Running Log Excerpt
I was reviewing my running log from this past fall when I was in the thick of marathon training and got a kick out of one of my write ups…
Ran around Hazlet for 9 miles. PISSED at myself for missing 2 days this week, because I’m an asshole and never get to bed early enough and work way too much some days.
What a way to treat myself!
This kid is the best
The Road to WrestleMania 30… if I were in charge
Tonight should be a big night for the WWE. The Road to WrestleMania is officially underway with the final show before January’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view, which helps us figure out 50 percent of the Main Event at the historical show of shows this April. Between all the buzz of Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, the return of Batista, Brock Lesnar’s presence, and oh yeah, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, there are endless possibilities of what will happen next to get us to April 6th in New Orleans.
Batista returns to the WWE tonight after being away since May of 2010. He’s coming back at a good time for himself personally, considering he has his biggest movie role yet coming out in August, that being his role as Dax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. All of that aside, his presence will be welcomed nicely to the current WWE roster.
While Batista coming back is great and all, he should not be coming back to win the Royal Rumble and main event WrestleMania. Batista has shined at a handful of WrestleMania’s in the past, whether it be winning championships or challenging The Undertaker. He doesn’t need to come in and all of a sudden be THE GUY. He’ll be a main guy, but that’s all they need from him.
The best path for Batista to take to WrestleMania 30 will be a collision course with Roman Reigns. The Animal vs. the animal from The Shield. It’s no secret that the WWE is high on Roman Reigns. I couldn’t even think of the last time he was the one losing in any match The Shield was involved in. He’s scored pinfalls over CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, he eliminated all five guys on the opposing team at the Survivor Series… they want him to be big.
Allow Batista and Reigns to be apart of the Final 4 in the Royal Rumble on Sunday, and let Reigns eliminate Batista. It helps set the stage for a great rivalry and for what will be a completely vicious matchup at WrestleMania. It’s the best way to get Reigns going on the singles side and a great opponent to throw at Batista after being away for four years.
So if Batista isn’t going to win the Rumble, then who should? Simple; CM Punk.
CM Punk has been away from the WWE title picture for 11 months now. Aside from competing in the Money in the Bank match in July, he hasn’t been linked to the title at all since his No. 1 contenders match on Raw with John Cena last February. That’s far too long of a time away from the title for the Best in the World, and oh yeah, the guy who just happened to hold that very title for 434 days. He should win the Royal Rumble and he should main event WrestleMania. As for his opponent…..
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman have made it clear that Lesnar wants a shot at the title in February. Give him that shot, and let him win. I understand the Punk/Heyman storyline has already seen its finish, but you cannot say that after their match at SummerSlam that Punk and Lesnar have seen their finish. The Best vs. The Beast. Much more interesting for the second time around if the WWE Championship is on the line and if it’s the main event of WrestleMania 30.
And then there’s Daniel Bryan. Easily the hottest guy in the company right now. Despite all the YES chants that basically take over every edition of Raw at this point, Daniel Bryan still needs to “overcome the machine”. Before he can successfully get back into the title picture and even win that championship again, he needs to stop the machine. Let the feud with the Wyatt family play out now through Elimination Chamber, but after that, flip his attention back to Triple H and the Authority. Because really, that attention never went anywhere. Daniel Bryan defeating Triple H at WrestleMania 30 will be bigger than Daniel Bryan winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Yes, I really just said that.
Oh, that’s right, there are still two big pieces left out there. So what do you do? You pair them together. That’s right, John Cena should challenge The Undertaker and his streak.
Cena’s created enough of an idea that he is basically the “almighty one” in the company. It would drive the world nuts if they had to even THINK about Cena being the guy to end The Undertaker’s streak of 21 and 0. Cena won’t win, but really, at this point in his career, what match would be bigger for him? Cena vs. Taker is big time for WrestleMania 30.
So there you have it… the four headline match ups are CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship, Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, John Cena vs. The Undertaker and Batista vs. Roman Reigns. Sounds like a pretty good card to me.