PPV Predictions: Wrestlemania
Women's Battle Royal: winner Ruby Riot
After basically being booked to be cannon fodder for those in the Main Event tonight giving the leader of the Riot Squad a win tonight would at least give her something back for doing so many jobs.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship:
(c) Buddy Murphy vs Tony Nese
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal: won by Braun Strowman
Any doubt on this one?
Raw Tag Team Championship:
(c) The Revival vs Hawkins & Ryder
I know this one hasn't been announced for the pre-show, but I'd be shocked if it wasn't on the pre-show and was actually on the main card tonight. The only reason being that it was only announced a few days ago.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship:
(c) The Uso's vs The Bar vs Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura vs Aleister Black & Ricochet
Much like the other tag team match on the card very little build has gone into this match and therefore I'm not sure if they will give this match as much time as they should. Considering eight people are in this match it should be given enough time to make it not seem rushed or like they just gave them a match for the sake of it. Even though The Uso's are good champions it would be nice to see a new team like Rusev & Nakamura or Black & Ricochet get the win. If I had to pick one I'd go with Black & Ricochet, because it seems to me someone really likes them as a tag team.
Falls Count Anywhere:
Shane McMahon vs The Miz
This feud has been one of the more interesting parts of Smackdown Live in recent months and one of the better parts of the show. One of the reasons this feud has been so interesting is because it feels like they have finally been able to get Miz over as a baby face which was something that never seemed possible. If you look back in time at Miz's last run as a good guy it was clear he was a lot more comfortable as a bad guy then a good guy. Though I am not surprise to see Shane having a Mania match I would be surprised to see Miz come up short.
Women's Tag Team Championship Match:
(c) Sasha Banks & Bayley vs The IIconics vs Nia Jax & Tamina vs Beth Pheonix & Natalya
Unlike their male counterparts this match has really gotten around a two months of build up and I am happy it has, because the titles are only two months old. I am going to keep this short and say that I really don't think that Bayley & Banks will drop the titles and therefore they will get he win.
Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre
Even though we are talking about WWE I still want to believe that this match could either way and putting Roman's past aside as the company should I think that this match should be a building block for the rest of the year. As I believe the winner of this match will be challenging the Universal Champion at Summerslam. I want to go with Drew, but Roman will get his feel good win tonight.
Kurt Angle vs Baron Corbin
I was one of many people that were shocked and almost dumbfounded that they chose Corbin to fight Angle in his last match, and I am not going to lie part of me was happy. However, I am going right along with everyone in saying that I'd rather it have been John Cena against Angle tonight instead of Corbin and even though that is still possible they should've announced it from the start. Cena's first match on the main roster was with Angle and it would've been a nice end for Angle fighting Cena one last time. With that being said I don't think either of them win as I do believe Cena takes Corbin's spot and will defeat Kurt in his final match.
WWE United States Championship Match:
(c) Samoa Joe vs Rey Mysterio
One of the more random matches on the show, but still exciting at the same time due to the amount of talent and skill both men have. It is hard to believe how different Rey looks now as opposed to how he looked at the end of his first run with the company a few years ago it seems like he found another gear. I also love the fact that the company has finally entrusted Joe with a championship belt after butchering his feud with Styles last year. In my opinion, Joe should continue maintaining a strangle hold over the US Title for the foreseeable future.
No Holds Barred: Triple H's career on the line
Triple H vs Batista
On paper some fans might look at this match as WWE being WWE and just depending on the veterans again instead of giving the spotlight to the younger talent. However, saying that would be doing a disservice to how well this feud was built up in the last couple of months. The company may have missed the boat on the build for a lot of these matches but this one isn't one of them and I am pleasantly surprised by how well they have put together this feud. This has been some of Dave's best work in many many years and if he was like the last time he was here people would've actually missed him when he left. Either way though I don't think anyone expects Dave to win tonight and that means Triple H gets a Wrestlemania win for the first time in many years.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
(c) Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush vs Finn Balor
interestingly enough this will be Lashley first Wrestlemania since he returned to the company last year and who would've thought he'd be champion. The one thing that puzzles me about this match is that these two have been feuding since around January yet this match doesn't have any added stipulations to make the biggest match of their feud seem different or more important than any of the others. I think the company might be leaning too much on the "Demon's" involvement and should've given this match a gimmick of some kind. But knowing the "Demon" will be appearing tonight makes it extremely unlikely that Finn will lose tonight which means we will have a new IC Champion.
Randy Orton vs AJ Styles
One way I have grown accustomed to describing this match is that it is the dream match you didn't realize you wanted to see until it was actually announced. Since his arrival three years ago the company has struggled to book AJ outside of the title picture, but with this feud it seems like they finally found a way to do that. Orton on the other side has been doing some his best work in years partially because the company let him return being a heel or at least a tweener instead of the cookie cutter guy he was before. Either way though this match will shape the rest of the year for the blue brand much like Reigns & McIntyre will on Raw. Thinking about it I could see Miz joining into the feud as a way to keep AJ out of the World title picture a bit longer. I think that Randy winning is needed as a way to keep the feud going and also keep Styles away from the WWE Championship for few more months.
WWE Universal Championship Match:
(c) Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins
I chose to talk about this one first because I thought it'd be easier to pick a winner then the WWE Championship. Fact is at this point Brock is running out of opponents and either needs to take an extended leave of absence to allow the company to build him some new challengers or this will be the end of his run with the company and he will go back to UFC. Either way though I do think that company can let Brock leave Jersey with the title without have a ton of backlash from it. Even though they might do it as way to keep fans attention away from Corbin defeating Angle, but they shouldn't use the world title as prop to distract the fans. I am going with what I have been saying since January and that is Seth Rollins will finally become Universal Champion and be the one that ends Brock's reign of terror as champion.
WWE Championship Match:
(c) Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan vs Kofi Kingston w/ New Day
If you would've told me a year ago that Kofi Kingston would be challenging for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania against Daniel Bryan I would've called you insane. There was a time when nobody thought Daniel would've been in the ring again let alone become WWE Champion again, but he did it. Nobody thought that Kofi would have received anything close to the push he has received in the last few months and weather or not this all happened because Mustafa Ali got hurt is beside the point, because Kofi is white hot at this point and time. In my opinion, Kofi, Rollins, and Becky have all had similar paths to the title and letting them all win would be overkill. That is one of the reasons why I just don't think that Kofi will get the win tonight and the other is they don't want to take the belt off Daniel just yet. Do I think Kofi deserves the win? Absolutely, but I also think Daniel should keep the gold and so I will go with Daniel getting the win tonight.
Winner Take All: Raw Women's Championship Match:
(c) Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte vs Becky Lynch
Honestly this is going be a sight I never thought I'd see, because I was many people that never thought the Women would main event a PPV let alone a Wrestlemania. I mentioned this in my video with Sam that I have high hopes for this match, because they've had this type of opportunity. There is no doubt that the company has invested a deserving amount of time energy and patience in booking this match to be one of the most anticipated in recent memory. However, the only way the booking of Asuka and introduction of the Smackdown Women's title makes sense is if they introduce one title after the match it should be unification match. This is one criticism I have of this match other than that it has been amazingly built up. I don't think anyone else should win this match other than Becky because it the moment that everyone wants to see.
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