With the Royal Rumble around the corner, it is the opportune time to begin predictions for the biggest PPV of the year, WrestleMania.
This year looks to be a different event than years past. Shawn Michaels and Batista no longer wrestle in the WWE and it remains to be seen whether Triple H, The Undertaker, and, to a larger extent, John Cena, will be available to compete on the grandest stage of them all.
Whether these main event stars participate in WrestleMania or not, there is no doubt that the WWE has a number of talented superstars ready to knock down the door to capture that main event spotlight.
Without further ado, here are some predictions for WrestleMania 27:
Now, before you moan and groan about the fact that Cena is headlining another WrestleMania championship match, just listen to my reasoning for doing so.
If Cena’s apparent hip injury is worse than believed, disregard this prediction. However, it is doubtful that Cena will miss any significant ring time and would miss the Royal Rumble, let alone WrestleMania.
This year’s Royal Rumble will take place from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, and one must take into major consideration that Cena will win the Royal Rumble match. Three years ago, Cena made a surprise return at Madison Square Garden to win the Rumble for the first time in his career. So, the odds of Cena winning the match in front of his hometown fans remain a strong reality.
In the case of his opponent, how fitting would it be for The Miz to defend the WWE Championship against John Cena? The history between these two speaks for itself and their feud would certainly come full circle given how much The Miz has improved since the start of their rivalry nearly two years ago.
It would undoubtedly be the headlining match at WrestleMania this year as the fans would support John Cena to end the reign of The Miz as WWE Champion (only to perhaps regret their decision once Cena wins the championship at WrestleMania.)
Nevertheless, it is necessary for the WWE to continue to push the young talent and, like it or not, The Miz is the future of the WWE.
Ultimately, the sight in the picture will be the sight at the conclusion of WrestleMania 27.
Sure, this match happened last year at WrestleMania. But in the last year, Sheamus has solidified himself as a main-event star on the WWE’s premiere show. His feud with John Morrison pushed Morrison to his highest point and helped jumpstart Morrison into his current WWE Championship feud with The Miz.
There is also a built-in back story to this matchup as Sheamus injured Triple H following the Extreme Rules PPV last April, sending “The Game” off of WWE TV for the past eight months. Triple H would be out for revenge and would cost Sheamus the Royal Rumble to resume their feud.
This matchup between the “King of the Ring” and the “King of Kings” would surely be one of the top matches in Atlanta, GA this year at WrestleMania.
The following series of events will result in John Morrison, who will get his first major singles match at WrestleMania, taking on a former multiple-time WWE Champion Randy Orton.
Tonight, on the first RAW of 2011, The Miz defends the WWE Championship against John Morrison in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. Due to the interference of The Miz’s apprentice, Alex Riley, Miz will retain the WWE Championship over Morrison. The anonymous RAW General Manager will chime his laptop and disrupt the Miz’ celebration and announce a rematch at the Royal Rumble with Riley barred from ringside.
This will anger Randy Orton, who feels he deserves another chance at the WWE Championship. At the Royal Rumble, Randy Orton interrupts the Championship match and costs Morrison another opportunity to become WWE Champion. Later in the evening, Morrison interferes during the Rumble match and eliminates Orton, ruining Orton’s chance at headlining WrestleMania 27.
Both men will continue to attack one another for the next several weeks when the anonymous GM announces that both men will compete against The Miz in a triple threat match at the Elimination Chamber PPV. Miz survives with the championship in his possession due to both Morrison and Orton preventing the other from winning the WWE Championship. Thus, the GM decides that Orton and Morrison will compete against one another at the showcase of the immortals, while Miz defends his championship against John Cena.
WHO WILL FACE THE UNDERTAKER AT WRESTLEMANIA?
Whether The Undertaker is medically cleared to compete by April is still to be determined but if and when he is, the question remains: who will The Undertaker face at WrestleMania 27?
Originally, the rumored plan was for Wade Barrett to battle the Phenom, given the Nexus assisted in the burial of The Undertaker at the Bragging Rights PPV. However, with CM Punk as the assumed new leader of Nexus, it is quite possible that Barrett and Punk will clash for control of Nexus at WrestleMania.
Another prediction, mainly thought of by myself, is that Triple H would be revealed as the “higher power” of Nexus, and therefore would be the logical reason Nexus buried The Undertaker; it could be Triple H’s payback on ‘Taker for retiring Shawn Michaels at last year’s WrestleMania.
A third prediction could also be John Cena if he does not win the Royal Rumble. The idea of John Cena vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania 27 would be the biggest draw for this year’s event and would absolutely raise the overall buyrate of the event.
Brock Lesnar is a fourth and highly unlikely opponent, given that UFC President Dana White has stated Lesnar is still under contract with the UFC and is not allowed to wrestle at WrestleMania. However, White could be blowing smoke and it could be an elaborate plan by the minds of White and McMahon to pull of this major cross-brand “attraction” match.
Also, Kane could be another candidate for the Undertaker’s opponent at WrestleMania since Kane co-conspired in the attack of burying Undertaker alive several months ago. However, both men have already competed against one another on two separate occasions at WrestleMania and therefore it would not feel fresh, given their most recent feud lasted three months.
Whoever it is, one thing is for certain: The Undertaker improves to 19-0 at WrestleMania 27.
Obviously, with exactly three months remaining before the biggest event of the year, it is hard to predict each match for every top WWE superstar. But there is nothing wrong with guessing, is there?
Here are the overall predictions for the WrestleMania 27 card:
Matches discussed in this article:
- WWE Championship Match: The Miz vs. John Cena
- No Holds Barred: Triple H vs. Sheamus
- Randy Orton vs. John Morrison
- The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar (for the sake of this prediction)
The rest of the card:
- World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio vs. “The Rated R Superstar” Edge
- WWE United States Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk
- Money In The Bank Ladder Match: Wade Barrett vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Jack Swagger vs. Evan Bourne vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Kofi Kingston vs. R-Truth vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Ted Dibiase vs. Rey Mysterio
- Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Big Show
- Goldberg vs. Kane
- Divas Championship: Natalya vs. Beth Phoenix