How I Would Book… The Rock vs John Cena III

The Rock and John Cena squared off in the main events of two Wrestlemanias in a row. The Rock won the first match at Wrestlemania 28 and John Cena won the rematch AND the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 29. Many will argue whether WWE should bother settling the score between John Cena and The Rock with a third match. However, the financial potential of a third match might make WWE consider it. If WWE were to do a third match, how would you do it? How would book The Rock vs John Cena… Part Three?

I know this fantasy match-up is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. The first match took a year-long build and led to an alright main event which saw The Rock pick up the victory. To many, the wrong man won the first round. However, John Cena would get redemption. After winning the 2013 Royal Rumble, Cena beat The Rock in a rematch at Wrestlemania 29 to win the WWE Championship. As discussed before in the How I Would Book series, Rock vs Cena probably shouldn’t have been the actual main event. To be fair, it made sense to have the Wrestlemania 29 main event being one of the biggest rematches of all time. However, the execution and generally build were a little disappointing. There’s never been any real plans for The Rock and John Cena to have the rubber match. The Rock has not actually wrestled in WWE since Wrestlemania 29. Although there were plans for him to go up against the likes of Brock Lesnar and Triple H, Cena’s name was never thrown into the mix.

However, let’s say that WWE decided to go down that route for Wrestlemania 32. Previously on the How I Would Book series, we threw The Rock into a program with Roman Reigns. In that scenario, I turned Rock heel to help elevate the babyface Roman Reigns. With Rock vs Cena III, I’d go down the same avenue. Let me explain how and why this would go down.

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If this match were to happen, it’s important that there are hints towards it and foreshadowed in some way. In this scenario, I’d have The Rock make surprise appearances like he’s done before in the past few years. In all of these appearances, the heel teases The Rock about losing his last match in WWE. His last match… was with John Cena. The Rock would shrug these off with some witty comeback like only The Rock can. In one appearance, Cena himself would tease The Rock and hint at a third match to settle the score. Not a HEAVY build considering that The Rock’s WWE appearances are limited. However, it has to be teased to the viewers that The Rock has to win his last match before riding off into the sunset.

We go into the Royal Rumble with Cena himself being an entrant. The Authority targets John Cena as the biggest threat in the Royal Rumble and puts a $1,000,000 bounty on Cena, going to the one that eliminates him. Cena enters the match and everyone targets him. Cena makes it into the final five alongside Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens and Sheamus. You can really pick and choose who you want in this final five, but the biggest thing to note is that the heels outnumber the faces. Roman Reigns is put through the announce table by a powerbomb from Kevin Owens. This leaves Cena alone. They all hit their finishers on Cena but then bicker about the bounty. This is interrupted by The Rock’s music.

In shades of Royal Rumble 2015, The Rock makes a return to save the babyface. He lays out all the heels. He doesn’t eliminate anyone. He just takes them out. He lifts up John Cena… and drops him with a Rock Bottom! The crowd is stunned as The Rock throws Cena over the top rope to eliminate him. The crowd would obviously lose their marbles no matter what they do, but this would begin The Rock’s turn to the dark side.

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Since it’s The Rock, he’s not going to be taken seriously as a heel whenever WWE would decide to pull the trigger. That’s also true considering the face he targeted… is John Cena. You need to cement his heel turn the next night on RAW, where he hugs Triple H and Stephanie and confirms his partnership with the Authority. He’s not a member, but he’s a “friend” to the Authority. The Rock can be shown to be friends with Triple H and Steph, annoying the crowd. The Rock explains that he’s motivated by two things in life… money and success.

He attacked John Cena for two reasons… money and success. He attacked Cena to get the money (you’re probably wondering why someone as wealthy as The Rock would care about a bounty but just play along!) and he attacked Cena to achieve some success. The money part of it isn’t really the biggest reason for his turn anyway. He attacked Cena because he wanted to achieve his own redemption for Cena beating him at Wrestlemania 29. The Rock says that he will not allow the record books to show that The Rock lost in his last WWE match. He says that he especially does not want his match to be a loss against someone like John Cena. The Rock throws his usual insults at Cena, reigniting the feud between them. He challenges Cena to a match at Wrestlemania 32 to settle the score. Cena’s response is to run down to the ring and get into a brawl with The Rock. Cena accepts and the match is made.

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The match itself would happen at Wrestlemania and the winner… would be John Cena. I know the whole idea of the feud was for The Rock to try and end his WWE career as a winner. However, the chances are that this wouldn’t be The Rock’s last match in a WWE ring. So there’s plenty of opportunities for The Rock to complete his goals. If this was Rock’s last match, The Rock would go over. However, Cena would have to go over for me in this scenario considering that he needs the win the most. Rock doesn’t have as much to lose as Cena by losing this match. This is a short-term program so if you want Rock to turn face again, simply have him shake hands with Cena and cut a promo about his love for the WWE. It doesn’t take much for The Rock to be loved!

Have any suggestions for a How I Would Book? Simply tweet me at either @ArmbarExpress or @TomRobinson5199 on Twitter with your suggestions. Do also check out the rest of the content on my blog. I do a lot of other cool fantasy booking blog posts with my playthroughs of fantasy booking game Extreme Warfare Revenge. And there’s all sorts of other wrestling content as well. You never know, you might just like what you see!

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How I Would Book… The End Of The Streak – The Verdict [Final Part]

Part One – Introduction

Part Two – John Cena

Part Three – CM Punk

Part Four – Randy Orton

Part Five – Bray Wyatt

So. Here it is… the verdict.

Who should have been the one to end the Undertaker’s Undefeated Streak? We’ve talked about four specific candidates that could have possibly ended the streak. We could have mentioned so many others like Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels and Kane. But we’ve got four candidates that we’ve given a thorough examination. We’ve talked about the reasons for and against, but now we must decide once and for all. Who REALLY should have broken the Undertaker’s streak?

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This is probably one of the hardest things to book in professional wrestling. The idea of having Undertaker’s streak end at all is hard to imagine. You have to pick the one individual that is unique enough that truly needed to beat the streak in order to become a true legend. You could have picked anyone to end that streak as a means to get them over. But a unique character had to have been chosen to be the one that ended that streak. They have to have the physical credentials, natural ability or the uniqueness factor in order to be considered for the role of conqueror. It also relies heavily on the timing. It’s a tough call either way you slice it. But out of the four candidates we talked about, who was the best choice?

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John Cena is the franchise of the WWE, making him one of the front runners for breaking the Undertaker’s streak. Others had talked about using the streak as a means to turn him heel. However, to throw away the streak to fulfill a heel turn for Cena is a very VERY risky endeavor. Even if you decide to turn him face again months later, what would be the point of ending the streak in the first place? Cena beating Undertaker as his usual self would also be very difficult to do, considering a lot of his OWN fans might actually despise him for taking away something else they love too.

CM Punk would have had a tremendous opportunity to break the streak if he had went into Wrestlemania 29 as the WWE Champion to put the title on the line against the Undertaker’s streak. Ending the streak this way would be an incredible way to immortalize Punk. It also doesn’t take away anything from the streak as Taker would have been beaten by someone that was in fact the “Best in the World” at the time. However, considering Punk’s real-life backstage unhappiness in WWE at the time and the fact that he might not be around enough to put that win to good use, then having him break the streak would seem a bit of a waste if he were just to quit shortly afterwards. Plus, this win would also mean that Punk would not have anything else left to aspire to in WWE anymore. Punk’s talked about his desire to main event Wrestlemania being one of the few things that kept him around a few years ago. If he main events Mania by ending the streak, what on earth could Punk do next?

We also did a bit of time travelling, suggesting that Randy Orton might have potentially been a great position to end the streak at Wrestlemania 21. He was the right man, in the right place and in the right time. After all, after losing to the Undertaker in Wrestlemania 21, Orton never really seemed to accomplish much in the next few years of his career. This win could have helped Orton catapult his stardom a lot sooner. But the thing is, Randy Orton became a true star in WWE anyway. WWE didn’t need to give him the streak in order to pull that off. Another factor against Orton was his own temperament at the time. According to a lot of people, Orton was a pain in everybody’s backsides in WWE around the time. WWE shouldn’t have really risked giving the streak to somebody that could get in a lot of trouble in years to come.

Bray Wyatt was our last suggestion, as we proposed that the end of this streak could be the start of a new one. Bray could begin a Wrestlemania streak of his own stemming from being the one in 21-1 at Wrestlemania 30. However, Bray was still only starting out on the main roster with this gimmick. There was no guarantee that Bray would have the endurance of the Undertaker to be able to defend the streak for years to come. We’re assuming that Bray would be able to go possibly 10-0 with this streak, or possibly more. Things could go wrong. Bray could get injured. Bray could get fired. It would be too big a risk for WWE to take, with all due respect to Bray Wyatt.

So with those four in mind, who REALLY should have been the one to break the Undertaker’s streak? Well, you might not like this answer. But the person that needed to break that streak… was Brock Lesnar.

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OK, hear me out on this one. That may be a bit of a lame conclusion to come to. Hell, if I had things my own way, the streak would have never been broken. But if you’re going to end the streak, Brock Lesnar WAS the one that should break it. He was the only one that should have done it and he had the right timing too. Vince McMahon got this one bang on with Lesnar breaking the streak.

Think about this Streak series as a whole. When we’ve been looking at guys like CM Punk and John Cena, we’re looking for the same credentials that Brock Lesnar had which made him such a great candidate. Well, why would you try to find somebody like Brock Lesnar when you’ve already got the man himself? Re-signing Brock Lesnar in 2012 was the greatest thing that could have ever happened to WWE around that time. 2012 was a time in which WWE was beginning to evolve as the realities of the business began to emerge. The WWE could no longer ignore the signs of change that they simply couldn’t control. They needed to hire somebody that could help “legitimize” WWE in order for WWE to gain social relevancy. In 2012, they got themselves an answer…

From his first match back, you could tell that Brock was completely different to EVERYBODY else on the roster. He is not meant to be relatable to other wrestlers, as he’s not a wrestler… he’s a fighter. There’s nobody with his style of matches. There is nobody with his real-life accomplishments. There’s nobody else that could ACTUALLY beat Undertaker in an actual fight. If you were to place bets on a street fight between a guy that looked like Undertaker and a guy that looked like Lesnar, you’d put your money on the guy that looked like Lesnar. He’s got the speed, size and strength that few men alive posses.

Look what ending the streak actually DID for Brock Lesnar. He regained the mystique that he had lost due to defeats to John Cena and Triple H. He became a mega attraction once again and one of the most talked about wrestlers in the last few years. People can say that Brock didn’t need the Undertaker’s streak to regain that mystique but the fact is… he did. If he lost to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30, he would have just been another big monster that couldn’t beat the Undertaker. But that’s hardly the sort of treatment that Lesnar should get because he’s not just like every other monster. He’s a legitimate badass. Listen to Paul Heyman, Edge and Chris Jericho talking about the streak being broken below.

And with that video, it’s time to finally close the book on this particular series. Reading back, it does seem like a bit of a lame ending to pick the guy that actually broke the streak. However, it’s hard to find that one-of-a-kind freak of nature. The stars were so well aligned for Brock Lesnar to break that streak. Had he not lost to Triple H and John Cena before, the impact it could have had would be monumental. There’s only one Brock Lesnar.

However, it’s been pretty fun to explore with the idea of somebody else doing the honours. None of the four other candidates aren’t actually bad shouts either. However, I have to concede that this is one occasion where the WWE got it right with deciding the man to break the undefeated streak of the Undertaker. WWE did mess up a little in the build up to the moment. Had he not lost twice before hand, the ending of the streak would be perfect. However, I think it’s safe to say that things worked out for the best. Brock Lesnar became that mega star again and the Undertaker eventually got his “win” back anyway at Summerslam 2015. Brock Lesnar was definitely the right man to have broken the streak.

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HOW I WOULD BOOK… THE END OF THE STREAK – BRAY WYATT [PART FIVE]

Part One – Introduction

Part Two – John Cena

Part Three – CM Punk

Part Four – Randy Orton

We’re now at the final installment of this particular series. We’ve discussed three other candidates. We’ve discussed John Cena, we’ve discussed CM Punk and we’ve discussed Randy Orton. We’ve talked about the possibility of booking these three as potential breakers of the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. But here’s a problem with these three individuals. These three were already main event stars in the WWE BEFORE they broke the streak. I mean this win would boost these three in one way or another. But however, one could argue that the ending of the streak should be done to make a star rather than elevate an already established star. One legacy ends so another one can begin. So let me ask you guys a simply question.

Out of everyone on the current WWE roster, who is the one person that needed a moment like this to make their mark in the WWE for years to come? Who is the one person who has developed possibly one of the greatest characters of all time with an incredible amount of potential? And with the right push, who can really forge a legacy of his own from ending the Undertaker’s streak? It’s the one person whose got the whole world in his hands. That’s right. Maybe the streak should have been broken… by Bray Wyatt.

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Wrestlemania 30 would have been the perfect time for the Eater of Worlds to conquer the Undertaker’s undefeated streak. Wrestlemania 30 was Bray Wyatt’s first Wrestlemania. In his first match, he took on John Cena which is a big deal in itself. Also, he came out to a live performance of his own theme song. How many wrestlers have had a live performance by a band while strolling down to the ring for their first Wrestlemania match? Surely WWE must have had great confidence in the character to give Bray this kind of push after he debuted in July 2013 (just not enough confidence for him to beat Cena apparently). Bray Wyatt is a special character. So his first Wrestlemania match should be a special moment. How shocking of a moment would it be if in his first match at Wrestlemania… he beat the Undertaker?

Here’s how I’d play it out.

At the 2014 Royal Rumble, Bray Wyatt beats Daniel Bryan like he did in real life. Bray does not interfere in the John Cena vs Randy Orton match at all. At the Royal Rumble match, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper come in and destroy everyone. They eliminate Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Cesaro at the same time near the end (which is what Roman Reigns did) to make it into the final four. It’s the two Wyatts, Batista and Roman Reigns in the final four of this match. When it looks like they are about to Batista and Reigns out, Bray Wyatt stands on top of the stage. He gets down on his knees. When he does, both Rowan and Harper leave the ring and eliminate themselves. The camera cuts to Bray telling Rowan and Harper, “I have a greater purpose for you yet.”

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We hear nothing from the Wyatts on RAW until they show up in the main event to cost The Shield their six man tag team match against Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus. Bray Wyatt cuts a promo the next week on RAW, saying that he plans to put the Hounds of Justice down and spawn the birth of new hounds. Wyatt announces that they will become the new servers of justice in the WWE. They won’t be called the Hounds of Justice. The Wyatts announce themselves… as the Hounds of Hell.

The Wyatt Family then beat The Shield in their match at Elimination Chamber. Bray Wyatt cuts a promo stating that the Hounds of Hell have already rid the WWE Universe of the Hounds of Justice. However, there is still one more outlaw to put down and deliver to the devil himself. He announces that the outlaw will reveal himself later on that night. The Undertaker then returns to the WWE at the end of the show, announcing his intention to defend the streak once again. As Undertaker is about to sign off we get the Wyatt Family cryptic intro…

The Wyatt Family come out to take out the Undertaker. Bray gets on the microphone and says “I will put you down, Outlaw”. Bray will challenge Undertaker to a match at Wrestlemania which Undertaker accepts a few weeks later. Mind games are thrown back and forth until Wrestlemania itself. Undertaker requests that the match is made a No Disqualification match as it is the only way to put down Wyatt AND his two dogs Rowan and Harper.

In the match, Undertaker first sets his sights on Harper and Rowan as Bray Wyatt watches on his rocking chair. Undertaker spears Erick Rowan into the barricade and chokeslams Harper through the announce table. As he’s having to take on all of these members, Taker is getting visibly tired and bruised. He then turns to Bray who simply launches himself into the Dead Man. This is a long and slow beat down but Undertaker continues to kick out. When Bray is about to deliver Sister Abigail, Undertaker counters it into a Tombstone. However, Undertaker is spent after the fighting with all three members of the Wyatt family. The camera man focuses on the ring for about 30 seconds when Undertaker sits up. He sits up but he sees both Rowan and Harper outside of the ring, seemingly unharmed. As he looks on, Bray gets up to do his Spider Walk. Undertaker turns around to walk into a Sister Abigail. And that… is the end of the match.

Bray then kneels over Undertaker laughing saying “Only I am unbeatable” as the crowd is shocked. The Wyatts walk off, leaving Undertaker in the ring.

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What I would do for Bray though is simply take over the role of the Undertaker as this superhuman mystic force in WWE. He and the rest of his “Hounds of Hell” take out everyone. John Cena, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan. Everyone to assert themselves as the top dogs in the company. Not only that, but he starts a undefeated streak of his own at Wrestlemania. What’s a better way for Bray’s streak to start by having him beat the owner of the greatest streak of all time?

The rest of 2014 would see Bray dominate WWE just like Brock Lesnar did after he ended the streak. He beats John Cena at Summerslam for the WWE World title but he would lose it to Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble after interference from his next opponent… Sting. Bray beats Sting at Wrestlemania 31 to take his streak to 2-0. The Undertaker helps elevate Bray the same way Undertaker himself was elevated – dominating from the start of his career. Think about it. Undertaker beat Hulk Hogan for the WWF title not long after he debuted. Hogan beat him for the belt shortly after but the mystique of Undertaker remained. That’s exactly what ending the streak would do for Bray.

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That wraps things up for the Eater of Worlds. We’ve got four candidates to choose from but I’m still interested in hearing other people’s thoughts about who should have broken the streak. I’ll discuss all of our candidates once more in the VERY last part of this series. We’ll decide ourselves who really should have broken the streak and come up with a verdict.

Have any suggestions for a How I Would Book? Simply tweet me at either @ArmbarExpress or @TomRobinson5199 on Twitter with your suggestions. Do also check out the rest of the content on my blog. I do a lot of other cool fantasy booking blog posts with my playthroughs of fantasy booking game Extreme Warfare Revenge. And there’s all sorts of other wrestling content as well. You never know, you might just like what you see!

How I Would Book… Roman Reigns vs The Rock

The last time we had Roman Reigns on the “How I Would Book…” series, we put the “Big Dog” up against probably the biggest dog in WWE history… the Undertaker. However, I wanted to explore a completely different opponent for Roman Reigns. In fact, the story for this match-up is already there for these two individuals. What connects these two… is family. But what if these two had a family feud of their own? What if Roman Reigns collided… with The Rock?

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I think putting Roman in a program with The Rock would be a perfect solution to this issue WWE seems to have with getting Roman over. One of the positives from Roman’s feud with Brock Lesnar was the fact that it included someone who could do all the taking for them… Paul Heyman. With The Rock, he can do all the talking for Roman and himself for their feud, but also wrestle. Granted, he’s not on WWE television that much. However, I doubt it’ll be that big of an issue. All Roman Reigns needs to do, when The Rock is not on television, is simply beat people up. Roman does the fighting, Rock does the talking. Simple as that. But first, let’s talk about how this match would take place. What would cause this family to be torn apart? In my opinion, it could be something that has divided a lot of families in WWE history… Money.

Here’s how I imagine it playing it out. If the plan was to have Roman take on The Rock in this big match, then you need to make Roman look incredibly strong leading into it. So starting from his tag team match with Dean Ambrose against the Wyatts at Summerslam, Roman develops a winning streak. He then beats Bray Wyatt in a feud ending I Quit match. He battles the likes of Sheamus and Rusev on route to the TLC. At TLC, he wins a fatal four way Ladder match with Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens and Bray Wyatt to earn a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at the Royal Rumble. Whether it’d be Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar or Sheamus, Roman rolls into the Royal Rumble on a roll. However, at the Royal Rumble, things come crashing down for the Roman Empire. The Authority tries to help the champion against Roman but in a case of deja vu from the year before, The Rock comes out the even the odds. But as the Authority backs off, The Rock delivers the Rock Bottom… to Roman Reigns.

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A heel turn for The Rock is something that few would see coming. The Rock’s popularity is on a level of it’s own, both in and out of wrestling. The man with 24.4 million Instagram followers and an incredible social media presence would be very hard to turn into a heel. How can you convince the WWE universe to root for Roman against The Rock? Well the truth is, you’re not to convince EVERYONE. That’s why this particular heel turn will be short-term. Because after all, this will be a short term angle.

The Hollywood fame and social media popularity is exactly the type of things that would help the Brahma Bull’s turn to the dark side. He can play the Hollywood Star heel that he played way back in 2003. And it’s not like he’s just done the Scorpion King, he’s done so much more. More positives to dwell on and brag about. It would also be the first time in 12 years that The Rock would be heel. It’s much needed new material for The Rock to work with.

The Rock’s reasoning for turning heel is pretty simple… he was doing a favour for the Authority. Granted, he and Triple H have had some run-ins in the last year. However, if The Rock said something like he was doing it for Vince McMahon, you can sort of explain The Rock’s differences with Triple H, perhaps setting up The Rock vs Triple H some time down the line.

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Back to Roman, The Rock would cut a promo the next night on RAW taking about doing a favour and telling Roman that he does not belong in The Rock’s league. Roman would come out to attack The Rock. If you’re going to have this match, play to Roman’s strengths. He is a badass fighter. Why not have him fight rather than talk? Because there’s no way that Roman could possibly out-talk The Rock. So let him do what he does best. When The Rock is on RAW, have Roman batter him.

At Wrestlemania 32, Roman Reigns goes over. It’s the biggest win of Roman Reigns’ career. It’s not like The Rock would be unwilling to job. Plus, Roman himself looks good having beaten The Rock at the biggest stage of them all. And if you want to have Rock turn face again, have Rock and Roman shake hands. It’s a true passing of the torch from family member to family member. If you want to get Roman Reigns over… that’s how you do it!

Have any suggestions for a How I Would Book? Simply tweet me at either @ArmbarExpress or @TomRobinson5199 on Twitter with your suggestions. Do also check out the rest of the content on my blog. I do a lot of other cool fantasy booking blog posts with my playthroughs of fantasy booking game Extreme Warfare Revenge. And there’s all sorts of other wrestling content as well. You never know, you might just like what you see!

How I Would Book… The End Of The Streak – John Cena [Part Two]

PART ONE

So who really should have broken the streak? Well before we go further with my picks, we’re going to go through two YouTube videos that tackled this particular subject. We’re looking at two hugely different candidates that have been considered to end the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. Before we go onto the videos, let me ask you guys some questions. Out of all the potential candidates we could choose, who are the guys that needed that win the most? Who are the guys, whose great careers can be turned legendary by having them end one of the biggest streaks in sport? Also, which two guys that are still physically willing and able enough to take this streak to revitalize themselves for years to come? So instead of Brock Lesnar… should the Undertaker’s streak have been broken by John Cena or CM Punk?

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Now, I know these candidates are going to get mixed reactions. You may be asking yourselves, “Well, why would Cena or Punk need a win over the Undertaker? They are already established stars.” Fair point, but keep in mind even the biggest of stars need big wins like this. As I pointed out in the last blog post, Brock Lesnar needed to break the Undertaker’s streak to separate himself from everyone else in the WWE and regain his mystique and turn himself into a mega-attraction once again. John Cena and CM Punk, for different reasons, needed a win like this to drastically alter their futures in WWE. Considering they are/were full-time stars with WWE, you could have been able to build the shows around them as they had the star power and they would still be here for the long haul. For CM Punk, if he had broken the streak at Wrestlemania 29, he would also have the right man to emphasize just how big a win this was for Punk… Paul Heyman.

But first, let me draw your attention to videos that discussed both Cena and Punk as wrestlers that maybe should have broken the streak instead of Brock Lesnar. Firstly, we’ll talk about John Cena…

In my nWo series, I pointed out a website called WhatCulture which began posting videos like my blog posts about how they would have booked particular scenarios. It was where I got the idea to do the nWo storyline and… well this one. Adam, who hosts these videos, did this video below.

He nominates John Cena as the man to conquer Undertaker’s undefeated streak. His reasoning is pretty straight forward as he believes that Cena conquering the streak is the best way to not only end the streak, but to turn John Cena heel. Think about it. Out of everyone in WWE, who is the one person you’d NOT want to end the Undertaker’s streak? The majority fans would know doubt utter one name… John Cena. Ending Undertaker’s streak alone would generate Cena more heat than ever, but what if he CHEATED to do it?

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The boos reigning onto Cena would be deafening. This would not be like a Bruno Sammartino moment which would leave the audience speechless. The fans would be PISSED at WWE for allowing somebody like Cena to end that streak. Adam does a great job with describing the execution of this shocking moment. In a match that would end the show (apologizes again to Daniel Bryan) Cena challenges Undertaker. As Adam mentions, John Cena would vow to leave WWE for a year if he could not beat the Undertaker. Because if Cena vowed to leave WWE forever or something, nobody is going to buy it. But something like a year could be something that WWE might pull off. OK… WWE would probably never write John Cena off television for a year! But at least this stipulation would raise the stakes. After all, you’d think the Undertaker would have never had his streak broken either. This night would change everything.

With the referee getting taking out somehow, Cena has the Undertaker down. Cena would look around and see a chair. He’d grab a steel chair and put in a BEATING on Undertaker with it. I mean this beating would be like Steve Austin battering The Rock with the chair at Wrestlemania 17. It would be nasty. Cena would wake up the referee and hit one final Attitude Adjustment to pin the Undertaker and initially leave the crowd shocked. Then Cena would simply smile to the crowd, causing outrage among the WWE universe. We’ve gotten two things we’d never expect to see happening at once. John Cena has turned heel and Undertaker’s streak has ended. You see, John Cena turning heel would be a surreal moment in WWE. The fans would probably go nuts if Cena turned heel tomorrow. However, for every yin there’s a yang.

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If you want the Cena heel turn to work, you have to give Cena legitimate heat off his turn. And what else would give Cena the necessary heat than taking away something the fans hold dear. Enter the streak. So while you get something you’d “want” to see happen, you also get something you truly don’t want to see happen. Why? Because that’s what being a heel does.

If you want Cena to create legitimate heel heat for himself, you have to give him something to work with that he can shove down your throats for years to come. The Undertaker’s streak breaking in this manner would change Cena’s character in a big way, perhaps forcing him to be heel for the rest of his career. Also, Cena marks all the checkpoints outlined in the first part of this blog. For you see, John Cena… is John Cena. He’s the “franchise” of WWE, the face of the company. He’s been on top of the mountain in WWE for nearly a decade. So to group him among a bunch of other wrestlers by having him lose to the Undertaker takes away the mystique of John Cena. While he’s not the guy with the UFC credentials of Lesnar, he’s still the ONE top guy in WWE.

So while Adam does a good job in executing the ending of the streak, he fails to answer one of the main obstacles outlined in the first post of this series. If John Cena broke the streak, then what happens to him afterwards? At the start of his video, Adam mentions how WWE booked Brock Lesnar after Wrestlemania calling it “OK” and saying he could do it better. However, Adam doesn’t ACTUALLY go into the aftermath of Cena breaking the streak and stops the video at Wrestlemania itself. If you’re going to have the streak end, then you’ve got to have a plan in place for what happens next. For Brock, the plan for him was very simple.

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Brock ended the streak and Paul Heyman cut a superb promo for him the next night on RAW which clearly identifies Lesnar as the ONE to beat in WWE. Brock then comes back before Summerslam and is named the number one contender for the WWE World Title. After destroying John Cena at Summerslam, he becomes WWE World Champion. And he doesn’t just beat Cena either. It was a main event so unique that again, it separates a Brock Lesnar match from any other match in the company. Despite awkward bits of booking (like Cena beating Lesnar via DQ) and scheduling issues, Lesnar was still the ONE guy that is so different from the rest, that he becomes a special attraction in WWE once again. Him breaking Undertaker’s streak helped solidify him as a top draw once again.

The thing about Cena though is that with him turning heel, you’ve got a lot of fresh ideas for him to work with and he’s a full-time wrestler. Cena could go on every week how he beat the Undertaker’s streak and you’d all get sick of it. He could break Ric Flair’s title record and bring him even more heat. There’s so much you COULD do with John Cena. The question is, would it all actually work?

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Yes, Cena COULD do the heel turn and create a moment. But WWE turning Cena heel at all is a huge risk itself. That’s why for more than decade, WWE have not dared pull the trigger on Cena. If they did that, then they’d have to be somebody as marketable and as dedicated as Cena waiting in the wings to take over as the top face in the company. Daniel Bryan COULD have been that guy as he had the marketable catchphrases and was the most over person in the company at Wrestlemania 30. However, there’s no guarantee that Yes-O-Mania could last. After all, the overness for Bryan kind of died down during his Kane feud. There’s no reason to believe that Daniel could do an even greater job than Cena as far as merchandising and as a draw. Also, there’s always the possibilities of injuries that could hurt the YES-movement needing a draw to take his place. Of course, the only person WWE could turn to at this point… would be Cena.

The point I’m trying to make is that a Cena heel turn would NOT be able to work long term. You’re rarely going to find the right time for Cena to turn heel. You can think of a number of great scenarios for Cena to turn on the WWE universe. No doubt, Adam came up with a beauty of an idea here. But you have to think about how Cena’s turn would be received by the fans. You’d have a lot of adult fans cheering about seeing Cena as a heel, but if that were to happen… what would be the point in Cena turning heel in the first place? If there are people still cheering Cena, then why bother having Cena turn heel?

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Granted, Adam’s method involving the streak ending is a great way to help neutralize the cheers and keep the heel heat on Cena. But for how long and for what price? A Cena heel turn would cause a financial disaster for WWE. WWE have gotten themselves to the point where they are dependent on Cena’s merchandise to keep themselves financially strong. You could have the heel turn be a short-term thing, where Cena turns face once again at Summerslam. But would it really be worth ending a 20 year legacy for a short-term heel turn?

As much as I respect the efforts of Adam at WhatCulture, John Cena was just not the right person to end that streak. So if John Cena shouldn’t have broken that streak, than who should? Join me part three, where we talk about another YouTube video providing us with CM Punk being the one to break Undertaker’s streak…

How I Would Book… The End Of The Streak [Part One]

Wrestlemania XXX will go down as one of the most memorable wrestling events of all time. Not just one of the most memorable Wrestlemanias, not one of the most memorable PPVs, no. If you think back to all the great wrestling events, whether it be PPVs or House Shows, there has never been one quite like this one. But there’s one moment that all us wrestling fans will look back on as one of the most shocking moments in wrestling history. Brock Lesnar conquering the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania, becoming the one in 21-1. Although a lot of fans were outraged about the decision to have the “part-timer” conquer the streak, a lot of wrestlers like Chris Jericho agreed with it. Jericho said once on his podcast that “Brock was the only one that should have broken that streak”. But what I want to know is, was there other candidates out there that should have been given this accomplishment? Was there anyone else that needed it more? And if so… who else should have broken the streak?

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It’s important to note that although there’s reports of Vince McMahon deciding the end the streak 4 hours before the Brock Lesnar vs Undertaker match, this can’t have been an easy decision for him to make. For years, this was one of the marque matches of Wrestlemania. It was usually the match of the night, with all the drama and fans wondering “Could this year be the year?” In times, it’s been argued by fans whether having the big match with the Undertaker is bigger than the main event of Wrestlemania itself. Even if you lose, you’re still up against a true legend like Undertaker taking on his streak. That all changed at Wrestlemania 30, when Brock Lesnar broke the streak.

Sadly, his match with Brock Lesnar WASN’T a show stealer match which stole the show. In fact, it didn’t really need to. The moment itself stole the show. No disrespect to Daniel Bryan and his title win, but Undertaker’s streak made HEADLINES around the world. There have been few things in recent years in the WWE that have garnered as much interest from the media than the streak ending. And nobody in WWE had the real-life credentials and the star power to break it other than Brock Lesnar.

It gave Lesnar that “mystique” that made him different from everybody else. He was the UFC Heavyweight Champion, he was the youngest Undisputed WWE Champion and now he has done something that no one else has. He beat the Undertaker and he used that to conquer the WWE Universe in 2014. He destroyed John Cena at Summerslam and reigned as the unbeatable WWE World Champion Brock Lesnar. To give WWE credit, they did a great job at taking advantage of Lesnar’s BIG win. Other than his disqualification loss to Cena at Night of Champions, there’s little complaint about how Brock was booked after he broke the streak.

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So if we’re going to have that streak be broken, then we’ve got to have a good idea about how this elevates the man who breaks it. Where does he go from there? What happens next? How is this big win going to effect this wrestler’s life? Like, let’s see we had Roman Reigns end that streak. It’s all well and good, and he’s clearly someone WWE would want to push into the limelight. After all, they had Roman Reigns compete in the main event of Wrestlemania 31. So if you have a plan, you can book accordingly. But you CANNOT have the streak end just to create a MOMENT. If you’re going to have this streak end, then it needs to lead to something.

So when considering a new candidate, you have to think “Who needs this the most?” Who needed a huge win over the Undertaker that can develop his character and elevate him to new heights? Not wanting to use the term “use as a stepping stone”, but whoever beats the Undertaker will have to play a big role in the WWE’s future. And it also has to be somebody that can stand-out as THE ONE. What I mean is this person can’t be just like every other wrestler. He has to be unique. That’s why Brock Lesnar made such a good streak-breaker, because he had the credentials that differed him from the Hulk Hogans, The Rocks and Steve Austins. He was the UFC guy. He was the NCAA guy. He was the guy that’s special and different from everybody else. So whoever beats the Undertaker should be somebody special.

Now, for this storyline, we not going to be THAT strict about the timing of the streak breaking. If we believe that somebody should have broken it at an earlier time, we can. If we thought that somebody that lost to Undertaker in the past at Wrestlemania should have won that particular match, then that’s fine. But most importantly, we need to point out how he’d be booked following the win and how his win would elevate him.

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So given all those stipulations and things to consider, does or did such a wrestler exist?

Before going into potential candidates, we’ll be going through TWO different very well thought-out YouTube videos by those thinking of new candidates. I will be going through these theories and if any of these wrestlers are the right guys to end the streak…

How I Would Book… Undertaker vs Roman Reigns

The debate over who should have really ended the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania could go on forever. Hell, the debate over whether the streak should have even been broken at all could go on forever. It’s like the Superman vs Goku of WWE debates. As many great bouts we’ve seen, there’s been a number of top talents that never got a chance to go toe-to-toe with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. In fact, some have never once went one-on-one with Undertaker in their entire careers. With that, we’ve missed out on interesting matches that could have very well been one of the matches of the night. From Sheamus and Seth Rollins to Alberto Del Rio, a number of fantasy matches have missed the cut over the years. However, there was one person who I think could have potentially been hugely elevated after a match with the Deadman. Someone who the WWE is desperate to make a star and could deliver a pretty physical match with the Phenom. What I would have liked to see is Undertaker… vs Roman Reigns.

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This has been a match that has always intrigued me. It’s the up-and-coming bad ass Samoan doing battle with the old supernatural Deadman in a true battle of old school vs new school. If we looking for an up-and-comer to take on Undertaker at Wrestlemania that can be truly elevated from the showdown, we really should be throwing Roman Reigns’ name in the mix. After the Undertaker’s streak was broken by Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns WAS one of the names that fans were claiming should have given this honor. Why’s that? Because he a rising star that WWE valued and whose true ascension to stardom would begin by having him slay the Undertaker. If anyone would, why not have be someone like Reigns? Why not have it be Roman Reigns vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30 and give Lesnar the streak the next year?

It’s not like Roman hasn’t got the build or that bad-ass feel to him either. One of the reasons Chris Jericho gave on his podcast for Lesnar breaking the streak is that Lesnar was legitimately someone that could beat up Undertaker in a real-life fight. While Roman Reigns doesn’t have the MMA and amateur wrestling background of Lesnar, you can’t tell me that you wouldn’t have Roman Reigns by your side if you had gotten yourself in a scrap with a bunch of guys!

Roman Reigns also is someone with a sporting background. He’s a natural athlete that began his time in sports in Canadian Football. He’s everything Vince McMahon could ever want in a superstar. So why not have his ascension to the top begin with a battle with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania?

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Now let’s be clear that I’M not suggesting that Roman Reigns ACTUALLY break the streak. He doesn’t need an accomplishment like that in order to get himself over. Despite popular belief, you don’t need to win every match you have in order to look strong. All you have to do… is look strong.

That last sentence might have seemed like a deliberate reference to the CM Punk/Colt Cabana podcast where CM Punk shoots on Roman Reigns, but there’s actually a bit of point. Look at how Roman Reigns was booked against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31. Brock DESTROYED Roman in this fight and the only momentum Reigns was able to garner was as a result of a lucky push into the ring post. To have Roman Reigns actually beat up Brock Lesnar to a significant degree is not believable. Whether Roman could take Undertaker in a legit fight is a debate for another time, but the two year rookie conquering the legendary Undertaker’s streak at Wrestlemania is a pretty ridiculous notion. Up until Wrestlemania XXX, other than record eliminations in Survivor Series and Royal Rumble matches, Roman hadn’t had a lot of singles success in the WWE. So Roman doesn’t really have the credentials to make people think that he could possibly be a threat to the Undertaker. But a true beating by Undertaker could elevate Roman even more than if he were to break the streak.

Here’s how I’d play it out…

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Up until Elimination Chamber 2014, I’d have everything played out the same for Roman Reigns. He give tremendous performances at Survivor Series and Royal Rumble and now his crew are up against the Wyatts at Elimination Chamber. The match plays out pretty much the same as it did in real-life with a few changes. Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt fight into the crowd. However, the camera pans to Ambrose and Wyatt beating each other up backstage. Bray hides behind a wall of some kind but then we hear some sort of commotion. We hear a chair shot and Bray looks up to find Dean laid out and chair broken next to him.

Now I’m sure some of you are asking “Wouldn’t the chair shot have resulted in a disqualification?” Even though they’re not in the ring, you’d think what was going on would have been shown on the titantron or something. However, I think it’s possible to have the referee not notice the pinfall in one way or another. Do you remember at the end of Backlash 1999 when Vince McMahon wasn’t aware of his daughter been taken, ironically by the Undertaker, despite the fact that it was shown on our screens? With all the action in the ring, the referee might not have had the chance to look back at the titantron. I know this sounds a bit iffy and we’re making it sound like the referee is completely incompetent, but he can be let off just a little considering it’s a wild six man tag team match between these two dangerous factions. Either that or you could just have Luke Harper and Erick Rowan distract the referee while that was going on.

Seth Rollins is then taken out like he was in real-life and we have the Wyatts surround Roman Reigns in the ring. Also, the referee would get taken out somehow. Roman clears the ring and looks like he is about to hit Bray with the spear. But then we hear the Undertaker’s dong. Undertaker pops up in the ring and hits the chokeslam on Roman Reigns. It’s followed up by Bray Wyatt hitting Sister Abigail and the ref comes over and makes the pin.

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As for why The Undertaker cost the Shield the match is pretty straight-forward. Do you remember the Shield taking out Undertaker in 2013 on SmackDown!? This would have been Undertaker’s first appearance since then. I will admit, I’ve never quite gotten how the Shield attack was never addressed and followed up on by WWE. I mean with Undertaker getting revenge on Lesnar right now in real-life, why did he never get revenge on The Shield and the Nexus for their attacks a while ago. At least this way, you are also wrapping up old storylines and integrating them into the Wrestlemania build up. The next night on RAW, Undertaker would simply state that he’d wish to get his revenge on The Shield for their SmackDown! attack, by challenging one of its members to a match at Wrestlemania. Roman would step up and challenge the Undertaker. After quite a battle which is mostly Undertaker dominated, Taker goes 22-0. Roman gets the respect from the crowd and becomes a true single star with the match of his life against the Undertaker.

And that’s pretty much that. I’ll admit there are a few issues with booking this match at Wresltemania 30. Firstly, I realize how hilariously unfair this would be to Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose if Roman were to get the big match. If Roman were to fight Undertaker, then where would that leave those two? They could fight Kane and The New Ages Outlaws still I suppose and just beat them three on two. Or they could enter the Andre The Giant memorial battle royal or something. Either way, I think it’s safe to say that Ambrose and Rollins would get the short end of the stick on this one. Sorry lads!

However, what this does is sky-rocket Roman’s singles career despite still being a part of the Shield. The Shield storyline with Evolution can still happen after Undertaker departs again. Now with Roman’s singles push already getting a huge boost, you can direct your attention to Seth and Dean in the matches with Evolution. At least when they do break up, they’ll all be able to stand out on their own merit. They were able to do so in real-life, don’t get me wrong. But if Roman was truly the WWE’s golden boy, then this is one of the rare chances they’d have at making a true star out of Reigns. Besides, if you were wanting to do either Undertaker vs Rollins or Undertaker vs Ambrose… then just take out Reigns and insert either Rollins or Ambrose. Hopefully with this storyline, you can push the Shield member of your choice to be a top singles star in WWE!

That’s it for this edition of How I Would Book. Be sure to check out all the past blogs in this series, including the on-going series on the WWE’s incarnation of the nWo. Coming up will be part five of that series and to be honest, I’m really proud of the storyline I’ve came up with so far!

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