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WWE Road to Wrestlemania 30: 5 stories to follow heading into WM30

WWE continued to build excitement with a lot of wrestling fans yesterday on Smackdown where in front of millions of fans watching around the world, they furthered multiple stories for the biggest event of the pro wrestling year, Wrestlemania. This year’s Mania takes place live on pay-pe-view and the WWE Network on Sunday April 6th. With less than a month before the big night in New Orleans, Pro Wrestling Examiner breaks down the 5 things that wrestling fans are pumped to see Wrestlemania 30.

WWE Wresltemania 30 on Sunday April 6th in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

In the ‘80’s it was about Hulkamania, in the 90’s it was the attitude of Stone Cold Steve Austin, and today it’s the Yes movement lead by the fighting spirit of WWE’s bearded superhero Daniel Bryan. This movement has been a groundswell in arenas from coast to coast with nerdy 20 somethings who have watched pro wrestling for most of their lives pumping their fingers in the air in unison with young kids wearing beard masks. And this past Monday on RAW in a memorable scene, Bryan occupied the ring and got his long demanded WM30 match with WWE boss Triple H and if he wins he will join the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between champ Randy Orton and Batista.

Daniel Bryan has scrapped his way up independent circuit, traveled the world, and rose from the underground on talent, desire, and never-say-die attitude. He has earned this spotlight and the people recognize that fighting spirit, it resonates with them. Despite being screwed out of the WWE title multiple times in the last year, the fans were always behind Bryan and now they are only going to get louder.

Daniel Byan is now the man to watch heading into WWE’s biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania. This show will see the long-awaited ascension of the next grand superstar in WWE. It will be easy as Triple H took the mic last night on Smackdown to declare he will personally destroy Bryan and the Yes Movement. Through the challenge of the corrupt King of Kings in Triple H, an ego-driven animal in Batista, and a conniving viper in Orton, Bryan will finally become the ‘man’ in WWE at WM30.

Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and United States Champion Dead Ambrose have been a central part of WWE since their debut at Survivor Series 2012. The Shield have laid out big names like the Undertaker, the Rock, John Cena, and virtually anybody else on the roster at some point. Yet the last few months have seen this once strong trio’s focus of dominated riddled with in-fighting turmoil and distrust. The writing has been on the wall that these three young talents will have bright futures in the WWE but after WM30 those future paths will go in three separate directions.

Now how the split between the Shield is presented on WM30 is not clear at the moment. Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins could enter the 30 man Andre the Giant memorial Battle Royal only to cave under the tension between each other. Some fans have proposed online in recent weeks a Triple Threat match with all three Shield members colliding, but with a possible three-way match at the top of the Mania card for the WWE World title, that seems less likely. No matter what happens at WM30, there will not be a Shield after it.

Fight Sport Examiner Rick Rockwell posted a smart piece earlier this week diving into the possibility that this match between the rising villain Bray Wyatt and the top superhero in wrestling John Cena could steal the show at WM30. This is slight demotion for Cena who has headlined every Wrestlemania show since 2006 and has a 7-3 record at the ‘showcase of the immortals’.

With Cena having 14 World titles under his belt, seeing him once again chase the gold on the grand stage seems like a played out story for the ‘Never Give Up’ superstar. So having Cena tangle with one of the most buzzed-about new characters in WWE in Bray Wyatt allows for a fresh clash of established good and creeping evil.

The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania is something of mythic proportions
in the wrestling world after lasting over 2 decades with multiple Match of the Year coming out for the series. The Deadman’s performances in WWE have become more rare over the years, as he has endured countless injuries in his 25 plus year pro wrestling career and now enters his late 40’s. So now revamped to once again defend ‘the streak’, Taker faces a hard brutal violent reality in former WWE and UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.

Lesnar is vicious and reckless both in the legitimate sense of MMA fighter and an acclaimed pro wrestler. The lines between what the Beast does in his performance and actually means are more blurry than they are with any other man in WWE history. The unpredictability with Lesnar and the ever conniving Heyman at his side this could be a classic counteract to the Undertaker’s unrelenting will to not relinquish his grasp as the greatest Wrestlemania wrestler of all time.

Though some have been critical of WM30 host Hulk Hogan’s announcement this week on RAW of a 30 Man over-the-top Battle Royal which will pay tribute to the first WWE Hall of Famer Andre the Giant, the match has a lot of possibilities to look at. There are many superstars like Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro, and others on the roster who currently without an active story heading into New Orleans. This common quest that unites all WWE talents to simply have a significant win, and this would be something for wrestler climbing up the ladder to hang their hat on coming into the new proverbial ‘season’ following WM30.

This 30 man format also allows for surprise cameos by legends and hall of famers. This could be an ideal spot to see the aging Ultimate Warrior storm into the ring, shake the ropes, and shake some current superstars over those ropes. Now that is just speculation from a hopeful Examiner, but you know the roof would explode if that music hit and the Warrior had his first WWE match since 1996.

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