WrestleMania 28: Who Will Round out the Rest of the Card and Will It Matter?
The most anticipated time of the pro wrestling year is approaching. That time is WrestleMania. Every year, fans travel from all over the world to see the "Grandest Stage of Them All." This year will certainly be no exception, as Miami will soon be filling up with fans to see WrestleMania 28.
Just the sole fact that it's WrestleMania, it's sure to be a sell-out crowd. However, just like any other form of entertainment, it's all about the bill. If the main event was Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyson Kidd, there is a very minimal chance, if any, of the show being a big success. Luckily, we don't have to worry about a bad main event because this year we have four.
Prior to WrestleMania 27, The Rock, who was a guest host for the event, and John Cena agreed to a match for this year's Super Bowl of wrestling. The hype for this match has gone on for a year now, whether it be Twitter wars, their tag team match at Survivor Series or the mic battle they had on last night's Raw. The WWE fans have been anticipating this match since it was announced and have only gotten more excited.
At last year's event, we saw one of the best matches of the year in Triple H vs. The Undertaker. With it being WrestleMania, most people expected The Deadman to win and keep the streak alive. However, as the match progressed, it seemed like The Game might be able to create history and snap the streak. Once again, The Phenom prevailed and kept his streak well intact.
This year, Taker once again challenged Triple H to what may be The Deadman's last match. At the end of their WrestleMania 27 match, Taker was carried out on a stretcher. Although, like Taker said last week, he and The Game are the last of a dying breed, so it's almost a guarantee that they'll pull out all the stops once again and send Taker out with a bang.
When word got out that Chris Jericho and CM Punk were expected to wrestle at WrestleMania 28, the WWE fans were ready and beyond excited to see a match pitting "Best in the World" vs. "Best in the World." Fans are getting smarter these days and see that Punk and Jericho have very similar in-ring styles and are two of the best mic workers in the history of wrestling. The back-and-forth banter from this past Monday night really added some fuel to the fire. Punk has been getting the best of Jericho on the mic and that may be a sign of WrestleMania 28.
The true main event of the night will be Sheamus vs. World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. This is the true main event because by Royal Rumble rules, which Sheamus won this year, he is guaranteed a main event title shot at WrestleMania. However, these days, the WWE doesn't play by the rules. Unfortunately, this match has gotten very little build other than Bryan running out on a match and Sheamus throwing him back in. However, hype aside, I still believe this will be a great match.
Lately, the WWE has limited the number of matches on pay-per-view, but I don't believe they'll have a four-match card for WrestleMania. Right now, there are a lot of future stars with no WrestleMania matches. Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes has a small feud going on with Big Show, but not many expect it to lead to a WrestleMania payoff.
Dolph Ziggler crept his way to the upper card at the end of 2011, but he's taken a big back seat lately. He's been engaging more in tag team matches with U.S. Champion Jack Swagger, but that hurts both of them. It takes Ziggler out of the main event and brings down the validity of Swagger as the U.S. Champion.
We can almost completely expect to see a Battle Royal of sorts and possibly some sort of Tag Team Turmoil match for the titles. We may even get a Divas battle royal, or just a one-on-one contest between Beth Phoenix and the only real contender in the WWE these days, Tamina Snuka. However, with the lack of interest WWE officials appear to have in the tag team and Divas divisions, a match involving them wouldn't get much time if it even made it to the card.
For the next four weeks, the world is going to be talking about, almost exclusively, the four main events for WrestleMania 28. Any other matches on the card are going to come secondary to the WWE fans, if they get any attention at all. This would be a huge opportunity for the rest of the roster to finally gain some attention. With the already stacked card WrestleMania has, wrestlers are going to need to make the best of their time and get people talking—if they're fortunate enough to get on that card.
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