My WrestleMania 35 predictions

Holy Moly! There are 16 matches on this card for WrestleMania. There is a lot going on and I don’t even know if I can keep up with it! But it’s that time of the year and we are going to see my predictions and if any of it makes any sense.

Kickoff Pre-show: WOMEN’S BATTLE ROYAL — All the participants known so far
– Asuka, Carmella, Naomi, Lana, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mickie James, Zelina Vega and more.

Last year Naomi won and they didn’t do much with that. It’s hard to make anything out of this as it has received little promotion leading up to WrestleMania. This is just an attempt to get all the women talent their time on TV and some NXT stars some shine. I doubt any NXT star is going to surprise us and win. We may see some women from the Royal Rumble compete in this but to me it comes down to two women: Asuka and Carmella. Both need a win to get their career trajectory back on track. Asuka has been misused by WWE in her last title reign and this might help keep her in the picture. Carmella has been off the women’s title picture for a bit and maybe a win here could get her to the top. She’s had a fun gimmick with R-Truth but Carmella winning will get her back to where she needs to be.

Kickoff Pre-show: ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL — All the participants known so far
– Braun Strowman, Colin Jost & Michael Che of SNL fame, Andrade, Apollo Crews, Titus O’Neil, Tyler Breeze, Jinder Mahal, No Way Jose, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, Kalisto, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Heath Slater, Rhyno, Viktor, Konnor, Ali, Shelton Benjamin, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Otis, Tucker, EC3 and more.

All this hype for Braun Strowman’s beef with the SNL guys makes me believe that this leads up to Strowman winning (and tossing them out instantly with his strength). Why not? Who else could take him down? But the more I think about it, the more it makes no sense for Strowman to win after he won the Greatest Royal Rumble. These secondary accomplishments is not what he needs. Even though winning would be a great highlight, I would probably go with someone who could run with it. A fresh face. I think this might go to EC3. He has been slowed down since his WWE main roster debut and this would be a great kickstart for him to get back on track.

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My WrestleMania 34 predictions

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.

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This is how the XFL’s comeback can work

After giving myself a day to process all the information, I am ready to share my thoughts on the XFL’s comeback.

There are a still a lot of uncertainties about the league but it looks like Vince McMahon knows that the two years he is giving himself before the first season is a very good start. The last time the XFL was around, it folded after one season for many reasons and one of them was that they were not ready in so many aspects in running and operating a league with a big TV deal. A TV deal was not announced yet, but we can expect that if the XFL wants to succeed, it needs to be seen.

The biggest news about the league was the image McMahon wanted to portray with the players. Players must not have any criminal history (which includes DUIs) and they will not use this platform for any social or political agenda — which includes anthem kneeling.

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My WrestleMania 33 predictions

This year’s WrestleMania isn’t as hyped as it could have been. Injuries and some bad writing has led us to this spectacle seemingly underwhelming. However, it is still WrestleMania and WWE is known to put on some kind of show that still gets us talking. What will happen at the Grandest Stage of Them All? Here are my predictions for the show.

Kickoff Pre-show: ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL — All the participants known so far
– Mojo Rawley, Apollo Crews, Sami Zayn, Big Show, Curt Hawkins, Goldust, R-Truth, Epico, Primo, Curtis Axel, Jinder Mahal, Bo Dallas, Braun Strowman and more.

Braun Strowman was my prediction last year and this year I am certain he is going to win it. He has great momentum on his side and this would really push his character. Sami Zayn is the other choice of who I think will win. Other than that, everyone else is just there to get their payday money.

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New logos for WWE’s RAW and Smackdown aren’t that great

Every now and then new logos are welcomed and the WWE is entering a new era, so new logos for the brand split makes sense.

But holy moly, does that RAW logo look bad. And you know why it looks bad. That “W” is basically the letter “M” upside down. Why? I don’t get it.

Smackdown isn’t great either. They’re calling it “Smackdown Live” going forward and I always viewed it as a blue-dominated logo. Yet looking at the logo, there is more white and gray than blue. Not that good.

But it’s minor and hoping that maybe in time I will get used to it. Well, not that RAW logo. That one still stinks.

WWE SmackDown is going live with a brand split and that is great news

This is big news for WWE as they are going back to their old ways with a new twist. Starting July 19, SmackDown will be live on Tuesdays. In addition to that, there will be a brand split and a draft will determine the new rosters.

The idea makes sense for the WWE as they have more talent and they need to get every talent some quality TV time. Also, going live would be great to give both shows a feel of equal footing. SmackDown has always felt as the lesser show since it was taped and all the big storyline moments tend to be saved for Raw.

Now with this change, here are some thoughts.

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My WrestleMania 32 predictions

Can this WrestleMania live up to the hype?

Last year I attended WrestleMania and it was a glorious experience. The entire show was a great spectacle. But this year’s show has a lot of work to do. With so many injuries, the card isn’t as impressive. The company is trying to sell the fans on storylines, but it will be up to the performers to make it work. Here are my predictions for the show.

Kickoff Pre-show: ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL — Expected to move to main card
– Braun Strowman, Erick Rowan, Bray Wyatt, Mark Henry, Kane, Jack Swagger, Big Show, Damien Sandow, Heath Slater, Curtis Axel, Adam Rose, Bo Dallas, Darren Young, Fandango, Goldust, Tyler Breeze, R-Truth and more TBA.

Looking at how this match continues to be an afterthought, I don’t even think that the winner would get a boost in his career. Cesaro got nothing after his win. Then Big Show has been floating around in nothing after his win. This should be a great chance to push one of the Wyatt Family members. Braun Strowman would be the obvious choice to win this, but I would love a huge surprise for an up-and-coming star like Tyler Breeze to win it. But as of now, it looks like it’s going to be someone from the Wyatts that will help them regain momentum.

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