With less than a month to go and only one “Roadblock” in the way, the WrestleMania card has taken shape. Barring a wrench being thrown into the booking machine from an unlikely Dean Ambrose WWE World Heavyweight Championship win this Saturday in Toronto, the main elements of the grandest show of all are clear.
Triple H (again, pending the outcome of the Roadblock main event) will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against two-time former champion Roman Reigns, hopefully settling their long and drawn-out grudge. Shane McMahon will challenge the Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match with the goal of wrestling control of Monday Night Raw – and, by extension, all of WWE – away from his sister Stephanie and brother-in-law Triple H. Charlotte will defend the Divas Championship against two of her Four Horsewomen compadres, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch. Finally, Dean Ambrose will battle Brock Lesnar in a no holds barred street fight.
Those are the announced matches, but last night’s episode of Raw gave us a glimpse at what’s to come for the rest of the card.
Chris Jericho and AJ Styles seem to be destined for a one-on-one match to settle the score after Y2J delivered three Codebreakers to the Phenomenal One after their Tag Team Championship match loss to the New Day. One would guess this match will have a stipulation of some sort attached, perhaps two-out-of-three falls, since the pair has faced off on several occasions already.
Sami Zayn returned to Raw to help Neville avoid a post-match beatdown at the hands of Kevin Owens. The common theory is Owens will defend his Intercontinental Championship in a multi-man match at AT&T Stadium, but here’s hoping we get a one-on-one contest between former best friends turned bitter enemies Owens and Zayn. I have no desire to see Dolph Ziggler, Miz, or Tyler Breeze shoehorned into a meaningful match and storyline just to get them on the card.
That, after all, is what the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is for. While WWE hasn’t confirmed we’re getting the battle royal, it’s a safe bet considering the company likes to get everyone on the show.
It’s still unclear what’s in store for the Tag Team Champions, although a matchup against the League of Nations has been rumored. The New Day is working triple threat tag team matches with the Usos and the Dudleys on house shows leading up to ‘Mania, so perhaps we’ll get a multiple team match.
Lastly, there’s United States Champion Kalisto, who has been somewhat lost in the shuffle since Sin Cara returned. We got a little tease of a Ryback-Kalisto program during last night’s Raw but we’ll have to wait another week to see where that goes. If WWE insists on doing a multi-man match for one of the mid-card titles, I’d rather it be Kalisto’s US Title, since Owens and Zayn makes too much sense as a singles match.