Every year, around the end of March, the wrestling nerds and fans around the world looks forward to WrestleMania. This year the big wrestling event is being held at Arizona on March 28th and yours truly will be watching the event like always as he gets his fill of male soap opera. So, this list will provide 5 reasons as to why you should watch this years WrestleMania. But the list has its “twist” as in that the same 5 reasons to watch it will also be reasons why WrestleMania 26 might suck and not worth watching. Yeah, may not be too original but hey its something. Now, read on after the jump to the reasons why.
5. Hey, that WWE Superstar doesn’t have a match at WrestleMania
Being the big company WWE is, there are a number of superstars that won’t get their WrestleMania shine, which can be a blessing but also a bad thing. Sure we won’t need to suffer a match that features The Great Khali and Slam Master J or comedy wrestlers such as Santino but we are missing out with a lot of other wrestlers such as Zack Ryder (Woo Woo Woo), Yoshi Tatsu, and the last (WW)ECW Champion Ezekiel Jackson. Hopefully there will be some dark match that leads to all the unused wrestler a WM paycheck but hopefully we don’t some stupid backstage segment…I’m especially hoping that we don’t get a WM Khali Kiss Cam. Also, although he may not a wrestler, hopefully we will have Jim Ross commentating for the night with Cole and King. No offense to Matt Striker, but for WrestleMania, it would awesome to hear good ol’ JR on the mic after his hiatus from his Bell’s Palsy attack from last year.
4. Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon, No Holds Barred Match
Early this year, we saw the return of the Hitman, Bret Hart. After twelve long years, we saw Hart and Shawn Michaels bury the hatchet and just when we thought the same was going to happen with Hart and McMahon, Vince pulls a fast one and gets the final laugh. Month later, it’s official, the Hitman will get his revenge against The Boss that screwed him and it’ll be a match where there is no rules. Any fan that remembers the Montreal Screw Job will probably be looking forward to this match and will want to be satisfy with an ending that will do justice to Bret Hart and thus being one reason to watch WrestleMania. There is one thing to consider, Bret Hart hasn’t wrestle for pretty much a decade and one must question, will he even be able to wrestle. McMahon usually have a match and the old bastard will go to the limit to make a match good, especially at the grand stage of them all. As said, how good this match will be is all determined if Bret Hart can step up and hopefully he will or else this time, the fans will get screwed.
3. Money in the Bank Ladder Match has 10 participants
Ever since its debut at WrestleMania 21, the Money in the Bank match is the one match that gets people all pumped up for the PPV as the winner gets a contract to a guarantee World Title shot that they can cash in at any time. Rather it be the first or second match, its always a great way to start Wrestlemania. With a few familiar faces to the match as well as new, it looks like this years Money in the Bank shouldn’t disappoint. Although I have been saying many good things, and trust me, I’m looking forward to Evan Bourne doing his Shooting Star Press off a ladder, but with 10 participants, it might get a bit hectic and hard to focus on one superstar. It used to be 6 superstars at the beginning and then on to 8 superstars, 10 just may be too much. Also, if you have been following wrestling religiously like I have, then you know there is only one clear “Charismatic” wrestler that will win the match. I wonder if they will call him “Captain” Money in the Bank instead of Mr. Money in the Bank. Then again, they might surprise us and have some one else win, in which, it can g either way.
2. The World Title Matches
This year’s two world title matches are big. For the WWE Title, we got the “Animal” Batista defending his title against the face of the WWE, John Cena. What has now become a grudge match for Cena and a chance for Batista to claim the spot as the face of the company, this match will be brutal. For the World Heavyweight Title, it’s the battle between my two man crush (no homo), the Greatest wrestler today, Chris Jericho will defend his title against the Rated R Superstar, Edge. Months ago, these two were Unified Tag champs, and then Edge had an heel injury that almost ended his career. Jericho went on to be successful with Big Show as “JeriShow’ and even claimed his title back at Elimination Chamber PPV. Former partners are now bitter enemies and they will both do everything to be champion as all it takes is either one Code Breaker or one Spear to end the match.
With that said, people are hoping the World Title matches to be better than last years as they were both lackluster and anti-climatic (especially the Orton vs. HHH match). Batista vs. John Cena is one of those fantasy match as we will see two powerful wrestlers go at it, the only problem, well, is how long Batista can last. These two had only one match before at a SummerSlam and it wasn’t long due to Batista. Batista is a lot older than one would think since he did debut late in his age. Hopefully we won’t see many rest holds just to make the match last longer than it should. I personally, and I know others, have high hope for Jericho vs. Edge. The only thing is that we don’t know what to expect. These two hasn’t had a proper match against each other and one wrong move can re-injure Edge as some may say it may have to been too soon for his return. As said earlier, last years world title matches weren’t that great and hopefully this year will change it.
1. Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, Streak vs. Career No DQ, No Count-out Match
If there was one reason to watch WrestleMania 25, it was Undertaker vs. Michaels. The Dead Man and Mr. WrestleMania proved by why they are the top veterans of WWE and their respected brand. These two pulled a wonderful long match that it got people to start believing that the Heart Break Kid might be able to break Taker’s undefeated WM streak. Once again though, the Prince of Darkness proved that the streak cannot be broken. As HBK return from his long break after WM, he shown some obsession that he wants a rematch, that he knows, everyone knows, and even Taker knows, that HBK can break the streak. Michaels obsession has gone far to losing the Tag Titles for DX and to kicking Smackdown GM Teddy Long in the face. It went as far to Michaels being the cause of Taker losing his World Heavyweight Title at Elimination Chamber. Undertaker, raged, gladly accepted the rematch, but under one condition. Shawn Michaels would have to put his twenty plus year career on the line this year in order to face the Dead Man and to defeat his streak. HBK accepts and bows that the streak will be defeat while Undertaker promises the career of the Heart Break Kid will rest in peace.
To be honest, I really didn’t want this match because I thought there was no way to outdo their match from last year but if there is some one that can do it, it be these two. Last year, they proved that age is not a factor when it comes to match as these two mid-forties superstars had really an outstanding match and really folks, please check it out as it won’t disappoint. Although I may be saying this, Undertaker has gone through a lot after last years WrestleMania. He went through surgery to help his hips and knees and at first it helped, but it seems that wrestling, no matter if you believe is real or fake, has taken a toll on the dead man’s body. This match is riding a lot since it needs to live up and beat last years awesome match and also, it has to big as this may be HBK’s last match for a long time.
There you go folks, those are the reasons why WM26 should be watched but also why it sucks. Does this list make you want to see the big event or are ya gonna pass up on it or are you gonna comment and tell me to go watch a real man sport and watch UFC (which I do). Now excuse as I go and eat some Slim Jims while practicing my Macho Man Randy Savage impression.
Image courtesy of WWE’s WrestleMania XXVI site.