WWE WrestleMania 2012: 8 Predictions for Wrestling's Biggest PPV
Who will win at WrestleMania 28? Will more matches be added? What surprises does the WWE have up its sleeves? On April 1, 2012, wrestling fans will find out.
WrestleMania is a colossal extravaganza; the biggest and most successful pay-per-view of the year. There's no telling what could happen at this year's event, but it's still fun to guess.
Here are eight predictions for winners, matches and more...
Beth Phoenix vs. Kharma
Phoenix retained the WWE Divas Championship at the Elimination Chamber in February.
Kharma appears to be very close to a return.
It'd be only fitting for the two to meet, for the title, at WrestleMania 28.
The match would be fun, thrilling and entertaining. It might even revamp the entire Divas division to have a feud of this magnitude play out for a little while beginning at WrestleMania.
The return of Kharma shifts the focus of the Divas division from beauties to serious wrestling.
Prediction: Kharma defeats Beth Phoenix for the WWE Divas Championship.
Though a backup match featuring Trish Stratus wouldn't have many complaining.
A WrestleMania 28 Tag Team Championship Match
If WrestleMania is the grandest stage of wrestling, then every title should be on the line.
The WWE Tag Team Championship needs some serious help. The championship has recently dwindled to under cards.
There used to be a time when the tag team titles were as profound as the heavyweight title, with superstars aligning to challenge mighty duos.
Primo and Epico aren't the mighty duo I'm talking about, though with more time they could rise to the likes of Edge and Christian or the Hardy Boyz of the 2000s.
Air Boom isn't a superstar alignment either.
They'd have to build the match fast, but the WWE should put the Tag Team Championship on the line.
If it's on the line at WrestleMania, it has to be worth it. It can't just be a filler. Not at WrestleMania.
Prediction: A former fan-favorite tag team returns to challenge for the title and restore glory to the once-beloved division.
Jack Swagger Defends His Title Against Zack Ryder
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Again, all titles must be on the line at WrestleMania.
Jack Swagger defeated Zack Ryder for the WWE United States Championship in January 2012, and has defended it once. It's time he does something with the title.
Naturally, Ryder deserves a rematch, having been the champion to precede Swagger.
But there will be a twist in this match.
The match won't be nearly as much about Swagger and Ryder as it will be about Swagger and Dolph Ziggler.
Prediction: Ziggler interferes, beginning a feud between him and Swagger.
It's an angle that could have started, but fizzled. Ziggler is no longer considered a contender for the WWE Championship, so a restart could help him rebound and win management back over.
Big Show Defeats Cody Rhodes
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Cody Rhodes has held the WWE Intercontinental Championship for 207 days in a clear indication he's not quite ready to take the next step.
After losing in last month's Elimination Chamber PPV, it's also becoming clear The Big Show's time at the top is drawing to a close.
This match serves these two wrestlers perfectly.
It gives Rhodes a legitimate former superstar to tangle with, and it gives Big Show the opportunity to put Rhodes over.
Prediction: Big Show wins this one because Rhodes' time needs to come to a halt at some point and he needs someone to feud with. One last major feud to propel him into a brighter spotlight.
The Undertaker Keeps the Streak Alive
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The Undertaker doesn't want his undefeated record to remain in tact upon his retirement.
In his current state, I've argued his retirement should be at WrestleMania. "Should be" doesn't mean it will be, of course.
Here's the thing: 20-0 sounds like a nice, even number. It's a large, undeniable mark.
A record of 19-0 is great, but if the Undertaker loses at WrestleMania, it'll be 19-1. That doesn't have the same ring to it as, say, 20-1.
Prediction: The Undertaker defeats Triple-H to advance to 20-0. He has to win. If he doesn't want it for himself, he has to get to 20 for the fans.
CM Punk Defeats Chris Jericho
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There is no way CM Punk loses this match. He has the fans and all of the momentum in the WWE on his side. Why would he lose at WrestleMania to Chris Jericho?
This might actually be considered an underrated match compared to the rest, but it has all the potential to go the distance and be one of the most epic matches in WrestleMania history.
CM Punk secures the WWE Championship, and Jericho proves his return is no gimmick and he actually is one of the greatest wrestlers still.
Prediction: CM Punk defeats Chris Jericho. I see the two shaking hands and going their separate ways at the end of this one.
Sheamus Defeats Daniel Bryan
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Sheamus is competing for the trifecta.
He's won the King of the Ring. He's won the Royal Rumble.
Now he needs to win the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 28.
Clearly the writers love him. The fans do as well.
The match is the ultimate face vs. heel. It's a rarity that the face disappoints on this stage.
Daniel Bryan has held the title since December 2011. It's time someone legitimately takes it from him.
Prediction: Bryan tries to cheat but fails and it backfires, leading to a Sheamus victory.
The Rock Defeats John Cena
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One has got to do something fans won't like.
Cena is already halfway there. Fans launch a tirade of boos toward him just as much as they cheer. Cena desperately clutches to his portrayal of a "good guy" in the face of "Cena sucks" chants.
Cena is the fan-favorite of young boys. The Rock is the fan-favorite of the generation that grew up with him.
Does anyone honestly think these two will have a happy match and shake hands pleasantly afterwards? There's just no way.
Prediction: The Rock defeats John Cena, but has to cheat to do it.
The Rock is not coming back from an eight-year hiatus to lose. Cena won't want to lose in a legitimate way either. Something shady has to go down.