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Wrestlemania XXX: Bold Predictions Went Wrong

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If there was ever a time when I made some bad predictions, I’d say Wrestlemania XXX was that day.

I should probably start with my biggest one. I wrote an article called “Yes Movement Doesn’t Equal Ticket Sales for Wrestlemania: 3,000 Seats Still Available.” It turns out that the place was actually sold out by the time it went live. Even if it wasn’t, 3,000 empty seats don’t mean much when there are 70,000 people in a stadium. I hated writing the piece even more when I saw articles popping up about Wrestlemania beating records.

In a press release, the WWE said Wrestlemania XXX broke the record for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s highest grossing entertainment event. Not only that, but it was the fifth consecutive year that the company broke this record. In my best Imus typing voice I just want to say, “I’m sorry. I did a bad thing.” What I did in that article was find a minor thing and blow it out of proportion like everyone else who uses the internet. I feel like I should be banned.

My next blunder came in an article I wrote on April 2. In this one, I made the bold prediction that CM Punk would come back to cost Daniel Bryan his title. I thought we’d see some weird power play where Triple H buys off Punk and he joins the Authority to become the new face of the WWE.

Just hear me out though. I was emotional from How I Met Your Mother and came up with this scenario where I compared Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title to Ted meeting Tracy. Once we got what we wanted, CM Punk would come out and Triple H would announce an impromptu match for the championship.

I compared Punk to Robin because as much as Ted loved Tracy, he had to let go because Robin is the one. Punk was everyone’s first love and I thought this would be a good time to rekindle the old days. I’m sad we didn’t get Punk coming out like Eddie Guerrero congratulating Chris Benoit at Wrestlemania XX.

The last bold prediction I’m not proud of was downplaying the match between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. I thought it was a pure lock. How could the Undertaker lose to a part time guy? Well, turns out I was way wrong about that. The Undertaker lost to a part-time guy.

My biggest complaint with the match was that there wasn’t enough hype around it. All Lesnar and Undertaker did every week was fight each other. I thought we’d see the streak continue and Taker would live to fight another day. I had no idea that the most underhyped match to challenge the streak would be the one that ends it.

We saw a lot of deep storytelling involving CM Punk, Triple H and Shawn Michaels the last five Wrestlemanias. If anybody would end the streak, it seemed like one of those three men would do it. This just shows how little I know about wrestling though. I was sure Punk would win last year and Brock would lose this year.

Now that Wrestlemania is over, I am glad I was wrong about all these things. If the WWE isn’t throwing curveballs, then they don’t deserve to play in the majors. Plus, I don’t want to be an idiot wrestling savant. With all the junk you read on the internet, you would think the company is tanking. Thankfully, those people who say that are wrong and the WWE can keep us guessing.

Hopefully Triple H was right on Monday about a change coming. We are entering an era where PPVs are $10 and nothing is sacred — not even the streak.

Joseph Randazzo is a WWE writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @theLBjoe, “Like” him on  Facebook or add him to your network on Google.