I don’t usually like to reverse my stance on anything when it comes to professional wrestling, but this time, I am going to take a 180-degree turn. For over two years now, I have said over and over again WWE needed to promote from within, give rising stars a push and eliminate the almighty “save” by veterans on the roster or the ones the company brings in for a cameo role.
Even with the influx of talent on the roster, the move to push Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens and the recent addition of Chris Jericho to the darker side of the fence, this is a company that is in desperate need of John Cena at WrestleMania 32.
While there has been a solid in putting together a solid card for April 3 in Dallas, the night without “The Champ” dampens things a bit. Cena would have made the “Hell in a Cell” match between Undertaker and Shane McMahon a lot more interesting. He could also have created plenty of drama if there was a confrontation with Roman Reigns once he defeated Triple H for the WWE World Championship. And if anyone wanted to take it a step further, a confrontation between Cena and Dolph Ziggler – where there should have been one two months ago – would have given Ziggler his “WrestleMania” moment and solidified the former World Champion as the heel he should be in the company.
It’s unfortunate but this promotion still revolves around the 15-time world champion and is in desperate need of some jeans shorts and sneakers right about now.
NEW DAY TO INDUCT THE FREEBIRDS
In a move none of us saw coming, it looks like The New Day will have the honor of inducting The Fabulous Freebirds into the WWE Hall of Fame. It might be the most shocking move of the HOF season, with many of us thinking that it would be Kevin Von Erich, the long-time rival of the group from Bad Street, USA, getting the nod to do the honors.
Someone is going to have to explain this one to me as if I am a four year old. The announcement was made on WWE.com.
“You talk about smooth tag team wrestling and people that wrestled like a family, the Freebirds were one of the first wrestling families that were able to take over,” Kofi Kingston told WWE.com.
The website said the reason for the selection is the “Freebird Rule” which allows anyone two of the trio to defend the world tag team titles, a move Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts made famous back in the day in World Class Championship Wrestling.
Personally, I hate the idea and wish there had been some real consideration when the announcement was made. Those of us who grew up watching WCCW in the early 1980s were glued to the feud between the Von Erichs and The Freebirds. Kevin Von Erich’s appearance in Dallas with his place in history already cemented, would have been a better and more popular choice.
STING WANTED UNDERTAKER AT WM 32
In an exclusive interview with WWE.com, Sting talked about his spinal injury, his future and the fact he wanted to face Undertaker at WrestleMania.
The “Icon” spoke candidly about his injury suffered at Night of Champions in the match with Seth Rollins. But what caught my attention and probably the many fans who read the interview, was his wanting to face Undertaker – the match we all wanted and still want to see.
When asked had he not had this injury setback last September, did he think fans would have seen him performing at WrestleMania this year, Sting was quick to give an answer.
“It’s an easy one to answer: Yes. If I had my way, yes, of course. I would have loved to have done one more WrestleMania and I would have called it quits at that point. The Undertaker match — that’s what I wanted to do.”
Sting has said he has not formally retired from the ring, which was announced by TMZ earlier this month. Could that mean a confrontation in the future with the Dead Man? There is always SummerSlam.