A few months back the possible WWE WrestleMania 30 matches seemed underwhelming. One major angle later and the WWE now has more options than they could have ever imagined for the New Orleans event.
John Cena vs. Randy Orton for the WWE championship – I know there are a lot of fans groaning at this match but the timing is right. As soon as Orton won Money in the Bank I saw the writing on the wall for the match. It just makes sense. With Orton kept strong through Mania, this is the biggest match the company could make between two regular stars. It is the Steve Austin vs. The Rock match of this generation. Unless something drastic happens, I can’t imagine them not headlining with this bout.
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship – I’d say in regards to WWE title matches that this has to be plan B. It would be tough to drag Orton vs. Bryan through Mania but they could do it. One scenario could see Bryan losing at Night of Champions and being kept out of the WWE title picture by the McMahons. Bryan of course would go on and beat the odds and win the Royal Rumble and a title shot at Orton. The match would be huge if the company could remain patient and hold it off.
Randy Orton vs. CM Punk for the WWE championship – CM Punk wants his WrestleMania main-event. I don’t think he will ever have a better chance of getting it than with Orton. Of all three options I’d say that this is the least likely to happen. Punk and Orton have already wrestled at WrestleMania and it was nothing special. However with the right storyline this one could be big enough to return to Mania in a top spot.
John Cena vs. Triple H – Quite frankly this one looks more possible every day with the way this storyline is going. Like Orton and Punk, Hunter and Cena have wrestled at Mania in the past. The circumstances are much different and a lot of time has passed since their first match. It would appear that there is some peak in this angle with Hunter wrestling someone at WrestleMania who will represent Vince McMahon in a battle for the company. Cena would be ideal for that role and I think he and Triple H could have a real interesting series at this stage of the game.
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H – I can’t imagine Bryan being slotted as the guy to represent Vince McMahon in a battle for control of the company. Yet I would be shocked if this angle isn’t being booked with a Bryan vs. Hunter match in there somewhere. Like the Orton-Bryan scenario this would require a lot of patience. Can they keep Hunter and Bryan apart for seven months? They could and if they did, I bet there would be a lot of money in seeing Bryan get his revenge in New Orleans.
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