With last night being the last televised WWE program before Wrestlemania (Smackdown this week may have matches but will mostly be buildup for the show and will not have any storyline advancement, from what I’ve read) and with me heading to Miami on Friday morning for the show and having limited Internet access until I get back home on Monday, I’ve decided to post my Wrestlemania predictions today. For each of the eight scheduled matches I am posting two different predictions – what I wish would happen (or what I would have happen if I were in charge) and what I think will actually happen. As always, please feel free to comment or post your own predictions!
For a second, let’s put aside whatever your personal feelings are about this match or the Divas division in general. The fact is that this match is on the card and with the addition of Maria Menounos to the match, it is getting a lot of mainstream media attention.
What Should Happen (WSH) – As the Divas champion, and with the return of Kharma imminent, Beth Phoenix should pin Kelly Kelly for the win. At the very least, Eve Torres should get the pin after an assist from The Glamazon. I love Kelly Kelly but the champion, or at least her team, should get the win.
What Will Happen (WWH): Maria Menounos will get the pin and the win for her team. The bottom line is that celebrities don’t lose their matches at Wrestlemania. Hopefully, at the very least, she will pin Eve and not the champ.
If you are not going to have a Money In the Bank match, this is the next best way to get lots of mid-card wrestlers on the card for the Wrestlemania payday that many (but not all) of them deserve. I hope this match is announced to be an elimination match because otherwise I can see it becoming a complete mess, but hopefully it will be given the time that a match with 12 participants needs.
WSH: Between having the better character, getting much more of a crowd reaction (vehement booing is still a reaction) and a stacked team, Team Johnny wins.
WWH: I think that Vince and I agree on this one and Team Johnny wins, giving John Laurinaitis control of both Raw and Smackdown.
This match was thrown together very quickly for a number of reasons. First, Randy Orton got hurt right before the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, where I believe he was supposed to either win or get cheated out of the World Heavyweight Championship. Since there is no telling when a person will come back from a concussion (just ask Baltimore Orioles second basement Brian Roberts) WWE had to move forward with other plans. But then, Orton was medically cleared with just enough time to have a match at Wrestlemania. With Kane having no opponent and a very thin storyline based on a handshake over a year ago, the match was made.
WSH: Kane received a ton of hype before coming back and upon his return was billed as the monster he was always truly meant to be. Then he lost to John Cena and disappeared for a few weeks. Orton may have more of a shelf life and sell more merchandise, but if the WWE plans to keep Kane around and play a monster character, he needs to win this match.
WWH: For the third year in a row, Orton is being thrown into a last-minute match with no real buildup that is being overshadowed by other matches on the card. But, he still draws a huge crowd and is way over with the fans and so he will probably win the match.
I am beyond thrilled that not only is the Intercontinental Championship on the line at Wrestlemania, but that the match surrounding it has been getting a lot of hype and TV time over the past six weeks. In my opinion, the storyline of how Big Show has a very poor Wrestlemania record will play a role in the outcome.
WSH: Cody Rhodes retains the Intercontinental Championship and holds on to it for long enough to break the Honky Tonk Man’s record.
WWH: WWE.com had an article this week about how the Intercontinental Championship is the only title in the WWE (defunct or active) that Big Show has not won. That probably changes Sunday night.
The winner of the Royal Rumble is supposed to be in the main event at Wrestlemania, but they should really just say that the winner gets to be in a world title match because this match, at best, is the fourth highest rated match on the card going in.
WSH: Either one of two things should happen in this match. Either Daniel Bryan, with the help of AJ, cheats to retain the title or Sheamus, after AJ turns on her boyfriend, beats Bryan and becomes the champion. As long as, if Sheamus wins, AJ is involved and he doesn’t just demolish Bryan cleanly and quickly, I will be fine with him winning.
WWH: Sheamus easily and quickly defeats Bryan in a fairly quick match and is the new World Heavyweight Champion.
My friend John and I disagree about the benefit of Jericho bringing up Punk’s family as part of this match’s storyline (I think it was unnecessary, he loves it). Regardless, this match is about one thing – who is the best wrestler in the world?
WSH: Chris Jericho defeats CM Punk but not cleanly, leading Punk to declare that Jericho is not the best wrestler in the world because he had to cheat to win, leading to a rematch and a long feud that carries us at least a couple of more months, eventually leading to Punk reclaiming his title.
WWH: CM Punk’s family has been insulted left and right by Jericho and the only think Punk has done in retaliation is take out Christian. Punk gets his revenge at Wrestlemania by cleanly beating Jericho. As a side note, no matter who wins, I fully expect this match to steal the show and be one of the best pure wrestling matches we’ve ever seen.
I went from hating the idea of a third match between these two to practically salivating at the idea. The Undertaker is my favorite wrestler of all time, HIAC is one of my favorite matches (and one I’ve never seen live) and the hype and promotion leading up to this match has been nothing short of phenomenal. Will this be the best wrestling match on the card? No. But anyone who doesn’t get goosebumps just thinking about it is too jaded and cynical in my mind.
WWH and WSH happen is one and the same here – The Undertaker wins. I read a column online predicting that Shawn Michaels costs Undertaker the match (thus leading Undertaker to retire) but Triple H is so mad that he didn’t win clean that he and Michaels start a feud that culminates in a match between the two of them at Wrestlemania 29. There are two problems with this scenario – The Undertaker will never lose at Wrestlemania (no matter, and especially not, if it is his last match) and Shawn Michaels respects the retirement clause of his last match to much to ever wrestle again. The bottom line is that, no matter what role Michaels plays in the match, it will be minimal, it will not affect the outcome and The Undertaker will go 20-0 at Wrestlemania.
Talk about goosebumps. I had them the entire time I was watching the one-hour special before Raw the other night. This match truly is a once in a lifetime match, something you will probably never see again. The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan may have been billed as Icon vs. Icon, but Hogan was out of his prime (and we all knew it) and had been away from WWE for much longer than The Rock. The Rock and John Cena are both at the top of their game, with each man representing the generation of fans who watched them wrestle while growing up. The promos that each one has cut against the other show that this match means a lot to both of them and, for the reasons that each one laid out over the last few weeks, each man has to win just as much as the other. I was in the audience for Rock vs. Hogan and both Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels matches and I can say without any hesitation that this match between The Rock and John Cena will go down as the most epic match of all time.
As to my prediction, I really have no idea because it all depends on what happens next. Will this be the first of a series, as many people have predicted? Will The Rock wrestle at Wrestlemania 29 and, if so, will it be against Cena or another opponent? If Cena loses to, as he calls The Rock, a “visitor,” what does that do the Cena’s character and any storylines going forward? With all those questions left unanswered, I think this is the most difficult match of the card to predict.
I love The Rock. He is one of my favorite wrestlers of all time and every time his music hits and he enters the ring and climbs to that top turnbuckle I get chills. Conversely, I hate John Cena. I have lots of respect for what he does, especially outside of the ring, and there is no denying that he is the face of the WWE. But the “Super Cena” gimmick that has been shoved down our throats for the last six years has left a sour taste in my mouth and I groan every time he win a main event match, especially one at a show where I am there.
So, what is my prediction? As much as I hope and pray that The Rock wins the match, I think John Cena walks away with the victory. Whether the two men shake hands at the end of the match is another issue, because they do legitimately dislike each other, but I see John Cena winning the match but something happening that leads to a second, and then eventually a third, match between the two men.
So, as a recap for those keeping score at home, here are my predictions for who I think will walk away with the victories at Wrestlemania on Sunday:
Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos (def. Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres)
Team Johnny (def. Team Teddy)
Randy Orton (def. Kane)
Big Show (def. Cody Rhodes)
Sheamus (def. Daniel Bryan)
CM Punk (def. Chris Jericho)
The Undertaker (def. Triple H)
John Cena (def. The Rock)