My WrestleMania 37 predictions

Well, thanks to COVID-19 last year, WrestleMania was forced into the Performance Center. This year, with limited fans in attendance, the attempt to pull off this show in Tampa Bay is going to happen. Once again it’s a two-night affair and I am going to make my predictions on what will go down.

Kickoff Pre-show: WOMEN’S BATTLE ROYAL — NOT HAPPENING
– The match will be cancelled for the second straight year.

Kickoff Pre-show: ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL — SMACKDOWN
– This match happened on SmackDown with Jey Uso winning.

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NIGHT 1

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE MATCH 
– Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley (C)

It seems like this is set up for McIntyre to get his WrestleMania moment in front of a live crowd. But should he get the win? The way the story is building up there seems to be more affection towards the Hurt Business and what they’re doing versus what McIntyre’s identity has evolved into recently. I still think the whole plan is to have Drew McIntyre win but I am don’t think it’s the right move. The momentum is hot for Lashley and there’s a lot more potential with him remaining as champ.

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WWE RAW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
– AJ Styles/Omos vs. The New Day (C)

The build to this has not been that great. Styles and Omos just showed up and got that title show. The New Day have been very consistent as a team and it would make sense they would win. But I like that this is the chance for Omos to really display his power and give AJ Styles another title on his resume. I say Styles and Omos win this with ease to help establish them as a new force in the tag team division.

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WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM TURMOIL MATCH
– Naomi/Lana vs. Mandy Rose/Dana Brooke vs. Carmella/Billie Kay vs. The Riott Squad vs. Tamina/Natalya

The winner of this match faces the current tag team champions in Night 2.

This is a thrown together hodgepodge of a match. Right now, the only tag team that has any momentum is Tamina and Natalya. But if they win, would they want two heel teams to face off for the championship? Unlikely. The best storyline would be for Lana to get her vengeance but would WWE want that? Maybe. I still think The Riott Squad could open up a lot of possibilities as well as they are a long-established team. I will pick them to win and face the champs in Night 2.

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CESARO vs. SETH ROLLINS 

Cesaro is seeking that big WrestleMania singles win and this is set up nicely for that to happen. Rollins is still acting like his own egotistic self but that works, adding my sympathy for Cesaro’s plight. I expect a swing rotation to possibly go over 30 and that would help secure Cesaro for the win.

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BAD BUNNY & DAMIAN PRIEST vs. THE MIZ AND JOHN MORRISON 

This is a strange storyline but with Bad Bunny’s name and all eyes on the music star, then it would make sense for him to win. Miz and Morrison are kind of floundering after Miz’s one-week reign as WWE champion. But unfortunately they’re going to lose to the music star and Damian Priest, who would benefit greatly from a win in his rookie year. Bunny and Priest are winning this.

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WWE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE MATCH
– Bianca Belair vs. Sasha Banks (C)

The story has gotten stale but it all points to a big breakout for Bianca Belair. Banks doesn’t need the win but with her influence can elevate Belair to the top. This will be a great match and could possibly steal the show for the night.

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BRAUN STROWMAN vs. SHANE McMAHON (CAGE MATCH)

I don’t like the direction this is going. After being the champ at last year’s Mania, Strowman is stuck with this awful storyline. Give Braun Strowman the win because any other result would make no sense.

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NIGHT 2

WWE UNIVERSAL TITLE MATCH
– Daniel Bryan vs. Edge vs. Roman Reigns (C)

This is the most intriguing match of the entire event. Each one of these men could win the title and the direction the company goes with it could work very well. Bryan could recreate his WM30 moment (and maybe have one great run before he retires) and it would be great TV. Edge winning would also complete his comeback and his new heel angle works well. Or if you want to build Reigns as the big bad guy, then him winning would grow his ego and work very well going forward. Nobody suffers with the loss and anyone winning will benefit greatly. I predict Daniel Bryan wins and would have the perfect way to ride off into the sunset.

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WWE RAW WOMEN’S TITLE MATCH
– Rhea Ripley vs. Asuka (C)

Because of Charlotte Flair getting COVID, it seems that is the reason why Ripley got put in this title picture. Asuka hasn’t had a respected run as champion and they might just give it to Ripley freshen it up. I still think Asuka needs this win to establish her dominance but could Ripley afford consecutive Mania losses? I think Rhea Ripley wins this but I hope Asuka is booked better going forward.

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WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
TBD vs. Shayna Baszler/Nia Jax(C)

This should be the Riott Squad based on my prediction and I think they will do it. I expect Reginald to get involved somehow and perhaps Carmella will get her revenge. But even if that doesn’t happen, it’s time to crown new champs and finally give the squad something good to work with after all these years.

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WWE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH (NIGERIAN DRUM FIGHT)
– Apollo Crews vs. Big E (C)

I am not sure what to make of Crews and his new identity, let alone this match stipulation. I like him embracing his African roots but to jump into an accent like that is just weird. Meanwhile I think Big E takes the win because his momentum needs to continue growing. Is there a way Crews and E can look strong after tonight? Maybe. And I bet that is the way it has to go. No squash or anything. A good brawl.

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“THE FIEND” BRAY WYATT vs. RANDY ORTON

Everything points to Bray Wyatt winning this. His character will benefit from it and it might even be a cinematic match. I’m for this.

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KEVIN OWENS vs. SAMI ZAYN

Kevin Owens got his big moment last year and now it’s time for Sami Zayn to win and get his. The conspiracy theory storyline has been pretty tough to take in but it will all be worth it if he wins and grows a bigger ego on how he is right. I would love for Zayn to actually wrestle and avoid scheming his way out of things. Perhaps we can have a little bit of both to make this work.

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WWE UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH
– Sheamus vs. Riddle (C)

Very simple. Let Riddle keep the title and let him build himself up with his crazy gimmick. Sheamus doesn’t need this right now.

I hope it is a good show through two days. This is as close to normal as we’ve ever had in the pandemic. Hell, maybe Gronk returns for something in either night. Or maybe Becky Lynch or Ronda Rousey make a surprise return. Let’s find out!

My WrestleMania 36 predictions

What a strange time we are right now. COVID-19 has forced this major event out of the stadium and into the WWE Performance Center. No fans. Two nights. It could be great. It could be awful. I have no idea which nights the matches will take place. Here are my predictions.

Kickoff Pre-show: WOMEN’S BATTLE ROYAL — NOT HAPPENING
– There will be more than 10 people in the ring so this match won’t go as planned. 

Kickoff Pre-show: ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL — NOT HAPPENING
– There will be more than 10 people in the ring so this match won’t go as planned. 

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WWE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE MATCH 
– Drew McIntyre vs. Brock Lesnar (C)

It would be a great way to start the first night of the show with this match. The hype for this has died a little bit but the potential of Drew McIntyre is still pretty strong. However, with so much uncertainty right now, it might be a good idea to have McIntyre win the title and then not be in any foreseeable matches. So right now, having Brock Lesnar hold the title until maybe SummerSlam is the way to go.

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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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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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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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My 5 takeaways from attending WrestleMania

After attending last night’s WrestleMania 31 at Levi’s Stadium, I have five thoughts I want to share.

1 – It was super sunny. Because the start time of the first match was at 3:00 and being on the West Coast, most of the entire show was in broad daylight. I was in the sun for that entire time. I had my cap, sunglasses, sunscreen but it was still brutal. I can imagine it being the same for the wrestlers. Still, there is something cool about seeing the wrestlers in broad daylight. It was like some gladiator fight at the Colosseum. Visually, it was great. And as the show went on, it got darker and darker and finally for the last two matches, the sun had set. Great visuals.

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My WrestleMania 31 predictions

I will be there! Crossing that off my bucket list.

WrestleMania 31 is here and I am actually going to be there in attendance. I have always wanted to attend this extravaganza and now I am here. But what’s going to happen tonight? Here are my predictions for the matches for all your curious folks.

Kickoff Pre-show: ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL
– Konnor, Viktor, Kane, Big Show, Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Jack Swagger, The Miz, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Fandango, Adam Rose, Zack Ryder, Erick Rowan, Sin Cara, Damien Sandow, Goldust, Mark Henry, Heath Slater, a NXT Superstar TBD, others TBA

I don’t know who is going to win this. Last year’s champ Cesaro isn’t even on the actual PPV event, but as a pre-show deal. Great career booster this thing gives, huh? And this show gets that treatment now. I predict Damien Sandow will get the push he needs by winning this. I was hoping Adrian Neville would be in it, but it’s Hideo Itami and I was hoping that the NXT guy would win and get a roster push.

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Last night’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony was amazing

Last night I attended the WWE Hall of Fame. If you’re not a wrestling fan, this isn’t the kind of event you would enjoy. In a sense, it was a lot of talking and reminiscing, which was nice for a wrestling fan in me. It was held at SAP Center and the setup was pretty nice.

I shot a lot of Vines of the event and the highlight of the night might have been the speech from Daniel Bryan as he introduced the late Connor Michalek as the recipient of the Warrior award.

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WWE champ Brock Lesnar announces that he’s not going back to UFC

WWE champ Brock Lesnar announces that he’s not going back to UFC

I am so happy! I have been a huge Brock Lesnar fan since he debuted in the WWE over a decade ago. And I will be at WrestleMania this weekend knowing that this will not be the last time I see him in the ring. Amazing!!!