While WrestleMania 30 will unquestionably be steeped in tradition, the event is also the start of a new era in professional wrestling as the first pay-per-view to be streamed live on WWE Network.
WWE Network has already started to change the game, but airing the biggest wrestling event of the year on WWE Network will complete the transformation.
With Daniel Bryan having an opportunity to potentially compete for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, The Undertaker defending The Streak and John Cena trying to protect his legacy against Bray Wyatt, this is a stacked card that wrestling fans can't afford to miss.
Here is a complete breakdown of all the ways that the WWE Universe can catch WrestleMania 30 through pay-per-view or the WWE Network live stream.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans
When: Sunday, April 6 at 7 p.m. ET
Watch: PPV or WWE Network (subscription required)
PPV Live Stream
While ordering WrestleMania 30 traditionally through pay-per-view is still an option, WWE Network now provides viewers with myriad options. For $9.99 per month (with a six-month commitment) wrestling fans can get WWE Network and watch hours upon hours of content streaming through a number of different devices. That includes live pay-per-views such as WrestleMania 30. Here are the platforms that currently support WWE Network, according to WWE.com:
Kickoff Live Stream
The pay-per-view will be preceded by a special two-hour pre-show beginning at 5 p.m. ET. According to WWE.com, the first hour will feature panel analysis and interviews. That can be viewed through all of the following platforms:
The second hour beginning at 6 p.m. ET will feature further analysis as well as a special kickoff match. Per WWE.com, that can be seen exclusively on WWE Network.
|Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. ?||WWE World Heavyweight Championship||Triple Threat|
|Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H||N/A||Winner enters World Championship match|
|The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar||N/A||Streak on the line|
|John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt||N/A||N/A|
|The Shield vs. Kane and New Age Outlaws||N/A||Six-Man Tag|
|Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal||N/A||N/A|
|Vickie Guerrero Divas Title Invitational||Divas Championship||N/A|
|The Usos (c) vs. Real Americans vs. Los Matadores vs. Rybaxel||Tag Team Championships||Fatal 4-Way|
Top Matches to Watch
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
Although it won't be the main event, the battle between Daniel Bryan and Triple H may very well be the biggest bout of the evening. That is because the winner will be inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match involving Randy Orton and Batista.
The Bryan vs. Triple H feud began at SummerSlam when Triple H screwed Bryan out of the title and has continued with varying degrees of heat since then. Things have been turned up to a nuclear level in recent weeks, particularly when Triple H handcuffed and savagely attacked Bryan on Raw, as seen in this WWE Instagram photo:
Bryan has earned his moment on the WrestleMania stage, so expect him to be added to the title match. That doesn't necessarily mean a win over Triple H, though. In what would be considered somewhat of a twist, Bryan and Triple H could very easily fight to a no-contest or execute some type of double pin that would then make the main event a Fatal 4-Way.
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. ?
The WWE Universe reacted negatively when Batista won the Royal Rumble and continued to do so after Randy Orton retained the world title at Elimination Chamber. It looked as though an Orton vs. Batista match was set to highlight WrestleMania, but the creative team smartly went in another direction by getting Triple H and Bryan involved in the angle as well.
Regardless of whether Bryan, Triple H or both are thrown into the match, it will be exceedingly more interesting than Orton vs. Batista would have been. Bryan has been selling a storyline injury suffered at the hands of Triple H, although he is determined to be at his best at WrestleMania:
That injury could be viewed as a potential explanation for why Bryan doesn't beat Triple H or win the title, but it's more likely that it will add to the drama of Bryan becoming champion. The best story that can be told is Bryan in the main event against three former members of Evolution in the form of Triple H, Batista and Orton.
Bryan should then be given the rub against three of the biggest stars in the history of WWE, culminating in his WrestleMania moment.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
The Undertaker only makes a handful of appearances per year, but he remains one of the best and most popular Superstars in WWE. Few matches are more anticipated than Taker's defense of his WrestleMania streak. That is true once again this year, with The Phenom looking to stretch it to 22-0 against Brock Lesnar.
Since Lesnar is a part-time performer in his own right, the prevailing thought is that he has no chance of ending the streak. That is despite the fact that WWE has actually produced a new T-shirt alluding to Lesnar's bid:
Taker has gotten the better of Lesnar on several occasions leading up to WrestleMania, and even though Lesnar has looked strong at times in standing up to The Deadman, there hasn't been enough done to make Lesnar look like a true threat.
With that said, hardcore fans are convinced that the streak will remain intact, so there isn't much WWE can do regardless. Even with a predictable ending, this figures to be a Match of the Year candidate featuring two of the hardest-hitting Superstars in WWE today.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
John Cena's WrestleMania match is always of particular interest, and while he won't be in the main event at WrestleMania 30, his bout with Bray Wyatt could be one of the most intriguing of his career. Wyatt has tormented Cena for the past few months and has accused Cena of being fake.
Cena has attempted to combat Wyatt and his Family but has admitted that he fears Wyatt. Even so, Cena intends to use that fear as motivation:
Fear is an emotion, all of us feel it's pain. Cowardice is a decision, know fear, be brave and look it dead in the eye. #nevergiveup— John Cena (@JohnCena) March 18, 2014
That may not be enough for Cena to reign supreme on the big stage, though. There is always a chance that Cena is going to win at WrestleMania, but it is blatantly obvious that a rising star like Wyatt would benefit so much more from going over.
Thanks largely to interference from Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, Wyatt figures to beat one of the biggest stars in WWE history at WrestleMania.
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