After enough time to collect our thoughts since WWE’s huge WrestleMania 29 concluded, there were clearly a few issues with the show and several things that the company got wrong that hurt its biggest event of the year.
Brock Lesnar should have won, Dolph Ziggler should have cashed in and Randy Orton should have turned heel, and the fact that they didn’t is the reason behind the lack of enthusiasm about this pay-per-view.
All of the following outcomes should have come to fruition Sunday, but the poor booking heading into WrestleMania foreshadowed the lack of drama.
Brock Lesnar Didn’t Win
As much as a Triple H victory fit in with the storyline the WWE built for this match, the booking of Brock Lesnar since his return and the loss Sunday at WrestleMania shows a lack of foresight on the part of the company.
Lesnar is far more important as an on-screen character than Triple H, but the fact that Lesnar has lost again kills the mystique around the MMA champion. Instead of Brock looking like a war machine, he falls to 1-2 in the WWE since returning and his aura is damaged.
Triple H just wanted to look like a hero again.
Lesnar will be fighting the top stars in the company every time he steps into a WWE ring, while Triple H should be relegated to Chris Jericho work by putting young guys over.
The decision to allow Lesnar to lose was wrong.
Dolph Ziggler Didn’t Cash-In
Not only was the entire World Heavyweight Championship scene growing stale, but the fact that Dolph Ziggler continued to wallow in meaningless battles was one of the biggest travesties of WrestleMania.
The Show-Off should have cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase Sunday night, won the championship and given the entire title scene the shot in the arm it has been looking for since Alberto Del Rio won the championship.
Instead, Ziggler loses in his tag team match and Swagger submits to the cross-armbreaker; it looked like a holding pattern for the World title once again.
Ziggler has the skill and the charisma to be the World champion, but without the proper commitment from the WWE—like wasting an ideal cash-in spot like WrestleMania—there are questions about whether he’ll ever make it to the main event.
After cashing in on Raw, though, Ziggler saved the WWE from too much embarrassment.
Randy Orton Didn’t Turn Heel
Randy Orton is a fan favorite and receives massive ovations when he comes to the ring each week, but the WWE failed to capitalize on the opportunity to stun the wrestling world and turn him heel Sunday.
The Shield had been set up for success throughout their time in the WWE, and with all eyes on Big Show betraying his partners, swerving the fans by turning Orton heel instead would have made this match even more incredible.
Orton’s character has been stale for two years, and the WWE should be seriously considering the opportunities that turning Orton heel would present. With a plethora of fresh feuds that would open up, the company missed a great chance at WrestleMania.
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