The road to WrestleMania this year has been anything but predictable and with over a month left before the big event, one has to wonder just what exactly will happen. While there are plenty of websites that have a pretty good idea on the matter, right now, a lot of things are still in question. Is Randy Orton really going to give up his shot at the WWE title? Will AJ Styles face Shane McMahon? Who exactly will be Samoa Joe’s opponent and will Roman Reigns face The Undertaker? (I really hope that last one does not happen, please don’t let it be that last one).
Yeah, WrestleMania 33 isn’t too far off and while the night is still young, there is a possibility that this whole entire event could very well suck. From wrestlers getting injured to boring matches and overlooked superstars, we could be in for a pretty bad event. Here is a list of just some of the problems I see happening this year.
25. WrestleMania 33 Will Be Held In An Open-Air Venue
Is it just me or does it seem like every time a WWE event takes place outdoors, things just don’t seem to go right? The sound from the entrance sounds harsh and tacky, the lights and effects are weak, and overall it just isn’t a great presentation. But then again, I guess on the bright side if you’re into fireworks, it can be a pretty cool experience.
While I’m not saying you’re guaranteed a horrible show, it seems to me that making WrestleMania an outdoor affair has never really made for a good show, at least in terms of the presentation and sometimes even more than that.
24. Seth Rollins Is Injured
As of right now at the time I’m writing this, it is being speculated whether or not Rollins will be able to compete at WrestleMania 33 due to a torn MCL. If that is the case, then we can say goodbye to a Triple H vs. Seth Rollins match (at least at WrestleMania) and that could be pretty detrimental to the event. We had to wait like, forever for this feud to happen and now it might be postponed even further.
I have to admit, the Samoa Joe factor is pretty cool and down right kind of shocking and if I had the choice between a Samoa Joe/Seth Rollins feud vs. a Triple H/Seth Rollins feud, I’d have to go with the first choice. That’s not to say I wouldn’t want to see the second one, which is why it’s on this list.
23. The Raw Women’s Championship Match
On Raw, it seems like the formula for the women’s division is to pit the brand’s Women’s Champion in a feud with one diva and have the two compete in different match types week after week with hardly ever adding anyone else to spice things up, which was basically the story last year. While most agree that Sasha and Charlotte put on some 5 star performances in most of their battles in 2016, it just felt like it was those two fighting each other week after week, with the title changing hands as many times as I can blink my eyes in a day.
However, recently, it seems like the Sasha Banks/Nia Jax and Charlotte/Bayley feuds are connected and that’s a great start, I just hope the Raw Women’s Title match at WrestleMania this year isn’t Charlotte vs. Bayley (at least without some sort of a big twist)
22. Finn Balor Is Still Out
Much like Seth Rollins, who was his opponent at the 2016 edition of SummerSlam, Finn Balor is also out with an injury. At this time, there isn’t any confirmation on when he’ll return, but it doesn’t look like it will happen at this year’s event. That sucks because not only will we not get to see him compete, but we don’t get to see a special WrestleMania entrance either. I couldn’t imagine what a Finn Balor WrestleMania entrance would be like, but I’d like to find out. Oh well… I guess there’s always next year.
21. Roman Reigns
Honestly, I can’t say I dislike Reigns as a wrestler and I will even go as far to say that I consider him a pretty good performer. I think that the reason most people hate Reigns so much has to due with him being at the wrong place at the wrong time, or I guess in this case, the wrong match at the wrong time.
I’m sure I speak for most people when I say no one wants to see a Roman Reigns vs. Undertaker match or yet another Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens match. Unfortunately, there is a big possibility Reigns will be in a match the fans really don’t want him to be in and if that’s the case, you can expect to hear plenty of boos from the WrestleMania audience when his music hits. Call me crazy, but I don’t think people dislike Roman’s wrestling ability, I think it’s just a matter of him getting forced on the fans as a main event star when he isn’t quite ready to be one just yet.
20. WWE’s Entire Tag Team Division
One can only hope there is at least one credible Tag Team Championship match at this year’s event. With talented teams on SmackDown like The Usos, American Alpha, and Slater & Rhyno, you’d think they would at least get a chance to be on the main card.
Sounds logical, but there’s a good chance all the teams I have just mentioned will be lucky if they even make the pre-show. As far as Raw, there may be much more of a chance at something decent happening for fans.
19. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship Is a Possibility
This isn’t to say that the feud between Lesnar and Goldberg isn’t good. On the contrary, it’s one of the best angles I’ve seen in a while. The fact that you have a someone like Brock Lesnar, who since his return, has dominated, squashed, and defeated guys like Randy Orton and John Cena and The Undertaker, lose a match in under 5 minutes to a guy who is just as dominating as him builds intrigue. You continue to add fuel to the flame by having Goldberg eliminate Lesnar like it was a piece of cake at the Royal Rumble, making it seem as though since his return, despite squashing pretty much every one of WWE’s top guys, Goldberg is just too much for the fighter to handle and you’ve got one hell of a brilliant angle.
18. Byron Saxton On Commentary
Byron seems like a pretty good guy and that’s why this is extremely hard to type, but just ask yourself: should WWE’s biggest show be announced by someone that bland, someone that just doesn’t seem to have that much charisma? I use to love to hear JR call a match because I could literally hear the emotion in his voice, it somehow made me feel what he was feeling. It wasn’t the amount of wrestling holds he called out, it wasn’t the stories he told, it was the passion and raw emotion he had in his voice that made me watch every Monday Night Raw, week after week after week.
Saxton, on the other hand, makes me want to press mute on my remote and watch the match in pure utter silence. It’s sad to say but it’s true. Maybe I’m the only one…
17. Big Show vs. Shaq
If you’re looking forward to seeing this match, that’s cool, but still I ask, why is that? Why???
More than likely, Big Show will lose and more than likely you knew that already. On the bright side of things, both Shaquille O’Neal and The Big Show are pretty funny, so the entertainment will still be there. It will no doubt be a good show, it’s just the fact that it seems like every time The Big Show gets in the ring, it’s to put someone else over, and while that shows the kind of stand up guy he is, it doesn’t do anything for his credibility. Pretty soon you’re going to have Big Show lose to some 150 pound local curtain jerker who couldn’t wrestle his way out of a paper bag. But think of the ratings!
16. The Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles Rumor
This match has yet to be confirmed, but if this really is a thing, what exactly is the reason for it happening? Shane McMahon is definitely not the greatest technical wrestler in the world, but he makes up for it by having the balls to do some pretty crazy sh*t when the time comes for it. Look, I’m not trying to say they wouldn’t be a good match at all, I just think the whole situation would be a bit random… Kind of like that whole Undertaker/Shane McMahon feud that happened last year. But the real question is, would it be any better than Shaq vs. Big Show?
15. John Cena Will Probably Not Face The Undertaker
Speaking of last year, remember when you wanted to see a John Cena/Undertaker showdown at WrestleMania 32, but instead got a lousy Shane McMahon/Undertaker showdown instead? Well it doesn’t look like these two are going to be competing against each other at this year’s event either. To make matters even worse, there is speculation that this may be the dead man’s last ride and if that is the case, it’s been a real pleasure watching his matches over the years.
On a side note, if that’s the case, I’m sure I speak for most people when I say that I hope he gets a noteworthy opponent for his retirement match. He has to make his last one worth it!
14. The John Cena/Nikki Bella vs. The Miz/Maryse Rumor
If this does happen, you’re likely to have every wrestler involved in the match (maybe besides Bella) getting booed out of the building. Miz and Maryse are likely to get booed because they’re over as heels, and Cena is likely to get booed because… well, he’s John Cena and a lot of males between the age of 18 and 45 still watch WrestleMania and many of them think that John Cena suuuuuucks!
It should be noted that The Miz and Cena have had a one-on-one encounter at WrestleMania in 2011 and a lot of wrestling critics and fans alike weren’t really all that hyped up about it. Looking back on it, it’s not hard to see why because judging by the fact that all WWE wanted to do was build up the rivalry between The Rock and John Cena for WrestleMania 28, it didn’t seem like the WWE were all that hyped up about it either. While I’m kind of interested to see how this match goes down (if it happens), I do feel this match would be somewhat random for some reason.
13. Kevin Owens Losing Credibility
So far Owen’s hasn’t been booked like the unstoppable bad ass that beat John Cena with no outside interference or dirty tactics. He looks like a guy who has to use other people to retain his championship because he is all of a sudden not able to get the job done by himself.
Recently, Owens turned on his “best friend” Chris Jericho and the seed seems to be planted for a WrestleMania match. Whether or not this will happen or be for the Universal Title is all in question, because in order for Kevin Owens to go into WrestleMania as the Universal Champion he has to beat Goldberg. If he does somehow manage to pull it off, then hopefully an Owen/Jericho match will take place on the grandest stage. If not, then the WWE will be missing out on a huge opportunity to take two guys who are on Raw week after week headlining their biggest show, and seeing as how a lot of wrestling fans aren’t too big on part timers, I think if Goldberg wins, this would be somewhat of a letdown.
12. The Undertaker vs. Braun Strowman Rumor
Strowman has really improved in the last few months. Surprisingly, it’s his mic skills I’m liking. I say surprisingly because a lot of times, the big guys aren’t all that great when it comes to promos or mic skills. Still this rumor about him facing The Undertaker should be thrown away in the garbage. Plus he’s currently in a feud with “everyone’s favorite wrestler” Roman Reigns.
While I don’t think it’s the best thing Raw has to offer right now, I’d much rather see Reigns and Strowman in some type of match a WrestleMania instead of it being Strowman vs. The Undertaker. As stated on this list earlier, this could very well be The Phenom’s last match.
11. The Pre-show
Well I don’t know about you, but I’ve never really been a big fan of WWE’s big pre-shows. They just seem like one big promotional tool for you to watch the actual show to me, like one really long commercial. I just want to watch WrestleMania!
It also has a reputation for showcasing some pretty underrated wrestlers who you’d think would have been good enough to be on the main card, but somehow didn’t. Don’t be surprised if you see Dolph Ziggler, Titus O’Neil, Dean Ambrose, or Kalisto on the pre-show. And if and when you do, remember exactly what I said.
10. Naomi Might Not Defend The SmackDown Women’s Championship
Unlike Balor and Rollins, this isn’t because of an injury (at least I don’t think it is). Rumor has it, that instead of Naomi defending the SmackDown Women’s Championship title, there will be a tag team match between the team of Mickie James and Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi and Becky Lynch. This match taking place at the event would actually be a really good idea, in my opinion, but in the end, a title match still would have been better. We’ll have to wait and see.
9. Booking A Cruiserweight Title Match On The Pre-Show
There hasn’t been any reports of this actually happening, but wouldn’t it suck if it did? It’s not hard to believe when you notice that on Raw, the Cruiserweights are limited to pretty much one match, where they wrestle in a ring with purple ropes and have a show called 205 Live, and that is really the only chance for most of the lesser known guys in the division to get noticed. As much as it pains me to say, I don’t think anyone should be surprised if the title is defended to kick off the show.
8. Randy Orton Will (Supposedly) Not Wrestle Bray Wyatt For The WWE Title
Recently on SmackDown, Randy Orton got on his knees and supposedly gave up his opportunity at the WWE Championship, stating that as long as Bray is the master and he is the servant, he won’t be facing him. We go from Randy eliminating Roman Reigns in the Royal Rumble and everyone liking it to Wyatt finally becoming a World Champion with once again everyone liking it, to thinking that Wyatt would face Orton at Mania, which everyone thought made sense, with Randy Orton saying that he will not face Wyatt.
Well hey, it could’ve been worse. Roman Reigns could’ve came to the ring, proclaimed himself as the new no. 1 contender with Daniel Bryan telling the WWE universe that Reigns somehow was traded to SmackDown.
7. Putting NXT TakeOver: Orlando A Day Before WrestleMania
Seems like every time a TakeOver event takes place, the fans get a great show. A lot of times after watching anything else the WWE puts out, the fans head over to YouTube and social media to let out their frustrations. Because of this, I don’t get the point of airing TakeOver a day before their biggest show. It’s almost like WrestleMania, for a lot of fans, will be TakeOver: Orlando, like the show they were supposed to be interested in doesn’t really interest them because most of the matches on the card are fights they don’t want to see.
6. The Celebrity Appearances
What is WrestleMania without some big name stars showing up? Well it wouldn’t be the same, that’s for sure. Some of WrestleMania’s greatest moments happened with the help of some of Hollywood’s greatest celebrities and there’s no denying that. In the past, celebs like Pamela Anderson, Regis Philbin, Raven Symone, Paul Reubens (as his beloved character, the quirky Pee-wee Herman), Mickey Rourke, Mr. T, and even Donald Trump have been present at the event. But on the other hand, other times those moments turned out to be complete fails and were just trying way too hard. Who knows who else they might include this year.
5. The Ladder Match Stipulation
Ladder matches at WrestleMania have become played out to me. How many times have we seen the Money in The Bank ladder match or an intercontinental title match under ladder match rules. It seems that what started off as something exciting and entertaining has turned into one big spot fest.
It’s gotten to a point to where you get numb to all the biggest spots in the match because you’ve seen variations of those same moves like a gazillion and one times already in the past. Honestly, I think it’s time for some sort of different type of ladder match or something. Let’s try out something new for this year’s WrestleMania to keep it fresh and exciting.
4. Brock Lesnar Jobbing to Goldberg
And before you disagree with me, just think about it for a second. Yeah, sure, it might have been epic the first time it happened. You might have even laughed at it. But do you really want to see it happen twice, just because of how outrageous and shocking it would seem to you in the moment? If that makes sense…
Let’s just say that in real life, Goldberg could without a doubt easily beat Brock that fast. Is a match that only lasts a measly 90 seconds something you really want to see? I don’t think so. We want to see a real fight go down, that lasts longer than a couple minutes!
3. Hulk Hogan Returning
Regardless of whether you like the guy or not, I don’t think anyone will deny that he is a legend and the impact he has made in the wrestling industry will never be forgotten. That being said, many people haven’t forgiven him for that whole sex tape situation and some rather unfortunate comments he has made in the past. If he did indeed return to the WWE stage one day, it probably wouldn’t sit well with a lot of people. But even if that was the case, wouldn’t the controversy draw up a lot of attention and bring in more viewers? Who knows, maybe it would be worth it!
2. Musical Performances
A performer singing a wrestler’s entrance music on their way to the ring looks cool and is a great way to get the crowed pumped up before a match. Some past performers include Fifth Harmony, Reba McEntire, Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg, Ozzy Osbourne, and the legendary Aretha Franklin.
However, a performer singing a whole bunch of their classic hits as if this were a Super Bowl halftime show is kinda… meh. Maybe if this were the Super Bowl halftime show, it would make since, but I’m just not sold on it. In my opinion it’s just not necessary. Plus as stated in the first entry, this year’s event will be held in an open-air arena, so that’s an even better reason not to do it. Let’s just focus on the wrestling!
1. Having A World Title Match Open The Main Card
I know this hasn’t happened for a while, but am I the only one that was pissed off that the first match on the main card at WrestleMania 28 was Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan? I know the order isn’t supposed to matter, but if that were really the case, why exactly did The Rock and John Cena go on last? When you answer me that question, I might just change my mind. Until then, screw it. It’s time to switch things up.