Will WrestleMania 30 Live Up to The Hype or Fall Short?

Posted on Mar 29 2014 - 9:42am by Ben McPhee
Orton vs. Batista for WWE world title in a triple threat match. Winner between Triple H and Daniel Bryan will join line-up

Preview of Official Mania card: Orton vs. Batista for WWE world title in a triple threat match. Winner between Triple H and Daniel Bryan will join line-up

WrestleMania 30 is rapidly approaching and will take place from New Orleans April 6th. At firs,t the card seemed to have some flavor, but now it seems very sour. This is WrestleMania 3o, the card needs to be huge and is falling short. This has been 30 years in the making, and it looks like it will not live up to the hype. Not only that, but the crowd will hurt this card as well.

With no CM Punk and stale matches, it’s good that the majority of fans will be watching this on the WWE network and not shelling out the over $60 to watch. Last year’s Mania fell short do to it be outside and time circumstances. This year’s Mania will fall short to do bad booking. Usually the creative team has all the matches for Mania locked up months in advance, but this year it seems like a bunch of the bookings are being made on the fly.

The First draft of Mania:

Randy Orton vs. Batista for the WWE World Title- Use the evolution story line to build up hype

Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar-for the streak


Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus-third meeting Rubber match. This is mainly why Sheamus retruned

Triple H vs. CM Punk (Punk walked out)

The Wyatts vs. The Shield (this match is happened at The Elimination Chamber PPV in February)

IC Title vs. U.S. Title unification match

Divas title match

tag team title match

Second draft:

Orton vs. Batista vs. DB- Triple Threat match for the WWE world Title

Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar or possibly Sting- The streak

Triple H vs. Roman Reigns

Bray Wyatt vs, Cena and/or Cesaro

Chris Jericho vs. RVD and/or Cesaro

IC Title vs U.S. Title unification match

divas title match

tag team title match

Official Mania card as of now:

Orton vs. Batista for WWE world title in a triple threat match. Winner between Triple H and Daniel Bryan will join line-up

Triple H vs. DB- winner gets put in triple threat match

Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar- The Streak is on the line

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal- 30 man over the top battle royal

Divas title match: AJ Lee champion vs. Naomi vs. Cameron vs. Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella vs. Natalya vs. Eva Marie vs. Emma vs. Aksana vs. Alicia Fox vs. Summer Rae vs. Rosa Mendes vs. Layla vs. Tamina Snuka

The Shield vs. Kane and the New Age Outlaws- 6 man tag team

Tag team title fatal 4 way: The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) champions vs. The Real Americans (Cesaro and Jack Swagger) vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando)

Bad writing: At first, The Shield and The Real Americans were in line to break-up. It doesn’t mean it won’t happen at the PPV, but this isn’t how it was originally planned. The Shield was on a collision course for a triple threat match for the U.S. title. The U.S. title hasn’t even been defended at a Mania since WrestleMania 27 and it was even televised, it was a dark match. Sheamus (champ)  fought Daniel Bryan in a lumberjack match which ended in a no contest. The last time it was defended on the actual card itself, it was in 2007. The late Chris Benoit (champ) defeated Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP). The U.S. title is a prestigious belt, and now it is just a glorified paper weight. Ambrose hasn’t even defended it in almost a year.

The Shield in another 6 man tag at Mania? They opened up Mania last year with a win over The Big Show, Sheamus and Randy Orton. The rumors were to not have them in another 6 man tag team this year, hence why they did the Wyatt family match early at The Chamber PPV. The Shield are still a stellar unit and work very well together. They would of put on a great show against one another. Now, they have to work with a guy in Kane who seems to be leaving soon, and two guys in the Outlaw’s who just don’t have it in them anymore. You can bet the Shield will do everything in their power to make this a good match, but it will more than likely fall flat. Rollins and company will shine, especially if this is their last match. It’s rumored that the Shield will still break up despite recently reuniting. The plan is to have Reigns be the one that actually walks out, not the other way around. Rollins and Ambrose will then be put together as a heel tag team and Reigns will be pushed as a baby face singles competitor. All three members of the Shield are being under utilized. They are so much better than this. Plus this match, especially for the 30th anniversary of Mania, is a real bad booking in my opinion. And what happened to the Outlaw’s and The Uso’s. Don’t the NAO still have a tag team title rematch? Weird….

What to do with The Real Americans? This was another team they were going to breakup before Manai. For many weeks on Monday Night Raw the creative team had us believing that it would be a triple threat match between Big E, Swagger and Cesaro for the IC championship. Ever since they decided to go with the triple threat main event, it seems the landscape has changed. So they throw The Real Americans in a fatal four way for the tag team titles? This makes no sense. Neither does the tag team match in a whole. The problem is, creative wants to push Cesaro as a face (hero), but him and Swagger are such a good team, and the best tag team in the WWE behind the Uso’s. I could still see them breaking up at Mania as well, but you can bet when they do, the WWE will regret not having a decent heel team to face the Uso’s in the future. Cesaro is an awesome singles competitor as well as a tag team wrestler. Just look at his history. It’s time for him to go back to being a singles wrestler, as well as Swagger. All four teams will try their best to put on a great match, but don’t be surprised by some boo’s and some CM Punk chants. This match will fail as well in my opinion. It’s very poorly put together.

The 30 man battle royal: This match looks all shiny from the outside, but once you peel back the wrapper you realize it’s not the Hershey kiss you wanted. It tastes more like baking chocolate. This is huge for Andre The Giant and his legacy, and will possibly give a deserving wrestler his WrestleMania moment. Other than that, this is nothing but a filler match and a way to fit in a bunch of talent that is being under utilized. Guys who were in actual matches last year and deserve to be this year, will now be cluttered together with a bunch of talent that has no business on this card. Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio (who was in a world title match last year), Fandango, The Miz and others showcased their skills on the big stage last year. This year, none of them get their own matches. Makes no sense as they all deserve it. Even a fatal four way between the four would have worked. This match is just here to take up time. Some surprise entries are rumored to show up, but for all you RVD fans that expect him to return for this, exhale your smoke and quit holding your breath. RVD is expected to return the following night on Raw to make you feel better. And if Cm Punk returns at this PPV, it won’t be for this match for all you Punker’s out there.

Triple H vs. DB: We all know this was first supposed to be CM Punk vs. Triple H, and we all know what happened there. We weren’t the only ones who didn’t want to see this match. Having the stipulation for the winner to be entered in the main event for the WWE title puts some flair back on this match. You can have DB get beat down and enter the main event very injured. It would make more sense and would help him when or if he wins the belt. I still think they are going to do something to “screw” DB out of winning the match against Triple H. Then Vince will come out later in the night at make the main event a fatal four way, hence why there isn’t one on the card. Triple H can still wrestle despite fans not wanting to see him in this fight. He wouldn’t do it, if he couldn’t. How much does he have left in the tank, that’s the bigger question. Both guys have what it takes to make this a semi-quick/fun match. I think fans will be surprised by this match, and I expect a Triple H win here and a shocked crowd. I do still see DB walking out with the title though by the end of the night. Triple H has showcased his skills at many Mania’s and deserves to be on the 3oth installment. He won’t let us down.

Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar: This match will totally fail. The Taker is too old and Lesnar is too physical. The story isn’t even exciting. Undertaker is too old to take bumps to set up a good plot. They are making Lesnar (a man who has no fear) look like a baby. Lesnar is having to take all the bumps while “The Deadman” looks unstoppable. Even last year he stayed away from the physical approach before the PPV. We all can look at Mark Calaway (Taker) and tell he is too old and he is done. He doesn’t walk to the ring so slow to set up his character, he walks so slow cause he can barely walk and breath correctly anymore. The Taker and Lesnar will try and steal the show, but all they are stealing is the money out of the pockets of paying fans who came to see an awesome match. Rumors are still surfacing of this match becoming a casket match. This will slow the pace down, and they could sell it better if this match had a stipulation. This would help as far as the Undertaker is concerned.

Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena: The bad guy vs. the hero thing has been done to death, but not like this. In a world of believable wrestlers, Bray Wyatt is the epitome of wrestling heels. He is like something out of a Rob Zombie movie. He is way too believable, which makes this storyline work. Cena is without a doubt the Hulk Hogan of this newer generation of wrestlers. He is the “eat your vitamin” hero that Hogan once was. Cena not only wanted this match, but is selling and help pushing Bray in a way no one else could. Not only that, but it looks like Cena is willing to lose this match. Cena will push Bray and Bray will push back. Both men will shine and I see this being the match that steals the show, especially if the hero loses to the villain. The only thing I don’t like, is how the rest of the Wyatt family is being pushed aside. Luke Harper has been nothing but stellar as of late, and Erik Rowan seems to be improving as well. Both guys deserved a match at Mania. They should of been given that last spot in the tag team match over Los Matadores.

The Divas match: I love that all the working talent gets their chance to shine. They all won’t get that chance, that’s the problem. A.J. Lee (like her or not) is the best female wrestler going right now besides Brie and Natalya. Naomi has slowly improved as others, but in no way are they title ready. Lee has the record for being the longest reigning WWE Divas’ champion and if they are going to make her drop the belt, they need to give it to someone who deserves it, and who can run with it. Lee makes the perfect champion cause she has a lot of competition. With the show Total Divas, it’s time to give one of them the belt and use the show to set of future feuds. Meanwhile, it’s time to breakup Tamina and Lee and start their feud. Depending on how long this match is given, depends on how good it’s going to be. This is also a good time to start tension between the Bella’s. It has been rumored for sometime now. Nikki’s injury put on that on hold. Brie could hit her finisher on Lee or someone else, then Nikki could swoop in for the pin and let the drama begin.

Orton vs. Batista vs. Triple H/DB winner: Creative thought bringing back Batista was going to save this main event, but instead they were wrong, and have had to resort to making Batista a heel once again. Creative thinking a main event match without CM Punk or DB would work, was, and is ludacris. Orton is an awesome talent and does not get the respect he deserves from the fans. Batista on the other hand, still can’t wrestle and looks in bad shape. DB winning this match will be the only thing that saves this from being a boo-fest. The fans will hurt this match so bad if DB doesn’t come out the victor. The WWE loves giving you the fans the shaft. Don’t be surprised if Triple H is holding the Title (s) when Mania goes off the air. The elite story would be for DB to beat Triple H, be really banged up entering the match, then when he is about to win, Triple H comes out to cost him the match only to be stopped by a returning CM Punk. Punk takes out Triple H, DB hits the running knee to Orton and pins him on an unconscious Batista. He wins clean, and we get Punk back. Punk and Bryan and the locker room celebrate in the ring and the Yes movement chants/CM Punk chants are the loudest we have ever heard. I don’t see this happening, but you never know.

Who is being left out: Ziggler, Sheamus, Christian, and  Big E were all looking for singles matches only to be left to compete in the 30 man battle royal. After this past week, we could see a fatal four way for the IC title. Either way, I still see them trying to book a IC title match for this card. Ziggler and Big E would put on a great match for the fans, and they would eat it up. Christian still has some gas left in the tank. He was injured last week, so let’s see what the WWE does with him from here. Either way, all these guys deserve more than just a battle royal match, especially Ziggler who became World champion the night after Mania last year. There is still one more edition of Monday Night Raw before Mania. I expect an IC title match to be made for this PPV. This is another prestigious title that deserves better.

With only one week left to make magic, what will they try and pull out of their hat next?

My dream Mania card:

DB vs. CM Punk for the WWE World Title-Iron Man Match -Punk wins

Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker for the streak- Casket Match- Bray wins

Cena vs. Cesaro- Cesaro wins

IC Title/U.S. Title unification triple threat- Big E vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns- Reigns wins

Brock Lesnar vs. Batista- Loser leaves the WWE- Brock wins

Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler- Who steals the show? Ziggler wins

Tag team title match: The Uso’s vs. The Ascention from NXT- Uso’s win while outing over The Ascention

Divas title match: Cage match A.J. Lee vs. Brie Bella- Brie wins

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UFC/Wrestling Analyst for H4TV. Ben McPhee was born and raised in Prescott Valley Arizona as the oldest of two kids. He is a proud husband and father. He has been writing for over 10 years beginning with poetry and progressing all the way to screenwriting with two screenplays copyrighted. He loves writing about professional wrestling and MMA.

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