WrestleMania 2014: Best Ways to Appease Unhappy Fanbase
WWE television has been patchy and inconsistent in recent times, and fans haven't exactly been shy about voicing their disapproval to the company. The (admittedly dull) Randy Orton vs. John Cena at January's Royal Rumble was met with some of the most scathing and contemptuous chants in main event history. Dave Batista's big babyface comeback has also flopped due to terrible crowd reactions, something the company has now even acknowledged on television.
However, going into WrestleMania XXX, the company has a chance to turn things around. There are various things it can do to placate its disgruntled fanbase, so let's have a look at them.
5. Give Antonio Cesaro Something Useful to Do
Antonio Cesaro is undoubtedly one of the brightest stars on the roster. He's a terrific wrestler, has solid promos skills and has a great manager in Zeb Colter. But still, WWE seems reluctant to do anything meaningful with him.
Ideally, the bookers will attempt to change that on April 6 by giving the former Ring of Honor wrestler something important to do. Possibly he could split with Jack Swagger and face him on the show. It would be a decent match, if nothing else.
4. Script Triple H and Stephanie to Finally Pay for Their Heel Antics
On screen, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have been strutting around, talking down to people and making life miserable for the babyfaces for almost a year now. At some point, these two—and director of operations Kane as well—have to pay for their sins.
And where better than at WrestleMania XXX? Perhaps Triple H could lose to Daniel Bryan? Bryan made it clear on Monday's Raw he wanted the match. And what better comeuppance for Triple H than to lose clean to a wrestler he has spent months belittling and sabotaging?
3. Book the Undertaker to Take out Paul Heyman
Former ECW owner Paul Heyman is another villainous personality that fans are itching to see get his just deserts. The conniving manager has spent months insulting and scolding everyone in sight while hiding behind his client Brock Lesnar.
With Lesnar currently scheduled to face off against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, could Heyman find himself on the receiving end of a Tombstone at the event? It would certainly be a highlight of the card.
2. Try to Ensure the Show Airs on the Network with No Problems
Vince McMahon is obviously under a lot of pressure to ensure that WrestleMania XXX streams on the WWE Network without any significant problems. Considering how hugely in demand the event will be, it will be a tough task. It doesn’t help that, as Wrestling Inc. notes, many users of the new network have already encountered server problems with the service and have had trouble watching programming.
However, if WWE’s technical team—and the company’s business partners—can take every precaution possible to ensure nothing goes wrong on April 6, it will surely go a long way to appeasing the fanbase.
1. Allow Bryan to Leave with the Belt
Frequently receiving pops and crowd ovations similar to Steve Austin in his prime, Daniel Bryan is easily the most popular and over act on the roster right now. And how better to guarantee WrestleMania XXX ends with a feel-good moment than by scripting Bryan to leave New Orleans with the prestigious WWE World Heavyweight Championship?
Perhaps the wrestler will get added into the Randy Orton vs. Dave Batista bout at the last minute as some reports from F4Wonline (via Wrestling Inc.) have suggested? It would certainly not be hard to rebook the match, especially because no one is particularly keen to see a singles match for the belt.