One of the big questions that fans have going into the WrestleMania event is where the matches are going to place on the grandest stage of them all. There are questions about who will start the show, who will end the show and where the contests between will are placed.
Upon first inspection, the placement of the matches doesn't seem to bear any indication of future events, but Facebook WWE fan page, 'The 434', has discovered something rather interesting about the WrestleMania structure of where matches go.
The now discovered trend started at WrestleMania 29 and has continued throughout the last four PPVs.
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The trend that has now appeared on the Internet is in regards to the second match on the WrestleMania card.
For the last four years, the person who lost the second match at 'Mania, was the next contender for the World Championship at the following Pay-Per-View special.
At WrestleMania 29, Mark Henry defeated Ryback in a surprising result. However, at the Extreme Rules 2013 event, Ryback competed for the WWE Championship against John Cena. At WrestleMania 30, Kane lost the second match, however, then faced Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at the following event.
The trend continued at WM31, where Seth Rollins lost the second match, however, managed to be in the WWE Championship picture at the next event.
This year also saw the continuation of this trend with AJ Styles losing the second match but going on to fight for the title at Payback.
This was a very bizarre but excellent discovery from the Facebook page. There was a lot of controversies this year about how AJ Styles lost at WrestleMania and then got a championship match, however, it seems that this isn't the first time something like this has happened.
This could also help to explain the loss for Ryback - another controversial booking decision at the time. WWE has shown that there might actually be a method to their madness here.
It was recently reported that WWE Agent, more commonly known as Road Dogg, stated that "wins and losses don't matter". With the last four post-Mania championship contenders all losing their match, the second match of the night - it seems that this is the ideology of WWE.
Is this just a coincidence or do WWE do this on purpose? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!
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