‘WrestleMania 35’ shouldn’t just appeal to wrestling fans

With WWE’s showcase of the immortals on the horizon, there’s no better time to give pro wrestling a look.


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World Wrestling Entertainment will be staging the granddaddy of them all, “WrestleMania,” for the 35th time on April 7. Right now, it’s looking to be the best “WrestleMania” in a very long time. The matches all have some very entertaining stories and characters going into them. I think this show will have a match or two for everybody, so here’s a few matches and the stories behind them going into “WrestleMania.”

If you’re interested in watching two 50-year-old men beat the snot out of each other, then I’ve got some great news for you. Batista and Triple H will be squaring off in a no holds barred match that looks to be Batista’s last. Big Dave and the man of three H’s have a storied history, and the latest chapter is based around Batista’s hatred of Triple H. A hatred so deep that Batista beat up Ric Flair on his 70th birthday just to get Triple H’s attention. One of the interesting things going into this match is that for all of the incredible career accolades Triple H has, he’s never been able to beat Batista one-on-one. Watching these two brawl for the final time will surely be amazing.

If you’re interested in the main event, then you’ll probably want to watch the Raw Women’s Championship match. The Women’s Royal Rumble this year was won by Becky Lynch. Becky Lynch is the man. She’s a no-nonsense Irish woman who’s been the hottest act in the company for about half a year. When it came time to decide whether or not to challenge for SmackDown or Raw’s Women’s Championship, Lynch chose Raw. More specifically, she chose to face Ronda Rousey. Lynch was supposed to face Rousey back in November at Survivor Series, but was removed from the match due to a concussion and a broken nose.

Now, Lynch v. Rousey is finally going to happen, and at “WrestleMania” no less. But, the plot has thickened, and there’s a third woman in the match — Lynch’s former best friend and current rival, Charlotte Flair. Flair has always found her way into championship matches, which caused a falling out between her and Lynch. This match will definitely main event the show. And if it does, it will be the first women’s match to main event “WrestleMania.”

If you’re interested in a David v. Goliath story, then the Intercontinental Championship will probably be for you. The current champion is Bobby Lashley, a big guy who likes to show off his butt and has a hype man, Lio Rush, who’s a quarter of his size. His opponent will most likely be Finn Bálor. Bálor is an extraordinary man with an extraordinary six-pack who turns into a demon sometimes. Between Lashley and his hype man, Bálor falls dangerously close to Lashley’s hype man size wise. Then again, there’s that lingering suspense on whether Lashley will be fighting a man or a demon.

If you’re interested in environmental activism, then the WWE Championship match will be right up your alley. The current champion is Daniel Bryan, who’s the self-proclaimed “planet’s champion,” and who will not hesitate to stomp your face in. Last month he threw out the WWE Championship belt because it was made of leather and replaced it with a more eco-friendly hemp-bound championship belt. His opponent is probably going to be Kofi Kingston. Kingston is part of the group The New Day — they’re super positive and obsessed with breakfast foods. He’s been with the company for 11 years and has never received a one-on-one match for the WWE Championship. Lately, people have caught on to the fact that Kingston’s high-flying style and general underdog charisma is fantastic. Now, he’s almost guaranteed to be challenging for Bryan’s WWE Championship.

This is barely a quarter of the matches that will probably be happening at “WrestleMania 35.” If you’ve never watched professional wrestling before, then “WrestleMania 35” will certainly be a good place to see if it’s something you could enjoy.

Edited by Joe Cross | jcross@themaneater.com

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