Heat transfers exist all around us. We put ice in our water to keep it cool. We cook food in an oven to make it edible. But in the world of professional wrestling, heat transfer is an intentional, complicated process: take the crowd reaction one wrestler earns – positive or negative – and transfer it to another. At Wrestlemania XXXI, Vince McMahon and his creative team will attempt to take the kinetic energy from the Undertaker’s 21-match Wrestlemania win streak, have it flow through Brock Lesnar, who ended the Streak last year, and create a new mega-star in Roman Reigns. It is the most daring attempt to “make” a wrestler since the Stone Cold Steve Austin baby-face turn eighteen years ago, and the top reason to watch this year’s show.
A less publicized but equally entertaining college championship tournament takes place this weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. For the second consecutive year, ESPN will broadcast every match of the NCAA Wrestling Tournament on ESPNU or ESPN3.com with Championship matches airing live on the flagship Saturday at 8:00pm Eastern, 7:00pm Central.