The Five Best Non-WWE Wrestling Shows Happening Mania Weekend

Apr 08, 2018, 00:46
The Five Best Non-WWE Wrestling Shows Happening Mania Weekend

Instead of confirming Taker for WrestleMania ahead of time, WWE instead chose to keep his status a mystery and leave fans guessing heading into the show this year.

It was only after witnessing the return of The Hardy Boyz, Brock Lesnar capturing the Universal Championship, and The Undertaker's heart-rending farewell that I realized I had truly reached the ultimate as a WWE fan: WrestleMania.

While WWE's NXT brand will see its first ever North American champion crowned at NXT Takeover New Orleans on Saturday, it does so in the shadow of the grandest show of them all: Wrestlemania. All the WWE talk you can handle!

The other big question everyone is asking is, is where the hell is the Undertaker? For example, this year's USA title match is actually the one with the least fanfare, featuring three wrestlers that inspire little fervor (Randy Orton, Jinder Mahal, and Bobby Roode), plus one fan favorite (Rusev).

WWE has built a lot of anticipation for The Deadman's return, but at least we know that his return won't be delayed any longer. With the "interesting" rules set in place by the Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling Commission, this show could give a good look at what the rest of the weekend holds.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship match: The Usos (champions) vs. You may not know how thrilling the ongoing feud between the New Day and the Usos has been, for example, but you've probably heard of The Rock. Needless to say, expectations are extremely high for this match between two of the most talented in-ring performers in the business. "Vince McMahon and I talked about this opportunity to do something really epic and unbelievable". And Ronda Rousey will make her WWE in-ring debut. Rusev winning the U.S. Title would elicit a huge pop, but my hunch is that Orton retains. Worse still, the best-received matches happened in the first half of the night, when fans were just getting warmed up, while the contests between part-timers bogged down the second half. Which seems like a real possibility after WWE has been pushing John Cena to call out 'Taker every week, for about a month.

But now they're both in WWE, and they're ready to bring that same style to the Wrestlemania stage.

"We're always embracing new technologies to engage younger fans", said Donlan, noting that WWE and its talent combined have more than 850 million social-media followers.

On the poster and in the programme which the match is advertised, WWE states that they can't confirm if the match will take place.

In the other corner, you have the most dominant performer in modern WWE history, with a win streak that stretches more than 900 days. The company will be using this match to ease her in nicely by placing her around legends such as Angle and Triple H before she moves onto competing in the women's division. He won the Royal Rumble and Styles has been champion.

As seen on RAW this past Monday night, The Undertaker did not respond to John Cena's challenge for a match at WrestleMania. But pretty much no matter who is in this match, team Braun is taking the titles.

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