WWE Raw: 10 Things That Need to Happen on the WrestleMania 28 Go-Home Show
It's hard to believe, but we're just over a week away from the most highly anticipated sports entertainment event of all time.
WrestleMania 28 is sure to smash all box office records for the WWE and has a top-heavy card sure to draw in even the most casual pro-wrestling fan.
The build for all eight scheduled matches has now taken place, and we have just two more hours of premier WWE programming to really bring to a head all of the feuds set to be resolved next Sunday in Miami.
The following slideshow will examine exactly what needs to happen on Monday's Raw go-home show in order to truly make WrestleMania 28 the granddaddy of them all.
10. Maria Menounos Needs to Make an Appearance
Being from the UK, I don't actually know who Maria Menounos is, if I'm completely honest.
Even if I did though, I don't think I would be that much more excited about the forthcoming Divas tag-team match.
Beth Phoenix is being wasted in this match, and the only way, really, to redeem the bathroom-break segment would be to have an impromptu smackdown-laying courtesy of Kharma.
Celebs always go over at 'Mania, and this year will be no different, so a potential Awesome Kong interference could help make this happen without making the Glamazon look too weak.
Anyway, as this match was apparently announced on "Extra", the WWE would do well to actually build the feud on Monday night, as so far K2 and Eve complaining about each other just hasn't really done it for me.
9. Kane Needs to Lay out Randy Orton
Standard procedure of any Cena/Orton vs. a monster/unstoppable obstacle has now become pretty standard.
We saw it last year with Punk and Orton and expect much of the same this year from the Big Red Machine.
The Viper WILL go over next Sunday, so logical WWE booking says Kane has to have the upper hand going into WrestleMania, making Orton's victory that much more "unlikely" (and I mean that in the lightest possible sense).
8. Cody Rhodes Needs to Torment Big Show from Afar
Next Sunday, there are only two ways the Intercontinental Championship match can go;
a) Rhodes gets his comeuppance and Big Show wins clean
b) Rhodes wins dirty
Whilst I personally would prefer Rhodes to retain the title (and hopefully go on to break HTM's record), I don't see any way for the former Dashing One to come out on top when this feud finally ends.
As a result of this, I would expect Rhodes to avoid being anywhere near Show now until their scheduled match in Miami, yet still find ways to defame and mock the 500lb giant in the meantime.
Classic WWE booking suggests if Rhodes goes into the event with momentum, he leaves empty handed, so don't be surprised to see a new mid-card champion crowned at WrestleMania Cody continues to dominate this week on Raw.
7. D-Bry and Sheamus Actually Need to Do Something
The main event that time forgot.
Last year's dark match for the United States Championship is this year (technically), a "main event" at WrestleMania 28.
I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I am with the build (or lack thereof) of this feud, and to be perfectly honest, could live without it on the card as of right now.
Daniel Bryan is great as a heel champion, and Sheamus is surprisingly over as a face, but his rivalry just hasn't gotten off the ground.
I genuinely do not know who wins this one, but if I was a betting man, I'd go with Sheamus.
With shows in Dublin on the horizon and the very likely scenario that Christian will soon be the No. 1 contender, a victory for the Great White seems the most logical outcome next Sunday.
Anyway, I don't care if they get Sheamus to beat Bryan down while dressed as a steak, something significant needs to happen asap in this feud in order to really make the outcome have any meaning whatsoever.
6. HBK Needs to Promise to Call It Down the Middle
Where's the fun in the special guest referee of this match predicting who's going to win?
I'm really looking forward to this match, but I can't shake the feeling that we've heard all three men say exactly the same thing for the past few weeks.
It will be an epic match. No doubt.
And we all know Shawn Michaels will have some influence on the outcome.
So why not just have him say he'll be an unbiased official, and then, in the dying seconds of the match, screw either competitor?
Admittedly, whatever HBK says on Monday will probably be some kind of curveball for the match itself, but I would be far more excited if I genuinely had no idea which way Mr. WrestleMania would sway.
5. Jericho Needs to Cut Punk Even Deeper
You know it's personal when an alcoholic Dad and a drug-abusing sister get thrown in the mix of a feud, and this week, Y2J has to go one better.
Jericho and Punk shouldn't be near one another now until April 1st, so more long-distance torment is definitely the way to go.
Attacking Punk's mom would probably be the most natural progression next, but even better, may be to host a highlight reel of Punk's former flames (Beth Phoenix included).
This could seemingly break kayfabe and really push the Straight Edge Superstar to the brink, if Jericho were to suggest that the WWE Champion's problems with addiction reflected on his relationship choices. Ouchy!
Anyway, this has been by far and away my favourite feud build to date, so more from the man in the light-up jacket please!
4. The Final Members of Team Teddy and Johnny Need to Be Announced
There has been a lot of speculation as to who will fill the final two slots in the 12-man tag-team match for control of the Raw and SmackDown brands.
The names of Miz, Evan Bourne, Brodus Clay and Drew McIntyre have been heavily speculated, amongst others, but here is how I see it going:
Mr. Excitement unveils his final team member as Albertoooooooooo Del Rioooooooooo (Ricardo voice), who then cuts a promo to say basically how amazing he is whilst calling everyone dogs in Spanish.
Rey Mysterio interrupts and includes himself in Team Teddy, whilst swearing revenge on ADR.
I fully expect a successful scheduled return for Rey Rey in Miami, and I sincerely hope both he and Del Rio can avoid clean defeat in the tag match in order to build both men strongly for an eventual showdown at SummerSlam.
3. Cena and The Rock Need to Get Serious
I love The Rock.
His funny promos are the best, and to be perfectly honest, I will never tire of hearing the man smack talk.
The Rock vs. Cena is probably the greatest pro-wrestling spectacle of all time though, and it's time these two really got intense.
No laughing and joking around, The Rock and Cena need to lay all their cards on the table and really go to town on selling the hatred both men clearly have for one another.
2. Miz Needs to Make His Presence Felt
By now, we've all heard the rumours.
There are apparently big plans for the Miz next Sunday, despite him not being booked for a match on the card.
The Awesome One's jobbing streak is apparently a work, and it's now time for the former Real World star to re-position himself within the top echelons of the company.
This Monday, Miz need to whine, moan, complain, whinge, bawl...whatever he has to do to really emphasise his lack of involvement at the event.
1. The Rock and/or Cena Need to Bury Miz
The Miz needs to come across as desperate this coming Monday.
With no scheduled match at the moment, he will already be on tender hooks, and so, one final exclamation point to end the show should really set the wheels in motion for potential Miz involvement in the Once in a Lifetime match on April 1st.
By The Rock/Cena laying out Miz at the close of Raw, we could see the former WWE Champion snap, giving him real motive to interfere in next Sunday's main event.
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