WWE Wrestlemania 30: Contests Destined to Fall Short of Expectations

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Triple H attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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WrestleMania is the one event on the WWE calendar that can turn anyone into a superstar. No matter how big or small the match might seem, a great performance can make a legend overnight. 

The stars looking to shine on the WrestleMania 30 stage don't have much to worry about, since the top matches involve well-established wrestlers, though that doesn't mean their matches should be held to a higher or lower standard than any other card. 

Unfortunately expectations sometimes inevitably lead to disappointment. While the card is solid overall, these are the matches that have bust written all over them. 


WWE Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. Triple H/Daniel Bryan winner

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Given the lukewarm, at best, crowd reactions to Randy Orton and Batista, it's hard to say if there are any expectations for this match. 

There is something about the WWE Championship at WrestleMania that can bring out the love in fans. You have to dig deep to find it, but it's somewhere in there, especially if the match includes Daniel Bryan. 

Considering that Randy Orton and Batista are both playing the heel roles, though doing so to various degrees, adding a third heel in Triple H to the match wouldn't make sense, unless the fans hate Orton and Batista so much that they blindly cheer for the legend. 

Triple-threat championship matches at WrestleMania rarely work. The last one was five years ago when John Cena defeated Edge and Big Show to win the World Heavyweight Title. No one remembers that match because there was nothing to it. 

All three guys in the match are going to work really hard to sell it, but if the chemistry just isn't there, it's not going to be as effective as it needs to be. 


John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images
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John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt is the match on the card I most want to be great, because Wyatt would go from budding star with tremendous potential to a main-event caliber performer in WWE. 

However, expectations should be kept in check for two reasons. One, with the match no better than fourth on the card, how much time is WWE going to give it? Since Cena is involved, it will get decent time, but is 10-12 minutes really good enough to tell the story of this rivalry?

The second reason to keep expectations in check is precedent. WWE has tried in the past to elevate new stars by putting them in a match against an established star at WrestleMania, only to have the bout end up disappointing. 

A perfect example is Triple H vs. Sheamus at WrestleMania 26. Sheamus was still on the rise and had a solid 12-minute match with Triple H, but it didn't do anything to help his standing in the company. 

Everyone knows Cena is going to be protected in this match. Wyatt has to come off like a real threat in order for this feud to be worth anything. WWE's track record isn't very strong in a case like this. 


Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

WWE is playing to the old-school crowd by throwing Andre the Giant's name in front of Battle Royal. It's understandable because of how popular he was and remains, and it is a nice throwback to the original WrestleMania when Andre slammed Big John Studd. 

It's just too bad that WWE Battle Royal matches are always a mess, with the exception of the Royal Rumble. But the Rumble succeeds because it's treated like a big deal, with time intervals between entrances and the built-in story of a winner getting a championship match. 

Every other Battle Royal fails because the participants all start in the ring with bodies flying everywhere, so by the time you figure out who's who, they are being thrown over the top rope. 

On top of that, this match is nothing more than an excuse to get wrestlers who had nothing else to do on the card. It's a nice sentiment and something they will remember for a long time, but it doesn't do much to help the quality of the match. 


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