So instead, I'm going to look at the ten big questions I have going into the big event tonight. How these questions get answered, should shape how the night goes in my mind.
It would make sense for it to be Goldberg and Lesnar but I don't see that happening. While it's definitely an attraction and it's for the Universal Championship, I don't think it's a main event match. Can they work with each other over 5 minutes? If not then I can't see it being the main event. But I'm not sure the Championship match on SmackDown is main event worthy either. And John Cena is in a mixed tag match. I'd predict that Undertaker and Reigns closes the show.
Speaking of John Cena's mixed tag match, I think this is the real underlying element in that match. Obviously Cena and Nikki celebrating in the middle of the WrestleMania ring after their win is going to happen....but does John take it to the next level and propose in the middle of the ring? The entire Bella B******* segments with The Miz and Maryse was designed around the joke of Cena proposing the Nikki. It's been brought up quite a bit on WWE programming, I can't think that's unintentional. If Vegas had odds on "Will John Cena proposes during WrestleMania?" I'd have Yes at at least -200.
Always the highlight of a Shane McMahon match, trying to figure out what crazy shit he's going to pull. Last year you knew he was going to jump off the top of the Hell in a Cell but you didn't really believe he would do it, until he actually did it. His resume of crazy stunts is well-known enough that I don't have to list the rest of his crazy spots in big-time moments. But the question is what does he do this year? I've seen parts of the set but not everything yet. I do see WWE has constructed a mini-roller coaster though this year as part of their "Ultimate Thrill Ride" promotion. I'm pretty sure Shane jumping out of a 100 foot high moving roller coaster is out of the question, but I'm not completely ruling it out either.
The WrestleMania card is stacked full this year. Thirteen official matches by my count. Even with the 2-hour Kickoff Show that's still a lot of stuff to get through. Add in a 2-5 minute video package before each match, the Hall of Fame spot in the middle, a Pitbull concert, possibly a Rock segment, and anything else that isn't already announced and that's a lot of things to get in. How many opportunities, segments, or minutes will The New Day actually get? I hope they aren't just here and there off and on. I really think they have something special and unique planned for them throughout the night at WrestleMania but I could also see them just getting next to nothing and being an afterthought come Monday morning. Hopefully that's not the case.
If The New Day does have a big moment at WrestleMania as hosts, I think it will also involve these two guys. All the cards seem to be in place for a Hardy Boys return to the WWE and WrestleMania seems like the time for it to begin. Maybe they show up with The New Day in some capacity, maybe they end up in the RAW Tag Team Titles match that got changed to a Hardy-friendly Ladder Match almost out of nowhere this week, or maybe they show up in some other capacity. But I'm looking to see if Matt and Jeff find a way on our screens Sunday.
SmackDown has been pretty deliberate in stressing that it's Alexa Bliss against "all available women on the SmackDown roster". That means we're getting more women than just the wrestlers being billed in the match right now. I hit this in my Three Count this week but I was really disappointed when I learned WWE moved this to the KickOff Show earlier in the week because I thought that eliminated the possibility of a huge surprise. As of Saturday though, this match has been moved back to the main show. That means all those possible returns are back on the table. You're telling me Trish Stratus wouldn't come back for a one-time WrestleMania appearance? And there were a lot of former Divas in attendance at the Hall of Fame ceremony for Beth Pheonix's speech. I think this one could be really fun.
WWE has spent months building up Braun Strowman. And to their credit, they've done an outstanding job of doing so. Strowman has been built as a legitimate monster and the WWE Universe has actually accepted him pretty well. Vince has been trying this for years with different wrestlers and finally found one that clicks. I think you could make a similar plea about Samoa Joe but at least he's only been on the roster for a little over a month and has an obvious place to interject himself on Sunday (HHH vs. Seth Rollins). I don't think you can say the same for Strowman. His most likely spot to interject would be in the Reigns/Undertaker match but I think the Undertaker WrestleMania match is so historic in today's WWE that a run-in would cheapen it, especially if it's the main event. I have to imagine Braun makes an appearance on the main card somehow, I just can't see where yet.
WrestleMania is all about the moments. Those moments of surprise, or fear, or joy. One of WWE's best ways to make moments at WrestleMania has always been to bring in or bring back a big name. Either returning stars, new stars, or celebrities. You can always count on somebody you weren't expecting to show up at WrestleMania. I've thrown out some other names above but I think there is even one more big name in WWE's back pocket they have to bring out, but I don't know who it is. The obvious choice is obviously The Rock but he comes back to WrestleMania so often that it's almost expected now. What about a spot for HBK? What if Shaq does actually show up? Is 'Mania the night we get Finn Balor back or Shinsuke Nakamura to appear? Could it be a celebrity cameo? Ronda Rousey? The return of Hulk Hogan? It will probably be none of those people but it will be someone.
I remember thinking going into HHH's match against Sting at WrestleMania that HHH Wrestlemania matches are going to get old really quick if all he does is come back at the biggest event once a year just to lose. I didn't think there was any way Sting was coming into WWE for the first time just to lose at WrestleMania. I was wrong. Even though not much of Sting coming in just to lose made much sense, the one positive part that did come from it was giving non-full time wrestler HHH a win at WrestleMania. HHH can't just appear at WrestleMania every year and lose. He'll have to sprinkle some wins in here and there to make his matches mean something. This feud between him and Rollins feels like it can go past WrestleMania. Have Samoa Joe interfere and help HHH win. Then Rollins can get his ultimate victory in a couple months.
If this ends up being the main event, I can't see another under two minute match flying over with the crowd. Even if it's not the main event, I think a short match gets boo'ed on. So if we time this from bell to bell, how many minutes can these guys give us? I think they can give us at least 10 minutes. The problem to work around there though is the fact that a normal Lesnar match or a what you'd expect a normal Goldberg match to be these days would require their opponent spending a lot of time on the mat selling their injuries. Either of these guys against a Rollins, or Balor, or Styles could give us a 10-15 minute match easily because their opponent could sell the beating they were taking and then make the comeback. Which one of these two guys do we see selling during the match for a long period of time because they're hurt?