What I’m looking forward to at this WrestleMania?

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 Tag Team Championship
Cesaro and Tyson Kidd (c) vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos vs. The New Day (Tag Team Championship The tag champs Cesaro and Tyson Kidd have been central to the tag division so far in 2015, while The Usos have been their only real rivals.

So to make it a four-way tag team championship, WWE has had to throw in lesser acts like Los Matadores and The New Day to even things out. The teams enter with little storyline and less momentum. Like last year, for me personally when I look at this match I seen a thrown-together match just so they can fill that slot.
Jey Uso enters with a banged-up shoulder. WWE doctors has cleared him, but questions are still needing answered about how much punishment he can with stain in this match. With seven other men involved, it would be easy for WWE to have him mostly the target of this match.

Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton
Seth Rollins outed Randy Orton from The Authority back in November of last year by sending him off-screen for months with a two Curb Stomp onto the ring steps. WWE had Orton slither his way back into the heel – group upon his return, only to eventually snap and give Mr. Money in the Bank a throttling he so rightly deserves. While it will be hard to follow that felt like an early climax, this is what you call a show stealer with Randy being at the top of his game, Rollins still has a lot to learn, and with Orton he can do that.

Rollins promises to have a slew of cronies to assist him, which he could use as an advantage against Orton. Orton will look to RKO his former partner in spite of that. Fans will also be keeping on eye on Rollins’ condition. If he’s not too hurt after this, the audience will be wondering if he will cash in his Money in the Bank contract on whoever wins the WWE title bout. That would be a WrestleMania first. No one has ever used this grand stage for a cash-in.

IC Ladder Match
In what essentially replaces the once-annual WrestleMania Money in the Bank Ladder match, Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett, Stardust, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth and Daniel Bryan will all battle for the IC title. This could well serve as the launchpad for that often-neglected championship. Having a great match to decide the next titleholder helps that cause. So does giving the belt to Bryan. This is the safest bet for Match of the Night with a wealth of talented wrestlers and ladder spots to power it.

Paige and AJ Lee vs. The Bella Twins
It’s not surprising that there is no Divas title match this year as WWE hasn’t done much with Nikki Bella’s reign thus far. There has been little work done to give her a real rivalry. She is once again teaming up with Brie Bella after their feud faded away without explanation. It’s Paige and AJ who have the most animosity here. They were always uneasy allies, but a recent collision turned them into full-on enemies once more. Whether they can get along enough to win is the main narrative here. The subplot is how much time WWE is going to give these women. A recent backlash from fans about ignoring the women’s division has seen a few more Divas matches’ moves past way-too-short territory.

Second Andre the Giant Memorial Annual Battle Royal
WWE crams its midcarders into a single match here, just as it did at WrestleMania XXX. The Prime Time Players, The Ascension, The Miz, Damien Mizdow and Zack Ryder are among those entered in the over-the-top-rope battle. One has to assume that this is where WWE plugs in Sheamus for his expected return. In addition, the match gets a boost from NXT. A four-man tournament at WrestleMania Axxess will allow one NXT wrestler to make his way into this contest. Ryback has received much of the attention leading up to this Battle Royal. He enters as the favorite for that reason.  He or whoever wins has to hope that taking home that Andre trophy does more for their career than it did for Cesaro last time around. He tumbled downward into obscurity after his victory.

Rusev vs. Cena II
In a match that feels a lot like Rocky IV moved to the squared circle, the gutsy American hero looks to take down the big, bad Russian. Rusev enters having never lost by pinfall or submission. Cena makes his way into action with a long history of overcoming odds and getting big wins. Just as Bryan may help restore prestige to the IC title, WWE may be planning to have Cena do the same for the United States Championship. Rusev won the first round at Fastlane when Cena blacked out. The expectation that good and America prevail this time around.

Wyatt vs. Undertaker
After Undertaker’s first loss at WrestleMania, he disappeared. Fans wondered if he was done with wrestling. Well, he has at least one more match in him. Wyatt has been carrying this feud, calling out The Deadman, promising to become the new face of fear. What Undertaker has left and whether the company will have him follow a 21-0 run at the event with a 0-2 slide are the two biggest stories heading into this clash. WWE can give Wyatt a major boost with a dominant win. But WWE’s eyes may be on next year’s event, where some expect Undertaker to finally face Sting.

Sting vs. Triple H
Soldiers on opposing sides of the Monday Night War face off. It is Sting’s first WrestleMania match and his first WWE bout overall. With Sting in his ’50s, fans don’t know what to expect of him physically. Triple H will likely have to do much of the work here as he presumably looks to make Sting look like a force worth paying to see next year as well. Wrestling-wise, this is likely to be a letdown. The story, though, will be the main focus. With some smoke and mirrors and two elite storytellers at work, this should be something memorable in spite of the men involved being a combined 100 years old.

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
Fans booed Reigns when he won the Royal Rumble. Will they buy him as a top babyface two months later? That is as big a question as who will come out of this as champ. Lesnar and Reigns could flip roles with the challenger turning heel to play into the negative reaction he has received. Reigns is a young, talented wrestler brimming with potential. WWE is trying to infuse new blood into the main event by elevating him faster than some expected. It’s a bold move, one that may backfire if WrestleMania’s crowd is as harsh as the one from the Rumble. In addition, fans will be on the look-out for Paul Heyman potentially siding with Reigns and Rollins looking to end the night as champ with a cash-in.The title match could either be Reigns’ coronation or a spectacular catastrophe. That in itself is reason to watch. Roman Reigns headlines pro wrestling’s Super Bowl opposite Brock Lesnar. Questions of his readiness to be a true headliner and whether fans will treat him like a babyface or an umpire who just missed a key call swirl around him. Reigns jetted past his former brethren from The Shield, becoming the first of that trio to main event The Showcase of the Immortals. With Reigns, WWE will be hoping to launch a new era and announce the arrival of a new megastar. Audience backlash is a potential roadblock to those goals.

Sarah Small

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