The Midcard’s 15 Minutes: Wrestlemania 33 Predictions
My colleague, Justin, is the go to guy for Wrestlemania predictions throughout the calendar year; today it’s my turn. Heading into December the Wrestlemania 33 card isn’t any clearer than it was after Survivor Series. Just a few short months and holidays away until the Royal Rumble will the quote un quote big dogs like The Undertaker, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, John Cena and this year, Goldberg have a clearer path? We’re all just wishing and hoping for a third consecutive well put together Wrestlemania card.
Ladder Match Smackdown Tag Team Titles:
American Alpha v. Spirit Squad v. Rhino & Slater v. Hype Bros
The Revival almost should land on the Smackdown Live roster but American Alpha can carry this division heading into 2017. Something tells me Rhyno may hit a cheerleader with a gore.
Raw Tag Team Titles No DQ Match:
New Day v. The Revival v. Gallows & Anderson
The New Day is going to not only break Demolition’s record for consecutive days as WWE Tag Team Champions they’re going to demolish it; ok sorry. Gallows and Anderson are, sadly, in this match just to get them on the card and out of the Battle Royale. Like Samoa Joe, The Revival’s time for the main roster is now, why not during Wrestlemania season. The best NXT tag team against the top Raw tag team, book it.
Andre the Giant Battle Royale
This Wrestlemania tradition continues again this year. You almost feel sorry for every guy who’s in this match, almost like they’re paraded around like circus animals at the beginning of the show. Braun Stroman will be the heavy favorite and rightly so but my gut tells me Zigglers gets the big guy over the top and not only steals the show but the win as well.
Smackdown Women’s Title: Alexa Bliss (c) v. Becky Lynch v. Nikki Bella v. Carmella v. Naomi
The women’s Smackdown Live roster goes all out each and every Tuesday, expect them all to be rewarded with a Wrestlemania match. Spoilers, Alexa Bliss steals the show.
Intercontinental Championship Inter Promotional Match:
The Miz v. Sami Zayn
The Miz continues to roll, while his act has may gone a little stale he should stay champion until Mania where this time Sami Zayn brings the title back. Wrestlemania was built on babyface moments and this should be a big one for Sami who continues to float around the mid card.
Raw Women’s Title: Charlotte v. Bayley v. Sasha Banks
The Women’s division has changed a lot the past two years. Instead of a gimmick match for the entire women’s roster, there will be two separate title matches. Charlotte has really found herself and has pulled away from Sasha and Bayley. The WWE backed it’s belief in her at Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series will Mania be any different?
AJ Styles v. Samoa Joe
Either Samoa Joe or Shinsuke Nakamura is coming up to the main roster to solidify the Smackdown Live roster, my money is on Joe. The top guys sitting behind Joe, the likes of Bobby Roode and Roderick Strong are waiting for their turn so give it to them; Shinsuke will be up soon enough. AJ is the man on Smackdown Live, let’s give the face who runs the place some strong competition.
Triple H v. Seth Rollins
This is the match that has been brewing since before Rollins’ tore his knee apart. Since the Universal Title picture is a little clouded and Triple H’s jerk presence is always needed on the Mania card this match should happen; the battle to see who’s allowed to use the pedigree as their finisher.
WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens w/ Chris Jericho v. Finn Balor
This match is based all on assuming Finn Balor is ready in time for the Mania push. The Kevin Owens/ Chris Jericho pairing is going so well everyone wants to see Finn add his name to the list. Wrestlemania’s part time marquee matches tend to over shadow the other matches but trust me, Balor versus Owens not only can steal the show, they’ll put butts in the seats.
Goldberg v. Roman Reigns
I wrote a column a few weeks ago DEMANDING the WWE book Goldberg against Roman a Reigns at Wrestlemania before the whole ‘Goldberg killed Brock’ thing at Survivor Series.
It may look like a long shot now but just like thinking you’re favorite team is going to the Super Bowl during the pre season, I’m sticking with my pick. Goldberg will probably enter the Rumble between 18-30 so I’ll bet my life Reigns will still be in the Rumble when Goldberg enters. Roman capitalizes off Goldberg eliminating guys by the double and quickly tosses Goldberg over, BOOM! Reigns is the jerk who eliminated the WCW guy and the match is set!
Undertaker v. John Cena
John Cena against the Dead Man is one of the last big matches that needs to happen at Wrestlemania. It will be the PG’s version of Hogan/Rock except no torch is being handed down, oh never mind. Taker’s done it all and Cena has not only done it all he’s helped the likes of Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins and AJ Styles take the reign as the top guys in the WWE. The Undertaker’s, like Cena’s, days are numbered in the squared circle so it’s almost now or never for the future hall of fame wrestlers.