As much excitement as there is for WrestleMania 30 in general, fan interest really lies with a select few matches.
It's fun to watch everyone on the card go all-out because this is the biggest show of the year, but there's only so much that the Divas, for instance, can do with their limited ability in the ring and five minutes to build a match.
That's why we wanted to make sure that fans know and understand exactly why certain matches warrant more love and attention than others. These selections won't be surprises, but pay close attention to see if they live up to their advanced billing.
WWE WrestleMania 30 Card
|WWE Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. Triple H/Daniel Bryan winner|
|Winner Gets WWE Title Shot: Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H|
|Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker|
|John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt|
|Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal|
|Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational|
|The Shield vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws|
|WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs. Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel|
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
All due respect to Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, no match on the WrestleMania card comes close to matching Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H.
There's little doubt that Lesnar and Undertaker are going to put on a fine match, but we know how that one is going to end.
No one knows how Bryan vs. Triple H is going to end, which puts it slightly over Lesnar's quest to break "The Streak." Logic would dictate that Bryan goes over in this match because he's the full-time performer whose star is still on the rise.
But when Triple H gets involved, logic goes out the window. Will his ego let someone who isn't a "WWE guy" beat him on the biggest stage in professional wrestling?
Plus, with the stipulation that the victor of this match goes into the WWE title bout, there's another reason to think Triple H will win. It will add drama and tension to this already stellar rivalry to have Bryan win the title from The Game in a one-on-one match at Extreme Rules.
Whatever WWE is thinking and planning for this contest, it's going to be incredible to watch.
Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker
In many ways, this match is almost four years in the making. After Lesnar lost the UFC heavyweight title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in October 2010 and then shared a look with Undertaker during an interview segment, fans were speculating that something was in the works.
Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012 but was put in a feud with Triple H at last year's WrestleMania. WWE is finally getting around to the Lesnar-Taker rivalry long after it reached peak national interest, but the company has still done a solid job of building the match.
Of course, it's Undertaker at WrestleMania, so it would be hard to screw up the build. Expectations for this match depend on what you want to see. Undertaker is winning, so throw any chance of an upset out the window.
But the kind of match that unfolds may not work for everyone. Based on the way these two work, as well as their limitations in the ring, it's probably going to be similar in style to the Undertaker vs. Triple H match at WrestleMania 27, which was very slow and deliberate with a lot of big, punishing moves.
I thought that match worked brilliantly for the story being told, but it didn't connect with everyone.
Regardless of how the match is viewed after the fact, Lesnar vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania is worth the hefty pay-per-view price tag.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
It's so refreshing to see John Cena in a WrestleMania match that doesn't involve the WWE Championship or The Rock. I don't say that as a knock on him as a wrestler, but there are only so many times you can go to those respective wells before they lose all resonance.
What makes Cena's WrestleMania 30 match even more appealing is that it's coming against a 26-year-old up-and-coming star. WrestleMania was designed to put younger guys in the spotlight against already established stars.
Because this is Cena at WrestleMania, odds are good he's going to win. But this is one instance where that will be OK, as long as Wyatt is given time to prove that he can handle a moment like this with the company's biggest star.
This isn't going to be the best technical wrestling match on the show, and it's unlikely to be an instant classic like the previous matches mentioned can be, but seeing WWE get behind someone as young and talented as Wyatt is exciting.
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