WrestleMania XXX will be a very generously booked showcase with a card that is slated for four hours. In order to get the most out of the crowd, especially during the main event, match order will be crucial.
The pre-show slot is usually reserved for the least important match on the card. Unfortunately, the WWE Tag Team Championship match is a candidate.
A once-hot tag team division has once again taken a backseat. There has been little to no build or any compelling feud for the tag titles leading to WrestleMania.
After lazily announcing a Fatal 4-Way match for the tag team titles, this match should be considered an early favorite to be on the pre-show. Best-case scenario, WrestleMania opens with the tag team title match.
The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is another strong candidate to be relegated to the pre-show. But given the attention this feud has gotten on weekly WWE programming, it should just qualify to appear on the main card, most likely as the curtain jerker.
The recently announced six-man tag team match pitting The Shield against Kane and The New Age Outlaws should also be booked early in the show.
This match will feature a main event entity in The Shield. Appearing early will put the participants in a better position to take advantage of the crowd's energy, which will still be very high during the first hour or so.
John Cena and Bray Wyatt should be the first of the three main matches to go on. As big a star as Cena is, he is still in an upper midcard position against Wyatt. With no Daniel Bryan to "yes" them into fatigue, crowd interaction should not be a problem for these two high-profile stars.
Following Cena-Wyatt, the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational is almost guaranteed to take the dreaded "popcorn" spot. During the Divas Invitational, fans will have the opportunity to recharge their batteries.
Like the Andre Memorial Battle Royal, several of the announced participants for the Divas Invitational have not been seen or heard from in months.
This leaves an Undertaker match to appear third-to-last for the second consecutive WrestleMania. As poor as the build has been, Brock Lesnar and Undertaker are major stars. The cumulative star power of Lesnar and Undertaker is superseded only by Taker's famed WrestleMania streak, which will be on the line.
With a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line, it is imperative that Triple H and Daniel Bryan are booked just before the main event. Some have suggested Bryan-Triple H go on early in the show, possibly first a la Bret Hart who book-ended WrestleMania X.
This would be a mistake.
Should Bryan go over Triple H as expected, he will come out to a diminished reaction when fans see him for the second time. This will take away from the finish.
Enthusiasm for Bryan's title chase must remain at a high. WWE can accomplish this one of two ways. One way is to exploit Bryan's shoulder injury, with doubt surrounding whether he'll be able to compete in the main event. The other is for his matches to on back-to-back.
The task of defeating Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista in two consecutive matches will make Bryan the ultimate underdog. It is the most fitting fashion for Bryan to capture his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
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