WWE announce Wrestlemania preshow matches

Roman Reigns is set for a huge Wrestle Mania match
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06 April, 2018

Despite my best efforts, I was unable to attend the April extravaganza, instead having to resort to watching it from a family friend's house. He was being forced to retire due to concussion related issues.

The A-Lister hasn't had many WrestleMania moments, and that is why it makes the most sense for him to establish himself as the greatest IC champ of all time and defend his belt successfully. This wasn't a storyline or something to gain sympathy. Last year, he was defeated at Wrestlemania once again, and staged a retirement-like exit from the ring. There's also been a lot of talk in recent years about a women's match finally main eventing WrestleMania. Traditionally, people competing in pre-show matches do not get as much as performers on the main card as the pre-show is free to watch on YouTube.

The popularity of the WWE wrestling games might have waned considerably over the past couple of iterations, namely when 2K took over from THQ, but the fact remains that WWE 2K18 is a great way to get you in the mood for WrestleMania. The economic impact for last year's Wrestlemania in Orlando topped $180 million, and based on the annual increase of of that impact, this year's event could draw near $200 million.

This feud has been simmering for quite a while now. He decided not only to host the event, but instead of putting it on public television, he offered it on close circuit TV (Pay-Per-View as we know it today). Both Owens and Zayn were in the six-pack challenge with the WWE title on the line.

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It has been nearly a year since Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon first embarked upon a rivalry, when Owens believed that poor refereeing on McMahon's part cost him the United States Championship at SummerSlam. This led to McMahon being assaulted on the next episode of SmackDown, and McMahon hasn't been seen since. He was hospitalized with a bout of diverticulitis in the interim.

The apparent reason for why they haven't announced it is rather interesting. This is really the crux of the match. That match boasted a shocking ending, in which Sami Zayn rescued Owens from one of McMahon's death-defying elbow drops, turning heel in the process.

Yes. Yes. Yes (using Daniel Bryan voice). The crowd at WrestleMania will be behind Bryan like is rarely seen. After winning a physically brutal semifinal match against competitor Drew Gulak two weeks ago, Mustafa Ali stood in the middle of the ring and addressed WWE's young audience: "My entire life, I've had one mission to prove". With that in mind, oddsmakers have given one of the two stars the advantage to win if this match ends up taking place. Naturally, Cena wasn't prepared to take those comments lying down, delivering an epic monologue response while staring angrily into the camera.


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