Intercontinental Title Match Will Steal Show at WWE WrestleMania 31

Aaron Bower@@aaronbowerFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2015

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Even though there's excitement building around most matches on the card at WWE WrestleMania 31, there's one match in particular that appears to be catching the eye for a number of reasons.

After what feels like years rolling around as an afterthought in the WWE, the Intercontinental Championship match at WrestleMania is starting to gather huge momentum.

That's in stark contrast to the last two years, of course. At WrestleMania 29, The Miz defeated Wade Barrett in the first bout of the evening, whereas at last year's WrestleMania, there wasn't even an Intercontinental Championship match on the card.

For a title that holds so much prestige, especially when you run through the list of holders down the years, that isn't really right. So, thankfully, the WWE has gone big on the IC title in 2015, and the match has huge hype for a number of reasons.

First of all, there's a stipulation in the match. WrestleMania isn't really complete without a match that has a stipulation to it, at least if we're judging by recent years.

The emergence of the Money in the Bank briefcase match has its roots in WrestleMania, but it ultimately outgrew the pay-per-view and became a whole show of its own. With a vociferous crowd in attendance and more promo and hype than at any other point of the year, the chaos of a Ladder match is usually not sniffed at by wrestling fans, especially at WrestleMania.

We've seen some blockbuster Ladder matches through the years at WrestleMania, with some of the company's top stars getting involved to create matches with substance, importance and most importantly, fan interest.

And that leads nicely into the next point: the caliber of wrestlers involved in the contest. There is an argument, perhaps, to suggest that the WWE has overbooked this match, what with the amount of stars and storylines going on in it.

However, that simply is not the case. Having so much star power involved in the match makes it a huge draw, and in throwing perhaps the three most popular babyfaces in WWE into the match, it's already been ensured that it will have stacks of interest and enjoyment surrounding it.

Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose are confirmed to be participating, which in itself will be incredibly enjoyable. The thought of Ambrose in particular in a Ladder match is mouthwatering, and with Ziggler's high-energy wrestling and fearless attitude, the event will make for sensational viewing.

But it's how the WWE decides to bring Daniel Bryan into the mix that is most fascinating. Bryan is currently not yet booked for the match, but it seems inevitable he will be involved.

After he was taken out by Stardust at the end of SmackDown on Thursday, a match between those two men for the final slot could confirm Bryan's position in the match, with Stardust perhaps having to settle for a feud against Goldust.

Of course, the WWE could go even bigger with the number of participants and include both of the Rhodes brothers in this match, but one thing is for certain: Bryan will be taking part.

And after his incredible night at WrestleMania 30 last year, you can be sure Bryan is going to thrive in the scenario of a Ladder match, especially with top talent like Ambrose and Ziggler involved, too.

There's more to keep an eye out for, too. R-Truth's return to the screen as a prominent character has been an enjoyable one, whilst Bad News Barrett's bad run of form in the ring is another noteworthy story that the WWE will carry into WrestleMania.

Last of all, you have the unique storyline concerning the championship belt itself. It's been a novel move by the WWE to have Barrett's championship consistently stolen from him, and with the humorous R-Truth and Ambrose vying for the belt against the eerieย Luke Harper, the WWEย is trying something very different indeed with the title.

And to give them credit, it seems to be working. The Intercontinental Championship is enjoying more TV time and prominence than it has over the last few years.

Given how the WWE is back to a roster with just one major championship, it's only right this most prestigious of titles is given a loftier and more relevant place in WWE.

Make no mistake about it, too: With the stars, the stipulations and the storylines in this match at WrestleMania, we're about to see a real show-stealer.


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