Sheamus O’Shaunessy, Randy Orton and Paul ‘The Big Show’ Wight are all former main-event stars but this Wrestlemania they have have found themselves thrown into a six-man tag match with up-and-comers The Shield. With the likes of The Rock and The Undertaker making PPV returns, there just isn’t enough room at the top end of the card to fit in any of these former champions, and so they’re padding out the event with this bout.
Pairing the faces (Sheamus/Orton) with a heel (Big Show) does make things a little interesting, maybe Big Show will turn on his partners and leave them outnumbered against their opponents. More likely, this is a diversion and Randy will be the one who surprises fans and turns on his team mates. This could align him with The Shield but that would be to their detriment. Whilst Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns have carved a niche for themselves – by their own merits – if they allowed themselves to be led by Orton, they would quickly become his lackeys/henchmen and their place in the spotlight would be diminished.
Perhaps I’m just looking at this through the eyes of a cynical pro wrestling fan who has seen too many bait-and-switch angles. Maybe the idea that ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ has brought Sheamus, Orton and Show together and they simple want to remove a three pronged thorn from their collective sides. Either way, this is one of the few matches on the bill where I wouldn’t be sure enough to bet money on the result, which must be a good thing.