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Dear WWE: What is the actual main event of WrestleMania?

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What match will actually come on last at WrestleMania?

The match that appears to be ready to headline the event is Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship. At the same time, SmackDown Live has made a point to continue pushing the Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton narrative as the main event. The question becomes, only one match can go on last no matter how many are billed as the “main event,” so, which one is it?

Goldberg/Lesnar is the “big money” match of the two but the odds it lasts for longer than 10 minutes aren’t very high. Is the WWE ready to put a match that won’t really be much of a match at all on last at their biggest show of the year between two part-time wrestlers?

The rivalry between Orton and Wyatt turned up the intensity following Orton burning down Wyatt’s compound, which allows the company to pass the match off as the potential biggest match on the card. In terms of tradition, the Royal Rumble winner has gone on to main event WrestleMania over the years. We’re unlikely to know until one of the matches comes on first at the event, but the safe option is definitely Wyatt vs. Orton.

Is Vince McMahon leaking his projected WrestleMania 34 main event intentional?

The wrestling rumor mill was set ablaze over the past week as rumors that the WWE was looking at a WrestleMania 34 main event between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship more than a year in advance.

Beyond the fact that the company — and Vince McMahon himself, especially — is known for changing their minds at the drop of a hat, planning a match a year in advance seems far-fetched even by WWE standards. We’ve never quite gotten the answer to who would go over in a Lesnar-Reigns 1-on-1 match, but having it come as the main event of WrestleMania for a second time would feel as if Reigns is being collectively forced down the WWE Universe’s throats.

As WrestleMania 33 approaches, the idea of Reigns being able to keep up his face act for another entire year seems like a Vince fantasy projection. Already earning boo’s galore in cities full of smart fans, Reigns once again headlining the biggest show of the year will simply not work as a babyface.

Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns. (Courtesy of Miguel Discart, Flickr/Creative Commons)

Will Samoa Joe get a match at WrestleMania?

Having made his WWE main roster debut just a month ago, Samoa Joe appeared primed to make an immediate impact and land himself a significant match at WrestleMania. On his first night, he decimated Seth Rollins and legitimately injured his knee. He then went on to defeat Sami Zayn at Fastlane, before hitting a speed bump for the simple fact of not having a natural opponent outlined for him.

The logical match would come against Finn Balor, whom he feuded with over the NXT Championship for numerous months. Balor has been out since winning the Universal Championship at SummerSlam before relinquishing the belt the night after due to a shoulder injury. He has since returned at house shows but is yet to return to WWE television.

With just two weeks until the show and Balor nowhere to be seen, Joe is nearly out of routes to a match at WrestleMania. A rematch with Sami Zayn could be drawn up, but seems unlikely. The more likely scenario is he’s in the corner of Triple H during his encounter with Seth Rollins, but it appears the Samoan Submission Machine will sit out his first WrestleMania as a member of the roster.

What’s the deal with Raw getting two straight single brand PPV’s?

The WWE pay-per-view schedule following WrestleMania has begun to leak out and the first event post-Mania will come on April 30 from San Jose, Calif., when Raw hosts Payback. But Raw also hosted Fastlane back on March 5, which was the last event pre-Mania.

While the calendar virtually resets the second WrestleMania goes off the air, there has to be a reason as to why SmackDown Live is not first in the pecking order. In fact, SmackDown Live doesn’t return to PPV until May 21 for Backlash, meaning the brand will go over three months since they last hosted Elimination Chamber on Feb. 12.

One of the four events announced was Money in the Bank, which for the first time in the history of the PPV will be a single-brand show. The blue brand will host on June 18, which indicates that creative has already selected a superstar in mind to gift the golden briefcase during the summer.

Should Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin have a hardcore match at WrestleMania?

While it hasn’t been made official, it appears Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin are going to go 1-on-1 at WrestleMania for the Intercontinental Championship. After Corbin dropped a forklift on Ambrose’s chest and hit him with a Deep Six through a table, the rivalry has been ratcheted up a notch following his dismantling at Elimination Chamber.

Last year, Ambrose took on Brock Lesnar in a relatively docile no disqualifications match at WrestleMania. He has spoken out about a lack of creativity during that match, which could be rectified with a re-do of sorts this year.

Yet at the same time, does the WWE runs the risk of pigeonholing Ambrose as a hardcore specialist? He and Corbin are by far SmackDown Live’s two most hardcore superstars, so some type of specialty match on the biggest stage makes sense, but with two weeks to go, nothing has been announced.



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