WWE WrestleMania 33 Matches: Predictions for Goldberg and Event's Biggest Stars
With 13 matches on the advertised card, WWE WrestleMania 33 will without a doubt be a stacked show, starting from the Kickoff all the way until the main event. Unlike WrestleMania 32, almost everyone is available this year with few stars out on the DL list, making it one of the most star-studded cards in the event's illustrious history.
Moreover, virtually every match on the card has something special to offer. The night will feature a slew of blockbuster bouts along with a strong undercard and a surplus of championship contests.
It is possible we will never see a card with this much star power ever again, so anticipation for the event should be at an all-time high among fans. Another factor that makes this 'Mania incredibly intriguing is that most matches are difficult to predict a winner for, especially those with the top-tier talent involved.
Those mega matches will be what solidifies this show as either the greatest or the most disappointing of all-time, and more specifically, the performances of each Superstar. Will those notable names thrive, or will they crumble under the bright lights at the Show of Shows?
There will be those wrestling on The Grandest Stage of Them All for the first time on Sunday, while others may have their final outing ever at the event. Only time will tell, though, and we can merely speculate at this point what the future holds for those individuals.
Five months ago, it was nothing more than a fantasy that Goldberg would be in action at WrestleMania 33, let alone headlining it for the Universal Championship. However, his shockingly quick victory over Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016 paved the way for him to win the Universal title at WWE Fastlane while resuming his rivalry with The Beast Incarnate.
On only one occasion since then has Goldberg been made to look vulnerable, and that was when Lesnar laid him out with an F5 one night removed from Fastlane. Other than that, though, he has been virtually unstoppable, setting back the likes of Lesnar, Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman, Rusev and others.
The biggest question heading into the event is whether this will be Goldberg's swan song from the WWE. Nothing has been made clear in regards to his future with the company beyond WrestleMania 33, so speculation would dictate he is dropping the title.
Perhaps at this point, it's not a matter of if he will lose the championship to Lesnar but how it will happen. Will it be a brutal brawl between the two, which we haven't seen since WrestleMania 20, or will Lesnar return the favor by making short work of his adversary?
Either way, WrestleMania 33 appears to be the end of the line for Goldberg, as well as his run as Universal champion.
Roman Reigns has been the center of controversy coming into WrestleMania 33, for he will have the honor of facing The Undertaker at the event. However, Reigns is used to the criticism from fans at this point and has shown little fear in the face of The Phenom as of late.
Their rivalry can be rooted back to Reigns eliminating Undertaker from the Royal Rumble match in January before proclaiming that the WWE was his yard now. Needless to say, tensions have been running high in the last month, as Undertaker has had his sights set on exacting revenge on The Big Dog and proving he still has it.
For Reigns, this is the ultimate opportunity for him to cement his spot as the man to beat in the WWE considering no one with the exception of Brock Lesnar has been able to beat Undertaker on The Grandest Stage of Them All for the past two and a half decades.
Reigns is no slouch at WrestleMania, either, having taken Lesnar to the limit two years ago and beaten Triple H in last year's main event. This match could easily go either way, but Reigns should be the favorite going in given he is at the top of his game right now and 'Taker is not.
Victory or defeat, Reigns will look like a star and should have plenty of momentum coming out of WrestleMania.
Up until just recently, AJ Styles wasn't scheduled to compete at WrestleMania 33, which is a travesty considering he was unquestionably the MVP of the WWE in 2016. He has targeted SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon in the last month and unleashed all of his anger on him, going so far as to brutalize him in the parking lot of an arena.
Almost instantly, Shane issued a challenge to Styles for a match at 'Mania, to which Styles agreed. In playing mind games with Shane, Styles has had the upper hand in this ruthless rivalry and has shown zero remorse in his actions.
With their WrestleMania bout being a standard singles match, The Phenomenal One will have an easy advantage over Shane, and he said as such on SmackDown Live. Plus, Styles suffered a loss in his WrestleMania debut last year and needs the win way more than his adversary does on Sunday.
Similar to the situation with Goldberg, this shouldn't be a matter of if Styles emerges victorious but how, and whether it will be in decisive fashion. It is well-documented that Shane will go to great lengths to put a hurting on his opponent when the lights are on bright, but he may not have that luxury with count-outs and disqualifications in play.
Following WrestleMania 33, Styles should immediately re-enter himself into the WWE Championship conversation, and a victory vs. the McMahon family scion will help him accomplish that.
Although he has been out of the ring since WrestleMania 32, Triple H has been extremely active on Raw in the last year, most notably in his long-awaited rivalry with Seth Rollins. In fact, this feud has brought the best out of The Game and has led to him cutting some of the best promos of his career.
There is little question that he has had Rollins' number in recent months, betraying Rollins in August and sending Samoa Joe to re-injure his knee back in January. He will also be in the driver's seat in their upcoming encounter when they collide in a non-sanctioned match at WrestleMania 33.
Triple H tends to thrive in an environment without rules, but what was his idea could ultimately prove to be his downfall. He has underestimated Rollins big time heading into the event, which could cost him in the end if he takes his time dismantling him.
What the future holds for HHH beyond WrestleMania 33 remains unknown, however. If he is unsuccessful in eliminating the threat of Rollins, there is a decent chance he will descend back into the darkness, similar to last year following his defeat to Roman Reigns.
Regardless of the result, don't expect Triple H to have ring rust once he steps into the ring with Rollins. He has had over two decades' worth of matches at 'Mania, and it is when it matters most that he delivers and stops at nothing to steal the show.
Randy Orton joining The Wyatt Family in early October 2016 was an unexpected move from The Viper, but as we would later learn, he had a plan to dismantle the feared faction from within the entire time.
Throughout the final few months of 2016 and even into the early months of 2017, he slowly caused The Wyatt Family to go their separate ways before finally turning on Bray Wyatt. This also after he won the Royal Rumble match, earning himself a shot at Wyatt's WWE Championship at WrestleMania 33.
Their rivalry has been nothing short of heated since then, and it is obvious Orton is motivated in getting the gold back in his grasp for the first time in several years. The sole reason why he fell short of victory vs. Wyatt at No Mercy was because of Luke Harper, and with the disciple now out of the picture, Orton could be capable of beating Wyatt all on his own.
Unfortunately, the odds are not in Orton's favor, as it has been four years since the Royal Rumble winner has won in the main event of WrestleMania. If anyone can accomplish that feat and break the curse, however, it is Orton, merely based on his ability to alienate a prey and then strike.
Orton has paid his dues as a background player on SmackDown Live over the past year. Come WrestleMania, it will be time for him to reclaim his spot as a main event player on the blue brand in the form of a WWE Championship victory.
Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a Digital Journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website, Next Era Wrestling, and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.