WWE WrestleMania XXX: Creating a Card

Anthony RizzutiSenior Analyst IIIApril 10, 2013

WWE WrestleMania XXX: Creating a Card

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    With WrestleMania XXIX now behind us, the very preliminary road to WWE's WrestleMania XXX will now begin.

    So how will the card look next year?

    Who will go one-on-one with The Great One?

    Which talent will get a shot to break Undertaker's illustrious streak?

    And who will be next year's Fandango and break out?

    So as you're humming Fandango's theme "ChaChaLaLa" just by the mere mention of his name, here is how I would book next year's WrestleMania.

WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. CM Punk

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    There are often numerous complaints of the company's reliance on part-timers such as The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H and Brock Lesnar. So perhaps we can fix that.

    With this potential WrestleMania XXX card containing the likes of those aforementioned stars, how much of a statement would be made if two year-round workers, John Cena and CM Punk, closed out the 30th anniversary of the industry's greatest spectacle?

    For one, we know Cena and Punk have stellar in-ring chemistry. They've put on at least two five-star caliber matches over the past few years, most recently on Raw back in March. 

    Secondly, this booking would be a considerable investment for the state of the WWE at that time as well as for its future.

    Again, having two full-time superstars main event over Rock, Taker, Lesnar and Triple H should magnify the importance of this matchup. The overall feel of booking Cena and Punk together would also elevate what has been one of the better rivalries in recent memory.

    The build for such a match shouldn't be that difficult. Chances are, Cena will hold onto the WWE Championship for a lengthy time period. If so, Punk, having held the strap for 434 consecutive days, would serve as a worthy adversary. 

    Perhaps Punk can pull of a Royal Rumble victory, which would assure his spot in the bout and add another accolade to his career resume. 

    With their storyline and in-ring history, we know that the captain of the Fruity Pebbles troop and the Straight Edge Messiah can produce a match worthy of ending the show.

The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar

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    Although it's been floating around the rumor mill for quite some time, a Rock-Brock match has all the appeal WWE officials should be looking for. 

    The commercial, television and social-media buzz alone would build this bout up as one of the most anticipated in history. When you add in the iconic personas of Rock and Lesnar in the WWE world, you'll have a big-time cash cow on the WrestleMania card.

    Of course, this would all have to emerge out of a run-in from Lesnar. Rock can make his return off of his recent injury, only to be flattened out by Brock and his F-5. This could occur anywhere between SummerSlam and Royal Rumble.

    Regardless, a rematch between two of the biggest WWE legends in their physical primes (in terms of physique) should be a dream for many fans. 

Undertaker vs. Kane (Career vs. Career)

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    Despite having seen this pairing multiple times on a WrestleMania card, an Undertaker vs. Kane match should certainly deliver if booked nicely. 

    The feud could have its ignition point very soon as a matter of fact. From the looks Monday's Raw, it seems as though Taker, Kane and Daniel Bryan will most likely be taking on The Shield at Extreme Rules. 

    Having Kane turn on his brother there would accomplish a number of important storyline plots. For one, it'll give The Shield a justifiable win, keeping them hot while chalking up yet another huge victory. Second, it would, of course, set the stage for this potential 'Mania bout. 

    And third, and perhaps more importantly, the angle could save Kane from the silly frilly character he's taken on. 

    Trust me, I enjoyed Team Hell No as much as the next guy. But quite frankly, it may be time to leave the tag team division in another duo's hands and give Kane a monster heel push he should have maintained upon his return.

    And just to spice up the scenario from its previous bookings, this match would put both men's career on the line.

    So will Undertaker fend off his brother, or will Kane bury him and his storied streak?

Triple H vs. Dean Ambrose

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    Upon finishing his Florida Championship Wrestling match with Dean Ambrose at the height of his WWE Title reign, CM Punk grabbed the mic and commended the young talent.

    "Dean, I expect you to have those same set of nuts in five years when you come down here and you fight someone that you think is worth it."

    As he stated, Punk worked an FCW show because he though Ambrose was "worth it." Given his fundamental backstage role, I'm sure Triple H would also believe Ambrose is worth it. 

    I see this as another version of Triple H vs. Sheamus, but a lot bigger. The Game knows what's good for business and he certainly knows that Ambrose is a megastar in the waiting.

    Win or lose, probably lose, the rub alone from facing The King of Kings would elevate Dean's career.

    This feud could bring us great intrigue and incredible promo work, ultimately culminating into a solid match at 'Mania.  

World Heavyweight Championship: Ryback (c) vs. Daniel Bryan

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    Ryback's recent turn has opened up a plethora of creative avenues for the company. Now that the roster has a legitimate heel force outside of Punk, Big Show and Mark Henry, many fresh feuds should be able to take place.

    One, down the line, could be your traditional "David vs. Goliath" angle including Daniel Bryan.

Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett

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    Wade Barrett has to be pushed at some point. He has the capability to take on a main-event heel role and should be moved up from the frustrating midcard work he's been stuck in. 

    Throwing him in a feud with Sheamus could be a start. Sheamus, as the company's second or third top babyface, is a nice matchup for Wade. 

    If the fans see that Barrett is taking on guys that matter, then his role with the WWE will continue to warrant top-of-the-card status.

Chris Jericho vs. Damien Sandow

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    Can you imagine the promo work between these two? That alone should warrant some type of feud between Chris Jericho and Damien Sandow. 

    Ultimately, Sandow's character is one the company should invest in. He's different, he's brilliant and he's entertaining. 

    Pitting "The Intellectual Savior of the Masses" against the wise-cracking crudeness that is Y2J should further along his development.

Intercontinental & United States Championships: Double Ladder Match

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    According to numerous reports, the WWE nixed the idea of booking a double ladder match at WrestleMania 29. The match would have had both the Intercontinental and United States championships up for grabs. 

    By the looks of the overall time management of the show, it looks like creative made the right decision. But how about holding it for next year?

    I don't want to clump superstars together in one match. But as we've seen in the past few years, a lot of deserving talent has sat on the sidelines during the industry's biggest show. This could be a quick solution to that unfortunate truth. 

    Above all, this would be a match where Seth Rollins makes a name for himself. Just as Edge and Jeff Hardy did in these ladder match spots, Rollins needs only one big-time maneuver to launch his career.

    Otherwise, here's an exciting booking with a handful of top wrestlers.

Pre-Show: Tag Team Championship: Four Corners Tag

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    The tag division looks to be on the ups of late. So let's keep that going with a fun pre-show match including three of the better teams in the company.

    Personally, I believe The Primetime Players could be utilized more. Just watch any video on WWE's YouTube channel starring the two and you'll understand. 

    In addition to O'Neil and Young, the match would involve Tons of Funk, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara and a fantasy pairing in Kofi Kingston and Tyson Kidd. Think of Kidd as the new Evan Bourne, minus the substance abuse.

    By admission, this isn't the prettiest tag team match in WWE history. But all six talents do warrant some consideration. 

Notables Left off Card

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    Stone Cold Steve Austin: Almost everyone is pushing for a Punk-Austin match at next year's WrestleMania. But until we hear otherwise, I'll keep it realistic and hold him off the card for health reasons.

    Shawn Michaels: Many fans may also be hoping for HBK to hit the ring in a 'Mania match, perhaps against Triple H. The WWE, however, does take the retirement career stipulations seriously. Michaels was retired, off course, by Undertaker three years ago

    Cody Rhodes: Another tough break here for Cody. As of now, he's just a complement to Sandow's gimmick.

    Mark Henry: Odds are, time's up for the "World's Strongest Man" come April 2014. 

    Big E Langston: Ziggler's minion might have a tough go at making the card as a singles wrestler with all the other talent at hand. 

    Christian: Where is this guy?

Complete Card

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    *Matches in descending order

    (8) WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. CM Punk

    (7) The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar

    (6) Undertaker vs. Kane (Career vs. Career)

    (5) World Heavyweight Championship: Ryback (c) vs. Daniel Bryan

    (4) Triple H vs. Dean Ambrose

    (3) Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett

    (2) Intercontinental & United States Championships: Double Ladder Match

    (1) Chris Jericho vs. Damien Sandow

    Pre-Show: Tag Team Championships: Four Corners Tag