It’s one of my favorite Sundays of the year… it’s Wrestlemania Sunday! I had planned on keeping wrestling off this site, but, hey, I can break my own rules. I wanted to go ahead and get my predictions out there in advance of the show, especially considering it starts at 4:00 P.M. local time and will last past 10:00 P.M.
Regardless, I’m ready for the long haul. Let’s see how this card is going to break down…
Ryback vs. Kalisto (C) – United States Championship Match
This match will be the first one broadcast today. It’s been somewhat of a weird build up based around the concept of “Can a good small guy beat a good big guy?”. Considering this is the WWE, I would seriously doubt it.
I expect some great spots out of Kalisto, but I also expect Ryback to walk out the champion at the end of this match. Where they go with him afterwards, though, is the big question.
PREDICTED WINNER: Ryback
The Usos vs. The Dudleys
In another pre-show match, The Usos, a team of actual brothers, will go up against The Dudleys, a team of, well, let’s just consider them brothers from a different mother as their saying goes. I can’t say I’m too terribly excited for this match. Tables will probably be used, but, in the end, I can’t see any ending other than The Usos winning.
PREDICTED WINNER: The Usos
The Total Divas vs. B.A.D. and Blonde
Some might consider this another “bathroom break match”, but I’m excited about it simply because Summer Rae, Paige, Nattie, and EVIL EMMA are in the match. If the match revolves around them, it’ll be fine. Sure, the ending will most likely feature Brie Bella pinning Lana because she’s about to retire, but I’m fine if the four previously mentioned women due the bulk of the work. Did I mention how excited I am that EVIL EMMA is in this match?
Well, I’m excited as hell because EVIL EMMA is in this match.
Predicted Winner: The Total Divas (Brie Bella getting the pinfall victory)
Stardust vs. Sin Cara vs. Zack Ryder vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens (C) – Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
Like last year, this one might actually open the main broadcast that begins at 6:00 P.M. central time. Last year’s multi-man ladder match was an entertaining train wreck, and I expect this to be no different. There are some great workers in this match, and everyone should get a chance to shine. I’m really looking forward to seeing Stardust’s new attire along with what looks to be a Black Sabbath/Motorhead inspired outfit from Dolph.
Most importantly, though, I’m looking forward to seeing Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens continue their never ending battle at Wrestlemania. In fact, I expect the finish to come down to something between these two mortal enemies. Zayn has already shown out this weekend with an insane match at NXT: Takeover against Nakamura. He has a chance to put an exclamation point on things by ruining KO-Mania for Kevin Owens.
I’ll be wearing a Kevin Owens shirt today, but I’m leaning towards Zayn winning this match in heroic fashion.
Predicted Winner: Sami Zayn
Andre the Giant Battle Royale
This match is back on the main part of the show, and it’s also the annual “Throw everyone that doesn’t have a match into the ring so they can get a Wrestlemania payday” match. I don’t have a problem with that because, well, no one should have a problem with these performers getting a chance to work on the biggest show of the year.
It’s hard to predict this one, but the safe money is on Braun Strowman or Bray Wyatt, who might tell Strowman to eliminate himself if it comes down to it. Bray being in this match and not a high profile one is an issue itself, but we have to deal with the hand that’s been dealt. Hell, Bray might not even be in the match, but I’m going to act like he is. If he isn’t, I’ll lean towards Strowman. Either way, this match should, in theory, help put heat back on The Wyatts going into the spring and summer months.
The fact Cesaro might make a surprise return also makes him a strong favorite. Kane and The Big Show will probably factor into the ending as well. As you can see, predicting battle royales can be quite difficult.
Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt (If he’s in the match) or Braun Strowman (If Bray isn’t in the match)
The New Day vs. The League of Nations
The New Day really has become a great success story in that Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods took a gimmick that was dead in the water and turned it into one of the more popular acts in the company. I can’t wait to see their Wrestlemania entrance and attire because they should both be fantastic.
As for The League of Nations, it’s a bit depressing that these 4 strong performers are seemingly treading water. Hell, Rusev entered Wrestlemania last year on a FREAKING TANK. Granted, he was then fed to the monster that is John Cena and, well, we all know what happened next.
I can’t see The New Day losing this match in any way, especially with the likes of Enzo and Cass and The Balor Club about to be part of the tag-team scene. The fact it’s 3 on 4 means there is potential for someone to even the odds… that someone could possibly be The Rock. No one knows what he’s doing tonight, but a bit with The New Day would make sense.
I’m just glad the rumor of Hulk Hogan coming out to help The New Day and “rehab” his image looks to be dead in the water.
Predicted Winner: The New Day
A.J. Styles vs. Chris Jericho
These two have engaged in quite the back and forth war, including a match at February’s Fast Lane event. Many though their program would be over, but, well, here we are today. I expect both of them to go all out based on the setting and atmosphere of the day, especially considering it’s A.J.’s first Wrestlemania. Jericho doesn’t need the win, and A.J. has quickly become one of their most over performers, mostly because he hasn’t been 50/50’ed yet.
The fact A.J. has boosted house show ticket sales also factors into things. At the moment, he’s money for the company.
There is no reason why A.J. should lose his first Wrestlemania match.
Predicted Winner: A.J. Styles
Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar: No Holds Barred Street Fight
This is going to be a war, and it’s probably going to be the funnest match to watch tonight. Brock will beat the ever living hell out of Dean, who will just keep coming at the monster. The addition of Dean’s “Wagon of Plunder” makes things even more intriguing.
Long story short, the ending of this match should mirror the ending of Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin at Wrestlemania 13. Dean should be beaten to hell, and the referee should be forced to stop the match. Brock shouldn’t pin or submit him. He should just get the stoppage win. Brock will be gone after this show and won’t be back until the Summerslam build. Dean can use that ending to his advantage all spring and summer.
That being said, though, there’s a strong chance The Wyatt Family gets involved to set up a Summerslam program with Brock. If that happen, all bets are off and Dean might actually get the win. I’m still going with Brock to be declared the official winner, but Dean will get just as much out of the match as Brock will.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar
Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte (C) – Divas Championship Triple Threat Match
It’ll be so refreshing after tonight that we don’t have to use the phrase “Divas Championship” anymore. The title name is being phased out in favor of the much better “Women’s Championship” along with a new championship belt. It also looks like the new title will be introduced tonight, either before or after this triple threat match.
This is going to be a chance for 3 of the 4 Horsewomen to shine in an incredibly high profile match. Knowing the participants, I’m expecting nothing less than greatness. Sasha, Becky, and Charlotte have the potential to steal the show with their performance. Based on the fact the match has gotten a high profile in local advertising, it should also get a good amount of time.
Ric Flair might factor into the ending, but I’m putting my money on “The Boss” Sasha Banks to become the WWE WOMEN’S CHAMPION tonight. It will be the ultimate Bank Statement.
Sasha will also probably have her cousin Snoop Dogg to do her entrance so that should tell you something as well.
Predicted Winner: Sasha Banks
Roman Reigns vs. Triple H (C): WWE CHampionship
I’m not putting this match last because, as of now, it looks like it won’t be the main event. I’m not going to rehash the saga of Roman Reigns or how things have been incredibly botched with him going all the way back to last year.
I like Roman and want to see him succeed. The external and internal factors preventing him from doing so are frustrating to witness. Still, I expect him and Triple H to go all out based on the fact they probably aren’t getting the main event spot and are probably a bit ticked off about it.
Triple H not getting the main event because of Shane McMahon should also serve as a bit of “motivation” for him to perform above and beyond in this match. I’m sure it’s eating him up inside.
Roman should walk away with the championship tonight, but the big question is “Will Roman turn?”. A heel turn could do wonders for him, especially against a recharged Dean Ambrose coming off a “I didn’t let Brock beat me” type of performance.
There’s also the consideration of Roman turning on The Rock and, quite possibly, setting up a Wrestlemania match for next year in Florida, which is the home state of both men. Keep that in mind.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns
Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker: Hell in a Cell
I’m not about to try and make sense of this story because it’s so bizarre. Basically, Shane will get control of Raw if he wins and beats The Undertaker in Taker’s match. If Taker loses, it’ll be his last Wrestlemania match (But not his last match overall).
I’m sure when Taker started his career in Dallas he never thought he’d be wrestling Vince McMahon’s son in the biggest wrestling event the area will ever see.
Wrestling is crazy like that.
This match should be overbooked to the max, and that will make it acceptable because, well, this is a main event featuring someone in his 50’s against someone in his mid 40’s. No one is looking for this to be Nakamura vs. Zayn. This is going to be a mix of Triple H vs. Sting last year along with Shane vs. Vince at Wrestlemania 17.
The potential for high spots is, well, high because there has been word of stunts being practiced for tonight. It’s easy to think Shane’s going to be coming off the cage at some point. He might also go through it as well. Whatever the spot will be, it’s going to be ridiculously insane.
The run-in factor is also high because of who might involve themselves in this match. Triple H and Vince could get involved, as could Roman Reigns and The Rock. John Cena might show up as well. Hell, Goldberg is rumored to be making an appearance tonight so there’s that to consider.
I don’t even know how to predict this one. I can’t see Shane McMahon taking the win off of The Undertaker, but I can’t see this story ending either. We might get a non-finish, which wouldn’t go over well. If I had to pick, though, I’ll say The Undertaker but in a way that lets Shane continue his quest for control.
Predicted Winner: The Undertaker
So there are my predictions. How do you see the card breaking down? Send me your thoughts and let’s see who comes the closest to picking tonight’s big show! The fun starts at 4:00 P.M. central time on the WWE Network, and it’s free for new subscribers!