I’ve been thinking about this a long time. Normally the last match of a mania is predictable. Since the split , with two titles, a celebrity match and usually a grudge match we have four potential show enders this year.
Last year we did too. I was convinced that Brock/ goldberg would close mania but that would hurt the prestige of the wwe title and the match was short. The choice they went with was Roman/Taker, a grudge match with no title. It elevated taker and roman could gloat he closed three successive manias.
Our choices this year are:
Roman/Brock- the planned closer for a year. It praises the universal over the wwe title but that doesn’t seem to be a concern for Vince. He favors Raw over SD like he favors his daughter over his son. I would say this is a no brainer but I’ve felt the build to be lackluster. They are playing the wrong roles as fans want to cheer brock and boo Roman. Also, Brock in ufc mode is bad for the match.
Bryans tag- at first i thought this should close. It played second fiddle to the wwe match this week on sd. It’ll be crazy hot and I’d love to see bryan close the show on nola once more. The problem is Vince loves his baby girl. Does he want her to be upstaged by Bryan’s match?
Mixed tag - my favorite build over all the main events. Ronda s been awkward and in think she’s a natural heel. Next year I want her leading a heEl female group feuding with Charlotte. Stephanie and hhh have been perfect. Not a mat classic but tons of heat and good booking here.
NAKA VS AJ- This is the match I’m looking forward to all weekeND. Their first match was my match of the year for 2016. I would love this match to main event to raise the prestige of the wwe title and both men. However, I want this to be a five star match and main eventing a 7 hour show might be pushing it. I would put this right in the middle of the show and say “top this” to everyone.
The verdict : there are pros and cons to each. All my friends say Roman Brock has to close. I feel it’s risky. I feel Vince favors Raw so I’m going with Ronda and Kurt winning to close the show. They can do a Wm 20 visual where Bryan and Shane come out to congratulate the victors. This could set up the draft where Ronda would be a hot commodity. And Bryan could end Mania with a YES chant for the ages!