Why Undertaker is Not Needed at WM 28
by, 01-07-2012 at 08:47 PM (4875 Views)
WrestleMania is coming up very soon and inevitably talk will include the return of The Undertaker. In the last few years around WrestleMania time, a big part of the buzz for the show has been about The Undertaker's streak. It is the only thing in wrestling that is currently legendary. Sure legendary character's still remain like Ric Flair, Stong and Triple H, but the have all far gone past their peak years. The streak is also a legend but has not reached a definite peak.
WrestleMania 28 is going to be centered on one big event - Rock v Cena.
undertaker's streak has gotten so huge that it has deservedly been the most billed thing on the show for the last several years - Why stop that momentum?
The thing about next years WrestleMania is this - It can only really hold ONE historic moment - as the main event is set in stone, and they will have spent a whole year promoting it, it would be foolish to let all the publicity be overshadowed.
I don't know if Taker is scheduled to come back, but I hope it is a long long break. He is already semi-retired at this point and in my opinion he should really take another year off, at least from WrestleMania.
Why do I think this? Aside from the above Rock v Cena situation, the fact is that WWE really don't need Taker around this year. If your going to use him use him right.
WHY WWE DOESN'T NEED HIM
In March or April of last year, WWE was in very bad shape. The whole of WrestleMania 27 revolved around The Rock, a guy who wasn't even wrestling, and Triple H and Undertaker, who are well into their 40's (maybe even early 50's in Taker's case)
The card as a whole looked like this, in order of matches.
Alberto Del Rio v Edge - Edge was truly main event calibre and could be trusted in any position on the card, even the opener. Del Rio though, was totally raw in terms of being a drawable character.
Cody Rhodes v Rey Mysterio - Like Edge, Rey is one of the big stars in the company. As for Cody, there was some buzz around him, as he had finally
just started to make his mark.
CM Punk v Randy Orton - A feud that was brilliant to me because of Punk being a master heel. Like the preceeding two matches, there was a massive star in Orton. Unfortunately, Punk had been long dicked around even before the run of consecutive losses to Orton.
Big Show, Kane, Kozlov & Santino v The Corre - A total throway of a match, I believe it lasted no more than 2 minutes of in ring action. Two dependable legends that were not very relevant at the time teaming with the comedy duo against a newly uprooted heel stable, that fans were not very into.
Michael Cole v Jerry Lawler - This said it all about the strength of the roster. Yes the boss always said that Lawler should get his Mania moment but to pair him with his pet project Michael Cole really showed faith in the superstars.
Undertaker v Triple H - The centerpiece of the whole card. With no streak on the line last year's Mania would have been a complete miss.
Snooki, Trish & John Morrison v Dolph Ziggler & Lay Cool - One C list celeb, legend, and one high point of the roster against the mega heel womens tag team and another high point of the roster. Really this was about getting exposure of Morrison and Ziggler to the audience, simple as.
The Miz v John Cena - The WWE's money man against the new hope. Say what you want about Cena, but he is credible for the main event. Miz was a desperate try to put some life in the main event, but was still the minimal point of the rock-cena-miz fiasco.
So this was two matches from the start that included mania rookies, one serious match in Punk-Orton, 8 man tag involving 6 WM rookies (Santina winning the divas battle royal doesn't count), a commentator bashing that was only saved by Stone Cold Steve Austin being present, a match involving two titans, a match revolved around a celeb and a lacklustre main event with the best there was to offer. How times have changed...
In the last year things have changed. Of the people on that card they are all pretty much more relevant now than they were then. Cena will be competing with Rock in the box office match of the event. Miz will surely be somewhere except the main event, which is not a bad thing (not a Miz hater, but he doesn't scream Main Event does he?). Orton will be back in time for Mania having just enjoyed his most entertaining year feud wise maybe, CM Punk is now HUGE compared to what he was. Edge is sadly gone but in his place Christian is a worthy substitute, if he remains fit.
Of the lower lights from WrestleMania 27, Alberto Del Rio has been through enough to be a more recognised persona, Rhodes has completely ran with his chances throughhout the year, of the 8 man tag, Big Show has been more intersting than he has in years, Kane is currently in a main event program, and Wade Barrett has surely done enough to warrant a place on the final card. As for Ziggler, wasting him in a meaningless 6 person tag is treatment that he definitely won't be receiving. And from the hijacked match, Sheamus has developed into a true WWE star while Daniel Bryan has come on leaps and bounds, and is currently a big deal in the WWE landscape.
And don't forget about Mark Henry, who is certainly WrestleMania worthy at this point in time, or the returning Chris Jericho, who is certainly capable of adding star power.
With a hugely promoted main event, WWE doesn't need to rely on Taker to save the show. Undertaker's longevity has been invaluable for 20 years, and never highlighted in a better way than when star attractions are at a minimum. He is WWE's et out of jail card. In my opinion, WWE have already gotten themselves out of any potential jail with the headlining match, so there is no need to cluster things.
Besides, though it was great I really don't need to see Triple H v Taker again. If they really insist on using Taker Triple H would certainly be worthy, but it has already happened twice. I would be happy seeing Taker fight Jericho, because it's not been done, or have a complete surprise and have Undertaker & Kane v Shawn Michaels and Triple H, as two haunted/obsessedfriends team together to end the streak. Having Kane in would be a perfect wildcard scenario too, and make the match very entertaining, though if Taker lost there would be a riot about backstage politics etc.
So if Taker needs to be used, I would be happy with the Jericho scenario, or teaming with Kane against DX (it would be a culminative story of sorts). But there have been other years where Taker was not need or could not appear.
Mark Calloway (Undertaker) has been away for nearly a full on year. He is at the end of his career and rpretty banged up. Maybe a year off would provide the perfect tonic but there may be a two year plan in force. If WWE are pressing ahead this then they already know what they are going to do. The story of Undertaker laying in the ring last year has endured. There is no need to do anything with it.
I would love to see Taker back soon, but others seem ready to shed the load with the main eventer's. If Taker only wrestles at Mania one more time, it should be centre stage and nothing less.
I hope you enjoyed my blog, I am pretty passionate about this particular subject and hope my wording was coherent enough, and hope you will share your opinions in the comment section. Later chaps!