It’s a very busy weekend for many (sports) reasons, and one that I look forward to every year is…….WRESTLEMANIA! This year’s event hasn’t necessarily had the build up others have had, but it still should provide excellent entertainment value because of the characters, the stories and the potential fallout that will come from the grandest stage of them all. Not only that, we get NXT Takeover Orlando the night before which features some high profile feuds coming to a boil. Here goes:
NXT Takeover Orlando
Sanity vs. Tye Dilinger, Roderick Strong, No Way Jose & Ruby Riot
This feud seemingly came out of nowhere, with Sanity gaining the upper hand last Takeover event. Now, here at the WM Takeover, will we see the throw togethers beat the group they call Sanity? It’s a dangerous time for them, because they either stay together and move onto bigger things, or begin to break up. I thik Sanity wins until Tye can finally get his, one on one, with Young.
Aleister Black vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
The new big guy vs a mid carder who has been around awhile. Hmmmm, Black wins.
NXT Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match: Champions Authors of Pain vs. DIY vs. The Revival
The NXT tag team division is by far the best division in all of WWE, and this feud has been awesome. While the AOP are limited to what they can do, due to their size and mobility, I think they squeeze out a win here, perhaps resulting in a feud between the other teams? I don’t know, I just started watching NXT about a month ago, so we’ll see.
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Champion Asuka vs. Ember Moon
Asuka has been undefeated for almost TWO years now, and she needs to lose to someone credible with a future. Ember COULD be that person and she very well might do it. Asuka doesn’t think much of her opponent, which probably results in the upset.
NXT Title Championship Match: Champion Bobby Roode vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Without spoiling anything, I’ll just get right to it: Bobby Roode is GLORIOUS, his reign in NXT should last until the end of time, and he will retain here with style.
Smackdown Women’s Championship
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Mickie James vs. Carmella (with James Ellsworth) vs. Naomi
Until she returned this past week on Smackdown!, I had no idea who would win, but, with Naomi back, and it being in her hometown, Naomi retains and we move on from where would have after the Elimination Chamber. I think we see many others join too, like some Legends perhaps?
Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries
I really want The King of the Cruiserweights to keep the belt for a long time, maybe until someone small enough comes from the RAW or Smacdown! brand to defeat him (Balor? Rollins? others?) So I’m going purely on bias here and nothing more, Neville retains.
Battle royal match for the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Trophy
2017 André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
There really are only three people who could/should win: Big Show for his 2nd ever (and a proper retirement sendoff in his last Wrestlemania), Braun Strowman to continue his dominance or Sami Zayn, who could finally oneup everyone and get some deserved momentum. I’ll go with Strowman here, but can see Zayn pulling the upset.
Triple threat ladder match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (c) vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
Gallows and Anderson have been awful as champs, Cesaro and Sheamus have already been champs, and Enzo and Big Cass connect with the fans. The last group will get their Wrestlemania moment with a win.
Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Baron Corbin
Dean doesn’t need a belt to be relevant, while Corbin is going to skyrocket up the ranks. There are big plans for him in the future, and it starts now with a win.
Singles match for the WWE United States Championship
Chris Jericho (c) vs. Kevin Owens
Without going into too much detail, this feud has been magnificent, the Festival of Friendship was an instant classic, and Jericho continues to reinvent himself, making him so under-rated in the ranks of greatest of all time. That said, KO should win here.
Mixed tag team match
John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse
The Total Bellas skits were great, and really added fuel to a fire that was burned years ago. The Miz’s comments don’t really sound all too plausible, but they at least gave this thing momentum. That said, I see Cena and Bella not only winning, but ending the match with a proposal of sorts too.
Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles
I have zero desire to see this. When Shane did what he did last year, it seemed special, unique, a revival of sorts. Now, one year later, he does the same thing again, jumping off the cage, throwing wild punches and making full timers look bad. Great. Shane should have brought up someone from NXT to fight Styles or someone with Olympic Gold, but alas, we get AJ winning in a meaningless feud.
Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
The best part of it being non-sanctioned is that, we don’t know who will help who. I suspect Samoa Joe helps Triple H, and maybe even KO or Braun too, or even Anderson and Gallows (I’ve suspected a new group starting up on RAW for awhile now), but who really knows. What I do know is that if Rollins loses, he’s buried. Triple H doesn’t need this and can look strong in defeat. Seth will overcome the odds.
Fatal 4-Way elimination match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
I see it like this: Nia gets eliminated by all, then Sasha eliminates Bayley, then pins Charlotte. Done.
The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns
In arguably The Undertaker’s last match, everyone’s darling Reigns beats the Big Dog in his yard and claims it as his own.
Singles match for the WWE Championship
Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Randy Orton
Oh how I would love for Orton to lose here, but he won’t. Nothing against Orton, I just think Wyatt is one of the best heels we’ve ever had, and his first title reign shouldn’t be this short. That said, I could see a loss to Rton turning into something even bigger for Wyatt, maybe a face turn or a new stable or…….I dunno.
Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship
Goldberg (c) vs. Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman)
No chance Goldberg retains here. He beat Lesnar at Survivor Series in 2 minutes, he eliminated him at the Rumble. It is Lesnar’s turn to dominate and win.
And there you have it.