WrestleMania 31 is just days away, taking place this Sunday, March 29. The event will be held at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Fans have been disappointed with the weak buildup of this year’s show, but are still excited for the four-hour (six, if you count the pre-show) extravaganza that is the equivalent of Superbowl Sunday for wrestling fans. As of now, there are nine matches on the card, and we are going to break it down for and predict each match to get you hyped up for this Sunday.
*C = Current Champions
Kickoff: Fatal-4-Way Tag Team Championship Match: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (C) vs. Los Matadores vs. The New Day vs. The Usos
Wrestlemania will start with the kickoff show at 5 PM, and the featured match before the actual show begins features a Fatal-4-Way Tag Team Championship match. The current champions, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, took the Tag Team titles from Jimmy and Jey Uso at the Fastlane pay-per-view on February 22. The Usos will try to take the championship back, but it will be interesting to see how Jey Uso performs with an apparent shoulder injury. As for the other two teams, The New Day will be represented by Kofi Kingston and Big E, and the Los Matadores will be accompanied by El Torito. This match is hard to predict due to the fact that I thought it would come down to Kidd & Cesaro and the Usos, but Jey’s injury makes me doubt the Usos have a chance at retaining. Look for Kidd & Cesaro to retain the titles, but since this is the kickoff show WWE might want to start off with a splash that sees new Tag Team Champions.
PICK: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro retain
AJ Lee, Paige vs. The Bella Twins
Over the past few weeks we have seen these four divas go back and forth after AJ Lee’s return, and she and Paige were working together great until things got out of hand this past week of Raw. It will be interesting to see how well AJ and Paige will work together this Sunday after the events of this past week. It is disappointing that the Diva’s Championship is not on the line, but considering the Bella’s are sisters it would have been awkward to pair them against each other unless Brie had turned on her sister in the weeks leading up to Wrestlemania. If the match goes through, look for AJ and Paige to work well together and pick up the victory, leading to a Triple-Threat Diva’s Championship match in the near future.
PICK: AJ Lee and Paige
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
The 2nd Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will be held at Wrestlemania this Sunday as 30/31 Superstars will compete for the trophy. Last year saw Cesaro as the last man standing, and it remains to be seen if he will compete in this match with his Tag Team Championship match already on the card. So far, we know that The Miz, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Fandango, Adam Rose, Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger, Titus O’Neil, Darren Young, Big Show, Kane, Erik Rowan, Damien Mizdow, Sin Cara, Goldust, Heath Slater, Mark Henry, Konnor and Viktor will all be competing in this Battle Royal. Who else will join? Will WWE call up some NXT stars to participate? Will Sheamus return and claim a spot in this Battle Royal? With this match being the hardest match on the card to predict, I am going on a limb and picking Damien Mizdow, The Miz, Big Show and Ryback as the final 4. After The Miz, Damien Mizdow and Ryback all eliminate the Big Show together, Mizdow will turn his back on the Miz, eliminating him, and then Ryback will throw Mizdow out for the win.
7 Man Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Wade Barrett (C) vs. Daniel Bryan vs. R-Truth vs. Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Stardust
The second hardest match to predict is the 7 Man Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match. Over the last few weeks we have seen Wade Barrett get chased around by the 6 other competitors who all seem to want his belt, even though they are not the current champion. Fans have been disappointed that Daniel Bryan was placed in this match and not given an opportunity to be in the main event like he was last year, which brings up the question if WWE plans on having Bryan win this match this Sunday in an effort to make the Intercontinental Championship relevant again. However, aside from R-Truth, all of the Superstars in this match would be good fits for the Championship, so it will be interesting to see which route WWE goes. Another question to consider would be whether Sheamus returns for this match. After all, adding an 8th Superstar to this match would not hurt it at all! I do not see Barrett retaining here. Instead, I see the lone former Shield member to not yet grace the main event capitalizing on his opportunity. That’s right, Dean Ambrose will be the one climbing the ladder and winning his first ever singles championship in WWE, the Intercontinental Championship.
PICK: Dean Ambrose
United States Championship: Rusev (C) vs. John Cena
John Cena will be making a rare appearance in the “midcard” of a Wrestlemania as he challenges Rusev for the United States Championship this Sunday. These two-faced off at Fastlane in February and ended with Rusev retaining after Cena was unable to continue. There are many layers to this rematch. For starters, it is John Cena representing the United States against Rusev & Lana representing Russia. Next, you have Rusev and his undefeated streak taking on the man who has been the face of WWE for the last decade. Also, you have a plethora of questions, including “Is John Cena passing the torch and stepping away from the main event?” or “Will the almost 40-year-old Cena hold his own against the wrath of Rusev?” and “Will WWE bring relevancy back to the United States Championship?” This is a very intriguing match, and WWE really cannot lose no matter the outcome. If Cena wins, the United States Championship is relevant again and these two can have a rematch at the next Pay-Per-View. If Rusev wins, you still have the unstoppable champion that everyone hates and a guy that can have several more feuds with WWE’s top stars. This should be a very physical, 20 minute match that I think could be in the top 3 best matches of the night. I am looking for a Wrestlemania moment, and I think it will happen here with John Cena defeating Rusev, ending his undefeated streak and bringing the United States title back to its rightful home.
PICK: John Cena
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins
Randy Orton returned at Fastlane and took out J&J security, but could not get his hands on Seth Rollins. Then, we saw Rollins and the Authority try to bring Randy back to the authority. For a while, Orton looked like he was all for it, teaming up with Rollins a couple of times in the main event. But eventually things got out of hand, and Orton turned on Rollins after a handicap match on the March 9 edition of Raw in which Orton was teamed with Rollins against Roman Reigns. Orton would attack Rollins and RKO him through the announce table, setting up their match for Wrestlemania. Looking at the match, this could be the best technical wrestling match of the evening. As with Cena and Rusev, this should be a nice 20 minute match with plenty of twists and turns. I do want to say that I do not think Seth Rollins will cash in Money in the Bank tonight, that should come at a later pay-per-view to help boost the ratings for that particular show. With that being said, I think Rollins should get the win here. WWE has clearly made Rollins their top full-time heal in the company and that should come with defeating an established veteran babyface, which is Randy Orton in this case.
PICK: Seth Rollins
The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt
This Sunday we will see the Undertaker for the first time since he lost to Brock Lesnar at last years Wrestlemania, ending his undefeated Wrestlemania streak. I think WWE made the right call by keeping the Deadman off television during the Wrestlemania buildup. Aside from the fact that we do not know what kind of shape he is in a year removed from the beat-down he suffered at the hands of Brock Lesnar, the man just turned 50 and should avoid as much physicality in the ring as possible. It will also make fans that much more excited to see the Deadman either in person or on their TV sets. If Undertaker’s streak was still going strong, I would pick him to win here. But without his streak, what is the point in having him defeat a guy like Wyatt? Bray Wyatt is one of the top young stars in the WWE and is one of their top heels. Why would they hurt him by having him lose to a 50-year-old Undertaker who is competing at his 23rd Wrestlemania? Easy pick here with Bray Wyatt coming out on top and leaving all of us wondering if Taker has competed in his last match ever.
PICK: Bray Wyatt
Sting vs. Triple H
For the first time ever, we will see the 56-year-old Vigilante Sting compete in a WWE ring. Sting made his debut at Survivor Series last November and has been giving Triple H fits since. It has also been nice to hear these two reference WWE’s war with WCW while building up this match, and will surely have the attention of the fans who embraced that era. Sure, the match will not be the greatest, and obviously Sting is winning this match. The bigger questions here include whether or not the entire Authority will get involved? I would hate to see that happen, but it is always a possibility. Also, will this be the only time we see Sting wrestle in a WWE ring? Is the last time Sting wrestles? I hope not, as I still have hopes for Sting vs. Undertaker next year that would serve as a retirement match for both of them. Even if that does not happen, I am glad WWE and Sting made this happen and are giving fans something they have been waiting to see for years. Enjoy it and prepare to mark out.
The main event of Wrestlemania 31 will see Roman Reigns challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Whether fans like it or not, WWE chose Reigns to win the Royal Rumble and will get his shot at winning his first single’s championship. As always, having Brock Lesnar in the match means it will be very physical. There will also be lots of Paul Heyman doing Paul Heyman things. As most of you know, this past week Brock Lesnar resigned with WWE after lots of circulation that he would be returning to UFC. Before Lesnar resigned, I was going to pick Roman Reigns. But with Lesnar resigning, I think he will win this match. I simply do not think Roman Reigns is ready to carry that belt down to the ring with him every night. Not to mention the fact that thousands of fans would be very upset with that outcome. Considering this, Lesnar should be an easy pick to at least win this match. I do not know if WWE is tired of having a part-time champion carrying the title to a limited amount of shows, so that adds a whole other dilemma to this situation. You would think that WWE had plans to take the title off Lesnar at Wrestlemania, but with him staying that might have changed. I think it is safe to say WHO KNOWS what is going to happen with this match, but I am going to stick with my stance of not having Rollins cash in here after the match. As for the night after Wrestlemania, we will have to wait and see.
PICK: Brock Lesnar
There you have it. After a weak buildup to this year’s show of shows, Wrestlemania once again looks to be the greatest WWE production of the year with lots of unpredictable outcomes. Make sure you vote in all the polls and let your voice be heard. You can also tweet me your opinions at either the Twitter page for this blog @WBUQWMCD or my own personal Twitter account @jakemcd95. Also be sure to “Like” our page on Facebook. If you have trouble finding it, shoot me a tweet. Thanks, and enjoy Wrestlemania this weekend for only $9.99! Want a demonstration on how to download the WWE app and sign up for the WWE Network for only $9.99? No? Okay then!