We’re a week away from WWE’s biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania. This year’s edition of the show of shows takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey next Sunday. I along with 80,000 other WWE fans will be in attendance for a show that will define WWE’s future. There’s a lot of matches slated for Mania, 14 as of right now, so let’s take a look at who will have their Wrestlemania moment this year.
In the words of Paul Heyman, this not a prediction, it’s a spoiler.
Triple Threat Match for the Raw Women’s Championship: Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey (c) vs Becky Lynch vs SD Live Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.
Becky Lynch was supposed to go one on one with Ronda Rousey after she won the Royal Rumble, but that’s when things got complicated quick. Lynch was inured after the Rumble match, then she got herself suspended, then was replaced in the title match by Charlotte Flair. After a few weeks she was reinstated to Raw and defeated Charlotte at Fastlane thanks to Rousey’s interference to earn her spot back. This made the Raw women’s title match at mania a triple threat. Sound confusing and long and drawn out. That’s because it has been. There’s been a lot of twists (interesting twists but a lot of them) to get to this match. This includes Charlotte beating Asuka for the Smackdown Live women’s title last week out of nowhere. This match will be historic and just as chaotic as the build up has been. It’s Lynch’s night, expect her to tap out Charlotte Flair with the dis-arm her (arm bar) and win the title. This will most likely lead to Rousey quitting WWE on Raw the next night after she didn’t even get pinned or submitted to lose the title (for storyline, it’s rumored she’s taking a break from WWE to have a kid and start her family). Wrestlemania should go off the air with the four horsewomen (Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Bayley) holding up their respective championship’s in the center of the ring as they usher in a new era of women’s wrestling.
Winner via submission and new Raw Women’s Champion: Becky Lynch
Universal Championship Match: Seth Rollins vs Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (c) w/ Paul Heyman
Brock Lesnar is rarely on WWE television and he only wrestles a handful of times a year. There’s no issue with that since Raw has a ton of talent that can handle the spotlight. It becomes an issue when Lesnar is the Universal Champion. When your show’s top title and champion are not seen on TV every week, it hurts the product. What do the stars of Raw chase on a weekly basis when their world championship isn’t even defended on every PPV? Seth Rollins did a great job in 2018 by carrying Raw every week and making his Intercontinental championship feuds the best part of the show. He’s become WWE’s top guy since Roman Reigns was sidelined for 5 months treating his returning Leukemia. After winning the men’s Royal Rumble in January, it’s Seth’s time to become a world champion once again. Rollins will do what Reigns couldn’t do at last year’s Wrestlemania, beat Brock Lesnar and win the Universal Championship. Hopefully this match will end with Rollins stomping Lesnar’s head into the mat repeatedly before pinning the beast.
Winner via pinfall and new Universal Champion: Seth Rollins
WWE Championship Match: WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (c) w/ Rowan vs Kofi Kingston w/ Big E and Xavier Woods
After eleven years of building a hall of fame resume as a tag team/mid-card champion, Kofi Kingston finally gets a one on one opportunity for the WWE Championship. Fans have been begging for Kofi to get this match after his impressive performances in gauntlet matches and his near victory over Daniel Bryan inside the Elimination Chamber. Fans thought Kofi would get his opportunity at Fastlane, but instead he gets it on the grandest stage of them all. The best finish to this match is Kofi beating Bryan and celebrating his first world title victory with the rest of the New Day. Kofi shouldn’t get screwed over again, it’s happened enough already. The New Day shouldn’t implode either. A heel turn from Big E or Xavier Woods would be disappointing and doesn’t make sense with the story WWE has told so far. WWE should let the New Day have this moment together and not ruin it with something silly.
Winner and new WWE Champion: Kofi Kingston
No Holds Barred Match (If Triple H loses he has to retire): Triple H vs Batista
If you’re a fan of Triple H don’t be alarmed by that stipulation. There’s little to no chance of Batista beating the king of kings at Wrestlemania. Triple H’s last match will be a loss to an up and coming superstar, not a 50 year old Batista who’s never around (love you as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy though Dave). Batista’s been begging for his last match to be against Triple H for years behind the scenes. He beat up Ric Flair on his 70th birthday celebration during the February 25th edition of Raw to get Triple H’s attention. After screaming “give me what I want” and spitting into the microphone for minutes on Raw, Triple H gave in and this match was made official. Drax didn’t survive Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War and Batista won’t survive Triple H at Wrestlemania.
Winner via pinfall: Triple H
Randy Orton vs AJ Styles
AJ Styles has been calling Smackdown Live “the house that AJ Styles built” since he was drafted to Smackdown in 2016. But since Style’s 371 day WWE Championship reign ended at the hands of Daniel Bryan this past November, Randy Orton has taken offense to the phenomenal one continuing to make that claim. After all Orton is a 13-time world champion and has been in WWE over a decade longer than Styles. This will be a feud I see lasting the entire spring season of WWE television following the superstar shakeup. I think Orton will hit a crazy RKO out of nowhere and pick up the first victory in a feud that will be far from over after Wrestlemania. Here’s my favorite RKO outta nowhere from Wresltemania 31 when Orton reversed Seth Rollin’s curb stomp finisher.
Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton
Falls Count Anywhere Match: Shane McMahon vs The Miz
Shane and Miz were SD Live tag team champions. But after losing the titles and their rematch to The Usos, Shane snapped and attacked The Miz in his hometown of Cleveland. Shane picked the stipulation that benefits his style for this Wrestlemania match with Miz (there’s perks to being in charge of running the show) and I think he’ll walk away with the win. He’ll hit a low blow or something heelish on Miz to pick up the win and keep this beef alive through the spring.
Winner via pinfall: Shane McMahon
Drew McIntyre vs Roman Reigns
This will be Roman Reign’s first one on one match since he returned to Raw to announce he was in remission after battling Leukemia. McIntyre attacked Reigns a few weeks later before a scheduled Corbin vs Reigns match on Raw. McIntyre has dominated Raw over the past year and wants to make a statement at Mania at the expense of one of WWE’s biggest names. Roman will win this battle, but knowing McIntyre’s character this match will be just the beginning of their feud.
Winner via pinfall: Roman Reigns
Kurt Angle’s Farewell Match: Kurt Angle vs Baron Corbin
Winner via submission: Kurt Angle. I expect this to be a quick win then John Cena comes out and has an impromptu match with Angle, with Cena winning.
United States Championship Match: Rey Mysterio vs United States Champion Samoa Joe (c)
Winner via submission and still United States Champion: Samoa Joe
Fatal 4 Way Match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Tag Team Champions Bayley (c) & Sasha Banks (c) vs. Beth Phoenix & Natalya vs. The IIconics vs. Nia Jax & Tamina
Winners via pinfall and still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: Bayley and Sasha Banks
Intercontinental Championship Match: Finn Bálor vs Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush
Winner via pinfall and new Intercontinental Champion: Finn Bálor (I’m hoping the rumors are true and we see the Demon paint at Mania)
Cruiserweight Championship Match: Tony Nese vs Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy (c)
Winner via pinfall and new Cruiserweight Champion: Tony Nese
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Winner: Apollo Crews
Wrestlemania Women’s Battle Royal
Winner: Mandy Rose