The WWE has either one heck of a sales job on its hands, or a few tricks up its sleeve. As it stands, the main event at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans will be WWE world heavyweight champion Randy Orton vs. Batista.
With all due respect to both men, that just doesn't feel like the right matchup for WrestleMania.
The Showcase of the Immortals is the biggest spectacle in sports entertainment. It's the one event that casual wrestling fans watch if they only catch one WWE pay-per-view a year.
With the WWE Network launching in a matter of hours, the amount of eyes on the company are as plentiful as has ever been. Is this the time for a less-than-stellar WrestleMania?
The WWE Universe has not been been receptive to Batista, and it seems to be bored with Orton's reign as champion.
That's not the ideal dynamic for the featured match at the biggest event of the year. Because of that, it seems highly unlikely that what we currently see as the main event will actually remain intact.
Don't get me wrong, Batista will be in the match. His inclusion in WrestleMania's main event might have even been part of the contract he signed upon returning to the WWE. Orton is also likely a lock, as it would be highly improbable that he would lose the title between now and WrestleMania.
That means, some way, shape or form, the main event at WrestleMania is going to have to be bolstered by a few big-name inclusions.
At this moment, no name is bigger than Daniel Bryan.
At Elimination Chamber on Sunday, Bryan was again foiled by The Authority, though his obsession with attacking Kane led to the attack that allowed Orton to lurch away with another win.
The WWE refused to give in to a fanbase that is trying to circumvent the way the business has run for decades. Chants for Bryan and CM Punk—the rebellious and charismatic Superstar whose status is unknown—show how badly fans want to write the outcomes of matches and control the title picture in the WWE.
Legend Mick Foley might just be playing good cop for the WWE, but he does capture some very real deflation in the faces of WWE fans at the Target Center on Sunday night:
Up to now, the WWE has stuck to its guns.
Brie Bella, Bryan's real-life fiancee, chimed in with the requisite tweet of "shock and amazement":
That time has to be coming to an end soon, though. Ultimately, Bryan is going to overcome the odds, and that's likely to happen at WrestleMania. Somehow, he has to be placed in the match.
It would appear Bryan could be headed for a feud with Kane, but that would have about as much intrigue as watching paint dry. It's going to be hard to sell WWE Network subscriptions if that's announced as one of the matches at WrestleMania.
Instead, Bryan being added into a Fatal 4-Way match would be much more exciting.
That type of match needs one more competitor, right? Look no further than Brock Lesnar to fit the bill for the main event. A four-man battle for the gold that includes Lesnar, Bryan, Orton and Batista sounds a lot better than what we're looking at right now.
It's been a long, painful road for Bryan fans up to this point, but the hurt is about to come to an end.
At WrestleMania 30, I predict Bryan will win the title he's only had a cup of coffee with over the past year. We'll see how long it takes before the WWE Universe tires of him once he's not the man against the machine any more.
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