WWE WrestleMania 39: 20 Things That Must Happen

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It's here and it's huge!

No, your writer isn't referring to walking skyscraper Omos. He isn't even talking about the vast crowds that'll funnel into SoFi Stadium this weekend or the pyro budget WWE will pay up on Saturday and Sunday nights. Nah, this fan is talking about WrestleMania 39 generally.

That excitement is in the air. Can you feel it? The usual, "10 Things That Must Happen" just wasn't enough for a twin-attack of 'Mania magic, so everything has been souped up and supersized to match the buzz surrounding this year's bumper weekender.

The dawn of a new era is upon us, but there's still a ton of business WWE has to take care of on the undercards before reaching those tantalising main events (and one of the matches discussed here better be night one's main event!).

Title switches aplenty, surprising heel turns that reform factions with unfinished business, colossal comebacks that light up the grandest stage and more - these are all WrestleMania 39 must-haves for WWE, and they simply must happen.

Here's how the company can make this weekend even more special.

20. Austin Theory Beats John Cena

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'Mania's opening match is already special to Austin Theory.

He'll stand across the ring from his childhood idol, and he'll likely come out on the winning end then walk away with a smug grin on his chops. Sh*t, wouldn't you smile from ear-to-ear if you'd been booked to beat the mighty John Cena at WrestleMania?!

Theory winning is the only outcome that makes any sense. Cena's Hollywood schedule is far too busy to nail down some sort of return match or title loss pre-SummerSlam, so Austin taking him 'A-Town Down' sounds like the right thing to do on Saturday night in Cali.

Kicking off the historic weekend with a young star of the present/future going over someone from WWE's past would be a real sign from creative that they've got big things in mind for Theory. This would be the kind of pay-per-view win he could hang his hat on for years to come.


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