The theory among a lot of fans is that Roman Reigns will defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33, setting up a match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, the only two people to ever defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Whether the plan sticks or not, the wrestling community is buzzing.
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The first point is very obviously the magnitude of the match.
Meltzer notes that this is still subject to change, with the situation being very fluid with only a few days to make the final call. It certainly could be, but it hasn't been announced and we've been saying "this is Undertaker's final program" for two years now. Neville was supposed to compete in the Intercontinental Championship ladder match, but he injured his ankle. The Streak isn't even still alive.
This could be a huge moment for someone like Naomi, who never lost her championship and goes into WrestleMania in her hometown of Orlando. It's the reason you've been frequently grimacing since the Royal Rumble (or earlier), since this is when the Mania storylines typically unravel. The victor of the Rumble should always headline Wrestlemania, right?
Last year The Rock brought a flamethrower and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders before quickly beating Erick Rowan.
Truth be told, every Undertaker match at 'Mania in recent years has been either decent or straight-up underwhelming in my opinion. Lesnar was then seen attempting to regain his composure afterwards as Goldberg celebrated in the ring with his Universal Championship. Besides, the program has been building since last Fall.
Two of the most charismatic performers in the history of the business collided, and by the end of the match, the script was thrown out the window. Allied to the fact he missed WrestleMania 32 due to injury, was brutalised by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam in August, and this simply screams that Orton finally gets some joy. Triple H, Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho and Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles, all of which will likely conclude these equally personal rivalries.
Or, hey - here's an idea. His upcoming encounter with Reigns has the potential to be a physical affair, but the bout won't be almost as strong as it could have been even two or three years ago.
For instance, the Raw Women's Championship match is now an elimination match instead of a standard Fatal 4-Way.
Big Show came out and just beat everyone up. Sure, Reigns is one of the best wrestlers on the planet right now. The Undertaker's match with The Big Boss Man is perhaps most famous for its controversial post-match shenanigans, but the match itself is also pretty bad.
If there is one thing to know about WrestleMania, it is that it is by far the biggest wrestling event of the year. "It was awesome. And the next year was at Mania 26 and they had an even better match". They were going to need to do quite a bit to sell me on it as a fan, and over time, they did just that. You know what? I can't control that. "He's just a wealth of knowledge and information and his contributions already can't be measured but I think there's a lot more to come". It's a money grab. A loss for The Undertaker, especially if it happens in the main event, could be a sign that he's ready to ride off into the sunset.
It's not an ideal position for Styles if you're expecting an imposing exhibition of storytelling in the ring. During the talk show Miz TV, The Miz and wife Maryse criticised John Cena and Maryse slapped him. Children and the casual fans love the guy and buy up his merchandise like hot cakes. With flashbulbs going off everywhere, you can plainly see in the above embedded fan video that The Undertaker had been under the ring, and snuck into the squared circle during the blackout.
Finally, think of that potential closing shot.
According to PW Nerd, Finn Balor is going to make an appearance at WrestleMania 33 in the Non-Sanctioned Match between Rollins and Triple H. He will be the equalizer to Samoa Joe, who has aligned himself with "The Game" since he made his main roster debut.
Where do you stand, WWE fans?