Although it would have been difficult for anyone to fathom how big WrestleMania would become when it debuted 29 years ago, the 30th edition of the biggest event in professional wrestling will take place on Sunday.
The top of the card is stacked with intriguing matchups that should generate a ton of interest leading up to the show, and WWE fans will have every opportunity to watch WrestleMania XXX through a number of different platforms.
In addition to pay-per-view, the WWE Network offers a brand new alternative, as members of the WWE Universe can witness WrestleMania literally in the palms of their hands through several types of streaming devices.
Here is some further information regarding when and how to watch WrestleMania 30, as well as a closer look at the entire match card that promises to captivate WWE fans across the globe.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans
When: Sunday, April 6 at 7 p.m. ET
WrestleMania Live Stream: WWE Network (subscription required)
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 pitting The Usos against The Real Americans, Los Matadores and Rybaxel. Per WWE.com, that can be seen exclusively on WWE Network.
Breaking Down Most Unpredictable Matches
|Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. ?||WWE World Heavyweight Championship||Triple Threat|
|Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H||N/A||Winner enters world title 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 & 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|
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Few stars in WWE history have made a bigger impact than John Cena, and while he won't be in the main event of WrestleMania XXX, there is no question that he'll play a huge role on Sunday. Cena will take on one of WWE's fastest-rising stars in the form of Bray Wyatt.
Cena has an incredible track record of success on professional wrestling's biggest stage, and that makes him a threat to prevail on Sunday. At the same time, there isn't much for Cena to gain. Conversely, Wyatt has everything to gain since a win over Cena at WrestleMania would almost certainly launch him to the top of the card in short order.
Wyatt and his family have largely gotten the better of Cena during the build toward 'Mania. Wyatt even managed to subdue Cena long enough to dish out the ultimate sign of disrespect by placing a sheep mask on Cena's face:
Cena views Wyatt as a huge threat to the legacy that he has built, but he is unwilling to go down without a fight. Cena has been very vocal on Twitter regarding Wyatt, and he even accused him of being insecure:
Hatred of someone else's accomplishment is glaring sign of insecurity. Respect success and do your best to achieve even more than your rival— John Cena (@JohnCena) March 28, 2014
Even though a Cena victory wouldn't make a ton of sense, he can't be counted out. Perhaps the plan is for Cena to win at WrestleMania only for Wyatt to get revenge at Extreme Rules. With that said, Wyatt would very much be on the fast track to success with a WrestleMania triumph against Cena.
Because of that, the safe bet is that Wyatt will prevail and pick up the biggest victory of his young career.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Who will win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal?
With several important stars lacking a proper storyline heading into WrestleMania, it was announced a few weeks ago that 30 men would take part in the first annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Andre was renowned as the king of the Battle Royal, and there would be a great amount of prestige involved with winning a match that is named after him.
There is a great deal of star power to keep tabs on, as the likes of Big Show, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Big E, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Christian and many others are entered in the bout. Any of those Superstars could potentially come out on top, but one who hasn't even been revealed as an entrant could be considered the favorite.
A few spots are still open, and one of them could conceivably be filled by NXT star Alexander Rusev. He debuted in the Royal Rumble match, and although he hasn't wrestled on WWE programming since, he and his manager Lana have made their presence known.
In fact, Lana has big expectations for her ruthless client:
The Battle Royal should be used as a vehicle to truly get someone over, and there really isn't much need to have an established guy like Big Show or Sheamus come out on top. Giving Rusev the win could really set him up for success, though.
If the Bulgarian Brute is not part of the fray, however, this match could play out in any number of ways.
Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
While it is far from the most talked-about matchup on the WrestleMania XXX card, the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational should create plenty of intrigue. It will be difficult for the Divas to put on a technically sound match with 14 of them in the ring at the same time, but any number of Divas could potentially win the title.
It only takes one pinfall or submission to end the match, which means that the odds are stacked against incumbent champion AJ Lee. There are plenty of potential contenders who could take the strap at WrestleMania, and Naomi seems to be confident in her ability to do so:
At the same time, the Bella Twins, Natalya and Tamina Snuka could all potentially win the title from AJ as well. AJ has managed to hang on to the Divas Championship for the better part of a year, and while she hasn't engaged in many memorable feuds, that is an indictment of the Divas division as a whole rather than herself.
Perhaps WWE feels as though it's time for a change when it comes to the Divas Championship, but AJ has done such a nice job with it that it's easy to imagine her escaping with her reign intact.
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