On this week’s Raw, The Miz scored a rare victory after a 63-second smash and grab over rival Dolph Ziggler. What may have seemed like a simple case of directionless booking (or the latest burial for Dolph) was, quite possibly, building up to something more.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, The Miz was given the victory in order to make him look strong heading into a bout at WrestleMania – described by Meltzer as a “key match.” The bout is scheduled to be a multi-man contest also involving Dolph, but any other rumors – including the possibility that the match is for Kevin Owens’s Intercontinental Title – are just speculation at this point.
Speculation can be fun. I do think WWE will sometimes put a match like this out there for the sole purpose of getting people to wonder just what the hell is going on.
Every year, WWE runs a tour of the UK and other European markets just after WrestleMania. While this year’s edition had promised to be big with the announcement that Daniel Bryan would be appearing at April 19’s Smackdown! tapings in London, it just got even grander – The Undertaker will also be a part of the tour.
WWE runs two separate house show schedules with two separate rosters, and in order to give both sets of shows a shot of star power, Bryan will be on one and The Undertaker will be on the other.
This should be a wake up call to WWE: their best shot at “star” power is one guy who wrestles a half dozen times a year, and one guy who can’t wrestle at all.
Jack G King:
The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon is not going to be a straight one-on-one match. Even with the Hell in a Cell stipulation in place (to supposedly ward off interference), it’s obvious that Shane O’Mac and The Phenom will not be the only two men at ringside come the final bell.
One quick note: I’ve decided to leave Vince off this list, as his appearance during the match seems something of a given. I’ve also been talked out of including Steve Blackman, which genuinely breaks my heart.
Not a bad list, but more to the point, King brings up the most obvious point in the room: this is going to be the big gimmick match of the show, and I bet they’re going to try to out-do Sting vs HHH from last year. Expect multiple run-ins and well-choreographed schenanigans. Should be a lot of fun.
While a betting WWE fan would probably wager that somehow the company will find a way to put on a WrestleMania worthy of the event’s name, it does make you wonder what WrestleMania 32 would have looked like had seemingly half the roster not gotten injured.
Fantasy booking aside, Byrd raises perhaps the talking point of this years’ show. There will always be two Wrestlemania 32’s: the show we will get, and the show that might have been.
The CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA has officially announced that both Shane McMahon and The Undertaker will be appearing at the arena’s Monday Night Raw on March 14. This marks the first time the WrestleMania 32 opponents will come face to face since their match at the show was announced.
I have a feeling this is going to be a series of episodes where a lot of things will change. It’s also a series that may play a lot better in highlight reels before matches than three hours at a time.
But don’t celebrate too early; the battle is only half-won. While conning your lover into sitting down and watching some WWE is very impressive, it will be a wasted effort if you don’t choose the correct viewing material. Pick incorrectly and you’ll return to being forced to suffer through terrible shows on Netflix every Monday night.
Tell me again how wrestling fans aren’t terrible. This is literally an article about a guy tricking his girlfriend into liking something he deeply feels she should not like.