I purchase two pay-per-views a year: The WWE Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania. And Wrestlemania is UPON US!
I think this year’s Wrestlemania has a lot to offer. Let’s dig in.
The Rock vs. John Cena
I see John Cena winning here. I’m not his biggest fan, but I just don’t think they’ll have Rock come back WITHOUT putting over whoever he was going to face. This match has a lot of spark. Insiders are saying that there is legit tension between the two. It there really? Maybe. But both of these guys are doing there best to make me BELIEVE it, which is the most important part.
Bottom line: Cena pins The Rock. If he makes The Rock tap out I’ll shit my pants.
Extra fun: Bret Hart mentioned on Twitter that he would happily show The Rock how to properly apply The Sharpshooter. Even back in the late ’90s and early 2000s my friends and I lamented how poorly Dwayne puts that on.
The Undertaker vs. Triple H
- Hell in a Cell
- Shawn Michaels as special referee
This is the match that I’m most confident about on the card. The Undertaker will win this match. I’ll go further and say that I don’t believe Shawn Michaels will “screw” anybody out of a victory or anything like that.
It’s disappointing to hear so many people say, “Oh, I don’t want to see that match again. I saw it twice already.”
They had a match at Wrestlemania 17. AND IT WAS AWESOME.
They had a match least year. AND IT WAS AWESOME.
Were they Flair / Steamboat (who had wrestled hundreds of times and still had great matches which internet nerds salivate over)? No. But they have their own style of match that features two bad-ass wrestlers that nobody would fuck with and have the audience wondering what’s going to happen next.
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
* WWE Championship match
This shit is gonna’ rule. My guess is that Punk retains the championship (my confidence level is 75 percent). But you’ve got these two guys who really know how to work a crowd. Personally I’m more excited about this match than anything else on the card. The thing is that I kind of want Jericho to win just to ensure that this feud continues. But again – my guess is that Punk wins decisively.
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
- World Heavyweight Championship match
I think that this will also be a great match. I predict Sheamus will take the championship (85 percent). I would LOVE it if Bryan kept the title but don’t see it happening on Sunday. Bryan is SO GOOD playing the evil vegan and AJ is playing her “Miss Elizabeth” role quite well. Maybe if I’m lucky, Daniel will win the title back at the next pay-per-view.
Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show
- Intercontinental Championship match
I’m just happy that the IC title is being defended at Wrestlemania! This hasn’t been a given the last few years. Cody’s doing a great job as the jerk, and I think the audience will really want Big Show to bring the belt home. I’m guessing that Big Show will do that, but am only about 65 percent sure.
Randy Orton vs. Kane
Aw, man… I really don’t think that this match will be good. Orton vs. Punk had a great finish last year, but Kane is no CM Punk. I guess that Randy will win, and I will want this to be over quickly so as not to irritate my non-wrestling fans who will be at the house with boredom.
I beg these two to prove me wrong.
Team Teddy [Santino Marella, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, and Booker T] VS
Team Johnny [David Otunga, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz, and Drew McIntyre]
A lot of people are whining about this match. The way I see it, if they’re not going to have a Money in the Bank match (which I would FAR prefer), this is the next best way for some of the guys to get on the card. Battle Royals have kind of been done to death and at least this match kind of means something.
Even without my qualifiying statements above, I think this should still be fun. I absolutely love Santino, Kofi’s great, Zack should be fun, I love Booker, Ziggler’s friggin’ awesome, I think Swagger is underrated and should be pushed better, and I still haven’t stopped digging The Miz since before he won the WWE championship. I’m happy Mark Henry has a spot.
[For those of you keeping track, R-Truth, The Great Khali, David Otunga and Drew McIntyre are people that I really wouldn't pay to see.]
My guess here is that Team Johnny will win. I look over my predictions and see that I’m calling most matches for the “good” guy (although I do consider Rock, Cena, Taker and Trips to be neutral). Bad guys have to win SOMEWHERE and this seems to be as good a place as ever.
Maria Menounos and Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres
One wrestler and three airheads, one of which is allegedly a celebrity. My prediction on this is that I will use the restroom and likely grab a snack.
And that’s all that’s been announced as of now, but there are other things to consider:
** Will Triple H come out to his Conan the Barbarian costume?
** Could Living Colour play CM Punk’s theme live on his way out? (There have been no rumors to suggest this but I think it’d be awesome)
** Will Jim Ross call any matches? Cuz he SHOULD.
** What surprise WWE Legends will show up? We need to see Hot Rod somewhere, don’t we? Or the Iron Sheik? They need to start promoting Legends House, right?
Sunday, April 1st on Pay Per View