Meltzer says those three matches are what's being talked about right now but nothing set in stone like the big two last year. I think you could mix and match those six guys in most combinations and come to a satisfying card.
My out and out guess for next year is
Cena vs. Rock for the WWE Title (so they don't have to start building it until February to give a very necessary breather, and it's a natural reason for a rematch minus all the exhausted personal stuff) Undertaker vs. Lesnar Austin vs. Punk (or the Austin/Lesnar match both guys are keen on, which deprives Punk and Taker of their respective dream opponents)
That still leaves Undertaker/Cena and other stuff on the table for big WM30. Then again, do it the other way and you're saving Rock/Cena for even longer, which may be for the best. I think Rock is going to be doing big matches for the foreseeable future. Lesnar much less likely, so I wonder how many big Lesnar matchups they can fit in a year, especially since he theoretically needs to go over everyone until WM.
Originally posted by thecubsfanWhat's the expected hit rate for this sort of thing? If there was a thread like this last year, I can not find it.
Hit rate is poor, but for the idea of we're living in a new age where they think it's beneficial to figure out this stuff a year ahead of time (for the moment, until they think it's more beneficial to have flexibility).
I know Taker/Batista and Taker/Edge were planned a year in advance. Cena/HHH the rematch was planned for two years in a row because of injury and they finally got to it, but in a threeway with Orton. Thassabout it.
Won't this run the risk of burning a lot of your workers out? If they are now just not working RAW and Smackdown, but now 16 PPV's a year as well (I believe they are running 16 this year like last year as well).