2020 has been one hell of a year and the same can be said for the world of professional wrestling. Due to the COVID-19 virus, the annual WrestleMania event will not have fans in attendance. On top of that, to limit the number of people in one arena, the card will be separated into two nights. Looking at the positive […]
2020 has been one hell of a year and the same can be said for the world of professional wrestling. Due to the COVID-19 virus, the annual WrestleMania event will not have fans in attendance. On top of that, to limit the number of people in one arena, the card will be separated into two nights.
Looking at the positive here, I always thought that WrestleMania would be better if they had it as a two-day event, similar to New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom pay-per-view. It is a good way to get a lot of people on the card without the event dragging out for six-plus hours while also giving the superstars the right amount of time to perform in a match.
While the show was pre-taped, we still have no idea what matches will fall on what night. For these predictions, I will just give my thoughts on the entire card for now and separate them by days once the event concludes Sunday. 18 matches are scheduled on the card (two in the pre-show), with the majority of the titles on the line.
Here are my predictions for WrestleMania 36.
Natalya vs. Liv Morgan (pre-show)
Prediction: Liv Morgan wins
A match that was added just hours before the event, will see the veteran Natalya go up against Liv Morgan. With no clear direction for either superstar, this is a toss-up for me.
Cesaro vs. Drew Gulak (pre-show)
Prediction: Drew Gulak wins
Another match that was added hours before. This should be a highly entertaining match as these are one of the best-underrated workers on the roster. This also ties with the Sami Zayn/Daniel Bryan match later in the night. With Gulak’s recent push teaming with Bryan, I have Gulak winning here.
Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley
Prediction: Aleister Black wins
A match that added with no real purpose but it should be a good one. It feels that WWE has huge plans for Black once this is all over after beating a bunch of jobbers the past few weeks. Lashley, on the other hand, looks to be lost in his return to WWE. Lashley had that feud with Rusev but it died out with no huge result. Give me Black as the winner.
Elias vs. King Corbin
Prediction: King Corbin wins
Corbin has dealt with a string of losses since winning King of the Ring and he needs to start winning if SmackDown keeps pushing him as one of the top heels on the brand. Elias can take a loss here as he will always be over with the crowd. Corbin has also had a run with WrestleMania host Rob Gronkowski, so it would not shock me if we see him involved in some sort.
Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler
Prediction: Otis wins
A very entertaining storyline on the blue brand and this will actually be Ziggler’s first-ever singles match on The Grandest Stage of Them All. That being said, it makes sense for Otis to win here after weeks of feuding with Ziggler. Otis has had a great character change, snapping at times while keeping his loveable self. With the addition of Mandy Rose’s friend Sonya Deville, we could see them involved here also, given that they are not set for the card.
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Prediction: Kevin Owens wins
There has been a lot of build to this match, with the key point being Owens not having the WrestleMania resume of Rollins (Rollins has won at every WrestleMania he has been apart of). That is a great reason for Owens to get the victory here and have Rollins continue his heel ways as The Monday Night Messiah.
The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles in a Boneyard match
Prediction: The Undertaker wins
Before you ask, I have no idea what a Boneyard match is. If this was a younger superstar (Styles is 42) I would have picked the opposite of ‘Taker but The Deadman is an icon, especially when WrestleMania rolls around. Give me The Deadman winning in whatever this match is going to be.
John Cena vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in a Firefly Fun House match
Prediction: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt wins
WWE already dropped the ball on Wyat losing to Goldberg quickly at Super ShowDown and I do not see them making the same mistake here. With Cena not being a full-time WWE wrestler, it would make sense for Wyatt to win and get back to his winning ways. I have no clue what a Firefly Fun House match is but it should be interesting, to say the least.
Edge vs. Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing match
Prediction: Edge wins
A match where I KNOW the crowd was going to go wild for once Edge’s music started playing. I never thought that I would be talking about The Rated R Superstar in a match but here he is and I am looking forward to it.
This has been great storytelling between these two veterans. Since Edge is back in the fold, I have him winning his first WWE match in a decade.
Intercontinental Championship – Sami Zayn (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
Prediction: Sami Zayn retains the Intercontinental Championship
This has been a fun storyline to follow with the likes of Drew Gulak, Cesaro, and Shinsuke Nakamura also involved here. Zayn just won the title against Braun Strowman at Elimination Chamber and I think Zayn has a lot more left in the tank as champion.
This storyline can go a lot further here with Gulak acting as Bryans “coach” so have Zayn retain and give Bryan the win at the next PPV (with a huge crowd reaction).
Women’s Tag Team Championship – The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) (c) vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Prediction: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross win the Women’s Tag Team Championship
In its short history, there has not been much of a great movement for the women’s tag team titles. While the reigns have been long there have been few defenses and not enough limited attention. Kabuki Warriors have done a great job with the titles but there is a lot more potential for women’s tag teams on the SmackDown side as compared to Raw. Asuka and Sane need to move on into singles action with Bliss and Cross can still work together as a tag team on the blue brand.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – John Morrison (c) vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jimmy Uso in a Ladder match
Prediction: John Morrison (and The Miz) retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
Man, this is one of those matches where you would really want the crowd here. On top of that, with Miz being out due to illness, it stinks to not actually have the full tag teams in this ladder match.
However, we know that these guys can pull crazy maneuvers when it comes to having ladders involved. If all the teams were involved, I would have predicted a title change but for now, it would not make sense for the titles to switch in a singles style match.
The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) (c) vs. Austin Theory and Angel Garza
Prediction: The Street Profits retain the Raw Tag Team Championship
This has the chance to be an exciting match given the talent and athleticism of all four men. There is really no storyline here as the 22-year-old Theory was just called up to Raw a few days ago to replace the injured Andrade here. That being said, it should be a good match but I think Dawkins and Ford retain here as they more of a legit tag team.
NXT Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Prediction: Rhea Ripley retains the NXT Women’s Championship
Flair won the 2020 Royal Rumble and shockingly challenge for Ripley’s title down at NXT. Ripley has had a fast track to stardom, dating back to Survivor Series in November and eventually dethroning Shayna Baszler as champion on NXT.
Ripley is the next best thing in NXT and having her beat a star-like Flair on a stage like this will only help out her career. Losing the title could only hurt her stock right now unless they plan to bring her to either Raw or SmackDown in the near future.
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) vs. Lacey Evans vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks vs. Tamina in a Fatal 5-Way Elimination match
Prediction: Bayley retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship
In my opinion, this should have just a straight-up Banks vs Bayley scenario but we can hope that they are saving the fallout for a crowd as large as SummerSlam. I think will have Bayley retaining here and maybe screwing Banks out of chance and eliminating her early here.
Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
Prediction: Shayna Baszler wins the Raw Women’s Championship
Baszler has been on a tear since being called up to the main roster, destroying everyone in the Women’s Elimination Chamber to earn her title shot. Because of that, I think Baszler wins here to set up Lynch to chase for the title once again and get a huge crowd reaction. It’ll also help establish Baszler as a legit heel in the Raw women’s division.
WWE Championship – Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
Prediction: Drew McIntyre wins the WWE Championship
McIntyre has been pushed to the moon since winning the 2020 Royal Rumble and I think it is the right time to claim a new champion here. Nothing against Lesnar, but fans are tired of seeing a part-timer hold onto the gold. It will be a shame that McIntyre’s career moment will not have a crowd reaction but the potential feuds down the line can make up for it.
Universal Championship – Goldberg (c) vs. Braun Strowman
Prediction: Braun Strowman wins the Universal Championship
Originally, Roman Reigns was scheduled here but opted out due to medical concerns (which is 100% understandable given the situation). Still, I wish WWE got creative and storylined Strowman into “taking out” Reigns so he could face Goldberg.
However, I think (and hope) Strowman wins here. He more than deserves a top title run and much like the Raw side, fans are tired of seeing a part-timer hold onto the brand’s top title. Strowman wins and start up a feud with Reigns right after.
This is going to be one of the weirdest events I’ll be watching. Wrestling is one of those events that you need a crowd because most of the time, a silent crowd can hurt some matches. Still, it should be a fun two-day event and it’ll be interesting what WWE does once this weekend is over.