Everyone is aware by now that this isn't the WrestleMania card WWE wanted to be presenting to guarantee their biggest ever audience.
There is no getting away from the devastating impact injuries have had on the options at the Creative team's disposal, but there is still no excuse for the uninspired lethargic build that feels like a lacklustre SummerSlam card at best.
WWE has gone into panic mode in some cases, and in others seem to be hoping that by ignoring the problem it will go away.
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Without trying to rub salt in the wound of fans who are feeling apathetic towards WrestleMania 32 already; here is how the card could have turned out without the slew of injuries.
John Cena V Roman Reigns
This match will happen one day and it can only be at WrestleMania. The current top feud with Triple H actually makes perfect sense and has been built logically (mostly) for months. The problem has been the lack of sympathy the storytelling has been able to generate for Reigns.
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It feels like the fan base is almost sorry for Reigns, and booing the production rather than the man himself. However, putting him in a program with a man who knows the situation he is in better than anyone else would make for much more organic storytelling.
The promos would write themselves, about passing the torch and becoming more fractious week on week until the dam bursts. If the WWE is set on forcing Reigns as the top babyface, few people could manufacture that position better than Cena.
Undertaker V Sting
The main objection to this match was the fear of a lack of quality. So now we have Shane McMahon. I'm not saying the Hell in a Cell won't be fun, it will be.
But it won't be a classic remembered at the top of Undertaker's WrestleMania list. Chances are he and Sting also couldn't achieve those heights, but the sheer epic factor of the encounter would make stark contrast to the bizarre, illogical matchup we are being exposed to.
Triple H V Seth Rollins
This is simple. Replace the current story of Reigns with Rollins. Rollins is more believable as an underdog and capable of getting more sympathy.
Seeing him slowly transition into a babyface would have been awesome, and having his intensity show through here against the man who set him up for failure would catapult him towards the very top of the industry.
Brock Lesnar V Dean Ambrose
So, if it wasn't for this match, WrestleMania would be shaping up as the worst card in memory. Sometimes they get it right. Here it is. Enjoy it.
Wyatt Family V league of Nations
The League of Jobbers has been handled terribly. But not as criminally badly as the Wyatt's. The League may not look threatening at all anymore, but at least they are on TV.
While I expect the Wyatt's to have a big impact come WrestleMania night, it's strange that they are not booked for anything as of yet. Another
Another slow-burning face turn could have had them poised quite nicely to challenge the status quo of WWE and go straight for the jugular of the Authority by taking out their mercenaries. It could have been cool, but I doubt the writing staff are up for the task. Better just leave them off the card entirely.
New Day V The Dudley's
Now, this may not sound any more intriguing than what we can expect at 'Mania. But, booking for the Showcase of the Immortals needs planning from months in advance. Right now we have a subtle New Day face turn. And a potentially exciting Dudley's heel turn that has resulted in... nothing.
So how's this for a scenario: The Dudleys turn heel and take out the Uso's much earlier, say at the Royal Rumble.
In the Rumble itself, we get surprise entries from Matt and Jeff Hardy. They come face to face with New Day in a minor Battle Royal spot. Next night on RAW the New Day call out the Hardy's and say what an honour it would be to defend their titles against Team Extreme.
The Hardy's accept for Fastlane and get a great build about redemption and one final WrestleMania moment. Those dastardly Dudley's interrupt the match and beat down the Hardy's and New Day makes the save.
This would set up a real, emotive heel-face dynamic for the tag title match, and Matt and Jeff could either be involved in the match or be ringside depending on their contract status. There is no reason not to treat the tag team division like the World title scene. The Dudleys could be the biggest heels in wrestling if a story like that were told properly.
Kalisto V Neville
There is no need for a second secondary title. Give Kalisto a celebration on RAW where the US title becomes the new Cruiserweight belt and let the sparks fly. There is room for that division.
It would give more structure and clarity to the mid-card, and give both guys direction. Anything is better than the handling of Kalisto's singles run thus far.
Kevin Owens V AJ Styles V Sami Zayn V Chris Jericho
It would be nice for any of the one on one permutations of this to play out. However, the fatal four way is a time efficient way of getting serious talent in the ring and creating a fun match that can go in tons of different directions that would put shine on the Intercontinental Title for months to come.
Randy Orton V Cesaro
A classic case of two guys who match up well and can tear the house down to get the show started. It would be easy to rebook this with either guy further up the card, but they can both do anything so why not put them together?
Now that would be a card I would watch. Will I watch Wrestle<ania 32? Yes. Will I like it? Possibly. But have I enjoyed the road to get there? No, sir.
There are still a couple of weeks until the big night, but I'm not holding out much hope that they will change my mind.
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