Above is a list of matches that are now penciled in for WrestleMania 29 according to InsidePulse.com, for the sake of whatever is holy I hope this is just a ruse by the WWE. A ploy to distract us all from what is really going to happen as the Road To WrestleMania winds its way back to the New York area. All eight of these men do deserve to be on the cards of all cards but not particularly with their opponents listed above. In the same year we’ve had Raw 1,000, a WWE Champion that has held the title longer than anyone not named Bruno Sammartino and the 20th Anniversary of Raw is tonight. Compared to the only thing TNA has done this year, push their children when they shouldn’t be near a ring, but that’s for a column I will never bring myself to write. It’s becoming a great time to become a wrestling fan again, it has been the past year, why not keep the momentum going with a great WrestleMania?
I’m going to start with Randy Orton against Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Title. I am not opposed to seeing Randy Orton against Sheamus in a feud, Orton plays a great heel and Sheamus does his best not to embarrass himself as a face. My only HUGE problem with this is Dolph Ziggler is either still carrying that briefcase around or he cashed in somewhere between me writing this and WrestleMania, either way I am not a fan. If the World Title is on the line at WrestleMania, 100% chance it will be, I want to see Dolph Ziggler in the mix. Randy Orton is one wellness violation to a way one ticket to working the Indy’s and Sheamus is now sitting behind The Big Show and Dolph Ziggler for a shot at Alberto Del Rio’s title. Sheamus against Randy Orton, if it does happen shouldn’t be for the title, it should be a filler match between the part-time guys wrasslin.
Brock Lesnar against Triple H, again? I was in attendance at SummerSlam and that match was nothing more than a spot fest. There was no real-time during that match did I feel that it wasn’t ‘staged’. I do believe Brock Lesnar, if we wanted to, could wrestle a good match every night, but not against a guy who is looking to protect himself because he knows, like all us smarks know, he is just waiting around to take over the WWE. He doesn’t have to risk his health for a paycheck; he hasn’t had to for a while so when he gets the urge to wrestle he should just pass it like gas. If WrestleMania is the last day of Brock Lesnar’s contract and he doesn’t want another free ride in exchange for a handful of appearances then he should be engaged with someone who it will help their career. Doing Lesnar v. HHH again, win or lose for either guy doesn’t do anything for Raw or SmackDown post WrestleMania, it’s just lazy booking.
My attention turns to Rock versus Cena, twice in a lifetime. The thought of them involved in another Rap/ Acoustic guitar off makes me ill. The fact that it’s rumored to be for the WWE Title is just downright disrespectful to not only Punk but to the WWE Universe. John Cena isn’t getting any younger; he is becoming a little more injury prone too. The Rock only comes back for that big payday whenever Fast and Furious 15 or whatever film that doesn’t require much acting isn’t being casted. In his prime The Rock was a great worker, great on the mic, but nowadays it just seems a little dated. He can’t compete on the mic with Punk, Cena yes, Punk nope. In the business sense I understand putting The Rock over Punk at the Royal Rumble, it makes him relevant all the way to WrestleMania and possibly beyond (the next night on Raw). Like Brock versus Triple H, John Cena against The Rock was a SPOTFEST! They had entire year to book this match and it showed. Every punch thrown, every hip toss thrown was overly thought out. Watch the match again if you don’t believe me. Even the finish, as soon as Cena went for the People’s Elbow you knew The Rock was getting up and hitting Rock Bottom, you knew it, even if you believe in your heart that wrestling is fixed you knew it. Why shouldn’t we expect more of the same this time around?
I like the idea of Streak v. Streak, it sells. It could headline WrestleMania, easily. The thing I do not like is it being this up and coming WrestleMania. If there isn’t a plan to do Stone Cold against CM Punk in place for this next WrestleMania then Undertaker v. CM Punk will suffice. Punk will have to carry the match, but that is expected. Punk can sell with the best of them and wouldn’t have a problem selling anything the dead man throws his way. Not many people out there think the Undertaker’s streak will ever end or it shouldn’t end, and if Punk is still champion this time next year not even the best Vegas handicapper could call CM Punk Champion for over 700 days against The Undertaker 21-0 at WrestleMania.
Until next week guys, I had a great column in line for this week but it was deleted off of my computer, I am doing my best to re hash it but only time will tell. Leave a comment, tell a friend, follow me on Twitter @CamDougharty and let’s talk rasslin!