WrestleMania 28: Shawn Michaels' Presence Will Be a Needless Distraction
Shawn Michaels is Mr. WrestleMania, but he has no place on this year's card.
Once the Heartbreak Kid made his appearance in a WWE ring, interjecting himself in the budding feud between Triple H and the Undertaker, it was only a matter of time before he became a part of the company's biggest event.
Sadly, that's not really necessary.
It is a Hell in a Cell match, and these two men deserve to have the spotlight all to themselves, instead of injecting an element into the match that can taint the ending. Since Michaels announced that he would be the referee, there has been speculation that he would cost either man the match for various reasons, and it's needless.
As we saw in the other two contests between these men at WrestleMania, there's no real need to over-think it. Just give them a blank canvas and let them paint the audience a picture. We get two great matches that way, but instead the WWE is upping the ante, cramming more names into a packed card just to sell more tickets and pay-per-views.
It may be a good business practice, but it sets the creative team up for failure. There will be a strong temptation to put Michaels in a position where he can cost the Undertaker or Triple H the match, and if that happens, there will be a massive backlash from the fans.
No one wants a tainted finish to a match that has the potential to be the one everyone is talking about Monday morning. This is the streak we're talking about, not a run-of-the-mill WrestleMania match. It deserves to be treated with respect, not as a sideshow.
All fans want is a clean finish in a structure that has given us so many classic matches in the past. Sadly, we're getting a special guest referee crammed down our throats.
Adding Michaels, who has an ax to grind, is just WWE doing what it does worst—adding more intrigue to a situation that doesn't need it.
Sometimes, less is more, and Vince McMahon has never truly grasped that. He probably never will.
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