Now with Wrestlemania in the rear view even though some sites take the chance to recap the event I think some should also put out an advisory for you guys and gals. In this article I am not going to run down any particular site, because that isn't the purpose of this even though I am sure I could just based on suspect reporting of the past. However, I am not a wrestling news site and have never pretended to be one so I will leave those type of fights to the sites that fit such a description. For anyone wondering we here at Wrestling Express consider this site to be an informational website where fans come to learn about wrestling's past and read opinions from fans who are extremely passionate about the profession.
If I could offer some advice to you the reader though with the post Wrestlemania surge being a very busy time for the "sheets" I would hope that you all will not jump to conclusions about reports. For example, if one site has a report on someone's post Wrestlemania plans and another site has a contradictory report it would be better to keep looking around or ask a friend to try and help figure it out, Fact of the matter is that is one of the issues with our social media community, because one fake story could gain so much momentum even if it doesn't have a proper foundation.
The one critic of what I just said is why should the reader have to do research that a writer should be taking care of before they publish the story. You'd be right! Sometimes an online writer choses to publish an article without doing much research for two reasons: one being that there is a rush for writers to be the first one to publish breaking news. The lacking research also would allow for more content to be able to be gained from the breaking news even if you don't need to split it up. It is likely that the other reason is, because leaving out details or not knowing all the details of the situation could make a boring story more interesting.
In my opinion, there is No Reason for a writer to report a story without all the details known unless they make clear that all details aren't know yet. The reason for this is that your doing a disservice to your audience, because your not reporting accurate information. If you write online you owe it to your audience to report the truth and not make up details or assume them yourself, because your violating the trust your audience has in you. Overall it could cause your audience to walk very easily when they find that you've been lying to them.
This is one of the reasons that I have taken the identity of an informational website instead of a "dirtsheet." Another reason for this is that I don't have access to the "sources" that others do or the time to sit and just write six different articles on a daily basis. Plus I will never report or mention a false story without making it clear that it's either a rumor or my opinion, because that is accurate reporting. All I'm saying is that as a writer you owe it to your audience to research all your "news reports" before releasing any articles on the site. I know that this is extremely difficult to keep a competitive edge on other websites, in my opinion though if you always report the truth and have well researched articles your audience will take notice and stick around.
On the other side though they will dry up if it's clear that your trying rush out stories for views it will not be good for your site either. I know it's harder to gain a financial income from an informational website or not getting in front of breaking news, but where there is a will there is a way and it's better to do it right then rush and do it for the sake of it. I don't think anything will change but this was just my opinion on a sensitive subject, just keep your eyes open.
This year has been nothing new for tag teams in the WWE, because they again will play second fiddle to the singles competitors. Look no further then last years Raw Team Title match (The Bar vs Braun Strowman & Nicholas) really a ten year old actually competed in the ring. Two years ago the Smackdown Live Tag Titles weren't even defended at the show of shows. Three years ago the tag titles were again not defended at all on this event either.
Fast forward to this years event the Smackdown Live Tag title match was announced around a week ago with no build and four teams sandwiched into the match. I remember the bang up job The Uso's did going on two months ago I believe laying out an open challenge for any team to fight them at Mania. Of course they selected three teams instead of going with one and building up a stable feud to get fans interested & invested. Even worse then that the Raw title match was just announced a few days ago without any bit of build other than the actual announcement of the match in a backstage segment found on Youtube.
It is very puzzling why the company has such little faith in promoting the tag team division for most every Wrestlemania. Especially considering the company has a number of extremely talented tag teams like The Revival, The Bar, Usos, New Day, and others, but they never really seem to want to invest in as reliable talents. For whatever reason Vince stopped giving tag teams as much of a spotlight as he did back during the golden age of tag team wrestling back in the 1980's. I know that not everyone could have a big Wrestlemania match, but if they chose to move things around I'm sure they could fit some matches a little better on the card.
Overall every year most Wrestlemania's have one match that they gave a little bit too much time to and another match that they didn't give enough time to. For example two years ago the main event was The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns and it went way too long. However, if they cut things down by 10 minutes at least to 13 minutes instead of 23 minutes like it was given. Reality is they could have given the time to the six pack challenge they held for the Smackdown Live Women's Championship match that only was given a little 5 minutes and felt very rushed at the time. I do think though this is one of the toughest parts of booking as there is no real way to know if a match has gone to long until you see the match in hindsight. In my opinion, this is one of the reasons the company needs to cut down on the titles they have in order to better focus on the champions and make sure everyone is accounted for in a meaningful way.
Let the randomness continue as we look back at whatever old matches I can find on the WWE's Youtube channel. The reason that I select matches off of the WWE's channel is this way the match would be less likely be pulled due to copyright claims & force me to replace the video. This is the reason for the random matches, but also I have done this in the past and just wanted to do something very different then I have done in previous years. In the past I have leaned on the famous matches from Wrestlemania's past like Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels from Wrestlemania 25 or Ricky Steamboat vs Randy Savage from Wrestlemania III. However, the lineage of these matches are over played and other matches really do deserve some of the spotlight.
Looking at this years Wrestlemania though it is interesting to note that this will be Rey Mysterio's first Wrestlemania since his departure from the company in 2015. This will also be Kurt Angle's last Wrestlemania competing in his final match as active competitor. At this time Randy was still early in his push and this was before he found his footing as a main event talent. This about a year ahead of Randy's massive push that he would be given the following year officially becoming the "Viper." Now he is preparing for a dream match of sorts against AJ Styles at this years Wrestlemania. The Orton vs Styles match is one of the few I am actually interested this year on the big event it will be interesting to see how things go.
It is incredible to see how far things have come for the cruiserweight division from the days of Austin Aries and Neville to now with Buddy Murphy leading the charge. At this point Aries and Neville were leading a lackluster division that from the perspective of the fans looked like WWE didn't really care about. Even though Neville had been the hottest heel in the company for the last few months it was puzzling how little the company seemed to care.
This is would really become a controversial match as it would become the match that would be the main reason that Austin Aries would leave the company after having his match bumped from the Wrestlemania DVD. Now not being featured on a DVD may not seem like a big idea, but when you think about the underlying idea of that without the DVD there was no Mania bonus for Neville or Aries. It is debated if this started a downward spiral for Neville and his WWE tenure or not, but I would expect that it did. Comparing this match to the first match I picked out for the hype it is a completely different match then the other one. Either way though it will be interesting to see how different this year will be for the once struggling division.
It's that time of year again when we jump back in the wrestling time machine and look at different Wrestlemania matches over the years. This is something I've done since I started the site and even though I've tried to do it for other PPV's too there is just something about Wrestlemania that makes this PPV just something special. With that being said let's see the match I found to start the hype for this years show!!
This is the first match I saw listed on the WWE's page after searching Wrestlemania and I didn't see a point to keep looking. In my opinion this match was perfection and like a gift from the wrestling gods; from start to finish this feud was booked incredibly well and the pay off was something nobody could've expected ever. The amount of raw emotion in the arena on this night from the Undertaker losing the streak earlier in the show to the sight of Daniel Bryan closing the show as World Champion makes this one of the greatest Mania's in recent memory. Even though I am sure a lot of people look at a match like Savage vs Steamboat as their go to and that's mine as far as in ring competition, but nothing other than maybe Michaels vs Undertaker can touch this match because of the amount of raw emotion we get from this match. Wrestlemania is almost here let's get excited!!!
Following the Royal Rumble some matches have already been set up for the show of shows with more possibly being set up together. Now even though the Women's championship match might be set up at this point it is still subject to change. With Becky the winner of the Royal Rumble and set to face Ronda Rousey for the Women's Championship at the event the only question is if Charlotte will be added to the match. Looking at the other Royal Rumble winner Seth Rollins there is one question who he will challenge at Wrestlemania. In so few words there is a case to be made for him facing Brock Lesnar or Daniel Bryan either way it will be a great match.
Overall there will likely be the two battle royals that we have come to expect on the card even though they aren't really that important. Knowing that the event will likely be between 6-8 hours in total with a two hour pre-show and a four hour main card likely planned I would hope that every time on the main roster will be included in the event in some form or fashion. At this point it is really to early to accurately predict many of the matches that could appear on the card.
With Rollins set to face either Brock or Daniel this will open up the possible opponents that could fight Daniel or Brock depending on who Seth selects. In my opinion I don't think that Brock & Seth will likely collide at the event as I think Seth will select Daniel Bryan; that leaves the Universal title and I think that Brock will fight Braun Strowman finally falling to the "Monster Among Men." Other then that it is tough to predict the direction that the company will go and I think that we will get a clearer picture of the event following Elimination Chamber. We are still early on the "Road to Wrestlemania" and will find our way when things become a little more clear.
As everyone knows the first step on the "Road to Wrestlemania" is the Royal Rumble and for me this one of my favorite parts of the year and is one of the parts of the year that always brings me back to WWE. The Royal Rumble has not always been good and sometimes can be included in lists that focus on the worst events of a specific year. However, recent years the company has seemed done a good job in refocusing on the importance of making this show the momentum builder for the rest of the season that it should be every year.
One of the top things that fans love about the Royal Rumble is the amount of surprise entries that we are given in the match. In recent years the company has included some talent from NXT to debut in the match even if they don't end up getting called up to the main roster right after it is a good place for a debut.
In the weeks leading up to the Royal Rumble, I will be looking at the likeliest names to show up in the match at the end of the month. Though I do think that this year will see a lot more talent from within the company appear in the match then in past years due to there not being many top free agents available. It is also possible with the amount names on the injured reserved list that we could be seeing injured talent making there returns during the match. Though there might not be a lot of time to look at many possible return candidates but we will look at as many as we can before the big event in Arizona.
It is that time of year again when the we have reached the point for me to close the Wrestlemania section of the website until next year. After finding a report from Slice Wrestling I think I have found the best way to close this section for the year. There seems to be at least some discussion among management in WWE to switch Wrestlemania from a one day event to a two day event. Though some might think this is crazy the reasoning behind it would be to try and prevent the Audience in attendance at the event from fatiguing through the long show. Don't get me wrong I know I don't usually write about "rumors" but I am not looking at this from that way as the way I am is the concept of it.
Just think about how different it would be if Wrestlemania was split up over the course of two days instead of having a ridiculously long event on one day. Now not much is known about how this could work, but I do think that this would be one of the best ways to fix the issues they have with the event. The only other way I could figure is by moving it back to being a three hour event instead of having it be a four hour event. However, I think knowing WWE they would never do that and would be more likely to add a second day for the event instead to fix the time problem.
Realistically there is more of a chance that at Wrestlemania 35 it will be just like any other event and that nothing will chance over the course of the next year. Imagine though going into Wrestlemania next year with two main event matches set for the two different days with one being for the Women's championship. Overall the possibilities are endless and either way this in my opinion is an interesting concept that I would love to see come to fruition in the future.
Now even with WrestleMania in the rear view mirror it is never to early to look ahead and predict what we could see next year at the biggest event of the year. At this point the worst part of WrestleMania this year in my opinion was a tie between the lackluster World Title matches & Tag title matches. Though it would be tough to predict match by match I will instead attempt to predict the card. I will also try and not include many names from NXT even though some will likely get the call ahead of 2019 I will shine away from overdoing it.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Won by Big Cass
Women's Battle Royal: Won by Nikki Cross
WWE Cruiserweight Championship:
(c) Tozawa vs Jack Gallagher
Bray Wyatt and Sanity vs Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, & Good Brothers
WWE Intercontinental Championship:
(c) Elias vs Dean Ambrose vs Lashley
WWE Untied States Championship:
(c) Big E vs Kofi Kingston vs Xavier Woods
Raw Tag Team Titles
(c) Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs Authors of Pain
Smackdown Live Women's Championship:
(c) Peyton Royce vs Billy Kay vs Bayley vs Asuka
Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte
Raw Women's Championship:
(c) Ruby Riot vs Liv Morgan vs Sasha Banks vs Ember Moon
Braun Strowman vs Tomasso Ciampa
Daniel Bryan vs Seth Rollins
WWE Championship Match:
(c) Samoa Joe vs AJ Styles vs Johnny Gargano
WWE Universal Championship:
(c) Roman Reigns vs Finn Balor
Though this might be an outdated reference it is an attempt to make you want to look further into it and see where it originates. Either way though I think it would be fair to say that most fans are aware of the reason that Jeff Jarrett hasn't been a member of the WWE in recent years and that is centered around his involvement in building possible competitors to the WWE. For those fans who don't know the story as to why Jeff didn't come back to the WWE after the collapse of WCW we have to go back to October 1999 when Jeff left WWE for the last time. At the time Jeff was in a feud with Chyna over the Intercontinental Championship and his contract was set to expire ahead of the No Mercy PPV. Jeff would look for more money from Vince after he was asked to work extra following his contract expiring.
Once Jeff was out the door it was soon clear that they never would let Double J back in the company due to the falling out. Then after him founding Impact Wrestling in 2002 even more people thought that Jeff would be permanently backlisted from the company. However, the wrestling world would be turned on it's side when it was announced that Jeff Jarrett would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. This is absolutely something I never thought I would write or even think that was possible. Now after doing some research I have found that not only did cameras follow Jeff ahead of his induction which means you can likely expect a WWE 24 in the future; but also a rumor is going around that Jeff could be sticking around in WWE.
Overall the idea that Jeff Jarrett could remain in the WWE long term is crazy based on his history with the company. It does prove that not only anything can happen, but it is also clear that the WWE loves to be perceived as the bigger person. Honestly, at this point I do think that it might be best for Jeff & his health to not try and continue running a company. I am not saying that Jeff isn't capable of running a company, but I think that maybe he should just take a break from being an owner. It will be interesting to see what happens next with Jeff Jarrett and if he will continue with the WWE or not.