WrestleMania 30: Best Ways to Build Established Matches
We're heading down the final part of the path to WrestleMania XXX, and the WWE still has plenty to do to ensure the top matches—if not all of them—will be a success.
Each match is in need of its own individual buildup to confirm it can be determined a success and a valuable addition to the show.
Whether that be more promo work or more in-ring action to supplement the match, there is plenty that can be done.
With that in mind, we've come up with the best ways to keep the established matches going on the road to WrestleMania XXX in order to avoid veering off into disaster.
Let's take a look at the best ways to build the established matches at WrestleMania.
Provide the Fans with Clarity
The first one is a pretty obvious one, but it is a point that needs saying. For a match to be a success—and to have several weeks of excitement around it—the fans needs clarity as to who will be fighting whom.
Take the Divas division, for example. There seems to be a distinct lack of clarity as to who AJ Lee's rightful challenger will be at WrestleMania. The past week has been confusing enough in that instance. On Raw, Lee and Tamina Snuka took on The Bella Twins, with Nikki holding the title aloft following the match.
Then on Main Event, Lee fought Natalya for the championship. It is pretty clear that AJ Lee is way ahead of the rest when it comes to being a credible champion, but the WWE needs to make a rightful challenger emerge from the pack.
The fans need it. If they are to buy into a Divas match at WrestleMania, we need a couple of weeks of back and forth, at least.
Otherwise, it will simply look like a match thrown together at the last minute. For WrestleMania XXX, that is simply not good enough.
Allies and Enemies, Get Them Involved
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt is going to be a pretty interesting match at WrestleMania—of that there can be no denying.
Will Cena once again triumph against the odds? Or will he put Wyatt over and confirm him as a true star of the WWE? That is an interesting subplot to begin with, but unfortunately, people will still have reservations over a John Cena match.
There are some out there that just do not like Cena, for whatever reason that may be. That is why it could be pretty smart having him align with Hulk Hogan.
When it comes to WrestleMania, they don't come much bigger than Hogan. Using him as an ally of John Cena's to even up the numbers somewhat is a smart move—and it doesn't just have to be limited to Cena vs. Wyatt.
Plenty of other matches could benefit from outside interference, be it friends or enemies. It merely creates another interesting twist to a match that could be considered as established.
Also, it would keep the intrigue very high indeed heading into 'Mania.
Keep Us Guessing with The Shield
Will they or won't they? One of the biggest stories in the WWE at the minute concerns the members of The Shield and whether or not the stable is set to implode.
Many believed it would have happened long before now—especially given what happened at the Royal Rumble. However, the company has done the right thing in teasing us several times, as it keeps us all guessing.
The Shield is the rare example in the WrestleMania card that goes against the first slide. We don't need clarity when it comes to Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins—we need to keep guessing.
If they do have a match as a united group at WrestleMania, keep teasing us as to whether the split will happen. Maybe they will enter the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, and Reigns can remind his compatriots of his exploits at the Royal Rumble.
They have been one of the best things to happen to the WWE in recent years. Keep the intrigue and guessing going, and they will carry on their path to stardom.
Keep the Action at a Maximum
Naturally, this only applies to some people. More specifically, the main event of Randy Orton vs. Batista.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find many clips of Batista in the ring since he returned to the company. Thankfully, that has started to change, and The Animal is now competing on a weekly basis.
For his storyline with Randy Orton to develop—especially considering they are both heels now—we need to see constant action between the two.
Otherwise, how are we supposed to get a feel for the rivalry and begin to believe it could work? You could suggest that John Cena and Bray Wyatt are in a similar boat—Cena going at it with Luke Harper on Raw this week was another good move from the company.
After all, the industry is all about wrestling, so that's what we need plenty of heading toward WrestleMania.
Talk, Talk, Talk
The other vital component of professional wrestling—alongside the action in the ring—is the promo work.
You could argue it is even more important than what goes on inside the ring in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, as it sets the foundation for what will happen in the ring.
Again, Batista and Randy Orton are falling desperately flat in this area, too. It will understandably be difficult for the two to cut worthwhile promos on each other, given how they are both heels.
However, that doesn't mean they shouldn't try. We need to see as much promo work as possible to supplement what goes on in the ring.
Just ask Paul Heyman. His promo on The Undertaker during Raw this past week was magnificent, a true reminder as to why he is one of the best in the business when it comes to talking. Daniel Bryan also had a strong week, delivering a great promo to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Don't underestimate the art of talking when it comes to professional wrestling. In fact, it might just be the most important way to push a WrestleMania match to the limit.