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I don’t normally like to complain about predictability in the WWE, as it seems highly hypocritical given the availability of spoilers and internet dirt sheets these days.
But even without reading ahead to ruin the surprise, the outcome of many of the ‘Mania matches were all too easy to guess—and for one key reason:
By applying common sense, it was possible to predict virtually all of the outcomes of this year’s WrestleMania matches.
Would the WWE have let Chris Jericho go over Fandango having built up the ballroom dancer for weeks beforehand?
Would CM Punk end the Streak when bigger legends like Shawn Michaels and Triple H had failed so recently?
Would the WWE put the World Title on a man who recently received a DUI during the biggest push of his career?
And why would the Rock remain Champion when he has so many movies to film and promote in the coming months?
I could go on, but you get the point. By taking a rational look at these matches, it was easy to see how they would pan out.
No spoilers needed; just common sense.
At least Mark Henry vs. Ryback threw us something of a curveball, while the psychology on show in the Shield’s bout and CM Punk vs. The Undertaker made proceedings somewhat less straightforward.
But for the rest of the evening, the WWE seemed to be simply going though the motions.
When all is said and done, the predictable nature of many of the matches was a huge issue and in my eyes prevented the show from being an absolute classic.