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As the calendar turned to 2016 in the realm of World Wrestling Entertainment, there wasn’t all that much to be positive about. Ratings were tanking, 50/50 booking mired many a competitor, its handpicked champion was often getting booed out of building after building around the country, and it continued to be apparent that its longtime owner was growing more and more out of touch with his audience. Not many excuses could be made, even with the rash of injuries that had run amok through the company in the fall of 2015. The talent was there, yet the booking continuously suffered on a weekly basis. There were no plans for the long term, and the old style of having one ‘face’ of the company was taking precedent over everything, even though it was clear that for the last decade or so, it was failing miserably with how they had their faces portrayed.

But not too long before 2016, there did seem to be a bit of hope that the future would be in good hands. Despite that, WWE couldn’t seem to get out of their own way. During a compelling summer of 2011, damn near everything was botched, and it wound up just being about, what else, a part-time wrestler who refused to let someone else get over. The man at the center of that story was uber-popular, yet it seemed like every time he’d go up, they’d bring him right back down until he would bitterly leave the company in January 2014 in scandalous fashion surrounding his health and well-being. And even during that time, WWE had a super nova on their hands, and they weren’t even planning on trying to capitalize on that until pressure caused them to completely cave in.

WWE could still be standing on very broad shoulders right now if more than a few things changed along the way as 2016 approached, in my humble opinion. So, without further ado, let’s take a trip back in time, and try to do our damnedest to fix things so that WWE could be prospering, and not floundering, in 2016 as the ‘biggest’ WrestleMania ever is set to approach.


Our story will begin here at Survivor Series 2012. Survivor Series 2012 might not jump out at you as a transcendent event, but a closer look reveals that an impact was made. I would know. I was there that night in Indianapolis, Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and I watched a few thins that stuck out and amazed me… and also made me shrug my shoulders, and say, “eh.”

Truth be told, the first adjustment we’re going to make happened four months prior to Survivor Series. After #RAW1000, WWE decided that it would be best to run three-hour long broadcasts of their flagship television show, Monday Night RAW. Yeah, no. We’re going to stop that from ever happening. All three-hour RAWs have done since that moment in time is suck the life out of crowds and cause shows to drag along since WWE can’t execute even with three hours. So, we’re going to make everyone’s lives easier, and have RAW be two hours long, every single week of the year.

Back to Survivor Series. Let’s look at the card that night:


3MB def. Team Co-Bro

Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Justin Gabriel, Tyson Kidd and Brodus Clay def. Tensai, The Prime Time Players, Primo and Epico in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match

Eve Torres def. Kaitlyn to retain the WWE Divas Championship

Antonio Cesaro def. R-Truth to retain the WWE United States Championship

Sheamus def. The Big Show via disqualification. The Big Show retained the World Heavyweight Championship.

Team Ziggler def. Team Foley in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series Match

CM Punk def. John Cena and Ryback in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Championship​


Not all that much to speak of, right?

Well, let’s not forget that in that main event, three men who would help shape the foundation of years to come would debut that night. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose brutally attacked Ryback to help CM Punk continue his lengthy championship reign that, at this point, went the full calendar year.

WWE seemed to fumble it from here, though. They danced around the subject of The Shield being allies of Punk. It seemed somewhat implied that it was the case, but they never seemed to show themselves as a full unit. That, I truly believe, was a major, major mistake and WWE could have made them even bigger if they decided to have them truly align with CM Punk and Paul Heyman.

So, let’s start to clean that up, and let’s move on to TLC, with some adjustments being made here by yours truly.

TLC 2012

JTG def. David Otunga

Kaitlyn def. Naomi, Alicia Fox and Natalya in a Fatal Four-Way Match to become the #1 contender to the Divas Title, earning herself a chance at Eve Torres later on in the show.

Team Rhodes Scholars def. Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a tables match

Antonio Cesaro def. R-Truth to retain the WWE United States Championship

Drew McIntyre def. Kofi Kingston, Wade Barrett, The Miz, Alberto Del Rio in a Five-Way match to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Kaitlyn def. Eve Torres via disqualification. Torres retained her WWE Divas Championship.

Big Show def. Sheamus to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Dolph Ziggler def. John Cena in a Ladder Match to maintain the MITB contract, thanks to the help of AJ Lee, who turned heel and aligned herself with Dolph.

The Shield def. Team Hell No and Ryback in a TLC match.​

So, we had our preshow matches that night, but instead of randomly shoehorning Naomi into the title picture, I decided to have Kaitlyn get another crack at the title. I also decided that instead of a lame Santa’s Little Helpers Battle Royal that I would treat the women like wrestlers and pit them in a Fatal Four-Way Match. Kaitlyn would get the W after pinning Naomi, following a Spear.

Another change that I made was to reshuffle the deck and wipe out a match entirely and add participants to another. The Miz and Alberto Del Rio teamed up with The Brooklyn Brawler for… some reason. I guess because it was in Brooklyn. Sure. And the three of them faced 3MB in a match that went les than four minutes.

Okay! No. We’re not going to do that. Instead, leading up to TLC, Wade Barrett, along with Drew McIntyre, Alberto Del Rio and The Miz decided to pursue Kofi Kingston and the Intercontinental Championship. 3MB was a pretty solid comedy act, but let’s legitimize them and give Drew McIntyre, who is perhaps the best of the trio, the Intercontinental Title for the second time in his career.

Kaitlyn would battle Eve for the second consecutive Pay-Per-View and put up a very valiant effort. Prior to their match at Survivor Series, Aksana tried… and failed miserably at sneak attacking Kaitlyn. This time around, Kaitlyn had gathered loads of momentum and seemed to be cruising towards her first Divas Championship. But she’d be BLASTED between the eyes with the Divas Title by Aksana. Aksana and Eve, who would align themselves, pounded away at the challenger, and Eve would drill Kaitlyn with The Heart Breaker and leave her lying flat on the mat.

This would continue to turn Kaitlyn into a babyface who couldn’t get her break and keep her looking strong. Also, Aksana could be legitimized next to Eve, the incumbent champion, as Aksana, a youngster, justifies her place with Eve as wanting to be around a champion and doing what it takes to get to that level eventually, too. So it’s a win-win for all parties involved.

We’re still going to have the polarizing AJ Lee join Dolph Ziggler’s side as his girlfriend, turning on John Cena, and perhaps staying as far as we can away from that one awkward time those two kissed. Meanwhile, we’ll reshuffle things again here and have the main event be The Shield vs. Team Hell No and Ryback, and have that match commence and have it be as great as it was…

With one adjustment, and that’s that CM Punk, returning the favor from the month prior, would bust one Daniel Bryan over the head with a crutch, leading to Dirty Deeds being delivered by Dean Ambrose, giving The Shield the victory, and leading to CM Punk showing a sign of solidarity at the top of the stage a few moments later, extending his fist out, as did Paul Heyman, creating one very Dangerous… Alliance.


So the road to the Royal Rumble would soon begin and CM Punk and The Dangerous Alliance would begin to make enemies with just about everybody. Ambushes, in-ring attacks, match invasions, you name it, it happened. CM Punk’s long title reign looked to have no end in sight, but don’t tell that to a certain Brahma Bull who would make his return on the final RAW of 2012 in Washington D.C. The Rock was here and The Rock wanted nothing more than to be WWE Champion again. And after a fierce battle of words, The Rock planted The Straightedge Superstar with a Rock Bottom to remember.

The Dangerous Alliance would not let The Rock forget about this though. Over the next few weeks, leading up to what would be a clash of titans at the Royal Rumble, Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins were all able to get their shots in on arguably the biggest WWE superstar of all time. It seemed like the odds were shockingly stacked against The Great One, until he, Punk, Heyman, and the world would receive a bombshell announcement from none other than Mr. McMahon!

Vince arrived to RAW for the first time in many years after seeing the destruction that waged on for many weeks, and decided to issue a mandate that looked to put everything in doubt: Mr. McMahon would mandate that The Dangerous Alliance would be BARRED from ringside and that if any of them appeared, they would be FIRED!

The chaos was not just exclusive to the WWE Title scene either, no. The World Heavyweight Title scene was thrown for a loop on the final edition of RAW in 2012. Dolph Ziggler would cash in the contract during a match for the title between Sheamus and Big Show and would WIN the championship after hitting the Zig Zag on Sheamus!

AJ and Ziggler, WWE’s newest couple, would taunt both Sheamus and Big Show in the days that would follow, leading to a triple threat match for the championship on the second edition of SmackDown of 2013. Ziggler would win the match, retaining his title, after AJ decided to toss powder into Big Show’s eyes after a Chokeslam to Sheamus. Ziggler then delivered a huge superkick to Show’s face, and pinned him 1-2-3 in the middle of the ring.

Dolph and AJ would think that their problems were over, and that the celebration could continue, but an old friend would rear his head… and his name was John Cena. (Okay, I had to do that y’all. I’m sorry). Cena would chase, chase, and chase the title more in a feud that drew comparisons to one that happened six years ago in a very… very similar fashion.

And, of course, the leadup to the 2013 Royal Rumble wouldn’t be complete without hype for the Royal Rumble match itself, would it? No, of course not. A slew of contenders, as it always seemed to be, would throw their names in the hat and try to stake a claim to get to the main event of WrestleMania 29.



Team Rhodes Scholars def. Team Hell No to win the WWE Tag Team Championships. Kane chokeslammed Daniel Bryan to eventually lead to the pin fall.

Kaitlyn def. Eve Torres by countout. Eve would retain the Divas Championship, this after getting herself counted out after leaving the ring.

Dolph Ziggler def. John Cena to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.

CM Punk def. The Rock to retain the WWE Championship after Brock Lesnar hit an F-5 on The Rock, laying him out.

Daniel Bryan won the 2013 Royal Rumble. Bryan last eliminated Kane after coming in at the No. 3 position to earn himself a spot in the main event of WrestleMania XXIX.​

Following their victory at TLC, Rhodes Scholars would become the No. 1 contenders for the Tag Team Titles. The dysfunctional Team Hell No wore at the seams and dissolved at the Royal Rumble when Kane chokeslammed Bryan, leading to Damien Sandow scoring a pin fall to give him and Cody Rhodes the WWE Tag Team Titles.

Kaitlyn and Eve, meanwhile, would once again meet for the WWE Divas Championship at the Royal Rumble. Aksana would be at ringside, but would be thrown out of the area by the official after her tactics became too seedy for the referee not to notice. Kaitlyn, again, seemed to be in position to win, but Eve would run away from the ring with her championship in possession, ultimately lead to a count out win for Kaitlyn that obviously had her pissed.

AJ would not accompany Dolph to the ring at his request, as he said he felt he had to prove everyone wrong that said the only reason he retained the title was because of AJ’s help. Lee was disappointed, but supported her boyfriend’s decision. Dolph and John Cena would collide in a classic encounter, and Dolph would indeed shock the world by pinning the multi-time World Champion CLEAN AS A WHISTLE.

Perhaps the most shocking result that happened that night in Phoenix was in the high stakes WWE Championship Match between CM Punk and The Rock. The two would engage in a 25-minute encounter that would prove to be one of the best matches of the year. The Dangerous Alliance may have been barred from ringside, but no one ever said anything… about ‘The Beast Incarnate.’ Brock Lesnar would resurface for the first time since SummerSlam when he broke Triple H’s wrist, and would drop The Great One with an F-5! CM Punk would climb up to his feet, pull Rock up and hit him with the GTS for good measure, and with that, Punk’s title reign now extended 434 days, and it appeared that Punk’s Dangerous Alliance just got even more threatening…

…And thus lead to the Royal Rumble, where 30 superstars fought for glory and the honor of being in the main event of WrestleMania. Daniel Bryan, who came in at the No. 3 spot, this after being betrayed earlier in the night by Kane, would have the vocal fan support of the crowd in Phoenix as he outlasted damn near everyone in the matchup. And when it came down to the bitter end, Bryan stood across from the monster that turned his back on him earlier in the night. Bryan would wage a war with The Big Red Machine, and it would be the wily underdog Bryan who would eliminate the monster Kane to win the Royal Rumble Match!


Chapter 2: The Road to WrestleMania

...Coming Soon...​

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While I'm sad to see your 2015 thread go bye bye, I am one hundred percent okay with this. You've done a great job putting your own little marks on this.

A few small things:

Yay Dolph push. I'm glad you had him tell AJ to stay at the back, gives me an idea that he might be starting a bit of a face turn style thing (provided he was heel at the time, I might be wrong).

The Dangerous Alliance - while I don't think I'm feeling the name, is a great idea. Having Punk, Heyman and the Shield - and later Lesnar - is an immense stable that I look forward to seeing more from. Having Lesnar kayfabe break Triple H's wrist is pretty huge, but that also means you'll have two heel stables competing? I mean, I think I got the idea of the heel stable from the Dangerous Alliance. But then with the people involved, they would get the cheers anyway.

Anyway, I love your booking, so I'm down with this, let's see what you can do.

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So you are building until 2016 from Mania 29 ? Wow that is one impressing task to take. Good luck. I like the Punk - Shield connection. I remember being disappointed it didn't come to fruition in real life. So Mania 29 Punk vs Bryan? And Rock vs Brock? Looks that way . Interested where you go with Cena here as i felt his feud with Bray around Mania was good. Very good.

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Discussion Starter #5 (Edited)
Alright. So, after giving it thought, letting things stew for a while and going about some other thoughts, I have decided to take part in getting going here.

I think my method, at first, felt a little ambitious.

So I'm going to post the cards here and then just keep trucking as frequently as I can. Sorry for the wait.


Daniel Bryan's WrestleMania Main Event Spot on the Line
Daniel Bryan def. Kane at 14:05. Bryan REMAINS in the main event of WrestleMania.

WWE United States Championship Match
Seth Rollins def. Antonio Cesaro at 12:07. Rollins is the NEW United States Champion.

WWE Tag Team Championships Match
Team Rhodes Scholars def. Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara at 9:28. Rhodes Scholars RETAINED the WWE Tag Team Titles.

***After the match, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose brutally attacked both teams and picked up the WWE Tag Team Titles and gazed at them for a moment***

One on One
{If Kaitlyn wins, she faces Eve Torres for the Divas Title at WrestleMania XXIX}
Kaitlyn def. Aksana at 7:49. Kaitlyn earns a shot at the Divas Title at WrestleMania XXIX.

World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match
Dolph Ziggler def. Randy Orton, Wade Barrett, Big Show, Sheamus and Ryback at 30:07. Ziggler RETAINS the World Heavyweight Title.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Drew McIntyre def. Alberto Del Rio at 10:07. McIntyre RETAINS the WWE Intercontinental Title.

Road to WrestleMania XXIX Final

{The winner faces CM Punk for the WWE Title at WrestleMania XXIX}
The Undertaker def. John Cena at 21:17. The Undertaker earns a WWE Championship shot at WrestleMania.

The night after the Royal Rumble would be an unforgettable night in Las Vegas. At the site of the famed 'pipe bomb' it was CM Punk's agent and advocate who would drop a bombshell of his own. Heyman, alongside Punk, would look Vince McMahon between the eyes, as the Chairman came down with the intention of putting Punk in an Elimination Chamber match. Heyman would rail Vince for this decision, saying, to an effect, that putting one of his greatest champions, a man who was on Day 435 of his historic reign, did not belong ANYWHERE near a structure so divisive and destructive. Punk seemed to protest this at first, but Heyman perhaps told Punk everything that he wanted to hear, informing him that he was a big money player who should only fight where the big money is. He's already hurt his knee severely and was working with that injury, and he didn't want to have him and his WrestleMania main event payday be snuffed out. So standing tall, Paul Heyman told Vince that CM Punk wouldn't be competing ANYWHERE, let alone in the Elimination Chamber, until WrestleMania XXIX!

This decision would have ripple effects across the board. For the next week, CM Punk seemed to lament this and said he didn't get to 434 days as champion (and counting) by sitting on the sidelines. However, his agent talked to him how he wanted him to, saying he was big money, that he was the star attraction, and that he was EVERYTHING that he envisioned becoming two years ago during his well-known and publicized contract discussions with Vince. Heyman said that his legacy could be further cemented if he continues to reign as champion entering WrestleMania and furthermore as a fresh body. Heyman questioned who the last champion was that walked into WrestleMania with a near-500 day reign as champion, and simply told Punk that it was Hulk freakin' Hogan and Diesel, and that EVERYONE knows that CM Punk is going to be a bigger STAR than Hulk Hogan and Diesel ever were.

The more Heyman talked, the more Punk listened. The more Punk listened, the more the two would fade... and fade... and fade.

So without a WWE Champion and an Elimination Chamber to decide a champion, WWE had to act fast. SO, a tournament was created to determine the challenger for CM Punk.

But, wait what about Daniel Bryan?

Well, even at his best request, he was flat out DENIED by Paul Heyman who told Bryan that he didn't belong in any type of conversation involving CM Punk. CM Punk was a big star and Daniel Bryan was a fighter and a bad ass, no doubt about it, but he didn't belong in the same breath. To appease Heyman and the demands of the WWE Champion, Vince had to inform Bryan that he could only challenge whomever the World Heavyweight Champion was. Bryan, expectedly, wasn't too pleased by all this, and made it his mission to prove Heyman wrong, to prove CM Punk wrong, and if he had to pursue the World Heavyweight Championship then so be it.

Our tournament engulfed RAW and SmackDown! over the next few weeks and when it was all done and dusted, it was The Undertaker and John Cena, two of the biggest stars in the company's history, going toe-to-toe. In the end, The Undertaker emerged victorious after a powerful Tombstone Piledriver that set the stage for an absolutely EPIC encounter between CM Punk and The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXIX!

The World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler, fresh off his win over John Cena gained an incredible amount of confidence after winning his match against John Cena. Ziggler and AJ's relationship continued to blossom, even though AJ wasn't too fond of th eidea of Dolph being in the Chamber, or him going out without her to the ring. She'd suggested a few times that Dolph follow in the footsteps of Punk and Heyman, but Ziggler denied it, saying that the money and the fame was what he wanted, but what he wanted more than ANYTHING was to go out, steal the show, and become one of the best World Heavyweight Champions of all time.

So Dolph would walk into the treacherous Elimination Chamber after Daniel Bryan would keep his opportunity to fight for the WHC earlier. Dolph would leave how he entered, as the WHC, if not a bit of a battered mess, and it would set the stage for an incredible bout as Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler would be confirmed for WrestleMania XXIX!

Perhaps the other most notable situation to come out of EC was the success of the rest of The Dangerous Alliance. Seth Rollins would announce his intentions of going after the United States Championship the night after the Rumble and would lead to a bit of a face turn, by proxy, for one Antonio Cesaro. Rollins and Cesaro would engage in a hell of a battle, but in the end, the youthful Rollins bested Cesaro and became the U.S. Champion merely three months after debuting! Meanwhile, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose proclaimed themselves to be the best in the business, and they would lay out Rhodes Scholars and the high-flying team of Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio following their tag team match, perhaps making their intentions clear through their actions and not their words like their comrade.


WWE United States Championship Match
Seth Rollins def. Antonio Cesaro at 17:01. Rollins RETAINS the U.S. Title

WWE Divas Championship Match
Kaitlyn def. Eve Torres at 11:01. Kaitlyn is the NEW Divas Champion.

The Beast Incarnate vs. The Great One
Brock Lesnar def. The Rock at 18:22.

WWE Intercontinental Championship; Six Pack Challenge Match
Randy Orton def. Drew McIntyre, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus and Jack Swagger after pinning The Miz at 14:25. Orton is the NEW Intercontinental Champion.

WWE Tag Team Championships; Triple Threat Match
The Dangerous Alliance def. Rhodes Scholars and Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara at 12:06. The Dangerous Alliance are the NEW Tag Team Champions.

One on One
Kofi Kingston def. John Cena at 20:07.

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Royal Rumble Winner, Daniel Bryan def. Dolph Ziggler (w/ AJ Lee) at 23:25. Bryan is the NEW World Heavyweight Champion.

WWE Championship Match

CM Punk def. The Undertaker at 25:47. Punk RETAINS the WWE Title and BREAKS THE UNDERTAKER'S UNDEFEATED STREAK!
An unforgettable night began with an unforgettable U.S. Title match. Round 2 of Cesaro-Rollins kicked off WrestleMania 29 with a bang in one of the best openers in recent WM history, perhaps even challenging the greatest of the great. Two studs, who might've been previously unknown to many before 2012, certainly wouldn't be forgotten. In the end, Rollins would win via a hard thrusting knee to the gut followed by the Curb Stomp, and put a cap on an awesome opener.

Kaitlyn finally got her opportunity at greatness and capped off her long road to trying to procure the Divas Title with a MAJOR victory over Eve Torres that would, and not to spoil, but would one day be looked back as a night that kickstarted a dramatic change. Kaitlyn and Eve would go at it in a SLUGFEST, and in the end, a huge spear by Kaitlyn did the damage, and the Houston, Texas native became the Divas Champion.

Brock Lesnar and The Rock's feud would catch fire after Elimination Chamber after a bitter Rock would call Lesnar out after costing him the title at the Royal Rumble. What The Great One didn't realize was that he'd invite The Dangerous Alliance down with Brock, and a memorable 5-on-1 beatdown left The Brahma Bull a bloody mess on one fateful night on Monday Night RAW. Their eventual encounter, after weeks, months and years of anticipation dating back to their first in August 2002 would live up to the hype. In the end though, The Dangerous Alliance's night grew more successful as Brock wiped The People's Champion out with an F-5 to win it.

A crazy six-pack challenge match would take place with the IC Title on the line after Drew McIntyre thumbed his nose at and pissed off the wrong people in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, cheating to win on occasion and acting like a total dick. McIntyre's worst fears would be realized at the mega event as he lost the championship without even being pinned! It would be 'The Viper' Randy Orton who claimed the Intercontinental Championship for the first time in NINE years after hitting an RKO on The Miz, sending McIntyre into a tantrum.

After revealing their intentions, The Dangerous Alliance would get their wish with a caveat. It wouldn't be two v. two at WrestleMania for the Tag Titles. They would have to get through Mysterio and Cara well, who felt bothered by the random and brutal attack. That wouldn't prove to steer them away from the goal though, because The Dangerous Alliance would go 3-for-3 at WrestleMania as Reigns and Ambrose became the WWE Tag Team Champions after Ambrose leveled Rhodes with Dirty Deeds.

John Cena underwent perhaps the most shocking (and anticipated) transformations in recent wrestling history leading up to WrestleMania XXIX. Cena felt bothered by the loss at Elimination Chamber, which would bring out Kofi Kingston, a man who pushed Cena to the limit in the semifinals of the RTWM Tournament. Kingston and Cena got into a war of words that culminated with Cena leaving the ring rather mopey, which Kingston didn't seem to buy, and called Cena a sore loser. That would prove costly, as Kingston's shot at the IC Title would be DENIED... by CENA, who hit him with an AA to cost him the title. The feud would spill over for the next few weeks as Cena became the hated villain most desired, and they STILL booed him, no less. In a drama-filled encounter, Kofi Kingston handed Cena the loss after a victory roll to set up one of the BIGGEST wins of his career and in WrestleMania history.

WrestleMania turned to the two big titles, and two epic encounters ensued. Dolph Ziggler, again, tried to go out to the ring alone but AJ Lee persuaded him for two reasons. 1, it was WrestleMania, her FIRST WrestleMania, in her home state of New Jersey no less,and she didn't want to miss it for ANYTHING. Secondly, she wanted to make good on last year's results, and what better way to do it than against the man she was with last year... Daniel Bryan, who would oppose Ziggler that night. Dolph reluctantly let her at ringside, but her presence was, for the most part, a non-factor, though she did try to help Dolph win underhandedly. However, Bryan would bring the house down with a huge running knee to Ziggler, and realize his dream, and became the World Heavyweight Champion!

Finally, a match dubbed as the biggest in WrestleMania history ensued. CM Punk, the WWE Champion, holder of a reign of 504 days (and counting?) stood on one side. The Undertaker, a legend, 'The Phenom,' and the holder of an unblemished 20-0 record at WrestleMania stood on the other. Punk and 'Taker brought the noise and then some in this one in a match to remember. Taker would not submit to the Anaconda Vice nor tap out to the GTS, and Punk would not kick out of a Tombstone Piledriver, Last Ride or Chokeslam. Instead, the match ended SHOCKINGLY as Punk would hit Taker with a Tombstone Piledriver after hitting a second GTS, and GOT THE 1-2-3, BREAKING TAKER'S STREAK, AND REIGNING SUPREME OVER WWE!

The final scene of the night was Punk standing tall with ALL of the members of The Dangerous Alliance. As history would tell us later on, this image would be one for the books... for many, many reasons.

WWE Champion
CM Punk
November 20, 2011 -

WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Daniel Bryan
April 6, 2013 -

WWE United States Champion
Seth Rollins
February 17, 2013 -

WWE Intercontinental Champion
Randy Orton
April 6, 2013 -

WWE Tag Team Champions
The Dangerous Alliance (Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns)
April 6, 2013 -

WWE Divas Champion
April 6, 2013 -

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I honestly think I just completely missed this the first time around. Now I've always thought a card can look really good on paper and produce a good event, but sometimes if the booking behind the card isn't great, it just doesn't work. As a whole, I commend you on what would have been a pretty good WrestleMania. I have enjoyed the build to most of the things but there are certain things I disliked as well so I'll go ahead and make a list below:

Anything The Dangerous Alliance touched was gold. I marked for the reusing of this stable name as well. Nothing but positives for this.

I loved the idea of Kingston and Ziggler previously getting rubs over Cena. It did feel like his heel turn came along pretty damn quickly. Maybe it's because we were treated by Wolfy's epic Cena heel turn not to long ago, but this just felt a bit to rushed.

I didn't like the way Bryan was forced to challenge for the World Heavyweight Title. The fact that Bryan initially wasn't pleased before making it his mission to prove Punk wrong really devalues the title for me. Didn't like that at all.

I loved the Ziggler title reign but it's a shame it ended so quickly. I always thought Ziggler should have got a better run with the belt, but two months didn't cut it for me. You've got a task ahead of you to keep Ziggler relevant in the main event scene now, but if you can do that, as well as giving Bryan a good title reign, you've done nothing but good here.

The slow build of Kaitlyn finally winning the gold was solidly booked. Simple, really enjoyed it.

There's just some of my random thoughts, I look forward to reading more.
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