We are only days away from the most exciting wrestling event of the calendar year. The weekend has grown into a tremendous culmination of storylines, featuring superstars of the past and present and even the future in other independent promotions showcasing their talents in the host city of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemania returns to New Orleans after four years and this year’s card seems to get better with each announced match. Let’s take a look at the card and predict how the night may turn out.
On the kickoff show we have two Battle Royals and a championship match. The Andre the Giant Battle Royal debuted in New Orleans at Wrestlemania 30. So who will come out the winner in this one? Every year I’ve predicted the winner and I’ve been wrong. I predicted Rusev, Mizdow, Mark Henry and Braun Strowman and Cesaro, Big Show, Corbin and Mojo Rawley were in fact the victors. This tells me that the winner can be anybody. I’m going with a man who hasn’t been announced for the match but I believe will WALK away with the trophy: Ladies & Gentlemen…ELIAS. This may not be the only time we see Elias and he may be performing again on the main card but I believe The Rock will RAMPAGE (in theatres April 13th) the stage for a concert of his own.
The Women’s Battle Royal was also slated to be named after a former wrestler but unfortunately the Fabulous Moolah was originally selected who if you do your research was a despicable human being and should not be celebrated. Despite the controversy the match remains with a bewildering looking trophy that may resemble something a bit too female. Nonetheless, who else will participate in this match and moreover who will win? I could see the Iconic Duo getting an opportunity to participate on this grand stage. I see Bayley and Sasha possibly costing each other the trophy. If it were up to me I’d have Lass Kicker win this one!
WINNER: BECKY LYNCH
To have a match at Wrestlemania is any aspiring wrestler’s dream, so it is exciting to see two guys who fought on independent shows in front of hundreds get a chance to perform in front of thousands. Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali endured 205 Live during its entire duration when it was a dismal show with good matches but no fanfare or meaningful promotion. I am excited to watch this match and see both men put it all on the line to prove they belong on the Wrestlemania stage with all the big names. Alexander has come up short on many occasions so it would be fitting to see him win here but I believe Ali has really stepped up his game going into Wrestlemania so it makes this one a toss up but you can’t go wrong with either man as champion.
WINNER: MUSTAFA ALI
Until Rusev was added to this match I had no interest in this match. I’m excited for a possible Bobby Roode extravagant entrance but thankfully Rusev Day will be celebrated at Rusevmania. The easy choice is to have Rusev walk out victorious to a tremendous ovation. I don’t think anyone wants to see Mahal win and Orton and Roode are in need of repackaging in my opinion so why not go with the hot fan favourite and have him walk out victorious.
On the RAW side we have another multi-man championship match. It is also exciting to see Balor have his first Wrestlemania match and it would be great to see him walk out with some gold. I think this will be a fine match but look for Miz to sneak out a victory and be one of few who will retain their title on this night.
WINNER: THE MIZ
Braun Strowman deserved a more featured match at Wrestlemania. I think he was truly a contender for the Universal Championship but here he is relegated to a tag team championship match in a division he hasn’t participated in. The only exciting part of the match is who will be Braun’s partner. Possible names include Samoa Joe, Elias, Bray Wyatt or James Ellsworth. If it is Joe than it will make for a powerful force. I’m predicting Bray in a brief reunion of the Wyatt Family. That is a bit anti-climatic to me and I’d hope for a better surprise. Once the partner is revealed, the excitement for the match goes down. I’m guessing Braun walks out victorious with whoever his partner is.
WINNERS: BRAUN STROWMAN & MYSTERY PARTNER
FINALLY the Usos have made it to the main card of Wrestlemania and deservedly so. They had a tremendous 2017 with awesome matches against the New Day so I’m glad both teams get to do it one more time on the grand stage. Wrestlemania needs to be the showcase of the best of the divisions and no one dominated the tag team scene on either RAW or SD Live like the Usos. I am also excited to see Luke Harper in a meaningful match. I was concerned that with a gimmick like the Bludgeon Brothers that he and Rowan would be made a comedy team. I do think this could be their crowning moment and what a stage to win your first tag titles. The New Day are another team that enthrall fans and it will be exciting to see a crowd of 70,000 plus chanting alongside the New Day. I think this match has potential to steal the show on an already stacked card.
WINNERS: THE USOS
After Asuka chose Charlotte as her Wrestlemania opponent that left RAW Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss without an opponent. Alexa was then caught speaking maliciously about her “friend” Nia Jax. The story here is very similar with the bully Alexa Bliss body shaming and putting down the Nia. It may seem like just another wrestling storyline, but there are female fans and casual viewers (I can confirm) who can emotionally relate and want to see Nia prevail. I’ve always thought Nia Jax as a confident, body activist similar to Ashley Graham was a good character for the WWE as they progress in 2018. It would make sense for Nia to walk out champion but for some reason I see Alexa retaining as WWE hopes to keep fan interest in the chase.
WINNER: ALEXA BLISS
The Queen versus the Empress. There isn’t much to say as this should be a great match on a card with many contenders for match of the night. Will another Streak end in New Orleans? Anything can happen at Wrestlemania! Also look for Carmella to attempt to make a Wrestlemania moment of her own with a cash-in, if not this match, maybe the other women’s championship match.
The match has been teased but has been yet to be officially announced. I do believe like I have stated before that neither Cena or Undertaker are needed for this Wrestlemania but I still see this match happening. Will the American Badass return with a Kid Rock performance? Will Cena be the third man to defeat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania? Many questions of which I hardly care the answers to. Look for Undertaker to win in what I hope is his final match.
WINNER: THE UNDERTAKER
Ronda Rousey makes her in-ring debut at Wrestlemania. If I’m honest this match doesn’t have my interest because I don’t find Rousey an intriguing wrestling character but I applaud her for wanting to be a wrestler like any fan. In the two matches I’ve seen of Angle I know he isn’t what he used to be so I’m not expecting a wrestling clinic between him and Triple H. The easy prediction is Rousey tapping out Stephanie McMahon. I can’t blame WWE for signing a PPV draw like Rousey and I hope it brings the desired numbers WWE is looking for.
WINNER: KURT ANGLE & RONDA ROUSEY
It seems that where one brand fails, the other delivers. This tag match involving a McMahon has my attention because of the other three men involved. Similar to the Usos, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have been captivating to watch both on the mic and in the ring. This story of Owens and Zayn versus McMahon has been a strong build and good story of heels versus a babyface authority. On top of all that Daniel Bryan has been cleared and will return to the ring on the Grandest Stage. I think this will be another electric atmosphere and most likely a very good tag team brawl. I can’t see Bryan losing upon return but I am delighted to see both Owens and Zayn in a featured, top of the card match.
WINNER: SHANE MCMAHON & DANIEL BRYAN
They (WWE) have their match that they’ve wanted since the conclusion of last year’s Wrestlemania. Lesnar has held the Universal Champion captive over the last calendar year when the likes of Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman elevated their game to main event players who could have dethroned Lesnar but WWE was hell bent of having Reigns be the one to slay the beast. Lesnar already has one foot in the octagon so the outcome looks like Reigns will be Universal Champion which is a good thing because he will be on the show night in and night out.
WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS
I have my main event. Nakamura is my favourite superstar on the roster and I’m excited to see him compete for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. The two men had a great match in the Tokyo Dome but AJ has stated the two have never squared off in North America. AJ Styles has done a great job as champion and I do not assume we are getting a new champion on this night. I am trying to not have high expectations for this “Dream Match” but it is the match I am most looking forward to!
WINNER: SHINSUKE NAKAMURA