WrestleMania 30: Superstars Who Will Exceed Expectations
WrestleMania 30 has been attacked relentlessly by the WWE Universe as a disaster waiting to happen.
Ever since the Royal Rumble, nearly each and every decision made seems to be evoking the same thoughts of disappointment and dread.
While WWE has made amends for some things by putting Daniel Bryan in the title picture and fleshing out some of its feuds a bit more, there is still a long way to go to get this to the level it should be at.
Fans are hesitant to think that it will go off without a hitch, and despite how most of the blame is being put on the creative team, the wrestlers are getting some residual heat. But they are innocent until proven guilty, and some of them might actually end up proving those doubters wrong.
Here is a list of a few wrestlers fans should be more optimistic about, as they will exceed our low expectations for the biggest pay-per-view of the year.
It's nearly impossible to defend WWE's decision to book Batista as the focal point of WrestleMania 30.
For all the potential excitement building for Batista's return, it all went south when he won the Royal Rumble.
Suddenly, fans who were pumped up for him to be on the roster again decided that he wasn't just someone that they didn't want to see in one particular match—he was someone they didn't want to see, period.
The WWE Universe has a tendency to exaggerate things from time to time.
Once in a while it's positive, making something out to be the best thing in the world when it may not be, but more often than not it's negative.
If Batista had not won the Royal Rumble and was instead fighting in a different match where the title wasn't involved, there's no way there would be this much of a backlash. The Animal would still be a babyface who would be cheered, because there wouldn't be a reason to boo him and prove a point to WWE's management.
The intense feelings about him being in the title picture have clouded the judgment of many fans, who now think that Batista is the least talented wrestler on the roster.
Sure, he may not be on par with someone like Shawn Michaels, but at one point in time Batista was a top draw in the company for a reason, and he was more than capable of entertaining a wide variety of people.
That will continue at WrestleMania, where he will be able to flourish as a heel, particularly feeding off the most popular person in the company right now: Daniel Bryan.
His in-ring work is going to be similar to what it was before he left, but now that he's slimmed down and healed up, he has more of a chance of being better than his last stint in the company as opposed to worse, as many people are assuming.
This is no longer Batista's WrestleMania, now that WWE has realized its mistake, so for the people who are expecting him to be the anchor weighing down the card, it's time to move on and ease up.
Out of everyone in WWE, there is nobody who is more criticized on a daily basis than John Cena.
The arguments have been so repetitive and gone on for so long that they've essentially become memes in their own right. He does the same old stuff, cuts identical promos, can only do five moves and so on and so forth.
But while a lot of that is true, the odd consequence is that it puts Cena at such a low level of expectation that it's almost impossible for him not to surpass it.
What is the more likely scenario: that you are going to be disappointed when you've built something up in your head as perfect and it shows some flaws, or when you think something is going to be awful and it turns out to not be quite so bad?
That's not saying that Cena is going to tear the roof off the building and give us one of the greatest matches of all time, going down in the history books as a highlight people will remember forever. Instead, it's just a simple and honest perspective, a look at things from a less cynical point of view.
It's hard to find any negative thoughts about this match between Cena and Bray Wyatt that don't revolve around the idea that Cena will be boring and that he'll mess everything up.
So by default, if this is going to be an abysmal match that shouldn't even happen and it turns out to be halfway decent, then Cena's done a better job than everyone thought he would.
WWE's golden boy will do everything in his power to prove people wrong, and considering what the judgment call has been so far, it doesn't look like he'll have that much ground to make up.
In all likelihood, Triple H is going to pull double duty at WrestleMania 30 and play just as big of a role in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match as Daniel Bryan will.
If that happens, he will share the responsibility of making that match worthy of the main event of the biggest pay-per-view in the company's history.
A lot of reality has been peppered into this storyline about doing what's "best for business," and when you boil things down and strip away the fluff, there is still a lot of truth behind it all.
The character of Triple H and the man behind it parallel each other in a lot of ways, which is what makes the angle work so well.
Even though he is clearly guilty of letting his ego get in the way of certain things and finding loopholes to get around looking bad—which he may be doing here as well—he still does that with the mindset that it will help the company.
Mistakes or not, Triple H is going to try to do what he thinks will result in the best return possible.
In that regard, he is not going to phone in his performance during this pay-per-view but rather give it his all.
The booking decisions that come out of it and the way that the outcomes of the matches are scheduled will no doubt be put under a microscope—as they should be, just like any other day.
However, for anyone thinking that Triple H is going to be lazy and depend entirely on other people to do all of the work for him, keep in mind that this is WrestleMania 30 we're talking about.
He stands to lose more by dropping the ball than almost anyone else, as if he is responsible for ruining such a red-hot feud by not holding up his end of the bargain, particularly if the booking is problematic as well, then his leadership capabilities are going to be put into serious question.
Who do you think will end up defying the odds and putting on a better performance than expected?
Do you think anyone will do the opposite and screw things up?
Leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts!
Anthony Mango is the owner-operator of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment as well as the host of its podcast show Smack Talk on YouTube, iTunes and Stitcher. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.