We are finally here. WrestleMania 35. After NXT put together a classic TakeOver event Friday, WWE will try to one-up them in their biggest event of the year. 16 matches will take place tonight, which is a WrestleMania record and every title on the main roster will be on the line. It will be a long event but with the […]
We are finally here. WrestleMania 35. After NXT put together a classic TakeOver event Friday, WWE will try to one-up them in their biggest event of the year. 16 matches will take place tonight, which is a WrestleMania record and every title on the main roster will be on the line.
It will be a long event but with the right booking, this could be a memorable event. Here are my predictions for WrestleMania 35.
WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal (pre-show)
Prediction: Ruby Riott wins the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal
Confirmed entrants so far (in order when they were announced):
- Mandy Rose
- Sonya Deville
- Nikki Cross
- Dana Brooke
- Ruby Riott
- Liv Morgan
- Sarah Logan
- Mickie James
- Zelina Vega
Last year was the debut of the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal and it was a little chaotic with so many participants. As of right now, there are only 13 superstars scheduled to appear but they may add some more from NXT when the event starts.
The surprising one here is Asuka, who more than deserves her own WrestleMania match. WWE seemed to scrap any plans she had with the SmackDown Women’s Championship and had her drop the title to Charlotte Flair a few weeks before the event.
Given the history of both the men and women’s battle royals, the winners don’t mean much. Asuka could be the clear winner here but WWE could pull a swerve here. I have Ruby Riott winning and could give her a legit chance to challenge the women’s title down the line.
André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (pre-show)
Prediction: Andrade wins the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Confirmed entrants so far (in order when they were announced):
- Braun Strowman
- Michael Che
- Colins Jost
- Apollo Crews
- Titus O’Neil
- Tyler Breeze
- Jinder Mahal
- No Way Jose
- Bobby Roode
- Chad Gable
- Gran Metalik
- Lince Dorado
- Bo Dallas
- Curtis Axel
- Heath Slater
- Shelton Benjamin
- Luke Gallows
- Karl Anderson
- Matt Hardy
- Jeff Hardy
Braun Strowman seems to be the clear winner here, given that he was the only one here to have some sort of buildup for this as he has been in some sort of feud with SNL’s Colin Jost and Michael Che.
At the end of it, I can see Jost or Che costing Strowman the victory. My pick here is Andrade. He should have been in the United States title picture here but giving him a win gives him a nice WrestleMania “moment.”
Cruiserweight Championship – Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Tony Nese (pre-show)
Prediction: Buddy Murphy retains the Cruiserweight Championship
Tony Nese earned an opportunity to challenge Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy after winning a #1 contender tournament.
There is no doubt Murphy is talented and unless WWE has plans to move him to the main roster, I don’t see him losing here. Have him hold onto the title longer until 205 Live has another top superstar to take Murphy’s place.
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
Prediction: Drew McIntyre wins
Roman Reigns’ four-months absence caused by his real-life battle with leukemia allowed WWE to build up other superstars on Raw to be in the main title picture. Insert Drew McIntyre, who has the potential to be the next heel challenger in the Universal title picture.
It will be a good match between the two and while Reigns winning will be good, McIntyre winning in a close match could set up a longer feud between the two, even for the Universal Championship down the line.
AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
Prediction: Randy Orton wins
A match that a lot of fans have been waiting for. This has the potential to be one of the best matches of the night.
The buildup between these two have been great and given the chemistry, on the microphone, they have had, the in-ring action could follow. We could see a feud between these guys for a while. It is a toss-up for me, but I am picking Randy Orton to win and have AJ Styles get a win off of him in another PPV down the line.
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon in a Falls Count Anywhere match
Prediction: The Miz wins
Since Crown Jewel, this Shane McMahon/The Miz feud has been built a lot better than expected. With the actions McMahon has been pulling for the last few weeks, there is no doubt Miz will look to get his revenge tonight.
Miz as a face is something we have not seen in a while and it is a nice change of pace. Have Miz win here in what seems to be the end of this feud. Oh, and expect Shane-O-Mac to jump off of something here to get a huge pop from the crowd.
Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin
Prediction: Kurt Angle wins, with a John Cena appearance
The Hall of Famer Kurt Angle will have his last match tonight. The legend himself will have his last match against…Baron Corbin. Nothing against Corbin here, but there were so many better option here (John Cena *cough*.)
Let’s hope that this is a quick victory from Angle here and have John Cena come out and give him one last quality wrestling match that fans will enjoy.
Triple H vs. Batista in a No Holds Barred match
Prediction: Triple H wins
It is great to see Batista back in the WWE once again and having him as a heel was something, not a lot of us expected.
The stipulation was added that Triple H would be forced to retire if he losses. With that added, I don’t see Batista winning. Still, this has been a great story coming into ‘Mania. It’ll be a fun match to watch and a Batista loss would not hurt his return and could give him a reasoning to come back on Raw the next night.
Women’s Tag Team Championship – The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connections (Sasha Banks and Bayley) vs. The Illconics (Peyton Royce and Billie Kay) vs. The Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix and Natalya) vs. Nia Jax and Tamina
Prediction: The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection retain the Women’s Tag Team Championship
WWE has done a good job with the Women’s Tag titles so far. Having Bayley and Sasha Banks was a good call here, given how they have been booked for the past couple of years.
Given the popularity they both have, it would be nice of them to hold up the titles at the biggest stage. They have been great as champions so let’s not have them drop the titles so quickly after they won them. Having them beat three other teams will legitimize them top champions in the company.
Raw Tag Team Championship – The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) vs. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins
Prediction: Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins win the Raw Tag Team Championship
A match that was added just a few days before WrestleMania, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins will challenge The Revival for the Raw Tag Team Championships.
It is nice for Revival to finally get their shine at WrestleMania, but the Hawkins “always losing storyline” is interesting here. Hawkins and Ryder breaking the streak and holding up the titles in their hometown are too good of an opportunity to pass up. Have Ryder and Hawkins win here and give them a short run for the titles. Nothing wrong with a feel-good story here.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) (c) vs. The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev vs. Ricochet and Aleister Black
Prediction: The Usos retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championship
Another tag team match that seemingly has no build to it, as this match was added on the go-home episode of SmackDown.
It will be a fun match to watch as all of the participants are more than capable of putting on a quality match. I think because of the no real storyline here, The Usos retain and start-up their feud with another team down the line.
United States Championship – Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
Prediction: Samoa Joe retains the United States Championship
The United States title has been all over the place since the start of the new year and Samoa Joe has done a great job since winning the championship. For how well he is doing, I don’t see him little the title so quickly.
The addition of Rey Mysterio’s son Dominic is a nice twist as Joe might attack him to build some heat maybe continue this feud after WrestleMania. It will be a good way to revive the U.S. Championship.
Intercontinental Championship – Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Finn Bálor
Prediction: Finn Bálor wins the Intercontinental Championship
Finn Bálor breaking out his “Demon” persona was a good call here, even if fans wanted it to be more of a surprise. Bálor is undefeated when he breaks into that character so I see him walking out a two-time Intercontinental Champion.
WWE Championship – Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
Prediction: Kofi Kingston wins the WWE Championship
A match with one the best build-ups coming in, Kofi Kingston finally gets his one-on-one shot for the WWE Championship for the first time in his 11-year career.
Daniel Bryan has been great as a heel champion but the time for Kingston to hold up the gold is now. He is too over with the crowd and Metlife Stadium would erupt if Kingston wins. He more than deserves this chance after the constant screwing over of Vince McMahon in the weeks leading up to it.
Do the right thing WWE. Kofi for WWE Champ.
Universal Championship – Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins
Prediction: Seth Rollins wins the Universal Championship
Last year, Brock Lesnar shockingly retained the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns and the fans were not happy about it. This time, he faces 2019 Royal Rumble winner Seth Rollins with the Universal title on the line once again.
Nothing against Lesnar here, but it is time for a part-timer to move on as champion. Rollins is red-hot right now and could a lot more with the title if he wins it here.
Don’t make the same mistake last year, have Brock drop the title.
Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship – Ronda Rousey (Raw Women’s Champion) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (SmackDown Women’s Champion) in a Winner Take All-match
Prediction: Becky Lynch wins the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship
A historic triple threat match will close the show as it will an all-women’s main event for the first time in WrestleMania history.
This has been building up since Survivor Series and this will be an instant classic. The addition of the SmackDown Women’s Championship is a nice touch here.
Much like Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch is way too over with the crowd to not put both belts on her. WWE might not want all the main titles to change hands here, but this is too good of an opportunity to pass up.
It’ll be a long show but if you are a huge WWE fan it won’t matter. Every match on the main card will be fun to watch and if WWE makes the right call with the Universal, WWE, and both Women’s championship matches, it can be a historic event. The tag and secondary title matches will also be fun to watch as well as Orton/Styles and HHH/Batista.
Find a comfy chair to sit in because you’ll need it for this potential seven-plus hour show.