These matches are both at the complete opposite sides of the professional wrestling spectrum. The Nakamura Vs Styles match clearly caters to today’s typical indy-style wrestling fans. On the contrary, the Reigns Vs Lesnar match caters to the ever dwindling casual sports entertainment fans. However, I believe many wrestling fans with either preference still want to see the other match, but they will never admit it because it is not the cool thing to do.
Today, many fans seem biased towards one side of the spectrum over the other because of social media. I see more negative comments than positive ones, and that includes from both sides: Roman sucks and does not deserve that spot. Brock is a lazy part-timer. Nakamura is just an entrance and his English is atrocious. Styles cannot cut a good promo and has soccer mom hair. When I found myself somewhat guilty of some of these negative comments (example John Cena), I started to evaluate how and why I could be so critical over something like “entertainment”. Although it will always be okay to criticize and voice our displeasure over something we do not like or enjoy as fans, along the way, I learned to appreciate the art of business more and more.
The only way I can try and explain my newfound stance on today’s top WWE stars is by taking a trip into the Matrix with Doctor Strange in an Inception kind of way. Wait, what? Imagine some of the cool visual effects from said movies when comparing fans who want to see Nakamura Vs Styles and fans who want to see Reigns Vs Lesnar. Many fans that are clearly in favor of wanting to see Nakamura Vs Styles the most still want to see Reigns Vs Lesnar, even if they do not realize it. The proof is that they just want to boo Reigns out of the building. If this is not making sense to you, I will explain further. If fans truly did not want to see Reigns Vs Lesnar, then they should not spend so much energy trying to get their voice across by giving negative reactions. In fact, they should give no reactions and be silent instead. Perhaps then, the WWE will listen to you.
Likewise, casual fans who are more on the sports entertainment side and do not even know who Nakamura and Styles are still want to see that match. I will even go as far to say that the critics of today’s longer style of wrestling matches want to also see said match, even though most of those critics will never admit it. But the simple fact that they already want to pick it apart before it even happens is all the proof needed. Folks, if none of this is making much sense to you, it is probably because you are still in the state of denial. But do not fret, you will come around.
I have to give WWE credit for making both of these matches the top two championship matches for WrestleMania 34. I think somebody was definitely doing their homework in Stamford, Connecticut because as far as they are concerned, Nakamura, Styles, Reigns, and Lesnar together as a group appeal to the entire spectrum of die hard wrestling and casual wrestling fans. I know there will be people who read this that cringe at the thought of being told they supposedly (secretly) like something they do not. If that is the case, then go to the bathroom or concessions during whatever match you do not want to see. I dare you, but I know you cannot.
At the time of this article, John Cena Vs the Undertaker is still not officially on the WrestleMania 34 card. If this match was never intended to take place, I do not think WWE would have Cena beg and plead to the Undertaker to accept his challenge. But let’s just say this match does not happen. Then all of a sudden, Nakamura Vs Styles and Reigns Vs Lesnar become the top two matches on the card. I will admit that not every WrestleMania top championship match ended up being the best match of the year or even on the card; however, I think WWE has set the table perfectly with the top 2-3 matches for WrestleMania 34. I will be very surprised that by the end of 2018, one of these matches is not at least in match of the year contention.
In conclusion, while I do realize there will be people who will stand by their opinion that they have no interest in either of the discussed matches, I will keep reiterating that a high percentage of the same people will remain a silent fan of what they claim to not enjoy. This is just how it goes in regards to being a fan of sports and entertainment. I understand it is difficult to sometimes speak your inner feelings and truths. That is human nature. Meanwhile, I will be the one to start placing doubt in your heads about not liking certain wrestlers. If I can slowly start changing my opinion on John Cena and why he deserved his multiple pushes in WWE, there is no excuse why others cannot do the same for even a wrestler like Roman Reigns. Remember, one day these performers will not be able to do it any longer, and I find it sad when people then and only then claim to be their fan.