WrestleMania: Parallels and Predictions, Part 1 (Spoiler Alert)

Elliott SaltaresContributor IMarch 9, 2011

It's WrestleMania time.  

Once again, it's the time of year when the WWE is getting ready to put on a show for the ages. Every year, they claim that this year's Mania offering will eclipse all the rest—that this one will be the one to remember.

I often wondered why they choose to use those particular words.

Then they announced "The Undertaker vs. Triple H" at WrestleMania...again.

When the hoopla surrounding the infamous "2-21-11" vignettes turned out to be nothing but a sequel, I knew (as did a lot of us) that this was something we had seen before. I flipped through my mental Rolodex and quickly remembered when—ten years ago, WrestleMania X-7.

As I went over the match-listing for that April 1, 2001 'Mania,' I picked up on a few more tweaked rehashes, and started to flesh out some interesting parallels.

Looking at the card as it stands now, and including the rest of the rumored card (again, possible spoiler alert), we can begin to see that there may be some coincidences.

In 2001, Chris Jericho vs. William Regal. In 2011, Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes

This match has the greatest odds of kicking off the show. In both instances, we get a cagey vet squaring off against a decent worker with very good mic skills on the verge of superstardom. Just like in 2001, I see the face winning the match; however, this year, the match isn't the blow off as this Mysterio/Rhodes feud is just getting started.

In 2001, Tazz & The APA vs. Right to Censor. In 2011, The Corre vs. Big Show, Kane, Kofi Kingston & Christian

In this rumored match, we get a strong stable against a mixed bag of established WWE names. The stable will probably get the victory, establishing  themselves further for the coming year. The loss does not affect the "super team," as they will undoubtedly move on from there into other feuds, even possibly with each other.

Also, note that this would feature Kane and Big Show in the same match, which also happened in 2001. Though they would be allies this time, at WM X-7, they took part in a triple threat match that included Raven.

In 2001, Eddie Guerrero (w/ Saturn) vs. Test. In 2011, Daniel Bryan (w/ Gail Kim) vs. Sheamus (W/ Bella Twins)

A fairly simple contest between the excellent in-ring technician and a brute, menacing powerhouse. The only true tweak will be the extra additions to the outside. This match can go either way, and what has been happening on Raw is changing the landscape of the storyline week-to-week.

However, I feel Sheamus is taking this one.

Why, you ask?

I think 2011 has big things in store for Daniel Bryan—just as 2001 did for Guerrero—but on Smackdown.

To Be Continued

Elliott Saltares is a sports pundit, fan, and contributing writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on twitter @elliottsaltares.