Sunday, April 6, 2014

WrestleMania XXX predictions

Matches also in their predicted order.

Pre-Show: WWE Tag Team Championship
The Usos © vs. The Real Americans vs. Los Matadores vs. Rybaxel
With this match on the pre-show, that leaves WrestleMania with only 7 matches on the official card, the fewest since WrestleMania 13 in 1997. Hopefully that means everyone is going to get a lot of time. No problem with these guys on the pre-show, WWE has put a lot of effort into it in the last year and with two hours to work with, hopefully these guys get plenty of time too. While WWE has really revamped the tag division since The Shield took the gold last year, there's still a lot of work to do, but there's no better team to build it around than The Usos.

The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age Outlaws
This match was definitely a bit hastily thrown together as WrestleMania plans have obviously changed over the last few weeks, and it appears plans for The Shield have changed as well, forgoing their split in favor of a face turn. Although as my buddy Jason Mann pointed out, there hasn't been a turn at WrestleMania since Trish at XX, maybe one of the members of The Shield could sell out tonight? I'm sticking with The Shield to win, but if a turn happens tonight, don't be surprised if it's in this match.

Winner goes into the Main Event
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
I don't think this one is as predictable as we want it to be. I don't think Bryan is going to get "buried" or anything, but there could be some shenanigans that leave Bryan seemingly incapacitated, only to return just in time for the main event, or Triple H manages to turn the main event into a Fatal 4-Way, but regardless of how we get there, Daniel Bryan needs to beat Triple H.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
30 Superstars
Can I just say how much I love the Battle Royal hype this year? A "creative has nothing for you" Battle Royal has been a common WrestleMania trope, especially since the WCW purchase, but this year they're really making it feel like a big deal. Hyping it as a "career-defining moment" for the winner is so cool and including a trophy makes it even better, wrestling needs more trophies. Tough to predict who's going to win, Big Show has been presented as the obvious favorite with his connection (but not really) to Andre, but I'm going to go with Sheamus. He's been treading water since his last World Title reign and I imagine this will be their way of reestablishing him as a top guy.

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Hardest match on the card to predict, for my money. Bray is the obvious favorite and Cena keeps talking (both on TV and in out-of-character interviews) about how this is the start of the next big era of WWE, but WWE has also been quite adamant about telling me that winning isn't everything to Bray Wyatt in this match. I'm going to say John Cena wins the battle, but loses the war.

Vickie Guerrero Divas Invitational
14 Divas 
This match is going to be a total clusterfuck with the one-fall to a finish stipulation. It would be a total waste to end AJ's title reign like that, but it also seems highly unlikely that she'll retain. I'm going to go with AJ Lee simply because she pretty much is the entire Divas division at this point, but I'm sure I'll be wrong on this one.

Beast vs. Streak
Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker
Oh c'mon, you know The Undertaker is winning this. I do predict that these two might legitimately murder each other though.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton © vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan OR Triple H
Also not as predictable as I'd like it to be. Daniel Bryan is my pick, but with the epic game of grab ass WWE has been playing in regards to Bryan as the top guy, nothing is set in stone. They obviously want 70,000 people doing the "YES!" chant, but they can get that in the match with Triple H and then have Batista win and get deafening boos, that would be a win/win for WWE - great visual early on, new public enemy #1 to the WWE Universe later. Of course, WrestleMania ending with the bad guy triumphant has never gone over well, so I'll stick with Bryan, but brace yourself for a Twitter implosion.


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