Ahead of WrestleMania 35 this Sunday, in the latest The Five Count, Craig lists his hopes for the show – covering everything from show length due to match outcomes and the follow-up.
5. Show length: I absolutely hope, heck am praying, that this show doesn’t go something ridiculous like seven or eight hours – including pre-show. But, let’s face the facts, it’s a rammed 15-match card, and who knows if more will be added, and the WWE doesn’t have much in the way of a filter these days.
I appreciate that WrestleMania is no longer really for the casual fan – if it ever was – but now it’s not even for the faint-hearted! WrestleMania is no longer just something you look forward to, it’s now a test of endurance…
4. Use Battle Royals to Elevate Talent: Since their introduction, the two WrestleMania Battle Royals have been a mixed bag. From obvious winners through to winners that don’t benefit from the experience, it has always appeared the matches have no strategic purpose and are solely about getting as many superstars a shot on the card as possible.
Wouldn’t it be good if the win meant something for the fortunes of the two respective winners? I’m not necessarily suggesting that either be shot to the top of the card etc, more than it is something of value to have won the Battle Royal. Rather than simply it being the match on the card that allows more superstars to have their ‘WrestleMania Moment’. That said, that they have been slotted into the pre-card doesn’t auger well, does it?
3. KofiMania Runs wild: I’ve already touched on this topic, but I’ve loved this storyline. It’s been incredible seeing a perennial mid-card talent find himself elevated to the main event scene solely due to his talented in-ring work. Looking for an example of a WWE superstar grabbing the brass ring? Kofi is your man. Would a WWE title run being a fitting reward for not only this run but also years of service? Quite possibly but doesn’t mean it is a stick-on to happen. That said, it would be a wonderful moment to see Kofi reign supreme. Although, with Becky Lynch being a stick-on to win with women’s belts and Seth Rollins surely set to dethrone Brock Lesnar, how many happy ending title changes will we get in one night?!
But I am, if nothing else, an eternal optimist so here’s hoping Kofi wins, too.
2. That crowd isn’t too exhausted by main event. Linked to number five, it would be a travesty if by the time that Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch get the chance to tell their story that the crowd is burned out. We’ve seen it happen on WWE PPVs, even the shorter ones, that with so much happening, the crowd is mentally drained by the main event, I hope that this isn’t the case here.
After all, this is a huge moment, not only for the three competitors but also for the WWE. This has all the potential to be a true landmark moment for the company with three of the brightest female in-ring talents bringing the night to a close. It would be a huge shame if those exploits were soundtracked by a crowd too tired to invest.
1. Kurt Angle match doesn’t go long: I love Kurt Angle, don’t get me wrong. But this isn’t the late 90s/early 00s Kurt Angle, this is a 50-year-old man who is suffering from a body that has been worn down after years of in-ring toil. I want to see Angle beat Corbin quickly – not least cause of how little anyone really cares about Corbin – but mostly because Angle should go out on a high. Why Corbin was picked as the opponent is still up for debate, but this needs to be quick and sharp. Leaving Angle to celebrate his win and let the Mania crowd thank him for all the memories.
What are your hopes for WrestleMania 35? Leave them below in the comments section.