Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name, as you know, is Pat Creed. What do you know? I'm gonna be the guy to kick off the Rumble Radio Blog. My goodness, what a treat for you folks. In case everyone didn't know, I am the show's resident "arm chair" booker. And why wouldn't I book WrestleMania the way I think it should be? And that's exactly what I am going to do. I'm going to start it out with the main events from both Raw and SmackDown - the title pictures. I'll just tell you what I think they matches should be, why they should be, and why it works better than what is going on now in WWE. So let us begin...
WrestleMania XXIV Main Event
WWE Heavyweight Championship
Edge (c) vs. The Undertaker
I'm sure you're thinking, "Great job, Pat. We know that this already is a match at WrestleMania." I would say to you, I know. Let's be honest, we all know that this will not be the last match at WrestleMania...even though it should be. Let's face it...who hasn't wanted to see Edge get his ass kicked by the Undertaker since Edge demolished 'Taker last May. I mean, Edge is the biggest asshole the business has right now, and who is the biggest good guy the business has ever seen? The Undertaker. We saw last year at WrestleMania 23 how we should never doubt the Undertaker when he says that he deserves the main event spot. His match with Batista was much better than the John Cena-HBK main event. It was pretty bogus that they didn't give him the main event spot last year - they should not disgrace him again this year.
So, as already stated, the back story is there. Edge put the Undertaker out of action for four months cashing in his Money In The Bank, screwing Taker out of the belt for the first time. Then, Edge gets hurt. While Edge is hurt, Batista regains the title and starts back up in his excellent feud with the Undertaker when he comes back. They have a few more great matches leading up to a Hell in a Cell at Survivor Series that Taker has won. Out of nowhere, here comes Edge and costs Taker the gold for the second time. Then, at Armageddon, he screws Undertaker out of the title by having the Edgeheads debut and by picking up Taker's scraps and winning the World Title, thus, screwing UT for time number three. Skip a few months to No Way Out where Undertaker wins the Elimination Chamber and gets his shot at the World Champion at WrestleMania - its set - almost a year in the making - Edge vs. Undertaker, one on one.
And we come to the event. Does it need any hype? I mean, Edge is FINALLY the champion at WrestleMania, he can't lose the belt there. (Side note: Edge's insanity for that belt is some of the best character work in a really long time. He craves the belt...he must have it all times.) And of course, Undertaker is 15-0 at WrestleMania. Both men have SO much on the line, it is only proper that they get the main event slot. Not to mention, SmackDown hasn't had the main event spot sine WrestleMania XIX. So it should be Edge vs. Taker, main event.
As for who goes over...I'd give it to the Undertaker. The fans always need to go home feeling good at WrestleMania...there's no better way to do it than Undertaker winning the belt in the main event in
WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena vs. Batista
"You are clearly stealing WWE's ideas and just tweaking them." You may be right, but I had this idea way before they had the idea for theirs, so they are stealing my idea. Don't believe me? Ask Peter...he's my witness. For this one, I need to take you all the way back to 2002...(cue Wayne's World time warp music)
The inaugural WWE Draft had just taken place and the world was getting used to split brands...and getting sick of the Hulk Hogan nostalgia. Right after the draft happened, you must remember that SmackDown was the better show - Kurt Angle, the Rock, HHH, Chris Jericho, etc. All the big title feuds happened over there - so for the only time (storyline wise) SmackDown was actually more important than Raw. But it was during this time on SmackDown that three nobodies showed up - Randy Orton, John Cena, and Dave Batista. As the time went on and WWE matured, actually allowing young stars to get rubs and get to the main event, it was clear that these three were the real deal. Everyone had them pegged - these three would be the future of WWE.
It's been over five years now since they debuted in WWE. Suffice to say, the future is now. These three guys have made there way up from shitty gimmicks (2 "blue chippers" and a false deacon) and have risen to the top of the WWE. The entire way, people were salivating over the matches between these three. Cena vs. Orton, Orton vs. Batista, Batista vs. Cena. Everyone wanted to see these guys go at it...but it never happened.
Well, let's start after the Rumble of this year. John Cena comes back and cashes in his Royal Rumble victory at No Way Out - a match he loses. Cena should have lost this match by Orton cheating someway, i.e. low blow, chair shot, something...but Cena's shoulders should have been counted down on the mat. I should mention that for this to work, Raw should not have had an Elimination Chamber at No Way Out. WWE should have promoted Orton vs. Cena as the WrestleMania Main Event one month early. Anywho, Ortons cheats to beat Cena. Orton can come out on Raw the next night saying that he has beaten everyone WWE has had to offer - show clips of him beating Undertaker, HHH, Cena, Michaels, Flair, etc. There's no one left for him to take on...cue: Batista. Orton has never beaten Batista. Batista wants a shot at Orton at WrestleMania. Cue: Cena. Cena never got screwed by Orton, so he deserves another shot. Out comes William Regal to announce that Batista and Cena will go through a series of matches to decide who will become Number One Contender.
They both win them all, so Regal announces that Cena vs. Batista will take place on the next Raw...and Orton is the special referee. Well, before the match even starts, Orton lays them both out, leaving them both bloody. Orton declares himself the winner of the match and will therefore have to face nobody at WrestleMania. Next week...out comes Regal: "Orton, SmackDown has a major main event planned for WrestleMania and I refuse to play second fiddle to them. Therefore, after your actions last week, the Raw WrestleMania Main Event is set - Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. Batista!" Crowd pops huge, and Raw has an AWESOME main event. The three future stars of WWE all in the ring at once fighting for the WWE Championship.
Yet again, as for the match...Any of the three are OK, but only one sticks out as the real winner. If Orton wins, the guy no one thought would win, keeps it a surprise, but he's faced all the faces on Raw. If Cena wins, same old boring shit that he had with the belt last year. So that leaves Batista. But Batista isn't all that good as champion either. In fact, Batista with the belt would probably be more boring than Cena. So who would I have as the man walking out of WrestleMania XXIV with the WWE Championship? Well...you'll just have to wait for Part Two of the Armchair Booker with Pat Creed!
Part Two will probably be up over the weekend or next week sometime. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! DO YOU AGREE, DISAGREE, HAVE A BETTER IDEA?! I want to know!! Please leave feedback here or send it along to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave it at the MySpace at www.myspace.com/rumbleradio! If I think you can out-book me, a prize is absolutely coming your way. Whether it be DVDs, tickets, or any number of Rumble Radio memorabilia, YOU WILL WIN A PRIZE! So be sure to tell me why my idea sucks, and how you would change it. Let's have some fun with this eh?! More details are sure to follow...