'The stage is set, and we're ready to go!'
Not my words, but the words of Shakin' Stevens. And though his recent Twitter excitement related to an unlikely comeback tour, the 1980s pop institution and headlock aficionado could well have been talking about an incredible card that threatens to steal end-of-year-awards from the quartet of 'Big Four' blockbusters WWE traditionally loads up with high profile encounters.
In matches pitting Universal Champion Brock Lesnar against Braun Strowman and John Cena against Roman Reigns, WWE have willingly presented two combinations most fans consider worthy of a place on a WrestleMania card. Perplexingly, many have actively complained that the bouts are taking place now, but this perhaps just reflects WWE's careful manipulation of its fanbase over the years to almost bottle up expectations for big occasions only.
The assessment is correct of course - these are enormous encounters, but it's worth remembering when trapped within a disparate three hour edition of Monday Night Raw that it's sometimes just best to let the good times roll.
Wrestling is supposed to be escapist anyway, and there is no point in living through such times unless you actually live through them. There will come a time in the future where the days of Braun Strowman tipping anyone and anything over on the flagship show will be fondly collected on DVDs and documentaries alike. Get on the bandwagon before he treats it like an ambulance and obliterates that too.