WWE WrestleMania 34 Thoughts

John Cena
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How should WWE fans interpret the latest segment with John Cena and the absence of The Undertaker? I’m sure the company has this all figured out, after all it has planned 33 of these events, which each one going off on time. But this confrontation, or lack thereof seems like Cena’s doing all the work for a match that will be less than stellar.

This is the kind of WrestleMania event that should have taken place 10 years ago when ‘Taker could still deliver a solid match and Cena was every bit the “owner” of the company that Vince McMahon built. There is no way getting around this one – it will stink up the Mercedes Benz Superdome in every way possible.

As long as Cena is in the match, there is a chance to surprise us, but I doubt that not even for a minute.

“There have been some times that WWE has pushed things to almost the last minute before finalizing a WrestleMania match, but what’s going on with Undertaker and John Cena is taking it to a whole new level,” writes Nick Tylwalk of fansided.com. He’s right on so many levels.

WWE will have to pull a rabbit out of its hat to make this one work.

Bayley-Banks Misfire

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The build between Bayley and Sasha Banks should have led to a WrestleMania moment for both female superstars. It hasn’t, and the former BFFs will be part of the Women’s Battle Royal on Sunday.

What a missed opportunity. I get the company has committed to two great title matches and the Battle Royal, the first of its kind on WWE’s grandest stage. Now, we will have to wait until after Sunday for the two women to headline Payback in May.

The only thing I can think of is Bayley and Banks will be the last two women standing in the Battle Royal, intensifying their feud, and making this once again must-see television.

On the flip side, I can also see Banks moving over to SmackDown Live after the two do battle.

More Rollins-Balor, Please

If Seth Rollins and Finn Balor were the only two in the ring on Sunday night in a packed house in New Orleans, I would be more than happy. What can you say after watching these two met once again on Monday night? The addition of The Miz makes the best match of the night potentially the greatest Intercontinental Title Match in WWE history.

It has been said Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage gave fans the greatest WrestleMania match of all time. Some would argue the Ric Flair-Ricky Steamboat matches in 1989 were better (I’m the one arguing that). In my mind, this trio could top them all.

WWE has shown a commitment to longer matches and better wrestling. Rollins and Balor set the bar on Monday night, which should provide an even better showing come Sunday.

Ronda Rousey’s Education

I’m still not jazzed about the debut of Ronda Rousey with Kurt Angle in a match with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. This should have been a continuation of the confrontation with The Rock from two years ago.

While there is still some improvement, it looks as though Rousey is still not comfortable in front of a WWE camera. She still needs to work on her promo and give fans what they want – a more brooding character that really is the toughest women on the planet.

In my mind, this is a signing that backfires because while Rousey is probably solid in the ring, where she feels most comfortable, the intangibles of being a complete performer aren’t there yet. In UFC, Rousey had to step into an octagon and beat women up. In WWE, it’s a totally different concept.

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