Vince McMahon and WWE have finally realized the importance of anticipation.
Last year, they used WrestleMania 27 to set up for WrestleMania 28. With a year of anticipation for Undertaker vs. Triple H and The Rock vs. John Cena, fans simply can’t contain themselves and are more excited for a wrestling pay-per-view than they have been for years.
Now, they have to continue that trend by using WrestleMania 28 to build towards WrestleMania 29 with the inclusion of these three legends.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
We all want it to happen, and at this point, it just needs to happen. It seems fans want to see this feud more than they want to see Austin wrestle Hulk Hogan.
Of course, the only thing I could possibly be talking about is a showdown between the beer-guzzling Stone Cold and the straight edge superstar CM Punk. It would be the perfect clash of personalities, but more importantly, but the perfect mix of in-ring styles.
Not only are these two of the best mic workers the industry has ever seen, but they are two of the best in-ring performers as well. Punk’s all-around abilities allow him to mesh well with any type of superstar. Austin can still brawl with the best of them, despite his age and obvious limitations.
Austin would need to work with somebody safe, which is why Punk is the perfect man. He would be able to safely carry Austin to a ‘Mania classic next year in what would easily be the most anticipated match ever.
It’s time "The Animal" came back home. Batista was always a larger-than-life superstar. Though he never excelled in the ring or on the mic, the fans still couldn’t help but get behind him because of his immense intensity.
Sometimes, that’s just all a man needs in the world of professional wrestling to truly reel the fans in. WWE could use another powerhouse, and Batista is the right man.
Ever since Lesnar announced his retirement from UFC, many fans, including myself, have spent time wishing that he would come back to WWE. The man was a freak of nature and demolished the WWE during his short stint with the company.
He was simply unlike anything we had ever seen with his athleticism, power and meteoric rise to the top of the company. Many fault Lesnar for leaving after just a couple of short years with the main roster, but after accomplishing everything there is to accomplish, it’s tough to blame him for trying to accomplish other goals outside of wrestling during his prime.
After trying his hand at the NFL and UFC, it’s time Lesnar comes back to WWE to reign supreme. There are plenty of possibilities for dream matches—Undertaker, Rock, Michaels, Triple H, Cena, etc.
Yet we’ve already seen Undertaker and Lesnar put on hellacious matches. We’ve also already seen Rock and Lesnar tear down the house at Nassau Coliseum in New York. Though Michaels, Triple H and Cena would all make for excellent opponents, Batista would be the one powerhouse who could truly threaten Lesnar.
It’s tough to find a perfect fit for Batista if he was to come back, which is why Lesnar is the prime suspect. Considering Lesnar and Batista haven’t been with the company in years, one full year of anticipation would create a phenomenal Goliath vs. Goliath atmosphere for WrestleMania 29.
Austin, Batista and Lesnar need to come back to WWE programming, and now is the perfect time. There’s plenty of potential superstars for them to feud with and build anticipation for over the next 12 months.
WWE have opened the gates for year-long promotion, and they need to take advantage of that and of the fans’ blood-thirsty nature.
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