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Old 04-02-2018, 11:56 PM
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John Cena and The Undertaker are not advertised for WrestleMania. Perhaps WWE is experimenting. They may want to see how future WrestleManias will fare without John Cena or The Undertaker. From a marketing standpoint, does this show lack cache without those two legends? WWE will find out if Roman Reigns, Ronda Rousey, and Daniel Bryan are big enough names on the marquee to carry WrestleMania into the 2020s.

Is this an experiment?
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:19 AM
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It's not a very good experiment if it is.

This is 2018, people know what's going on. I can only speak for myself but I think it's a safe bet to assume that the overwhelming majority of people know something's going to go down in New Orleans with Cena and Taker, regardless of whether it's announced prior or not. It's been a focal point of RAW for over a month now, you could even make the argument that, despite it being one sided, it's had the best build up of anything. If it wasn't going to happen they wouldn't allocate 20 minutes a week to it, and people realize that. The question has never been, "Will Taker show up at Mania?" it's been, "Will Taker show up before Mania?" because in most people's minds, it's a foregone conclusion he's gonna be at Mania.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:54 AM
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This is no experiment. Taker will most likely come out tonight on Smackdown to answer Cena's challenge. I do believe this will be it for Taker and Cena will take the pin to allow the Deadman to retire with a win. Taker will probably headline next year's Wrestlemania class.
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Old 04-03-2018, 07:30 AM
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It's not a very good experiment if it is.

This is 2018, people know what's going on. I can only speak for myself but I think it's a safe bet to assume that the overwhelming majority of people know something's going to go down in New Orleans with Cena and Taker, regardless of whether it's announced prior or not. It's been a focal point of RAW for over a month now, you could even make the argument that, despite it being one sided, it's had the best build up of anything. If it wasn't going to happen they wouldn't allocate 20 minutes a week to it, and people realize that. The question has never been, "Will Taker show up at Mania?" it's been, "Will Taker show up before Mania?" because in most people's minds, it's a foregone conclusion he's gonna be at Mania.
I agree that they will have a match at WrestleMania. But it will be an unadvertised match. Though regular viewers of Raw will expect a Cena-Taker match, the casual fan who only watches wrestling once a year doesn't know the match will take place. That is why I sense that WWE is trying to gauge how future WrestleMania financials will be affected when they will no longer have advertised Cena or Taker matches.
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I think they're a reason why this was done that way, in fact i can actually think of a couple of reason why they did this the way they did.

First, it's probably to mess with everybody that believe everything they read in the dirt sheet. The fact is Meltzer hasn't done really well in reporting WWE's plans for mania lately and other like him have been fooled a lot by WWE has well, so this is probably one of the reason why they decided to go that way.

Secondly, i think that maybe, they haven't been able to convince Taker to do one more match yet and they are just trying to hype the match in case he's able to do one more match. At best, they might have him do a 15 minutes segment with Cena we're the fight each other and it finishes with Taker laying out Cena.

Thirdly, This might have something to do with Cena's movie schedule. Cena as a new movie coming out 2 days before mania so the studios need him to do a promotional tour to sell the movie plus i'm pretty sure that he's going back to shoot another movie after mania which probably prevents him from wrestling a full match, since Hollywood is very protective when it comes to wrestlers.

So i wouldn't be surprise if they don't have the match that every dirt sheet have been reporting and instead it's turning in some sort of fight segment to make taker look good without having him come out of retirement. I wouldn't even be surprise if the next night on raw they announce that taker is going into the hall of fame next year.

Anyway, whatever the reason is for booking this program the way they did was a nice one since with all the big attractions they have on the card, they really didn't need this one to sell mania this year. Whether or not they have a match on sunday, i feel that the mania audience will go out of their minds when Taker comes out on sunday to beat up Cena.
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i think Cena will come out half way through mania and say here i am as a fan of the universe to watch mania, yada yada, then Kid Rock comes out and sings the America Bad Ass theme and taker comes out on his bike for a last minute match.
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I think Cena, as a free agent, will come out on SD Live tomorrow and again plead for the Undertaker to come out. This might be when he returns, or maybe leaves a creepy message on the Titantron accepting his challenge.

Also, how the Undertaker "retired" last year at WM, by leaving his hat and gloves in the ring.

Maybe the Deadman is retired, but the Undertaker isn't, and he comes back as the American Bad Ass.
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Old 04-03-2018, 09:33 AM
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I agree that they will have a match at WrestleMania. But it will be an unadvertised match. Though regular viewers of Raw will expect a Cena-Taker match, the casual fan who only watches wrestling once a year doesn't know the match will take place. That is why I sense that WWE is trying to gauge how future WrestleMania financials will be affected when they will no longer have advertised Cena or Taker matches.
I don't really think the casual fan as you describe it really exists anymore, and if they do... they probably aren't going to be watching WrestleMania unless they subscribe to the network or illegally stream it. And I happen to be under the impression that if they're THAT casual to the point where not only do they not watch but they don't keep up with the product either, they probably aren't going to stream it.

If this type of casual fan does still exist, they're an extreme minority to the point where it really won't make a difference. Wrestling over the past decade has become such a concentrated thing. The overall viewership has gotten smaller but there really isn't a divide between the smart fan and the casual fan anymore, everyone is smart at least when it comes to the current product. It's possible to miss RAW and Smackdown every single week and still know exactly what's happening because of dirtsheets/Youtube/Twitter/Facebook, etc.
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I would like to see John Cena win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Then Id like to see him team up with Braun Strowman to win the Raw Tag Team Championship Title Belts. Right after they win, have the Brothers of Destruction challenge them.
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It's pretty obvious to me how this is going to play out. They tested the waters in NXT in a sense and they'll pull the idea to the main roster and on the biggest show of the year with the two biggest stars the company has right now.

When Ciampa turned on Gargano ten months ago, on the bottom right of the screen, the graphic popped up like the PPV was over. Then Ciampa turned and we proceeded to get at least another 5-7 minutes of the beatdown. I believe the graphic popped up at NXT Philly as well. Then Ciampa came out with the crutch. Didn't last as long. But same concept.

The same thing will happen at Mania. You'll get Reigns holding the title. Celebrating. Whatever. People would be pissed. Reigns holding the title as Mania "goes off the air." Then you hear the gong as the lights go out. Taker's music hits. This works on different levels as well because the match will then happen... but it plays into Reigns being the one in the ring when the gong hits since he's the guy that beat Taker in that same ring last year to end Mania. He walks his long walk to the ring, picks up a microphone, and tells Cena to "get your ass out here boy." Obviously there might be more to what Taker says... but that'll be the long and short of it. They then proceed to have a 20-25 minute match that keeps people on the edge of their seat and blows the roof off the place. This accomplishes SO MANY different things...

1.) Reigns/Lesnar get to go on "last." It gets the headline spot...without actually being the last match at Mania. So Reigns gets his moment. Celebration. But it's not the go-home moment everybody is going to remember. Their go-home moment is going to be Taker beating Cena, and leaving the boots in the ring.

2.) Cena/Rock Chapter 1: Announced a full year ahead of Mania 28. Big build. Big match. We all know the story. This year... WWE and Cena pull off the polar opposite of that. Cena headlines Mania with Taker... and are able to do so completely unannounced but still with a build that has A LOT of people talking and thus...TUNING INTO MANIA to see if the match is actually going to happen. This also lower's people's expectations and when the match happens and ultimately delivers, they're going to be eating out of WWE's hands. WWE will have gotten even the smarkiest smark hook, line, and sinker. Cena and Taker will be able to go out there and have fun and put on an amazing match because neither has anything to lose or gain from it.

3.) You get your final Taker match and you get it in a final definitive fashion.

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