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Breaking Down Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
No feud in WWE has been more heated in recent weeks than the one between Daniel Bryan and Triple H. Not only will they settle a personal score at WrestleMania XXX, but the winner of their match will be inserted into the main event where they will challenge Randy Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. With so much riding on this contest, it should come as no surprise that it is the most highly anticipated match on the card.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who Will Leave As World Champion?
Since neither Orton nor Batista have received particularly positive fan reactions over the past few months, there is a belief that the winner of the Bryan vs. Triple H match will win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as well. Bryan is the unquestioned favorite on both counts due to the fact that he is the most popular man in wrestling right now, but fans also seem concerned about the notion of Triple H "burying" Bryan since the perception is that he has done so to others in the past.
Triple H even played up to that perception through a video package on the go-home edition of Raw, and that caused paranoia to set in even more than it had previously. With that said, it's difficult to imagine the main event happening without Bryan. That doesn't necessarily mean that Bryan will beat Triple H, though. Both men are so firmly entrenched in the main event storyline right now that it would be logical for both of them to vie for the title. With that in mind, expect some type of no-contest such as a double disqualification at the hands of Orton and Batista, which will then result in a Fatal 4-Way for the titles.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Assuming Bryan and Triple H make it into the main event, the odds will very much be stacked against the leader of the Yes Movement. Triple H, Orton and Batista all have a vendetta against Bryan, and there is reason to believe that they could be in cahoots. Triple H provided some bizarre commentary during the match between Orton and Batista on Raw as he implored them to "unleash The Viper" and "unleash The Animal." That suggested that Triple H wants them to be at their best at WrestleMania, and that could be because the three former Evolution members intend to teach Bryan a lesson.
If that does indeed come to fruition, then Bryan will need some help to vanquish his foes. Enter The Shield, who are now seeking justice in a different way. The Shield are already feuding with The Authority in the form of Kane, so setting up an angle against three-quarters of Evolution would make plenty of sense, and it would make for a great program moving forward.
This was far from the only theory presented on Ring Rust Radio, though. One suggestion involved CM Punk shocking the wrestling world by returning, entering himself into the main event and closing WrestleMania XXX as champion. Another possibility involves Batista stealing the win, which would garner a ton of heel heat and lead to a one-on-one feud against Bryan. Whatever the case, there is little doubt that Bryan and Triple H will help create an exciting and unpredictable environment at WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan's Potential Post-Mania Feud (WrestlingInc.com)
Breaking Down The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Shawn Michaels may own the moniker "Mr. WrestleMania," but with HBK happily retired, there is no question that WrestleMania is The Undertaker's night. After beating CM Punk at WrestleMania XXIX, Taker's undefeated streak sits at 21-0. He will put it on the line against one of the most physically gifted Superstars in WWE history in the form of Brock Lesnar on Sunday at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will The Streak Live On?
There are two types of wrestling fans: Those who think the streak should last forever and those who think the streak should end. While there could be value in having someone snap the streak at some point, it's important to consider the fact that The Undertaker ceases to exist without the streak intact. WrestleMania is the only pay-per-view that Taker takes part in on a yearly basis, and there would be no reason for him to do so if his perfect record becomes blemished.
The Phenom is no spring chicken at 49 years of age, so fans naturally think about his retirement. Over the past several years, however, Taker has consistently put on classic matches on the grand stage. Due to the fact that he more or less wrestles once per year, he is able to put it all on the line at WrestleMania. Until he proves that he can no longer perform with the best of them, there is no reason to even think about ending the streak or having The Deadman ride off into the sunset.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
The streak may end one day, but it won't happen on Sunday, and it clearly shouldn't. As great as Lesnar is, it simply wouldn't make sense for him to hand Taker his first WrestleMania loss. Lesnar is a part-time performer in his own right, and he is firmly entrenched as one of the all-time greats. Because of that, the benefit he would gain from beating The Undertaker at this stage in his career would be minimal. Even in a losing effort, Lesnar will be as credible as ever assuming he acquits himself well.
Almost all of Lesnar's matches have been excellent since he returned to WWE, and the same should be true of Sunday's encounter. Even with a predictable result, Taker vs. Lesnar promises to be an all-time classic. Another thing for the WWE Universe to consider is the possibility of Sting making an appearance. Sting will be in New Orleans on Sunday for WrestleCon, according to WrestlingInc.com via F4WOnline, and this may be his last chance to make the jump to WWE. An appearance at WrestleMania or the ensuing Raw is possible, and it would cause the live audience to come unglued.
Backstage News on Taker vs. Lesnar Build (WrestlingInc.com via Wrestling Observer Newsletter)
Breaking Down Remainder of WrestleMania XXX Card
While the WrestleMania XXX undercard isn't quite as good as it could have been, there are still some intriguing bouts worth monitoring. Chief among them is the battle between John Cena and Bray Wyatt, although 'Mania will also feature the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, The Shield vs. Kane and New Age Outlaws, a Divas Championship Invitational and a Fatal 4-Way for the Tag Team Championships.
Question on Everybody's Mind: How Will the Undercard Play Out?
It is a well-established fact that Cena is one of the most successful Superstars in WWE history, so he is almost always considered the favorite when he steps into the ring. That isn't the case at WrestleMania XXX, though, as most seem to expect that Wyatt will prevail. Wyatt is in the midst of a meteoric rise that could soon see him become the top heel in WWE, but he needs a signature victory in order to get to that point. Beating an all-time great in Cena would cement his status as WWE's next big star.
WWE is building this feud with a focus on Cena's legacy, but there is nothing that can truly hurt Cena's legacy at this point. He has already won too many titles and had too many big moments for that to happen. Even Cena has to realize and understand the value in having Wyatt win this match. Wyatt will definitely get help from Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, so Cena will still look strong, while Wyatt will score the victory he so desperately needs.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
In an effort to get the bulk of the roster on the remainder of the card, the creative team decided to add the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal to the mix. There are plenty of candidates to win among the 27 stars who have been announced thus far, with Sheamus and Big Show chief among them. With that said, having Alexander Rusev win would be a great way to give him some credibility right off the bat.
The Shield have seemingly taken a backseat recently as evidenced by the fact that they are facing Kane and the New Age Outlaws, but bigger things should be on the horizon. Having The Shield win this match would be a good and obvious start.
With 14 Divas in the ring at once, the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational will be pure chaos. Roughly half the field could potentially win this match, but there isn't much reason to take the title away from AJ Lee.
The night will get started off with the Fatal 4-Way for the Tag Team Championships on the pre-show. Neither Los Matadores nor Rybaxel have much of a chance in this one, so it figures to come down to The Usos or The Real Americans. With Cesaro and Jack Swagger potentially on the verge of breaking up, The Usos will kick things off with a huge title defense.
Big WrestleMania Cameo Appearances Planned? (WrestlingInc.com via Wrestling Observer Newsletter)
RRR Season 4 Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Mike Chiari: 257.5
2. Brandon Galvin: 160
3. Donald Wood: 45
4. Michael Cahill: -15
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