In today’s Q&A here on the site, we discuss WrestleMania plans for Drew McIntyre, Bad Bunny in WWE, and more of your questions!
@GregCherryBrand – Leading into the Elimination Chamber, what was your least favorite Chamber match?
Louis Dangoor (WrestleTalk Reporter):
2015 was a pretty bad year for the Elimination Chamber, so it would have to be either the first ever tag team Chamber, or the Intercontinental Title Chamber match that was won by Ryback. Both lacked any real star power and left a lot to be desired, so one of those two.
Liam Winnard (Website Manager):
I don’t have a vivid memory of a lot of them so it may be recency bias but I would say the Raw women’s Chamber from last year. If Shayna Baszler had beaten Becky Lynch and stayed dominant for a while then maybe I wouldn’t be saying that. The fact they went to that level of effort and the match was so boring, burying everyone else in it, just for Baszler to lose the title match at WrestleMania anyway, it stands out to me as being particularly awful.
Sanchez Taylor (News Writer):
The Intercontinental Championship Elimination Chamber from 2015 stands out to me… for not standing out. For a match type like this, I think the biggest crime is for the eventual match to be forgettable. Other than Mark Henry’s pod breaking, I’m not sure I can recall much about this one. I remember being really disappointed when I watched the match live.
@Walu2go – Can the high number of celebrities (Bad Bunny etc.) be seen as a replacement to cover up for the missing star powers of Brock Lesnar and Undertaker?
It’s a possibility, but I think the audience that WWE is hoping to attract with Bad Bunny is different to the audience they are targeting with Brock Lesnar, for example. The mainstream media will be covering WrestleMania for Bad Bunny, should he wrestle at the show, and I doubt those publications would be covering the event purely if Brock Lesnar returned.
I don’t think so because of who they’re trying to target. Bad Bunny is an attraction for young people and mainly Latin American people. I don’t think Brock Lesnar and Undertaker achieve that specific goal, and I don’t think the lack of Brock Lesnar and Undertaker is why the young audience is low. Bad Bunny, or whoever else you want to throw into that mix, would probably still be appearing even if Lesnar and Taker were still around. Obviously, if WWE had current stars at the same level as Lesnar and Taker, overall viewers wouldn’t be as low as they are anyway. But, for the specific purpose of attracting young viewers, I don’t think “replacement” is the right way of putting it.
That’s a good theory. Personally I think that the influx of celebrities since fans went away is more to do with the celebs’ schedules. When fans can’t attend live shows or festivals, their calendar is pretty open, and I think WWE is taking advantage of this after hearing rumours of a Bad Bunny WrestleMania match.
According to WrestleVotes, Drew McIntyre’s opponent is still a little bit up in the air. Who is the perfect WrestleMania opponent for him?
If he’s able to make the show, I think that Drew McIntyre should defend his WWE Title against John Cena at WrestleMania. The match would be huge for Drew, who currently has no real WrestleMania-worthy challengers on Raw. However, if he’s unable to make the show, I think a singles match with AJ Styles should be what WWE books.
This is a hard one to answer because of WWE’s bad booking. The only guy on Raw who has been booked as a top guy consistently so far this year is AJ Styles, but they decided to waste that match at TLC a few months ago. If they hadn’t have done that match, I would have said Styles. In the absence of a returning Lesnar, Cena, or someone like that, I have no idea. Sheamus and/or Jinder Mahal have good stories but wouldn’t be good matches, especially in the main event of wrestling’s biggest show for the WWE World Title. At this point in time, I’d say Bobby Lashley. He’s been protected over the past year and I can definitely see him losing the US Title in the three-way tonight without being pinned.
I actually made a list of some opponents I’d love to see face McIntyre not long ago. While my heart wants Mustafa Ali, I think McIntyre will be walking into WrestleMania to face The Miz, and come April, I think McIntyre will be the challenger…
Can you see the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal returning this year?
Yes. With WrestleMania over two nights, and I’d be shocked if we don’t see the Andre The Giant Battle Royal on one night and the women’s battle royale on the other. It’s a good chance to get wrestlers a pay-per-view pay day, so I have no issues with it.
I guess so, considering there’ll be fans there. It depends how generous Vince McMahon is feeling when it comes to giving out pay-per-view bonuses. In previous years they’ve done the battle royal so as many people can get bonuses as possible, but they’ve shown over the last 12 months that the pandemic has made them a bit more… ‘financially cautious’ shall we say.
With WrestleMania 37 likely taking place in front of live fans, I think it is possible. The real question is SHOULD the Battle Royal return this year? Cesaro and Baron Corbin came out of their matches looking like champs, but Mojo Rawley, Matt Hardy and Braun Strowman didn’t really benefit from winning their matches. I think it should only be brought back if there is a plan for the winner going forward.