Well, this Sunday marks the 31st edition of WrestleMania. It is the end of the year for the WWE, as everything that happens after this is somehow building to next year’s event. So many memorable moments have been created since 1985, but what will this year have in store? Here are some predictions, that will probably turn out to be wrong. Because, even though this will be the 10th straight WM I will be watching, and as predictable as the WWE may be, there are always some decisions that surprise me.
The WrestleMania Kickoff will feature a Fatal 4-way match for the WWE Tag Titles between Antonio Cesaro and Tyson Kidd (c), The Usos, Los Matadores, and The New Day. With Rikishi in town, I’ve said before, that I think it is set up for The Usos to win and have a nice moment with their dad in the ring. However, it has not been made clear how serious Jey’s shoulder injury is. And there always seems to be a title change the next night on ‘Raw’, and I think it will come in the form of Cesaro and Kidd evoking their rematch clause and winning. Look for the minor feud with Los Matadores to continue for a bit and then maybe The Prime Time Players to get involved.
Divas Match: AJ Lee and Paige vs. The Bellas. The Bellas win after Paige turns on AJ and costs them the match. They will battle for the number one contender spot on ‘Raw’, with Paige winning and then defeating Nikki Bella at Extreme Rules. This will set-up Paige and The Nature Boy’s daughter, Charlotte, for the summer.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Instead of using this match to launch Mizdow’s solo career, it will be wasted upon one of two outcomes. Giving it to an old-timer like Kane or Big Show (setting up a match between the two for Extreme Rules) or Mark Henry, or, and I cringe writing this, having Ryback win. I believe that is what will happen. Feed me more? No thanks. I’m not fucking hungry.
U.S. Title: Rusev (c) vs. John Cena. Too much has been made of the US vs. Russia angle, really since Rusev’s debut, to not have Mr. Patriotic, John Cena win. But what good is Cena holding the U.S title? Cue some stupid Extreme Rules-style Flag Match, where Rusev regains the title, leading to a feud with, and I cringe as I write this, Ryback. (Although, it should be Dean Ambrose)
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins: Should be a solid contest, and clean win for Rollins, but I feel they will book it with a questionable finish, just to keep Orton involved with The Authority.
Sting vs. Triple H: This is Sting’s first, and probably last match in a WWE ring, so I see Triple H putting aside his ego and letting Sting get the victory.
Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt: WWE really seems to like pushing Wyatt as the new scary monster in the company. Now that the mystique of The Taker’s streak is gone, he can lose two years in a row right? As much as it pains me to say it, I think it happens. He lost the streak to a friend last year and now he can give a huge boost to a young guy by laying down this year. Taker’s ego isn’t like others who wouldn’t do it. Plus I’m sure I.R.S will make it worth his while by getting his old buddy ‘The Million Dollar Man’ to fork over some cash to the Dead Man.
Ladder Match for the IC Title: Ladder matches have often stolen the show over the last decade at Mania and I expect nothing less than that here. A great field and, aside from, R-Truth or Ziggler walking away with the title, I’d be ok with any outcome. The fanboy in me wants Bryan, so that’s who I’m going with. He can have a match with BNB at Extreme Rules and then have a program with Sheamus, once he returns and makes a heel turn.
WWE World Heavyweight Title Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns. Lesnar announcing his intentions to stay with WWE is very intriguing and leads me to this storyline, that is mostly wishful thinking. The WWE has put a lot into promoting Reigns, for instance an appearance tonight on ‘Conan’. I don’t see them not having him win Sunday. I also don’t see Lesnar coming back if he isn’t champ. So, I’m laying this out there. Reigns is out working the mic and celebrating his victory, when an enraged Lesnar appears and beats the shit out of him. This opens thing up for Rollins to cash in The Money in the Bank contract. He does and after the match officially starts, Orton shows up and interferes, costing Rollins his opportunity. Fatal 4-way match at Extreme Rules featuring Reigns, Lesnar, Rollins, and Orton. Lesnar gets the title back. This eventually leads to Bryan calling him out. And at SummerSlam, the fans get what should have been the main event at WM. Lesnar vs. Bryan for the title. Bryan, still IC champ mind you, wins the title.