"The Grandaddy of Them All", "The Grandest Stage of Them All" and "The Showcase of the Immortals." WrestleMania goes by many names but has it obtained a new name. Just another Pay Per View?
Every year the WWE builds all their storylines up to climax at WrestleMania. It is the highest priced event of the year. But is it worth it anymore?
For the last six years, the main event has had the same guys in it: Batista, HHH, John Cena, HBK, Edge, Undertaker and Randy Orton.
There have been a few exceptions like Rey Mysterio, Big Show and Kurt Angle. But mainly the same guys just get rotated every year for the big matches at Mania.
Not to mention we have seen them all fight on countless Raw's, Smackdown's and other pay per views throughout the year. Seeing them at Mania isn't really that special no matter what stipulation they add.
WrestleMania should feature first time match-ups. Not feuds we have seen before. On occasion it works but almost every match is one we have seen and that takes away from the appeal that it is special because it is at WrestleMania.
WrestleMania 20 in 2004 was the last time the WWE put together an original card for Mania. Ever since then they have presented a copy of the previous year's show with the top guys moved around the main events. Think about it. When was the last time you saw a new face in a main event match?
Plus the undercard is no different. Although I love the Money in the Bank match, every year it seems the same guys are in it. Shelton Benjamin has been in 5 out of 6 MITB matches. Matt Hardy, Kane, MVP, and Christian have all been in 3 and none of these guys has ever won it.
The Divas are always a last-minute time filler on the Mania card. The WWE will shove them down our throats all year and then at Mania time, Creative really doesn't do crap with them. We always get some kind of battle royal or lumber jack match.
WrestleMania used to be magic. Even when Hulk Hogan was always in the main event, he always had a new and fresh opponent each year.
The booking seems lazy and it feels they hang all their hopes on one or two matches to carry the card. Sure HBK vs Taker at WM 25 was awesome. But their rematch did not live up to the hype.
This pay per view needs new faces in the main event matches. If the WWE is to justify charging $55, then they need to give us what we pay for and that is WrestleMania delivering the best and biggest in pro wrestling.
You can only reheat leftovers so many times before the entire meal is ruined.