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Wrestlemania XXXI Predictions
March 28, 2015
Here we are, just a few hours from the biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania XXXI. Tonight is the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony and then, tomorrow afternoon, it’s time for everyone to put on the tights and pull out their A-game at Wrestlemania. While the build this year for the “grandaddy of them all” (except for Starcade) has been somewhat lacking, the card looks to be a solid one and the show should be good.
And with all of that in mind, it’s time to break out the Tarot cards, put on the gawdy robes, channel the inner Amazing Criswell and do that prediction thing. No time for love, Mr. Jones. Let’s just get to it and do it…
Wrestlemania XXXI Thoughts and Predictions…
WWE World Heavyweight Title Match:
Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
Brock has signed a new contract and will be around for the next couple of years. So what looked to be an easy pick, with Reigns going over, isn’t quite so easy anymore. No matter who wins, I am sure that this will be a stiff, smashmouth style match. These guys are going to give it everything to have the match of the night and put forth one hell of a show. Reigns has a lot of doubters as to if he really belongs in that main event spot and will be out to prove the critics and haters wrong and I think he’s going to do it. He’s going to give it everything and by the end of the night, the fans will be saying about Reigns that, “damn, he’s good!”. Believe that!!
But with that being said, what about the WWE World Championship, currently held by “The Beast” Brock Lesnar? Well, Brock just signed a new deal and he’s determined to stick around for a while. And I don’t think he signed that new deal only to lose the first match out, if you catch my drift. So look for stiff action and a match for the ages. Look for both Brock and Roman to take beatings that would destroy others. And look for a sneaky, squeak-by win in the end. It won’t be total domination like he did to Cena a few months ago, but it’ll still be a win as Brock scores the pin and retains the gold.
Winner and STILL WWE World Champion: BROCK LESNAR
Sting vs. Triple H
It’s going to be interesting to see if this match can live up to the hype. Sting is not a great wrestler and hasn’t had a real match in quite a while. Add the age factor and he’s going to ber struggling to hold up his end of the match. But that being said, he’s up against Triple H and Hunter, while not a full time wrestler himself anymore, is still capable of putting on a solid match and carrying an opponent when needed. So will this match live up to the hype? If they keep it fairly short (under fifteen minutes), then yes, it can.
I think we’ll see some Authority involvement and maybe have one of the former WCW stars (Booker T?) get involved to counter that. We may even see a cameo by the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Sting’s greatest rival, during part of the match. It’ll be sledgehammers, bats and chairs, oh my! And of course, Sting gets the win. Otherwise, what’s the point? HHH carries the match and lots of smoke and mirrors to hide the shortcomings of both men and in the end, the icon of WCW gets the win. And as Scott Hall would say during his classic nWo surveys, “One more for the good guys!”
Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker
This one has me baffled. Bray Wyatt has done all of the work and build for this match and he needs the win. He had his legs cut out from under him at Wrestlemania XXX by John Cena and has never quite recovered. But the Undertaker hasn’t been seen since last year when the Streak ended and it’s hard to imagine him coming back after a whole year only to lose his match. It just baffles the mind and doesn’t make sense. So what will they do?
I think it will be Wyatt dominating most of the match, but in the end, it’s the Taker making that big comeback and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Wyatt will have opportunities to rebuild his name and reputation and can destroy someone the next night on RAW to get his mojo back. It’s the Taker and despite what happened last year with Brock, the Taker should NEVER lose again at Wrestlemania. ‘Nuff said!
Winner: THE UNDERTAKER
Paige & AJ Lee vs. The Bella Twins
No titles on the line so I can’t see any kind of reason for the Twin Magic duo to win. AJ and Paige are fascinating as a team and if they do a double-pin on the current Divas Champion, Nikki, there could be trouble and friction for a long time to come. What’s best for business is to have the two top Divas fighting over the chance to be the next Divas Champion and that happens best when the “Frienemies” are foes. So there you go.
Personally, I’d love to see a “Total Divas” tag match with the cast of Total Divas against several past Divas like Eve, Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Ivory, Lita , Trish, etc. Now that would be a Divas tag match that would generate interest and put butts in the seats. Instead we get this tag match, a match that has been seen a dozen times on RAW and Smackdown. Oh well, it should be okay. Maybe we can get that Total Divas versus Divas Past match at next year’s show. I’ve heard that it’s going to be stacked with old-timers and past stars anyhow so I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
Winners: AJ LEE & PAIGE
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins
Another smash-mouthed, slobber knocker of a match that should see both men pulling out all the tricks and trying to steal the show. I’m not even going to get all fancy and detailed here. Orton kicks ass and wins the match. There are other things waiting for Seth most likely on Monday night.
Winner: RANDY ORTON
United States Title Match:
Rusev vs. John Cena
I’m torn on this one. I would really love to see Rusev win and retain the title. He’s getting better and better each match and has grown on me as a true bad-ass performer. But it’s John Cena and it’s Wrestlemania and they’ve put so much into the “proud American” storyline that I can’t see any way that Cena won’t win. Having Cena as the United States Champion isn’t a bad thing and would help rebuild the prestige for the title that it once had. But Rusev doesn’t deserve to lose.
How about this. Cena traps Rusev in the STFU. Rusev refuses to submit and then we see Lana, back from her exile, coming to ringside and throwing in the towel for her man, Rusev. Cena wins and gets the title and the fans (some of them) are happy. Rusev loses the title, but never submitted and was never pinned and can (rightfully) blame his loss on Lana. Works for me. Then Cena can go on as the U.S. Champion and maybe we can see a situation develop with Rusev and Brock Lesnar. Now that would be a match that could be fun to see. Hmmmmm….
Winner and NEW U.S. Champion: JOHN CENA
IC Title Ladder Match:
Bad News Barrett vs. R-Truth vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Stardust
One of two things will happen here. Seven is an odd number for a Ladder Match so either we’ll have Sheamus return here and be injected into the match. Or we’ll have Goldust get involved and take out Stardust before or during the match, ala a Matt Hardy. This is going to be the trainwreck, highspot, body aching for a month match of the night. It looks odd to not see Kofi Kingston in the match since he’s such a master of these kind of matches, but we’ve got a great crowd here and this will be a match for the ages that we’ll end up going back and watching over and over.
As for who wins, it’s really anyone’s game at this point. The strong favorite is Daniel Bryan, but I think that’s too obvious, even for the WWE. Stardust won’t win because I expect that he’ll have some sort of altercation with Goldust, leading to a match next month at Extreme Rules. I like Luke Harper, but I can’t see the big man winning it either. And that leaves Dolph, Ambrose, Truth or Barrett. Hmmmm…
Take out Barrett because I’m pretty sure we’ll see a new champion crowned. Dolph doesn’t need the belt and while it would be great to see him get the credit and respect he deserves, it’s the WWE and I doubt that they’ll allow him that moment tomorrow night. So Ambrose or Truth? Ambrose reminds me a lot of Roddy Piper in the way he acts and does things and Piper wouldn’t need the belt so Ambrose won’t either. So, by process of elimination and also just by how awesome he’s been on commentary and the build for this match, let’s give it to Truth. This will be his Wrestlemania moment.
Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: R-TRUTH!
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal:
The Miz, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Fandango, Adam Rose, Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger, Titus O’Neil, Darren Young, Big Show, Kane, Damien Mizdow, Sin Cara, Goldust, Heath Slater, Mark Henry, Konor, Victor, Hideo Atami and a couple of others, to be determined.
I love Battle Royals. It’s a great way to make sure that everyone has a spot on the show and give the mid-card and lower-card wrestlers a chance to shine, even if it is just for a brief moment. But where is Christian and where is Bo Dallas? I Bo-Lieve that he should be there. I know that Christian will be doing commentary on the pre-show with Booker. That’s good, but I’d rather see him in the match.
As for the match, look for Kane and Big Show to finally implode. I expect to see Axel-Mania run wild. Curtis won’t win, but I’m looking for a somewhat tainted elimination either through the ropes or under that the referee’s don’t see to allow Axel to claim that he was “never eliminated” from the Battle Royal and is the winner. Keep the gimmick going, brother! And in the end, the final four will be Hideo Atami, The Miz, Damien Mizdow and Jack Swagger. The final two are Miz and Mizdow and Miz orders Mizdow to eliminate himself and give Miz the win. It doesn’t happen and we (finally) see Mizdow turn on and eliminate his employer to take home the win. Yeah, it has to happen.
Winner: DAMIEN MIZDOW
Fatal Four-Way Tag Team Title:
Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The New Day vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos
I am glad to see that the Usos will be part of this match. I still can’t quite understand why The New Day and Los Matadores are part of the match, but whatever. I actually like Los Matadores, but I would rather see them eventually unmask and become The Colons once more, or even “Primo & Epico”. But whatever. That’s a WWE thing and at least they’re starting to get some time on TV again. Too bad that little bull is with them. I’d love to see some more Torito versus Hornswoggle. Now that was good TV entertainment.
But back to this match. It’s good to see the Usos back and Los Matadores are cool and the New Day is starting to grow on me, despite the stupid and stereotypical gimmick that’s been given to them. I still don’t believe that they belong in this match and would be better suited for a spot in the Battle Royal, while The Ascension would be better for the role in this match. So would the Prime Time Players.
In the end, it will be Kidd & Cesaro and The Usos that matter. Look for Naomi and Natayla to get involved. And it’s too soon for Kidd and Cesaro to lose the belts so I think “Nasty Nattie” will pull out her inner heel and cause the distraction. Pin and win and the team of Tyson Kidd and Cesaro retain the gold.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: TYSON KIDD & CESARO
And there you go with my predictions for Wrestlemania XXXI. Am I right? Am I wrong? Does it even really matter so long as the show is good? I think not. And with that, I’m out of here. It’s time to try and catch two hours of sleep before I have to head out to work. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you on the flip side. I’m Doug and I’m outta here!