With SummerSlam behind us and 2016 rapidly entering its closing stretch, wrestling fans' eyes across the world are already looking towards WrestleMania 33. Not only will this year’s WrestleMania be particularly interesting as it’s the first brand-split WrestleMania in some time, but in the minds of some, it will need to be an absolute smash hit in order to make up for the less than impressive effort that was WrestleMania 32. While there are a lot of things that can help WrestleMania 33 surpass this year’s show (most notably less time spent on flamethrower entrances for The Rock) ultimately, it comes down to whether or not WWE can book the right matches.
That’s where we’d like to throw our two cents into the ring. It might only be August, but it already feels like it’s time to start dreaming of the perfect WrestleMania card. At the same time, it also feels the right moment to start making it very clear which matches should not come anywhere close to making it on the biggest card of the year unless WWE are trying to build the worst WrestleMania ever. It’s why we present to you the 8 matches we want to see at WrestleMania 33 and the 8 matches we don’t.
16 Want: The New Day vs. Enzo and Cass
15 Don't: Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are two extremely gifted wrestlers that have been stealing the show together ever since they broke into the business. When they joined WWE, many of their fans immediately pointed to their own WrestleMania sign in the sky and started dreaming of a clash between these indie legends on wrestling’s biggest stage. While there is certainly an argument that these two deserve that WrestleMania moment, it feels like WWE’s chance to pull this match off would have been at WrestleMania 32 when the two participated in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship.
14 Want: Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles
13 Don't: Braun Strowman vs. The Undertaker
12 Want: Cruiserweight Lader Match
11 Don't: Randy Orton vs. John Cena
10 Want: John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose
So what should John Cena do at WrestleMania? Well, there’s a few ways WWE can go with him. One of the most popular suggestions from the last few years has been to have Cena face-off against The Undertaker and, while that match would have felt more meaningful had WWE kept Undertaker’s streak alive over the years, you still have to imagine it’s coming at some point. As we’ve got another opponent in mind for The Undertaker, however, the next best option seems to be Dean Ambrose. These two have had a throwaway match when Ambrose challenged Cena for the US Title, but they’ve never had the chance to work a proper PPV bout.
9 Don't: American Alpha vs. The Usos
If you look at SmackDown’s tag team roster, you’re not going to be happy with what you find. As it stands, the only tag teams on the SmackDown brand are American Alpha, The Ascension, The Usos, The Vaudevillains, and Tyler Breeze and Fandango. All due respect to the wrestlers involved in the division, but that isn’t exactly a hall of fame lineup. It seems inevitable that American Alpha will emerge as the champions prior to WrestleMania and unless WWE decides to call up The Revival or another young team, the only real possible contenders on the brand right now are The Usos.
8 Want: Asuka vs. Sasha Banks
7 Don't: Becky Lynch vs. Nikki Bella
So, if Becky Lynch doesn’t get her SmackDown showdown with Asuka at WrestleMania 33, then who would she face? Well, if we’re going off of the current roster, then there are two names that currently stand out from the rest are actually Eva Marie and Nikki Bella. Just a few weeks ago, the worst name would have been Eva Marie by a considerable margin. Now, however, there is a darkly amusing entertainment value to the possibility that WWE could extend Eva’s refusal to wrestle storyline all the way to WrestleMania where she could worm her way into a WrestleMania match. If so, then that could actually be interesting.
6 Want: Brock Lesnar vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
5 Don't: The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar
4 Want: Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
3 Don't: The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
This represents the other end of how WWE can go with The Miz storyline. It’s possible that they will work an angle that sees Daniel Bryan choose a wrestler to act on his behalf against The Miz, and Dolph Ziggler seems like a likely candidate to fill the role. Even if that doesn’t happen, looking at the SmackDown roster as it currently stands, Dolph Ziggler is one of the only viable contenders for Miz’s soon to be prized Intercontinental Championship. It would be a shame if WWE doesn’t find someone else to fill that role.
2 Want: Finn Balor vs. The Undertaker
As mentioned earlier, there is always the possibility before every WrestleMania season that WWE will pull the trigger on that John Cena/Undertaker showdown. After all, it’s usually the one Undertaker WrestleMania match that finds its way to the top of nearly every fan’s wishlist. This year, however, a new option has presented itself in the form of Finn Balor. Let’s be honest about The Undertaker for a bit. He is an all-time great who, at best, has maybe three WrestleMania matches in him, if he's lucky.
1 Don't: Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
More likely than not, Finn Balor is going to find his way back into the Universal Championship picture by the time that WrestleMania 33 rolls around. However, given that he is estimated to be out of action for at least six months, there is a strong chance that WWE is thinking that there is no way that they are going to spend all that time not building towards a WrestleMania match. If that is the case, then it’s looking like Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns might just be the company’s backup plan. It would be a real shame if that came to pass. Seth Rollins is still trying to reclaim the buzz he had prior to his injury, and Roman Reigns…well, let’s just say that Roman Reigns’ chance to be the next big thing is well behind him. There was a time when this match could have easily headlined WrestleMania. That time is not now.
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