The 30th installment of WrestleMania won't be complete without a swerve or two to keep us interested.
There was a time when the promotion could simply parade stars from all walks of entertainment out and delight fans. That time is gone.
The WWE Universe now wants—no demands—solid in-ring action and compelling storyline twists. The ring work could be hit and miss, but fans should bank on a few twists before the night is done in New Orleans.
The Shield Breakup
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have been the best things to happen to the WWE roster in some time.
But like all good things, The Shield must come to an end. Reigns has established himself as a main event Superstar-in-waiting. Seth Rollins' future as a top-notch title contender isn't far off, and Ambrose has the chance to be the best heel this side of Bray Wyatt.
Translation: Each member is ready to stand on his own.
The rather peculiar matchup with the ancient trio of Kane and The New Age Outlaws will become a footnote to what becomes the end of The Shield.
Look for Ambrose to turn on one—or both—members of the faction.
Stone Cold Steve Austin Helps to Bring CM Punk Back
At some point, CM Punk is coming back to the WWE. Everyone involved will be better for it. The WWE wants to make this WrestleMania special and crowd-pleasing. The best way to do that is to allow Daniel Bryan to win the WWE heavyweight title and to bring Punk back to the company.
To make it all the more shiny, entangling him with one of the most beloved Superstars of all time makes sense.
Austin hinted that Punk will return for the Showcase of the Immortals during one of his recent podcasts. Perhaps his words are more fact that prediction.
Hulk Hogan Does Something Mean to John Cena
Hulk Hogan is arguably the greatest babyface (he was a pretty good heel too) of all time. Despite the way the smarky crowd has turned on him in recent years, Cena is the closest thing to Hogan.
Cena is about to take on the awesomeness that is Bray Wyatt—a man who represents the exact opposite of hustle, loyalty and respect.
Putting Wyatt over for future endeavors as the premier heel in the company might be in order, but then again this is Cena and this is WrestleMania.
No one besides a Superstar on the level of The Rock would normally be allowed to score a clean win over Cena. It would seem anticlimactic to simply have Luke Harper or Erick Rowan interfere to get Bray the win.
How about Hogan shockingly fixing the match, or even interfering—carefully, of course—to give Bray the nod.
Why would he do such a thing? Perhaps it's jealousy—at least that's how the story could go. Hogan could be "sick and tired of the comparisons." He could do this to prove once and for all that Cena can't hold a candle to him...brother.
If Hogan could ever get medical clearance, a WrestleMania match between the two would be big business.
Main Event Turns into a Fatal 4-Way
There's no way Triple H is dusting off the trunks and boots to get back in the ring to be a side note to the main event at WrestleMania. You can bet that Trips will be involved in the main event, some way or some how.
As it stands, his match with Daniel Bryan is supposed to determine who joins champion Randy Orton and Batista in the Triple Threat main event
Let's bet on Trips and Bryan's match ending without a winner. How's a double count-out, or double disqualification sound?
Someone will make the decision to put both in the main event, and we'll have a barnburner of a finale that features stars from the last 20-plus years in the ring. Apparently, I'm not the only one who has had that idea.
WWE superfan Demi's Baby tweeted this question and image:
Here's to hoping all these predictions come true. It would make for one heck of a WrestleMania.
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