Final Countdown to an Electrifying WrestleMania 40

Get ready to rumble with Wrestling Uncensored Episode 678! As we gear up for the monumental WrestleMania 40, Dave Simon and ring veteran Genesis Johnny North will take us on an electrifying journey to the grandest stage.

WrestleMania isn’t just another pay-per-view; it’s the 40th anniversary of the spectacle that’s captivated millions, featuring icons like The Rock, Cody Rhodes, and Roman Reigns. But wait, there’s more stirring outside the WWE universe – Bryan Danielson vs. Will Ospreay at AEW’s Dynasty PPV is shaping up to be an epic clash that could steal the spotlight. Dive in as we explore the showdowns set to define an era in pro wrestling.

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Jade Cargill’s Smackdown Debut

Dave Simon discussed Jade Cargill’s appearance on Smackdown, detailing her ring entrance to sign a contract and labelling it as somewhat lacklustre. However, he noted her impactful return later in the night during the main event, where Bianca Belair defeated Dakota Kai. Jade felt her presence by intervening in a post-match attack on Bianca by Damage Control, showcasing her strength by taking down multiple opponents and standing alongside Bianca and Naomi to close the show. This sequence of events led Dave to speculate on a potential WrestleMania match involving Jade, Naomi, and Bianca, possibly against Dakota, Asuka, and Kairi Sane, or in other configurations, suggesting a six-woman tag match might be in the works​​.

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The WrestleMania Hype

WrestleMania, the pinnacle of WWE’s calendar, is where legends are made, and this year’s edition is no exception. The return of The Rock to in-ring action, especially at WrestleMania 40, adds a layer of nostalgia and star power, drawing in fans from different eras. His presence alone elevates the event, turning it into a must-watch spectacle. However, as we dissect the card, it becomes evident that WrestleMania’s allure this year extends beyond just one match or superstar. It’s about the stories, the culmination of feuds, and the theatrical presentation WWE is renowned for.

During this week’s RAW, Dave Simon expressed excitement about WrestleMania, especially due to the involvement of stars like The Rock and Cody Rhodes. He mentioned that while the spectacle of WrestleMania is a significant draw, he is not particularly excited about any match, including those involving The Rock and Cody Rhodes. He suggests the main attraction is the build-up and the storytelling leading to the event.

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Johnny North shared his perspective, stating that while he wants to be excited about WrestleMania, the recent Smackdown episode left him disappointed and not very excited about what WrestleMania has to offer. He felt like Smackdown provided the “leftovers” from RAW, lacking compelling content.

Dave Simon continued, noting that the involvement of The Rock is a significant factor in the allure of WrestleMania, emphasizing the importance of how The Rock’s match and his interactions will play out. He expressed interest in the storytelling aspect of WrestleMania, particularly how the stories will conclude, rather than the in-ring action.

Seth Rollins attacking Code Rhodes in the WWE ring
Seth Rollins is attacking Code Rhodes in the WWE ring.

Johnny North added that he found the segment with The Rock on RAW, where he beat Cody Rhodes in the rain, one of the week’s best moments, underscoring The Rock’s role as an imposing figure in the storyline. However, he also pointed out a lack of continuity or sense in the segment where Seth Rollins did not come to Cody’s aid during The Rock’s beatdown, which he found to be a loose end.

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While discussing WrestleMania 40 specifically, Dave expressed excitement about the spectacle and the storytelling aspect of the event, especially with The Rock’s involvement, but did not single out any specific matches at WrestleMania that he’s looking forward to. Instead, he conveyed a general enthusiasm for the event’s grandeur and how the stories will conclude rather than focusing on individual bouts.

Bloodied Cody Rhodes after being attacked by The Rock on RAW
Bloodied Cody Rhodes after being attacked by The Rock on RAW.

Johnny North shared his anticipation for WrestleMania but did not specify any matches he’s looking forward to. He mentioned being somewhat disillusioned by the build-up on Smackdown, hinting that his expectations for standout matches at WrestleMania might not be high based on the recent programming.

In summary, while Dave and Johnny discussed the overall excitement for WrestleMania 40 and the involvement of big names like The Rock and Cody Rhodes, they did not specify particular matches at WrestleMania that they are eagerly anticipating.

Dave and Johnny discussed their anticipation for WrestleMania, focusing on The Rock and Cody Rhodes’ involvement. They also critiqued some of the storyline decisions and the overall build-up to the event.

The Matches and Expectations

While the spotlight might be on The Rock and Roman Reigns, WrestleMania 40 is more than just its headliners. Matches such as Cody Rhodes vs. Roman Reigns carry their weight in gold, promising high drama and in-ring excellence. Yet, there’s a sentiment that match quality, traditionally a critical aspect of wrestling events, might take a backseat to storytelling and spectacle at WrestleMania. This isn’t necessarily a detriment; WWE has long mastered the art of narrative wrestling, where the build-up and aftermath often eclipse the match itself.

AEW Dynasty Poster featuring Will Ospreay vs. Bryan Danielson
AEW Dynasty Poster featuring Will Ospreay vs. Bryan Danielson

The AEW Factor

Amidst the WrestleMania frenzy, AEW’s offering of Bryan Danielson vs. Will Ospreay at the Dynasty PPV emerges as a beacon for pure wrestling fans. This match represents a different flavour, contrasting with WWE’s narrative-driven approach. It’s a testament to the diversity within the wrestling world today, where fans can enjoy a range of styles and presentations. AEW’s focus on in-ring action and athletic competition provides a compelling alternative, and this match could steal the spotlight in April.


WrestleMania 40 is shaping up to be a blend of spectacle, nostalgia, and storytelling, with WWE pulling out all the stops to make this edition memorable. Yet, the wrestling landscape is vast and varied, with AEW’s Dynasty PPV offering a tantalizing alternative for those seeking pure in-ring action. As fans, we’re privileged to savour different facets of wrestling, from the grandiose stages of WWE to the competitive rings of AEW. This April, whether you’re drawn to the spectacle of WrestleMania or the athleticism of AEW, there’s no denying that it’s a great time to be a wrestling fan.

Jon Simon from the Editorial Staff

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