Proper Wrestlemania Sendoff: End Of An Era
Now I had to find a proper way to sendoff this article into Wrestlemania 26 anticipation so I just figured I speak what's really on my mind. This could very well be my last article before my favorite WWE wrestler of all-time may actually retired so I'm going out with a bang. That's if he even loses.
MARK MY WORDS! This is an end of a long WWE Era. Which goes back into WWF. Back in mid late 80s. Where Andre The Giant was still wrestling. There was a young boy who was destined to become a star. Then you had a deadman who was out to wreak havoc upon a wrestling world.
These are the matches and in the order I believe it will be.
Money In The Bank Ladder Match
MVP/Kofi Kingston/Kane/Dolph Ziggler/Drew McIntyre/Christian/Shelton Benjamin/Matt Hardy/Evan Bourne/Jack Swagger.
Do we seriously have ten men in this Money In The Bank Match? I'm not even mad about that.
Some of my favorite wrestlers are in this match so I don't know who to pick. So let's just go through my fan favorites:
Matt Hardy - A possible winner for this. I still admire Matt Hardy. I'm not so sure if I love him more than his brother anymore. I would love to see him win this because I believe he deserves it more than anyone in this match.
Shelton Benjamin - The most exciting wrestler for me to watch. I can see Vince probably giving Benjamin the nod. I don't think Benjamin is fully ready yet in terms of his promo ability. He will become close but he won't win it. Still no World Title for him anytime soon until he finally grabs that brass ring.
MVP - Doesn't get the fan response that he truly deserves but he is pretty entertaining on the mic and in the ring. He can get you behind him in a match. I believe he's World Title material but he doesn't get the reaction that he needs to get that opportunity. MVP's fate lies on his hands. He needs to turn heel.
Kofi Kingston - The man I believe that if he gets his head on right and stops botching moves, I believe he can honestly become the first black World Champion of the current ones in WWE and pro wrestling. Fans are solidly and slowly beginning a real Kingston fan. I think him being the last entrant in the Money In The Bank was McMahon's way of letting Kingston know that he needs to get his act together. He may win this briefcase because I have this funny feeling he will.
Christian - The guy I actually believe will win MITB match. It's his time. He's off ECW now and he's on Raw and he's ready to takeover. I love Christian honestly. He's apart of my favorite tag team of all-time in Edge & Christian. I wasn't a big fan of him when they separated until he showed off in TNA. Now he's been waiting for this moment in the WWE and Vince has noticed that Christian has been patient and been making the most out of it. Christian is more prepared to carry a show more than anyone else in this match. So this is why I see Christian winning.
HHH vs. Sheamus
Not a real appealing match to a lot of people, somewhat myself, I believe this is going to be a very good match. I mean come on, this is Wrestlemania.
HHH has had a historic career. I truly believe he is out to beat Flair's World Title Reigns and I believe he will. If he does, I wouldn't be upset. Records are meant to be broken. Unless you're Brett Favre.
Triple H will have the record but it will be dethrone by the Rated R Superstar. Sheamus on the other hand is a lot better than people actually give him credit for. He has a great theme song, good charisma, good Irish Celtic Warrior gimmick . He also has that "it" factor.
There are some good gimmicks and storylines in the WWE but not everyone seems to care about a lot about them. Many fans don't respond like the superstars want them to respond to them *coughs* MVP.
Sheamus character seems to respond to a lot of the fans. He's gaining massive heat as the weeks have past. Triple H is breeding him well.
I see Sheamus winning this match because Triple H is ready to put over his good buddy and this is Sheamus time. He came into the new year as the WWE Champion so that made history on its own.
Sheamus is going to continue to ride the wave of momentum. He will beat Triple H. Even though The Game will get his revenge at the next PPV.
This will be a very good match and ashame to those who think different. It won't be in the top five best matches of the night but it will be entertaining nonetheless.
ShowMiz vs. R-Morrison
I'm looking forward to this tag team match. It's going to be exciting and full of high flying moves.
The Miz is starting to really impress me. I always knew he had what it took. I never doubted him like many others did. I'm just glad to see him rise to where he is at now. His theme song is the best currently. For all newcomers that is.
John Morrison and R-Truth are an unorthodox tag team but they are pretty entertaining. They were funny tonight on Smackdown.
This match could help all four superstars because it gives two face participants in the Elimination Chamber a chance to work as a tag team and beat two guys in ShowMiz that are pretty entertaining to watch.
I'm a big R-Truth fan. His entrance gets me hyped. So I'm expecting Morrison and R-Truth to become new tag team chamions. Unless Big Show's right hand has something to say about it.
I'm actually a bigger Miz fan over the other four so I'm rooting for ShowMiz.
Now out of these four wrestlers, who will become World Champion first?
The Battle Of Legacy
I called this match way before anyone else did. People calling for Orton vs. Dibiase at Mania, just disrespecting Cody Rhodes.
It was only fitting that these three will come at a crossroads.
For people that say Legacy is a weak group need to look at themselves in the mirror. Yeah, they didn't get the push they deserve or the tag titles they needed. But they are pretty good on the mic and in the ring.
I think Cody is better than Ted. In a few years, Cody has the potential to be better than Randy. His moveset is better I'll tell you that. That's why I believe Cody Rhodes will win this match.
Plus, these three guys are at the Crossroads. What better way to end the match than Cody Rhodes Crossroads.
This angle could go two different ways. Legacy can completely battle over whose the best over the next few months. Or one of the three gets drafted to Smackdown. If that happens, I see Rhodes heading to Smackdown. Even though WWE needs all their tag teams.
That will lead to a Randy Orton/ Ted Dibiase feud that will last a few months.
I'm hoping after Wrestlemania, Legacy could earn Randy's respect over and they go on a tear all over Raw and the WWE. That may only be wishful thinking.
This Randy Orton face turn actually is better than I thought it would be. He gets more amp up for his matches, especially this past Monday teaming with his archnemesis, HHH.
Randy Orton has what it takes to become a new age version of Stone Cold, except for the PG era. He can still take over Raw but he needs to stay a heel because only heels dominate for long periods of time, unless you're Cena.
Whatever the case may be, I'm looking forward to this Legacy storyline to see where it goes.
Straight Edge Society vs. Mr. 619
My favorite wrestler over the past year has been CM Punk. I love his heel turn and I love the message he sends about Straight Edge.
I also love how he delivers his new Straight Edge promos. It's not the right way to deliver his message but its still a good message.
Then again, if he was doing this gimmick as a face the crowd would not care or listen to him. The modern day audience doesn't want to hear positive change unless you force it into them. Just look at MVP. Nobody really cares about his road from rags to riches.
That's why people hate Punk because he's telling people how they are. His Straight Edge Society is the best thing in the WWE right now. The potential they have is out of this world.
People normally don't want to hear the truth. They rather lived their drug/alcoholic life. They don't want to be told different. So a guy like CM Punk pisses off people because he's getting under their skin.
Rey Mysterio Jr., for those who didn't know is the best little man in the history of pro wrestling. He has really turned up his level of wrestling. Ever since he came back from his suspension he's been on this tear.
He so small but he is as big of a warrior you will find. His never die charisma keeps him in matches he shouldn't still be in. He had a great rivalry with Batista and it help show that Mysterio is still the truth. He is a true hall of famer indeed.
This is Cm Punk's match right here. S.E.S. will be riding strong this year at Mania. Someone new may even become apart of Straight Edge after Wrestlemania.
This match has showstealer potential. Could be third best match of the night.
Battle Of The Two Most Dominant Of The WWE Era
What happen to this moment right here? I tell you what happen. JEALOUSY!
Batista is an awaken animal. He is actually what I thought he could have been years ago. He has came along way in his career. I once thought he was a terrible performer in the ring. But he has honed up those skills and now puts on quality matches.
John Cena on the other hand usually puts on matches that you emotionally involve yourself in. He always bring straight energy, agility and power into his matches.
This is a very interesting match up here as the modern day Stone Cold and The Rock face off with each other. I'm not so sure if you want to give the Stone Cold torch passing to Cena though.
Cena isn't no Austin. He could never become an Austin as a face. Stone Cold was a rebel who did what he wanted anytime which the audience would love.
John Cena is a fan favorite. He was made out to become the golden boy. No one wants to see that. They want to see that character handle some adversity.
McMahon knew there was money with these two, at least he did with Cena.
Cena's first match in the WWE was against the great heel at that time, Kurt Angle, yet he put on a great showing but came up short. That put Cena onto some people.
Unfortuately for John Cena, he may have to deal with this the rest of his face career.
On paper, this is a true Stone Cold vs. The Rock match up. They have been the biggest new stars out of this "WWE" era.
Ever since WWF has changed to WWE is when these two superstars took apart of a great force already established in the WWE. They represented their separate brands for some years.
Who do I have winning this match? I have Batista because I have to rep for the DC area. And I see Batista holding to this title unless they plan on keeping him on Smackdown.
Batista has potential to go down as one of the greatest of all-time if you continues this mean streak and gains more success than his face run. Cena on the other hand is already one of the greatest of all-time.
These two are the most dominant wrestlers since the "WWE" era. No wrestler who has debut after WWF became WWE has dominated the WWE. Not even close. They are truly the Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock of the WWE Era.
Who Really Screwed Who?
I'm so glad this match is taking place. This needs to happen. Too bad the majority audience don't even remember much about Bret Hart and had to find youtube videos.
The audience doesn't seem to respond to this match like that. I don't think they appreciate greatness in storytelling because WWE tells some great stories sometimes.
This has been a great buildup and I'm so happy to see Bret Hart wrestling once again. He's still in my top 5 favorites of all-time and only second greatest in history.
Bret Hart doesn't get the appreciation from the younger fans but he will always be respected by the older fans. I think Stone Cold hyping the match really made things even more interesting.
Bret Hart will win this match and he will get his respect from everyone around the world. Long Live The Hitman.
The Canadian Revenge Story: Present & Future
I'm loving this promo poster.
First thing that comes to mind when I think of these two. Present and Future. Edge debut in WWE in 1998. Jericho debut in WCW in 1996. They are both the present because they have finally been recognized as two of the greatest of all-time. Definitely in the past 15 years.
They are both the futures because both Edge and Jericho can still go a good seven years easy if they continue to pursue their careers.
Edge will hold the record for most title reigns by then and will probably be holding both the Tag and World Titles. Other tag title held by his brother and his WWE Title. That would be epic right there.
Jericho will probably have one or two more reigns as World Champion but they will both be entertaining. "I am the best in the world at what I do." That's perhaps my favorite catchphrase currently in the WWE. In pro wrestling period.
It's hard to not like Chris Jericho. Except the one fact that he makes it so obvious that he's talking to the wrestler during the match. He's done that since he has came back into the WWE. I don't remember much of that in his earlier years. Then again, he had the Liontamer as well and not the Walls Of Jericho.
It's hard for me to pick a winner in this match. I believe Edge is going to win it. They're going to give him a face run to see how it responds. They already know how Jericho can run Smackdown as champion. Now it's Edge's turn to become World Champion of Smackdown.
If that doesn't work they can always have Jericho win it back since these two will probably be rival up until Summerslam. This is a potential feud of the year. Actually, I believe this will become feud of the year. Unless Legacy has something to say about it.
This match will not become match of the night but it will rank 4th in best match on the card. We already know what the best match will be.
Streak vs. Career
The picture I'm hoping to see this Sunday. Well, I know there will be a few Sweet Chin Music kicks during this match. Maybe more than one tombstone. I just know this match will be epic.
A lot of people are speculating that HBK will retire. I'm hear to tell everyone once again that HBK will end the streak. Not just because HBK is my favorite wrestler in WWE. There are many more reasons.
The one main reason I'm going to say is that he is because Undertaker owes it to Shawn Michaels and he knows this. I truly believe he was the one that recommended to allow his streak to end.
Think about January 1998 at the Royal Rumbler. HBK and Undertaker battle in a hard fought casket match. That was the match HBK hurt his back and was force to retire three months later.
This was the second time Michaels got injured while having the WWF title. Shawn wasn't going to vacate the title that fast. But he had to lose it to Stone Cold that Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels was put on the shelf for four years.
Undertaker is a loyal man to the WWE and he knows about making history and how important it is. These two have made history together. First two to wrestle in Hell In A Cell. And to think 13 years later, these two are still at the top of their game.
If Shawn Michaels loses this match, I already know I'm going to cry. Call me a chump, I don't give a damn. My favorite wrestler will be forced to retired.
At the same time, if Undertaker loses, I honestly wouldn't be so sad because HBK will still remain in WWE, even though he will take time off.
I love the Undertaker but his time is up. His streak must end. Shawn Michaels will go down as the greatest pro wrestler of all-time. Besides Sting that is.
End Of An Era
Now as we come to the eve of Wrestlemania, I would like to take this time to say that after tomorrow night, this will be the end of an era in the WWE.
Someone is expected to shine tomorrow and it may not be who we may think it would be. I hope its Christian. Or MVP.
I'm just ready for tomorrow's epic evening. I know it will be epic for sure.
Remember I said this is an end of an era and a new one will begin tomorrow.
If this is the end of Shawn Michaels, I want this to be my last article before he retires. I love you Shawn and even though I know wrestling is scripted and fake, you have brought joy into my life.
I tune up the band at least once a day just to show tribute to you. That and I want to actually give someone Sweet Chin Music. Trust that I will someday.
God brought you along way and you are admire by millions around the world. Break a leg tomorrow.