Liam Hoofe predicts the WrestleMania 33 card following the Royal Rumble…
Well, the Royal Rumble 2017 is in the history books, and while the result was a divisive one, the show itself was great and we saw several Mania feuds started on the night.
With WrestleMania just 9 weeks away the card is starting to take shape. Some things still remain uncertain, and it does look as though some people may not get the place on the card they deserve, if they get one at all, but it is still shaping up to be a jam packed WrestleMania.
Here are my predictions for the main card at WrestleMania 33:
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
A WrestleMania tradition these days, the fourth Andre the Giant Battle Royal is a dead cert to be on this year’s WrestleMania Card. While winning the match has not really been that much of a boost for the previous winners, it’s still a nice way of giving people who would otherwise not be at Mania a brief moment to shine. If I had to call a winner for this one’s right now, Braun Strowman would be the obvious choice.
Charlotte Flair vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley vs Nia Jax (Woman’s Championship)
The woman’s division is the best it has ever been and there is no chance that it won’t get a big match up at mania. Having these four in the match up also provides WWE with the chance to have Charlotte lose the match and not get pinned, if they so wish.
I suspect the company will want to give Bayley a big moment here, but it’s a little too early to guarantee that just yet.
Big Show vs Shaquille O’Neal
This one has been on the cards for some time now, and there really isn’t a whole lot to say about it. The Big Show loves his novelty matches at WrestleMania (see Akebono and Floyd Mayweather) and he also has a 100% loss record in them, if that is any sort of indicator as to which way this one will go.
Triple H vs Seth Rollins
Surprisingly this feud was not touched upon at the Royal Rumble, and with Mania only 9 weeks away, this really could have done with some sort of physical altercation between the pair. However, Seth Rollins did call Hunter out at NXT: Takeover, which will no doubt promote a response in the coming weeks on Raw.
Rollins needs a big babyface win, as his career has kind of stalled since his turn. Getting one over on his former mentor will provide him with a great Mania moment, and propel his back towards the title.
Dean Ambrose vs The Miz vs Luke Harper vs Baron Corbin vs Apollo Crews vs Kalisto vs Dolph Ziggler (Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title)
Like The Andre the Giant Battle Royal there is guaranteed to be a multi man ladder match take place at Mania, and if the last few years are anything to go by it is likely to be for the Intercontinental title.
As much as I’d love to see Daniel Bryan step into the ring one more time and settle his score with The Miz, I just can’t see it happening, so I imagine Miz’s place on the card will be in this match.
There is a fair chance that the WWE may decide to give the ladder match to the Cruiserweights this year, but I don’t see them being on the main card.
Kevin Owens vs Chris Jericho (Universal Title)
When Chris Jericho won the US title a few weeks back it was presumed it was so it could be used for his eventual match with Kevin Owens at WrestleMania, however with Owens retaining at the Royal Rumble it looks as though the match may well be for the Universal belt, as many had initially predicted.
WWE could still throw a swerve here though, and either A) have Owens lose the belt before Mania because of Jericho, or B) not have this match happen at all, and instead have Owens wrestle the one man who is entitled to a match with him: Finn Balor.
It remains to be seen as to be whether the Demon King will be fit or not to compete at Mania, but if he is he has to be somewhere on the card. For now though, I’m playing this one safe and going with JeriKO finally squaring off.
AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon (Street Fight)
Poor AJ Styles. The phenomenal one has been the driving force behind Smackdown’s success in recent months, but the former TNA star looks to have been slightly forgotten in the company’s WrestleMania plans.
It now looks as though the former WWE champion will be facing Shane McMahon in WrestleMania in a match pretty much nobody wants to see. This is nothing to do with AJ, in fact we all want him on the card, he just deserves something a whole lot better than this.
As for the gimmick, it’s a must. Allowing Shane a stipulation where he can pull off something crazy is guaranteed.
Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton (WWE Championship)
Unless Randy Orton, the now Royal Rumble winner, is going to face John Cena at WrestleMania, which is highly unlikely, then Bray Wyatt needs to get his hands on the WWE title very soon.
The elimination chamber is in two weeks time, and we should all expect John Cena’s 16th world title run to be cut short at the hands of Bray Wyatt.
Having the title attached to this match seems such a waste. The feud was established enough as it is and the title really doesn’t need to be involved. While it will be great to see Wyatt in one of the main events at WrestleMania, he will likely lose here, making his first title reign nothing more than a transitional one.
Samoa Joe vs John Cena
But just how will John Cena lose the WWE title at Elimination Chamber? If Cena is going to lose the belt, then he will need a big opponent for WrestleMania, and while some are predicting Baron Corbin I’m going with my original prediction of Samoa Joe.
Initially I thought this would be for the title, but Joe didn’t show up at the Rumble. Never mind, the former NXT champion can still show up at EC and cost Cena, setting up this dream match up at Mania and instantly establishing Samoa Joe as a star in the WWE.
Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg
This match has all but been set in stone since Survivor Series, and the battle lines were further drawn at the Royal Rumble last night. Having Goldberg eliminate Lesnar so quickly was a great, if not slightly predictable move, that really adds to their inevitable rematch.
Lesnar, should, of course win this one, but either way the fans in attendance will be pumped for it and credit must be given to WWE’s creative for that.
Roman Reigns vs The Undertaker
Last night at the Royal Rumble, The Undertaker was eliminated from the match by Roman Reigns. This was a followed by a shot of The Undertaker staring back at Reigns, with the Mania sign behind him – talk about subtlety.
Now many fans are up in arms about this match up, but I’m fine with it, providing Reigns doesn’t retire the Deadman. Whether we like it or not, Reigns is a big enough star to be in the ring with Taker at Mania, and perhaps The Phenom has decided he has still one match left in him after this anyway.
There is still a chance the title may be involved here, but right now I think this match is big enough to carry itself without it.
This year’s WrestleMania looks to be a star studded event, and I fully suspect we will see up to another 5 matches on the pre show for the event. Finn Balor’s status may still mean big changes to this card, but I think the WWE may save his return till the Raw after Mania to start the new year off with a bang.
What matches do you think will be on the WrestleMania card? And what matches do you want to see? Let Liam know on Twitter here – @liamhoofe