Notice the pattern among these matches. Each match has at least one performer who is a veteran of the business, if not both performers. Stacking the card with so many veterans seems to be a good idea, considering what they bring to the table.
On paper, WrestleMania 28 is filled with matches that are potentially WrestleMania moments waiting to happen.
Is Vince McMahon indirectly making a statement about the current climate of the business, or is this purely coincidence? I believe this is McMahon's way of making a statement, in particular to the talent.
The younger stars should be highlighted at WrestleMania 28, but the truth is that they lack the star power necessary to attract a huge audience. There is something definitely lacking.
Don't expect to see Alberto Del Rio, The Miz or Kofi Kingston take center stage or have high profile matches. They aren't there yet.
That says a lot, considering both Miz and Del Rio were in matches that involved their brands' respective world titles last year at WrestleMania 27. It also says a lot more because they are both former WWE Champions.
The question is—whose fault is it that a number of younger talent will be stuck on the sidelines?
Well, it takes two; the talent has to be given the opportunity to succeed, and they also need to make the most of those opportunities. Honestly, Del Rio, Miz and especially Kingston should be a lot further along in their careers. So should Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler and Christian.
I don't blame McMahon for stacking WrestleMania 28 the way he has. Tough times are ahead from an economic standpoint. The WWE is still hurting from the poor buy-rates for the Survivor Series and the Royal Rumble.
All roads lead to WrestleMania. If the biggest event of the year doesn't live up to expectations, then you've got a huge problem. In this case, WWE needs all the help they can get to rebound.
I do blame McMahon for not giving the current wave of stars the opportunity to evolve. It takes more than good looks and the ability to cut good promos to succeed. They have to resonate with the fans and establish a connection.
I like The Miz, but the truth is that he's a clear example of too much too soon. I wouldn't have put the WWE title on him so early in his career. The rush to find the next big star has done more harm than good for him. Just look at his title run, which was lackluster at best.
You can count on the veterans to attract the fans because of their marquee value and because they can still go. That's all well and good, but the veterans won't be around forever and certainly can't carry the company into the future.
Now, more than ever, today's stars need to reach deep down and remember why they broke into the sport in the first place. Instead of crying about The Rock taking away someone's spot, try turning it up a few matches.
McMahon also needs to remember the talent at his disposal and make up his mind about who to get behind and support.
As we get closer and closer to WrestleMania, don't be surprised to see more veterans added to the card, while the younger talent gets relegated to dark match status. This is the easy way out for The WWE; it doesn't require much thought and seems like a no-brainer.
Time will tell if this will translate into a successful pay per view, or if someone has to go back to the drawing board.