WrestleMania is WWE's most prestigious event and the culmination of the company's strategic creative direction but in recent years, the level of excitement for the post-Mania months and the new stars, rivalries and stories that will invade living rooms has been as palpable as the anticipation for the extravaganza itself.
This year figures to be no different.
With so much pressure to build on the momentum coming out of The Showcase of the Immortals, there are a handful of rivals WWE could deliver to its fan base that would not only generate excitement and anticipation for shows well beyond the 8 April event in New Orleans, they would carry the company through the doldrums of the spring.
From potential showdowns between former universal champions to a massive clash of heavyweight titans whose antics in the world of Mixed Martial Arts are as notable as their contributions to the wrestling world, these are the rivalries WWE officials must consider in the days, weeks and months beyond its most magnificent spectacular.
10. Brock Lesnar Vs. The Miz
The unstoppable badass who rolls over every unfortunate soul in his way. The loudmouthed egotist whose way with words gets him into unfavorable situations. Imagine their paths crossing and the immensely entertaining television that would result.
On the heels of WrestleMania, where Lesnar is almost certain to drop the Universal Championship to Roman Reigns, a frustrated and angry Beast Incarnate appearing on Miz TV would be the natural start. A braggadocios Miz poking and prodding at Lesnar, touting his own ability to beat Reigns whereas the former universal champion failed, would be the spark that lights the fire.
A brief babyface run for Lesnar after the biggest show of the year, where he gets to pound on and silence the loudest mouth in wrestling, is the perfect use of The Beast. Change up the pattern, let him break free from the monotony of working the company's big men by pairing him with the most over and effective heel on the roster.
A fresh and intriguing Lesnar who is outsmarted by Miz, overwhelmed by the numbers disadvantage The Miztourage presents and still smashes like The Hulk in the climax of an Avengers flick is exactly the type of hero the red brand could benefit from.
Erik Beaston is a freelance pro wrestling writer who likes long walks in the park, dandelions and has not quite figured out that this introduction is not for Match.com. He resides in Parts Unknown, where he hosts weekly cookouts with Kane, The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango and The Boogeyman. Be jealous.