SummerSlam is beginning to rival WrestleMania as the showcase of the immortals thus, making it harder for WWE to book quality paper view matches in-between the two events.
However, at the end of the day, WrestleMania is truly the granddaddy of them of all. Usually, WWE leaves its best on paper matches for the pay-per-view event.
Let’s take a look at five matches that fans would like to see on PPV, but not necessarily on the biggest stage of them all.
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AJ STYLES vs RANDY ORTON
Two of the companies very best assets, Styles vs Orton would be a quality PPV matchup.
AJ is an extremely good worker and, basically, can have a good match with anybody. Orton too is tremendous in the ring and one of the most naturally talented superstars to ever step inside the squared circle.
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When AJ signed with the company, WWE fans wanted him to feud with the biggest and best of the company.
Orton has been a staple of WWE for well over 10 years now, so the matchup between these two wrestling legends does serve a purpose. The idea of Orton catching a phenomenal forearm into an RKO for the finish could be one hell of an 'OMG' moment.
It’s a match that fans must see at one point on PPV, but not necessarily at WrestleMania.
AJ STYLES vs DOLPH ZIGGLER
With AJ Styles being one, if not, the biggest signings by WWE in the past decade there has been a lot of fans dreaming of matchups for the phenomenal one.
It’s pretty much accepted by the WWE universe that these two are amongst the best in-ring wrestlers in the company. Sometimes fans can look at the pairing of superstars and tell that they would have good in-ring chemistry.
In the current WWE landscape, this would be a downgrade for Styles as he’s looking to pursue his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Ziggler is firmly placed in the mid-card. This matchup could easily happen many times on RAW and Smackdown, but it would be a better spectacle first on PPV.
These two should go for 15-20 minutes on PPV and become a match of the year candidate.
ROMAN REIGNS vs FINN BALOR
Roman may not be a good guy, he may not be a bad guy, he may be the guy… but he’s not the right guy.
Finn Balor isn’t currently on the main roster, but rumours and speculation continue to suggest that he will be sooner rather than later. The exciting thing about Finn’s run in NXT was that he was continually able to create momentum as a champion without getting boring, and show that a long title run on the main roster is a real possibly with the right guy.
Everybody knows about the issues WWE have been having in putting Roman over as a babyface champion, and recent booking of the three-time heavyweight champ suggest it isn’t going to get better anytime soon.
A feud between these two would fantastic and the combustible elements of a Balor Club or even Shield reunion on the horizon suggest it’ll be captivating TV. WWE should bite the bullet (no pun intended) and give Balor the championship in the run in to WrestleMania 33.
Roman vs Balor won’t be a match of the year candidate, however, it’s still a worthy PPV main event. Finn capturing the belt in the lead in the WrestleMania could set up a wrestling classic between Balor and Styles to close out next years’ event.
THE DUDLEY BOYZ vs KARL ANDESRON & DOC GALLOWS
The world's most decorated tag team versus the new baddest tag team on the planet is a dream pay-per-view matchup.
The Dudley’s are unfortunately slowing down and aren’t as good as they once were. WWE really missed a big opportunity to give them the belts after gaining extreme momentum when they returned, and now they are floundering in the tag division because they don’t work as well as they once did.
Anderson and Gallows, however, are probably the WWE’s best in-ring tag team. Anderson, in fact, has the potential to do greater things than tag team wrestling in the WWE. However, at the moment, he and Gallows will remain in the tag team ranks as their unique but hard hitting classical style will be what WWE relies on for the tag division.
The glaring issue is that these two teams are currently heel at the moment, however if WWE could turn the Dudley’s babyface one more time before TLC, than we could get this dream card PPV matchup.
CESARO VS KALISTO
At the moment, this is the best mid-card matchup that WWE could offer its fans for a PPV event. With the current trend in WWE to have multi-person ladder matches at WrestleMania, it’ll be highly unlikely we will get to see one on one matches at the event for a mid-card title.
So, Cesaro and Kalisto at some point this year must have a match on PPV for either the United States or Intercontinental Championship.
We’ve already seen a glimpse of the chemistry the two have at a tag team level when Cesaro and Kidd took on the Lucha Dragons a few times on television, but they still could offer a lot in a singles match.
Both men are babyface at the moment and should remain this way, but Cesaro could easily act as the catalyst in cementing some respect back into Kalisto’s run as United States Champion.
At the end of the day, it would be a fun match that no fan would complain about watching.
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