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Old 05-09-2013, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default WrestleMania Title Matches: Faces Chasing or Defending?

From 1997-2005, every single title match had the faces chasing the title. Since then, the majority of the Wrestlemania title matches have had faces DEFENDING the title at Wrestlemania (including John Cena ALOT and CM Punk in 2012).

My question is which do you prefer, to see a face emerge as the number one contender and challenge for title or faces defending the gold at the big event?
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Wrestlemanua Title Matches: Faces Chasing or Defending?

It's nice to have a change up every once in a while. I don't care whether the face is defending or chasing. Either way, the build has to be damn good to get the viewers engaged.

That being said, it's easier for people to get behind a face who's chasing the title, because everyone loves a good underdog story.
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It seems like in the AE and Ruthless Aggression ERA they went through the faces chasing but in the Hogan/New Generation ERA and current ERA, it's usually the face defending the belt. Not really a mixup, usually consistent. And damn it I spelled Wrestlemania wrong in the title. Mods fix that please if you can so I don't look too stupid.
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Default Re: Wrestlemania Title Matches: Faces Chasing or Defending?

Seems the best builds are when the face is chasing the title. Austin chased it all 3 times, Hogan even chased it twice. Nothing wrong with defending though. It's good to switch it up. It's not like you can have the same people win the Rumble every year.
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can i have both?
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Default Re: Wrestlemania Title Matches: Faces Chasing or Defending?

Like others have said, it's good to switch things up. Hogan-Andre (and I'd also say Cena-HHH) proves that you can get just as good of a story out of a compelling heel challenger as you can with a face pursuing the heel champ.

I think it's a myth that face runs should be short and heel runs should be long. WWE's proven that wrong, even, as part of their formula.

That said, it doesn't always work. Punk/Jericho, while a great match, was hardly the most compelling story going into WrestleMania 28. That might have more to do with the lack of time to build, but sometimes, it can make the WWE Title match feel like just any other match. It's even worse, though, when the face fails to defeat the heel champ (ie WrestleMania 24 where Orton went over) and it just feels like a run-of-the-mill defense.

Which brings me to WrestleMania 25, where HHH-Orton was actually a pretty well built storyline, but because of a crap match, the storyline had no payoff. Orton probably should have won there.

But, usually, the best payoff is almost always when the face defeats the heel champ. Even though Cena/Batista at WM26 didn't have a lot of time to build, it was a satisfying title match with a happy ending where the face beat the heel for the strap and got his revenge. It just shouldn't happen every year with that same formula, though.
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Default Re: Wrestlemania Title Matches: Faces Chasing or Defending?

It's been that long since WWE have had a title match where I was really pulling for the face to win, im not even really sure any more. I wanted Punk to win at 28 but it didn't feel like the main event and in recent years its pretty much been cheer for Cena to win the title or you don't get a face to back.

I think Undertaker vs Edge was the last time and even in that, the streak was the bigger goal. The last really good build up and title win I remember with an up and comer I actually got behind was Batista at Wrestlemania 21.
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Default Re: Wrestlemania Title Matches: Faces Chasing or Defending?

Chasing most definitely, its how you create stars. Shawn at 12, Austin at 14, Rock at 16 (even if he didn't win which was stupid) Lesnar at 19 along with Cena and Batista at 21.

Since then its been the John Cena Show with no on really breaking out and having 'that' moment so its no suprise that since then we really haven't had anyone get close to that level.
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Default Re: Wrestlemania Title Matches: Faces Chasing or Defending?

Personally I'm more of a fan of faces chasing the heel champion but it obviously can't happen all the time so there does need to be some balance.

With a face chasing a heel you have a chance to really make 2 stars, the heel should get more over because they've had a long title run and beaten a lot of people (even if these wins are by dirty tactics). The face will be more over because they are the ones to finally end the title run and overcome the odds.

Cena beating JBL at Wrestlemania 21 was perfect in this way. That win wouldn't have meant half as much had JBL not been champion for the previous 10 months.
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I prefer the face chasing.

But either one done right is fine by me.
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