WWE Championship Match
John Cena v. The Rock
As hard as WWE is trying to make this “Twice in a Lifetime” match feel special, it just isn’t doing it for me. I’m sure the atmosphere will be electric, but some of the luster is gone now that these guys are having a rematch. Besides, there’s no way WWE books The Rock to beat the current, top-draw star two WrestleManias in a row. Cena wins and Rock rides off into the sunset.
Prediction: John Cena wins the WWE Championship
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Jack Swagger v. Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez have been beaten down, mocked and ridiculed throughout this feud. I think Del Rio retains the belt, maybe with some shenanigans from Rodriguez. If Dolph Ziggler is going to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase – which many are hoping for – it also makes sense to do so against a babyface champion.
Prediction: Alberto Del Rio retains the World Heavyweight Championship
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston (w/ AJ Lee) v. Team Hell No
This match really felt forced onto the card, so forced that it feels like Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston have to win. It makes even more sense if Ziggler plans on cashing in his briefcase sometime soon and WWE uses the new Kaitlyn-AJ feud to get the Divas title on AJ, creating a super stable of champions in the process. That might all be wishful thinking, but the only scenario where I see Ziggler and Langston losing is if Ziggler ends up turning face because of it.
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston win the Tag Team Championships
No Holds Barred Match with Triple H’s Career on the Line
Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) v. Triple H (with Shawn Michaels)
The obvious scenario has Triple H winning, perhaps with help from Shawn Michaels, so he doesn’t have to retire… even though he was already retired.
I think, though, that Triple H wants to go out at WrestleMania and might be expecting a hero’s salute from the MetLife Stadium crowd. If that’s his plan, he could be in for a rude awakening.
HHH losing would be my preferred outcome. With Brock Lesnar signed for two more years, he needs to stay relevant and at the main event level. He’s not doing two years of midcard matches with Kofi Kingston, for example. If Lesnar loses to Triple H, it will make him 1-for-3 since his return to WWE. The smart move is Lesnar winning, which probably means Triple H goes over.
Prediction: Triple H defeats Brock Lesnar
Pre-Show: WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
The Miz v. Wade Barrett
I’ll take The Miz to win the title, simply because he’s a popular guy for media appearances and he’s gotten over better than expected as a babyface. He’s still not great, don’t get me wrong, but WWE has shown zero interest in pushing Wade Barrett.
Prediction: The Miz wins the Intercontinental Championship
CM Punk (with Paul Heyman) v. The Undertaker
All the buildup has been geared towards Undertaker finally getting his retribution on CM Punk and I just don’t think CM Punk is the guy to end the streak.
Prediction: Undertaker defeats CM Punk
Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls v. Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins
Yawn. Tons of Fun probably win because WWE needs to create a new babyface tag team if Team Hell No loses the straps. Does anyone really care about this match, though?
Prediction: Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls defeat Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins
Fandango v. Chris Jericho
I feel like this match could steal the show, simply because of Chris Jericho’s recent comments about Vince McMahon switching up his WrestleMania storyline and Y2J using that as motivation to make this match the best it can be. It is a bit head scratching to bring Jericho back and waste his talent on a loss at ‘Mania, but I think that’s what we’ll get. A win over Jericho would do wonders for Fandango, and Jericho can make him look like a million bucks in the process.
Prediction: Fandango defeats Chris Jericho
Ryback v. Mark Henry
I expected Mark Henry to win the Elimination Chamber and be the one challenging Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship, but a “Battle of the Behemoths” match with Ryback works also.
Ryback has much more to gain from a win at this point in his career than Henry does, so I think Ryback picks up the victory.
Prediction: Ryback defeats Mark Henry
Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show v. The Shield
Some shenanigans probably go down in this contest, allowing The Shield to get a victory and stay strong, while one of the members of the Show/Sheamus/Orton team turns heel. Since Big Show isn’t really a face anyway, it could be him and the “dissension” among the team that costs them the match. Or could Randy Orton finally be ready to be turned heel again?
Prediction: The Shield defeats Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show