This year’s WrestleMania is so different from last year’s injury-riddled replacement card. This WrestleMania has one of the best cards of all time. The storylines are so good leading up to these matches that there are at least four matches I think could close the show. That’s how much fun this will be. Let’s see how I predict this show will go.
Kickoff Pre-show: WOMEN’S BATTLE ROYAL — All the participants known so far
– Sasha Banks, Natalya, Lana, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Becky Lynch, Naomi, Bayley, Mickie James, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Carmella and more.
Who benefits from this the most? I am looking at the already announced wrestlers and I think this should go to one of the newer talents. Knowing that this match should elevate a career of a younger star, it would be easy to give this to someone from Riott Squad or Absolution. But with them being in a faction already, they have their place set. My choice would actually be someone who hasn’t had any major title wins yet. That would be Carmella. The reason why I chose Carmella is because this win would take attention away from her MITB briefcase which she has tried to cash in but has not done so yet. Sure, having her win this and MITB in less than a year sounds like they are putting a lot on her. But maybe we need a character that is so arrogant and win it all. Imagine if she cashes in tonight and wins the title. It’s rare that a superstar gets two major wins at WrestleMania. (You all remember Daniel Bryan four years ago in this very building.) Want to make the women’s evolution great? Let’s give them something that the men have done before.
And also, this will be the stage where the Bayle-Sasha Banks feud boils over into the next upcoming PPVs.
Kickoff Pre-show: ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL — All the participants known so far
– Kane, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley, Elias, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, R-Truth, Sin Cara, Titus O’Neil, Apollo, Tyler Breeze, Fandango, Tye Dillinger, Dash Wilder, Scott Dawson, “Woken” Matt Hardy, Goldust, Heath Slater, Rhyno, Zack Ryder, Primo Colon, Shelton Benjamin, Chad Gable, Aiden English, Curt Hawkins, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Mike Kanellis and more.
Zack Ryder should win it because why not? He deserves another WrestleMania moment and this match hasn’t really elevated the status of any of its previous winners. Unless some upstart NXT superstar like Aleister Black is entering, I’ll stick with this prediction.
But here is what needs to happen in the match. Brother Nero and Woken Wyatt need to make an appearance and form some kind of new alliance with Matt Hardy. This is the most important storyline that has to come out of this match. This is where we see the new Bray Wyatt and this new alliance.
Kickoff Pre-show: WWE CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE MATCH (TOURNAMENT FINAL)
– Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali
Everyone expects Cedric Alexander to win this. Even when the tournament began, he was the one they all were clamoring for. Which is why Mustafa Ali is going to win. Alexander doesn’t need the win now and Ali could give this division a good push with a surprise champion.
WWE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
– Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins vs. The Miz (C)
To start off the show, you need a big first match and this is the one you go with. All three workers are tremendous and they have great chemistry leading up to the feud. Any of these men could walk out champion and it would produce a great storyline going forward. But I see that Finn Balor and Seth Rollins have a potential feud on their hands and they will see that happen as The Miz wins clean to keep his streak alive for longest IC title reign.
WWE RAW WOMEN’S TITLE MATCH
– Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss (C)
This is finally the time where Nia Jax shines. Even though Mickie James likely will get involved, Jax will finally be able to show that she is worthy enough to be champion. In fact, this might come in a relatively short match. With the card so big and Jax’s size so imposing, this could be a near squash match to get her over. It might hurt Bliss’ credibility ever so slightly as she has been dominant for so long that she can put Jax over with a quick match.
WWE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM TITLE TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
– The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The New Day vs. The Usos (C)
It’s time for The Bludgeon Brothers to get their glory. They have been rolling them out dominating the competition and it will culminate in a great title win. The Usos will continue their feud with them afterward as we likely will see The New Day break up. This will help us ease into our seats a few matches in as the card gets much more fun.
TRIPLE H & STEPHANIE McMAHON vs. KURT ANKLE & RONDA ROUSEY
This would be a great time for this match. Ronda Rousey gets to be in the middle of the card so the pressure still isn’t too high for her to perform. The rest of the wrestlers will help carry her throughout the match. She will get in a few big moves but in the end, she will get the win by pinning Stephanie. Kurt Angle and Triple H should probably do the bulk of the work in this match. It should be no longer than 15 minutes in total, but it will definitely help carry the storyline through.
WWE UNITED SATES TITLE MATCH
– Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev vs. Randy Orton (C)
A good match to follow as we get one of the biggest pops of the night for Rusev. He is so over and it would be great to see him win the title. But because he is so over, it might be better if someone else wins it and this might be the time that Jinder Mahal get the
belt title. This should have been his transition last year with the U.S. title first before the WWE title. Hopefully this will help legitimize him as a main card player.
Elias will do a performance and it probably will be interrupted by The Rock who mocks him for copying The Rock Concert. It will be a quick fun segment that gets every excited to see The Rock.
Another thing that can happen instead is that there is usually a music act. This might be the time where Kid Rock performs the theme song of the show. Maybe he will get into the stands and interact with John Cena. Then somehow it leads to Kid Rock performing “American Bad Ass” and Biker Undertaker comes out and we have the John Cena vs Undertaker match. This will be a match where Undertaker wins and officially retires.
WWE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S TITLE MATCH
– Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair (C)
Match of the night? Likely. They will have a great 25-minute fight with false finishes, great counters and all that we expect these two big stars to have. This is where I see the Carmella storyline unfolding. After a brutal match, much like WM31, she cashes in and pins Charlotte. This is a big shocker and everyone is furious. The streak is over. Charlotte is dethroned and Carmella is going to get so much heat. Perfect.
WWE UNIVERSAL TITLE MATCH
Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar (C)
They will boo Roman Reigns all night even though he will likely win with Brock Lesnar expected to leave for the UFC again. I doubt they will turn Reigns heel here but Lesnar can hopefully sell this match in what could be a match that goes 15 minutes with numerous false finishes. Reigns needs this win for now but he might not hold it on for long.
DANIEL BRYAN & SHANE McMAHON vs. SAMI ZAYN & KEVIN OWENS
Biggest pop of the night no question. Daniel Bryan will get all the moves he is known for in this match. But ultimately it will be Sami Zayn pinning Shane McMahon after McMahon makes some kind of hot-headed mistake — likely from a distraction from Kevin Owens. Either way, we achieve two things. Zayn and Owens remain and Daniel Bryan is back. McMahon and Bryan will revisit their feud in the later months.
WWE RAW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
– Braun Strowman & ? vs. The Bar (C)
It’s going to happen. Braun Strowman will win and have no partner. He enters the ring with some jobber or some small wrestler. He proceeds to power slam his own partner and by himself, wins the match. A quick squash match type kind of where The Bar hold their own but ultimately are felled by Strowman. A good break after the previous match.
WWE TITLE MATCH
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. A.J. Styles (C)
Perfect match to end the night. This will be one of the most exciting matches in WrestleMania history. I don’t think WWE will actually put this last as it might actually be something they fit in with Undertaker. Regardless, we are going to be in for a treat. Shinsuke Nakamura wins this but both men will shake hands at the end to finish off the show.
I hope it is a good show! I may not have the order right but who cares? It’s going to be fun!