Over the years, WWE has ensured that as many wrestlers as possible make it onto the WrestleMania card, and that will likely continue this year despite Triple H reportedly wanting a leaner lineup for the two-night event.
Usually, the promotion accomplishes this battle royals for the men and women, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see those matches return this year. In the meantime, WWE has found a way to put multiple wrestlers on the show: it announced a pair of “WrestleMania Showcase” Fatal-4-Way tag team matches.
So far, we only know two of the participants in either match — Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez — but WWE will add more names over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, it will add some stakes to these matches, too.
The wrestlers need something to fight for in these WrestleMania Showcase matches.
WWE has given fans little reason to care about either of these tag matches. In the macro, this isn’t the worst thing in the world — every match doesn’t need to be of the utmost importance — but it would be nice if the company did something to make these matches feel like more than filler with a fancy name.
It wouldn’t take that much effort. Even something as simple as announcing that the winners of the “showcases” get a shot at the tag team championship would keep viewers from dismissing them as time-wasters.
With WrestleMania 39 12 days away, no one is expecting these matches to get promoted to the level of Cody Rhodes vs. Roman Reigns or Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs. The Usos (when that match gets inevitably announced). However, fans should expect more of a hook for a match than “here’s your chance to see (insert wrestler here) perform at WrestleMania”.
For a lot of fans, that’s more than enough intrigue for a mundane midcard encounter, but the point of hyping up matches is to win over the ones who aren’t as excited to see what you plan to show them.
WWE still has some time to create some interest for these “showcases”, so we’ll see if the company has something planned or if it feels its job is done.