WrestleMania 34 preview and predictions

T.C. Brewster

Sports Blogger

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The road to WrestleMania has finally come to an end, and now it is time for the biggest event of the year. Wrestling fans all over the world will tune into the WWE Network on Sunday to watch their favorite superstars compete on what is one of the most stacked WrestleMania cards in a while. Here are my predictions for what will go down at the “grandaddy of them all”:

WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal (Kickoff Show)

Unfortunately, most of the talk leading up to this match was about the whole naming fiasco. Don’t expect too much from this match, as battle royals are usually used for only one thing: putting over the winner. Typically speaking, it is hard to tell a compelling story with so many bodies in the ring at once. I do believe this match has the potential to get interesting if WWE were to call up some talent from NXT to participate in this match. Ember Moon, Shayna Baszler and Kari Sane are a few names that come to mind.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Winner: Sasha Banks

 

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (Kickoff Show)

Similar to the Women’s Battle Royal, the main purpose of this match is to put the winner over. Unfortunately, WWE hasn’t been very successful in doing so the past couple of years. Previous winners such as Mojo Rawley and Baron Corbin received a small push following Wrestlemania but then faded back into the mid card after a short time. Hopefully, WWE has learned its lesson and whoever wins this time will receive a proper push.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

 

Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali (Kickoff Show)

It’s a shame the cruiserweight division’s hottest feud and the championship round of what has been an incredible tournament is placed on the kickoff show. I have no doubt in my mind that if these two were given a spot on the main card (and a proper amount of time), they could put on a stellar match. In my opinion, this match is the only reason to watch the kickoff show.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Winner: Mustafa Ali

 

Raw Tag Team Championship: The Bar (c) vs. Braun Strowman & TBD

WWE has not announced a partner for Braun Strowman, and I have a feeling it will let Strowman wrestle this match by himself. Strowman is one of the hottest talents in wrestling right now, and to see him run through The Bar en route to becoming the Raw Tag Team Champion on his own would further establish him as a monster.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Winner: Braun Strowman

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs. The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers

Not much to say about this match. There hasn’t been much of a buildup, and on the go-home episode of Monday Night Raw, these teams were used to try to promote the WWE Network. I think that speaks volumes on how much WWE values this match.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Winner: The Usos

 

United States Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev

This match is my dark-horse candidate for match of the night. Rusev and Roode, two incredible talents, are paired with a legend like Randy Orton and an impressive heel in Jinder. This match has an opportunity to not only tell an interesting story but also to feature some great in-ring action. If Rusev were to win the match, that would certainly make for one of the biggest pops of the night.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Winner: Rusev

 

 Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor

Similar to the United States Championship match, this bout features some incredible talent. Every one of these guys has held a major championship at one point in their careers, so having these three feud for a mid-card title such as the Intercontinental Championship makes that belt seem like a big deal. Expect some incredible spots between Rollins and Balor along with some great storytelling from the Miz.

Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

Winner: Finn Balor

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax

Alexa Bliss is one of the best heel acts in WWE today. Her “mean girl” character draws her ample boos whenever she steps in the ring. Despite that, Nia Jax is due for a title win. She has been almost unstoppable since she was called up to the main roster in July 2016. Although I don’t expect these two to put on a clinic, I do believe they are both more than capable of a decent match.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Winner: Nia Jax

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka

If I were a betting man, I would put all my money on Asuka. It is pretty obvious WWE set up this match so Asuka could have her crowning moment and finally win a Women’s Championship. For this match to be compelling, Charlotte must be treated as a legit threat to Asuka’s undefeated streak. If Charlotte fails to get any offense in, it will essentially be a squash match, and that is the last thing Charlotte needs right now.

Rating: 3.75/5 stars

Winner: Asuka

 

Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

It’s the moment everybody has been waiting for, Daniel Bryan’s return to in-ring action. I think it’s a good idea for WWE to put him in a tag match for his first match back because that allows for the others to carry lot of the match. Owens and Zayn have been incredible lately, and Shane McMahon never fails to impress me with his death-defying spots.

Rating: 3.75/5 stars

Winner: Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon

Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H

This match probably won’t have any incredible high-flying maneuvers or great technical wrestling. Instead, it will be a story driven soap-opera that will have fans on the edges of their seats. It wouldn’t make much sense for WWE to let Rousey lose her debut match.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Winner: Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle

 

The Undertaker vs. John Cena

This match should’ve happened 5-10 years ago. Judging by Undertaker’s last few WrestleMania matches, he is in no condition to wrestle a match, but I do believe these two can put on a great show. Putting two of the biggest personalities in WWE in a match together might usually seem like a great idea, yet this might be an exception to that.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Winner: John Cena

 

WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

The biggest challenge for these two will be topping their match at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10. Styles and Nakamura are two of the most talented in-ring workers in the world today. I have no doubt in my mind that if given enough time, these two could tear the house down.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

 

Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns

It is almost certain Reigns is going to win this match. There has been speculation that Brock is headed back to UFC, and it only makes sense that Reigns’ crowning moment comes at the biggest event of the year. Both of these guys wrestle well in shorter matches, so I’m hoping this is a hard-hitting, fast-paced match.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Winner: Roman Reigns

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