OK, someone is going to have to explain this to me as if I were a four-year-old.
It has been announced that Brock Lesnar and Bray Wyatt are set to meet at WWE Roadblock this month, before WrestleMania 32.
I’m a little lost here as this was the match that was supposed to tear down AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The match everyone wanted to see and was set to take place. Then Dean Ambrose happened, and the world of professional wrestling took a serious U-turn.
No longer was the “Eater of Worlds” meeting “The Beast Incarnate.” Enter the “Lunatic Fringe” and everyone is out of their mind with giddy excitement about Ambrose taking another beating by Lesnar as he did leading up to Fastlane. Ambrose may have brought “Attitude” back to WWE, but he sure knows how to screw up booking and change direction on something that was supposed to be a solid angle. Leave it to the creative team and Vince McMahon for whiffing on this one.
If WrestleMania 32 was going to be the smash hit the company had hoped for, this match should have been part of the package. There would have been drama. There would have been excitement. There would have been Paul Heyman trading barbs with someone who was intellectually his equal. And the fans would have eaten it up like Girl Scout cookies.
Now, it seems to be a blip on the radar as everyone prepares for April and wonders aloud (or at least I do). How this match will affect what happens in April? Better yet, will any of the carnage carry over into Dallas as it could be the precursor for a very heated summer between these two titans.
Again, this should have been the marquee match we all talked about. Even with a WWE World Title match, this one would have made the headlines. Now, it’s quashed a bit as the promotion tries to save face. Sometimes, it’s better to listen to the fans and what they want rather than take the easy path toward ticket sales.
There is no doubt this would have filled 100,000 seats and then some. There is no doubt this would have increased WWE Network subscription buys.
A perfect scenario puts Wyatt in a Triple Threat Match with Lesnar and Ambrose. Conventional wisdom also puts the WWE World Title on Ambrose and forces Roman Reigns’ hand into a heel turn that would no doubt excite all of us and finally get us to believe in his greatness. There are so many ways I could spin this, but you all know where I am headed.
When I begin one of my rants, everyone should get out of my way.
WWE has not had a mega feud like the potential of Wyatt and Lesnar other than The Undertaker and Lesnar last year. Those kinds of matches and programs are endearing, they tell a story, and they create history. Wyatt and Lesnar could have that kind of rapport. Professional wrestling is based today on fast moving story lines and amnesia to forget the road taken. This one, however, needs to simmer. Roadblock only gives us a tease into the story being told.
If Vince McMahon were smart, he would find some way to redirect his travel plans. Put the title on Ambrose as I have talked about before, but more importantly, let this match or brawl set the tone for Dallas. A month of trading promos with Heyman is worth its weight in gold and for WWE, it could mean the difference is doing an OK job in Dallas and causing the stadium to implode. The company must decide if it wants to tease the fans or make them invest in something that could be the best feud in recent history.