped when 23 pin attempts later we saw the end of a classic between Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage.