Charlotte Vs Asuka
This match has all the potential to steal the show on Sunday night. After a rocky start, the company’s booking of Asuka has been impeccable since the turn of the year, and Charlotte is the most consistent female performer in the WWE today. Having Asuka lose here would be pointless, and watching her overthrow Charlotte after a lengthy battle would really establish her streak in the WWE. I don’t think she will stay on SmackDown as champion, however, and will return to Raw with the SmackDown Women’s belt around her waist.
Prediction: Asuka Wins
Nia Jax Vs Alexa Bliss
Due to Alexa’s behaviour during this feud, an extended squash is the only way the WWE should go about booking this match. Nia needs her revenge after being on the receiving end of quite a lot of abuse from Bliss, and a dominant victory for her here would be a nice way to finish off the storyline. I don’t expect Nia to hold the belt for very long though. A post-match attack from Bliss and Mickie James will lead to a cash-in from Carmella, who will run down to the ring and claim the Raw’s Women’s Title. She will then return to Smackdown with the belt and we will just get a straight swap, with Asuka being champion on Raw, and Carmella on Smackdown.
Prediction: Nia Jax Wins
Bonus Prediction: Carmella Cashes in
Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle Vs Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
The build to this match has been a lot better than many fans expected it to be, and while this isn’t going to steal the show on Sunday night, it has the potential to be an enjoyable encounter. The biggest question going into this match is just how capable Ronda Rousey is going to be inside a wrestling ring. She should be booked to look dominant here, though, as it makes little sense if Stephanie, a businesswoman, gets too much offence in against a former UFC champion. Seeing Stephanie McMahon get her just desserts has been a staple of WrestleMania over the last few years, and she is definitely going to be the one tapping out on Sunday night. The company have invested too much money in Ronda for her to lose this one.
Prediction: Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle Win
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon Vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
While the euphoric return of Daniel Bryan on SmackDown a few weeks ago seemingly indicates a victory for the SmackDown GM and his partner in New Orleans, the WWE may want to tell a different story with Bryan in the coming months. The company have two options with Bryan, the first of which is to strap a rocket to his back and push him straight back into the main event scene, giving fans dream matches against the likes of AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura in the coming months, which could see the company exhaust their options by the time next year’s Mania rolls around. Alternatively, they can give Bryan a slow build back into the main event scene, giving him smaller programs until he is ready to compete for the top prize again, and everyone is used to him being back in the ring.
The latter of these two options may actually prove to be the smarter move, and the result on Sunday night will certainly indicate the direction they intend to take with him. This storyline has been raging on for months now, but with Bryan returning to the ring, there is a chance to get something legitimately worthwhile out of it. One option the company has on Sunday night is to have Shane screw Bryan, setting up an extended feud between the pair which could culminate at SummerSlam. This may not be what fans want, but Shane’s character needs a change, desperately, and a feud with Shane would keep fans chomping at the bit for some of Bryan’s bigger matches. It may be a nice easy program to work Bryan back into in the WWE, with Shane throwing various heels at him over the coming months.
Then there is the issue of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Them losing on Sunday means they have to leave SmackDown. They would, of course, go to Raw, but all momentum would be lost as they would be the team who got beat by their boss to lose their job. A victory for them on Sunday, no matter how it comes, gives them momentum on SmackDown, especially if Shane decides to join them.
Fans are desperate to see Bryan win at Mania, but Bryan always worked as an underdog, and more importantly, when it seemed like he had gone through hell to get them. My heart says he will win on Sunday night, but my brain says that the heels walk away victorious.
Prediction: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens Win
AJ Styles Vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Of all the matches on the card this Sunday night, this is the one fans have been waiting to see for the longest. Styles and Nakamura in the WWE, at WrestleMania, for the WWE title, is a dream match for fans around the world and I see no reason why the two men won’t deliver on Sunday night. The booking for this match has been fun, but the build to this is not what makes it so captivating. Styles and Nakamura are two of the finest performers on the planet, and the last time they met, at NJPW WrestleKingdom 10 in 2016, the two put on a classic match, which Nakamura came out on top of.
Nakamura winning this match feels the obvious choice, but the company has invested in AJ, and a big Mania win could be the moment he needs to solidify himself as the brightest star in the WWE. It’s legitimately a tough call. I’ll go with logic and say Shinsuke, but this could turn out to be one of the most exciting WWE title matches in WrestleMania history on Sunday.
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura Wins
John Cena Vs The Undertaker
One of the most talked about matches at this year’s WrestleMania has not even been announced yet. For the sake of these predictions, I’m going to assume this match goes ahead but honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t get it. This match should be an improvement over Taker’s match with Roman last year, and if it does go ahead, it looks as though Taker will be bringing back his American Bad-Ass gimmick, which is at least a smart way around last year’s Mania ending.
Who will win though? If this is going to be Taker’s last match, which surely it is, then you’d think he would put Cena over on the way out. Equally, Cena doesn’t need the victory, and Taker is not just any old superstar leaving the business. Taker did his duty against Reigns last year, and beating Cena this year could play into a big narrative with Big Match John.
Prediction: The Undertaker Wins
Roman Reigns Vs Brock Lesnar
Whether you like it or not, this match is going on last on Sunday night, and Roman is going to pick up the victory. With Lesnar likely to head back to the UFC in coming months, there is no way that he beats Reigns at WrestleMania, and frankly, I’m fine with that. Reigns has had a great year, and while maybe this match shouldn’t go on last, he is due a run with the Universal title. Reigns taking the belt will free up the top tier for other competitors to become legitimate challengers, and Reigns knows how to entertain in the ring.
These two men had great chemistry together at WrestleMania 31, so here’s hoping that they can recapture that in New Orleans and close the night on a high, even if fans do boo the whole time.
Prediction: Roman Reigns Wins
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