John Cena must retire The Undertaker at WWE WreslteMania 34 It is time for the company’s “changing of the guard.” It will be taking place in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Banz Superdome.
The average fan who watched WrestleMania 33, may have assumed the company was for The Undertaker, however, that is not the case. It is unclear if Vince McMahon convinced The Undertaker to come back for one more match, or it “The Deadman” decided to return, but it is a match that has not occurred since 2003, and it is a matchup that will likely never happen again.
According to Forbes, this move is unnecessary both creatively and businesswise. Creatively, the rivalry between Cena and The Undertaker has been overdone. Also, the idea that Cena was left off the fight card is laughable. The average fan is not buying it. The battle should be between to legends who want to save their careers.
“WWE’s Key Performance Indicators shows that the WWE Network subscriber count is cyclical in nature.” It peaks at the time of WrestleMania, near the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second. Then, the subscriber count drops significantly until the Royal Rumble in January. It does not matter how many fights are scheduled or which stars are wrestling at any given time of year. Fans are tuning in at a rapid rate in March and April only, then the tune out.
In September 2017 for the “No Mercy” pay-per-view, the main card was Roman Reigns vs. Cena and Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman. Despite the two biggest dream matches for the time, the subscriber count dropped by 186,000 subscribers.
The matchup between Cena and The Undertaker was not announced at the last RAW or SmackDown events.
Other matchups for WrestleMania 34 include Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. Reigns won the men’s Elimination Chamber Match, earning him the title shot against Lesnar.
Lesnar and Reigns fought for the main event at WrestleMania 31, however, Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and prevented viewers from seeing who won the match.
UFC’s Rhona Rousey made her debut at the Royal Rumble, but it was the Eilimination Chamber event that caught the audience’s attention. Rousey put Triple H through a table and made an enemy of The Game and Stephanie McMahon, who happens to be his wife.
Kurt Angle stayed by Rousey’s side. A Mixed Tag Team match was scheduled for WrestleMania 34, and Rousey will step into the WWE ring for the first time. It will be Rousey and Angle against Triple H and his wife.
AJ Styles will wrestle Shinsuke Nakamura, who won the men’s Royal Rumble. Styles won a Six-Pack Challenge at WWE Fastlane. He beat out Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, and John Cena. This ensure the match would move onward to New Orleans.
Nakamura beat Rusev in an event that showcased the talents of both wrestlers. The matchup was one of the most anticipated fights of 2018.
Asuka will face off against Charlotte Flair. Asuka was able to choose her WrestleMania opponent after she won the women’s Royal Rumble match in January.
The Empress of Tomorrow has gone undefeated her entire WWE career. It has been two-and-a-half years.
After Flair defeated Ruby Riott, Asuka appeared at WWE Fastlane and made it clear her opponent would be the daughter of the Nature Boy.
The Intercontinental Championship will be fought by The Miz, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. The Miz demanded to know who his opponent would be for WrestleMania but may have gotten more than he bargained for from Angle, the RAW general manager. The Miz will have to beat Rollins and Balor for the Intercontinental Championship.
This means, to lose his title, The Miz will not have to be submitted or pinned. He claims that he will hold the title longer than anyone else in the history of WWE.
Alexa Bliss will wrestle Nia Jax for the RAW Women’s Championship. Bliss had to pay for cruelly criticizing her best friend behind her back on RAW. She was not aware that the microphones were still on.
Now, for WrestleMania 34, her title is on the line and the odds are against her.
The RAW Tag Team Championship will be Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Strowman. Strwoman won the Tag Team Battle Royal without a partner. This earned him a surprise shot at The Bar.
The Monster Among Men was told to find a partner for WrestleMania 34 it he wants a title shot per traditional tag team rules. Who will Strowman team up with in New Orleans and create history? Several names have been leaked in rumors, such as Big Show, Dean Ambrose, and Kane.
By Jeanette Smith
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