The grandest spectacle in sports entertainment takes place this Sunday April 8th in New Orleans, Louisiana in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It’s what every top performer dreams of, their own “WrestleMania Moment” and with a stacked card set for Sunday, we will see plenty of stars rising to the occasion and matches that will bring the house down. Without further delay, it’s time to dive right into the matches set for the night and how I envision WrestleMania 34 playing out.
Battle Royal Picks:
In a year that has seen a first for women across the board from ladder matches to royal rumbles, WrestleMania on Sunday marks the first ever Women’s Battle Royal as well as the men’s traditional Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. This is an opportunity for both one male and female superstar not booked in a title match or a marquee bout on the card to get their own Mania moment and rise to the occasion. On the men’s side we’ve seen guys like Baron Corbin and Cesaro jump-start their career while others like Mojo Rawley have squandered the opportunity to be in the same spot a year later.
For the women, I’m torn between the first ever Ms. Money in the Bank Carmella and the first ever SD Live women’s champion Becky Lynch. Sasha Banks and Bayley will be other popular picks, but with their current feud I can see them working together only to screw over each another and cost each an elimination. The Irish Lass Kicker Becky Lynch will have her WrestleMania moment winning the first ever Women’s Battle Royal and springboard herself into a Smackdown Live title opportunity post-mania. On the men’s side, you can go any which way, but I think WWE has saved a return for this moment to springboard another heel to the top of the card. My pick to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is the returning Big Cass.
Raw Tag Team Championships:
For weeks we’ve been waiting for Braun Strowman to reveal who his tag team partner will be at WrestleMania to no avail. The Bar has run roughshod over the RAW tag team division defeating all challengers. That set up the over-the-top-rope tag team battle royal that Braun entered and won on his own. He needs a partner for Mania, but I don’t think any one really expects Sheamus & Cesaro to retain the gold after this match on Sunday. There are several speculated partners for The Monster Among Men such as Neville or even Rey Mysterio, but everyone is looking and thinking about this too hard. Bray Wyatt is the man who brought Strowman into the business as a member of the Wyatt family and has fallen on hard times losing to the likes of Matt Hardy, now is the time for Wyatt to reunite with Braun and own the tag team division on Monday Night Raw.
Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships:
The Uso’s have had the Smackdown Live tag division on lock since day-one-ish, but their reign as champions will be tested when they go head-to-head with a pair of talented and worthy contenders in a triple-threat tag team match. The New Day and Uso’s have gone back and forth in recent years trading the gold as one of the premier tag team rivals of this decade, and on top of that now for ‘Mania you install the reborn and rebuilt Bludgeon Brothers who have dismantled everything in their path including both of these teams. It won’t be easy, but I think Jimmy & Jey pull off the unlikely and hold onto their gold working together with the New Day to eliminate the brothers from contention then battle each other for the gold. The Smackdown Live tag team titles will remain in The Uso Penitentiary.
The vacated title has still yet to have a new champion crowned since the departure of Enzo Amore. The tournament to crown a new champion led to WrestleMania where likely in the pre-show a new champion will emerge and be the face of 205 Live going forward. Cedric Alexander was on his way to becoming a title contender even battling with the likes of Amore before, and I think he will beat Mustafa Ali to become the new cruiserweight champ. Cedric checks all the boxes with his in-ring ability, a great finisher in the lumbar-check and great charisma. The choice here is clear to me.
United States Championship:
Randy Orton entered elite company at FastLane when he caputred the U.S. Title and joined only a handful of superstars to be Triple Crown Champion. The feud between Orton, Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal was hitting a melting point and was prime to be a great mid-card match on the Mania card even before fan-favorite Rusev was inserted making it a fatal-four way match. This match could really go either way as Orton could easily retain and hold the U.S. Title in the near future as long as he’s willing to commit to a full-time schedule, Roode could recapture the title in his Glorious Era, Mahal could sneak a pinfall in and cut promo after promo talking down to Americans while holding the United States championship (vintage heel move) or Rusev Day could prevail and the top might blow off the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in NOLA. All that said, I never pick against The Viper at WrestleMania as it only takes one RKO to get to Viperville. Randy retains.
Smackdown Live Women’s Championship:
The undefeated Women’s Royal Rumble winner and The Empress of Tomorrow Asuka may have bitten off more than she can chew choosing to go after The Queen of Smackdown in Charlotte Flair. Don’t get me wrong, Asuka is undefeated and I’ll give her that, but who has she really fought? Now, she will be tested at Mania against the best of the best in a five-star caliber match and come up just short against Charlotte who ends Asuka’s 700-plus day unbeaten streak. Call me crazy and chirp me all you want, but all streaks are meant to end and Asuka will be outed on Sunday. How Vince like would it be to have these two put on a match to steal the show and one finally come out victorious only to have Carmella finally cash in her Money in the Bank briefcase and win the championship? Just keep that in that back of your mind during this match on Sunday.
RAW Women’s Championship:
Little Miss Bliss has bitten off more than she could chew, literally and figuratively, running her mouth against super heavyweight Nia Jax. This match is one everyone will say is an easy win for Nia squashing her former best friend now sworn enemy Alexa Bliss, gotta love that storyline, but I say not so fast. Don’t forget that Alexa has already defied all expectations retaining her title at Elimination Chamber against five other superstars and with Mickie James in her corner to provide the distraction and run-in, Alexa will retain the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon vs. Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens:
The build up of this match has been there for months. Owens first attacked Vince McMahon which set up the first match with Shane O’ Mac at Hell in a Cell, Owens was victorious with an assist from Zayn and has been a thorn in the Smackdown Live commissioner’s side ever since. Zayn & Owens brutally attacked the commish, leading to their dismissal by recently cleared to compete General Manager Daniel Bryan. That lead to the pair demolishing their GM with a powerbomb on the apron that set the stage for this match. If Owens & Zayn lose, they stay fired and have made their last appearance on SD Live. If you think after all that’s taken place that Daniel Bryan isn’t winning his first match back, you are mistaken. Shane and Daniel win, and Owens and Zayn will find their way on the Monday Night Raw roster following the Superstar Shakeup post mania. This should be an entertaining match nonetheless.
This match is going to bring the house down. Seth Rollins and Finn Balor tore it down on Monday in a one-on-one clash six days out from the triple threat match at Mania. Now add in WWE’s resident A-Lister and soon-to-be longest reigning intercontinental champion of all-time The Miz, and you have a match that will bring the ruckus New Orleans crowd to their feet. These three have carried Raw individually and collectively over the past few years in the wake of a part-time Universal Champion, and each will have their moment on Sunday in a triple threat title clash. Miz retains with a skull-crushing finale after Balor and Rollins exchange finishers leaving the showcase of the immortals with the gold still around his waist.
John Cena vs. The Undertaker?
16-time World Champ John Cena has been pleading his case for the Deadman to DO SOMETHING and show up to accept his challenge for a fight at WrestleMania. All we have heard despite the lengthy promos and cutting words at the Undertaker is crickets, forcing this match to be up in the air for Sunday. The Undertaker lost last year at Mania to Roman Reigns and has only been seen from once on the 25th anniversary of RAW where he babbled on incoherently and left everyone in person and watching at home longing for more. My prediction is Undertaker will show up on Sunday to fight Cena, but not the same deadman everyone is expecating. I’m talking American Bad Ass Undertaker. He left his hat and jacket in the ring following his loss last year leading everyone to believe that was it, but with Kid Rock being inducted into the WWE HOF, what better way to make an entrance than on a motorcycle roaring into the arena with the new Hall of Famer singing his entrance theme. Big Match John would be no match for American Bad Ass ‘Taker as he would meet his last ride in the dream clash on the grandest stage of them all.
Speaking of a dream match, this is a pure-wrestling fans dream contest between the Phenomenal AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. The storyline behind this match has been simplified as both has gone out of their way in recent weeks to ensure their opponent is at 100% for the big match. No sneak attacks, no trash talk outside of a fake-finisher here and there, just build up to what should be a wrestling clinic. Since the Royal Rumble, everyone wanted to see Styles and Nakamura and now on Sunday, they get their wish. Will it end with a knee to the face of the current champion? Or will a phenomenal forearm spell the end for the king of strong style? I’ll take Styles to retain the WWE Championship and keep Smackdown Live as the House that AJ Styles Built!
Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon:
This one has been building for three years sicne Rousey’s first appearance with the company joining The Rock at WrestleMania 31. Ronda was going to make her presence felt and go after WWE’s woman in power Stephanie McMahon. Steph will have her husband battling alongside of her in Triple H, but he’s done nothing but put over talent in recent years after he got one more run with the WWE Championship. While Kurt Angle certainly isn’t the talent Triple H will be putting over, this match is all about WWE’s investment in Ronda Rousey. She’s not losing her first match and she will make Stephanie tap out. Kurt Angle and Triple H one-on-one in this one will take fans on a trip down memory lane, but everyone knows how this one is going to end. Personally, I’m rooting for The Authority, but I won’t even pretend to pick them in Rowdy Ronda Rousey‘s debut match.
Everyone wants to know whether or not this will be Brock Lesnar‘s last night in the WWE. His contract is up and as the Universal Champion for a year now, the Suplexing Machine is still Vince’s guy despite his part-time schedule and the fact that he just doesn’t like people. Paul Heyman already threatened that last Monday would be Brock’s last appearance on Raw if the Beast lost on Sunday, and with Dana White and UFC calling again, it may very well be the last time we see Brock. Enters Roman Reigns. The guy management has tried to push and get over year-after-year, he beat the Undertaker last year and finds himself in the main event of WrestleMania against Brock Lesnar once again, just like WM 31 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Everything points to a predictable Roman win over Brock and his departure from the company. Too easy, I say.
Brock Lesnar, the REIGNING, DEFENDING, UNDISPUTED, HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, will take the “Big Dog” on a trip to Suplex City and successfully defend his Universal Championship with a trio of F5’s. Vince McMahon will put his faith in Brock Lesnar and work out a contract extension similar to last time with an option for Brock to take one more fight in the UFC to get more money in exchange for cross-promotion between the two companies. That’s how I envision this whole situation playing out.
I am so ready for WrestleMania 34 tomorrow in New Orleans. I hope you enjoyed my preview and prediction for how the night plays out and feel free to cut your best promo on me through Twitter: @FrankBostonTank