Why This Year's Wrestlemania Could Be The Best (Or Worst) Ever

Last Sunday, WWE's Fastlane pay-per-view kind of…came and went.

There were some okay matches (Owens vs. Ziggler), some bad matches (Charlotte vs. Brie) and then there was a match between R. Truth and Curtis Axel. 

Right before the main event. 

On a pay-per-view.

 Ayyye #goldentruth tho. (WWE.com)

Ayyye #goldentruth tho. (WWE.com)

Fastlane’s main event between Dean Ambrose, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns was good. Up until the ending, you could make an argument for any of the three competitors to win. But, in the end, WWE chose to go with the safe, predictable option.

Then, just 24 hours later, as #CANCELWWENETWORK continued to trend worldwide, we were treated to one of the biggest surprise returns in the history of the company.

That’s right, baybay. Shane-O Mac is back!

It’s with this epic high and terrifying low in mind that we decided to look at how Wrestlemania 32 is shaping up, and give you some reasons why it could either be the best or worst event in WWE history.

Yeah, okay, it’s a little bit of a hyperbole, but just play along.

Case Study #1: Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell

Why it’s awesome: 

Why it’s gonna suck:

  • Shane’s 46 years old and coming back to the wrestling world after a seven-year absence. Are we really expecting him to put on an entertaining match, let alone put his body on the line for a one-night-only deal? Which brings me to my next point…
  • This is just to build hype for Wrestlemania. Shane has no intention of coming back to the WWE in any sort of full-time capacity. How much can we really be invested in someone we know is just going to ride off into the sunset again after Wrestlemania season?

Case Study #2: The Divas Division

Why it’s awesome:

  • We’re definitely, probably, going to get a triple threat match between Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Charlotte for the Divas Championship.
  • There’s an actual storyline, with motivation and interesting forward momentum to lead up to the big stage.

Why it’s gonna suck:

  • The divas will be given ten minutes in the ring to tell the culmination of their story.
  • There is potential for Brie Bella to be involved in some capacity.
  • As the focus remains on Becky, Sasha, and Charlotte, what happens to the rest of the women on the roster? They continue to flounder and look less capable than the NXT alumni. Summer Rae, Paige, and Natalya especially should get some kind of storyline that gives them the chance to show their skills on the Wrestlemania stage.

Case Study #3: Kevin Owens vs. Somebody for the Intercontinental Championship

Why it’s awesome:

  • Kevin Owens is the best. Full disclosure: I’m wearing a KO shirt as I write this.
 Pictured above: Kevin Owens in the shirt I’m wearing. Not pictured: me.

Pictured above: Kevin Owens in the shirt I’m wearing. Not pictured: me.

  • There’s been some hints dropped that Kevin’s next feud will be with either AJ Styles or Shinsuke Nakamura, who was announced as a recent WWE acquisition the night of Fastlane. KO’s elimination of AJ in the Royal Rumble gives that potential feud a little more merit in my eyes, but really, either would surely give us an awesome match.

Why it’s gonna suck:

  • Last Monday, AJ Styles and Y2J teamed up against the Social Outcasts, potentially forming a tag team that’s going to run though 'Mania season. Nakamura is headed to NXT, so it will likely be a while yet before he’s ready for a main roster debut.
  • Ryback cut a promo on Monday’s RAW about wanting to get back to focusing on his solo efforts. He lost the IC title to Owens last year and feuded with him over the belt for a couple months. This seems like the most likely angle for WWE to take if they’re looking to get the Ryback back (lol) into singles championship contention.

Case Study #4: The Tag Team Division

Why it’s awesome:

  • The New Day are the World. Tag. Team. Champions. (Pauses are in there for you to gyrate your hips accordingly.) They’re still the most entertaining group in the WWE, but there’s a certain duo that’s been traveling with the main roster who just might be able to give them a run for their money in the charisma department…
  • Enzo and Big Cass have been rumored to make their main roster debut anytime now. Even if they don’t feud with the New Day straight out of the gate, they’ll bring some much-needed new blood into an otherwise stale tag team division.
 It’s like the cast of Jersey Shore if everybody was on meth. Like I said,  charisma .

It’s like the cast of Jersey Shore if everybody was on meth. Like I said, charisma.

Why it’s gonna suck:

  • The only semi-active feud I can think of in the division is the Usos versus The Dudley Boyz, and that definitely ain’t Wrestlemania-worthy on its own.
  • WWE will take a route similar to last year and have some type of Fatal Four-Way or Battle Royal for the Tag Team Championships where it’s just a spot fest, nothing’s really at stake and no one cares about the outcome.

Case Study #5: Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose in a Street Fight

Why it’s awesome:

  • These are two people that can both take a beating and dish one out. At Fastlane, Dean was mercilessly laying into Brock with a chair, and the next day, Brock didn’t even wait for RAW to start before he threw Dean into a car and sent him to “a nearby medical facility.”
 Obligatory funny picture of Dean in a neck brace. (WWE.com)

Obligatory funny picture of Dean in a neck brace. (WWE.com)

  • Five weeks of Heyman vs. Ambrose promos.

Why it’s gonna suck:

  • How are we supposed to believe Dean has a chance here? That all of a sudden, because it’s a street fight, Dean is now going to be able to beat someone that’s bested John Cena and the Undertaker with minimal effort? And if this is just to make Dean look “tough” — why? Who still needs to be sold on Dean Ambrose?
  • It’s not the main event.

Final Case Study: Roman Reigns vs. Triple H for the WWE Championship

Why it’s awesome:

  • Uh, there’s potential for people we actually like to get involved, I guess. The Rock and Shawn Michaels, to name a few.
  • Roman Reigns is going to get his "Wrestlemania moment," so we can finally be done with it and start moving forward with our lives.

Why it’s gonna suck:

  • They’re gonna do everything they can over the next five weeks to make us care about this match. Hell, they tried to get people to sympathize with Roman on Monday after Triple H beat him senseless, but it only made the crowd boo Reigns even harder.
  • It’s happening despite overwhelming crowd reaction.

And there you have it. Those are the reasons Wrestlemania 32 is shaping up to be the best/worst Wrestlemania in history. Disagree with any of the points above? Want to weigh in on something you don’t see here? (Hey, what’s going on with the Wyatts anyway?) Sound off below, or holla at me on Twitter.

 

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