WrestleMania is set to feature 3 separate title storylines and matches, each of which clearly necessitates that one superstar leave “The Grandest Stage of Them All” as a new world champion.
WrestleMania, and the Raw and SmackDown shows which follow it, are perhaps the biggest times of the year for WWE to buck our expectations.
WrestleMania is the place where sure-fire outcomes are oftentimes flipped on their head, and fans are frequently left shocked in their seats.
From Brock Lesnar ending Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania 30 to Seth Rollins’ Money In The Bank cash-in at WrestleMania 31, it’s usually best to expect the unexpected on ‘The Grandest Stage of Them All’.
Nevertheless, there are some outcomes which are so entrenched in the current storyline expectations that any deviation from them would almost assuredly be seen as a categorical mistake by many fans.
These outcomes, whether based in emotion or a pure lack of options, practically have to happen in order to ensure a WrestleMania that was perceived to be successful by large swaths of the WWE’s fan base.
We’ve seen these kind of storylines and matches in the past before. Daniel Bryan’s assent to the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 30 is one recent, and particularly evocative, example of such an angle.
If Bryan hadn’t won the title, then fans across the board would likely have felt duped, unfulfilled, or simply angry.
While sometimes these feelings can be a benefit to WWE, especially when building memorable heel turns for example, in cases like Bryan’s it’s best to go with the result that’s right in front of everyone. The expectations are just too great to ignore.
At WrestleMania 35 this year, there just so happens to be 3 instances where WWE has built expectations so high for storylines that only one singular outcome can truly emerge as the optimal conclusion, starting with the WWE Championship match itself.