With WrestleMania XXX just over four weeks away, we’ve already been treated to our annual influx of returning part-timers ahead of this year’s Showcase of the Immortals.
Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker are two of the most high-profile returners in question—and the pair now find themselves embroiled in a blockbuster rivalry which has been a number of years in the making.
But how can we expect to see the WWE utilize these two main event megastars in the weeks that remain on the Road to WrestleMania?
WrestlingInc.com reports that Brock Lesnar is not expected to be used for another two weeks, with his only scheduled appearances set for the March 24 show in Brooklyn, N.Y. and March 31 go-home show in Washington, D.C.
Admittedly, The Undertaker is being advertised for every episode of Raw until the Show of Shows, as well as the March 18 taping of SmackDown in his home state of Texas.
But is there really much point in featuring The Deadman so prominently if his WrestleMania opponent is only showing up half of the time?
Sure, it’ll be great to see ‘Taker back on TV, but the WWE shouldn’t rely on this feud’s star power alone to sell the match itself. Given that this landmark pay-per-view will go down as one of the biggest WrestleManias of all time, the company needs to give it everything it’s got to ensure expectations are met and memories are made.
But is the WWE really going to do that with Brock Lesnar featuring so fleetingly?
The two haven’t crossed paths since their table-breaking showdown on the Feb. 24 installment of Raw. And as great as that was, we want to see more!
By the time Lesnar next appears on Monday Night Raw, it’ll have been three weeks since these two last interacted face to face. Since the duo are used so rarely throughout the rest of the year, that’s not the kind of turnout we want to see during WrestleMania season.
This news also suggests that Paul Heyman could be a vital part of this rivalry.
With Lesnar away, his advocate can step in to stoke the flames between the Beast and the Phenom. But as brilliant as Heyman is with his words, there’s only so much build that you can add on the mic.
It’s something that we’ve seen all too much in recent years—particularly during The Rock and John Cena’s programs.
To quote Botchamania, everybody talks too much.
Of course, I’ve been writing as though the alleged schedules are the gospel truth—and admittedly we could yet see deviations from such scripts. But surprises seem unlikely at times like these.
In not advertising their biggest stars, the company runs the risk of failing to capitalise on the drawing power of their star names. Besides, how are they going to secure the ratings if nobody knows who’s going to be there? As much as I enjoy the element of mystery, it doesn’t really make business sense for the WWE at times like these.
So to cut a long story short, I feel it’s rather disappointing that Lesnar and Undertaker won’t likely be meeting again until March 24. You may say that the feud books itself, but that doesn’t excuse the WWE—they can’t get lazy at this stage.
Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania has the potential to be one of the biggest draws that the industry has ever seen. But I truly believe that we need to see a prolonged program featuring regular altercations between the two men.
And not only do we need it, I feel we deserve it.
But who knows, maybe the WWE will prove me wrong. Whatever happens though, here’s to hoping that they’ll book this one correctly and take full advantage of this bout’s huge potential.
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