Heels or Faces: Who Gets Over at Wrestlemania?
Wrestlemania. One word with so much meaning to the wrestling business. It's the biggest event of the year. Friends of mine that don't even like or watch wrestling make plans to watch Wrestlemania. It's incredible. But, there's just one question that's bothered me for awhile: Who goes over? In the first 15 Wrestlemanias, there was not one heel that left the event with the WWF Championship.
It wasn't until Wrestlemania 2000 (Wrestlemania XVI) that a heel won the title, Triple H winning in the Fatal-Four-Way Elimination match with a McMahon in every corner. The following year showed the same trend with Austin aligning himself with McMahon and Triple H, becoming the Two Man Powertrip, only to break yet again when Triple H went over Chris Jericho and Stephanie McMahon at Wrestlemania X-8.
Then, the year 2002 saw the brand extension. Now what happens with the Mania main event? We have two! The first main event at Wrestlemania XIX was less then desirable, Triple H (C, Heel) beating Booker T (Face) to retain his title, and a Face Vs. Face battle between Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle. No matter how bad WWE wanted Lesnar face and Angle heel, it didn't happen.
In the years since then, we've had Wrestlemania XX, 21, 22, 23, and 24. XX saw Benoit winning his first World title in WWE and Eddie retaining. 21 saw Cena over JBL and Batista ripping the belt off of Triple H.
22 and 23 were dominated by faces. Cena, Rey Mysterio, and Undertaker. Wrestlemania 24 had three "World Title matches." Two of the three dominated by face. Kane and Undertaker winning the ECW and World Heavyweight Title respectively, and Randy Orton retaining his WWE Title in a Triple Threat Match.
So, in all, Wrestlemania has been pretty much run by faces. But it's always exciting, or dissapointing, when your favorite superstar loses. Heels going over big faces for the belt definitely has a certain level of shock value, but should it be done at Wrestlemania? Would it be a dissapointment to the fans to see the guy they hate the most on top of the world at the biggest event of the year? Well, that's for you to decide.
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