From April until January the everyday roster of the WWE fills our television screens with hours upon hours of wrestling matches and feuds. Once the Royal Rumble draws closer the talent Vince McMahon considers the guys who help sell out the giant venues across America come out to play; and collect some big time paydays. The likes of Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and The Rock, for the most part, only come around to stir up some feuds or cut really bad promos but the WWE, still, rely on a few names from wrestling past to help boost the Wrestlemania card. The Wrestlemania 33 card will feature four part time talents: The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Triple H and Goldberg. Not to mention, John Cena, who is as close to part time as you can get. Goldberg will more than likely be retired and in the WWE hall of fame by the time Wrestlemania 34 runs around. The other four guys may just have a say in what goes down and who goes, not only over, but on the card itself. Vince McMahon has to know these guys can’t wrestle forever, so what’s he going to do three, four, hell even five years from now? The boss will never truly know if the full time roster, without help, could sell out a major venue without trying.
The Undertaker has been digging holes and taking souls at the show of shows since Wrestlemania seven. The dead man has only missed two Wrestlemania’s in his career, ten and sixteen. Everyone knows the story, The Undertaker was 21-0 until Wrestlemania 30 where Brock Lesnar ended the streak. Since then he has beaten Bray Wyatt and Shane McMahon, respectively. This year’s Mania looks more and more like the Dead Man will take on every smark’s favorite guy to boo, Roman Reigns. Win or lose does The Undertaker need to have another match next year? He’s only getting older and more and more beaten up. Is there really anyone on the card that NEEDS a match with him? If Roman wins and Taker decides this Wrestlemania will be his last how much could Reigns benefit from retiring a legend such as the Undertaker? Only time will tell.
Triple H made his Wrestlemania debut losing in quick and brutal fashion to The Ultimate Warrior. Fast forward past the infamous ‘Curtain Call’ in New York and Triple H has been a staple of the WWE in and out of the ring since. The Game has done it all and some at Wrestlemania. The past few years Triple H’s focus has been on his pet project, NXT. All the while Hunter still manages to have a main event level match despite not being apart of Raw or Smackdown for the better part of two years. Since Wrestlemania 30, where he was supposed to face CM Punk, Hunter has put over Daniel Bryan, beat Sting and lost to Roman Reigns in the most boring main event EVER at Wrestlemania. This year Triple H drew Seth Rollins but Seth may not be healthy enough to compete. Will Hunter go one on one with Samos Joe or will Rollins make it back in time for Wrestlemania? Triple H may be in much better physical shape than The Undertaker but is Hunter’s presence on the card needed come next year?
Brock Lesnar has been nothing short of a beast since his WWE debut in 2002 becoming the youngest WWE Champion in history. After he left to pursue an NFL and MMA career the picture became more and more clear, Brock Lesnar was born to dominate the world of professional wrestling. Since returning his booking hasn’t gone the way fans like myself were hoping for. Instead of fresh matchups Brock wrestled John Cena and Triple H. After he broke the streak the sky should have been the limit right? RIGHT? Big wrong, Lesnar lost the belt and didn’t put over Ambrose at Wrestlemania last year. Now, ya know, he’s in a bar fight style old man feud with Goldberg. How does this help the WWE or network buys; short answer it doesn’t. If Brock is going to stay around for the next couple of Wrestlemania events have the beast put over someone who the WWE needs to be a main event level talent, Nakamura anyone?
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