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WWE WrestleMania XXX: 5 Talking Points to Come from the Show of Shows

Elliott BinksSenior Writer IIIApril 7, 2014

WWE WrestleMania XXX: 5 Talking Points to Come from the Show of Shows

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    WrestleMania XXX provided us with perhaps the greatest shock in the pay-per-view’s history:

    Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker to end The Streak.

    That fact alone would have been more than enough to cement the show’s place into the annals of pro wrestling, but it was by no means the only thrill of the evening’s festivities.

    The sight of Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock, standing together in a WWE ring, will be remembered for years and decades to come. As will the celebrations cued by Daniel Bryan, as he overcame the odds to leave WrestleMania as the WWE World Heavyweight champion.

    Of course I could go on, but instead let’s try to assess the implications of such events and discuss exactly what they could mean for the future.

    In a task that proved to be rather difficult, I’ve tried to narrow things down into five key talking points to come from this year’s Showcase of the Immortals.

Cesaro Thrives in the Spotlight

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    This guy has got it all—and at WrestleMania XXX he was given the chance to prove exactly that.

    After narrowly missing out on Tag Team gold, Cesaro pleased the fans by appearing to terminate his alignment with Jack Swagger. He then stole the show in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, bodyslamming the Big Show over the top rope to earn himself the victory.

    Mick Foley suggested on the pre-show that this weekend would belong to Cesaro. He may well have had some insider knowledge, but nonetheless Foley was right on the money.

    The Swiss star is massively over with the WWE Universe, so much so that I could even see him transforming this "We the People" spiel into a babyface sort of gimmick. Either way he looks set for run with a good guy persona. The WWE title is still probably some way off, but still—expect big things from Cesaro in the coming weeks and months.

    The WWE’s new breed is finally beginning to step up to the stage.

The Shield

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    The Shield was red hot on the Road to WrestleMania.

    After some awesome run-ins with the Wyatt Family, as well as the teasing of an imminent implosion, these three stars looked set to shine brightly at WrestleMania XXX.

    However their match with Kane and the New Age Outlaws was rushed—both in terms of the build and its final execution—which for me is perhaps the biggest shame of the night.

    Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are three of the best workers in the company right now, and as a team few come close to them—past or present. Thus it’s simply a waste to put them in a glorified squash match on the biggest stage of them all.

    Whether it had been in tag team action or against each other, The Shield had the potential to steal the show on Sunday, but for whatever reason they were not given the chance to maximize their potential.

    That being said, the trio’s dominant win over three established stars could be deemed to further cement their legacy—but they were capable of and deserving of a much bigger ‘Mania payoff than we saw on Sunday.

John Cena Beats Bray Wyatt

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    Just like the promos ahead of this bout, the storytelling and psychology between John Cena and Bray Wyatt was really impressive.

    Wyatt has his character down to a tee, while it was intriguing seeing Cena deal with his moral dilemma—much more so than when he ‘Rose Against Hate’ versus Kane in 2012.

    But was this result the best conclusion?

    I still believe that Cena should have cheated to win—that way both he and Wyatt get the “victory.” Failing that, putting Wyatt over would have sealed his position as one of the company’s biggest rising stars. But in the end, they went for the crowd-pleaser and the hero went home with the cleanest of victories.

    Much like The Shield, I feel these two could have had a slightly better payoff booked. It was a solid finish though, and an awesome match.

    Furthermore I don’t see it derailing Wyatt’s momentum too much—he made yet another great impression in the ring and has far too much talent to fall by the wayside now.

    In many ways, he really does have the whole world in his hands.

Eat, Sleep, Break the Streak

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    Undoubtedly this was the biggest shock of the night, the month, the year—even the decade.

    The stunned silence was an eerie sight to behold, and the looks of utter disbelief across the WWE Universe told you just how unexpected this mammoth loss for The Undertaker was.

    It’s an oft-overused cliché, but on this occasion we truly witnessed history in the making.

    On that note, the WWE deserves kudos. The past few WrestleManias have been wearily predictable, thus it’s great to see them shake things up—even if they could perhaps have achieved that another way.

    But here’s my run-through of the issues with ending the Streak:

    Firstly, it’s not congruent with prior booking. Triple H couldn’t beat The Deadman at ‘Mania, but he downed Brock at last year’s event. By that logic Lesnar shouldn’t be defeating ‘Taker, right?

    Secondly, he’s a part-timer! This isn’t necessarily an issue from a storyline perspective because obviously he’s no ordinary part-timer. But in reality, Lesnar shows up for a handful of nights a year and walked out on the company all those years back.

    Basically, he doesn’t deserve the honour.

    What kind of message does this send to the newer guys in the locker room? It’s booking like this that makes me think CM Punk had the right idea.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of him when he’s used correctly, but make no mistake—breaking The Streak is not using Brock Lesnar correctly.

    Just think of all the Streak matches we’ve now been robbed of—Cena, Sting and, of course newcomers such as Reigns or even Wyatt.

    However, the positive of this development is that future matches may have more intrigue. Now the result is less certain, making a potential Sting vs. Undertaker clash all the more mouth-watering.

    That is, if he’s even going to have another match…

Daniel Bryan Overcomes the Odds

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    One of the less controversial outcomes of the night was the show's actual conclusion; Daniel Bryan standing tall with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belts in hand.

    Much like Cena’s win, this is a classic WrestleMania result in which the hero comes good.

    But did the commentators really need to make out that this was such a shock? Sure it was unlikely, but dubbing his victory over Triple H one of the biggest upsets ever is no way to shake his B+ player tagline.

    Furthermore, the conspiracy theorist in me wonders if Bryan may have beaten The Game but lost to the machine.

    Part of me worries that the WWE overshadowed Bryan’s moment by ending the Streak on the same evening. It’s like WrestleMania III—Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage put on arguably the greatest match of all time. But the mainstream often remember Hogan lifting Andre instead.

    But then again, the other part of me just wants to shut up and enjoy the ride.

    Daniel Bryan upset the odds and is deservedly crowned the new WWE World Heavyweight champion.

Conclusion

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    Looking forward, there’s so much to be answered on Monday Night Raw this week.

    Will The Undertaker retire? And what’s next for Lesnar after scoring the biggest win in pro wrestling?

    Orton will be due a rematch, so expect him to feud with Bryan—but what about Batista? Where does he go from here after his sub-par return?

    And after proving their worth on the grandest stage, how brightly will the likes of The Shield, Cesaro and Wyatt shine in the coming weeks and months?

    It remains to be seen, but personally I think this point in particular could be the biggest positive to come from WrestleMania XXX. For the first time in a long time we have an impressive crop of talent rising to the top, and thanks to the improvements that have been made to NXT, you can expect more of the same in the coming years.

    But what did you guys think of WrestleMania? Do you think it was a success?

    Please feel free to comment below with your thoughts on ‘Mania, The Streak, as well as all of the other major talking points to come from this year’s Showcase of the Immortals.

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