WWE WrestleMania 30 Matches: Smart Finishes for Each Match on the Card
It is almost time for WrestleMania XXX, and it means that the drama is set to begin in real style.
There are eight matches on the card—including one on the pre-show—and we are arguably set for one of the most exciting cards in the history of professional wrestling.
There are huge stakes on the line, which will no doubt impact the months—and maybe years—that follow on from the event.
With that in mind, each match needs to be finished in a way that will hopefully set the tone for the following pay-per-view and beyond.
So let's have a go at predicting some smart and exciting finishes for each and every match at WrestleMania XXX. Warning—some of them may be speculative.
Pre-Show: WWE Tag Team Championship Match
With four teams in the match, there is always the potential for chaos and bedlam.
The Usos will no doubt bring a high level of excitement to the match with their high flying brand of wrestling—whilst Los Matadores could hopefully do the same.
The real story in this match though, is The Real Americans. Will they be on the same page, or will their fractions again come to the fore?
It is beginning to look like Cesaro has outgrown Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter—and is ready for a face turn. With that in mind, a smart finish here would see Swagger turning his back on Cesaro to let someone else win.
And the winners should really be The Usos—they are still in their infancy as tag champions, after all.
Divas Championship Invitational
The Divas division has been so appalling over the last few months it's hard to even wonder where a decent finish could come from.
In fact, the match could almost end up being a complete failure—which almost epitomises the division's struggles over the last few months.
You get the feeling AJ Lee's time is fast running out as champion. That means she could well drop the belt at WrestleMania—in a scenario where she does not need to be pinned.
And Lee not being pinned could well be the best finish here—as she will want revenge for dropping the belt in an "unfair" fashion.
The best person to win the championship in that scenario, then? Her bodyguard, Tamina Snuka. It would at least create some sort of storyline moving out of WrestleMania.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Perhaps one of the most interesting matches of the night is this, in terms of how the WWE will let it play out.
There is an obvious storyline there for John Cena to finally be the guy who will succeed where everyone else has failed—and knock off The Wyatt Family.
It is what we usually get from John Cena matches, after all. However, the smartest finish would be to let Bray win.
It would help put him over in a massive way—and it is hardly going to affect Cena in a negative way. It opens the possibility of Cena continuing to fight against Wyatt, which would be no bad thing.
However, the smartest finish of all would be letting Wyatt win clean. It is often the case that Wyatt matches end up with the numbers game taking its toll. Letting Bray win on his own would elevate him to new heights.
The Shield vs. Kane and the New Age Outlaws
You imagine many people will believe the smartest finish to this match would be having The Shield split on the biggest stage of them all.
However, that cannot be allowed to happen. They have only recently turned babyface, and they have plenty of life in them yet.
There can really only be one winner of this match, to be perfectly honest. The Shield have to prevail, because there is little point in Kane and The New Age Outlaws winning.
The smartest way to end this small rivalry would be having The Shield decimate their opponents. The crowd would love to see Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose produce a typically systematic beating—especially now that they are fan favorites.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
How do you predict a smart finish to a match that has 30 men participating in it? Tricky, but there are a few potential avenues to explore.
Naturally the guys who are more equipped to win it should be remaining at the end of the contest. People like Big Show, Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler need to be around at the end to ensure there is no formality regarding who wins it.
But the smartest ending would be having a guy who the crowd have strong feelings for winning it. Dolph Ziggler is being criminally underused by WWE's creative team—it is time that changed at WrestleMania XXX.
Having him dispose of someone like Big Show or Alberto Del Rio to win it would be a timely reminder that Ziggler is back—and ready to surge back up the card.
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
Surely the most anticipated match of the night features the most popular man in the WWE right now. With the momentum and power Daniel Bryan and Triple H have at the moment, there are a million different scenarios you could apply to make the ending special.
However, for this particular match, I'm going to go down somewhat of a fantasy route—inspired by comments made by a WWE legend.
Regular listeners of Stone Cold Steve Austin's podcast will have heard him say that he believes CM Punk is going to return at the event. Now, given the issues Punk and Triple H have had in the past, I would argue it would be one of the biggest moments in WrestleMania history if Punk returned to help Bryan win.
This may not necessarily fall under the category of "smart ending"—maybe it is more optimistic than anything else.
However, it would be simply unbelievable to see it happen.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
It is difficult to know what to write in this particular slide. If we are being brutally honest, there will only be one winner of this match.
Yes, it would be great to see the unthinkable happen and Brock Lesnar triumph—ending the streak in the process.
However, The Undertaker's streak will continue to 22-0 at WrestleMania XXX—there can be little doubt of that. So how do you do it smartly?
Well, how about this. Build the match up in a way that the WWE have done with Taker vs. Michaels and Taker vs. Triple H. So many near-falls—both ways—that the crowd become entranced in the match, and almost forget about the streak.
That way, when Taker finally pins Lesnar for the defining count, it will be at least some sort of a shock.
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. TBD
Apologies for the bluntness here, but there is only one smart ending, and one smart result.
Daniel Bryan wins.
Sure, there could be bit of an argument for Randy Orton to retain his belt in controversial fashion. However, that has almost been done to death over the last eight or nine months—and doing it again at WrestleMania would be a complete waste.
Then there is Batista. Surely him winning the belt cannot be described as "smart", in any way, shape or form. His return to the company has been disastrous. However, there have been suggestions of things getting better since he turned heel—but it is too soon for him.
That only leaves one man. It would be apt if all of those screwjobs and failures culminated in success on the biggest stage of them all.
Make it happen, WWE.