It's difficult reading the booking of events like March to WrestleMania: Live from Toronto, the third WWE Network exclusive special/televised house show.
On the one hand, they're clearly more important than one of the company's regular live shows which aren't streamed on the Network. Last Fall's Live from Madison Square Garden show proved that when time was spent on Raw and SmackDown building Big Show for his match against Brock Lesnar.
On the other, there are definitely still elements designed more to pop a live crowd, like John Cena's steel cage win over Seth Rollins in a rematch of their rematch for the United States title in Manhattan, or that demonstrate subtle signs that major backstage players aren't as invested in them, such as the lack of Vince McMahon-directed commentary for Beast in the East.
The top of the card for Saturday, March 12's show in Ontario looks to be out of the standard house show, with Sheamus and Roman Reigns revisiting a feud we left behind before Royal Rumble.
Brock's match against Luke Harper might be a one-off like the Beast Incarnate's last battle with Show... or it could be part of the build toward his WrestleMania feud. We'll know more after Fastlane, where we'll probably get confirmation of whether they're doing the Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt program that was set up in the Rumble match or not.
Yesterday's Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required but recommended) added another bullet point to the card - and it's back to the past in a segment that almost certainly is there to pop the Ricoh Coliseum crowd. The New Day will be Chris Jericho's guests on The Highlight Reel. But the nature of a talk show act means, whether via run-ins or... you know, talking... angles can be developed for either or both the host or the guest(s).
Here's the rest of the card we think we know:
- Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus
- Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Luke Harper (w/ Bray Wyatt)
- AJ Styles makes his WWE Toronto debut
- Chris Jericho hosts The Highlight Reel with The New Day
- Appearances by The Usos, The Miz, Brie Bella, Paige & others