WrestleMania: Parallels and Predictions, Part 2 (Spoiler Alert)

Elliott SaltaresContributor IMarch 9, 2011

Seems like the WWE want us to forget our history, better yettheir history.

They have no problem with people spending their hard earned money to buy their DVD anthologies, just as long as those same people don't remember what they see on them.

With The Rock and Stone Cold appearing in major roles, just as they did ten years ago, the similarities between WrestleMania 27 and WM X-7 don't stop there.


Match 4: In 2001, Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit. In 2011, CM Punk (w/ Mason Ryan)vs. Randy Orton

A matchup of the best workers the WWE has to offer, bar none.

This match could very well steal the show. Who will win? I don't care, as I see it as win-win for the fans either way. This is the only match I am personally looking forward to.

I would be foolish not to consider the Nexus variable, which will have an impact on this match without question. That said, my heart wants to pick Punk, but my head says Orton.


In 2001, Chyna vs. Ivory and Edge and Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz. In 2011 John Morrison, Kelly Kelly, and Trish Stratus vs. Dolph Ziggler, Layla and Michelle McCool

This is another rumored match that may seem like a stretch, but hear me out.

They have taken the two matches and combined them.  This time it's just six people on two teams in an inter-gender match.

They get to check off multiple boxes on their pay-per-view obligations checklist; a diva match and a second tag style match so they can change the event pacing.

The diva match itself is disappointing, but they add Trish to raise the level of interest on that end. With the additions of Dolph Ziggler and John Morrison, it gets some much needed punch and will no doubt have some nice spots to remember.

This definitely spices things up and makes this more 'Mania worthy.

I say heels find way to win, but this sparks the biggest feud of 2011, Ziggler vs. Morrison.

In 2001, Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon. In 2011, Alberto Del Rio vs. Edge

Now this is a stretch but there are some slight comparisons to draw.

Both matchups got tons of television time leading up to the match. The builds themselves have some minor similarities also. Essentially, the more aggressive guy will win.

So cue the horns and start the Del Rio era already.


In 2001, The Gimmick Battle Royal. In 2011, Jerry Lawler (w/ Jimmy Hart)vs. Michael Cole (w/ Jack Swagger). Special Referee:  Stone Cold Steve Austin

A giant battle of who gives a rat's ass.

No one cares. This is just another match to change pacing and cool down the audience. The perfect time for a bathroom break.

Even adding former WM X-7 headliner Stone Cold to the mix does nothing to make this match more relevant.

Just like in 2001, it's a "popcorn" matchthe oldest guy in the ring will win.

And afterward the stunner, stunner, and drink some beer.

In 2001, The Undertaker of "Deadman Inc."  vs." The Game" Triple H. In 2011, "The King of Kings" HHH vs. The Undertaker "The Last Outlaw"

No need for any comparison here. Same superstars, different nicknames.

However, as much as I am tempted to say it will be the same match as the last go round; and as much as I would hope it would be as good as the last time,  it won't be.

These guys are 10 years older and in much different places in their careers.

The Undertaker is hanging on by a thread. He is but one more year away from achieving his goal and cementing his 20-0 WrestleMania streak. A feat that no one else will ever come close to.

Triple H has his mind on a future behind the scenes. I expect this to usher in his last 12-16 months as a regular in ring performance.

I ultimately see this match happening for a third time at Wrestlemania 28, and having the same stipulation as the Shawn Michaels/taker encounter last yearstreak versus career.


In 2001, Steve Austin vs. The Rock. In 2011, John Cena vs. The Miz

In this, the main event of "The Greatest Sports Entertainment Spectacular of All Time", they pit the current merchandising machine against a great heat magnet with excellent mic skills.

Sprinkle in a pinch of "The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment" for good measure, and the WWE is banking on this match doing huge business. That's where the similarities end.


If they want to use history and, at the same time, make history, making WrestleMania 27 one of the most memorable 'manias ever is a matter of just borrowing one more thing from WrestleMania X-7:




Elliott Saltares is a sports pundit, fan, and contributing writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on twitter @elliottsaltares.