Mon, 24 February 2014
I've always believed that the "Road to Wrestlemania" really begins the night after the "Elimination Chamber PPV." This belief holds especially true this year. WWE has a whole lot at stake in 2014. First and foremost, the WWE Network is a make-or-break venture (which I think will be a huge success; the WWE App already has 10 million plus downloads). Secondly, the 30th Anniversary of the "Granddaddy of 'Em All" will get a lot of attention. And, for the first time in three years, Wrestlemania is 42 days away and there are no actual matches set (Do you really think Batista v. Randy Orton will headline WM 30?).
Last night, the "Elimination Chamber PPV" started moving some pieces into place. Let's start with a match that I think has tremendous potential: John Cena v. Bray Wyatt. The build for this started at "Survivor Series" and has only progressed at PPV events. Cena can have a great match with a guy like Wyatt who has a unique look and in-ring style. You've got the chance to see some excellent promos, mic work, and actual in-ring physicality with Harper and Rowan v. Cena. This is a marquis match that people will want to see. Cena is beatable and Wyatt is hot right now.
While most people think we're headed to either Kane v. Bryan or HHH v. Bryan at Mania, I disagree. Vince isn't stupid. The time is now for Daniel Bryan. It's lightning in a bottle and the culmination should happen at WM 30. What's the easiest way to do this? I'd go with a Triple Threat: Bryan, Orton, and Batista. Over the next four weeks, make Bryan overcome all the odds and "earn" his way into the match by beating Kane and some others. Heck, maybe that can be Hogan's big thing as "Host" of WM. Let's see The Authority come out on RAW tonight and talk about the main event. Then Hogan comes out as WM "Host" and give Bryan a chance to get into the big match. Hogan's return needs to feel special; what better way than attaching him to Bryan?
I'm digging another match set in motion from last night: Cesaro v. Sheamus. Cesaro is getting hot and Sheamus is a mainstay. Maybe a double turn at WM?
I know it won't happen, but I think the only match for Undertaker is a handicap match versus The Shield. The Shield took him out right after WM 29. Let's get revenge. 3 on 1 is a real threat to the Dead Man. Then, at 30, the implosion of The Shield can finally happen. Reigns turns face and costs his team the match after something happens. Then build Reigns v. Ambrose for the US Title through "SummerSlam."
Let Big E defend the IC Title on the big stage. Maybe against Mark Henry. I want to see the New Age Outlaws defend against the Usos and Golddust/Cody in a 3-Way Dance.
What about Brock Lesnar? Leave him off the card. Paul Heyman shows up on RAW to announce that Brock is irate and WILL show up at Mania and cause havoc. Have him do a "run-in" during the Main Event and take out Batista. Set-up Batista and Lesnar for "SummerSlam."
Alright, you've all heard enough of me. I've heard enough from me. Bottom line, I enjoyed the PPV last night. I'm excited about tonight. And I can't wait to be unproductive over the next several weeks while watching the new WWE Network. Hmmm...what will I watch first?
Category:Editorials: Pro-Wrasslin' -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT