We keep our tradition of picking the winners at tonight’s Wrestlemania 35? Will we do as poorly as usual?
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Tony Nese vs. Buddy Murphy (c)
Wrestlemania Women’s Battle Royale
If last year’s Battle Royale is any indication, this will used to give one of the female superstars a little bit of shine going into the Spring and Summer, where the promotion tends to mix up the card a bit. This leaves a lot of options, but I’ll go with my gut.
The Andre the Giant Battle Royale:
I have a feeling this will open the main show, and the opener tends to be a feel-good victory. Expect a few surprise entrants (a lot of wrestlers are in town), but the obvious choice is likely the right one.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Hawkins and Ryder vs. The Revival (c)
This one is genuine tough call. The Revival haven’t quite established themselves as champions on Raw and the brand needs solid heels to build it’s division back up. That said, Zack Ryder has an interesting history at Wrestlemania and the WWE likes to continue tradition at these shows.
Smackdown Fatal Four Way Tag Team Championship Match
The Bar vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev vs. Ricochet and Aleister Black vs. The Usos (c)
There isn’t a match on this card with more fantastic talent, but this seems like it might be kind of a mess. I truly hope they pull it through. I suppose if there is a line-up that can, it is these guys. One has to look at who the company would want to have the moment most. While Black and Ricochet aren’t there yet, they will be in a few years (months?) though. The Bar literally needs nothing from the company, outside of a world title for Cesaro, though maybe that ship has sailed. That really leaves us with The Usos and Nak & Rusev…
Intercontinental Championship Match
Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley (c) w/ Lio Rush
Perhaps the most traditional feud on the card, Balor and Lashley have an underrated chemistry. Though Lashley’s direction has been a bit confused since his return, this program really brought his skills to the forefront. We’ve also been promised the first Wrestlemania entrance for The Demon. Should be a good one.
Kurt Angle Farewell Match
Baron Corbin vs. Kurt Angle
I guess it depends on what reaction they want, but I’m not convinced this is going to be straight forward. Expect a few run-ins, maybe Cena and Taker.
United States Championship Match
Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe
Two legends, one current and one future. Either could win and it would create a memorable moment. For one, it may be their biggest.
AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
Ahhhh, the Orton feud match. A staple of Wrestlemania. Tough call with no real stakes for either competitor. This is a bit of a coin toss.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Fatal Four Way Championship Match
Nia Jax and Tamina vs. The IIconics vs. Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs. Bayley and Sasha Banks (c)
WWE’s newest titles are on the line at Wrestlemania in a match including some of biggest names in women’s wrestling. That said, and despite efforts to bolster this match, I’m not sure it is really connecting with the crowd. This group has a lot to prove before the count of three if they want it to feel important.
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
Reigns is in an interesting position. With a little insight into his real life struggles, much of the crowd that once derided him now support him. However, he does not much of a direction currently and was paired with a threatening heel to give him some. McIntyre looks and delivers on the part and heels are the key to momentum.
Falls Count Anywhere Match
Shane McMahon vs. The Miz
Shane will do something crazy, but this is The Miz’ moment.
No Holds Barred Match (Triple H’s Career on the line)
Triple H vs. Batista
With a slow build up over literal years and featuring a legitimate Hollywood star, this one is a true headline grabber. Had Batista been portrayed as the face here, I probably would have gone with him. But I don’t think the Game is Over quite yet.
WWE Universal Championship Match
Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar (c)
There are going to be a lot of feel good moments on this show. This one isn’t it.
WWE Championship Match
Kofi Kingston vs. “The New” Daniel Bryan
I think this is Kofi’s moment and I want to believe that WWE is willing to give the crowd two big face wins to close the show. These are unprecedented times in the business and they need to prove they’re listening. Yes, heels do need to win sometimes. Right now, they need to regain momentum with fans who have an increasing amount of alternatives.
Raw and Smackdown Women’s Championship Winner Takes All Fatal Three Way Match
Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (c)
Becky Lynch’s rise to the top of professional wrestling is one of the coolest things to ever happen. The crowd not only pushed her to the top of her division, but to the top of the card. There was no question in the last few months what should be the main event of Wrestlemania and the WWE has not disappointed. I think they go with The Universe on this.