We’ve already damaged down the superstars missing from WrestleMania 33, which implies it’s time to check out the fortunate few who not solely will carry out on the cardboard, however will probably steal the present.
Whether or not it’s in a scripted or non-kayfabe sense by factoring in all the things from wins/losses, how a lot of an emphasis WWE places on that celebrity, their momentum heading into the following tv episode, match efficiency and all the things between, right here’s the shortlist for who I feel shall be coveting probably the most highlight come WrestleMania 33:
Word: I’m limiting myself to the very prime ten of the potential listing (in no explicit order). Many extra folks can have WrestleMania moments, however whereas I feel we may see Austin Aries win the Cruiserweight Championship and the like, they received’t make as a lot of a splash compared to the others listed right here…
There’s no must do a full rundown of repeating the identical issues all people has been saying for months. Everyone knows the trajectory is for Goldberg to drop the Universal Championship to Brock Lesnar in the principle occasion of the night time in a comparatively fast match. Clearly, foremost eventing the pay-per-view, beating a legend like Goldberg and profitable the common title are three features that outweigh nearly all the things else potential, so it’s a given, and an apparent one at that. Except there are plans for Goldberg to retain and to maintain wrestling, no one ought to be shocked with the end result right here or Lesnar’s inclusion on this listing, so let’s simply transfer on to the opposite folks, lets?
Roman Reigns / The Undertaker
I simply can’t decide between these two.
My intestine is telling me WWE wouldn’t make the error of getting The Undertaker lose as a result of they will’t probably be that silly to suppose Roman Reigns victory would go over properly within the slightest bit, they usually must know that it might set off an excellent larger catalyst for a heel flip that they simply don’t wish to do.
My mind, nevertheless, is saying “you fool, after all they’re going to do it, as a result of they are dumb sufficient to suppose that folks will someway nonetheless cheer him!”
If I completely needed to lean by some means, I might say Reigns will in all probability come out of this trying like the larger star of the 2, both by profitable the match or by being the extra dominating of the 2 and simply developing quick on the finish. Then, after all, Reigns shall be there Monday night time to observe it up with a promo and doubtless a win over somebody to offset his loss (or carry the momentum of his win, if that occurs) whereas The Deadman will go lacking for an additional yr.
The tip result’s going to be far more useful to Reigns it doesn’t matter what occurs as he stands to realize greater than The Phenom does at this level of their careers. The Undertaker is there to place Reigns over both as a troublesome opponent or because the second individual to defeat him at WrestleMania, to not get one other title so as to add to his listing to present extra credence to his personal mythic standing.
I’ve been a vocal opponent of Randy Orton profitable the Royal Rumble simply to drive Bray Wyatt to win the Elimination Chamber and the WWE Championship solely to have Orton dethrone Wyatt at WrestleMania, though their feud has received me over through the previous few weeks and I’m now really occupied with seeing what they’ve to supply.
However, I nonetheless suppose that is precisely what goes down and if Orton doesn’t win it at WrestleMania, I’ll be completely shocked. He’s the driving drive of this feud though all of it boils right down to revolving round Wyatt because the champion.
Orton’s the one with the recent babyface flip, the momentum carrying him ahead, the legacy as a multi-time champion and the Royal Rumble to riches story. Whereas this isn’t going to be wherever near the true foremost occasion of the night time regardless of WWE perpetually referring to it as such, someplace in the course of the pay-per-view, we’ll see a brand new WWE champion.
The Non-Sanctioned Match Contributors
Initially, the plan was for Seth Rollins and Triple H to face off in what in all probability would have been a generic 1 vs. 1 state of affairs or at most, a Road Battle. Rollins’ harm threw issues astray a bit, and that is now categorised an “non-sanctioned match.”
As such, there’s an opportunity there received’t be a definitive “winner” between the 2 if WWE opts to e book it as extra of a generic brawl the place one man stands tall ultimately, however no referee counts a pinfall. That makes it tougher to find out which man comes out as the larger spotlight, since we may very properly see Triple H in full management, destroying Rollins for a number of minutes at a time earlier than Rollins is ready to get one or two hits in that sends The Recreation reeling. At that time, who actually seems to be just like the extra dominant man?
If it’s only a brawl, there’s additionally the possibility each males have somebody come out to assist them on this combat with Samoa Joe on Triple H’s aspect and Finn Balor rescuing Rollins from a 2-on-1 assault.
Assuming that occurs, Balor and Rollins would be the two featured gamers persons are speaking about, with Balor’s return probably outweighing Rollins’ victory.
Going into this match as america champion is a extreme hindrance to Chris Jericho, as he’s anticipated to take day off following WrestleMania so he can go on tour with Fozzy. Due to that, it solely is smart for Owens to return out with the win so he can take the title off Jericho’s arms and Raw received’t be lacking each the US title and the common title (because the latter shall be on a part-timer who received’t present up till August)
Each Owens and Jericho are going to shine right here in their very own methods, after all, however ultimately, solely one of many two former greatest pals can have his hand raised.
One thing fascinating to pay attention to, although, is that there’s completely nothing stopping WWE from swerving us by having Jericho retain the title solely to be pressured to defend it towards both Owens once more or another person the next night time on Raw and even at Payback just a few weeks later, allowing his schedule permits for him to work these nights. That might really be when he drops the title quite than right here, which might then open him as much as being the winner to serve Owens his comeuppance at Mania.