Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio 2/3 falls for United States title (preshow match)
I’ve gotta be honest…I’m shocked that this match is on the preshow. I mean, it’s a 2 out of 3 falls title match for chrissakes! Couldn’t they shove the Wyatt match or the divas tag team match or even the Dudleyz vs the Usos on the pre-show? It just seems like a waste for what could be a fantastic match. I really don’t expect Kalisto to win as it makes no sense to have him keep the U.S. title when he’s back tagging with Sin Cara 2.0. So by hook or by crook, Del Rio wins back the U.S. title because I think WWE wants the luchadores to remain a top babyface tag team.
WINNER: Alberto Del Rio
Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks vs. Naomi & Tamina
There is zero reason to suspect that Lynch and Banks won’t win this match. What I’m hoping, though, is that there is enough tension between the two of them that it extends to them both wanting their rematch for the Divas title against Charlotte at WrestleMania. It doesn’t make sense to have them lose in a relatively meaningless tag match.
WINNERS: Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks
Big Show & Kane & Ryback vs. The Wyatt Family
I don’t even care. The Wyatts will win. Yawn.
WINNERS: The Wyatt Family
Charlotte vs. Brie Bella for Divas title
I don’t have high expectations for this match, to be honest. No offense to Brie, but being the “better wrestler” out of the Bella Twins isn’t exactly a tremendous honor. Can she milk the popularity of her husband for some cheap pops? Yeah, but it won’t really improve this match-up a lot. Charlotte’s been on fire lately since doing the full heel turn, and my guess is that she’ll sneak a victory with the help of her father to eventually set up a Fatal 4-Way for the title at WrestleMania (along with Banks and Lynch), since the three challengers will all have legitimate reasons for deserving a title match.
A.J. Styles vs. Chris Jericho
Kudos to Jericho for not only wanting to put Styles over in his first WWE feud, but doing it while acting heel-ish in the process (without actually turning heel). Given enough time, I really expect these two to put on a helluva show…at least if Jericho decides to go out and play (he’s been on-and-off over the past few months). This match should hopefully set-up a number one contender to the Intercontinental championship…at least if my fantasy booking is on fleek.
WINNER: AJ Styles
Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler for IC title
I’ve read from multiple sources that there are “big plans” for Kevin Owens at WrestleMania. I don’t know if that’s actually the case or not, but at the end of the day it makes zero sense for Dolph Ziggler to win the Intercontinental championship. His character is so stale that it would actually hurt the IC belt if he won it. My guess is that Owens not only wins, but the victory propels him to face off against Styles at Mania in a match that stems from the Royal Rumble. The match itself could be epic and I think WWE knows what they’ve got with these two men.
WINNER: Kevin Owens
Cutting Edge segment featuring The New Day
I can only hope and pray that this segment is used to set-up a tag team contender for New Day to face at WrestleMania. Otherwise, what the hell is the point of all this? (Well…other than to promote the new Edge & Christian show on the WWE Network, that is) And really, since there aren’t any teams in WWE that are close to being over enough to legitimately challenge for the WWE tag team championships, it only makes sense to debut an NXT team. And the ONLY team in NXT that is ready for this opportunity is Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady. Will this happen? I kinda doubt it, but man…do I hope it happens. I’d much rather this than, say, Goldust and R-Truth “officially” declare themselves a tag team.
Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar for the WrestleMania main event match against Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Sigh…so many choices yet so little optimism that they will actually take place. Obviously, WWE has been working on Roman Reigns being “the man” for over a year now. It hasn’t worked, but that hasn’t stopped Vince from trying to make it happen and “force” the WWE Universe to love his guy.
What’s intriguing has been the “Dean Ambrose Experiment” that’s taken place over the past few weeks. From the face-off between Ambrose and Triple H at the Royal Rumble, to the multiple attempts at wanting to take out Brock Lesnar on his own, to him losing the Intercontinental championship without having been pinned or submitted…it appears as though Ambrose might be on the “Daniel Bryan path” where the crowds have forced WWE’s hand. At this point, it’s totally possible that Ambrose (who has been booked to be the underdog that will never quit) somehow wins this match and faces Triple H for his ultimate WrestleMania moment.
I think that regardless of whether Ambrose or Reigns wins, Brock Lesnar will be attacked by Bray Wyatt to set up their WrestleMania match (though it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that Lesnar wins, either…leaving Ambrose and Reigns to face each other at Mania).
In a perfect world, Reigns would lose this match, have Ambrose win at Mania, and then turn heel in en route to becoming the next “Paul Heyman Guy” while Lesnar took the summer off. This would allow Reigns to rebuild as a heel under Heyman, Ambrose to run as a face with the title, and fresh matches and storylines to take place leading to the eventual return of Seth Rollins at SummerSlam.
Of course, that would leave no real opponent for Reigns at WrestleMania and it would mean Vince has to admit defeat and eat crow…AGAIN. That’s just not going to happen.
WINNER: Roman Reigns
But am I way off on this? Is it really just as straight-forward as a finish as everybody expects it to be? These are just my predictions, but I’ve love to know YOUR thoughts! Sound off in a comment below or hit me up on social media and let me know!
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