By Steven Maxwell Tan
I’m not going to sugarcoat this. Wrestlemania 34 looks like it will be epic. Here are a few matches that will show you why.
1. Asuka vs Charlotte: Smackdown Women’s Championship
— 9Go! (@9Go) March 16, 2018
One of the biggest concerns in WWE was the lack of emphasis on Women’s Wrestling. Before reaching its current state, the women’s matches were the designated bathroom breaks for each event. All they did was shove them into a multi-person tag team match without a clear direction. All of that changed in WWE’s Minor League System, NXT. Matches like Paige vs Emma for the Inaugural NXT Women’s Championship were a big deal, because Women’s Wrestling was finally being taken seriously.
Enter Asuka. One of the best female wrestlers in the industry today. Why? She survived a match with Minoru Suzuki. And, when you see what Minoru Suzuki does to his opponents, what Nia Jax did to Asuka was nothing. Not only that, she has one of the longest undefeated streaks in WWE. 34-0. Say what you want about wrestling being predetermined or fake. The higher-ups see something in her that we, the general audience, do not.
Moving on, we take a look at Charlotte Flair, the current Smackdown Women’s Champion. Everyone knows that she’s the daughter of The Nature Boy, Ric Flair. With every member of a wrestling family comes expectations. She was able to defy that. Personally, I think Charlotte has already been able to exceed her father in terms of wrestling ability. When she began her career, everyone knew her as simply being Ric’s daughter. Several title reigns later, we have reached the point where her resume has spoken for her. Charlotte Flair will never escape the shadow of her father but, she was able to make her own impact in the industry. Speaking of wrestling ability, watch her moonsaults. They look flawless.
Asuka vs Charlotte is already a Dream Match because we get a look at clashing styles. The purely WWE style of wrestling in Charlotte vs the Japanese Style of Wrestling in
Asuka. Japanese Wrestling, in general, has been much more physical. I can only imagine how grueling this match will be.
2. Shinsuke Nakamura vs AJ Styles: WWE Championship
AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship is official for WrestleMania!!!! pic.twitter.com/E1ykLfwsxY
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas97) March 12, 2018
The King of Strong Style faces The Phenomenal One. When you watch matches of Shinsuke Nakamura in New Japan Pro Wrestling, there is something deadly about his style. His mixed MMA and Wrestling Background gives him a ton of legitimacy that other wrestlers can’t bring. AJ Styles doesn’t need a long introduction. The credentials speak for themselves. He was the face of TNA and, brought New Japan’s Bullet Club to another level all around the world. Styles is a 6-Time TNA X-Division Champion, 3-Time NWA World Champion, 2-Time NWA World Champion, 2-TIme IWGP Heavyweight Champion, 2-Time WWE Champion.
Nakamura isn’t short on credentials either. He has won the IWGP Heavyweight Belt twice ( in fact, he’s the youngest champion to win at 23), 5-Time IWGP Intercontinental Champion, 2-Time NXT Champion, 2011 G1 Climax Winner. 2014 New Japan Cup Winner.
What makes this match so interesting is that these two have faced each other in the Tokyo Dome for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlekingdom 10. That is already one of New Japan’s most prestigious titles in their biggest event. Now, in Wrestlemania 34, they are going to face each other for another prestigious belt in pro-wrestling. The WWE Championship.
Here are some highlights from their first encounter:
Look at the crowd reaction from Italy. This happened when they simply mentioned the idea of a match at Wrestlemania! Imagine what it will sound like with over 70,000 People in attendance.
3. Braun Strowman vs The Bar: RAW Tag Team Championship
Without a Tag Team partner myself & @WWECesaro will demolish House of Strowman brick-by-brick right down to the bare foundations.
This won’t be a mugging. No.
This WILL be a Masterclass.
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) March 13, 2018
The Monster Among Men should have been in the Universal Title picture but,the higher-ups simply won’t give up on Golden Boy, Roman Reigns. This resulted in them putting Braun into the Tag Team Title Picture. Who doesn’t like seeing a giant, the size of two regular people, win a Tag Team Belt by himself? I mean, at first, the idea seems crazy. When you look at the concept again, Braun Strowman could end up winning both Tag Team Titles by himself. He’s already the size of two people.
Look at what he did this week.
The #MonsterAmongMen @BraunStrowman could pose a serious threat to the #Raw #TagTeamChampionships IF @RealKurtAngle allows him to compete against #TheBar! @WWESheamus @WWECesaro #WWEMSG pic.twitter.com/eRT0zFiFx2
— WWE (@WWE) March 17, 2018
Wrestlemania 34 is going to be very interesting. What match do you want to see?