Double G Sports Staff Predictions: WrestleMania 35
Who will win the first women’s WrestleMania main event? What surprises are in store for us inside MetLife Stadium?
One word brings joy to wrestling fans everywhere: WrestleMania. The Show of Shows returns to MetLife Stadium for WrestleMania 35! Get ready to stock up on some candy and coffee, as there will be about 16 matches on this show.
History will be made as Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair will be the first women to headline a WrestleMania. With a refreshing matchup closing the show, will the New York/New Jersey faithful go home happy? Will there be any surprises along with the way? It is sure to be quite a scene once the fireworks begin.
Last year, Double G Sports previewed WrestleMania 34, and did it again this past SummerSlam. We are getting back to business with the biggest event of the year. Along with The Main Event‘s own Daniel Yanofsky, here to give their predictions once again are Chris Passarelli and Scott Rogust.
Let’s start all the way from the top. Are you ready?
Ronda Rousey (c) v. Charlotte Flair (c) v. Becky Lynch – WWE Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship
Dan: Boy, it sure took us a heck of a process to get here. Just imagine if Becky Lynch didn’t have the run she was on following last SummerSlam. Titles and history will be in the line as the women will main event WrestleMania for the Raw and Smackdown Championships.
Realistically, Becky should walk out the winner here. Ronda’s current status with the company is unknown, and while she has stepped up her game recently since getting an attitude, her run may be coming to an end. Charlotte winning will upset many fans inside MetLife Stadium, but it wouldn’t be surprising. Remember the last time Charlotte was in a history-making triple threat match?
Winner: Becky (and NEW)
Chris: The main event of the evening (as it should be) better be worth the wait because it’ll probably start around 12:30 a.m. ET. It’s slated to be an absolute fantastic matchup between three very talented women, especially after a segment on Raw where all three got into a fight after being arrested. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly suggest you check it out.
Anyway, we all know what happens here. WWE tends to recycle storylines every couple of years and this is no different. Becky Lynch is Daniel Bryan five years later. There’s a reason why both titles are on the line; for the visuals of Becky Lynch lifting up both titles. Look for her to submit Ronda Rousey and beat her at her own game.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Scott: Herstory. Rousey vs. Flair. vs. Lynch was the only logical choice to close out WrestleMania. The feud has had its ups and downs, but Monday’s homage to “Cops” and “Benny Hill” has gotten me hyped for the absolute insanity this match will provide. All three women will dish out bone-rattling moves and limb-stretching submissions to bring MetLife to its feet. There’s no other choice for a winner. This is Becky Lynch’s match to win, as she takes all the titles, and turns WrestleMania into WrestleMANia.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Daniel Bryan (c) v. Kofi Kingston – WWE World Championship
Dan: Oh; this is a tough one to call. Daniel Bryan has been on one hell of a role since his heel turn. Who would have thought that when he made his grand WWE return? Kofi’s story has been truly fascinating; always the bridesmaid, never the bride. He has been a part of big moments, but always gets pushed to the side when it comes to world title matches. Now, he has a chance to shock the world, by playing the Daniel Bryan / WrestleMania 30 role.
How we got to this match was convoluted at best. A simple story was expanded to something complicated. We even got a brief story that reminded fans of Booker T’s rivalry with Triple H at WrestleMania 19. Yikes. If Kofi wins, the place will become unglued. One of the three top faces has to lose, however, and I believe Kofi will be the one to fall. Perhaps we will get New Day to turn on Kofi. If that is the case, hopefully it won’t be the first match or fans will not be happy throughout.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Chris: This matchup has been one of the most interesting ones I’ve seen in quite a while. This is another Daniel Bryan-esque storyline, as Kofi Kingston has overcome the odds and “The Authority” to have a chance at WrestleMania glory.
The story goes that Kofi Kingston had multiple chances to win the championship and was screwed out of those opportunities by Vince McMahon. He was beaten by Bryan in the Elimination Chamber, replaced on Fastline by Kevin Owens, and The New Day had to win a gauntlet match in order for Kofi to get this opportunity. Unfortunately for him, Bryan is going to retain.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Scott: Besides the Women’s Championship match, Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston will have MetLife Stadium at the edge of their seats. In a brilliant role reversal, Bryan is the company’s chosen champion, while Kingston has been portrayed by Vince McMahon as a “B+ Player.” After 11 years, Kingston finally gets his one-on-one opportunity for the WWE Championship. The match will be full of twist and turns, but Kingston will dish out a Trouble in Paradise out of nowhere to win the title, make history, and send MetLife Stadium into a frenzy.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Brock Lesnar (c) v. Seth Rollins – Universal Championship
Dan: Just like the Kofi/Bryan match, I can see Rollins losing here. While Rollins, the 2019 Royal Rumble winner, has the momentum, he is dealing with a guy with a lot of pull in Brock Lesnar. Although there are rumors of him fighting in the UFC sometime in the next few months, it could just be a ploy for Vince and company to pay him even more. After all, Brock is the smartest businessman in the pro wrestling world today.
Rollins shocked the world at WrestleMania 31 when he beat Lesnar and Roman Reigns to become WWE Champion. Can history repeat itself? Anything can happen at WrestleMania, but Suplex City is in need of some inhabitants. Lesnar’s hostage reign will continue, but for how much longer?
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Chris: Seth Rollins has chosen to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship after winning the Royal Rumble and subsequently last week on Raw being repeatedly F5ed by Lesnar.
Lesnar hasn’t been much of a fighting champion and quite frankly the WWE Universe has grown tired of his tough guy act. We get it Brock, you have Paul Heyman do your talking and you show up once every other week. Anyway, this is Rollins’ moment to shine and he will have another noteworthy WrestleMania moment.
Scott: The WWE Universe has completely turned on Brock Lesnar, given his rare title defenses, leaving the Universal Championship hostage. Seth Rollins looks to end that. The beginning will be your typical Lesnar match, but the match will pick up towards the end, with Rollins dishing out a plethora of moves to push “The Beast” to the limit. However, just like Lesnar’s matches with Daniel Bryan and Finn Balor, Lesnar eeks out the victory and continues his reign of terror, much to the fans’ dismay.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Samoa Joe (c) v. Rey Mysterio – United States Championship
Dan: We never got Rey v. Andrade (“Cien” Almas) in a mask v. hair match, but this could be the next best thing. Since returning to WWE, Rey Mysterio is on a roll, looking better than he has ever been since WCW folded. There may be a huge chance, however, that Rey is injured and won’t be able to compete. Before that news broke out I would have picked Rey to win.
What will WWE do with Joe if Rey can’t compete? A multi-man ladder match could do. Either way, Joe won’t retain his title, even if he loses it to someone we never expected.
Winner: Rey Mysterio / Other (and NEW)
Chris: Samoa Joe was lost in the shuffle for quite a while but has found a little bit of a niche as U.S. Champion. Rey Mysterio is coming into this ice cold and actually injured himself on Tuesday so his status is currently TBD.
If Mysterio is ready to go, he probably won’t be doing much high-flying considering his injury, although it is WrestleMania so ANYTHING is possible. Look for Samoa Joe to retain.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Scott: I’m going to assume the match is still taking place, considering Mysterio suffered a bad looking ankle injury on Monday Night Raw against Baron Corbin. Joe vs. Mysterio has been a dream match for some time now, and while a bit late, is still very much welcome in my eyes. Joe retains, but Mysterio stands tall in the end, thanks to a 619 from his son, Dominick.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Bobby Lashley (c) v. Finn Balor – Intercontinental Championship
Dan: This is an entertaining feud, but we know these two can do so much more compared to what they are actually doing. Perhaps “The Demon” will bring out the best in Lashley. Since coming back to WWE, Lashley hasn’t been booked the same as he was while with Impact. An attitude change has helped, as has being partnered with Lio Rush.
Finn Balor was Intercontinental Champion, but that was all for naught. Normally, “The Demon” does very well when that persona comes out, but will that be a crutch to Balor now? Debuting at WrestleMania, “The Demon” feels as special as ever. Finn Balor should pick up the win, resulting in another change in Intercontinental Champion.
Winner: Finn Balor (and NEW)
Chris: This match is in my estimation going to be much better than people think. Bobby Lashley has been a serviceable IC Champ and with his little buddy Lio Rush has actually been a decent heel. He’s no Mr. Perfect but he’s also a lot better than Ahmed Johnson will ever be.
Regardless, Demon Finn is coming out for WrestleMania and Demon Finn DOES NOT LOSE. He’s a man on a mission and he will be the new IC Champ. It’s well deserved for Balor, who has had a much better 2019 than 2018. Look for him to climb up the midcard ladder in the next few months.
Winner: Finn Balor
Scott: These two have been playing hot potato with the Intercontinental Championship over the past month or so, and now the feud culminates at WrestleMania. Yet, this is different, as “The Demon” makes his debut on “The Show of Shows.” It’s hard to see Balor dish out the face and body paint and not win. Balor becomes a two-time Intercontinental Champion.
Winner: “The Demon” Finn Balor
Sasha Banks and Bayley (c) v. Nia Jax and Tamina v. The IIconics v. Natalya and Beth Phoenix – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Dan: If you are here to see Beth Phoenix lift every person in this matchup, raise your hand. “The Glamazon” returns to the ring to fight for the new Women’s Tag team Titles. Her and Natalya look to dethrone Sasha and Bayley, who after months of questionable booking finally have something to make their unit make sense. Involved in the match are Nia and Tamina, who are dangerous in their own way and the IIconics, an always entertaining duo.
Billie Kay and Peyton Royce winning would truly be best for business, but it is not their time yet. Sasha and Bayley’s run is still new, and keeping it would help legitimize the titles. The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection will end their night with a victory.
Winners: Sasha and Bayley
Chris: This one is tough to figure out. You have four teams that all actually have a chance of winning the titles. You have the champs, two MENACING women, a Hall of Famer coming out of retirement with her partner whose late dad is going into the Hall of Fame, and two upstarts who are really the best “team” out there.
This could go any way, but I’m betting that Nattie and Beth get the titles because of Beth coming out of retirement and Nattie as a tribute to her dad, the late great Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. Sasha and Bayley can always recover them at another time.
Winners: Nattie and Beth
Scott: The Women’s Tag Team Championships make their debut on the Grandest Stage of Them All, so it makes some sense to have four teams battling it out, including the return of “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix. Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (still the worst tag team name of all time) won the titles less than two months ago, so it is hard to see them losing them so early. Yet, I think a heel team needs a run with the new belts, and no it won’t be Nia Jax and Tamina. Let’s just say the team will be…IICONIC.
Winners: The IIconics
The Revival (c) v. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder – Raw Tag Team Championship
Dan: This was a last-minute addition to the show, featuring two more New York wrestlers in Ryder and Hawkins. The former has shocked the world at WrestleMania before, while Hawkins is currently on a Goldberg-like losing streak. Can the former Edgeheads win tag team gold in a stadium packed full of New York/Long Island fans? Booking wise, it would make sense. Unfortunately, that would come at the expense of the Revival, who may leave WWE soon. #FTR
Winners: Hawkins and Ryder (and NEW)
Chris: This match was just put on the show and boy is this going to be an interesting one. This can go either one of two ways; Either Hawkins & Ryder pull off a massive upset and win the titles or they get squashed within two minutes.
My guess is since Zack Ryder (woo woo woo) already had his WrestleMania moment, and the WWE has no intention of ending Curt Hawkins’ losing streak at 350 (kayfabe), The Revival retain. It’s probably going to be a very short match.
Winners: The Revival
Scott: This match came out of nowhere after Hawkins and Ryder challenged The Revival on a YouTube video. Ever since The Revival won the titles, they were actually worse off then they were before. With Ryder having his WrestleMania moment in Dallas a couple of years ago, I expect Hawkins to have one of his own and end his infamous losing streak.
Winners: Hawkins and Ryder
The Usos (c) v. Ricochet and Aleister Black v. The Bar v. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev – SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship
Dan: Another year with The Usos on the WrestleMania main show. That can only end badly for them, right? With so much talent in the ring, you can expect this to be a messy one. Ricochet and Black will be competing in their third championship match this week; they fought for the Raw titles and the NXT titles at TakeOver. WWE seems to be very high on the two, and while The Bar and Nakamura/Rusev have been on the roster longer they have suffered through inconsistent booking.
Considering Ricochet and Black are o-for-2 so far when it comes to title matches, third time is the charm, right? With the previous problems The Usos have had this year, it would be easy to think their reign will not make it past WrestleMania.
Winners: Ricochet and Aleister Black (and NEW)
Chris: This match was kind of thrown together and will really be a matchup between The Usos and Ricochet & Black. The Bar were great as champions but they’re an afterthought in this match, as is, unfortunately, Rusev & Nakamura. Rusev’s losing streak on PPV will continue.
This should be a great match between the Usos and Ricochet & Black. Look for a lot of big-time flip spots by Ricochet, and look for a victory by the NXT vets. They deserve it and they’ll get their moment in the sun.
Winners: Ricochet & Black
Scott: The SmackDown Tag Title match can be a show-stealer…if given enough time. Although Nakamura and Rusev are probably the most random tag team in recent memory, their skills are undeniable. Ricochet and Black had an NXT Tag Team Title match against the War Raiders at TakeOver, in a losing effort. They’re onto the main roster, and they win the Smackdown Championships at their first-ever WrestleMania.
Winners: Ricochet and Black
Buddy Murphy (c) v. Tony Nese – Cruiserweight Championship
Dan: It is a shame that the cruiserweights will be on the pre-show yet again, as the 205 Live brand has recently been one of the best forms of programming WWE has produced. This is also questionable considering Tony Nese is the hometown hero in this bout, fighting out of Long Island. Buddy Murphy has really kicked it up a notch and has proven to be a true standout from NXT. Not many people expected that. Something tells me the hometown hero won’t win in front of his fans, even after a match that may very well deliver, and then some.
Winner: Buddy Murphy
Chris: There is a ton of Long Island flavor in this Wrestlemania. Tony Nese, a native Long Islander, gets his chance against Buddy Murphy. This is going to be a hell of a match even though it’s on the pre-show. Unfortunately, the cruiserweight division still hasn’t gotten the respect it deserves despite having a ton of talented guys on the roster.
As is the case with cruiserweights, both Murphy and Nese can go. Nese is more of a bruiser but Murphy can hold his own. Murphy has some absolutely brutal kicks and Nese is a bulkier guy for a cruiserweight. Can Nese pull off the upset in front of the home crowd? Methinks yes.
Winner: Tony Nese
Scott: Buddy Murphy has been tremendous ever since debuting on 205 Live and has been one of the strongest Cruiserweight Champions since it’s reincarnation. On Sunday, he faces Long Island native Tony Nese, who looks to win the title in his home region. If you’re attending WrestleMania on Sunday, be sure to catch this match on the Kickoff Show, because it will be a great one. I think Murphy retains, but it will set up a match between the two in the near future.
Winner: Buddy Murphy
Triple H v. Batista – No Holds Barred
Dan: If you’ve never seen the match between these two at WrestleMania 21, I highly recommend doing so. A huge rivalry that changed the landscape of WWE forever, two legends are bringing it back. Now, one is the emerging candidate to lead WWE while the other one is Hollywood’s hottest star. If Batista wins, Triple H is out of WWE and if Triple H wins, Batista will head back out of WWE.
A fun fact: Triple H has never defeated Batista before… ever. That will be a big factor in this match, as Batista pointed out not that long ago. With a No Holds Barred stipulation, this match benefits both elder statesmen. As far as the winner is concerned, the fun fact makes it obvious, no? “The Game” will finally defeat “The Animal” via A LOT of shenanigans. Batista can then earn a paycheck from this and whatever Avengers: Endgame makes.
Winner: Triple H
Chris: If this was ten years ago, this would be my favorite match on the card, but alas it’s not and 2019 isn’t the best environment for a No Holds Barred match. Just like TLC in 2018, there are just too many variables that can’t be used anymore, and although Batista and HHH have as much creative ability as anyone, it’s going to be tough to make this one as entertaining as the Cactus Jack/Triple H matches of the early years.
Unfortunately, this one is going to go on about ten minutes longer than it should. As is the case in most Triple H matches, his overly long promos and delivery have taken some of the juice out of this rivalry. Batista challenged him to the match after he attached Ric Flair on his 70th birthday. The start was great, but the delivery afterward was clunky. Look for this match to slog on for a while with a guest appearance by HHH’s sledgehammer. He ain’t losing.
Winner: Triple H
Scott: “The Animal” is back, and he wants to end Triple H’s in-ring career. A No Holds Barred match will allow the two to absolutely destroy each other with chairs, steel steps and a sledgehammer. Unfortunately for Batista, he doesn’t get what he wants, and Triple H wins in an obvious result.
Winner: Triple H
Roman Reigns v. Drew McIntyre
Dan: The feel-good story of the year, Roman Reigns has come back to action following a scare with leukemia. No longer the main event this year, Reigns’ opponent could help make this a main event-level match.
Drew McIntyre is what WWE envisions as a champion. With all the skills he has, he should be pushed to the moon. Unfortunately, in regards to timing, it does not look to be on the side of Drew. Expect a pretty hard-hitting affair with “The Big Dog” coming away with the victory.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Chris: It’s very rare when Roman Reigns is legitimately the face coming into WrestleMania. Reigns has been through a lot over the past year, and he’s back after his battle with leukemia. McIntyre is the perfect heel to face him, as he’s a legitimate opponent who can easily win this match.
This is going to be a bruising match and hopefully, they get enough time (but not too much time) to tell their story. McIntyre will be close to winning many times, but Reigns is going to pull it out in the end with a few Superman punches and a nasty spear.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Scott: After his battle with leukemia, Roman Reigns is back, and is a mega fan favorite. It only makes sense for him to face off against another tall, hard-hitting opponent in Drew McIntyre. The match will be strong, and while McIntyre could use the win, I see Reigns winning to have his moment after the tough battle he went through.
Winner: Roman Reigns
A.J. Styles v. Randy Orton
Dan: Two different types of athletes clashing together, what is better than that? Orton has been in limbo since winning the WWE Title from Bray Wyatt not that long ago (remember that?), feuding with various stars whenever he wants. Styles has become the most dependable guy on the roster, and for good reason. It is a battle between the indie darling and the third-generation star.
Orton got the advantage of A.J. on the SmackDown before WrestleMania, so logic says A.J. takes it home. We could also witness the darkhorse pick for match of the night, if Orton is motivated enough.
Winner: A.J. Styles
Chris: This one is going to fall into a No Man’s Land spot even though it’s actually been a pretty compelling buildup. Orton is fully invested in this one, which is hard to say nowadays since Orton has a tendency to mail it in.
Their rivalry started at Elimination Chamber after Orton eliminated Styles and Styles knocked him out. They went after each other many times, including a list of grievances about their accomplishments. Styles can absolutely get a great match out of Orton, and look for “The Phenomenal On”e to take out “The Viper.”
Winner: A.J. Styles
Scott: THIS MATCH. A dream match that has been decades in the making. Both Styles and Orton have been tied to the hip in terms of comparisons. Now, they finally wrestle at Mania, and have had one of the best verbal feuds leading up to this show. If given enough time, the two can put on an absolute clinic. Styles needs his defining win at WrestleMania, and he gets that in the form of “The Viper.”
Winner: A.J. Styles
The Miz v Shane McMahon – Falls Count Anywhere
Dan: A-Lister v. Best in the World. It was surprisingly Shane who turned on The Miz a few weeks ago after we all thought The Miz was using the SmackDown Commissioner. It is all about respect and revenge in this bout. While this won’t be the most technical bout, the stipulation does help both stars, especially Shane. If Miz doesn’t come away with a win it would be a shock.
Winner: The Miz
Chris: Now THIS one is going to be a great match, although it’ll probably have limited time considering this event will go on for about eight hours. The Miz and Shane McMahon are former partners, with McMahon turning on Miz after they lost their belts (don’t tell Vince) to the Usos at Fastlane.
Miz is surprisingly going into a face transition, which I guess makes sense considering he has a second baby on the way, a TV show on USA with his wife Maryse, and his dad in his corner. McMahon is going to pull all the stops, including most likely an elbow off the top rope onto the announcer’s table and a Coast to Coast. However, McMahon is going to get a little too greedy and fly right into a Skull Crushing Finale.
Scott: Shane McMahon vs. The Miz in a blood feud has been a great surprise. Miz as a babyface is exceeding expectations, and Shane as a heel has been a long time coming. Expect the two to fight all along the lower level of MetLife Stadium, and possibly the concession stands and gift shop. Miz wins thanks to the help of George Mizanin (Miz’s dad), who hits Shane with some brass knuckles, allowing Miz to hit the Skull Crushing Finale on some chairs.
Winner: The Miz
Kurt Angle v. Baron Corbin
Dan: It appears that WWE picked the opponent for Angle’s last match. Storyline wise, this makes sense, considering Corbin and Angle were fighting over the GM role. Fans are not happy due to the overall ability of Corbin compared to other members of the roster. However, one has to remember that Angle is not even close to what he was in WWE in the early 2000s, or even Impact for that matter. This match may not even be finalized.
Corbin will win, as is the normal heel booking, but Angle will get the last laugh somehow. Perhaps some old friends will run in to save Angle from the wrath of Corbin. Or maybe, we have a throwback and Cena replaces Corbin somehow, throwing it back to his first match with Angle on SmackDown all those years ago.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Chris: This match is not happening. Baron Corbin is probably the last person who should face Kurt Angle in his farewell match. It’s going to be a much higher-profile opponent, one who has been in a few movies and is now a movie star.
No, it’s not The Rock, but that would be amazing. Angle comes into the ring, is waiting, waiting, and Corbin’s music is supposed to come on. Corbin is shown on the titantron after being beaten up, unable to compete. Thuganomics comes on, with John Cena himself is rapping. It’ll be one for the ages, as Kurt and Cena will put on a great match. Cena has nothing to gain from a win, and will lose to Angle on his last ride.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Scott: Storyline-wise, this makes sense. But seriously? Baron Corbin is Kurt Angle’s final opponent? This match has felt as much wrath as the involvement of the SNL stars in the Battle Royal. Angle has shown his age during his Farewell Tour, so don’t expect this match to last too long. Angle defeats Corbin in a matter of seconds to put a stamp to his legendary career.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Bonus: John Cena v. TBD
Dan: Make no mistake about it: John Cena is going to be at WrestleMania. What will he be doing there? That can go many ways. Here is one way it can go down:
If the Angle booking doesn’t happen, there is another way to have Cena on the card. Elias will perform his planned concert, expecting no interruptions. Like he did to Cena last year, John will interrupt Elias and beat up him. All of a sudden the lights go out and The Undertaker appears, in better shape than last year. John Cena is prepared unlike their last encounter, and the two have the match many were expecting they would have. Undertaker still comes out on top, but Cena ends up shaking Undertaker’s hand as a sign of respect.
Chris: See Angle Match
Scott: The setup for Cena’s match begins during Elias’ musical performance. While bashing the crowd (which will no doubt respond with cheers), the bearded guitar player calls himself “a phenom.” Gong hits, Undertaker makes his slow, menacing walk to the ring. Chokeslam followed by a Tombstone Piledriver sends the crowd into a frenzy. As Taker is about to leave, Cena’s music hits, and in a case of déjà vu from last year, Cena challenges “The Deadman” to a match. Undertaker accepts, and we have Cena vs Undertaker II. In a role reversal, Cena dominates Undertaker, hits the AA and wins in a matter of minutes to gain his revenge.
Winner: John Cena
WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal
Dan: A VERY tough break for Asuka, who just a few weeks ago was the SmackDown Live Women’s Champion. Losing to Charlotte, Asuka’s plans of a potential Mandy Rose bout was easily scrapped. Now she must compete in the throwaway battle royal. On the positive side, several wrestlers that fans like will be a part of WrestleMania in some way. As for the winner? WWE has been pushing Lacy Evans to be the next big thing, even if she has no clear story. Expect the U.S. Marine to win here, starting the super push WWE brass has been working on.
Winner: Lacey Evans
Chris: Formerly the Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal, this is now just the Women’s Battle Royal. This was done after much backlash on the name, stemming from Moolah’s treatment of her former students and overall negative energy. Regardless, it’s just a way to get all the female talent on the show.
Some names that could use the win are Mandy Rose, Nikki Cross, and Dana Brooke. Who will win this Battle Royal? My guess is Nikki Cross. She has all the potential in the world to become a star and can go in the ring. A win like this COULD boost her.
Winner: Nikki Cross
Scott: There are only 13 women confirmed for the match, so expect a plethora of NXT and NXT UK talents to enter the match. In terms of a winner, Asuka would be an easy choice. Yet, the trophy goes with a talent we’ve seen on a weekly basis that has yet to take the ring…Lacey Evans.
Winner: Lacey Evans
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Dan: This entire match is centered around Braun Strowman v. Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che. The winner of this bout hasn’t had the best history of having momentum after, but that could all change with this edition. That is, of course, if WWE doesn’t allow Strowman, Jost or Che to win via shenanigans. The best bets to win are Mustafa Ali or Andrade (“Cien” Almas). After losing his momentum following an injury, it may be time for Ali to get his mojo back.
Winner: Mustafa Ali
Chris: The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is kind of a running gag at this point. It has a similar feel to King of the Ring in its last few years. Sure, it’s nice to get a win, but it really doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things.
Anyway, it’s a way for WWE to get all of the talent on the WrestleMania card. Michael Che and Colin Jost from SNL are in and they’ll have a few memorable spots with Braun Strowman after Strowman has been going after them for weeks. They’ll actually get a fluky elimination of Strowman as well. All in all, someone like Matt Hardy would benefit from a win, as it will most likely be his final WrestleMania. Let’s go with him.
Winner: Matt Hardy
Scott: Andre the Giant is rolling in his grave. Instead of this match highlighting all of the talent in the match, the main focus is set on SNL celebrities Colin Jost and Michael Che “feud” with Braun Strowman. Fans have no interest in said “grudge.” Expect the celebrities to hide on the outside, before Braun gets a hold of them and tosses them. However, Strowman doesn’t win. Instead it’s the rising star on SmackDown…Andrade.
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