The Mirror in the U.K. has an opinion piece about WM 30 match possibilities. Since WWE’s keeping their cards close to their chest, there’s no definite match suggestion that’s a lock to happen. Here’s the speculative piece that makes some suggestions favoring Cena vs. Taker instead of Lesnar vs. Taker…
Four months away from WWE WrestleMania XXX and the line-up doesn’t seem all that obvious.
This is both a good and a bad thing. We shouldn’t want predictability in terms of set up storylines. It would be nice for someone to appear out of the blue or for two men to suddenly find themselves on a collision course for New Orleans.
On the other hand, with so many big names rumoured to be making a return or debut on the big show, the unsubstantiated social media speculation won’t be calming down any time soon.
Those names linked with a Wrestlemania appearance include: Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Goldberg, Batista, Brock Lesnar, Rob Van Dam, Chris Jericho and Sting.
Let us not quibble over whether or not they should be there. For now, it is just worth pondering some of the bigger names that might show up, how likely they are to, and how they could shape the course of the first three-and-a-bit months of 2014.
It seems more likely than not that Rock misses ‘Mania this year. For a start, WWE would be facing diminishing returns to feature for a fourth year, however big his star may shine in Hollywood. The ship has sailed on Austin ever returning to the ring. RVD and Jericho may show up, but they are unlikely to feature too high up in the card.
Goldberg is said to be speaking with WWE, but his involvement would be unlikely to stretch to anything more than a two minute smash-and-bash effort with Ryback. Sting is more possible this year than ever, but the Sting/Taker match that so many crave is just not viable at this stage of each man’s career.
Hogan? Might well show up, and there’s an outside chance of a bit-part in a six man tag or the like. Nothing more.
The other three are all very possible. And ‘Mania may well hinge on which of them, if any, signs on the line.
The most important is Shawn Michaels. If there is ever a time for him to have one more match then it is with Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania. Shawn looks as if he could still get into ring-shape, and it wouldn’t just be any old wrestler he is breaking a retirement pledge to face. More importantly, the match would be a surefire classic, and has that dream-match feel that would make long term fans part with their cash.
If you pencil in Bryan and Michaels (but don’t call them Matchstalk Men), then the more important question you must then answer is what you do with Undertaker. The Undertaker’s streak is one of the very biggest draws at the biggest event in the calendar, so his match is probably the most important thing going. Accordingly, he should compete against the biggest star at the biggest show of all.
John Cena is the perfect person to face ‘Taker. He is capable, despite what some might claim, of having great matches. He tells great stories, has a watertight character and, if he stays away from the lame gags, can have great verbal battles with the Deadman. Those that take on ‘Taker become villains by default, and Cena has no problem fulfilling that role.
The most important thing though is that by ‘Taker wrestling Cena you have a sense of jeopardy about whether ‘Taker may actually lose. I don’t see that he ever will, but in Cena you have someone that many fans, particular the younger ones among the WWE audience, believe in. You also have a suspicious fringe online that may believe that John, playing his so-called SuperCena role, will be allowed to be victorious.
The last point comes from a paranoid place, but isn’t entirely without foundation. ‘Taker versus anybody else means that the streak stays alive, but if I had to pick anyone who I thought WWE might go with if determining that it will one day end, it would be Cena. That’s not me saying that it is right or it is wrong, but I’m saying it would be more believable that Cena were to get his arm raised compared to the prospects of other opponents.
Lesnar is an option for ‘Taker’s opponent, and would be a good one, but that believablility factor disappears a little. Not in Brock’s credentials, but whether anyone would believe that he actually would win. Casual fans will see Brock as a monster, but one that has only won 60% of his matches since returning.
Lesnar matching up with Punk at ‘Mania would be a far better pick. The two had the best match of 2013 at Summerslam, and there is still mileage in Punk’s ultimate revenge on Paul Heyman.
Heyman has practically promised to return and destroy Punk, so it would not be a shock to see Lesnar emerge with Heyman by his side to scupper Punk at a crucial moment, reigniting their feud and leading to a rematch at Mania.
But how about this scenario…
Let’s imagine that Cena and Orton conjure up a way of dropping the belts from the ladder, or they are taken out by a mysterious force, or whatever the case may be. Once again, Triple H puts the title in abeyance (love that word) and declares, like 1992, that the winner of the Royal Rumble will be crowned undisputed champ.
Cue Brock Lesnar.
The Beast defeats all at the Rumble, and soon Punk emerges as his natural opponent. Maybe he wins a tournament or the Elimination Chamber match, but the point is you have the perfect moment for Punk’s redemption, and the reclaiming of his title, at Wrestlemania.
If Batista is up for a return, what about a Shield vs Evolution battle as a fourth match to bulk up the card? Should Big Dave not fancy coming back, or WWE don’t want to turn The Shield yet, Randy Orton vs Triple H could be an option.
Undertaker vs John Cena. Shawn Michaels vs Daniel Bryan. Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk. If all are willing, that is a tremendous top three matches to sell a PPV with.
What about it WWE?
Source: WWE Wrestlemania 30 line up: John Cena vs Undertaker and CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar, make it happen WWE – Rob McNichol – Mirror Online
Any thoughts on this opinion piece?