Will WrestleMania Sparkle This Year?
WrestleMania is just weeks away but will it really be the biggest show of the year? The current line-up doesn't have a special feel about it and promoting the show to gain any interesting in the wrestling markets hasn't been the easiest of tasks.
A major problem WWE has is that three of their main stars at WrestleMania barely ever appear on Raw and Smackdown. Brock Lesnar, Sting and The Undertaker only need one more partner to create the Four Virtually Invisible Horsemen.
Putting the WWE title on someone who never wrestles on Raw or Smackdown hasn't worked. We may not be certain that Roman Reigns is ready to be champion but at least he'll be ever-present on weekly television. Lesnar v Reigns has potential but the reaction of the crowd could be even more interesting.
Bray Wyatt v The Undertaker is another match with a huge question mark hanging over it. What condition is Undi in? I want to see Undertaker wrestle again but not if it's going to potentially have a lasting effect on his life outside the ring. He needs a better send-off than the defeat to Lesnar but that's what the Hall of Fame ceremony and the appearance at WrestleMania the next night are all about. We learned two things on Raw this week. The Undertaker doesn't need to actually appear because a tolling bell and a thunderbolt will always do the job perfectly and that Bray Wyatt really doesn't have much luck with his rocking chairs does he?
Surplus to requirements
Do we really need the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal? The current line-up resembles a jobbers convention. What would really help is if the winner actually gets a big push post WrestleMania. Hopefully the Battle Royal will be used to push Damien Sandow. Personally I'd have preferred to see Sandow v The Miz in a singles match but this will do I guess. I'd bet my bottom dollar that Sandow will eliminate The Miz and get one of the biggest pops of the night. But does WWE have any idea what to do with a face Sandow?
Who'd have guessed that this year we'd see Daniel Bryan in the IC title mix and John Cena challenging for the US title? Sure it gives the secondary titles a bit more prestige but shouldn't they be held by wrestlers on their way up not established champions?
Giving the Inter-Continental Title a prominent place on the card is good to see but the way they are treating champion Bad News Barrett is appalling. Why book the guy to make him look so weak and what is all this stealing of the title belt all about? It's almost a throwback to the days of the 24/7 Hardcore title. Regarding Rusev v Cena, WWE has to decide whether they want to go down the USA beats Russia road or let Rusev march on to a possible world title shot later in the year.
Even Orton v Rollins has become confused with the involvement of Jon Stewart and the Divas match seems more interested in promoting the Flintstones movie.
WrestleMania seems to be lacking a number this year and at present it's lacking that must-see feel too.