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.