Road To WrestleMania 21

By Korbid Thompson
Updated: March 17, 2005

NEW JERSEY—There’s only one wrestling pay-per-view that I will spend the $40 and three hours of time to watch. Yeah, you guessed it. It’s WrestleMania time.

WrestleMania 21 originates from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, April 3rd. Of course, the voices of the WWE will build this up to be the greatest PPV in wrestling history, as it is done every year. Whether or not this will fit that description in even one wrestling fan’s mind remains to be seen.

During this road to the Staples Center, I have decided to analyze some matches that are on the card. For tonight, I will start with a couple of the non-title matches, and believe me, there are plenty of those.

I’ll start with the 6-man “Money In The Bank” Ladder Match from Raw. Your participants are Kane, Edge, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Christian and Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin. Here’s the punchline – the winner gets a shot at the WWE World Champion anytime up to one year from WrestleMania, all the way up to WrestleMania 22.

Unless there are plans to have Shelton lose his title in the next 2 weeks, there’s a gross misunderstanding of what WrestleMania is about, because evidently, Vince McMahon has forgotten. This is the event where you showcase your champions, and not hide them behind 5 other men. While the 3 of the other 5 in this match(I can’t count Edge and Christian) are truly talented, you still have to feature your belt holders at WrestleMania. It’s almost a law, or at least it should be. It is a little weird that Benjamin is the only champion who will not be “defending” his title. Give him the one thing that he has earned as IC champ – a WrestleMania title defense.

Enough about Vince, and his more than coincidental slights towards African-American talent. At least he is going with Orlando Jordan as U.S. Champion. First time in WWE history(and most likely, wrestling history) that two Black wrestlers are simultaneously holding the two secondary belts. Classic Vince McMahon. He keeps you guessing, and he has always been a master at that.

My other profile features the WWE Women’s Championship. It will be Trish Stratus defending her title against recent Playboy cover girl Christy Hemme. Now, once again, the true spirit of WrestleMania gets lost here. It’s supposed to be the best against the best, and that certainly does not apply here. I understand that the WWE lost their No. 1 woman babyface when Lita tore up her knee. However, I’m sure that Victoria would have been a suitable opponent, given the right storyline to go with it.

I mean, all you have to do is take one look at Christy Hemme, and you will know that if by some chance she does defeat Trish, she will be replacing Stratus as the eye candy diva of wrestling. It certainly isn’t because she is this tremendous wrestling talent. Then again, neither was Trish way back when. She has improved over time, and maybe one day, Christy will be a somewhat competent wrestler, as well. That day is not on April 3. Of course, the added element of Lita training Hemme will add some spice to the match. Well, for the 10-minute match that this should be, at least the beer drinkers in the front rows will get their money’s worth, barring a strip show. Trust me, if you have seen some of WWE’s pay-per-views, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

That’s all for now. Our road to WrestleMania will continue right up until April 3rd. Until the next stop, peace…