WWE WrestleMania 28: Predicting the Winners of Every Match

Tom ClarkFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2012

WWE WrestleMania 28: Predicting the Winners of Every Match

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    Three days away.

    Hard to believe, isn't it?  Three days until WrestleMania 28 in Miami, and fans all over the world are buzzing with anticipation.

    And it seems like it would never get here.

    The main event was booked a year in advance, and since that moment, it has been one wild ride, filled with controversial moments and fan expectation raging at an all time high.

    It has been said many times before, mostly by WWE itself, but never before has it been said this often by the fans as well.

    Could this be the greatest WrestleMania of all time?

    Soon we will know, as the clock winds down, and we all prepare ourselves for the showcase of the immortals.  And, as we do, the next logical question is obvious.

    Who ya got?

    Glad you asked.

Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show, WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

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    The best part about this match so far has been the build up.

    Week in and week out, Cody Rhodes, despite the fact that he is the much smaller of the two, has been provoking the world's largest athlete with arrogant enthusiasm.  

    Highlighting Big Show's past WrestleMania failures, Cody has been brazen in his attacks on the challenger, and though everyone watching knows he is likely making a huge mistake, it has not stopped the champion.

    Cody is playing his role as the cocky heel like he never has before.

    So, who comes out on top in this one?

    The fact is, Rhodes has not defended the Intercontinental Championship that much in the past several months, and Big Show's bid at regaining the World Title fell flat on its face, so it's a toss up for me.

    All signs point to Show devouring the champ, but considering the fact that Rhodes is thought to be one of the future main-eventers in WWE, then I have to go with the son of the Dream retaining his title.  I can definitely see Cody grabbing his belt and trying to escape from the angry giant.

    Winner by count-out: Big Show

Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny, for Unanimous GM of Raw and SmackDown

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    This one could go one of two ways, in my view.

    One is the way that many multi-wrestler tag matches have gone before, with high-octane offense and each man running his signature spots and finishes, one after the other.

    The fans pop like crazy, the match ends on a high note and everyone is happy.

    But the other way is that the match is extraordinarily short, ending in some ridiculous interference by either Teddy Long or John Laurinaitis.

    I for one am hoping for the former.

    There are enough Superstars in this bout to make it exciting and provide some cool moments for fans, and I believe they will deliver on that.

    As for who goes over, John has had so much momentum over the past several months, and knowing that WWE has always been partial to the heel authority figure, I have to go with Team Johnny on this one.

    I can even imagine John hiring Teddy as his assistant, and demeaning him at every turn, possibly setting up a rematch down the road with another winner-take-all prize at the end.

    Winner by pinfall: Team Johnny 

Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix and Eve

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    I would love to tell you that I'm looking forward to this one, that the Divas will shine on the WrestleMania stage, stepping up their game like never before.

    But I'm not, and even if they do, I don't believe it will matter.  They will always be the victims of bad booking and a massive lack of spotlight that, at this point, is criminal.

    I've got nothing for this one.  Until WWE proves they care, in the slightest, about the Divas division, then neither do I.

    Winner by pinfall, providing a nice little highlight for Extra: Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos

CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho, WWE Championship Match

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    Now here is some drama that I can get into.

    Chris Jericho's personal attacks against CM Punk's family the past few weeks on Monday Night Raw have been unprecedented.  

    Never before in Punk's WWE career has his dirty laundry been aired like this, and not since his infamous promo that began his current run has he looked so human. 

    Punk is definitely on the defensive in this one.

    But there is always the matter of Jericho, and the fact that he could decide to take a break again at any moment.  Is he willing to take on another championship run knowing that he is likely not there for the long haul like Punk is?

    The truth is, no matter who goes over in this match, it is the fans who will ultimately be the winners. Punk and Jericho will bring everything they have to the table, and the fun will be in each man attempting to prove he is the best in the world.

    The real drama that could evolve from this, of course, if Punk were to lose, is that it could drive him to actually turn to alcohol, a move that Chris claims is inevitable.  

    But to imagine Punk turning his back on what he stands for, tarnishing his straight edge image, even though it is a work, is incomprehensible to me.  So I have to go with the champ on this one.

    Winner and still WWE Champion: CM Punk

Randy Orton vs. Kane

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    This is another match that I have, admittedly, had a hard time getting up for.

    The biggest reason for this is the fact that there is no heat here.  There is no reason for these two guys to be working a match other than neither one had anything better to do.

    But not every match can have the drama of Punk and Jericho, and not every match can have the hype of Rock and Cena.  This match will have to bring something different.

    Randy and Kane are two pros, and they are likely very aware of this.  I expect this match to be all over the place, breaking out in the crowd, damaging equipment and involving high-impact moves on the floor.

    Considering Kane's push against John Cena fizzled out, and knowing that Randy was likely going to face Wade Barrett at WrestleMania and has nothing to lose by doing the job, I believe that Kane should get this win.

    But this is Randy Orton, and to be honest, I just do not see him getting pinned at this point, especially by Kane, who could not get it done against Cena.

    So I'll split the difference and call this one even.

    No winner due to double disqualification.

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus, World Championship Match

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    Daniel Bryan has been on a ridiculous run since winning the World Title, and many fans have hung their heads, believing that he has been nothing but a joke.

    But I am not one of them.

    For me, this has been a great period for Daniel Bryan, and though he has not looked like the dominant champion, the truth is, he doesn't need to.

    He's on fans' radar, he's main eventing and he has the gold.  Plus, he has a character all his own.  Who could ask for more?

    Daniel has really come into his own, and I do not see why he should not go over and retain the championship.

    However, Sheamus' character has been on a huge high since turning face last year, and he's gone from doing nothing to winning the Royal Rumble.  He has the crowd, he has the push and fans have every reason to believe that his arm will be raised at WrestleMania.

    Plus, who's to say that AJ won't see Bryan for the manipulator that he is and give Sheamus the assist?

    So, who gets the nod in this one?

    To be honest, I'm torn on this match.  I would actually be good with either man going over.  But for the sake of making a prediction and sticking to it, I will continue the trend here.

    Winner and new World Champion: Sheamus

Triple H vs. Undertaker, Hell in a Cell Match, with Special Ref Shawn Michaels

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    Another WrestleMania, another opportunity for someone to end the streak.

    It has happened every year for 19 years, and this year is no different.  

    The man standing across the ring from Undertaker is, of course, Triple H, the man who says he will be the one to end the streak and give the Deadman the finality he's looking for.

    And he may just get an assist from his best friend, who just so happens to be the special guest referee.

    On the surface, it appears that the deck is stacked against Taker.  Taker's character is fully aware of this, and he's been doing everything in his power to turn the DX alumni against each other.  

    A house divided will not stand after all, and as the animosity between Hunter and Shawn has begun to grow, so has Undertaker's advantage in this match.

    Add in the Hell in a Cell and we have a huge main event with drama aplenty.

    So, who goes over?  Will the streak end?  Will Undertaker be vindicated from last year's beatdown at the hands of the Game?

    For me, I don't see Triple H being the man to bring it all to an end.  I still envision a time when Taker is ready to hang up his career, that he either walks away undefeated, or perhaps loses to a younger Superstar on his way up the ladder.  Either way, I think the streak will continue, and Undertaker will walk out with his head up and under his own power this year.

    Winner and still undefeated: Undertaker

John Cena vs. the Rock

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    And then there was one.

    This is it, folks, the bout that is being sold as the biggest match in WrestleMania history, and you better believe it will not disappoint.

    Rock and Cena are main event guys, they understand how to bring the drama, and that will be exactly what happens on April 1st.

    All of the hype, all of the promos and all of the talk will be over.  The only thing left will be the match itself, and what may or may not happen at the end.

    That's right, though fans are looking forward to this match, I for one cannot wait to see what happens in the closing moments.

    Who will go over and how?  Will it be a clean pin, or a screw job on one guy or the other?  Will fans be satisfied with who the winner is, or will it be mired in controversy?

    As a fan, common sense says that Rock should do the job to Cena.  He has nothing to gain by winning; let's face it, he's likely gone again after this.

    Rock had his time, and now it's time to do the right thing for the business.  Right?

    But common sense and WWE do not always go hand in hand, and when it comes to who the most important Superstar is in the history of WWE, that debate is not over just yet. Rock has his fans, no doubt, but make no mistake, John does as well.

    Besides, would Rock really show up for potentially the biggest pay-per-view in WWE history only to lose in the main event?

    Logic says that either direction is possible, and either way could benefit the company.  But for me, there is one unavoidable fact.

    While Rock should do what's right for WWE, John will always do what's right for WWE, including losing a match that, by all accounts, he should win if it's good for the company.  That's what top guys do.

    I personally don't see that changing anytime soon.

    Winner by pinfall: The Rock