With WrestleMania XVIII less than a week away, the hype for the event is growing exponentially.
Fans are excited to see John Cena go one on one with the great one, The Rock. Chris Jericho and CM Punk battle for the title of "best in the world." Triple H and the Undertaker provide a stellar match to represent the "end of an era."
All of these matches have the potential to go down in the history book the best of all time.
While the main event-caliber matches receive all of the publicity, the mid-card matches will also bring entertainment value to the show. Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus, two of the most important wrestlers for the WWE's future, square off for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The 12-man tag team match between Team Johnny and Team Teddy has a number of athletes who will provide plenty of high-flying excitement, while also deciding who controls both the Raw and Smackdown brands.
Randy Orton and Kane are two of the most established stars in the WWE and will almost certainly provide an extremely physical match. Even the Divas match has entertainment value with Maria Menounos, the host of Extra, adding media exposure by joining with Kelly Kelly to face Beth Pheonix and Eve Torres.
All of the matches on the WrestleMania 28 card provide entertainment value, as well as serving a purpose. Except for one.
The Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes match is the worst on the card.
Whereas the rest of the card serves a purpose from the main event to the divas match, Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes brings absolutely nothing to the table. Unfortunately for Cody Rhodes, it's not his fault. The Big Show is the one who is ruining this match.
Rhodes is a solid in-ring performer. He does well on the mic, is one of the important wrestlers for WWE's future success and he's holding the Intercontinental Championship.
Big Show, unfortunately, is none of these things. Due to his size and age, he is terrible in the ring, his work on the mic is borderline atrocious and he is on the downside of his career.
I understand that Big Show is a company man, but isn't his spot on the card a misallocation of resources?
Due to the popularity of the wrestlers involved in the main event matches, WrestleMania XVIII is sure to be one of the most viewed WrestleManias in some time. Because of this popularity, WrestleMania is the perfect opportunity for WWE to introduce some of the younger talent to a much larger audience.
Introducing the younger talent allows them to begin a slow build to main event status, accumulating fans through the process, rather than forcing a drastic push on them when an older superstar is injured or retires.
This is not to say that the WWE completely botched this concept in regards to the WrestleMania XVIII card. Shaemus vs. Daniel Bryan represents exactly what the WWE should be doing: including two younger superstars on the card who will presumably be the face of the company in the not to distant future.
However, Vince McMahon and the rest of the WWE are wasting a perfect opportunity to spotlight another younger superstar in the Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show match. Instead of having Dolph Ziggler, Zach Ryder or even Kofi Kingston participate in the 12-man tag team match, where their spots will be limited, both the superstar and WWE as a whole would be better off with them in the spotlight against Cody Rhodes.
The opportunities are much too great to waste a spot in a title match on an established, but essentially washed-up Big Show.
WrestleMania XVIII is going to be the preeminent wrestling event of the year for the WWE, and the card is one of the strongest in years from the main event down to the mid-card. Seven of the eight matches should be extremely entertaining—the eighth being the Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship.
By refusing to push one of the younger superstars, the WWE has relegated the match to the worst on the card—an exhibition on Cody Rhodes' ability to work circles around the Big Show.