5 possible show openers at WrestleMania 33
The main event is certainly the main attraction of WrestleMania, but the opener is also extremely important.
The first match at WrestleMania every year is designed to do one thing and one thing only- excite the fans. It's the bout that usually features either fan favourites or a collection of high flyers, all trying to make a name for themselves on the grandest stage of them all.
It's a tried and tested formula that always seems to pay off, and as a result, WWE often starts the night off with a heroic triumph for a babyface character.
That being said, it doesn't have to be that way. No matter who wins the opening contest, in all likelihood the crowd is going to be cheering everyone involved because they appreciate how hard they've worked to get to that point. Sure, everyone else on the card has to, but the show openers have an extra point to prove.
So with that in mind, let's look ahead to this year's April extravaganza. With so many Superstars rumoured to be on the card from both the past and the present, it's both difficult and exciting to predict what the show is going to look like.
It's this uncertainty that makes ‘Mania season all the more interesting, and it's why we're going to take a closer look at the possibilities. Without further ado, here are five possible show opening matches at WrestleMania 33.
#1 Kurt Angle vs. Rusev
In case you've been living under a rock for the few days, WWE has announced that Kurt Angle will be the first entrant into WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017. With such a huge honour comes many questions regarding the legend's in-ring future, and the Olympic hero has said himself that he refuses to rule out one more match.
With that being said, step right up Mr Rusev. The Bulgarian Brute taking on Kurt Angle is a bout that people have been predicting for years now, however, with each passing year, it seemed to drift further and further away with Angle not coming back to WWE.
However, now in 2017, there's no better time to pull the trigger on this. It would give Kurt one last big WrestleMania moment, while also allowing Rusev to pick up the biggest win of his entire career.
Given the quality of the card, being the match-opener wouldn't be too insulting, and it would surely get the 33rd edition of the showcase of the immortals off to a great start.