In an effort to create a card that pleases me as a fan and stays true to the current direction of the WWE, I’ve decided to take some time out of my day to book WrestleMania 31 for WWE free of charge. You can check it out in full below. It’s a nice little 11-match card with a couple of interchangeable parts near the bottom. Feel free to thank me later.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Brock Lesnar (C) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan
I’ll be the first to admit it – I hated this idea a week ago. Putting Daniel Bryan in this match felt beyond forced. But you know what, after seeing the chemistry between Reigns and Bryan this past week on RAW I truly believe that this is the only option. Heyman was the only one who could sell us on Lesnar-Reigns. Now Bryan is doing what no one else has done in Reigns’ singles career. He’s actually made him interesting inside of the ring.
It’s no secret that Reigns hasn’t exactly wowed us since The Shield broke up. I don’t see him being able to go the distance with Brock here so having Bryan involved is an absolute must to give this match some substance.
As for as the final result, we do not need a repeat of last year. Bryan already had his WrestleMania moment, this is about the future of Lesnar, Reigns and the WWE World Heavyweight championship. What it really comes down to is Brock’s contract. Should “The Beast” leave the company to return to the world of MMA then you need to pair someone new with Heyman right away. Your only two options right now are either Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins. That man will be your champion after the curtain falls on WrestleMania 31.
Triple H vs. Sting
This match is for Sting and the fans. Triple H the business man understands that Sting not only brings his own fan base but he creates a buzz among newer fans who are craving something new. Just like last year, Triple H is willing to put someone else ever for what’s “best for business”. Trips match against Daniel Bryan at last years Mania earned them our highest honor, so we already know he still has it. He knows how to play to his opponents’ strengths and weaknesses and it’ll be no different with Sting. Expect a quality match here to build up Sting toward what will likely be his final go next year at WrestleMania 32 in Texas against The Undertaker.
Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker
While Bray Wyatt’s recent promos following the Royal Rumble have indeed been about The Undertaker, it’s still not clear whether or not everyone’s favorite “Dead Man” is making a return. If he does, this match has to happen before it’s too late.
This is one of those cases where it isn’t just about the match itself. It’s about the theatrics, the crowd and the lead up. Their respective slow walks to the ring give us the chills every single time, and it will only multiply when you put them back to back.
How will Taker react when Wyatt does his trademark spider walk? How will Wyatt react when Taker’s eyes roll into the back of his head? How will we all react when they come face to face? Hopefully we’ll get all these answers and more next month.
Alright, it isn’t exactly the Vickie Guerrero Invitational, but it’ll do. Nikki Bella has proven that she is the true powerhouse of the family inside of the ring but I’d like to see the Bella storyline develop more into a love/hate thing in-ring again like it has on Total Divas outside of the ring.
Throw Paige into the mix (and possibly a surprise return from A.J. Lee) and you have a fun little match that hopefully will make fans want to delay their piss breaks. Whatever does happen, I believe it’s important to keep the strap on Nikki for an extended run. Nikki should drop it to Natalya when the time is right and then Charlotte gets her moment next year with her Dad in Arlington in front of a record breaking crowd. That’s just my little vision as a fan.
Intercontinental Championship: Bad News Barrett (C) vs. Dean Ambrose
It looks like they may make this match at Fast Lane and that’s just fine. Just don’t have Ambrose win. Not yet. Keep the title on BNB and let Ambrose get his WrestleMania moment. This match would be just as big for Ambrose as it would be for the lineage of the Intercontinental Championship.
WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos (C) w/ Naomi vs. Brass Ring Club (Cesaro and Tyson Kidd) w/ Natalya
I feel like The Usos versus Cesaro and Kidd (better known as the Brass Ring Club – pure genius) is the best, and possibly only great match you can make right now in the tag team division. That said, I found it very hard to find a spot for Ziggler on this card and he can’t be left on the sidelines. We just had a fatal 4-way last year but the tag team division hasn’t exactly gotten any stronger.
The Usos are still the top dogs, Cesaro and Kidd have already put on some incredible matches, it appears the WWE could be moving forward with Ziggler and Ryback to set up a big time betrayal in the future and The Ascension have turned out to be a major disappointment on the big stage. Let’s hope they don’t ruin what could be a solid match between two great unions that could stand the test of time. Hopefully we see Cesaro and Kidd go over in a big way giving Cesaro another chance to have a big year after a strong Mania showing. Having Natalya and Naomi ring side doesn’t hurt either.
United States Championship: Rusev (C) vs. John Cena
Cena beating Rusev at Fast Lane would be a waste. If he has to be the first one (I don’t like the idea but it is what it is) to pin or submit Rusev then you save it for Mania. It’s a no brainer. Give Cenation what they want. Just don’t bring back the United States spinner belt.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Sheamus is set to return any week now and when he does we can only hope that he’s being brought back as a top heel. I feel like they may go the Sheamus versus Ryback route but I think this would be a much better match and I just can’t find anywhere else to put Dolph.
Ziggler and Ryback can continue their friendship and maybe we can even see some interference from Ryback if Sheamus gets out of hand. We certainly do not need a clean ending here.
2-on-1 Handicap Match: Ryback vs. The Ascension
Since the tag team known as The Ascension seem to be dead to rights already (what a shame) why not feed them to Ryback and please the masses. If “The Big Guy” can shell shock Konnor and Viktor at the same time then you make this match.
Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton
This is how you start strong. It’s likely “Mr. Money in the Bank” will show up sometime during the main event of the evening so why not have him kick things off as well. Orton has been away for a long time and in the world of pro wrestling – absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder. Orton will get a monster pop here to kick of the show and whether or not he goes over Rollins or ends up leaving as a sympathetic babyface who lost because of some tomfoolery, you really cannot lose with this one. Let’s face it, you’re kicking off the show with two men who may just be the best pure wrestlers on your current roster. The WWE will be just fine as long as you keep these two relevant.
You could either do this, Goldust versus Stardust, or even both depending on how long your pre-show runs. These are two storylines that should’ve ended a long time ago in my opinion – what better time to put them to sleep and move on then Mania. Heck, maybe we can even reunite Cody and Sandow after it’s all said and done. For my money, The Rhodes Scholars were one of the best and most underrated tag teams of the past decade. The tag team division needs a shot in the arm and these two cannot continue on much longer with their current gimmicks.
Noticeably Absent: The Big Show, Kane, The New Day, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan
Show and Kane can be used where needed as Authority goons. The New Day just have not proven their worth as a face faction and Harper and Rowan I legitimately feel bad about leaving out. I hope creative can find a better spot for them than I could. Maybe Ziggler and Rowan versus Sheamus and Harper instead of the Ziggler-Sheamus singles match? Feel free to tell us what you’d like to see next month in Santa Clara in the comments section below.
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