Heading into Monday's go-home edition of RAW there wasn't much that had yet to be decided with regards to WrestleMania XXVIII. There were a couple spots up for grabs in the Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy match, however, with The Miz grabbing the final Team Johnny spot and Booker T being named as the final member of Team Teddy.
It may seem like an insignificant thing, but naming Booker T as Teddy Long's final team member was a fantastic move for several reasons. The 12-man tag match is far from a marquee match on the card, but it has several mid-to-high-level superstars involved, so it has a chance to be a memorable bout.
If there is one thing that almost every wrestling fan loves it's nostalgia, and the addition of Booker T will provide plenty of that. Booker has mixed it up in the ring a bit since his return to announcing last year, most notably in a short feud with Cody Rhodes, but this will be his highest-profile match in quite some time.
There was some talk that Mick Foley might be the sixth member of Team Teddy, and while that would have been cool, Booker is a much better choice. Not only is Booker on SmackDown every week singing the praises of Long, but he can also still go in the ring and is in fantastic shape, unlike Foley.
Having a Hall-of-Fame-caliber competitor like Booker T in the match gives it a big-match feel that it may have otherwise been lacking. It's always fun to see a guy like Booker mix it up with some of the younger talent and there isn't a fan out there who doesn't love seeing a spin-a-roonie from the five-time World Heavyweight Champion.
The biggest impact that Booker being in the match has on WrestleMania, however, is the announcing situation. Most probably assumed that Booker made an appearance on RAW this week in order to prep for calling WrestleMania with Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, but it's obvious that he was only there to save Long from Mark Henry and join his team.
With that in mind, it could open the door for Jim Ross to call WrestleMania along with Cole and King, or to announce at least a few matches. With Cole and Lawler wrestling each other last year, it allowed JR to call their match and also hang around for the duration of the event.
Younger fans may not understand the love for Ross as he is certainly up there in years and isn't as sharp as he once was, but for anybody who was a fan of the product from 1995 onward, Ross is the quintessential wrestling announcer. He has the ability to make each and every match seem like a special one and that is what makes him so invaluable.
My hope is that Booker starts the event as part of a three-man booth before leaving to prepare for his match, this will then allow Ross to join Cole and Lawler and remain with them for the duration of the night. This ensures that Ross will be able to call all of the main-event matches including CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho, The Undertaker vs. Triple H and The Rock vs. John Cena.
Even poor announcing from Cole isn't likely to ruin a stacked card like the one WrestleMania XXVIII offers, but Ross' presence could make it just a little bit better. Regardless of what Vince McMahon's feelings are for Ross, he has to know that the WWE Universe as a whole wants him to announce on wrestling's grandest stage.
Booker T's inclusion in the Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy match opens the door for that to happen, and as wrestling fans we can only hope that it comes to fruition.
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