Everything Wrong With | WrestleMania 35
Updated: Apr 7, 2019
WrestleMania 35 looks to the be the longest show of all time, with somewhere around twenty matches – some of which, of course, nobody really cares about. However, I'm supposed to begin these articles by looking at the positives, so let's do just that! This year's Show of Shows is set to be headlined for the very first time by the women. It also has the potential to crown three new babyface champions in heartfelt celebration. Finally, lest we forget, Drew McIntyre has a prominent match against Roman Reigns! I promise you that last point has nothing to do with the fact I'm Scottish... Unfortunately, this year's WrestleMania has been booked and promoted like some sort of B Show, not the colossal pay-per-view it has always meant to be, meaning that the build has been rather lacklustre. With that in mind, I'm Matt from Inside Wrestling, and here is Everything Wrong With WrestleMania 35!
Kurt Angle Vs Baron Corbin
Oh, boy... Where to begin?! In fairness, this particular match makes sense from a storyline point of view. It also ensures Kurt Angle bows out with a win, tapping out one of the most despised heels in wrestling today. But... No one asked for it. John Cena, Shelton Benjamin, AJ Styles. Hell, even Chad Gable again. Anyone but Corbin. If you can name me one person excited for this match, you must be lying! To think Kurt Angle, the Olympic Gold Medalist, one of the greatest performers of all time, will be facing Baron bloody Corbin in his final match ever – well, it's just not worth thinking about.
Triple H Vs Batista
A no holds barred match with someone's career on the line? Sign me up! Usually I'd be really excited for a match like this one, but at this point, I could take it or leave it. I just don't think the build has been anything special. I mean, for crying out loud, Batista is holding a grudge from over fifteen years ago. The whole reason he's pissed at Triple H dates back to their days in Evolution. Seriously, WWE? That's honestly the best you could have come up with? A better storyline would have harkened back to mid to late 2014, when Batista wanted to return to the company to promote Guardians of the Galaxy, only to have Triple H laugh in his face, thinking the movie was destined to flop. They could have even thrown Mr. McMahon into the mix in some sort of power struggle for the WWE. Perhaps he hired Batista to take out his son-in-law as a means of maintaining control and authority.
Daniel Bryan Vs Kofi Kingston
I actually don't have a lot negative to say about Daniel Bryan Vs Kofi Kingston. I think the drawn out build, which in many ways has resurrected the dying corpse of Mr Kayfabe, has been exactly what it needed to be. It's just a pity, then, that racist undertones have polluted a perfectly fine underdog story.
Brock Lesnar Vs Seth Rollins
Aw, yeah, this match is happening! Seriously, WWE have done a piss poor job of promoting one of their biggest matches at this year's WrestleMania. Due to the return of Roman Reigns, one final run with the Shield, and the fact WrestleMania and the Royal Rumble are separated by two pay-per-views, the spotlight on this high profile bout has been decreasing in intensity for weeks and weeks. Everyone jumped out of their chairs when Seth Rollins won the Royal Rumble, but our excitement ever since has slowly dwindled. For a match that's been building since 2015, for a story that should have written itself, WWE have really dropped the ball here!
Ronda Rousey Vs Charlotte Flair Vs Becky Lynch
Without even mentioning Asuka and how poorly she's been treated in all of this, the storyline with Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch has been needlessly convoluted. Suspensions, rehirings, further suspensions, further rehirings, title relinquishments – the list just goes on and on. Sometimes the simple route, even if it is predictable, is the way to go. Also, Charlotte should have never been included in this match. I get that she's a fantastic wrestler and she absolutely deserves to be in the first ever women's main event at WrestleMania, but she's now become the female version of Baron Corbin. The vast majority of the WWE Universe would much rather a singles bout, not a triple threat.
Despite everything I've just said, I do think WrestleMania 35 will be a solid if not good pay-per-view. But what do you think? Are you unhappy with the way Braun Strowman has been wasted two years running? What about the mismanagement of the RAW and SmackDown tag team divisions? Let me know in the comments below! I've been Matt from Inside Wrestling, thanks for reading!