X-Blog #0030: The Road to Wrestlemania XXVI, Part Three|
By: Derek X | Posted: 02/20/10
This is part three of the X-Blog's Road to Wrestlemania series, where I continue to do my best to prognosticate exactly what the matches are going into Wrestlemania based solely on the events of the past week in the WWE. So be warned, because this might, just might, contain spoilers.
Divas Match: I've been pretty ticked off lately that two episodes of Smackdown have passed since Beth knocked out Mickie without any ongoing storyline. It makes no sense to me to start a feud, only to ignore it for a while, then do the '3 weeks ago' replay. By then the time is gone to positively respond. Due to this ignorance, I'm completely dumbfounded on what exactly the Divas match will be at Wrestlemania. The best case scenario would be either the inter-brand tag team match (Mickie & Gail vs Beth & Maryse for both titles) or for there to be no divas match whatsoever. The worst case would be for any type of Divas Battle Royal again. I sat through that match live last year, and it was horrible. Thank god for Santino Marella at least making it interesting.
Money in the Bank: This match might not even happen now that the brains at WWE decided to take this concept and make a PPV out of it. [sarcasm]That should prove to be exciting.[/sarcasm] The Money in the Bank match itself jumped the shark when they made it an eight-man contest instead of six, so the PPV, well...
If there is still to be a Money in the Bank match at this year's Wrestlemania, I would have Shelton Benjamin, R-Truth, Jack Swagger, Zack Ryder, Yoshi Tatsu and Kofi Kingston in it. None of them have any chance of actually becoming World Champion at any time over the next year, but I guess it wouldn't hurt to give them some hope.
Unified Tag Team Championships: ShoMiz. I wonder who thought of that? Let's face it, without Jericho or DX, the Unified Tag Titles have lost their luster. I give Miz and Big Show all the credit in the world for trying, but Morrison made Miz & Morrison and Jericho made JeriShow. Miz & Big Show are like the throwbacks, and that's all the Tag titles have become now as well. Both Morrison and Jericho are in the Elimination Chamber, while Miz & Big Show will probably just end up as last minute additions to the Elimination Chamber PPV card. I think they should separate the 'Unified' nature of the titles. At Wrestlemania, there should be a triple threat tag team two-out-of-three-falls match between ShoMiz, The Hart Dynasty and some other tag team (maybe Cryme Tyme since they're babyface). The first fall would be for the World Tag Titles and the second for the WWE Tag Titles or vice-versa. That could give two teams some validation (something the Hart Dynasty sorely needs) instead of just one.
Vince McMahon vs Bret Hart: I said last week that Bret & Vince need Cena & Batista to make this match legitimate. Now, they just need to not rely on storylines from the '90s. I don't think there's a WWE fan alive who buys this whole 'car accident' angle. That only worked for Steve Austin, and we at least got to see him get 'hit' by the car. This match at Wrestlemania was flawed to begin with and now it's becoming even more clustered. Why can't it simply be a match to resolve old issues? Why must there be payoffs and car accidents involved to befuddle the main point? That point being that in 1997 Vince screwed Bret, and now in 2010 Bret wants revenge. Simple, huh? Perhaps, too simple for the WWE.
CM Punk vs Rey Mysterio: I think this match, the Legacy match, and Jericho/Edge are the only matches receiving the proper build-up they rightly deserve, so they're the only matches I'm eagerly anticipating. Punk has become the best heel in the WWE today. That's right, I said it. Now that Orton is becoming a tweener and Jericho isn't on both shows, Punk has taken the heel baton and run with it. And that's not just a good thing, it's an excellent thing. I've said before that Punk is the contemporary heel for today's WWE. It's a universe where rights are being used to their fullest. If you want to drink or use drugs, you have the right to do it and damn if anyone can tell you that you can't. But then comes CM Punk, who not only preaches the drug/alcohol-free lifestyle, but he lives it and he's put a name to it: Straight-Edge. While Rey Mysterio may not have had as many problems with drugs as Jeff Hardy, he's been suspended a time or two for it. I think that if the story for this match doesn't go toward the rumored Mask vs Hair stipulation, it'll be one of the best on the card.
Randy Orton vs Ted DiBiase vs Cody Rhodes: Fresh off of being pinned by Rhodes, Orton loses again to Sheamus by DQ. Of course, he got to stand tall over the two people who've defeated him in the past few weeks, by RKO'ing both Cody and Sheamus. Advantage Orton. The scorecard is now: Randy: 1, Cody: 1 and Ted: 0. I guess it's time for Ted to step up, and really, isn't that what this entire feud is about? The path to making Ted DiBiase, Jr., as legitimate champion. I'm fairly certain that Ted isn't going to win the Elimination Chamber, so he shouldn't get a one-up there, but his time is coming. At least he got to pin Kofi Kingston who had been on a 'roll' last week on RAW.
Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker: This match should be up there with Punk/Mysterio, Jericho/Edge and Legacy, but it's been two weeks with no push for it. I can only assume that the push in question will come at the Elimination Chamber PPV when HBK somehow costs Undertaker his World Title. Until then, there's nothing left to speculate, or really, nothing left to say...
Triple H vs Sheamus: Much like the match above, this match hasn't had any seeds planted, unless you count the Celtic Cross that Sheamus executed on HHH to end RAW as build-up. I just think that's for the Elimination Chamber and not for Wrestlemania. This is a match that I want to see, but I'm not anticipating it. I love seeing fresh matchups, so a HHH/Sheamus match will be, if nothing else, a breath of fresh air. We all know that HHH steps his game up for Wrestlemania every year, no pun intended. But I've yet to see Sheamus' A-game. Come Wrestlemania, will we see his best? Or have we already been seeing his best? Because, if so, then I don't want him headlining Wrestlemania anymore than I want Cena doing so.
Chris Jericho vs Edge: The seeds have been more than planted for this match. A spear to begin Smackdown last week, and a Codebreaker to end it. My only worry is that the build-up for this match has begun too early. I know Jericho, being a consummate professional, can make the build-up more and more interesting as the weeks go by, but I don't know about Edge. The temperament of his character alone is enough to make this explode before the showdown begins. The last thing I want is for one of those 'no contact until Wrestlemania' stipulations added to this match. Whatever happens, I'll be watching.
The United States and Intercontinental Championships have been removed because since when have either of those titles ever been defended with any dignity on Wrestlemania. The last time the US title was defended at Wrestlemania was between MVP and He-who-must-not-be-named. And last year, the Intercontinental Championship was a joke match between JBL and Mysterio.
- Derek X
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