JC’s Top Rope Report: Is Anyone Really Interested In Wrestlemania?
We are less than two weeks away from Wrestlemania 32. But if you watched RAW this past Monday, you wouldn’t even know it. You would expect the second last RAW before Wrestlemania to be full of non-stop action and story telling to get you excited for the show. But instead, we had a show with one very good match (Kevin Owens/AJ Styles) and what felt like a bunch of filler in between.
The WWE Championship match features Triple H defending the Title against Roman Reigns. Triple H was barely on the show. Roman Reigns interrupted a Stephanie McMahon promo, then attacked Triple H when he picked her up. It might have been a good idea to keep Reigns off TV, but how bad of a situation does the WWE know its in when they can’t keep Reigns on TV for long periods of time. When was the last time a WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania had no possible good outcome? No one wants to see part-timer Triple H go on as Champion. And no one wants to see Roman Reigns become WWE Champion again and become the face of the WWE. Roman Reigns is in desperate need of a heel turn. But the same was always said about John Cena, and that never happened. You would have to go back to Wrestlemania 25, which featured Randy Orton/Triple H, to find a WWE Title match even half as bad as this.
Then there is Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker. Oh boy, there are so many different places to start with this one. Since when does The Undertaker just listen to Vince? Vince should have given Taker the ultimatum he did this past Monday at the start: Fight Shane and beat him, or this will be your last Wrestlemania. Now we are this late in the game, and it feels like the WWE is just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. I don’t know why, but the WWE felt the need for more McMahon Family drama to take over Wrestlemania. But it was never needed. If the WWE finally had the balls to give one of these younger guys on the roster a chance, maybe the WWE could have found a better opponent for Taker. I almost died of laughter when Vince said Shane was the most formidable opponent ever at Wrestlemania for the Undertaker.
Again, you have to look at this match and ask yourself what possible outcome actually works for this match. Shane beating The Undertaker in any way, shape or form at Wrestlemania is absolutely ridiculous. And any victory will come with so many run-ins that it would make Vince Russo angry. Undertaker beating Shane McMahon to a bloody pulp then laying down for Shane would be a slap in the face to any wrestling fan watching the show. Undertaker winning would make Shane’s return feel pointless, but I honestly believe it is the best option out there. Again, this is another wasted opportunity for the WWE to elevate a new star.
I was really interested in the Brock Lesnar/Dean Ambrose match when it was first announced. But even the booking for that match has cooled my excitement. The segments with Mick Foley and Terry Funk were nice rubs for Ambrose, but he HAS to go over Lesnar to make all of this worth it. There’s only so much losing Ambrose can go through before fans lose interest. But then you would have Lesnar losing the last three PPV matches he was in (of course this would be the first one he would actually be pinned in). Does that ruin the aura that is Brock Lesnar? I would argue Ambrose needs the win more than Lesnar, but then you are walking a somewhat dangerous line with Lesnar. The match will be a fun spectacle no doubt. But Ambrose needs a win here.
When you get to the undercard you are also left shaking your head. The WWE could have built up Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens on the main roster since Zayn eliminated Owens in the Royal Rumble. But the WWE took their time with that build up, and now we are stuck with a mid-card ladder match involving Zack freaking Ryder and Sin Cara. Oh did you know there is a U.S. Title match too? I don’t even know if the WWE addressed it on RAW. AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho hasn’t even been made official yet with less than two weeks to go. And when the Dudley Boyz vs The Usos is a confirmed match at Wrestlemania, you know you have issues.
I didn’t mention the Divas Triple Threat because I think that has been the best booked match on the entire card so far. Hopefully, those women get 15 minutes to showcase their talents and have the best match of the night. Of course, it also helps when you have everyone in the match available every week to help build it.
Part of me wonders if the WWE half-assed this Wrestlemania because they are giving it away for free on the Network. It is like they said screw it, everyone is injured, lets barely try with this Wrestlemania. That’s the WWE motto. If your big stars are injured, no one is good enough to step up into their place. Sooner or later, the WWE’s lack of new stars is going to come back and bite them in the ass. I think I say that every few months. But this Wrestlemania was the prime opportunity for it and they didn’t do it.
As someone who has been a wrestling fan for over 25 years, I always get excited for Wrestlemania. But this year? I could honestly skip the event and I probably wouldn’t feel like I missed anything. I’ll watch it, but I don’t know if there is any result from the top matches that could make me happy about the event as a whole. The WWE really screwed the pooch with this one. They dug their own grave, and now they are the ones that have to lay in it.
Until Next Time,
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