WrestleMania 29: 10 Bold Predictions for the Upcoming PPV
The WrestleMania pay-per-view is famous for its twists and turns.
Who can forget "Stone Cold" Steve Austin turning heel and shockingly aligning with Vince McMahon at the end of WrestleMania 17? Or Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth reuniting at WrestleMania 7?
Or how about Roddy Piper showing up out of nowhere to get involved with in the Hogan/McMahon match at WrestleMania 19?
One thing is for sure: At WrestleMania, expect the unexpected.
With this in mind, here are 10 bold predictions for this coming Sunday.
10. Cameron and Naomi Will Continue to Show That They're Good Wrestlers
OK, so no one is terribly bothered about WrestleMania's eight-person tag match, which sees Brodus Clay, Tensai and the Funkadactyls take on Team Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins.
It will be a comedic filler match at best.
That said, Cameron and Naomi have shown in their recent matches on Main Event and Raw that they are fast turning in to great women's wrestlers.
Seriously: Who could have known they'd turn out to be such smooth and skilled workers? It makes you wonder why WWE didn't have them wrestle sooner.
Cameron, in particular, has come a long way since the infamous "Melina vs. Alicia Fox" moment on 2011's Tough Enough.
Don't be too surprised if these girls turn out very good performances and end up being a highlight of the match.
9. Stephanie McMahon Will Show Up During the Triple H/Lesnar Bout
Stephanie McMahon has yet to be officially announced as appearing at the WrestleMania pay-per-view, but the heiress getting involved during her husband's bout with Brock Lesnar seems almost inevitable.
Hey, why else did WWE release footage of Stephanie throwing some fearsome-looking punches during a training session to TMZ last week? The company is obviously setting her up for some kind of physical involvement at ringside, most likely with Paul Heyman (the two have come to blows in the past).
8. Chris Jericho Will Make Fandango a Star in Their Bout
OK, so Johnny "Fandango" Curtis' latest ballroom dancer gimmick is more than a bit ridiculous and has "midcard comedy act" written all over it.
However, talented veteran Chris Jericho will no doubt do everything in his power to get the young up-and-comer over as a star. Don't be too surprised if the two churn out a highlight of the WrestleMania undercard.
7. Kaitlyn Will Make an Appearance
Divas champion Kaitlyn is notably absent from the WrestleMania pay-per-view, but she probably will make some sort of appearance on the card.
Expect her to show up during the Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler/Big E. Langston tag team match to settle some scores with longtime enemy A.J. Lee.
6. Randy Orton Will Turn Heel During His Match with The Shield
Let's face it: It is time for Randy Orton to go back heel. His babyface character is stale, his crowd pops aren't as huge as they once were, and there aren't any fresh feuds for him in his current role.
At this point, he simply has a lot more to offer as a bad guy.
Besides, hasn't the usually grumpy Orton been acting way too nice lately as he attempts to play peacemaker between bickering teammates The Big Show and Sheamus?
Come on, something has to be up.
5. Team Hell No Will Lose the Tag Team Titles
Having done everything they can possibly do as a team, don't be too surprised if Daniel Bryan and Kane lose their belts to Ziggler and Langston at WrestleMania and then go their separate ways.
Certainly, Bryan as a singles performer has huge potential as a babyface main event star, with his "Yes! Yes! Yes!" catchphrase getting over huge. He is maybe being wasted in the tag team ranks.
Besides, the duo has held those titles for ages now (they won them in September, after all). It's time for a change.
4. Paul Heyman Will Get Beaten Up
Having driven the McMahon family insane over the past year with his lies, schemes and manipulations, evil manager Paul Heyman will no doubt be the recipient of some sort of brutal butt kicking this Sunday, as he appears in Lesnar's corner for his match against Triple H.
Triple H will possibly lash out at him if he attempts to interfere on Lesnar's behalf. As noted, maybe Stephanie will come out and attack him. Or maybe Vince McMahon.
Hey, it's WrestleMania. This is usually a show where the bad guys get their comeuppance.
3. Dolph Ziggler Will Cash in Money in the Bank
Having held that Money in the Bank briefcase since July, it is surely time for Dolph Ziggler to cash in his title shot.
Who knows? We could easily see a scenario in which Alberto Del Rio retains the title against Jack Swagger only to be jumped by Ziggler after the match.
Certainly a Del Rio/Ziggler program could be something that could potentially carry the SmackDown brand in the months to come.
2. John Cena Will Turn Heel
Considering the amount of merchandise he sells, as well as WWE's lack of top babyface stars, this may be a long shot. On paper, turning Cena heel sure doesn't seem like too smart of an idea.
But, come on, it the context of the storyline, it does make sense.
Cena is furious at Rock and (unfairly) blames the movie star for ruining his life last year after he beat him at WrestleMania. He's also made it clear he will do absolutely anything to win and has even lashed out at the fans during recent promos.
Doesn't this sound like a guy on the verge of turning heel?
Cena, of course, appeared to deflect the rumors in a recent interview. But, hey, maybe he's just trying to catch us off guard so that when he does turn heel, it will shock the world.
1. Triple H Will Retire
OK, so most are expecting Triple H to beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania and gain some measure of revenge for everything the former UFC star has done to him and his family.
The presence of Shawn Michaels at ringside for the match, as announced on Monday's Raw, would seem to reinforce this, with many expecting HBK to get involved and help his friend win, too.
But, really, wouldn't it be far more compelling if Lesnar defeated the C.O.O and sent him into an early retirement?
Ending Hunter's career would get Lesnar over as a hated heel even more and also provide the perfect opportunity for Triple H to put all his focus on to his corporate duties. Does he really need to wrestle anymore, anyway?
Let's be honest: Triple H losing makes much more sense than a cheesy "good conquers evil" ending for the bout.