We are 2 weeks removed from the biggest WrestleMania of all time, where WWE packed over 101,000 people (debated) into the AT&T stadium in Dallas. Next year’s WrestleMania is being held in the smaller Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, which can itself hold an impressive 64,000 people.
So with us being one year away, what better opportunity than now to book WrestleMania 33?
So I’m going to take this opportunity to indulge in everyone’s favourite wrestling past time and fantasy book the biggest show of the year.
Lets start with the tag-team division, seemingly revitalised with the recent addition of Enzo & Cass to the main roster. If we assume that within the next year that current NXT Tag-Team champions American Alpha will also have debuted on Raw, that already could be the Tag-Team title match on next year’s big card. Add into the mix The Dudley Boyz & Bullet Club (name pending) and that looks like a strong 4-team match for the championship. However, as I’m the booker in this situation, I am instead going to book the defending champs American Alpha taking on Enzo & Cass.
Now it’s not WrestleMania without a Undertaker match (recent reports of retirement notwithstanding) and for me we have two options here. One being the long-awaited match with Cena or – and I’d definitely prefer this option – a long feud with Finn Balor. Starting at SummerSlam, the debuting Demon Balor could cost Undertaker in the main event of the show, setting up a Demon v Deadman match at WrestleMania 33. If only for the entrances alone, this needs to happen.
Samoa Joe should be in the mix on Raw around the end of the year, and what better than rekindling a feud that may have taken place in another unnamed company. And it isn’t Ring of Honor. AJ Styles v Samoa Joe is a match we, as fans of the business, have seen many times before, but to have it on the biggest stage would be on a level above anything they’ve previously done.
I’m not going to mess around with this next one. The WWE Womens championship match is a one on one contest between Charlotte and Sasha Banks. It really is as simple as that for me on this occasion, with Sasha of course going over.
Now for CM Punk’s favourite part of WrestleMania; the part-timer position. Rather than having The Rock be at WrestleMania and wasting 30 minutes of everyones’ time, I’m going to punish him by putting him in a rematch with a man he has never got that big victory over. A man in the shape of Brock Lesnar. This would be a rematch 15 years in the making and, of course, I have Brock going over against the hometown hero.
My other option for Brock would be in a genuine hard-style match against the King of Strong Style himself, Shinsuke Nakamura. The only problem with staging what would basically be a real fight is that Brock’s mystique could be ruined if Nakamura genuinely knocks him out!
The WWE World Heavyweight title match should feature Roman Reigns. They’ve given him the ball and now they have to let him run with it, and I have to say that after his first two weeks on Raw, things are encouraging. Reigns does need a legitimate challenger for his belt, a title that, at this stage of fantasy booking, he would of held for one year straight. Now, you have options here; Seth Rollins is my immediate thought, and the fact that they have a built-in story line with the previous Shield angle makes this seem easy to book. Also add in the wrinkle that Rollins could be suitably annoyed that Reigns took his spot at the top of the card when he went down injured, and you have yourself a title match.
Other options to oppose Reigns include Kevin Owens, Cesaro and Sami Zayn but at this stage I can’t envisage WWE pushing any of them to headline a WrestleMania just yet, even one year from now. I, of course, hold out hope that we see Owens vs Roman for the title on last at ‘Mania, but I’m not holding my breath just yet.
Now I realise that I’ve left a lot of superstars off this card and come Summerslam and Survivor Series time I’ll be looking to add to this post, but until then you’ve got 50 weeks to make this happen.
WWE, get to it.