‘The Granddaddy Of Them All’ is almost here as WrestleMania for the second time will emanate from the MetLife Stadium in New York/New Jersey and is set to be the longest pro wrestling PPV of all time.
So we thought for this PPV preview we would spotlight the top matches on the card, whilst still giving our predictions for each offering on what is a 15, yes 15! match card. Deep breaths everyone and keep your cans of Monster close by!
Winner Takes All:
Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch
History will be made this Sunday when the Women main event Mania for the first time in the history of the event. Add the fact that now both the Raw and Smackdown Women’s titles will be on the line with one Woman leaving with both straps, this has become the most must-see Mania main event since maybe Mania 30. The build for this has been incredible as all three Women, Lynch in particular have stepped up their game and given wrestling fans around the world true reason to believe that in 2019, Women have become just as big of a draw as their Male counterparts. Epic does not justify what this match has become and what it will be.
Prediction: Becky Lynch will leave Mania as a dual champion. A win for any of the three would offer great possibilities but on this stage and considering her character development, surely ‘The Man’ will leave the winner.
WWE Universal Title Match:
Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins has been on incredible form over the last 12 months and has rightfully worked his way into this position. Is he the man to dethrone Lesnar and start a new era for the Universal title? This one may not be as clear cut as some think!
Prediction: Logic would dictate that Rollins takes his place here as the ‘BeastSlayer’ and begin what could critically be a tremendous run with the title. However, controversial as it may sound, this writer is going with Lesnar retaining. With the ever looming next show in Saudi Arabia coming up, we could all see Lesnar walk into that show still wearing the title.
WWE Title Match:
Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston
In what has become, so far, the most surprising story of 2019, Kofi Kingston has the chance to leave Mania as the WWE champion. As documented by us before, 10 years ago that could have seemed plausible but in 2019, it truly is hard to take. Yes, Kofi has been a WWE Mainstay and a consistent performer as part of The New Day but again this one seems very surreal. Bryan has excelled in his role as Heel champion since November last year and one could say there is still a lot of steam left in his run as champion.
Prediction: This one seems to be a foregone conclusion. Whilst the validity of a reign for the challenger is questionable in this writers eyes, a transitional reign seems like for Kofi and one that the WWE Universe seems to be more than ready to welcome.
No Holds Barred:
Triple H vs Batista
Fans worldwide, or is that Universe-wide? rejoiced when this match was made. A full on evil Batista is what WWE fans wanted for years upon his return and they have been given that and then some. So much history here as both men have had blinders in the past and take into fact that Batista seems to be really motivated going into this, we could have a legit match of the night contender in the making.
Prediction: So given the way this has played out and add in the stipulation that the career of Triple H is on the line, this one has sadly become predictable so we are going with a win for ‘The Game’. We cannot see Triple H hanging them up just yet.
AJ Styles vs Randy Orton
If ever a matched screamed WrestleMania this is the one. Yes they have met in some form in the past but now backed up by a reason to invest in the feud, this one has become highly anticipated. Many are expecting this to steal the show as Styles always brings his A game to Mania and this is the most motivated we have seen Orton over the past few years.
Prediction: We are going with Styles here. Orton seems to be going out of his way to make AJ look good, not that it is needed, but that seems to be the impression. Look for this to be either a classic or a passable effort. Classic is what we are all hoping for.
Rest of the card:
- The Miz defeats Shane McMahon
- Kurt Angle defeats Baron Corbin
- Finn Balor beats Bobby Lashley for the IC title
- Samoa Joe retains the US title against Rey Mysterio
- Aleister Black and Ricochet to capture the Smackdown tag titles
- Sasha Banks and Bayley to retain the Women’s tag titles
- Roman Reigns defeats Drew McIntyre
- Tony Nese defeats Buddy Murphy to win the Cruiserweight title
- Braun Strowman wins the Andre Memorial battle royal
- Shayna Baszler wins the Women’s battle royal
There we have it folks. It’s going to be a looooong night but hopefully one that we will remember and enjoy. We will be back next week with a recap once we have recovered from what will be a massive undertaking of a viewing!