WrestleMania Predictions and thoughts
By Ben Smith
We are a little over 24 hours from the showcase of the immortals, WrestleMania! This show looks like it could be one for the ages, as long as the WWE plays its cards right, but we will get into that later. This year’s show emanates from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana. The WWE released the Stage and set last night and I for one am pretty impressed. It doesn't look as good as some years such as last year’s but it certainly is far from being coined as a rushed or cheap looking set, the WWE obviously put a lot of time and money into it which is good. This show should be one for the ages and here are my predictions and thoughts for Sundays show.
Tag team Championship- Los Matadores vs the Real Americans vs The Usos(C) vs Rybaxel (WWE Network exclusive)
In my opinion this is easily the worst booked match on the card; Los Matadores do not belong on this card or even the pre-show in the first place, same goes for Rybaxel, these clowns need to be in the battle royal or something and not on the pre-show. What this should have been was a TLC match between The Usos, The Real Americans, and the Rhodes Brothers. That match I think would have been very similar to the original TLC matches between the Dudley’s, The Hardy’s, and Edge and Christian. The Usos are similar to the Hardy’s in that they’re more cruiserweight-esque workers and I think they would work absolutely great in a TLC match. Swagger and Cesaro are more similar to the Dudley Boys in that they are bigger than the other two teams (not as big as Bubba and Devon though). Both of these guys are excellent in ring workers and would for sure hold their own in a TLC match. The Rhodes brothers are similar to Edge and Christian in the ring (not really on the mic) by being average looking size guys who can work a great match and can pull off some cool spots(Cody can but Goldust can still go for sure). This match would be AMAZING; the WWE really dropped the ball on the tag titles match.
Winner: The Usos
The Vickie Guerrero 14 diva invitational match (divas championship)
Ok, it took some time to find it, but here are the 14 divas competing in this match. The participants are: AJ Lee (C), Aksana, Alicia Fox, Brie Bella, Cameron, Emma, Eva Marie, Layla, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Rosa Mendes, Summer Rae and Tamina Snuka. Not much to say here besides that par some miracle this will be downright terrible. There is some good workers in this match like AJ, Naomi, Emma, Natalya, and Layla but I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to have a good match involving Eva Marie, she has zero idea what she is doing. The rest of the divas are meh workers or just bad like Cameron and Rosa. But I assume it will be kept short and I think the reason that all of the divas are on the show is because none were on the show last year and they want to ensure that as many as possible get that WrestleMania payday. But anyways, at least WWE is giving me a bathroom break during the show. I do think we will have a new divas champion in Naomi because I think she was scheduled to win the title at The Elimination chamber but got injured, thankfully she is one of the better divas when it comes to in ring work.
Andre the Giant 30 man battle royal
I honestly think that this is going to be a really good match that gets a good amount of time. Why? Just look at who is in it, you have some great workers such as Christian, Sheamus, Rey, Henry, Cody, and Goldust. However, it also has its fair share of jobbers such as 3MB and Brodus Clay. However they will most likely not do much in the match and get eliminated very early while the guys who can actually go can have an excellent match. There hasn't been many matches like this at WrestleMania, there was the one with the NFL players at WM 2, which this matches namesake won. Then there have been numerous dark match battle royals in 2005, 2008, and 2011. But this will be the biggest of them all, I really have no clue who is going to win, which is exciting. At the moment, I am going to put my money on Sheamus winning as he just seems like a logical choice. Also looking forward to some surprise entrants.
The Shield vs the Authority (Kane, Billy Gunn, and Road Dogg)
Well all I can say for this match is that it is a huge waste of the shield. I get that they’re now faces and need a heel team to go against, but why 3 guys who all are stars from the 90s? They aren't even building this up as the past vs the present; it’s just Kane messing with the shield. What happened to when the Shield were on the verge of breaking up? It feels like they were heading to the triple threat and then when the main event turned into a triple threat they scrapped it and shoehorned them into a program with the outlaws and Kane. I think Kane and the Authority can still put on a decent match, and we all know the shield can too, so I expect this match to be good but not great, certainly the best match since the outlaws returned and the best non-team hell no match for Kane in a long time.
Winner: The Shield
John Cena vs Bray Wyatt
This is the first time in John Cena’s career where he will not be in a title match or the main event of the show, which is pretty strange because this is WrestleMania 30 and he has been probably the biggest mania star of the last 10 years outside of The Undertaker. This should be a fantastic match, seeing what Bryan got out of Bray at the Royal Rumble, I think that Cena can do just as well. Wyatt has been great in the ring lately and I hope that pattern can continue here, he has had the match of the night at both shows in 2014 and I think he can have one of the best on the biggest stage of them all. Beating Cena on Sunday will make Wyatt a star, and I think he will win the title in 2015 for sure, he is the front runner for the new generation along with the Shield, and I think he will have an extremely impactful WrestleMania debut.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Daniel Bryan vs Triple H (winner advances to the WWEWHC match)
This is the first of two Daniel Bryan matches on this show and it has been the best built feud for sure. I know some have said that this feud hasn’t been that good but I honestly could not disagree more with those critics as it has been the reason I have watched RAW every week beginning with the great segment between the two in Chicago, which I feel has gotten overlooked by some people. The Yes movement segment where all of the Bryan fans were in the ring was just amazing, and I thought it was for the most part executed perfectly(only sending two security guards was a little stupid) and Triple H and Stephanie going completely irate and set the match and the stipulation. This will be the #2 match of the night in terms of in ring work but it may be the most electric for sure.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar
So the build to this match has been pretty lackluster up until the go home show where things got Physical for the first time since they first set up the match the night after the Elimination chamber show. For a week or so I was afraid they would turn this into a casket match which would just be dreadful. Now that that nightmare was avoided, I can resume for being absolutely PUMPED for this match. I think it has the potential to be the #2 streak match of all time, which at this moment is the WM 26 match with Shawn Michaels. The only match I doubt it tops is the WM 25 match with Shawn Michaels, I don’t think any streak match will ever top that, this will be close though. Will it be as good as their Hell in a cell match in 2002? I think it has the potential to as both Lesnar and The Undertaker are BETTER in the ring than they were in 2002, at least at WrestleMania. I’m calling it folks, this match will be the best match of the night tomorrow and will be the best match of the year bar none, and we are in store for a match of the ages.
Winner: The Undertaker
Randy Orton(C) vs Batista vs Daniel Bryan (WWE WHC match)
This match is incredibly hard to predict because 1) We don’t know whether Daniel Bryan or Triple H will be in this match or 2) if it becomes a fatal 4 way involving both Triple H and Daniel Bryan. I decided to go the safe route and say Daniel Bryan wins vs Triple H and it does not become a 4 way match. This is second only to the battle royal in terms of unpredictability. I hate to say it but I do not feel that Daniel Bryan will win this match. I have just lost all faith in WWE to make the correct decision after how they had Batista win the Royal Rumble. Do I hope I am wrong? Of course but the hard truth is that Guardians of the Galaxy will be one of the biggest movies of the summer and I think it is too much for Vince to resist the urge of having Batista walk the red carpet with the titles, and I think that he wins in this match. The match quality will not be that great but if Bryan wins then the match will be great just for the fact that it will be a great moment. I hope I am wrong with my prediction, I just feel that if I was betting Money, I would go with Batista.
How I would book WrestleMania
Brock Lesnar(C) vs Daniel Bryan (Rumble winner)
Winner- Daniel Bryan
John Cena vs The Undertaker
Winner- The Undertaker
The Shield vs The Wyatt Family
Winner- The Shield
Randy Orton vs Batista vs Triple H (Ric Flair guest referee)
Tag Team Championship TLC match
The Rhodes brothers’ vs The Usos(C) vs The Real Americans
Winner- The Usos
AJ Lee vs Naomi
Sheamus vs Mark Henry vs Dolph Ziggler vs Big E