Wrestlemania 34 Predictions

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It’s Wrestlemania Week and the fever pitch is reaching boiling point!

No matter how good the build is the atmosphere surrounding Wrestlemania is contagious and once again I find myself completely engrossed, eagerly waiting, hook, line and sinker. And this year there’s even more reason to be excited as this is arguably one of the best Mania cards in a long time.

Although it may end up being a 7 hour long show there are enough matches that have some serious anticipation around them that it will hopefully go like a breeze.

So let’s get this bad boy started with the Kickoff Show.

Kickoff Show

Match 1: The Andre “The Giant” Memorial Battle Royal
Multiple participants
One of the few matches on the card that I’m not actually looking forward to. The Andre Battle Royal has done nothing for any of the past winners and I don’t expect that to change this year. So to keep things fresh and even slightly interesting I think the best option might actually be to go with something that no one really expects to happen, so why not give the win to The Revival? It would be something different, interesting and might even give them a stepping stone for post-Mania. But this is WWE, of course the Revival aren’t winning.
Mitch Prediction: Matt Hardy
Rachel Prediction: Random mid-carder no. 3

Match 2: Cruiserweight Championship
Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali

This could turn out to be a really good match. It’s a shame that once again the Cruiserweights are relegated to the Kickoff Show, but unfortunately with the magnitude of the main card it is hard to see what you would bump in their place. These two are both phenomenal athletes, but the steam has somewhat burnt out from the 16-man tournament which led to this spot.
Mitch Prediction: Mustafa Ali
Rachel Prediction: Mustafa Ali

Match 3: Women’s Battle Royal
Multiple Participants

Unlike the men’s battle royal I’m actually surprised to see this match on the Kickoff, but similar to the Cruiserweight Championship I can’t see what would replace it. Fortunately for this first time ever the WWE have actually put a molecule of effort into building this match. Absolution, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Becky, Naomi etc. have all been involved in the build for this match and hopefully the winner will be in the title scene before too long.
Mitch Prediction: Becky Lynch
Rachel Prediction: Bayley

Main Show

Match 4: US Championship Fatal Four Way
Rusev vs. Randy Orion (C) vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Bobby Roode

Even with the addition of the super over Rusev into the match I’m still less than enthused about the offerings we’re going to get here. It’s certainly one that can be placed in the dead zone of the show, sometime between main events and the crowd are needing a rest. One thing that this match does have going for it is that it’s unpredictable, realistically any of these could walk out with the title. Let’s just hope that the WWE use this as a base from which to build a solid mid-card scene on Smackdown Live.
Mitch Prediction: Rusev
Rachel Prediction: Rusev

Match 5: Raw Tag Team Championship
The Bar (C) vs. Braun Strowman + A Mystery Partner

Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Wrestlemania is who will end up being Braun’s partner. Unfortunately most of the names which have been throw around the internet are less than exciting, if it turns out to be The Big Show who recently signed a new deal with the WWE then expect a severely disappointed live crowd in New Orleans. However on the other hand, if the WWE go balls to the wall and team Strowman with someone like Samoa Joe or Elias; or a comedy partner in Ellsworth or Curt Hawkins then things will start to look up again.
Mitch Prediction: Braun + Partner
Rachel Prediction: Braun + Brains

Match 6: Tag Team Championship Match – If Kami win they’re re-hired
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan

What a feel good moment this is. Seeing Bryan return to a WWE ring is something that none of us thought we would ever see and you don’t need me to tell you why his inclusion at Wrestlemania has suddenly taken this card to a whole new level. The stipulation that “Kami” are fired for good if they lose is interesting as I don’t see them both going back to Raw, but equally WWE wouldn’t dare turn Bryan heel to align himself with them. Maybe an unfathomable McMahon heel turn? Nah, there can only be one winner.
Mitch Prediction: Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon
Rachel Prediction: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Match 7: Smackdown Tag Team Championship
The New Day vs. The USO’s (C) vs. The Bludgeon Brothers

These teams are great, this feud is great and this match could very well be great. Hopefully they’re given enough time to build a story throughout this match, and if they are I can’t see why a match with these participants couldn’t live up to the quality of DIY vs. The Revival vs. AOP.
Mitch Prediction: The Bludgeon Brothers
Rachel Prediction: The New Day

Match 8: Intercontinental Championship
Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins vs. The Miz (C)

I genuinely have no idea who is going to win this one and I’m so happy about it. I genuinely love all 3 guys, so whomever wins I’m going to be happy. These three are great together, both in the ring and on the mic, so hopefully this could be a show stealing match, just give them plenty of time and they’ll blow your minds.
Mitch Prediction: Finn Balor
Rachel Prediction: Finn Balor

Match 9: Raw Women’s Championship
Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss (C)

I would be incredibly surprised if Nia doesn’t win the title in this match. They’ve done the build very well, both are coming across like real people and the hatred between them both feels legitimate. It’s no surprising that these two have great chemistry given their friendship off screen, so hopefully they match that chemistry in the ring too. It’s very possible that we see Carmella cash in after the match to avoid the Asuka issue on Smackdown.
Mitch Prediction: Nia Jax
Rachel Prediction: Nia Jax

Match 10: Mixed Tag Team Match
Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey vs. Stephanie McMahon and HHH

As good as the build has been for this match, I’m not anticipating a great showing. No matter how much experience Ronda has elsewhere she’s going to be green stepping into a WWE match, and Kurt Angle is certainly not the best he’s been. On the other side of the ring you have Stephanie, who isn’t a wrestler and isn’t going to be carrying anyone to a Five-Star classic, so her exchanges with Ronda are likely going to be awkward. However, they do have HHH in there with them and if anyone can build a match that hides the weaknesses of everyone else then it’s him.
Mitch Prediction: Ronda and Kurt
Rachel Prediction: Ronda and Kurt

Match 11: Singles match
John Cena vs. The Undertaker?

I no longer want this match to happen. I hate to admit it but the WWE have completely squandered what should be a dream match. This feud has no build, someone just not showing up is not a build, it doesn’t give you any incentive to want to see the match. As much as I was in to this when it first started, as much as I wanted to see the American Badass Taker return and as much as I know it’ll piss off the live crowd, I now either want Taker to flatly turn down Cena, or I want this to be the beginning of a build towards Wrestlemania 35. But the WWE won’t see it that way, we’ll probably get some crappy segment followed by an impromptu match with little explanation as to where Taker has been.
Mitch Prediction: The Undertaker
Rachel Prediction: The Undertaker

Match 12: Smackdown Women’s Championship
Asuka vs. Charlotte (C)

It’s a shame that these two have been on separate brands for the entire build up, effectively resulting in us having no story going into this match. I really think that if they had been given a run from the Royal Rumble to really put some steam into a rivalry then we could have been looking at a contender for the first ever women’s match to main event Wrestlemania. Unfortunately though this match is built on name value alone.
Mitch Prediction: Asuka
Rachel Prediction: Charlotte (Bye bye streak)

Match 13: WWE Championship
AJ Styles (C) vs. Nakamura

To this day I am still amazed that we’re going to see this match on a WWE PPV, let alone at Wrestlemania, let alone off the back of Nakamura winning the Royal Rumble and let alone over the most prestigious championship in wrestling. Say what you want about John Cena vs The Undertaker, this is what a modern day dream match looks like and we can only hope that they live up to the hype. If these two are given anything less than 15 minutes then it will be a damn shame and a real show of what WWE think about one or the other. This match should be the main event of the whole show, but we all know that’s not going to happen.
Mitch Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura
Rachel Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura

Match 14: Universal Championship
Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar (C)

Say what you want about Roman main eventing 4 Wrestlemania’s in a row, but this is probably the closest the WWE have come to getting the fans behind him since the Shield initially broke up and it’s arguably the feud with the most heat behind it going into Mania itself. We’ve already seen what these two can do on the Grandest Stage of them All, and whilst I would have preferred this match to have been a Triple Threat with Rollins involved, I’m not going to complain for the sake of it.
Mitch Prediction: Roman Reigns
Rachel Prediction: Roman Reigns

So there we have it, one of the best Mania cards in a long time and hopefully what will turn out to be one of the best actual shows the WWE have put on in a long time. Enjoy the week everybody, because this is what it’s all about in the world of pro wrestling.

How the WWE can save Daniel Bryan’s return match

With the news that Shane McMahon has been taken to hospital with acute diverticulitis and an umbilical hernia, his hotly anticipated tag team match against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens at Wrestlemania could be in jeopardy.


Presuming that this isn’t all some kind of work then the WWE are going to need to change gears and fast as we enter the final two weeks worth of build going into Wrestlemania.

It will be a real shame if it does turn out to be a legitimate hospitalisation as it’s very rare that we see such a long term blood-feud that actually culminates at Wrestlemania and doesn’t involve the world title.

But, with that being said the WWE aren’t stuck up the creek without a paddle just yet, there are still a few ways that they could go to try and salvage what was a very hot angle for the Smackdown Live brand.

Number 1: Find a replacement for Shane

It’s a bummer if Shane does have to miss out on Daniel Bryan’s return match, especially considering he has been at the very center of the feud since day 1. But fortunately Smackdown does currently have enough lost souls who don’t currently have a place on the Wrestlemania card who could slot into the Commissioner’s role.

Dolph Ziggler is the name which immediately jumps to mind and makes the best sense storyline-wise. He has already been minimally involved in the feud during the lead up to Fastlane, and his brief encounter with Daniel Bryan backstage on Smackdown could be the start of a longer feud. Perhaps Ziggler offers to help Bryan in return for him getting a match against him come Backlash?

The other name who could be slotted into the match is Rusev. Whilst it would make no sense from a storyline perspective, it would certainly be something that the fans could get behind and could you imagine the reception a team of Daniel Bryan and Rusev would get at Wrestlemania?

Number 2: Make it a Triple Threat Match

Another one that doesn’t really make sense from the dynamics of the story they’re trying to build, but seeing Daniel Bryan vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens would not only be a great match for Wrestlemania, but it is something that still isn’t out of reach if the right story is told over the next two weeks.

My biggest issue with this actually comes from the fact that it’s yet another Triple Threat match on a Mania card that already has 3 of them. It already feels like triple threat overkill, so adding a fourth into the mix would only be harmful to the reception of each.

It would still feel very last minute and forced, but that’s a sorry situation that the WWE have no way around at the minute.

Number 3: Take it off the card entirely

This would be the biggest shame, but it’s arguably the one that makes the most sense. To have a Daniel Bryan return match at Wrestlemania teased, only to be taken away less than a week later is borderline torture. But it makes sense that if Shane can’t compete then the best way to do justice to the story is to simply leave it for now.

In kayfabe Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have been fired, there’s no logical reason for them to have a match at Wrestlemania anyway outside of Bryan and Shane wanting revenge. If Shane is going to be good to go in time for Backlash then save the match, sell the attack on Bryan by keeping him off TV until post-Mania. Or have Sami and Kevin try to hijack Wrestlemania itself, only to have Daniel Bryan return to chase them off, culminating in a Backlash match, with Shane returning somewhere in between the two PPVs.

No matter what route the WWE take with this storyline the heat is going to be severely impacted by the lack of Shane McMahon, but as we’ve shown it’s not a dead-end quite yet.

But let’s just keep our fingers crossed that Shane can make it back just in case.

WWE: Debunking the dual branded PPV rumour

A recent post by WrestleVotes on Twitter has stated that starting with the Backlash PPV, all WWE PPV’s will once again be dual branded. This information is not correct, and here’s why…

The tweet by WrestleVotes (Who previously broke the news that Neville had quit last year) states that Raw and Smackdown will have matches on every PPV going forward after Backlash and that the move is a result of “so-so ticket sales” and “repetitive matches”. The report was backed up by Brad Shepard of bodyslam.net who cited a picture sent in by a ticket holder for Backlash which states that the show will feature superstars from both Raw and Smackdown.

This is where the debunking can begin though. Last year the PPV following Wrestlemania 33 was WWE Payback and was billed as a Raw brand event. However, as a result of the Draft following Wrestlemania, the PPV ended up featuring superstars from both brands. With Kevin Owens (SD) facing Chris Jericho (Raw), and the infamous House of Horrors match between Bray Wyatt (Raw) and Randy Orton (Smackdown).

The same is happening this year, whereby a draft will take place following Wrestlemania and superstars from both brands will be required on the show in order to culminate feuds between superstars who are parting ways. This will not extend beyond WWE Backlash, and WWE Payback emanating from Baltimore, Maryland on May 27th shall be a Smackdown only event.

This will be an evolving story as we draw closer to Wrestlemania and beyond, but as of right now we can categorically say that the current reports are untrue and that whilst the issues with the product/sales highlighted by WrestleVotes are true, it is not resulting in dual branded PPVs.

Predicting the Wrestlemania 34 Card

It’s the Once in a Lifetime, Ultimate thrill-ride that’s All Grown Up and Going to Hollywood… it’s Wrestlemania!

Bad tag-lines aside Wrestlemania remains to this day the most anticipated event in the wrestling calendar. Bringing in thousands of people from across the globe for a weekend full of wrestling, both mainstream and Indy. Even if the show itself fails to live up to the hype, it’s still almost always a weekend to remember.

So as we look forward to Wrestlemania 34, emanating from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, we’ve decided to take a crack at predicting the lineup for what is likely to be a 7 hour extravaganza.

Before I begin though I want to let you in on a little behind the curtains thinking. As I was putting together the likely card for this year’s event, I reached the 12 matches total mark and realised that I still hadn’t jotted down the Raw Tag Titles being defended, a US title defence or a match for Kurt Angle. I know that Wrestlemania (Including the pre-show) is 7 hours long, but I genuinely don’t know where WWE are going to find the time to pay off everything that they’re setting up. Very few of the matches I had written down were ones which you could just cancel, postpone or have take place earlier.

But that won’t stop us! Let’s just assume that the first 3 matches are once again on the pre-show and that some of these matches run short and WWE manage to fit everything in.

Match 1: Sasha Banks vs. Bayley

I hate to put this match on the pre-show, but we all know which women the WWE are going to want to be focussing on by the time Wrestlemania rolls around. The seeds have been set for this match for seemingly years now, but the only real evidence that it might happen came at the Royal Rumble and this past week’s episode of Raw where Bayley defiantly claimed she could beat her best friend.

We know the two can put on a great match, as showcased by their time in NXT together, but due to being on the pre-show and due to this card likely being overflowing with matches, I doubt that they get anywhere near their NXT Brooklyn classic.

Match 2: Cruiserweight Championship – Cedric Alexander vs. Drake Maverick

This Cruiserweight Championship tournament is the WWE’s chance to turn the division around. They’ve already started with the introduction of Drake Maverick (The former Rockstar Spud), and with the tournament already showcasing some high quality wrestling I would be surprised if this wasn’t the final match.

Expect some shenanigans from Maverick through which he places himself into the tournament at a late stage and goes on to face Cedric in the finals at Wrestlemania (‘s pre-show).

Match 3: Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Not much needs to be said about this match. It could be used to good effect, but it won’t be. Unfortunately I also expect to see the US champion take part in this match, whomever that may be by the time Wrestlemania rolls around, as well as the Raw Tag Team champions.

Match 4: Intercontinental Championship – The Miz (C) w/ The Miztourage vs. Finn Balor w/ The Balor Club

We kick off the main show with The Miz defending his Intercontinental Championship against the first ever Universal Champion, Finn Balor. Now usually I would cry that Finn is being drastically underused by the WWE, but it wouldn’t make any sense for him to be in a main event level feud now, given his year so far, so I think a mid card title match with the best heel in the company is a good shout.

With that being said, the fact that The Miz’s new reality TV series starts filming just prior to Mania, and the fact that his daughter is due to be born the day before doesn’t bode well for Balor’s chances of walking out with the strap.

Match 5: Seth Rollins vs. Jason Jordan

This match feels like a pretty safe bet if Jason Jordan is fit to wrestle come Mania. If he isn’t then I wouldn’t be surprised to see him replaced with 1. Dean Ambrose (Again assuming that he is ready to go) or 2. Samoa Joe. All 3 matches would be very good and suitable for the Mania card, but it’s the Jason Jordan match I want to see the most.

Jordan’s character has been perfect for a number of months now and his work has been more than good enough to earn a match against one of the top guys on the biggest card of the year.

Match 6: Smackdown Tag Team Championships – The USO’s (C) vs. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens

Most people expect Sami and Kevin to break up and face each other at Wrestlemania, I do not. WWE just did that angle with Kevin Owens last year when he went up against Chris Jericho, and doing the same storyline two years in a row is just a bit too much. More than that though I think there is still life in the pairing of Sami and Kevin. If they survive the triple threat at Fastlane then there is no reason to break them up.

The Smackdown tag division needs life breathing into it, and the introduction of Sami and Kevin as a pair going after the gold would not only make for golden television, but it would also likely make for a great match.

Match 7: John Cena vs. Elias

I do not think that Cena will be facing The Undertaker this year. I do believe that Taker is done for good and that if anything was going to happen with Cena it would have been set up at Raw 25 or at the very least the Royal Rumble. Any match that Cena takes part in that isn’t with either Elias or Finn Balor now feels forced, and with Finn already having his match against The Miz brewing away Elias is the only option left.

I don’t hate the match, but I don’t love it either. This will be John Cena vs. Rusev/Wyatt all over again.

Match 8: Smackdown Women’s Championship – Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Naomi vs. Ruby Riott

If reports are correct and Ronda doesn’t end up being in a title match at Mania then 1. The WWE are stupid and 2. They will have no idea what to do with Charlotte. There is no natural rivalry there for Charlotte to transition into, and as much as I would love to see Becky vs Charlotte in a singles match, I fully expect WWE to shove as many women in here for a pay day as possible.

Also expect a Carmella cash-in after the match.

Match 9: WWE Championship – AJ Styles (C) vs. Nakamura

It pains me to put this match in any position other than the main event, but this is the WWE we’re on about and Roman is headlining this show. Expect these two to put an absolute classic match. Enough said.

Match 10: Raw Women’s Championship – Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Asuka

Although it’s possible that Alexa won’t be holding the title by the time Wrestlemania comes around, I don’t think that will be the case. Her character is too good for her not to be brought down a peg or two on the Grandest Stage of them all. Having her lose in the Chamber, whilst perhaps allowing for a better wrestling match to take place at Mania between either Sasha or Bayley vs. Asuka is possible, it would be foolish.

Expect Alexa to keep hold of the title by nefarious means and for Asuka to win the belt at Mania.

Match 11: Braun and Ronda Rousey vs. HHH and Stephanie McMahon

I do not like this match. I do not like this match at all. Braun should be facing HHH in a singles match, but if WWE feel the need to put Ronda in this spotlight against HHH then the big monster makes the most sense to be her partner. Sure it gets Braun a “big fight feel” match, but he could have had that on his own. Let’s just hope that we actually get to see Ronda lay the Smackdown on Stephanie to make this all worth it.

Match 12: Universal Championship – Brock Lesnar (C) vs. Roman Reigns

The Spear vs. The F5. The Beast vs. The Big Dog. The man who ended the Streak vs. The man who ended The Undertaker.

It’s obvious why the WWE have spent a year building this match, the marketing speaks for itself. That doesn’t mean it’s going to appease the fans though. Giving us AJ vs Nakamura was almost certainly done to try and take some of the negativity away from Roman and Brock, and if I had to put money on it I will wager that it will do that to a lesser extent.

Roman no longer gets booed the way that he used to, and if we’re being honest he doesn’t deserve to be booed that much anymore. That, however, doesn’t make it any less annoying that he’s main eventing Wrestlemania for what feels like the 8th time in what is only his first decade in the big leagues.

We know that the two can put on a great match, but there’s no Seth Rollins there to save us this time, so let’s just hope that all involved have something up their sleeves to not let Wrestlemania 34 end on a sour note.