The Lost Blueprint Of Wrestlemania

Michael MalnicofContributor IAugust 17, 2010

Okay  Bleacher fans the idea for this article came to me earlier today out of nowhere.

I'm not sure if Wrestling Fans have noticed but, besides Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels I & II the Last 2 Wrestlemanias (Wrestlemania 25 and 26) have been huge  disappointments. For Example, The 2 WWE Championship matches (WM 25 Triple H vs Randy Orton, WM 26 John Cena vs Batista) have been Good PPV matches but, not Wrestlemania caliber matches. Triple H vs Randy Orton was hurt by the Stipulations that Triple H would lose if DQ'd or Counted Out and going on after Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels I. Cena vs Batista was just not very good and only lasted 13 minutes!

The 2 World Heavyweight Title Matches have also been Good Matches for say Judgement Day or Over The Limit but, not The Super Bowl of WWE! Cena vs Edge vs Big Show @ WM 25 was not really anything Spectacular except for The Double Attitude Adjustment of Big Show and Edge and again Only Lasted 14 minutes! Chris Jericho vs Edge was better than WM 25 but, again was Okay but didn't Live up to expectations while the Spear through the Safety Barrier was Great but, was post-match.

One Problem I see with Wrestlemanias 25 and 26 is the Lack of a Good Undercard. I might even include WM 24 in this besides Ric Flair vs Shawn Michaels (Writers Note: Notice how the Only Great Matches at the past few Wrestlemanias involve Shawn Michaels! It further proves that he is Mr. Wrestlemania and will always be!) Since Wrestlemania 21 we have been Given the Money In The Bank Ladder Match which has been a Highlight of each Wrestlemania except for WM 26 which was Too Crowded and quick, It Has Helped the Undercard but, is like putting a bandade over a gun shot wound!  

At Wrestlemania's in the Past before the MITB, There was a Good, sometimes Great Intercontinental Title Match. Example, WM 10, Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon Ladder Match for the IC Title was the Match of the PPV and of the Year! It cemented Shawn Michaels as One of the Greatest and made the Ladder Match a large Part of Future Wrestlemanias and the WWF with Triangle Ladder Match at WM 2000, TLC II at WM X-7, and MITB. At Wrestlemania 8, Rowdy Roddy Piper vs Bret Hart for the IC Title was the Best Match next to Flair vs Macho Man Randy Savage. At Wrestlemania 2000, Kurt Angle (c) vs Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit Two Out of Three Falls for bothe the IC and European Titles which for me was the 3rd best match behind the Triangle Ladder and the Fatal 4 way WWF Title match.

With the MITB Ladder Match, It has taken away the IC Match as the IC Champion is Usually in the MITB Match. Now I am not Saying that the MITB Ladder Match has Hurt Wrestlemania but, has taken away a bit from the IC and US Title Matches. My solution is to Keep the IC or US Champ out of MITB and put out the IC Title matches again. (I know there was a IC match at WM 25 but that 24 second match was nothing and was a waste).

Another Problem is with the MITB Match is takes 8 to 9 Mid-Upper Card wrestlers away with 1 match. At Past Wrestlemanias there was always one or two Solid matches between either Young Stars or Mid Carders. Examples, at Wrestlemania 8, Tito Santana vs Shawn Michaels at Michaels singles WM Debut. It was onlt 10 minutes but was a good match with Shawn showing what would become the Wrestler of the 90's. At Wrestlemania 14, Kane vs Undertaker that was a Great Match and was worth the months of wait for Undertaker to fight his younger brother. At Wrestlemania 25, Matt vs Jeff Hardy which was like Kane/Taker WM 14 in the Storyline and was a Good match especially for WM 25.

My last thing which is kind of everything together is Having a Full, Top to Bottom Card with Good to Great Matches. Not Like the Huge Disappointment that was Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon or Chris Jericho vs Superfly, Piper, and Steamboat which was okay due to Chris Jericho being one of the Best workers Ever! One good example of this is Wrestlemania 2000. Here you had an okay Hardcore Title Battle Royal, Triangle Ladder Match For the WWF Tag Titles of Edge and Christian vs The Dudley Boyz vs The Hardy Boyz, then Kurt Angle (c) vs Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit Two Out of Three Falls for the IC and European Titles and then the Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match for the WWF Title, Big Show vs Mick Foley vs The Rock vs Triple H (c). That my friends is a 4/5 Star PPV and one of the Best Wrestlemanias. (Writers Note: This was without both Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker.)

The Best Example of a Full Wrestlemania Card is a WM which Many on Bleacher Report say is the Best Wrestlemania and that is Wrestlemania X-Seven. I would have to say this is One of the Best Wrestlemanias From Top to Bottom. Here you start with Chris Jericho vs William Regal (c) for the IC Title from 2 Great Workers (Writers Note: Regal has been underrated his whole career). Then after a 3 minute 6 Man Tag Match Tazz and the APA vs Right To Censor there is a Hardcore Title Match, Kane vs Big Show vs Maven (c) which is okay, European Title Match Test (c) vs Eddie Guererro, A Match Between 2 of the Best Wrestlers, Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit, Womens Title Chyna vs Ivory (c), Street Fight, Shane McMahon vs Vince McMahon, TLC II Edge and Christian vs The Hardy Boyz vs The Dudley Boyz (c) which is the Match of the PPV, Gimmick Battle Royal, Undertaker vs Triple H and the Main Event No DQ for the WWF Title, Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock (c). A Great PPV from Start to Finish. You have 3 of the Greatest Wrestlemania Matches Ever in TLC II, The Undertaker vs Triple H, and WWF Title Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock!

Thats All Fans! This my Look on the problems of the Past few Wrestlemanias and My Solutions. Hope You Enjoyed The Lost Blueprint of Wrestlemania. Like Always Feedback is Greatly Appreciated!