Finally it’s here! Wrestlemania week. The time where wrestling fans all over the world unite for a weekend of celebration. Some will applaud over a successful experience. Others will groan and say the same thing EVERY YEAR: “worst Wrestlemania ever” and “Vince is out of touch” meanwhile resubscribing to the Network and tuning in to Raw. The matches this year look pretty solid minus one, but I think (hope) something is going to stem from the lackluster bout.
Nia/Tamina vs. Iconics vs. Natalya/Beth Pheonix vs. Sasha/Bailey
Fatal Four Way for WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
We got the women’s tag team championship being defended for the first time ever on the big stage and it will feature a fatal four way. We got the defending champions Sasha and Bailey facing the teams of Smackdown’s The Iconics, Raw’s Nia and Tamina, and Natalya teaming with the returning Beth Pheonix. They built this up pretty well giving each team some decent screen time while also trying to squeeze everyone else involved in the card. Each team has a reason to walk out with the titles which is always a sign of good writing. Making the crowd guess who will win.
Prediction: The Iconics walk away with a surprise win. They’ve been silent the most and they did score a win over the champs so a win for the underdogs would be a nice change.
Randy Orton vs AJ Styles
This could easily be match of the night and most definitely match of the year contender. Both have had solid matches in their respective feuds in years past so to have these two in a face to face collision could guarantee us a great bout. The build up has been great and their promos were insane, partially because a lot of truth was spoken which left fans stunned from the segment.
Prediction: AJ Styles although the match will be great regardless who wins.
Drew McIntyre vs Roman Reigns
Hey look wrestling fans, a Wrestlemania match that doesn’t have Roman Reigns in the main event or a championship match. Bet you’ll still complain though. Honestly, this should be a good one. Reigns is good at putting people over and it is time to give Drew the push he deserves. Does that mean he’s winning this? Austin lost to Hart. Rock lost to Austin (twice). See where I’m going?
Prediction: Roman wins the battle, but the war will continue.
Triple H vs. Batista
No Holds Barred with HHH’s Career On The Line
Having seen these two compete in the past, I know both men will deliver. People can say what they want about HHH and “hoarding” the spotlight, but the guy can bring it to the table and has done so for the last 20 plus years. While these two haven’t placed a lot of screen time in this rivalry, it’s really not necessary. HHH has done this in the past with the Undertaker where there was little air time, but once that bell rang, everything that was needed to be said, was said in that ring. And I have no doubt the same will be done with him and Batista, given their already personal history. This match puts HHH’s career on the line which makes it tough to predict. On one hand, Hunter has never beaten the Animal so what better place to end that curse than the grand stage. Then again, how many more years does The Game have, especially now that he’s getting inducted in the Hall of Fame this weekend?
Baron Corbin vs Kurt Angle
Angle’s farewell match
Please please PLEASE let this be a swerve to a better match. Otherwise this will be the most underwhelming retirement in Sports entertainment history. I made my rant the other day so I’ll just make my prediction.
Prediction: Kurt Angle against Corbin. However if anyone takes his place, it’s anybody’s guess.
Prediction: HHH gets his win, but I feel this will set something else up.
Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan WWE Championship Match
Finally, Kofi gets his Championship match and he’s getting it on the biggest stage. Fans have been waiting for this moment for a long time and his moment is finally here when he challenges tHe NeW dAnIeL bRyAn. Sorry, but I hate that nickname. Ideally, Kofi SHOULD walk away from this match culminating his 11 year journey with the coveted WWE Championship. I want it. The fans want it. But since it’s Wrestlemania and it’s Vince, there’s always room for a swerve. But I remain optimistic.
Prediction: And NEW WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston in a great match.
Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar Universal Championship Match
I really want to be excited for this match. I genuinely do. But Brock has managed to suck the excitement out of this rivalry. I believe he only made two appearances leading up to this match which is pathetic even for him. And it’s not like he was out promoting or plugging the match and the ppv. He was at home sitting on his lazy ass collecting a check while Rollins did all the work. Lesnar has been a joke if a champion and I can’t wait til he drops it to go back to UFC. He’s not the draw he used to be and nobody cares. The only way this match will be worth it is if Lesnar loses.
Prediction: and NEW Universal Champion, Seth Rollins after taking numerous German suplexes.
Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair.
Triple Threat Winner Takes All
For the first time ever, the women are headlining the mecca of sports entertainment. Well deserved ladies. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this match should NOT have Charlotte Flair in it. With her, everything felt shoved trying to squeeze her in what was already a perfect dynamic. Having said that, adding the Smackdown women’s Championship to the mix definitely made this an unpredictable outcome. Will Becky overcome the odds? Will Charlotte be WWE’s legitimate chosen one? Or will Ronda Rousey be the next Brock Lesnar? The final Raw before Mania made this a fun ride and to be honest, I’ll be looking forward to seeing this match.
Prediction: And NEW Raw and Smackdown Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch. It’s her time now and beating the two corporate chosen athletes at Metlife would be the perfect place to start the The Man’s era.
Of course, we have several other matches but I wanted to capture the main matches that most are looking forward to. Overall, this year’s Wrestlemania should be a solid card with surprises and heartbreak. Whether we see it now or this Sunday, it will be an emotional show and I can’t wait.