As of today we are now less than a week removed from the biggest piece of performance art & spectacle America produces in the calendar year: Wrestlemania. This year, the “Grandest Stage of Them All,” touches down in New Orleans, LA for the thirtieth edition (yes, that XXX in the title is only a Roman numeral, not a reference to what host Hulk Hogan has been doing in his off time). And since time is of the essence going into Nawlins, which I will be providing on-the-ground coverage of for TVMix, here are the 5 Things You Need To Know for Wrestlemania XXX:

Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority: In the annals of the underdog vs. the corporate machine, most wrestling fans see Stone Cold Steve Austin‘s beer-soaked quest for victory over Vince McMahon as the pinnacle of the then-WWF’s “Attitude Era.” My, how times have and haven’t changed, as today we see a similar story playing out, with WWE’s COO (and son-in-law to Vince McMahon) Triple H holding down diminutive fan favorite Daniel Bryan, because Bryan doesn’t fit the pretty-boy male fitness model image the WWE is known for. In order for Bryan to win the prestigious WWE World Heavyweight Championship, he will be pulling double-duty at Wrestlemania.

First, Bryan and Triple H will face off, and the winner of that match gets inserted in the main event, Randy Orton vs. Batista. Odds say that Bryan will win the first match, if only because both Orton and Batista are hated by the fans, and to have Wrestlemania end with a match with no possible positive outcome makes no sense.

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt: Wrestlemania XXX marks the first time in 4 years that John Cena, the jorts-clad, make-a-wish-granting, fans-love-to-boo-him actual public face of the company is not participating in the headlining match. Instead, he is involved in what could be called a passing-of-the-torch match, except there are no stipulations involving victory by fire. He faces off against Bray Wyatt, a relative new comer in the WWE, hillbilly cult leader, whose trademark moves include “Sister Abigail’s Kiss” and something that can only be called a Spider-Walk pose. This match is arguably the biggest moment in Wyatt’s young career, not only is it his first ever Wrestlemania match, but he’s making his Mania debut against one of the biggest names in the history of Wrestling. And if I had to bet on it, I’d say Bray is going to win. Cena has said that the road to the future runs through him, and that might just be a winking way of saying that he’s aware his time is running up, and it’s time to put over tomorrow’s superstars.

The Deadman’s Streak Goes Through Brock Lesnar: When it comes to prizes in pro wrestling, title belts are prestigious, but nothing is as well regarded as The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Undefeated Streak. Last year’s victory over CM Punk, more on him later, brought Undertaker to 21 and 0. There is no real belief on any side that he will lose to former UFC Champion Brock Lesnar, because Lesnar isn’t worth that kind of long-term investment. He’s unreliable, and only booked for short term, few appearance contracts. That all being said, expect one brutal match, where it looks like Lesnar is actually trying to do the impossible, murder a dead man.

The WWE Network, the true Game Changer: if you are a lapsed wrestling fan, this is the best time to jump back into the wrestling world. For 9.95 a month, you’ll get every pay per view, including Wrestlemania LIVE, and access to the entire back catalogue of WWE/WWF, WCW, and ECW PPVs as well.

Where are CM Punk and Vince McMahon? I’ve already written here about the curious case of CM Punk’s disappearance, but it’s very odd that we’ve gotten less than a week’s distance from Wrestlemania and neither him or Vince McMahon, the man without whom Wrestlemania never would have happened, have shown their faces on WWE Television. Surely one of them, if not both, will make an appearance at Wrestlemania Weekend.

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