Views From The Turnbuckle: Wrestlemania 30 Card Projection
Wrestlemania 29 was a disappointment, mainly because it was very similar to Wrestlemania 28. The main event was the exact same, and the wrestlers were mostly the same with the exception of Brock Lesnar. With the 30th installment of Wrestlemania coming up sooner than you may think, you can be damn sure that WWE is going to pull out all the stops for this one. Here is my mock-card for the show that is only 20 weeks away.
There has been a lot of talk of Goldust and Cody Rhodes facing off against each other at Wrestlemania, and while I do think that we eventually will see that, I think Wrestlemania is not the right place to do the match. I think WWE is surprised about how well Goldust is doing right now, not only with his in-ring work, but also with his popularity with the crowd. I would dare to say that he is much more over right now than Cody is. I think that Cody's best bet for the future is as a face, and if they turn Goldust heel to feud with Cody, I think it may backfire and many fans will still support Goldust. It will take a little more time for the Rhodes Family to split and work a feud.
Kofi and The Miz are currently in a little bit of a feud. With Miz clumsily turning heel in a few times and Kofi giving him a little bit of attitude back. This seems different than the standard heel/face feud that Kofi has been doing over the last few years, so there may be something more to it. Kofi and Miz may end up having a few matches, but eventually, they will attain a mutual respect for each other, and Kofi will turn heel. I think this would breathe a lot of life into Miz and Kingston, and it will give The Rhodes Family a decent opponent to work with for Wrestlemania.
Ryback vs Sheamus
Sheamus has sort of flown under the radar since he went out in July because of injury, and he should make his way back by the Royal Rumble, setting him up for Wrestlemania. His absence might actually help him in the long run, as his time on top of the card on Smackdown was beginning to get very dull. When he comes back, he might have a new energy from the crowd behind him, and WWE will likely want to capitalize on that momentum.
Ryback is someone that has finally crashed back down to earth after receiving a push to the moon for most of 2013. He will likely be still working through a booking slump by Wrestlemania, and he may seem like a decent place for Sheamus to get his start climbing back up the card.
A tag match would prevent the oft-injured Mysterio from destroying his knee again, and RVD will need a WM match, as will ADR. The WWE has teased Cara and Mysterio wrestling each other, and I find it VERY unlikely that they will turn Mysterio heel so I can see Del Rio manipulating Sin Cara into joining him in the fight against Rey Mysterio.
Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio have a history teaming together, and RVD and Del Rio certainly have some unfinished business to take care of, so this match works in a multitude of ways.
I believe that Jericho/Ambrose and Ziggler/Rollins could work feuds solo against each other, but since this is Wrestlemania and there are so many other matches that are going on, they work a tag team match to help set up their respective feuds. Jericho and Ambrose seem like a really intriguing pair to see compete against each other, and working with a legend that is always really-over in Jericho could really elevate Ambrose's career.
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