WWE’s stacked roster following the brand split added a lot of excitement for WrestleMania 33. Both Raw and SmackDown Live have a plethora of great wrestlers that could deliver special performances on the biggest stage of them all. However, rumors have been for potential leaking matches for the big show over the past few months. Almost all of the WrestleMania season rumors have proven to be true, from Randy Orton winning the Royal Rumble to Bray Wyatt winning his first WWE Championship. The dominos are still to fall, but we have a good idea of what the WrestleMania main events will be along with other rumored matches to round out the card.
Most of the information for the event is not providing optimism. Quite frankly, this show on paper could be one of the worst WrestleMania events unless something changes. It’ll more than likely not go down with the memorable WrestleMania shows in the history of the company. We’ll break down the negatives about the rumored card here. These are fifteen reasons why WrestleMania 33 will unfortunately be a bad show.
15. Seth Rollins Injury
Seth Rollins suffering an injury at the hands of Samoa Joe could potentially ruin one of the few good attraction matches rumored for WrestleMania 33. The long awaited match between Rollins and Triple H is still expected to happen at this year’s huge event, but the knee injury has Rollins in question. If his rehab doesn’t go well, the match will likely get canceled.
Even if Rollins is cleared, he’ll be pushing it with his injury timetable suggesting the best case is him returning to action the week of WrestleMania. Rollins will be wrestling his first match since the injury and could have ring rust. The potential best attraction match on the card now has doubt that will negatively affect it either way, unless Rollins pulls a rabbit out of his hat.
14. Potential Hulk Hogan Return
Various insiders have started to discuss the potential of Hulk Hogan making his return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Hogan lives in Orlando and it would be fitting for him to appear there after being exiled from the company less than two years ago. An offensive racial tirade from Hogan released in his sex tape leak caused WWE to fire him from his legend’s contract.
Hogan returning would make some of his old fans happy, but it would be a terrible thing in the short term. The entrance of Hogan is always fun to witness. After that, he turns into a joke, trying to remember his lines and not make mistakes like he did at WrestleMania XXX, where he forgot the name of the venue. WWE pushes diversity and many fans feel uncomfortable at the event given Hogan’s words.
13. Kurt Angle Not Wrestling
One person fans would want to see return to the ring is Kurt Angle. WWE finally welcomed him back into the family this year with an upcoming induction into the Hall of Fame at WrestleMania weekend. Angle will be honored for his contributions to the industry with the induction at the event. However, WWE will not have him wrestle at WrestleMania 33 with the HOF being his main role for the weekend.
Angle will appear on the stage at the very least as part of the Hall of Fame class. The problem is fans will want to see him in the ring one more time and WrestleMania is the stage for it. Angle is a rare legend that could actually contribute in a way that helps the full-time roster. His passion and genuine love for wrestling makes Angle someone we want to see return and WWE is making a mistake by not allowing it at WM.
12. Long Show
One of the biggest issues with WrestleMania 32 last year was the length of the show. The kick-off show lasted two hours with matches taking place in front of a half-empty stadium. It would drag on even longer with the main card lasting almost five hours. Expect that to continue this year with the brand split creating double the amount of feuds, as Raw and SmackDown are different programs.
The expected card would see 12+ matches be announced for WrestleMania. WWE having the WWE Network to air the show without restraints and their drawing power of the event will give them the freedom to go as long as they want. WrestleMania 33 could very well go down as the longest show in WWE history.
11. Part-Timers Squeezing Out Good Workers
The constant issue of part-timers returning at WrestleMania will continue this year. Goldberg’s success adds him to the list of The Undertaker, Triple H and Brock Lesnar making rare appearances at the show. That many wrestlers getting spots on the card means the current full-time workers will struggle to find a place on the show outside of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Talented guys like Sami Zayn, Rusev and Dolph Ziggler are more than likely going to be relegated to the battle royal. The part-timers are fun to watch, but they often fail to deliver memorable performances aside from offering some feelings of nostalgia. In terms of good matches, the current dynamic makes it difficult to deliver great matches with older performers relying on name value.