All wrestling fans have their own take on what they would like to see happen in the ring each week. You only have to look at the reaction John Cena gets every week to know that for every person who wants to see him at the top of the WWE pile, there's another who wants him buried.
I was thinking about the current main event landscape in the WWE which is messy to say the least. You have Brock Lesnar, who, if rumours are to be believed, is on a contract with certain limitations. You also have Super Cena, who many fans are tired of but has largely been out of the title picture for almost a year now. You have wrestling community favourites CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler in the frame, as well as Del Rio, Sheamus, Randy Orton etc. You have Chris Jericho, although he is apparently leaving shortly. You have up-and-comers and debateable future champions such as Ryback and Damien Sandow. Add Triple H, The Rock and the Undertaker who wrestle sparingly and you have a mighty mix of active and non-active superstars, young and old.
However, whether you lean towards promoting the future and current stars or love to still watch the legends do their thing, I have been thinking about the title picture in the lead up to next years Wrestlemania, considering that The Rock will have his shot at the Royal Rumble, and have set out a fantasy timeline of events, which, if I was in WWE Creative, I would be pushing for, and wanted to see what people think and how they would respond to such a booking...
The Undertaker is apparently rumoured to break his trend of Wrestlemania-only appearances and appear at this years Survivor Series. Hearing this news confirmed, and after beating Triple H at Summerslam, Brock Lesnar decides he wants a piece of the Deadman and challenges him to a match at the PPV, which is accepted.
At Survivor Series, The Undertaker is absolutely destroyed by a dominant Brock. So much so that the referee calls and end to the bout as Brock appears to have no intention of ending the contest voluntarily.
Fresh after his dominant win, Lesnar appears on the following RAW to gloat about how he destroyed the WWE Legend and questions how Superstars such as Triple H and Shawn Michaels have failed to do what Brock did at Survivor Series. Lesnar acknowledges though, that he has one thing in common with those two. He then lists his long list of accolades in and outside of wrestling and says that there is only one thing left for him to do, and that is to end the streak. This challenge is then accepted by an Undertaker hungry for vengence and the match is set for Wrestlemania 29.
[In the meantime, Brock's obsession with The Streak can be used to launch a program with the undefeated Ryback, who is maintaining a streak of his own. Brock could then gain momentum by ending Ryback's streak, potentially as a precursor to what he will do to The Undertaker.]
Later on, at the Royal Rumble, The Rock wins the WWE Championship from CM Punk. Later that night, in the Royal Rumble, Number #30 is up and Brock Lesnar's music hits. Brock then wins the Royal Rumble, which creates confusion within the WWE as he is clearly already scheduled in the match at Wrestlemania with the Undertaker, and he is subsequently forced to make a choice between his title shot, and ending the Streak. Torn between his choices, Brock is faced with a deadline, and is still undecided as the time approaches. When the deadline is up and he is forced to choose, he declares that he wants both, and a Triple Threat match is set between he, The Rock and The Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
At Wrestlemania, and against all odds, Taker maintains The Streak and defeats Brock and Rock to become the new WWE Champion. The next night on RAW, he comes out and announces the retirement of both the WWE Title, and his own career, while he is on top. But only on one condition.... The next WWE Champion is decided at the next Pay Per View, but will have to earn his place at the summit of the WWE by proving himself in a concept that even The Undertaker, in his own illustrious storied career, had never been able to accomplish..... KING OF THE RING.
What do you think? I think this booking is perfect as it creates the most uncertain environment for The Streak, which in previous years, despite great matches, is pretty much a given result. I cannot think of another match for Taker that would cast that much of a doubt on the Streak than having to defeat a hungry Brock Lesnar with momentum and the WWE Champion The Rock. This also gives him the perfect way to retire on top, as the WWE Champion, and is also a cunning way to bring back a PPV that I, and I'm sure many of you too, sorely miss. It also gives The Rock a decent 2-month reign in what will likely be his last as Champion. And if you think this idea relies a little too heavily on part-time superstars (it does), then the beauty of this is found in the aftermath, as the next WWE Champion is decided on a clean slate - you could have anyone win the King of the Ring tournament.
Please let me know what you think of the booking, and discuss any suggestions/changes you would make...