For those unaware, the latest round of rumored matches for this year’s WrestleMania have surfaced online. The following matches are being discussed internally, although have not yet been confirmed, for WrestleMania XXX on April 6th:
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
– Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. ???
WWE U.S. & Intercontinental Title Unification
– Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Big E. (c)
– Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
– Sheamus vs. Christian
– Goldust vs. Cody Rhodes
– A match pitting two NXT stars against each other on the main card
Of course these matches are in addition to The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt and Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan.
It should be noted that none of these matches have been officially decided upon, but are simply the latest matches that are being talked about within the company. Having said that, let’s take a closer look at each of these matches, one-by-one.
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. ???
Boone’s Breakdown: Apparently the latest “internal lineup” within WWE (which basically means an official company document) has the main event now featuring Randy Orton, Batista and a question mark. This means they are seriously considering adding a third participant to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship main event on the show. Unless WWE is close, or already has, CM Punk agreeing to return and work a match on the card, one would assume that the person they are debating adding is Daniel Bryan. If true, this means one of two things. 1. They are going to do the stipulation I mentioned in one of my latest editorials that would see Bryan getting to advance to the title match with a win over Triple H earlier in the night. 2. Although they have planted the seeds for a match featuring Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan this past Monday on RAW, because it hasn’t been made official yet, they are scrapping it and putting Bryan directly into the title match. Either option works fine for me. I just can’t see them going with a straight Orton vs. Batista main event knowing how the crowd is going to react.
Dean Ambrose vs. Big E.
Boone’s Breakdown: First off, this would likely mean The Shield remains in tact going through WrestleMania XXX. I have a problem with that, but I’ll save that for my breakdown of the match that features Reigns, as he is the focal point of my beef. This match, however, seems like a good idea. On paper, Ambrose is a solid opponent for Big E., one that could help make him look good on the big stage. I love the idea of unifying the WWE United States and WWE Intercontinental Championships, as I’ve always felt that the more titles you have in a given promotion, the less value they have. The fewer titles you have in a promotion, the more they mean. Basically put, if there’s only two singles titles in WWE (not counting the Divas Championship) then being a champion all of a sudden means a lot more, assuming they protect their champions and not pass the belts back-and-forth on an overly consistent basis.
Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
Boone’s Breakdown: I’m of the opinion that Roman Reigns should either be on his own prior to WrestleMania XXX, making the show the first big stage he competes on as an individual that is not part of a faction, or the split should take place at WrestleMania. With this match not featuring Dean Ambrose, I don’t see how they can do the split here, as it feels like the split needs to happen as a result of an issue between Ambrose and Reigns, not Reigns and Rollins. From that perspective, I don’t like the idea of this match (or Ambrose vs. Big E.). Looking at this match for what it is, I’d say it’s a decent little tag-team match. Will the novelty of seeing The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family wear off by the time April rolls around? I’m not sure. I guess that depends largely on how the story line is promoted from now (with the two teams of three having a rematch on next Monday’s RAW, making it their third consecutive match featuring one or more members of each faction against the other) until WrestleMania. As I noted in a recent editorial, part of the reason that Shield-Wyatt match felt so special at the Elimination Chamber show was because they kept those factions apart for so long before finally having them collide.
Sheamus vs. Christian
Boone’s Breakdown: Popcorn match. Unless Christian puts his career on the line, or some other off-the-wall type stipulation is added to this match, it doesn’t really mean anything. It’s just a match for the sake of having a match. It’s just a way to get these guys on the card, give them a pay day, and help fill up a four hour show. In that respect I guess it’s okay, however it’s nothing really special.
Goldust vs. Cody Rhodes
Boone’s Breakdown: So despite both guys claiming on Twitter that they won’t be wrestling against each other at WrestleMania XXX, the company is still debating as to whether or not they should pull the trigger on a brother vs. brother feud. I look at this one two ways: 1. The feud itself would be cool for a one-time thing. Basically, the feud and match itself would be great. 2. I have concerns where they go with these two once they split up what has up until now been a really great tag-team. Can they be as important as individuals as they are as a duo in the tag-team division? Probably not. Goldust as a solo performer is a nostalgia act with limited longevity. Cody Rhodes is someone that is a pretty bland performer. Exciting in the ring, but unless he develops one hell of a persona overnight, is one that would probably be lost in the shuffle moving forward. It should be noted that another rumor for WrestleMania features The New Age Outlaws or The Usos (whoever holds the titles by April) defending the belts in a multi-tag-team match. If they pull the trigger on that one, there’s value in bailing on this idea and keeping Goldust and Cody Rhodes together as a unit.
Boone’s Breakdown: It’s hard to break this one down without knowing which two they go with here. Even though he worked the “Arrival” special on Thursday, I don’t believe Cesaro is considered a NXT performer (by the way, where is he on this latest rumored lineup?!). One would assume if they’re going to feature a NXT match at WrestleMania XXX, it would be one featuring the NXT Champion. So, I guess we can assume that Adrian Neville would be one-half of the equation. He’s a solid hand, so the match already has some potential. I guess it all depends on who else you throw in the mix. Alexander Rusev is considered a main roster star at this point, so maybe they just do a rematch of Neville and Bo Dallas? It’s hard to say. I do like the idea of featuring a NXT match at WrestleMania. It brings some importance to the brand and helps establish it as its’ own legitimate promotion, something the “Arrival” special also helped do on Thursday night.
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