Wrestlemania is almost upon us again and it’s time to make some more predictions. First of all, what are the chances it will live up to the quality of NXT Takeover? Slim I’d say personally, but the opportunities are there. After all, last years Wrestlemania didn’t look that strong heading in but it ended up being a fantastic show. It was a really case of everything going right on the night. WWE are going to need that again on Sunday and then some!
I’m writing these predictions on my flight over to Dallas so let’s not waste anytime getting stuck in.
We’ve got four matches on the Pre-Show this year and non of them are exciting. The Battle Royal is literally the ‘we didn’t have any actual plans for you’ group. The divas tag match is another pathetic attempt to advertise Total Divas. The Usos are boring, yet over as babyfaces and as for Kalisto verse Ryback. Give me a break.
US Title – Kalisto (c) vs Ryback
Let’s be honest, if we’d all be given the option of a multi-man ladder match or a singles match for either the Intercontinental Championship or the US Title. We’d have all chosen the ladder match for the US Title and focused on a meaningful feud between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Alas, the WWE have got it the wrong way round, unfortunately we don’t even get a meaningful feud this way.
Ryback has recently turned heel returning to his ‘big bully who hates small people’ persona. Which let’s be honest was rubbish the previous time around. Meanwhile Kalisto’s title runs haven’t exactly set the world on fire.
Personally I can’t see the point on Kalisto staying Champion if he isn’t doing anything with it. I also can’t see the point in Ryback being Champion either though. That said, if this heel run is ever going to take off he needs to win big. Simple as that.
Divas Tag Team Match
Once again WWE have forced Total Divas into another Wrestlemania feud. Oh joy. This time around we have Team B.A.D and Blonde vs The Total Divas. I’ll be honest with you. I couldn’t give a monkeys about this match.
There’s only two talking points. Firstly Emma is involved which is great news for her as she’s been doing awesome work as a heel since she returned to NXT. Secondly and probably more importantly. WWE decided to put Eva Marie on the babyface team. That’s right, hated diva Eva Marie. The same woman who generates more heat that anyone else on NXT is supposed to get cheers. Not gonna happen WWE.
Sorry Vince, once again you’re out of touch with how the fans think.
Winners: Total Divas, but who really cares.
The Usos vs The Dudley Boys
Another match that I’m finding it hard to get into. There’s no denying that The Usos are a popular tag team and there’s also no denying that The Dudleys are one of, if not, the best tag teams ever. It just feels like since their return they’ve done very little and keep getting stuck in long, drawn out feuds that never really go anywhere.
I suppose I’m really just waiting for a Bubba Ray singles run ala Bully Ray in TNA. I’m not expecting one however. Long and short of it, The Usos will win in what hopefully will be a decent match. That won’t set the world on fire.
Winner: The Usos
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Completing the pre-show is the Battle Royal. Also known as the Jobbers Battle Royal by those more cynical. In honesty I don’t know who will win this but if I had to put money on it, I’d say it would be one of The Wyatt Family. It doesn’t matter though, it means litereally nothing to win the match. Perhaps however this will be the year that this all changes, maybe this year it will finally be the kick start to someones career.
Winner: Braun Strowman
AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho VI
If you’d have told me before the Royal Rumble that we’d be seeing Chris Jericho verses AJ Styles at Wrestlemania I’d have snapped your hand off. If you’d have then have told me it would be their fourth match, I’d have told you to shut your mouth. In recent WWE tradition we’ve seen a good thing too many times, too quickly to get truly excited about it.
It’s similar to how we saw Kevin Owens verses Dolph Ziggler on Raw 8,000,000 times this year. It doesn’t matter though as just like those matches between Owens and Ziggler, this is going to be another good match.
It should be a great match and I’ve got faith both men can deliver. At the very least if we don’t see a great match it’ll be a good match but more importantly it will help put AJ Styles on the WWE map.
Winner: AJ Styles
The New Day vs The League of Nations
I’ll be honest with you. I like the New Day and I like the League of Nations, well I like the collective parts of them. They aren’t doing so great as a unit though.
New Day have recently begun they’re face turn, which is awesome as they were unofficially face with most of the crowd anyway. The League of Nations are mostly just spinning their wheels however as mid card heels. Little bit of waste of their talents to be honest.
I’ll be honest, the main reason I’m looking forward to this match isn’t even the wrestling or the finish. It’s New Day’s entrance and promo before the match. I’m expecting great things. In the end, I think New Day will pick up the victory and it should be a lot of fun getting there.
Winner: New Day
Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
Like I mentioned earlier. WWE really messed up this situation. The Intercontinental Title match should have been the continuation of the incredibly personal story between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Instead we get another thrown together at the last second multi-man ladder match.
I’ve got a number of problems with this match other than my preferred plan. Firstly I distinctly remember Dolph Ziggler losing to Triple H a few weeks ago with the stipulation that he could have any ‘Mania match he wanted. Yet a week later he’s in the Intercontinental Championship match?! That’s poor booking. That’s dumb booking. Secondly, Zack Ryder? Really? Zack Ryder is in a title match at Wrestlemania? That’s nuts.I know Neville got injured but was there nobody else who could take his place?
I’m expecting a good match but unlike last year when all roads led to Daniel Bryan winning. I’m really not sure this year. To me, Kevin Owens is the only one who deserves that Title, but will WWE have a Title switch for the sake of one. I hope not. In my opinion the only man who should be pushed at this point from anyone involved in the match is him. It’s time to strap a rocket to his back and let him lead the way. He’s far too talented just to be another guy.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Divas Title – Charlotte (c) vs Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks
Finally WWE have got the Divas Revolution right. This is what it should have been from the start all the focus on the NXT women, who began the damn ‘revolution’ in the first place.
I’m assuming WWE are going to give these three women a decent amount of time. With that in mind I think it’s fair to assume that this match could steal the show. They’ve done it before on NXT, why can’t they do it on the ‘grandest stage of them all’ too.
If this was a one on one match between either Charlotte and Sasha or Becky I would say that Sasha or Becky would be favourites by miles. The triple threat however adds an element of confusion. The fact it’s two babyfaces against one heel also tends to end a certain way, heel victory.
End of the day, it doesn’t matter who wins. It’s the quality of the match that does. The reality is that the women in WWE still have a lot too prove. That’s mainly due to their God awful booking over the last decade sure, but there’s a stigma about the division now. The important thing is for them to impress. Simple as that.
Brock Lesnar vs Dean Ambrose
I’ve said it a million times, I love Brock Lesnar. I’ve also a big fan of Dean Ambrose, even if he does do the same ‘wacky’ move set over and over and over and over again. Seriously Dean, just do one match without that through the ropes clothesline.
This match should be amazing. No doubt about that. From a personal stand point, I want Lesnar to win. Yet, on the flip side Dean beating the beast would be huge for him. My only concern is that The Wyatt family might get back involved with Lesnar to provide a screwy finish. That wouldn’t be good for anyone.
No, this match needs a clean finish for either man but specifically needs to put Ambrose over too. I’m thinking at the end of the day, Dean will put on a great showing and come really close but in the end will fall short.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker
This story line is a mess to say the least. There’s so much on the line but the motivations are unclear. Shane wants control of Raw, makes sense I can work with that. Vince and company don’t want him to be. That makes sense too, I can work with that too. The Undertaker however, what the hell is he doing? Why is he so happy to be in this match, doing Vince’s dirty work. I feel like I’ve missed a few key story line plot points here, but I don’t think they’ve even been covered.
If Shane wins he gets control of Raw if The Undertaker loses he’s done competing at Wrestlemania. There goes the dream match of Cena/Taker next year. The impression I’ve gotten from WWE during this story is that they don’t even know what they’re doing. So how am I supposed to predict this thing correctly?!
In a way that’s brilliant, I love not being able to see every step ahead of me. However, it all seems a little bit slapped together last minute and rushed. Despite how much time they’ve had to explain everything.
Winner: The Undertaker?
WWE Title – Triple H (c) vs Roman Reigns
Onto the MAIN EVENT! Somehow for the second year in a row WWE have booked themselves into a corner. Babyface Roman Reigns is being rejected while heel Triple H is being cheered. That’s the same Triple H who is head of The Authority, WWE’s biggest heel faction. Good job guys.
Now sure, this could all be resolved at the end of the night by Reigns finally turning heel. I’ve got a theory that The Rock is only at Wrestlemania so that Reigns can turn heel on him after the match. That would save the ending of Wrestlemania from incredibly awkward ending of huge boos for a babyface, huge boos for a heel however. Well that works pretty well.
That doesn’t solve the problem of during the match itself however. The facts are that until Reigns turns heel the fans will reject him as the top babyface. He needs to start at the bottom to make it back to the top, just like The Rock himself did.
So Triple H is going to be cheered and Reigns will be booed, yet I still think WWE will stick to their master plan of Reigns winning the big one at Wrestlemania. And in reality that’s fine, it’s just how they do it that counts.
Winner: Roman Reigns