John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse
Didn’t think I’d see the day where Cena wouldn’t have a marquee match at a WrestleMania. The bottom line is that this match would be better suited for the main event of Smackdown as opposed to WrestleMania. John Cena and The Miz do have a history, especially at WrestleMania in which The Miz won due to interference from The Rock. Maybe The Miz brings that up again or something. This is also being rumored to be the final match of Nikki Bella’s career due to nagging neck issues. So I don’t mind the match necessarily for the women, though it’s kind of skeptical why they would bring Maryse back into the ring when they haven’t even bothered to give her a match upon returning with The Miz last year. I’m never a fan of mixed tag matches because the flow is all off, the result is often predictable, and they can become boring sometimes when they transfer from the men to the women. It’s also worth noting that I’ve just went through AJ, Cena, Miz, Orton and Wyatt, and these are the top matches representing the Smackdown brand which, for all intents and purposes have been much better than RAW for the most part since the brand split.
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal has lost its luster if it had any to begin with. The winner doesn’t receive anything. Not a title shot or anything, just a trophy depicting Andre in all of his giangtic-ness. The first winner in 2014, Cesaro, won by showing an incredible feat of strength, by placing The Big Show over his shoulders and dumping him in short order over the top rope. However, that win didn’t propel his career as he would continue with a failed alliance with Paul Heyman and he quickly went nowhere. In 2015, The Big Show won and obviously he didn’t receive any sort of push for that as it was only meant to give a side by side comparison between him and Andre. Last year’s winner, Baron Corbin, has only recently started to become a more prominent name. After winning, he went into a repetitive feud with Dolph Ziggler and was seldom seen on Smackdown LIVE for weeks on end only up until now. With this rumored card, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn among others are missing from the main card, so this edition may be more star studded than others. This year, if I’m a betting man, I’d say Braun Strowman wins, and I think he’s the only man that would make sense. After a disappointing showing at the Royal Rumble, perhaps he makes up for it with winning this Battle Royal, and maybe this could lead to him winning the Universal Championship down the line.
Just to make some observations, look at RAW’s top matches and look at Smackdown’s top matches. RAW features all of the part-timers WWE continues to rely on during WrestleMania season such as Triple H and The Undertaker. Smackdown’s top title match is Orton and Wyatt, a match that we’ve seen before. RAW’s top title match features Goldberg and Brock Lesnar, and the action between the two have been brief at best. I also look at these 10 predicted, and likely matches for WrestleMania and I also can’t help but notice the lack of title matches for the mid-card. Both the US and Intercontinental Titles are nowhere to be seen here and the women’s championship for the Smackdown brand as well as both tag team titles are missing. Now I’m assuming those may be taken care of on the pre-show, but that shows one of the flaws of the brand split. There may not be enough room to fit in everyone. WrestleMania looks to be in excess of six hours again this year, and I’m not sure how much the fans will be able to take. In all candor, looking at this card, I can’t help but be massively disappointed and underwhelmed. All of these matches are either
WrestleMania looks to be in excess of six hours again this year, and I’m not sure how much the fans will be able to take. In all candor, looking at this card, I can’t help but be massively disappointed and underwhelmed. All of these matches are either matches we haven’t seen, matches that shouldn’t be happening or matches that are unoriginal. WrestleMania will be a success either way just because people go there for the experience, but if WWE maintains this course of booking for the next month and a half, WrestleMania will look to be another missed opportunity this year.
What do you think of this card? Do you like it? Let me know. Until next time.