Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. Chris Jericho vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kane:
After each impressed SmackDown general manager Booker T enough to get into the match, these six Superstars will be battling it out to become the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. As I look at the participants, I think that the winner of this match is an easy one to predict.
Jack Swagger has just returned, so a win for him doesn’t make sense to me. With his new manager Zeb Coulter, Swagger is finally getting over as a heel. It’s only been a week, though, since Coulter came on board. I think that WWE is going to build him up for something big at WrestleMania, but it won’t be a World title match.
Mark Henry has also just returned, but unlike Swagger, is an established heel. Randy Orton has had zero direction for months now, but I think he finally has somewhere to go. It involves Mark Henry as well. Last week on SmackDown, their feud from 2011 was rekindled and it continued the following week. I can see Orton and Henry facing each other at WrestleMania.
Kane and Daniel Bryan are currently the Tag Team champions, but their storyline is no doubt nearing its end. After they lose the belts, which will be before WrestleMania, they will be at each other’s throats more than ever before. As a result, Kane and Bryan will be opponents for WrestleMania.
That just leaves Chris Jericho. To me, he makes the most sense as the winner in this match. I just don’t see Jericho vs. The Big Show at WrestleMania, which is why I said those two predictions tie into each other.
What I do see happening is this: Del Rio and Jericho will battle over the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania. Whether WWE turns Jericho heel or they do a rare babyface vs. babyface title match remains to be seen. No matter how they put it together, Jericho will defeat Del Rio for the World title.
Then to continue Jericho’s actual feud, Dolph Ziggler will cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the title. I think that’s the most likely of scenarios for WrestleMania, which is why I’m predicting a Chris Jericho victory.
Winner: Chris Jericho