As a whole, WrestleMania XXX was an outstanding show. Opening the marquee event with Hulk Hogan, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock set the tone as an already amplified crowd got heavily involved and it stayed that way for most of the night.
There were a couple questionable booking decisions that could have ultimately made the show even better if handled correctly. It doesn't mean the latest edition of WrestleMania should be viewed in a negative light, but there were certainly some missed opportunities.
The overall direction of the company is positive as a new wave of stars are being given an opportunity to shine, which bodes well for future WrestleManias. Before looking too far ahead, however, let's look at some missed chances at the year's biggest wrestling event.
Not Adding Triple H to Main Event
The biggest problem once the main event arrived was the lack of doubt as to the result. Randy Orton's run as the WWE World Heavyweight champion faded considerably after a solid start, and Batista's return quite simply hasn't worked, although the heel turn helped avoid a complete disaster.
It left Daniel Bryan as the clear choice to win the title after beating Triple H earlier in the night. Due to that, there wasn't a spot they could do to make anybody believe anybody but him was going to emerge as the new champion. Adding Triple H would have added at least some uncertainty.
At least under that scenario it would have been possible for the trio to gang up on Bryan with the chance Triple H, who played the monster heel role perfectly leading up to WrestleMania, ended the show standing tall.
Having Bryan win the championship was the right decision in the end. It just wasn't as good of a match or moment as it could have been if the earlier encounter ended in some type of no-contest, leading to a more intriguing Fatal 4-Way main event.
Bray Wyatt Needed a WrestleMania Moment
Perhaps the worst booking decision of the night was having John Cena score the victory over Bray Wyatt. Cena gains very little from the win while Wyatt could have had a true WrestleMania moment and continued the terrific momentum his character has gained in recent months.
The basis of Cena winning was all the nonsensical talk about him defending his legacy. It's not something that holds any water, though. He's a superstar in the middle of his career with plenty of WrestleMania matches under his belt and likely many more to come.
Defending a legacy should have been the topic if he was nearing the end of his career and needed one last boost for another run at the top. Cena isn't in that position. By making him win, it takes away some of that progress made by Wyatt and his unique gimmick recently.
Rather than giving Wyatt a nice rub to see if he can take his push to another level, fans witnessed the latest win by "Super Cena." The result would have been understandable if for whatever reason Cena needed the win, but he didn't, and that makes it a mistake.
Ending The Streak in Memorable Fashion
A debate can be had about whether Undertaker's WrestleMania streak should have lived on forever without a loss. While that obviously won't happen now, the biggest problem with how the streak was broken is the fashion in which it happened.
It isn't all about the lackluster match, either. That could at least be partially explained by Undertaker suffering a concussion during the latest streak defense. Instead, it comes down to letting a part-time superstar end the streak after a forgettable build.
The full picture won't be known until everybody knows what the future holds for "The Phenom." But if he decided before the storyline began that this was the end, the feud should have taken on a more prominent role. As Richard Gray of Wrestling News World noted, it was a very mundane ending:
Furthermore, it would have made far more sense to let a rising star like Cesaro, who instead won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, end the streak than Brock Lesnar. Ending the streak is one thing, but doing so like they did was a major missed opportunity.
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