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Fantasy Booking: Wrestlemania XXX

Come on baby, let the good times roll. The immortal words of Flo Rida make up the tagline for this Wrestlemania. Quite a significant show this; The first major PPV on the WWE Network, Daniel Bryan finally overcoming the Authority to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Brock Lesnar breaks the Undertaker's Wrestlemania streak, Cesaro wins the first ever Andre the Giant Battle Royal, John Cena overcomes fear to defeat Bray Wyatt in the first of many major poor booking decisions in Bray Wyatt's career, The Shield squashed 3 Attitude Era legends in 3 minutes and there was also a women's match. Good for them. Don't worry, we can talk about good WWE women's wrestling very soon, I cannot wait. Here is what the card was like:

The Uso's (c) vs Los Matadores vs Real Americans vs Rybaxel, Tag Championships (Pre-Show)

Daniel Bryan vs Triple H

The Shield vs Kane & New Age Outlaws

Andre the Giant Battle Royal

John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker

Vickie Guerrero's Divas Invitational

Randy Orton (c) vs Batista vs Daniel Bryan, WWE World Heavyweight Championship


Only 2 championship matches here. I enjoy this show very much, I actually don't think Undertaker vs Lesnar is as bad as people make out. I don't even hate the streak ending, but I'm in the minority. I can agree there was a better way and a better opponent for the streak. WWE, here is how its done.


I don't want to cover pre-shows in depth, but you can keep the 4-way elimination tag match on there. It was a nice way to open the show, especially when we got down to the final 2 teams. Also keep the opening segment between Steve Austin, The Rock and Hulk Hogan. It was great fun.


I've set a precedent here that when I book these shows that I try and change as much as I can because it feels like a cop out to just copy and paste the Wrestlemania card. I try to limit myself to 1 or 2 matches. The opener between Daniel Bryan and Triple H I would keep but to mix things up, I'll change how we get there. So Daniel Bryan defeats John Cena at Summerslam to win the WWE championship but special referee pedigrees Bryan, bringing out Money in the Bank winner Randy Orton to cash in and defeat Bryan for the title. The beginning of the Authority angle. Bryan feuds with Orton for the next few months, failing to recapture the world title thanks to interference by the Authority members such as Big Show and Bryan's former ally Kane. Bryan can then have his mini feud with the Wyatt family at the end of 2013 but then in the build up to the Royal Rumble, he refocuses on wanting to be the world champion again. Orton holds the WWE championship right up to TLC where he faces the Heavyweight champion in a unification match. The Heavyweight champion is not John Cena, but in fact it is Cody Rhodes. Before he is the American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes should actually be the one to win the MITB match instead of the original winner Damian Sandow. As Wade Barrett climbs to the briefcase, Rhodes pushes the ladder and Barrett crashes through a ladder set-up in the ring, allowing Cody to climb and win. Don't worry, we can still have his cool brown briefcase, he can have it custom made ahead of time prepared for his victory, but since he lost he reluctantly gifts it to his Rhodes Scholar partner Cody. They stay as a team after that, both men transitioning to face towards the end of the year. A month prior to TLC Cody Rhodes cashes in his briefcase on the reigning Heavyweight champion, who should be Dolph Ziggler, not John Cena. Give the man a proper world title reign, he was done so dirty after he suffered a concussion. Rhodes becomes Heavyweight champion and sets up a clash with his former Legacy ally Orton in a TLC match. Towards the finish of that match, as Rhodes climbs towards the suspended titles, out comes Damian Sandow and pushes the ladder. Cody falls through a ladder set-up, a mirror image of how he managed to win the MITB briefcase. Orton climbs up and wins the match, we'll talk more about the Rhodes Scholar fall out later.


Randy Orton does still face John Cena with the titles on the line but he will actually lose the match, Cena going into Wrestlemania as the champion. As for the Royal Rumble? Daniel Bryan wins the bloody Royal Rumble. It is not hard WWE, why do you make things so hard for yourself! Bryan was the hottest commodity in the company, he was the perfect candidate instead of choosing Batista, who ended up having to turn heel because he was so relentlessly booed. Plus, that means if you still want Roman Reigns to win the rumble in 2015, it might go down a little better. Emphasis on might. Bryan gets his huge Rumble win, but of course things don't go as plan with the Authority on top. Triple H interrupts Bryan's celebration on Raw by announcing Bryan will defend his title shot at Elimination Chamber. "No one wants to see Daniel Bryan main event Wrestlemania, it is not best for business. Plus, we have already seen John Cena vs Daniel Bryan. That is old news. The fans want to see the biggest and best stars of today going head to head. That is why your opponent at Elimination Chamber is...Randy Orton." At Elimination Chamber, Randy Orton cheats to defeat Bryan, meaning the scheduled Wrestlemania main event is currently Randy Orton vs John Cena. Now that is how you get nuclear heat. Of course, that is not what I'm booking, that would be torture. Bryan does the whole 'occupy Raw' thing and I imagine will continue to grow in popularity after yet another screw over. Triple H caves in and offers a match against him, with an opportunity of being added into the main event on the line. The match plays out how it did. Amazing match, Bryan gets the win, Triple H attacks post match. Bryan will be in our main event tonight.


The next match is a battle between former allies, Big E defending his IC championship against Dolph Ziggler. I would actually have this be the beginning of their rivalry to go on for a few months after Wrestlemania. Big E has held the title since November, Dolph Ziggler wins a number 1 contender match a few weeks before Wrestlemania. Over the next few weeks, have them go at it in promos. Ziggler can take credit for Big E's success whilst Big E can claim that he is on the path to do everything Ziggler has done except better. Big E should defeat Dolph Ziggler to retain his IC championship, continuing his reign, rapidly catching up to Ziggler's IC reign length.


I would still book the Shield in a super dominant 6-man match but I would ever so slightly change their opponents. After they turned face against the Authority, Triple H should call on his dearest friends to help restore the order in WWE. Not only Billy Gunn and Road Dogg of the New Age Outlaws, but also the return of Sean Waltman aka X-Pac aka Syxx aka Syxx-Pac aka 1-2-3 Kid. Yes, D-Generation X reforms for 1 more match to help Triple maintain his vice grip over the roster. The nostalgia is fun to see, but they are outclassed by the younger, better Shield. 5 minutes to see the nostalgia moves and then the Shield dominate them. The Shield can still have their matches with Evolution post-Mania and then eventually split up as Rollins sells out.


The go-home Smackdown before Wrestlemania, we see a full-roster Women's battle royal, including the champion AJ Lee with a Wrestlemania title shot on the line. If AJ wins, she handpicks her opponent. AJ does win, and she comes out at Wrestlemania to announce her opponent as...nobody. She runs down the women's division. "Where has the competition gone huh? Where are my Beth Phoenix's? My Michelle McCool's? My Mickie James'? There is no one left in this company close to my level. So, I refuse to defend my title unless we get someone worthy of challenging me." Out comes the NXT women's champion Paige. She talks about how she agrees that women's wrestling needs a change, and she is bring the change. "NXT is slowly building up the next generation of women's wrestlers, and I am the top of the class." She challenges AJ to an impromptu match right there and then, which AJ smiles and accepts. We their match at Wrestlemania instead of Raw, just because it feels like a nice big moment to have on such a large scale. After a good 10 minute match, Paige defeats AJ Lee to win her first Women's Championship. She can vacate her NXT Women's championship shortly after and begin her journey on the main roster.


Let me take you back to my booking of Wrestlemania 29 where Randy Orton defeated Brock Lesnar thanks to the help of his Evolution buddies, including Batista who made his first WWE appearance in 3 years. Well, as the saying goes; A beast never forgets. In the Royal Rumble, Batista makes his grand in-ring return with his sights heavily on a WWE championship match at Wrestlemania. He is part of the final few including Daniel Bryan as we count down towards number 30. 3-2-1...out comes Brock Lesnar. He immediately eliminates Batista. Afterwards, he goes outside under the top rope, picks up Batista, F-5's him through the announce table. A beast never forgets. As the numbers go down we have the final of Lesnar, Reigns and Bryan. Lesnar is dominant and looks close to victory. All of a sudden, Batista slides back in and charges him with a huge clothesline, both men tumble over the top rope to the outside. Lesnar is eliminated. Both men have a massive brawl on the outside, it takes several wrestlers and security to neutralise them and escort them to the back. They have intense back and forths over the following weeks, leading to a first time ever singles match at Wrestlemania. Brock Lesnar vs Batista. The Beast vs The Animal. Absolute money of a match. After a big beefy brawl between these brutes, Lesnar picks up the win with a second a F-5 pinning the animal. It doesn't really matter who wins, it is a dream match between two box office names.


Picking back up where we left off with the Rhodes Scholars. A tag team for over a year has been broken up as Damian Sandow betrays Cody Rhodes, just as they were becoming a face team, Sandow reverts to his evil ways. It is pure jealousy, he was so sure that he would win the briefcase that he custom made his own that he ended up giving away to Cody. He doesn't think he deserved it. "Just because you have a popular surname, doesn't mean your worth what your father is." The feud intensifies towards Wrestlemania as Sandow continues to target the Rhodes family. Dusty Rhodes appears on Raw as Damian Sandow wants to get him to say that Cody is a huge disappointment. Dusty of course does not, he loves his son and is proud of him. Sandow slaps him, berates him which infuriates Cody. Sandow targets Cody's older brother, Goldust, attacking him backstage. Rhodes wants his revenge at Wrestlemania and he will get to do it in a match made famous by his daddy. A Texas Bullrope match. Sandow tries to run and worm his way out of it, but eventually he gets the asskicking he has deserve. Not only by Cody, but his ol'd pops Dusty comes down and bops a bionic elbow too. Rhodes wins after a cowbell to the head followed by the Crossroads.


A month before Wrestlemania, The Undertaker returns to Raw where he talks about his career so far. "The Deadman has haunted the WWE for nearly 25 years, maybe it is soon time for the reaper to hang his hat." Undertaker takes of his coat and his gloves and lays them in the ring. He takes off his hat, he lowers it on top and then the light goes out. When they come back up, Bray Wyatt is stood behind Undertaker with a huge smile on his face. He attacks him and lays him out with Sister Abigail. He summons his Family, they drag him away and carry him. As they walk up the ramp though, there is a gong and the lights go out again, when they return, Undertaker has escaped. Wyatt looks angry but also he smiles with glee. Wyatt cuts a promo next week, refusing to let Undertaker choose his own way out. He is a legend but he has grown old and weak, Bray Wyatt is the one to take his place as the biggest evil in WWE. He lays out the challenge and the Undertaker responds with a chokeslam and a tombstone. He accepts. With the intensity built up, the match will be No Disqualifications, but Bray Wyatt asks his family to stay in the back. He must defeat Undertaker on his own. They go to war for 15 minutes, huge moves, counters and kick outs. Wyatt hits Sister Abigail once, then again and then again. The referee counts 1-2-3. Bray Wyatt wins. The Undertaker loses at Wrestlemania. The entire arena is in shock, whilst Bray Wyatt smiles and laughs in the ring. He blows Undertaker a kiss goodye and leaves. Undertaker stands, soaks in the adulation from the crowd. Then, bong. Lights out, when they come back on, Undertaker is gone. He leaves his coat, gloves and hat in the centre of the ring. This isn't the end for Scary Mark, don't worry. I have plans for

but then I would have him return and have a feud with Brock Lesnar cos their matches were awesome. Then you can run the rematch at Survivor Series, celebrating 25 years of the Undertaker. Taker faces off against Wyatt once more, you can either give him a win back or you can support Wyatt further with another victory over Big Spooks.


To give the time the crowd some time to chill after that we can have the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. Cesaro can win still, keep it the same. I'm not going to rebook a full Battle Royal.


Main event time. Defending champion John Cena faces one of his greatest rivals and the man who everyone wants to win, Daniel Bryan. The match plays out similarly, both Orton & Cena are unable to keep Bryan down and out long enough for either man to get the win. Out of frustration, Cena throws Bryan outside into the awaiting arms of Randy Orton who has an RKO through the announce table for him. It is still not enough. Late in the match, Bryan hits a diving headbutt breaking up Cena's STF submission. He blasts Cena with the running knee, reverses an RKO attempt into a Yes lock. Orton struggles briefly before submitting to the submission, Daniel Bryan does the impossible. He celebrates with the crowd, an amazing feel good finish to an eventful 30th edition of Wrestlemania.


Here is a recap of the card:

The Uso's (c) vs Los Matadores vs Real Americans vs Rybaxel, Tag Championships (Pre-Show)

Daniel Bryan vs Triple H

Big E (c) vs Dolph Ziggler, IC Championship

The Shield vs D-Generation X

AJ Lee (c) vs Paige, Women's Championship

Batista vs Brock Lesnar

Rhodes vs Sandow, Bull Rope match

The Undertaker vs Bray Wyatt

Andre the Giant Battle Royal

Randy Orton (c) vs Daniel Bryan vs John Cena, WWE World Heavyweight Championship


Whilst I never hated Lesnar breaking the streak, I absolutely someone else could benefit mode from it. Bray Wyatt is a star on the rise, and a huge win over the Undertaker is the perfect way to cement him as a major player in the company. After such a monumental victory, I would actually have Bray Wyatt inherit the streak and begin his own undefeated run at Wrestlemania. I don't want to fully recreate the streak because nothing can be as special as the Undertaker's, but I think it's a nice way to pass the torch. Let me know your thoughts on my booking. Tune in tomorrow to talk about Wrestlemania 31, a Wrestlemania which I think is in the conversation for best of all time. See you then!

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