It truly is the most wonderful time of year for all wrestling fans. Yes, Wrestlemania is finally here. As I type this, the whole WWE team is packing up and heading to Orlando in hopes of putting on the show of the year. It is very clear from my previous articles that I am largely a SmackDown guy, so the following are my thoughts and predictions for the matches involving the “A-show” ( Yeah I went there).
John Cena and Nikki Bella vs The Miz and Maryse
I am starting with this match as it makes me want to vomit. These mixed tag matches are an absolute nightmare because they are not practical with the PG era. For starters, if one of the males tags their female partner the other male is forced to exit. I get it, the WWE can not longer have their female wrestlers getting tossed around by male superstars. That is just a NowThis video and a GoFundMe nightmare waiting to happen. But if that is the case, do not put them in the ring together. As for the match itself, look for this to be one of the worst on the card. The Miz and Cena have had their rivalry play out before and it was never anything special. This, however, is Wrestlemania where the outcomes are slightly more predictable due to the magnitude of the audience. To make matters even worse Al Roker will be present, pass the antacid.
Winner: Cena and His Forever Girlfriend
Alexa Bliss vs the Wolrd
Alright, maybe the title is a bit dramatic but I am intrigued by this idea. There are plenty of women on the roster who are not in huge rivalries and this allows for all of them to compete for the title. It also sets up an automatic rivalry if Bliss does not win, as she can claim that she was not beat in a one on one match. Naomi is in front of her home crowd in Orlando so look for her to dominate early. As for the winner, well let’s just say it is not out of the realm of possibilities for former friends to become instant foes.
Winner: Mickie James
Shane McMahon v AJ Styles
Last year we saw Shane McMahon embrace his inner Triple H as he appeared just before Mania to challenge the Undertaker. It was by far the best match of a lackluster card as the trend of Shane sacrificing his body continued. That will be hard to achieve against AJ Styles as no weapons are to be used or even touched by Shane. The ref is for sure getting knocked out before Shane goes under the ring and retrieves a trusty trash can. It won’t be enough to stop Styles as there is no way in hell AJ loses to his boss.
Winner: AJ Styles
Baron Corbin v. Dean Ambrose
The Intercontinental Title is on the line between the Lunatic and the Lone Wolf. Here is the thing about the secondary belts. If the champ does not add anything to the belt it is an absolute waste. The Miz brought the belt to its peak with his A-list chatter and Dean is doing a pretty good job keeping it relevant. If Corbin wins it what does he bring? His promos are trash and his gimmick is overused. With that being said he is apparently a respected talent which is why I see the WWE caving and giving him the W. The only way this lackluster rivalry ends is with an Ambrose win though.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Bray Wyatt v. Randy Orton
The hype for this match started way too early and somewhat lost its steam. With that being said, substantial interference can save this match. If you don’t think Luke Harper will interfere I have a time-share in Florida you may be interested in. What you may not expect is the return of another Wyatt member, Erick Rowan. It is a sad state of affairs when I am excited about the return of Erick Rowan. So the match will start smoothly until a Harper interference knocks both main eventers out. Just when you think the highjack is complete Rowan shows up and takes out Harper and assists his longtime master.
Winner: Bray Wyatt