It’s difficult for any WWE fan to be anything but excited at the thought of the latest WrestleMania and yet this year’s edition is shaping up to look more like a B-show than “The Showcase of the Immortals.” Even last year’s show at a glorified warehouse had more going for it on paper than this year’s edition. Sure, the Triple Threat Match between Daniel Bryan, Edge, and Universal Champion Roman Reigns should be fantastic, with so much potential that the WWE will have to work hard to ruin it. As for the rest of the show, I couldn’t care less.
Here are the matches we know about so far (this is being written before the 29 March RAW):
SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair: It’s good to finally see Bianca Belair getting her WrestleMania moment, but this program exemplifies the WWE women’s division, a roster of talented women who rarely are given any opportunities for well-built storylines (sure, 2020’s Sasha Banks vs. Bayley feud was brilliant but it was done at the expense of the entire women’s division). Banks just turned babyface and now, fans are expected to see her as a heel again. What should be a battle of the rookie vs. the veteran has instead become a battle for fans to care.
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre: Bobby Lashley has worked his ass off to get over during the last year, with MVP helping him and the rest of the Hurt Business become one of the WWE’s finest factions in years. Naturally, the WWE appears to be breaking up the Hurt Business and in all likelihood, Drew will win the WWE Championship for the third time in the last year. Drew is the WWE’s best babyface on RAW and arguably in all the company. However, Lashley is red-hot right now and should retain. The fact that no one is expecting him to retain is further proof of everything wrong with the WWE and another example of why WrestleMania XXXVII
Bad Bunny (with Damien Priest) vs. the Miz (with John Morrison): The current story is that the WWE doesn’t know if Priest and/or Morrison will be healthy enough to work a tag team so Bad Bunny finds himself in the unfortunate position of working his first match in a singles match. The Miz will deserve a Wrestler of the Year award if he can keep this one from devolving into a complete shit show. WrestleMania has a history of celebrity matches so this isn’t unusual, but it is scary-looking on paper. The only positive here will be if Bad Bunny doesn’t rap.
RAW Tag Team Champions The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) vs. AJ Styles and Omos: This match is a waste of Kofi Kingston and AJ Styles’ time. Unless the WWE pulls a Yokozuna and Owen Hart from WrestleMania XI and has Styles and Omos crush the New Day, This one is going to be prime bathroom break material. What the WWE should be doing is booking Kofi vs. AJ in a singles feud.
Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon: What can you say about Braun Strowman except the poor schmuck is this generation’s Big Show, a guy who turns every week and whose many losses have earned him the moniker, “The Jobber Among Men” (okay, that’s nowhere near as good as the Big Show’s “World’s Biggest Jobber” but they can’t all be winners–kinda like Strowman.). Fans can look forward to the usual sick bumps from Shane O’Mac but what else is there left to do for Shane? The guy survived a helicopter crash. Unless the WWE finds a way to book that into the match, it will be hard to top Shane’s previous WrestleMani
Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins: Like the Universal Championship match, this one should be an instant classic. The WWE has built this feud up well and the only thing that can ruin this series is if the WWE has “The Swiss Superman” play job guy to Rollins. One of the two matches I have any interest in.
Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan: This should be a match for the ages as all three Superstars can deliver in the ring and this match has been built up superbly. That the WWE has only been able to do this with one match over two nights is shameful, both for Vince McMahon and his so-called creative team.
RAW Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley (Rumor has it Charlotte Flair will be added): This should be a good match in terms of workrate but there’s been no proper build-up and frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me if many fans are asking who Rhea Ripley is as she’s been absent from both NXT and the main roster.
The Fiend vs. Randy Orton: Last year’s Firefly Funhouse Match was creative but other than a few funny moments, it was self-indulgent crap. I like the Fiend character but I don’t see anything good coming out of his match with Orton other than giving the WWE’s special effects team a chance to go crazy.
Intercontinental Champion Big E vs. Apollo Crews: Two tremendous athletes whose feud seems like a can’t miss affair and yet the WWE has repeatedly found ways to foul it up including booking these two Superstars far too many times or their flopped finish at Fastlane.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn: Both wrestlers can go, especially since they’ve wrestled each other so many times. Again, another match with little build-up and sadly for Owens and Zayn, its only purpose is to get Logan Paul involved so the WWE can drum up some publicity.
While I’ll be watching WrestleMania XXXVII because it’s my job (and yes, it sure beats digging ditches), I’m not looking forward to it as it’s one of the most boring WrestleManias (at least on paper) in several years. You’d think that Vince McMahon would make this a must-see show with it being the first pay-per-view with fans present since 2020’s Elimination Chamber, but it’s surprisingly subdued.