We're just three days away from The Showcase of the Immortals, WrestleMania. The matches are set, the hype has accumulated, the wrestlers are ready and we fans were ready ever since last year when The Rock and John Cena made their legendary match in Atlanta.
In an event like WrestleMania, it is extremely important to make sure that the crowd is hot for most of the event. For that to happen, the order of the matches becomes extremely pivotal as that can make or break the card.
So which matches should go first? Which should end the show? I'll try and answer those questions here.
Opening Bout: Cody Rhodes(c) vs. The Big Show for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
The WWE should never make the mistake it did last year, opening the show with the World Heavyweight Title match. This year too, with the absence of the Money In The Bank match that normally does a fantastic job of setting the pace of the show, it's going to be difficult to get the crowd pumped up for the rest of the show.
Still, Cody vs Show seems the best bet. Cody is a quick worker, and Big Show is not as slow as most people of his size. So if they can put up a quick 10-12 minute match, it'd be a good start to the show.
Just like last year, Randy Orton gets a grudge match at WrestleMania. Still, we know how great a wrestler he is. And with a veteran like Kane against, this match could be a brutal affair. If given 15 minutes, they could really set the crowd's tone for the night.
The match will do just what it's supposed to do: build up towards those main events.
Match 3: Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny
The usual all-midcarders-get-a-WrestleMania-spot match. A replacement for the MITB match, this may actually be a good, quick paced match, if Mark Henry and The Great Khali have limited work to do.
They've not announced this as an elimination tag match, so it will be a short match.
Be sure to see a big spot from Kofi Kingston, though.
Match 4: Daniel Bryan(c) vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship
The first of the four main events gets match slot number four. Sadly, this is as high up the card as it can go. I expect this match to be quite smooth and fast-paced, considering the contrasting wrestling styles of Sheamus and Bryan. They should also be given at least 15 minutes to put on a WrestleMania quality match.
Match 5: CM Punk(c) vs. Chris Jericho for the WWE Championship
One title match follows the other. A potential show-stealer, this bout has to be given at least 20 minutes, if they are aiming for a five-star match. Again, with two of the best wrestlers ever, they're sure to tell an engaging story in the ring to keep the tempo of the crowd up.
Match 6: Kelly Kelly and Maria Menuonos vs. Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres
After two title matches this will be the ideal cooler match, just to space out the four main events. The crowd will get to catch their breaths after the two high-adrenaline title matches, and get ready for the final matches on the card.
Match 7: Triple H vs. The Undertaker w/Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee in a Hell in a Cell match
This match, with it's stipulation and the wrestlers involved, will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable WrestleMania matches ever. If given 25-plus minutes, this could definitely be top contender for 'Match of the Night'. Still, the second to last position is ideal for this bout.
Main Event: The Rock vs. John Cena
I've heard some rumblings in a few other articles saying that the Taker-HHH match should main event 'Mania. I strongly disagree.
Cena vs. Rock has been built up for almost a year now, and there is no reason why it should not be the main event of WrestleMania 28. This is a match we have never seen before, and we may never seen again. Whereas we've already seen Taker-HHH just last year.
For obvious reasons, this match will be the longest of the night, maybe even hitting the 40-minute mark.
This is the ideal main event, and it should be ending the show, no matter what happens.
I feel this order of the match card would be the best way for the WWE to go about it. The four main-events will get cooled down by the Divas' match. And Cody-Show seems the best bet to open the show.
I'd love to know what you think the match card for 'Mania should be like. So hit the comments section and let me know!
Thanks for reading!