LaBar: No clear finale for WrestleMania XXX
WWE is celebrating 30 years of WrestleMania in less than two months, and I'm curious as to how they will tie the ribbon on this monumental night.
Starting and ending wrestling shows are crucial. So how will this event end?
WrestleMania represents the culmination of stories. It marks the end of a year on WWE's calendar, and the next night is like New Year's Day. The philosophy for WrestleMania has always been to send the fans home happy. As I try to project the card, I have my worries of how that's going to be accomplished.
Don't get me wrong: I think there will be some good matches with interesting stories. I'm only one man, while the gathering of 80,000 of WWE's most diehard fans from around the world can be a little tougher to please.
The WWE world title match is the first option that comes to mind. More often than not, the title match is the closer to WrestleMania and most other pay-per-views.
It's been rumored it will feature champion Randy Orton against Batista, the Royal Rumble winner. If this happens, I will be looking forward to it like I'm looking forward to seeing a crash in NASCAR.
If WWE or Orton thought the Pittsburgh fans hijacked the title match at Royal Rumble — look out for this one.
The entire match will have the fans as the biggest stars. They'll chant for Daniel Bryan, they'll chant for the announcers, they'll do the wave, and they'll do the Fandango dance. Everything that can be done to tell WWE brass on the other side of the curtain they don't like this match, they'll do it.
The only option for WWE would be to insert Daniel Bryan in the match. Bryan would be the babyface that keeps the attention and hope up of the WWE universe. The trouble with this is it would allow WWE to get the match off, but when Bryan doesn't win, perhaps the scene emanates a negative tone.
The way I see it, there are two options for ending WrestleMania 30, neither of which involves the title match if it's going to feature Batista versus Orton. We'll know for sure soon with the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view this weekend.
The first option is to have Bryan versus Triple H with the stipulation that Bryan gets a title shot if he wins. This would be awkward but a satisfying finish to the audience with the No. 1 contenders match ending the show rather than the title match itself.
WrestleManias have had grudge matches end the night over the title match. Triple H versus Bryan is certainly a grudge match. The two have been at odds with each other for a long time and amazingly have barely touched each other. A payoff is needed.
Look at past WrestleManias:
• WrestleMania 8 with Sid versus Hulk Hogan.
• WrestleMania 11 with Bam Bam Bigelow versus former NFL star Lawrence Taylor.
• WrestleMania 26 with Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels.
• WrestleMania 28 with The Rock versus John Cena.
All were matches with no title on the line that ended a WrestleMania.
The second option for ending the night would be The Undertaker's match. It's not known who he will face this year. Right now, I would say Brock Lesnar. The billing for the match will have a ton of hype. I'm sure the match will have the quality to end the night. The Undertaker wouldn't allow anything less.
The climactic ending wouldn't be The Undertaker continuing his undefeated streak, but it could come during his celebration when we get an intriguing and surprising tease of Sting.
It's inevitable Sting will sign on the dotted line, if the deal hasn't already been completed by now. We know he's been in negotiation with WWE, and we know Sting versus The Undertaker is on the table.
The surprise showing of Sting standing on the entranceway stage as WrestleMania goes off the air would provide a positive and interesting ending to the show. It's a great “tune in tomorrow night” ending. Even if they don't want to have Sting come out until the next night on RAW — which would actually be more profitable — they can tease his appearance with a cryptic video on the giant video screen to close the event.
Any way you draw it up, it's better than if the foreshadowed and rumored WWE title match goes on last like it often does.
I know it's still early to be worrying too much, but I figured I'd lead the way for WWE to start thinking ahead on dealing with this potential problem at their biggest show of the year.