Re: Being The Booker
**Note, this post is set three hours prior to WM, the show itself still wont be posted until tomorrow**
Wrestle Mania Countdown T- 3 hours:
With just three hours remaining until Wrestle Mania tensions have been running high backstage. The order of matches has been tweaked a few times, mostly to suit Shawn Michaels and The Rock. They, along with Triple H have all been upset with how their plans for Wrestle Mania have went. Neither Rock or Michaels was keen to work with the other, but eventually both agreed to work the angle.
Since then though, they have put personal differences aside, but have had to watch on as their ‘Dream Match’ has been big footed by the build up towards Bret Hart vs. Kurt Angle.
Now, management have been tip toeing around both men to keep them as happy as possible, and rumours suggest that they will be going on second to last on the show, just before the main event. Expect Rock and Michaels to try and tear down the house in hopes of stealing the show. The finish is still being worked on though, which could lead to an argument or two as the show nears, with both men insisting on winning it seems.
Meanwhile, the other unhappy party in the build up to tonights show, Triple H, has apparently been further angered this afternoon with the positioning of his match on tonights card. His No DQ match with Shane McMahon is likely to be placed in the mid point of the show - or at least around that area - which has upset The Game. It’s no secret that Triple H has been unhappy with the way he was booked going into tonights event, and he even played that up on screen to a certain extent. With Triple H so far down the pecking order on this show, sources have indicated he will demand a lengthy match up, with full control over the booking of the match too. It’s almost a lock that he will be victorious tonight, and many expect him to be pushed immediately after Mania, as a way of apologizing for his lack of role at this years event.
Another lock on the card could be Trish Stratus. Sources have indicated that Shaniqua will be released directly following tonights show.
It seems the JBL - Matt Hardy contest will not be opening the show. Initial plans saw those two opening proceedings, but due to the booking of the match, it’s been decided that it wouldn’t make for a logical opener.
It leaves the Wrestle Mania 21 rematch between the Raw and Smackdown Tag Team Champions as the likely opener, and with expectations high for both teams to impress as they did last year, a lot of pressure will be on their shoulders to deliver should they be given the opener.
Rumours backstage suggest that the Roll of the Dice wont be as much of a lottery as suggested. The dice is likely to be rigged with a magnet type device, which would allow the ladder match to come up second for the Money in the Bank briefcase, and would rule out a disappointing match choice, such as a Submission match.
In regards to that two fall match, there appears to be a lot of confusion as to who will be winning each fall, with decisions changing constantly. Rob Van Dam though is the only name thus far that HAS NOT been brandished about winning either fall. It’s unknown as to why that is, unless he is made a last minute choice to win one of the two falls.
Another unhappy party at the moment is Hulk Hogan. Hogan again didn’t fly in for Raw last Monday, although it’s now been seen as a good thing, with Mick Foley delivering a killer promo last Monday and had Hulk actually made the trip, the segment might’ve went much differently. Hogan does have his family in tow, and it seems one last minute decision has been made for Brooke Hogan to sing ‘America the Beautiful’, alongside Lillian Garcia. Initially, Hogan was set to get a pin fall win over Ric Flair tonight in the six man tag, but reports suggest that Hogan wont be involved in any pin fall decision tonight, win or lose. Don’t expect to see The Immortal One anytime soon following tonights event, after the trouble he has caused over the last six weeks.
Kane is making his return tonight, as a guest on Pipers Pit. Details are sketchy, but expect run ins galore, which should keep Kane from having to talk much - if at all - with Maven the most likely to feature, after complaining about the attention on Kanes return a week or so ago. A handful of jobber heels are likely to be fed to Kane too, whilst rumours suggest there could be a special ‘un advertised guest’ featuring at some point on the Pit.
An Undertaker win is NOT guaranteed tonight. Although it is almost certain that The Deadman will go over, sources have suggested that officials have not ruled out Chris Jericho picking up a win, as late as yesterday afternoon. A win for Jericho would make him forever, but a loss wouldn’t do him much harm, given Undertakers record of wins, so the jury remains to be out.
Another match with an uncertain outcome is the World Heavyweight Title Match, pitting John Cena against Randy Orton, in another rematch from Wrestle Mania 21 last year. With the feud likely to run on after tonight, the outcome is extremely shady at this point. It appears this match will suffer though, with Triple Hs demands for a longer match, meaning time will likely be cut from this contest, with neither man fully trusted to carry a long match against someone else not classed as a great worker without any ‘gimmicks’. Last year, Cena and Orton closed the show with a strong No DQ match, but they’ll have to work without the added stipulations this year, which is being seen as a test to both men, in order to see how far they’ve come in the ring.
Steve Austin is likely to bow out tonight with his match versus Christian. The Rattlesnake has been literally on borrowed time over the past seven months, and really has stuck around to go through a feud with Goldberg, and to carry out this feud with Christian. it’s been said that Austin has been in such an incredible amount of pain, he’ll likely only be able to go for a short match tonight, probably nothing more than 10 minutes perhaps. Whether Austin bows out on a high, or goes out putting over a new talent on the big stage remains to be seen. However, despite his problems, expect Austin to give 100%, whether the match lasts five minutes, or half an hour.
Of course, one other legend set to lace his boots one last time is Bret Hart. Like Austin, this is set to be Harts final appearance in a WWE ring, and, like Austin, Hart will want to go out by giving his all one last time. Hopes have not been high for Brets level of performance this evening, but after months of training - having agreed to do the match in September - and weeks of intense training over the last two months, The Hitman is actually quietly confident of giving an acceptable performance tonight against Kurt Angle. Angle though, is expected to tone down his style for the match, with an array of high impact suplexes likely not to feature - or at most very sparingly.
Then, the main event. Brock Lesnar and Chris Benoit are both being expected to carry a 25 minute match this evening, and with no outside interference, or any gimmicks, everyone has high hopes for a traditional wrestling match of the highest calibre to close the show. Many feel this will be by far and away - technically at least - the very best match of the entire show. Anything other than a Chris Benoit win seems unlikely, given the push he has received this year, along with the past history of Royal Rumble winners records in Mania main events, but a Lesnar victory cannot be ruled out, with Brock seen somewhat as a ‘Golden Child’ of the WWE, and the fact he retained the title in the Wrestle Mania 20 main event against Goldberg, after Goldberg was originally pencilled in to take the title.
Now, here’s the good news. Wrestle Mania IS DONE!!! Finished, completed, however you want to put it, it’s DONE. I cant really say if it’s good or bad, as I usually get a little bit concerned as it comes to crunch time of posting it, plus there are a few big matches I completed a long time ago, and it’s too late now to double check them. The last match was completed today, and that was the main event, which personally, I think is one of the best matches I’ve written, without any gimmicks of any type. Hopefully it goes down well, but I’ll have to wait and see what the reaction is following it. I’ll just be thankful when it’s posted, and I can move on from it, as it seems like I’ve been working to this point forever.
So, set your alarms - 7PM GMT TOMORROW (just over 22 and a half hours from now) - WRESTLEMANIA WILL BE POSTED!!