It’s finally here. It’s finally here. Wrestlemania 35 is this coming Sunday in my backyard Met Life Stadium. Sadly, I am not able to attend but will be at the HOF ceremony and the Monday Raw after Mania. The card has a whopping 16 matches and the pre-show will start at 5PM. You can bet this event will end way after midnight. For those who are going to be in attendance, I hope you dress a little warm. Met Life can be chilly and windy. For those of us watching from our couches get the snacks and beverages ready for a long night.
The beautiful Alexa Bliss is your host and Elias is the musical headline act.
So let’s get to the matches and predictions.
Raw Tag Team Champions Revival Vs Zach Ryder and Curt Hawkins
I am going to start with a match that was just added for absolutely no reason other than Vince for some reason wanted to add it. By adding this match all this shows is how clueless the Uncreative has gotten in the WWE and how we as fans continued to be lied to and abused. The Revival is putting up the tag team titles against Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins. Are you kidding me? This match has had no build what so ever and Hawkins has not won a match in 2 years. So let’s give him a title match at the show of shows. Why? Because Ryder issued a challenge to the Revival. So Vince books this match instead of the only tag team match any of us actually wants to see and that is the Uso’s vs the Hardy’s. I am pretty sure the Uso’s challenged the Hardy’s too.
We were told that Asuka could not defend the title at Wrestlemania because Vince felt that no one would have cared about that match. So he had Asuka drop the title to Charlotte Flair. If Vince felt that no one would care about the Asuka match, then what about this tag team match he scheduled. No one cares about the Revival facing Ryder & Hawkins. There would have been a small amount of interest if Revival was facing Ricochet and Aleister Black. I am hoping this match gets on the main card so I can use it as a bathroom and stretch break. By the way, there was plenty of fans who wanted to see an Asuka vs Naomi or Carmella match.
The winner: Probably Ryder and Hawkins. Vince wants to prove that anything can happen at Wrestlemania. But the tag team divisions are such a joke anyway no one will care.
The Men’s & Women’s Battle Royal
These are two matches that only on the card to give the remaining talent a match at the show of shows. Both will be on the kickoff show and the winner does not get a push or a title shot or anything except a trophy. I have no issues with letting the talent get on the card in a match. But I do have an issue with the WWE UNcreative. Can someone tell me how you can dedicate TV time on Raw week after week to promote a Men’s Battle Royal match that will not be on the main card? To go a step further there will be 2 competitors in the match who are not wrestlers. This takes away 2 spots for actual wrestlers who now won’t appear in any match at Mania. SMDH. I just don’t get it. Not that it means anything but we kind of know who is probably going to win both matches. But for prediction’s sake, I will list the probable winners and who I want to win. I hate this picture because Carmella needs to be in the center and should pop off the picture.
Men’s Battle Royal: Braun Stroman. Vince has absolutely no idea what to do with Stroman. It’s a shame because he is a good talent. He will probably win. I would like to see either Andrade or EC3 win. Andrade is so talented. I want to see him in a big angle. I am a little concerned that now we are seeing pictures of Charlotte and Andrade together that he might become an afterthought. Dude is way too talented. Also, EC3 is a top talent with great mic skills. Just another superstar that the WWE Uncreative does not know what to do with.
Women’s Battle Royal: Asuka. We expect Asuka to win as a makeup for how her title reign and losing of the title was actually booked. I have no problem with that if they plan on pushing her again. But I would like to see either My Wife Carmella or Sonya Deville win. Carmella is magic whenever she is on TV. I like Sonya. It’s time to get her in a worthwhile storyline. Sonya and Mandy have not been involved in anything big since Paige retired. I must point out that we still don’t know all the participants in this match yet. If Lacey Evans gets into the Battle Royal I think she will win. But we will probably see her do another catwalk at some point during the night.
Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy vs Tony Nese
I don’t spend any time watching this division so any pick I make would be a guess.
The Winner: Tony Nese
Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos Vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black Vs. The Bar Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev In A Fatal Four Way Match
As fans, we deserve better than this. Everyone wanted to see the Uso’s defend against the Hardy’s. Instead, we get this 4 team schmoz match. Truth be told Rusev and Nakamura should not be a tag team. They were just thrown together because WWE Uncreative does not know what to do with these talented wrestlers. It’s the same thing with Ricochet and Black. So putting the straps on either team just makes no sense. Nakamura desperately needs to go to Raw for a fresh start. Rusev needs a push because we have seen how versatile he is if given a chance. As for Ricochet and Black please put them on one show and break up this tag team. Both are extremely talented. But we never hear them talk. As for the Bar. Great tag team and honestly I have no idea what to do with them. So for me, this is an easy prediction. But this match can be entertaining.
The Winners: The Usos Retain.
Kurt Angle Vs. Baron Corbin. Angle’s Farewell Match
I keep hoping for a last minute swerve to this match. Maybe Corbin gets pulled from the match. Maybe someone like John Cena lays out Corbin in the back before the match so he could send Angle out in style. Otherwise, this match is useless and has no point. I can’t understand the mentality of booking this match. The second it was announced the fans were all over this and Vince knows it. So why hasn’t he done anything about it? Is his ego that big? Well, we know it is. Is he really that stubborn? This is Kurt Angle’s last match. And it’s obvious he needs help delivering it. Corbin is not that person. In reality, this is one time where the moment is going to outshine the match. The match is secondary. Kurt should be allowed to go out in style.
The Winner: Kurt Angle
Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley vs. “The Demon” Finn Balor
The Demon is coming to Wrestlemania as Balor faces Lashley for hopefully the last time ever. Seriously it is time for these two superstars to go their separate ways. Lashley should be in Universal title picture. Balor is fine where he is. Although he does have main event talent. This match needed something different and the Demon Balor while it’s a sight to see is not what I was looking for. No, what I think happens is that we see the end of the relationship between the Hype Man Lio Rush and Lashley. They also need to go their separate ways.
The Winner: Finn Balor as Lio turns on Lashley
United States Champion Samoa Joe Vs. Rey Mysterio
This is the one match that we could see a change to. Rey is rumored to be injured and might not be able to go. If that happens we probably see John Cena in this match. In all the small builds for this match, we saw Rey’s son Dominic featured in the interviews. Dominic who is training to be a wrestler looks like he is going to be involved in this match somehow. For what I have no idea. Maybe he helps Joe win the match and Joe takes him out too. There really is no reason to have this match. Rey is not going to win the title. But you never know with Vince. Samoa Joe does deserve a Wrestlemania moment. I only wish he could have been in WWE his whole career.
The Winner: Samoa Joe
AJ Styles Vs. Randy Orton
This match on most cards could be the match of the night. But with Daniel Bryan/Kofi Kingston on the card this match will probably be the second best of the night. For a story that had nothing when they first teased it backstage, man has this taken off. The in-ring promos were brilliantly done. All they had to do was just speak the truth. And it worked big time. AJ mentioning Orton’s past suspensions was golden as was Orton’s counter calling AJ the new corporate bitch. I am now excited to see this match and I know these performers will bring their A game.
The Winner: Randy Orton. This match can go either way.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Bayley & Sasha Vs. Beth Phoenix and Natalya Vs. The IIconics Vs. Nia Jax & Tamina
I don’t know if anyone realizes this but this is the third straight Wrestlemania where Nia Jax has a title match. I am not trying to downgrade Nia here but she does not deserve this. Not when there are others who are just as good as her or better not on this card. But Vince is pushing her. I have no idea why she is in this match with Tamina since they lose a title match at Fastlane. I have to say I props to you Nia. Give us a good show as you always do. I am not giving hate to Nia Jax. Please believe me. I don’t have a great feel on this match. I thought for sure once Charlotte won the Smackdown Women’s title that we would finally have the Four Horsewomen moment with all 4 having the gold sharing the ring as Wrestlemania ends. Now I don’t know. I hate these multi-person schmoz matches as my boy BC Amplified always says. In reality, this is the entire women’s tag team division minus the Riott Squad who have been moved to job city. I prefer to see Sasha Banks as a singles wrestler.
The Winners: The IIconics. I probably will be wrong here. But my thinking is Nia and Beth get into a program after Wrestlemania. Sasha and Bayley get started in a Horsewomen angle hopefully. And its time for fresh matchups.
Roman Reigns Vs. Drew McIntyre
When Roman returned from his battle with Leukemia it was a shock to the fans. I also think it shocked the WWE too. Naturally Roman was not in an angle so the WWE had to get one for him in a hurry as the clock was ticking towards Wrestlemania. Because of the last ride of The Shield that wasted three weeks and Since Drew didn’t have any plans it was a natural fit. However, this angle did not have enough time to build in my opinion. Dean Ambrose was used as a pawn in this angle and since he is supposedly leaving the WWE it didn’t matter that he lost these matches. Whatever was building Drew up was fine with the WWE. I expect a physical match but certainly not a classic one. Drew has a lot of positive momentum and WWE can’t mess that up. Who knows where Roman’s character goes from Wrestlemania. He is the male face of the company.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Shane McMahon vs The Miz Falls Count Anywhere Match
This match was in the works since November 2nd at the Crown Jewel PPV in Saudi Arabia. This isn’t years ago where angles were built slowly. So this is a throwback to the good old times. This was done slowly and just kept building. In fact, how they got this tag team to split up was done perfectly. Everyone felt the Miz would turn on Shane and be that great heel we know he can. But Shane did the turn. Involving the Miz’s father was a good touch and I expect him to somehow get involved this Sunday. Shane who is really good on the mic might have cut his best promo ever fully embracing the McMahon demeanor that his father has. The Miz not to be undone and who is also great on the mic did his best work cutting face promos. His Real World reference was great. His line of “Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard enough” was truly brilliant. This match will be crazy as we know Shane is going to do something sick. Its falls count everywhere and you can expect this match to be all over MetLife Stadium.
Winner: The Miz
Triple H Vs. Batista No Holds Barred Match
In another match where the seeds were planted a while ago. On October 16th during the Smackdown 1000th episode is where this angle started. Since Batista is not an active wrestler it worked out well to allow this to just be a seed until it was time to bloom. Batista attacked Ric Flair during his 70th birthday party. We then had 2 really good weeks of promos from Batista and the Game. Triple H’s line of “Galaxy of The Independents League” line was damn funny. Then the promo’s got bad. That was not what I was expecting. But now it’s time to get in the ring. This will be a fight and it will be brutal. Triple H putting his career on the line means absolutely nothing. He wrestles once a year anyway and he is the boss. He can do whatever he wants.
The Winner: The Game Not that it really matters but I am picking the Game.
Universal Champion Brock Lesnar Vs. Seth Rollins
Seth is probably only in this match because Roman Reigns got sick. But he took the ball and ran with it as good as he could. It’s hard to promote a match when your opponent is never on TV. So if it was not for Paul Heyman this angle would be just a waste of time. There has been no storyline for this match except for Seth winning the Royal Rumble. And we can all hope that he wins the strap. I do expect Brock to fling Seth around pretty good. It’s hard for these smaller guys to wrestle a big guy like Brock. But let’s hope for a good match. Brock has done well putting over smaller wrestlers.
The Winner: Brock Lesnar. Everyone expects Seth to win the strap. For that reason, I think Brock retains the belt. He probably loses it at Saudi.
WWE Champion Daniel Bryan Vs. Kofi Kingston
Talk about a gem of a story falling right into your lap. That’s exactly what happened here and give the WWE Uncreative credit. They built on it. The storyline for this angle was done brilliantly. Kofi’s promos were gold. Fellow New Day mates Xavier Woods and Big E’s promos were gold. Daniel Bryan’s promos were gold. Everything about this angle was gold. Xavier Woods pointed out that Bryan was in the exact same spot as Kofi. This was Vince at his creative best. We haven’t seen this Vince in a long time. I even think they did a good job with putting a seed in our minds that the New Day turns on Kofi. This is going to easily be the best match of the night. As good as he is I still think Daniel Bryan is underrated.
The Winner: Kofi Kingston. Kofi finally gets to hold a major strap. If they decide to have Daniel win the match, please don’t have the New Day turn on him.
RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey VS. Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair Vs. Becky Lynch Winner Takes All
For the first time ever the women are going to close out Wrestlemania. This story has been way too drawn out. It started to play out on TV right before Survivor Series. In reality, it started the day Ronda signed a WWE contract. This was always Vince’s dream. He wanted Ronda and Charlotte to close out Wrestlemania. But there was one problem. Becky got hot. Nia Jax messed up and broke Becky’s jaw. Becky’s character got super over with the fans and she had to be pushed hard. So what does Vince do? He adds her to the match. Mind you this match was never announced or finalized until March. But those who follow the business really close know this was going to be a triple threat match ever since Becky got hot.
I have been highly critical of this angle for a long time now. It is completely dragging in my opinion. Becky Lynch was once the hottest thing going. She no longer is. Partly because Kofi Kingston surpassed her. Partly because Becky has not been able to sell it in my eyes. Becky is still a great talent. WWE is trying to re-create the Stone Cold Steve Austin character and angle and should never have done that. Her promos have been a little weird and awkward but not more than Ronda’s promos. Ronda Rousey has done everything the WWE has wanted her to do. She has brought in more fans from different areas. She has been to work every week and put over her opponents. She has definitely upped the game. She was never in NXT or some other developmental league so her promos are not good but are getting a little better. She was brought in as a face but now she is a heel as she should have been all along. But I do understand why WWE had her as a face when she started. But I would have loved to see Ronda being the bad ass all along. Everything she has said has been true. She does not need the WWE for money. She already has money. She is not like these other female stars who get paid just enough to enjoy the lifestyle but not enough to leave the company. But most importantly she said this main event match does not happen with her.
Charlotte was placed in this match because Vince has always wanted her to be in this match. Vince and Charlotte are really playing the angle of Charlotte getting everything handed to her because she is Ric Flair’s daughter. In reality, she is the best all-around female wrestler on the roster. She is also the female face of the company. But it also gives WWE the option to have Ronda drop the strap without getting pinned or tapped out which is what I see happening. I am still looking forward to this match. I hope the Four Horsewoman angle finally gets kicked off during this match or directly after it.
The Winner: Becky. Becky I think will win but she should not be the winner. This is an iconic moment for the WWE. Becky is not an iconic wrestler. Charlotte is. But the way the story is looking Becky comes out the winner.
There are my predictions. I will hopefully if all goes well start up a weekly podcast to begin next week. Hopefully dropping on Wednesday or Thursday. Stay tuned.