For most everyone around that has a job, this week was the first full week back from the Holidays. It’s tough to come back to a full work week when you’ve only had to grind it out for a few days the past couple weeks. I’ve been lazy since a few days before Christmas, and spent two full weeks on vacation getting some well needed Z’s and some house work done (instead of chatting with all of you). But now, it’s back to normal, and a fresh new year has begun.
The same can be said for wrestling, and especially the WWE. They can try as hard as they want to, but the last few months of the year were the low points of the season. They try to get at us by having title changes, innovative or “special” matches, new characters, or marquee matchups, but everything just seems to die down a bit. Part of the problem is that football is king here in America. American football, both professional and college, starts in late August, and that’s when the male audience’s attention starts to waver. WWE knows this, but that also means they have to do their best to keep up and not lose the audience for good.
But, now college football is completely over, and the NFL is only a few weeks away from being completed. January is a time everyone is coming off their football hangovers and ready to once again watch wrestling. It’s at this time that the WWE also starts to ramp everything up for the Road to WrestleMania.
Just like us normal folk, this is the time that WWE covets. The Road to WrestleMania, as a fan, is the best time of the year because it seems they pull out all the stops and spare no expense to put on the best shows they can. On top of that, they usually have plans for WrestleMania already set in motion, so we actually have decent storytelling to get us from Point-A to Point-B. Even when we think we know which way something is going, there are ways to swerve us, as well.
With the Rock making his first appearance on Raw since the middle of last year, he and CM Punk started their feud for the Championship where will see them wrestle at the Rumble. This feud is just the starting point to a fast-paced and fun path that leads to the Granddaddy of Them All. There are plenty of “expert opinions” of what WrestleMania will look like match-wise, but as of right now we only know a few things, and one of those is that CM Punk and Rock will be the Champ going into Elimination Chamber.
The writers and WWE staff have a lot of work ahead of them to make everything fit the way it needs to. The word on the street is that The Rock was promised a title in his return. That doesn’t mean he has to win it at the Rumble. He could win it at Elimination Chamber (which as the poster indicates, he will be a part of) or at the Big One itself. We also know that at some point, Cena and Rock will do battle again. That matchup has too many dollar signs not to happen.
It’s also a known fact that Brock Lesnar will return, as well as (according to HHH himself) the Undertaker. How will both of them factor into everything? Will they face each other? Who else will be involved in their feuds?
While it seems the most likely scenarios involve Cena facing the Rock for the WWE Title, Punk facing Undertaker, and Triple H facing Brock Lesnar…none of that is set in stone. For all we know, they could set Rock and Cena up to face CM Punk in a 3-way match. I think that could be a lot of fun. Or they could have Cena face Punk and Rock face someone like Brock Lesnar.
They could have Undertaker face just about anyone, including Cena or The Rock. If CM Punk is not anywhere near Cena, The Rock, or Taker, he could realistically go up against just about anyone. If Triple H comes back, he’ll more than likely face Brock Lesnar, but he obviously still has enough left to make an appearance with Undertaker. Then that leaves Brock Lesnar in what should be his last match of his contract. He’s not going to go out without a big match. That doesn’t even take into consideration the World Heavyweight Title. Ziggler, Orton, Show, Del Rio, and Sheamus all have shots at being in the title picture.
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The fact of the matter is that this is the time of the year the WWE (and a lot of us) really hit things hard. Writing, working, and keeping up with stupid resolutions...we all do what we can to make the first few months of the year as special as possible. WWE knows this is their “bread and butter” time, and will be bringing in their big guns in order to heat things up for the first Sunday in April. Let’s enjoy the ride and see where it takes us.
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Hope everyone has a great 2013. Here’s to horrible jokes and bad puns all season.