Wrestlemania 30 Matches: Bouts That Would Elevate Undercard

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2014

Wrestlemania 30 Matches: Bouts That Would Elevate Undercard

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    WrestleMania is the Showcase of the Immortals and while the marquee matches that take place at the annual event are the ones that traditionally sell the show, some of the greatest matches in the history of the event have taken part in the undercard.

    Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage. Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper. Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels.

    Those are just a few of the matches that stole the show out from underneath their more hyped main event counterparts.

    While the format of WrestleMania has changed over the years with midcard matches being afforded no time to really steal the show as they have in the past, the bouts remain an integral part of the show. They are the matches that set the stage for the main events and get the talented stars that have not been able to breakthrough the glass ceiling to that point on the card.

    With the main event stories and matches beginning to come into focus, attention will soon shift to the undercard and the limited number of matches that there will be enough room for. There are so many talented individuals vying for so few spots for the secondary bouts on this year's card that the construction of every match could be the difference between a 'Mania payday and a seat on the sidelines for the biggest show of the year.

    Which matches would help elevate the undercard and, at the same time, help the most deserving stars onto the show?

    Let's take a look.

Intercontinental Championship Match: Big E vs. Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro

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    One of the better midcard programs in WWE over the last month has incorporated two stories and three very talented stars.

    It all started when Cesaro earned a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match and his partner Jack Swagger did not. The jealousy of Swagger was called into question by commentators Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL and the former heavyweight champion did little to quell the questions, his actions seemingly confirming the broadcasters' suspicions.

    As a consolation prize, Swagger earned a shot at Intercontinental champion Big E at Elimination Chamber. He would lose a very competitive, hard-hitting match and then watch as Cesaro did the same in the night's main event.

    Just 24 hours later, Cesaro challenged Big E but saw his chances at winning the title evaporate when Swagger let his frustration get the best of him and attacked Big E in front of the official, drawing a disqualification win for the champion. 

    Since then, there has been incredible tension between Swagger and Cesaro and for whatever reason, Big E has repeatedly found himself in the middle of the quarrel.

    An Intercontinental title match between the three Superstars would accomplish two things. First, it would get both the champion and the championship on the card, something that did not happen last year when Miz challenged Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental title on the pre-show.

    Second, it would allow for the evolving rivalry between Cesaro and Swagger to take center stage on the biggest show of the year.

    There are clearly big things in store for the Swiss-born Superstar based on his inclusion in the main event of Elimination Chamber and his outstanding match against Sami Zayn at NXT Arrival. What better way to turn him babyface and really propel him up the card than by having him finally ditch Swagger and Zeb Colter at the Showcase of the Immortals and begin his trek to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?

United States Title Match: Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

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    The idea of two triple threat matches for the company's secondary titles may not necessarily be an appealing one but based on the booking that has gone into WWE television to this point, it certainly makes sense.

    The Shield was the most dominant force in World Wrestling Entertainment for the better part of 2013 but the loss of the tag team titles in October, followed by mounting dissension between Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose late in the year and well into 2014 has many expecting a split that would catapult Reigns to the top of the card.

    On the March 7 episode of SmackDown, Reigns and Ambrose called out teammate Seth Rollins, who had walked out on the group on Monday's Raw, costing them a match against the Wyatt Family. After airing their grievances on Friday night, the group appeared to be refocused and reunited.

    But are they really?

    There was still great hesitancy on Ambrose's part to accept what Rollins and Reigns were saying. The loose cannon of the group, there have been many questions surrounding the United States champion's motives in recent months.

    Where did he go during the Elimination Chamber match against the Wyatts? How long will it take for him to betray his partners and go it alone?

    WrestleMania is the biggest show of the year for a reason and one of the biggest matches that could occur on this year's card would be Ambrose putting his rarely defended US title against Reigns and Rollins in a triple threat match.

    Much like the dominant Mega Powers exploded at WrestleMania V, The Shield can have its last stand on the biggest stage possible, allowing the three competitors involved to move on beginning with the biggest Raw of the year the following night. 

Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships

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    Tag team wrestling in WWE has been responsible for some of the most exciting action of the last year.

    Three of the teams most responsible for the rejuvenation of tag wrestling are the Usos, Goldust and Cody Rhodes and the Wyatt Family's Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Another, the New Age Outlaws, made an improbable comeback in January and have been a solid addition to a division that has seen some of its teams split in recent weeks.

    With that in mind, the best way to get all four deserving teams on the card is in a Fatal 4-Way match.

    Time will be limited thanks to the main events and the pomp and circumstances surrounding the show so an elimination style match is out of the question. A fast-paced, chaotic tag bout with the titles on the line and four of the best teams in wrestling clashing at the Showcase of the Immortals is the perfect way to keep the crowd hot and keep them interested in the action.

    A perfect choice for an opening contest.

No. 1 Contender Six-Pack Challenge Match

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    One of the most interesting aspects of this year's show is the number of former WWE or World Heavyweight champions that have no clear direction heading into WrestleMania.

    Sheamus and Christian appear to be on a crash course, but fans have been exposed to that match on several occasions in recent weeks and asking them to sit through the same contest and still be invested in the action is a bit much.

    Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio began what appears to be a nice little feud this past week. Like Sheamus vs. Christian, however, fans have seen the two of them square off too many times to count.

    Big Show and Mark Henry's ring time has been inconsistent at best and neither is involved in anything of consequence right now. Unless you count Henry's status as Brock Lesnar's personal tackling dummy. 

    With so many valuable competitors floating aimlessly across WWE programming, why not bring them together for what the company could easily hype as yet another main event match?

    A Six-Pack Challenge match to determine a number one contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship featuring the Superstars above would limit the number of matches on the card, freeing up some extra time for each match and provide fans with a chance to see six fairly big stars vie for the opportunity to compete for the top prize in wrestling.

    Big Show and Henry could easily be replaced with either Kane or Miz, two other former champions, if necessary.

    Regardless of who rounds out the bout, it would be an excellent way to get the most out of the talent deemed undeserving (for whatever reason) of one of the top spots on the show.