WWE WrestleMania 2014: Biggest Booking Mistakes Heading into PPV
As the WWE Universe straps in to endure the wild ride that will be WrestleMania XXX, many proposed storylines will likely reach their peak, while some may be just getting started.
And while certain contests, such as John Cena taking on Bray Wyatt, have a great deal of intrigue behind them, others seem to be falling a bit flat.
And it’s no wonder that that is currently the case.
The company has overdeveloped certain storylines, while completely ignoring others that could have led to blockbuster encounters.
And while some ideas, like the teased split between Cesaro and Jack Swagger seem to have been saved by making the duo legitimate tag team title contenders, others have not been as successful.
Repeating the "Beat the Streak" Storyline over and over Again
Here we all are again, wondering if The Undertaker will continue his legendary streak. Currently sitting at 21-0, the Phenom’s record at WrestleMania is one that cannot be bettered by anyone in pro wrestling history.
It is also a storyline that is repetitive and predictable.
Every single year, some hapless superstar gets thrown to the wolves and draws the task of being the latest victim of the Streak.
This year, it is the physically dominant Brock Lesnar that drew the short straw.
And yes, on paper, Lesnar is far superior in most respects to the 49-year-old Undertaker. And yes, every week on WWE programming, we hear all about how dangerous and intimidating Lesnar is, and how he is unlike anyone that the Undertaker has ever faced before.
But we have heard that same song and dance about every other opponent that the Undertaker has had at WrestleMania, and his streak is still alive.
It is unlikely that fact will change on Sunday.
Turning the Shield Face
Weeks ago, it seemed as if the most dominant faction in professional wrestling were headed for an implosion.
It seemed that their would be no end to the amount of damage the group could do, and no one would be able to stand up to them. Countless people tried and failed to do so, and there seemed no reason to tinker with that dynamic.
But now, everything seems perfect in the land of the Shield, as the group is now firmly committed to the collective goal of destroying Kane and the New Age Outlaws.
And while it seemed for a short time that Roman Reigns was headed for an inevitable face turn, instead we were all treated to the entire group making that change. And while it is nice to cheer for three young and hungry Superstars who seem to be gaining a real following due to their hard work, it is also odd to be wildly cheering a trio that were so viciously hated only a short time ago.
Eventually, we will probably see some type of crack in their foundation again, but in the meantime, let’s all sit back and watch the Shield try to play the heroes.
Having Tamina Defend AJ
Until this week, the company did a good job of effectively ending the partnership between Tamina and Divas champion AJ Lee.
Having AJ scream at her bodyguard that she was the reason she had been losing her matches recently was a good way to begin the breakup. It then continued when it was announced that Tamina would be one of the champion’s opponents in the inaugural Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational.
However, the company quickly destroyed the illusion of dissension when Tamina stood over her former friend and defended her from every other diva on the roster.
It was confusing and unnecessary, and completely obliterated any momentum that possible storyline could have had.
The Overall Lack of Vince McMahon
Well, it's time for WrestleMania, so where is Vince McMahon?
What is the greatest wrestling event of the year without the architect of the initial event?
It has seemed as if his daughter and son-in-law have been shooting off their mouths lately, claiming that WWE is "their" company. At any given moment, you expect to hear the opening strains of Vince's entrance music, but it has yet to happen.
Maybe the presence of Hulk Hogan is supposed to make up for a lack of the boss, but it does little to cushion the blow of a WrestleMania without the man that began it all.
Making Triple H the Focus of Such a High Stakes Storyline
The company has completely dropped the ball in hinging the entire pay-per-view on the shoulders of the 44-year-old former world champion.
If he beats Daniel Bryan, he is placing himself in the Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight title. Should he lose, Bryan receives that spot.
Despite the great deal of heat that Triple H and Stephanie garner week to week, is their “we’re the bosses” storyline getting genuinely annoying?
These two seem to have every show center directly around them and not the unbelievably talented pool of superstars that they employ. Every week, the couple appears in more segments than they rightfully should, and continue to center major storylines around them, normally with things going their way.
And yes, Vince McMahon did the same thing. But even his ego allowed for being defeated once in awhile.