As WrestleMania edges closer with each passing day, wrestling fans can’t help but compare it to those of years previous. What will happen? Will it be as good as others? Will it be a disappointment? Will it be worth the pay-per-view fee to order it?
And, perhaps most importantly, which will be the standout match? Each WrestleMania, all 28 of them, had at least one match that stands out as the best. Though the card might not be as strong this year as in past years, there are a few that could steal the show.
Rock and John Cena, part II? Could be, but I don’t think it will be as good as the match they had last year. Undertaker vs CM Punk? Maybe. There’s not a doubt in my mind those two will put on an incredible match, one that will be talked about for years to come. But will it be the best of the night? I don’t think so.
For me, the match that will leave fans hoarse from cheering and screaming is that of Triple H and Brock Lesnar. These two men, with their combined years of experience, have the potential to give everybody their money’s worth.
Here’s why. An integral part of any great wrestling match is the ability of the performers to tell a story. Everybody knows the outcome is predetermined, so it’s up to the wrestlers to tell a good enough story that people will forget they’re watching something rehearsed, and will instead become invested in the match. Think of it as watching an action movie. Sure, you think the hero will probably win, but you watch it until the end despite knowing that.
There are not many better in the business at telling a story than Triple H. Don’t believe me? Check out his match last year against The Undertaker. That was a perfect example of two men telling a story. This match has equal potential, and not just for their ability to capture the audience.
Both Lesnar and Triple H are big, stubborn, old-school guys. They each have a set way of doing things, and if somebody crosses them, neither has any qualms about getting a little physical to teach a lesson. Imagine, for a moment, if either wrestler senses the other is being a little too hard with their moves. It wouldn’t be a shock to see that man make his punches a little more realistic. Before anybody realizes it, we could have two grapplers out to teach the other a lesson. Be ready to see these two putting a little extra zing into their kicks and punches.
There’s one final reason this could be the match of the night. As many wrestling fans know, Lesnar’s last WrestleMania match, against Goldberg at WrestleMania XX, was less than stellar. At that time, fans knew both guys were leaving, and they didn’t hesitate to let the wrestlers know how they felt about it. The entire contest was filled with choruses of boos and jeers. Lesnar is a guy built by pride, and he isn’t going to want that disaster to be his WrestleMania legacy. Expect to see him strive to put on a great match.
With that combination of factors, I can’t imagine any other bout taking match of the night away from Lesnar and Triple H. As the saying goes, it’s theirs to lose.
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