31 Play Button is still 3 weeks away, and already I feel like there is nothing left to write about. WWE has 3 more Raws and 3 more SmackDowns! to fill before we get to Levi’s Stadium on Sunday 3/29/15, meaning that they are going to present 15-plus hours of WWE TV programming between now and WrestleMania.
Barring any unforeseen shocking changes to the card, I just don’t see how anything that happens over the next 3 weeks will dramatically improve what has been an awfully lackluster build to what is supposed to be WWE’s biggest event of the year.
The 3 main attractions – Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, Sting vs. Triple H, and Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker — are being actively promoted by only one half of each equation, with Lesnar and Sting barely present and Taker being presumably kept off TV until he appears at WrestleMania.
Even if Lesnar and Sting show up, the storylines for these matches have already been written and nothing they do will really make the majority of fans feel any differently heading into Mania.
Meanwhile, the John Cena vs. Rusev and Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins feuds continue to be dragged out just for the sake of being dragged out because there is still 3 weeks to go until their matches, and even Damien Mizdow vs. The Miz has begun to reach its climax just a little too soon before the likely blowoff they will have during the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, or on the pre-show if they go that route and give them a match.
Then we have the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match that everyone will be thrown into because Creative has nothing else for them, and that unfortunately includes Daniel Bryan, who hilariously got attacked by STARDUST on SmackDown! this past Thursday. Yeah, that’s a great way to use your ACTUAL top guy in the company.
As for the Divas, WWE thinks #GiveDivasAChance means more Bella Twins when really it means we want to see ANYONE else (aside from Eva Marie) in top Divas feuds. Call up Charlotte already, please. Thank you.
If anything, writing all of this out despite not having much to say has just made me come to the realization that this year, WrestleMania is an Albatross to progression in WWE. It makes me look forward to the Raw after WrestleMania, where WWE can finally reset a few things.
And if they don’t, well, that post-Mania Raw crowd will at least be fun to watch.
That’s all from me — CB.
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