There no doubt, over the years Wrestlemania has really grown in its presentation. From its early beginnings on closed-circuit television to the juggernaut of pay-per-view, Vince McMahon’s vision of a grand spectacular continued to evolve. This year, the showcase of the immortals took the next step in its metamorphosis moving into a brave new world with its fledgling WWE Network. To me, this year has definitely been an interesting experience.
Six years ago, I got the experience of going to Orlando for Wrestlemania 24. It was the experience of a lifetime for sure, I got to see the final match of Ric Flair’s WWE career and listen through his 74 minute long acceptance speech. Even though, The Citrus Bowl less than desirable even with WWE modifications, the energy of the crowd and the spectacle of It all made me and my family want to go back for more.
So I did. I went to Houston the following year and got to experience even more with Wrestlemania Axxess. I met legends and many WWE superstars. Some memories include insulting CM Punk about winning Money in the Bank for a second time, getting to call an match with the legendary Mean Gene and having one-on-one time with Ted DiBiase Jr. All these memories have been implanted in my brain as some of the best of my life thus far. I’ve wanted to go back ever since. But due to money and travel, I haven’t been able to accomplish that goal. However, given the coverage of The Network, maybe I don’t need to anymore. I overall like what WWE has done in covering the grand scope of Wrestlemania week.
From the great pieces on Wrestlemania Today to The Legend of Wrestlemania Roundtable, I think WWE has done a great job getting The Wrestlemania Experience for the home fan. And being able to see the Hall of Fame live as it happens with red carpet coverage was pretty cool as well. Sure, there was a little more sports entertainment shenanigans with skits in between inductions but I still enjoyed the ceremony.
Jake was very visceral in his speech. I loved his truth and passion. Mr. T loves his mama and The Warrior while not that controversial was awesome nonetheless. And the Paul Bearer tribute was awesome between Kane’s stories and The Undertaker appearance.
I have a feeling this is only the beginning as The Network continues to evolve. I think the coverage will only grow more and more over the years and be the end all be all of wrestling fans. But no matter how much they add to the festivities, nothing will compare to the energy of the live crowd. I still remember the intangible electricity that was in the air with Undertaker and Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25
All leads up to Wrestlemania 30. I thought I would give my predictions on tonight’s pay-per-view
Tag Team Titles: I don’t see a title change happening on the preshow, given the fact that the Usos haven’t had it for very long. And you need to establish them before you make the switch. They could do something screwy with the fatal four-way stipulation, but I hope not.
Vickie Guerrero Invitational: (14 Divas In One Match One Pin One Win) I want to bet that a Total Divas castmate will come out of this match with The Butterfly Belt. Narrowing it down to one name is damn near impossible, but I am going to go with Summer Rae as she appears to be the new heel in the division.
Andre The Giant Invitational: I want to go with someone other than Big Show, but I cannot see anyone else coming out with that trophy. It just seems to fit for him and would be a good lifetime achievement award for the World’s Largest Athlete.
Shield versus Kane and the New Age Outlaws: I believe this will be a showcase of The Shield. Seth Rollins will have performance of the night. Mark my words. I think this will play into the Daniel Bryan storyline knocking out the first line of defense for the COO in the fight against Daniel Bryan, but we will see how that goes.
Bray Wyatt versus John Cena: With all the talk of legacies, I really do think this will be Bray Wyatt’s moment to shine. Cena has made numerous mentions of giving young stars opportunities and I think a new star will be made on the grandest stage of them all. The fact that he’s getting a musical performance should tell you volumes on importance to the company.
Undertaker versus Brock Lesnar: While I don’t see the beast incarnate defeating The Streak I see this being one hell of a crazy brawl. These two are going to leave it all out there and it should be a lot of fun to watch. I can’t wait.
Triple H versus Daniel Bryan: I know some people are questioning whether this will be a four-way at the end of the night. I don’t think so. I think this night will establish Daniel Bryan in his spot in the upper echelon of the WWE roster and give him the Wrestlemania moment he so richly deserves.
The three-way for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: We will definitely see Daniel Bryan come out top overcome the odds and stand triumphant at the end of the night over Randy Orton and Batista. But he probably will get one hell of a beat down first. This will make his underdog story all the more important.
Even though, they will probably just go with a rematch between Orton, Batista or even Triple H. I would like to see them do an angle at the end of the night in which Daniel Bryan is celebrating triumphantly. Then all of a sudden the lights go out and Bray Wyatt has beat down the new champion rekindling their old issues setting them up a future title match and elevating them both throughout the night to new main event status.
I have no crystal ball though, so we will have to wait and see tonight what happens. Let the good times roll. Enjoy the pay-per-view tonight. I know I will.