WrestleMania 33 is finally upon us so let’s get right to the predictions!
Austin Aries vs. Neville for the Cruiserweight Championship
I think WWE is making a mistake by putting this match on the Preshow. This match deserves to be in a prominent spot on the main show. WWE had a chance to prove to everyone that they are taking the cruiserweight division seriously, but I think by putting it on the preshow it diminishes it. Hopefully WWE gives them time to put on the great match these two can have. Austin Aries just came back and this feud feels like it’s just getting started. Neville should retain and keep Aries in chase mode.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
There are only a few wrestlers that I can see winning this. While the obvious choice is Braun Strowman, I think Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Big Show have an outside chance at winning. Sami Zayn needs a big win at some point in the near future, and if WWE wants to the crowd hot to start the show then this is the way to go. However, WWE has put a lot of time and effort into building Braun Strowman. I hope the entire build wasn’t just to feed him to Roman Reigns.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Alexa Bliss vs. the SmackDown Women’s roster
Having Asuka debut here and win the title would be my first choice, but after seeing her retain the belt on last night’s NXT Takeover show I don’t see it happening. Another nice surprise would be the return of Maria Kanellis/Bennet to WWE. But, the more likely scenario would be Tamina Snuka returning. In any case, the Smackdown Women’s Division needs a new direction and focus. While Alexa Bliss has become my favorite wrestler in the division, it’s time to start anew and rebuild the division around Naomi.
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match
Oh how I wish WWE can go back and reintroduce Bayley. This should match should be a one-on-one match with Bayley challenging Charlotte Flair for the title. Instead we have a convoluted fatal four way match between four women with no real direction. Put the belt back on Charlotte and reset the rest of the division. Rebuild Bayley and book her to face Charlotte at SummerSlam in what should have been the blow off match at WrestleMania.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
Baron Corbin vs. Dean Ambrose for WWE Intercontinental Championship
WWE didn’t give this match much build which is surprising given how popular Dean Ambrose is with the crowd. Personally, I’m not a fan of Ambrose’s current character. However, I have been a fan of Baron Corbin’s work over the last several months. His in-ring work has improved greatly, and while he’s still inconsistent on the mic I think he has the ability there too as well. If WWE decides to put the strap on Corbin, I’d like to see Ambrose go away for a while and return as the Dean Ambrose from The Shield.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson for the WWE RAW Tag Team Championship
WWE seems to be finally getting behind Gallows and Anderson. I like the way the duo has been booked recently. While I can see WWE wanting to put the titles on Enzo and Big Cass, I hope they resist that urge. Keep the titles on Anderson and Gallows, continue to build them as strong heels and keep the bayface teams chasing.
Winner: Gallows & Anderson
AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon
While a match against Shawn Michaels or Finn Balor would have been more befitting for a wrestler like AJ Styles, wrestling Shane McMahon at WrestleMania isn’t the worst thing that can happen. The build has pretty strong and they seem invested in the story. This match will certainly have a lot of eyes on it waiting to see what crazy bump Shane takes. Styles has the ability to have a four-star match with a broom and I expect the same here. While I’m not crazy about the match, I do expect it to surprise and be very good. That said, Styles has to win this match.
Winner: AJ Styles
John Cena & Nikki Bella vs. the Miz & Maryse
I’ve actually enjoyed the build to this match. The Miz and Maryse spoofing Cena and Nikki was entertaining, and Cena’s comeback promo on the SmackDown go-home show was perfect. Miz has been at the top of his game over the last year or two both in the ring and on the mic. You know what you’re going to get from Cena so I expect this to be a good match when the two are in the ring together. I think they will keep the two women’s involvement at a minimum. While I think this is the easiest match on the card to predict, wouldn’t it be awesome to see Cena go to propose, turn heel, take his ring back and start one of the greatest heel runs in history?
Winner: John Cena & Nikki Bella with a proposal
Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
Logical booking would be to put Seth Rollins over here. But, we are talking about WWE and more specifically, Triple H. The issue here is the crowd just isn’t 100% behind Seth Rollins. Something is missing. Ever since WWE decided to keep him heel upon his first return from a knee injury, the crowd hasn’t warmed up to him a babyface. The booking sure hasn’t helped either. If Rollins is 100% then these two will put on a fantastic match. Samoa Joe gets involved helping Triple H get the win and afterwards the two beat down Rollins. WWE continues to build sympathy for Rollins leading up to their blow off match at SummerSlam. By then Rollins will be a red hot babyface looking for his revenge.
Winner: Triple H
Roman Reigns vs. the Undertaker
This is the match I’m most looking forward to on the card. If this is the Undertaker’s last ride then the match should go on last with him going over for the final time. However, if the reports are true about WWE already having next year’s WrestleMania main event of Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar as the only two to have ever beaten the Undertaker at WrestleMania, then all this becomes moot. The problem WWE has then, is if Reigns is winning the match can’t go on last because there will be near riots in Orlando. But, if WWE is still on the fence with turning Reigns full heel, then this is the time and place to do it.
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship
As a fan, I’ve enjoyed Goldberg’s latest run with the company. I think WWE booked him perfectly. He did this for his son and in the process became a real life super hero for kids. WWE made more money than they ever though they would when they decided to bring him in so this run of Goldberg’s couldn’t have gone better if they tried. But, it’s time for it to end. My hope is that they can prove the naysayers wrong and have a decent wrestling match and not one that ends in less than a minute or two. However it plays out you can expect a spear, jackhammer, cover and a Lesnar kick out. Two to three F5s and a Lesnar victory.
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship
The heel and babyface roles in this feud puzzled me. Bray Wyatt has already lost too many big, important matches. He can’t afford to lose another one. Also, putting the belt on Randy Orton just feels old and tired. WWE talks a big game about wanting to build new starts, but they never follow through with it. This is their opportunity to make good on that statement. There’s rumor of Erick Rowan returning so perhaps he figures into the finish, but either way Wyatt needs to go back to the character he had when he debuted. If WWE plans on keeping him heel then he needs to have a “family.” Obviously, Rowan will be one member, and hopefully we see WWE call up a few wrestlers from NXT to debut as Wyatt Family members or followers.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE United States Championship
The obvious decision would be to have Owens go over. But is the obvious direction always the best direction? I think WWE is going to throw us a curve ball, especially if Jericho is sticking around a bit longer. If he is sticking around a little longer I would give him the win here and drop it either on RAW or at the next PPV. There’s just something about KO carrying the U.S. Title that doesn’t sit right with me.
Winner: Chris Jericho
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