Liam Hoofe predicts the results of WrestleMania 34…
It’s finally here! After what feels like an eternity of waiting, WrestleMania 34 takes place this Sunday night in what will be the culmination of a jam-packed weekend of wrestling. Wrestling promotions from all over the world will descend upon New Orleans this weekend and there are plenty of exciting matches taking place over the next 3 days.
The biggest event, of course, is WrestleMania. This year’s card may be the company’s most jam-packed ever, with a total of 13 announced matches and a rumoured 7-hour run-time. There are plenty of potentially show-stealing matches on the card, and plenty to keep fans invested, especially in the UK, where the show will not finish until the early hours of the morning.
The company love to keep us guessing when it comes to WrestleMania, so what will have they in store for us this year? Let’s take a look at each of the night’s matches, and find out.
Kick-Off Show: Cedric Alexander Vs Mustafa Ali
It’s a shame that this match has been placed on the kick-off show, but it felt inevitable really. The two men have been on fire as of late though, and if given a decent amount of time, could have one of the night’s best matches this Sunday. This match could really go either way. Alexander was the pre-tournament favourite, and probably just has the edge over his opponent due to his popularity, but Ali has had a great build, and his story would provide some real closure by concluding with a WrestleMania victory. I’m going with Alexander still, but don’t be surprised to see Ali take the victory either.
Prediction: Cedric Alexander Wins
Kick-Off Show: Women’s Battle Royal
When this match was announced, I expected there to be plenty of old faces turning up to put on a little show at WrestleMania. The fact that it has been relegated to the kick-off show now means that this is no longer as likely, and honestly, a big return would be wasted here. The biggest storyline going into the match is the feud between Bayley and Sasha, and it’s a shame that the two women aren’t being given their own match in New Orleans. I don’t think either of them will win here either, with the match likely being used to continue their feud. Of all the women on the roster, Becky Lynch is the most deserving of this victory, so I’m giving her this one.
Prediction: Becky Lynch Wins
Kick- Off Show: Andre the Giant Battle Royal Memorial
Despite rumours that this year’s Andre the Giant Battle Royal would be taken more seriously by the company, the match still finds itself sat on the kick-off with very little big-name talent involved. Looking at the match, there is no clear favourite, with Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin being the biggest names in the hat. The victory will be of no benefit to the winner, as the fact that the two previous winners are competing in it again highlights. I suspect we may see a returning Big Cass take the victory here, with the trophy providing him with a tiny bit of momentum as he looks to make up for lost time.
Prediction: Big Cass Wins
Finn Balor Vs The Miz Vs Seth Rollins
In my opinion, this match is the best option for a hot opener. These three men put on one of the company’s best Raw matches last year, and given a decent amount of time, could really set the pace for the night on Sunday. The Miz is a matter of weeks away from breaking another Intercontinental Championship record, but I believe he will have to wait until after Mania to get it. Rollins is rumoured to be in line for a main event push, and after his recent performances, he definitely deserves it. That leaves Balor as the obvious choice for the winner here, and a strong run with the Inter belt will do him the world of good.
Prediction: Finn Balor Wins
Randy Orton Vs Rusev Vs Jinder Mahal Vs Bobby Roode
The late addition of Rusev to this match is a curious decision by the WWE. Rusev is super over right now, and the company placing him on the card is a clear acknowledgement of that. While I think he should take home the victory- I suspect Orton will hold on to the belt. I actually think Orton and Balor might get swapped brands with their respective belts, and that is my main reason for my prediction. I’m hoping Jinder eats the pinfall here, the other guys need protecting more than he does.
Prediction: Randy Orton Wins
The Usos Vs The Bludgeon Brothers Vs The New Day
Each of the teams in this match could realistically leave New Orleans with the gold. The New Day are one of the most over acts on the roster, so a Mania win is never a bad idea. The Usos have been the most consistent team in the WWE for the last year, so they really deserve to win here, and The Bludgeons have been booked very strong since they returned late last year. I’m going to stick with booking trends with this one and give it to the Bludgeons. The two other teams will try to take them out, but there will no doubt be something that gets in the way. A win for The Bludgeons also allows this feud to continue, and I think this could be one of the night’s best matches, given the performers.
Prediction: The Bludgeon Brothers Win
Braun Strowman and a Mystery Partner Vs The Bar
The most interesting thing about this match is who Braun’s partner will be. There are several viable options, and I’m not going to nail my flag to the mast and choose one. Elias is the most obvious option, but I would love to see Bliss step up and take part in the bout. The Bar should probably win this one, as Braun will not hold the belts for very long, and the whole thing just exists to get him onto the card. I don’t see that happening though, and Braun will likely hold the belts for a month or two.
Prediction: Braun Strowman and a Mystery Partner Win
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