WWE Wrestlemania XXVIII: 10 Essentials for a Successful Event
Let's face it, Wrestlemania XXVIII will be huge.
No one can deny that, with Rock versus Cena already headlining.
The question is: how should WWE book the rest of the card?
This is going to be a huge night, and everyone involved with the pay-per-view will benefit. However, this should not simply be remembered as the night Rock wrestled Cena.
This should be put down as one of the greatest Wrestlemania events of all time—a grand turning point for the WWE.
How can the WWE accomplish that?
Well, here are ten ideas that could help.
1. Let the Young Stars Shine
I can never stress this fact enough.
The WWE is at a crucial point in the business. It must either create its future or allow itself to slowly die.
That means that at this PPV we should not see Bret Hart versus Vince McMahon or the horrible possibility of Kevin Nash versus Triple H.
What we need are stars like Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, and Daniel Bryan giving us a show.
That will truly solidify the company as a whole, especially with the Rock drawing in unique viewers who have not watched the product in a while.
Now is not a time to live in past. It is time to look forward.
2. No Comedy Angles
I am not talking about have no comedic effect whatsoever during the matches.
I am saying—don't waste people's time with a ridiculous singing competition or anything involving Hornswoggle. Don't put matches on the pre-show just so we can see Ryder sing Friday (no offense to Ryder).
We need the night to be completely filled with quality.
It doesn't happen in other PPVs, why waste time at the biggest one of the year?
3. Let Current Stars Beat Older Stars
Going back to the point of giving us younger stars in great matches, we do not need half the winning side of the card being wrestlers who have not competed for years or are over 40.
Possible matches to which this could be referencing:
The Miz versus Triple H
The Rock versus John Cena (yes, I think Cena should win)
Undertaker versus Wade Barrett or Sheamus (if the match happens)
Kevin Nash versus any current WWE superstar (and I mean anyone). Same goes for Booker T.
These are just some of the times where a rub in the right in the right direction could elevate these younger stars to greater heights.
4. Bring Back a High-Octane Contest
Money in the Bank used to add a whole new level of excitement to Wrestlemania.
Before that, we had the great triple tag matches between EC, the Dudleys, and the Hardys.
It is okay to give Money in the Bank its own PPV, but we still need something to allow the young and athletic stars to shine.
Perhaps a tag team ladder match for the belts between Air Boom and two other teams.
I'm sure there are other options as well.
Just give us something truly exciting and get a lot of young stars on the card.
5. Have Chris Jericho Save Us
Chris Jericho is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and he still has a few years left in him.
If he doesn't come back in time for Wrestlemania, the night just won't quite be as great.
Jericho would easily make the night awesome, and he is one guy that can always be trusted to put on a show yet never need to win.
No matter what rivalry Jericho is placed in, he will certainly make it a great part of the whole Wrestlemania moment.
6. Be Creative
WWE Creative on a typical day
Sometimes, the WWE worries me with its decisions. Other times, it just bores me.
I am hoping the WWE doesn't head down either of those roads.
This is the night to book the unexpected and the unforgettable.
I hope the WWE sees the opportunity and takes some chances to surprise while still giving us a great overall product.
7. Give Daniel Bryan His World Heavyweight Title Match
You see that emotion? That is not acting.
That is him realizing a dream.
He finally got a shot at one of the biggest titles in WWE. Now, it is time for the WWE to fulfill the promise by giving Bryan his grand match at Wrestlemania.
Hopefully, he wins it too.
He deserves it for his work to get to WWE.
8. Have Undertaker Wrestle His Final Match
How do you make Wrestlemania even greater?
You add Undertaker as he ends his career.
That is a match that could really solidify the show as one of the best of all time.
I know I would remember the final match of the Undertaker for years to come, and it would remind me of this Wrestlemania as much, if not more, than Rock versus Cena.
9. Let the Titles Matter
If the match between the Rock and Cena happens, and the Undertaker wrestles, it is going to be hard to put over the titles as usual.
The WWE Title will not be main event. Most titles may not even get a match.
I propose that while creating the card, the WWE think about the titles as a whole. I would love to see serious feuds built around the secondary titles and even tag team titles.
At worst, it will give us some great and meaningful matches for the WWE Title and WHC.
Speaking of the WWE title situation...
10. Make CM Punk and the WWE Championship a Main Attraction
CM Punk has been on a roll in his career as of late.
He is becoming the biggest face in the company. It is now time to take the biggest step and give him a main event run with the WWE Title.
Wrestlemania will not be complete without Punk as one of the best attractions.
Depending on how things go, I could see him wrestling Del Rio, The Miz, Triple H, or (only a remote chance but my personal favorite) Dolph Ziggler.
Regardless, allow Punk to shine—not just opening the show. This match must be close to the final slot.
Punk deserves it.