WWE Backlash Predictions

The Greatest Royal Rumble has absolutely ruined the build up for this PPV, and that’s a damn shame given what it could have been.

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It’s the first PPV of WWE’s new co-branded era, or at least that’s what that god awful music video keeps telling me on a seemingly daily basis. Seriously, who’s idea was that? Because they seriously need to reconsider their line of work.

If you haven’t seen it already then please, grab some popcorn and enjoy the below video, because it’s pure comedy gold but for all the wrong reasons.

Anyway, with that monstrosity behind us let’s get on with some predictions.

Pre-Show Match: US Championship
Singles Match: Jeff Hardy (C) vs. Randy Orton
It’s amazing what a few weeks can do for a division. A Hardy and Orton feud is infinitely more interesting than the Roode/Mahal/Orton feud we had to suffer through for weeks prior to Wrestlemania. With that being said, this feud doesn’t have enough build to be anything other than pre-show fodder, but good pre-show fodder. It’s too early to take the title off Hardy, unless they want to go for an Orton heel turn.
Prediction: Jeff Hardy

Match 1: Smackdown Women’s Championship
Singles Match: Carmella (C) vs. Charlotte Flair
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Surprisingly the women’s division on Smackdown has been a breath of fresh air since the arrival of the Iconic Duo and Carmella’s cash in. After having a division built around Natalya and Charlotte Flair for so long, Carmella as champion is offering something completely different and with the Iconic Duo being thrown into the mix I’m really interested to see where they can take it. The one thing I’m worried about is that they’ll put Asuka in a losing streak, which if it turns her heel could be a good thing, but otherwise it’s a dangerous road to take for one of the WWE’s best female attractions.
Prediction: Carmella

Match 2: Raw Women’s Championship
Singles match: Nia Jax (C) vs. Alexa Bliss
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I don’t think there’s much to this match, the build up with Alexa’s “Moments of Bliss” PSA’s have been good, but the contractual rematch has dragged on a feud that should have ended at Wrestlemania. Hopefully it’s pretty quick and really there should only be one viable winner.
Prediction: Nia Jax

Match 3: Tag Team Match
Tag Team match: Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
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Prediction: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens

Match 4: Daniel Bryan’s PPV Singles Match return
Singles Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass
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Logic would dictate that Bryan goes over in this match, but this is the WWE we’re talking about and Vince is well known for having an affinity for big guys; enter Big Cass to ruin the party. Whilst I don’t think he will go over clean, there are definitely signs there that Cass could walk out the victor here. Even if he doesn’t and my prediction is wrong, then I fully expect Cass to beat up Bryan after the match to ensure their feud carries on and that Cass doesn’t lose too much heat.
Prediction: Big Cass

Match 5: Intercontinental Championship Match
Singles match: Seth Rollins (C) vs. The Miz
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Again it’s the culmination of a feud that should have finished at Wrestlemania. It’s good to see The Miz in the IC title picture one last time, but with no US title match currently announced he has roughly a 0% chance of winning the belt and taking it with him to Smackdown. Hopefully from here Seth can go on to have some real work-horse one on one feuds on Raw with the likes of Finn Balor, Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns. Which probably means he’ll be feuding with Jinder Mahal within a week.
Prediction: Seth Rollins

Match 6: Singles Match
Singles Match: Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe
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I really don’t understand why this match is happening. I don’t understand how the feud started and I don’t understand what they’re fighting over. It just reeks of the WWE changing their minds back and forth about who was going to be swapping brands and who was going to be Universal Champion by this point. As Roman is on somewhat of a losing streak they may as well go all the way with it and give Joe a big win to take him across to Smackdown where he can beat up Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton for the US title, before moving on to the winner of the Nakamura/Styles feud.
Prediction: Samoa Joe

Match 7: WWE Championship
Singles Match: AJ Styles (C) vs. Nakamura
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This feud has been crying out for a No DQ stip, so I’m pleased that we were given just that with Paige’s announcement on Smackdown Live. With that being said I don’t think the stip will make any difference to the outcome. Either Nakamura wins here or they run the risk of killing him off for good. Another loss and his heel character will have failed in the exact same way as his face persona. Nakamura has to win the title here, it’s simple. It would also mean that the show has at least one title change if my predictions are right, and given the house show feel that the Greatest Royal Rumble suffered from it’s about time we saw a title change.
Prediction: Nakamura

So there we have it, my predictions for the second PPV in the space of just over a week. Let’s hope that it proves to be a better show than the Greatest Royal Rumble was. If I had any overall thoughts on this show it’s that the card looks like it could be really strong in terms of wrestling quality. The build itself may have been non-existent, but I fully expect this show to deliver on the night.

What are your predictions for the show? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @WeAreNiche.

Wrestlemania 34 Predictions vol. 2 FT. The Royal Grumble

Wrestlemania week is well underway and as such we’re very happy to bring to you our first authored article. Following on from our own predictions which we posted yesterday, we’re now very happy to bring you the predictions of the fine folks over at The Royal Grumble podcast.

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Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
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Who cares? I mean of course I care who wins this prestigious trophy. I could see someone like Goldust winning it as a nod to his long career, that’s if surprise entrant Rob Gronkowski doesn’t steal it.

Women’s Battle Royal
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As I predicted on this weeks Royal Grumble (available on iTunes), I think this is where Bayley gets a measure of revenge against Sasha Banks, eliminating her to win the cup. I feel like I’m letting my co-hosts down if I don’t mention that the trophy is shaped like something I’m not sure I can mention here.

Cedric Alexander vs Mustafa Ali
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I was hoping this was on the main show, meaning at least 2 cruiserweights would get DVD cheques (wrap that around your banana and eat it A Double). Cedric Alexander looks to be the guy to win this.

Cesaro and Sheamus vs Braun Strowman and TBD
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Our big prediction is that Curt Hawkins will break his record breaking (probably) losing streak by becoming Braun’s partner, having little to no involvement while Braun does what Braun does best.

The Usos vs The New Day vs The Bludgeon Brothers
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I’m a bit gutted that the Bludgeon Brothers with their hamme… I mean Mallets (sorry Hunter) got added to this, and I love me some Luke Harper. The Usos to retain here beating one of the New Day.

The Miz vs Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor
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This should be a good match, The Miz will lose the title here (he’s needed for bigger things, again check out the show to know more). My prediction is Seth Rollins as the focus seems to be more on Balor in the build.

Orton vs Roode vs Mahal vs Rusev
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This would have been the match I went away to make a coffee if it wasn’t for the addition of Rusev. My head says Jinder as he has been so quiet since his unlikely title reign, but my heart is with the Bulgarian Brute. He needs this moment more than anyone, especially with Wrestlemania being held on Rusev Day.

Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax
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SQUASH MATCH ALERT! if this goes longer than a minute I will be shocked. I fully expect Nia to destroy Alexa and bring home the gold.

Charlotte Flair vs Asuka
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The streak cannot end here. I do worry considering Charlotte’s pedigree but there is still mileage in the streak the longer it goes. Asuka to win in what could be one of the best matches of the night.

Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey vs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
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Ah, the annual Steph bump. My guess is this will follow the pattern of last years mixed tag match of Cena/Nikki vs Miz/Maryse, where the guys do most of the work while also building to Ronda finally stepping in the ring. Wrestlemania is the one time of year that the power couple like to take the fall so I see both tapping out at the same time to the Ankle Lock and Arm Bar.

Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
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I can’t wait to see Daniel Bryan back in the ring, and he has the perfect opponents here. Kevin Owens will get the win for his team in a match that I can imagine will have lots of plunder (Shane has nothing to fall from so he’s got to get damaged some other way).

Brock Lesnar vs Roman reigns
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Its time to crown the biggest dog in the yard. This match has had nearly 4 years of build and no matter the crowd reaction, I can’t see anything other than Roman finally beating Brock and been crowned Champion at Wrestlemania.

AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura
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If you have seen their Wrestlekingdom 10 match (if not, why not) you know these two can create magic together. AJ has been a true star since coming to WWE just a few weeks after that match, while Shinsuke has coasted since his brilliant match with Sami Zayn, only his charisma and “It factor” has really kept him in the spotlight. I predict this will be the night we see the Nakamura who debuted two years ago, and alongside AJ Styles will create something really epic. Nakamura to take the gold here, though the result will be second to the contest these two will have.

Cena vs Undertaker
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Will it happen? Probably, if not there might be a riot. The Undertaker to return and get a win over Big match John. Bonus points (yes, I’m giving myself bonus points) if the famous Streak ending reaction guy gets shown on camera during the introductions.


The Royal Grumble Podcast releases a new episode every Sunday, check them out on iTunes or via their website Royalgrumble.podbean.com, Facebook.com/Royalgrumble, on Twitter @royalgrumblepod, or their Twitch live streams at twitch.com/royalgrumble.

 

Many thanks to The Royal Grumble for sharing their predictions with us! Make sure you go and check out their show, with a Wrestlemania Week show going live today.