Often times people are quick to point out the negative. Bad news spreads faster than good news. That's just the way it is. Today, I'm going to focus on the opposite. I'm going to give some credit where credit is due.
WWE has been doing a great job at building the top matches for this year's WrestleMania. The undercard? Not so much. But we're not going to focus on the negative today. Nope. Today, we're going to look at the positive. The top couple of matches for WrestleMania XXX has been promoted pretty damn well.
In particular, I'm loving the story behind the match between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. Considering the fact that they've only had one real face-to-face segment in the past few weeks, you would think that WWE isn't capitalizing on something that is very rare. The Undertaker only has a few matches left in him, and no one has a story as beloved as Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania streak. Despite the lack of consistent face-to-face segments, the company has done an excellent job in utilizing Paul Heyman's verbal ability and storytelling ability. They've also done an excellent job in using their top-notch video production crew to help tell the story.
I think Paul Heyman has done an amazing job at being the stick-man in this program. It started with having the unenviable task of having to face the Chicago crowd at RAW, with CM Punk's music no-less, and masterfully covering that situation and converting the attention to the Lesnar-Undertaker program. After that, he did a great job in his promo segment with Undertaker last week. I thought it was a stroke of brilliance the way he put Undertaker's streak into perspective by listing some of the biggest names in the history of wrestling and explaining that none have strung together as many as five-or-six straight victories on the "grandest stage of them all." Last night on RAW, Heyman did a solid job, and once again I thought it was a great move to explain that Undertaker has been barely getting by victorious the last several years, and at the same time, the guys who have been giving Undertaker a tough time have been getting destroyed by Lesnar with ease.
The one factor that makes Undertaker's streak work so well is giving fans the belief that someone could actually break it. At this point it's almost impossible to convince fans that Undertaker could actually lose at WrestleMania. There's only so much you can do to give the impression to the fans that anyone could actually beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. While you and I may know full well that there's absolutely zero chance that Lesnar walks out of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on April 6th as the winner, if you're a kid, you might actually believe there's a chance. Hell, this is -- as Heyman brilliantly points out -- a former NCAA champion, a former UFC champion and a former WWE champion. This is a real life monster. And as the excellent story has been perfectly explaining over the past few weeks, this is a real life monster that is facing an aging legend. I love it.
Another match that has been built up tremendously thus far is the bout between Triple H and Daniel Bryan. Each week the match seems more important, and more of a main event than the actual title match. It also makes me wonder why CM Punk would walk out, when he should have known full well that anything Triple H is involved in -- especially at WrestleMania -- is going to be a big deal, and is going to feel important.
That would be focusing on the negative, however, and that is not something we are going to do today!
The "occupy RAW" segment was excellent. The segment between Triple H and Daniel Bryan last night was good as well. Maybe it went on a little too long, but that's nit-picking, and once again that would be focusing on the negative. The positive is it did a great job at establishing the fact that HHH is losing his cool. That Bryan is truly getting to him and getting under his skin. It also sets the stage to get you to want to see Bryan exact his revenge on the dreaded WWE COO. All good stuff. All positive stuff.
I think for what John Cena and Bray Wyatt is, they've done about as good a job as you can do there as well. I think utilizing Hulk Hogan and incorporating him into their story last week was a smart move. And while it's a subtle thing, I think having Cena come out and admit that he's scared is another smart move. You have to convince people that "Super Cena" could actually fear something, and what better type of character...