@WrestleMania predictions by @ViewtifulJ21
The anticipation for this particular WrestleMania has been a little off-kilter to say the least. You cannot discount the injuries that have happened to main talent throughout the last few months, but the booking has been rather confusing in some instances. I'm going to stick to the main card for this. I know you are all anticipating the Total Divas match that just recently had Eva Marie (a heel, mind you) thrown in, but I'm not going to be that guy. Here are my main card predictions:
Triple H vs. Roman Reigns: Here we are - the insane conundrum that is the WWE Championship match. Here's the thing - fans are clearly against Roman Reigns, but it's a given that he will have his WrestleMania moment hoisting that championship with fireworks. There were opportunities where you could have perhaps turned Reigns heel to give him a fighting chance to make this somewhat manageable. We've been through a year were Reigns has continually been that guy who has to beat the odds to be the champion - with MULTIPLE championship runs. Fans are just not buying him as a face to the point where they are cheering Triple H - the authority. The interesting piece in all this is The Rock. Will he get involved in some capacity to help Reigns win...ehh, then again, how does that help Reigns? Now, you're the guy who can't beat the legend by himself. WWE Creative is going to have to do something different in order to send fans home happy.
Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar: This match is going to be an all out brawl with suplexes and weapons. We might get a little blood as well. Both wrestlers are going to come out looking good here. Lesnar is going to beat the living hell out of Ambrose. Ambrose is going to somehow and someway prevail and win the match. You might see a run-in by hardcore legends, Mick Foley and Terry Funk even. There you go - that's how you book two men without lowering their stock. The real question is where do these two men go from here? There were talks of Wyatt’s vs. Lesnar, but that was abandoned. They also had Ambrose challenge for the title during Roman Reign's "sabbatical". You could have the two brothers fight for the title, but with Seth Rollins' return seemingly around the corner, that might be something to think about as well.
Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker: I'm more interested in this match since the "go home" RAW this past Monday where Shane McMahon returned to his elbow dropping ways. Before then, I was not completely sold on the match - well because there was no real conflict. The Undertaker is all of a sudden under the control of Vince McMahon? It will be good to see Shane McMahon literally do whatever it takes to get the job done, but there are two things at play here. Are you really going to have The Undertaker lose another WrestleMania in his home state? If the Undertaker loses, are we going to head for another brand split? The talent is not as plentiful as it was during the INVASION angle days, so I would not say that's a sure bet. However, it will be a good main story line to run at least up until SummerSlam.
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder vs. Sin Cara vs. The Miz vs. Stardust: Let's start this right off the bat - unless WWE creative really wants to throw fans for the loop, Zack Ryder, Sin Cara, and Stardust are not going to win the title. There are going to be bodies everywhere flying off of ladders. I do anticipate that there is going to be a tease of Sami Zayn winning the match, but Kevin Owens will win. Until he catapults up into the main event stratosphere, you will have Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn gold that will keep the Intercontinental Title interesting.
Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks: We are going to get a great quality women's championship match that is straight out of their previous NXT fights. If you want to make a statement on the new "Divas Revolution,' this is the match that you want. Three great in ring performers. Charlotte has been progressing as a heel champion and I feel when she breaks away from Ric Flair, she will be able to fully develop her character. Lynch has all the intangibles, but if I had to pick a winner, it'd be Sasha Banks. This is lightening striking at the right moment and the perfect time for Banks to win the championship.
Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback: This is the classic David and Goliath match, but also the easiest pick on the card. Creative will have to find something that sticks for Ryback given his recent heel turn (again?). Kalisto is going to continue his run as U.S. Champion.
AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho: This is my pick for match of the night. These two men will tear the house down in a natural, technical match where Chris Jericho will sell like crazy and AJ Styles will continue his "phenomenal" run. They have had two previous great matches and I see A.J. winning in a "match of the year" style throw down.
The New Day vs. The League of Nations: The New Day have been progressively becoming fan favorites and to continue that streak, I expect them to win over The League Of Nations. Not that the League of Nations aren't a strong collection of wrestlers, but I'd like to see The New Day have a full feud with a tag team that can get under their skin a little bit. (Endo and Cass anyone?)