WrestleMania XXVII: Predicting the Outcome of WWE's Show of Shows
We are now less than two weeks away from the biggest professional wrestling pay-per-view of 2011: WrestleMania XXVII.
Most of the buildup is finished, most of the matches have been determined, and most of the WWE Universe is prepared to find out what happens next Sunday.
And like most members of the Internet Wrestling Community, I have also made my predictions on the result of every match on the card.
From the last-minute filler to the hyped main event, these are my predictions on the outcome of WrestleMania XXVII, in order from the most predictable to the most unpredictable.
Michael Cole vs. Jerry "The King" Lawler
Ironically, the most built up match on the card is also the most predictable.
For months, Cole has verbally (and physically) tormented his fellow Raw commentator, and other than a surprise appearance of Stone Cold Steve Austin becoming the special guest referee, Lawler can't seem to catch a break in this fued.
With WWE Superstar Jack Swagger as his trainer and manager, Michael Cole is seemingly unstoppable. But we all know what will happen on the grandest stage of them all, and the "Voice of WWE" will finally be shut up.
Winner of the match: Jerry "The King" Lawler
John Morrison, Trish Stratus, and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi vs. Dolph Ziggler and LayCool
If you're fan of Jersey Shore, you're going to care about this match. But if you're a fan of WWE, well... you get the idea.
Just like Cole vs. Lawler, Team Snooki vs. Team Vickie is pretty predictable. LayCool are currently on a winning streak, which never looks good going into a pay-per-view. Add the fact that a television celebrity and the returning Diva of the Decade are on the other team, and you know how this will end.
And just like the Jersey Shore, expect this match to be train wreck.
Winners of the match: John Morrison, Trish Status, and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
Triple H vs. The Undertaker
You know I hate to ask this, but am I the only one that isn't looking forward to this match?
At this point, we know The Undertaker's streak will never be broken, and that he is most likely to go 20-0 before he retires next year. And although WWE is trying their hardest to make us forget, The Undertaker has already beaten Triple H at WrestleMania.
WWE can hype The Game vs. The Dead Man all they want. That doesn't change the fact that it comes across as filler; simply added to the card because The Undertaker has to face someone at WrestleMania.
The only good news about this match is that Triple H will likely retire from the ring after he loses, and that is something I think we can all smile about.
Winner of the match: The Undertaker (duh)
Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
This match for the United States Championship, and it will most likely be the opening match of the night.
After becoming King of the Ring back in November of last year, Sheamus fell into a three month losing streak. The royal curse finally ended when he beat Daniel Bryan two weeks ago, and became the United States Champion in the process.
While I personally think both men are deserving of the US title, I'm going to have to go with The Celtic Warrior on this one.
After losing for so long (courtesy of Kevin Dunn), Sheamus needs to hold the United States Championship for a significant amount of time if he ever wants to make a successful main event comeback in the near future.
Daniel Bryan has also been the champion long enough, and its time somebody else held the strap for a while.
Winner of the match: Sheamus
We're now halfway through the card, and the final four matches are not only much more interesting, but more unpredictable as well.
Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes
The evolution of Cody Rhodes since leaving The Legacy has been on of the highlights of SmackDown over the past year. His transformation from Randy Orton's sidekick, to a "dashing" pretty boy, to an unhinged lunatic, has been entertaining to say the least.
Cody's opponent is Rey Mysterio–the man that ruined his perfect face. Rhodes responded by de-masking Mysterio. Instant grudge match at Mania.
Since Rey is booked to be the underdog that rarely loses, you would think this match will end with a 619.
However, dirt sheets have reported that Mysterio is high on Rhodes, and is looking to put Cody over as an upper mid-card heel. So for that reason alone, I'm going to go with Rhodes pulling out a shocking surprise victory.
Winner of the match: Cody Rhodes
Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
Now if Creative were smart, they would have CM Punk win this match.
After all, Randy Orton has all but destroyed the New Nexus without breaking a sweat lately by sending every member back to FCW with a punt to the skull.
But as we all know, Creative isn't that smart. So if you combine Creative's lack of intelligence with CM Punk's Jericho-like ability to remain over no matter how many times he loses, then The Viper has this one in the bag.
Winner of the match: Randy Orton
Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio
This match is for the World Heavyweight Championship, and whoever walks out of WrestleMania XXVII with the big gold belt will probably determine who walks out with the spinner belt at the end of the night.
2011 Royal Rumble winner Albero Del Rio has had a rocket strapped to his @$$ since his debut last summer, and this title match against Edge is supposed to be the culmination of his main-event push.
There are two reasons why I believe Del Rio will win the gold.
The first reason is because he won the Royal Rumble. In the past few years, the Royal Rumble winners have been unsuccessful at WrestleMania. This leads me to believe that Del Rio will win simply to keep the Rumble itself relevant.
The second reason is the growing presence of Christian in the fued. For now, he is loyal to his best friend Edge, but if Alberto Del Rio pulls out a dirty win, expect Captain Charima to be responsible for it.
However things work out, I expect Del Rio to walk out not only a champion, but as the new top heel of Friday Night SmackDown.
Winner of the match: Alberto Del Rio
The Miz vs. John Cena
Finally, we have arrived at the main event. The closing match. The biggest match on the card. The Miz vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship.
The Cena era began six years ago at WrestleMania XXI, with John Cena winning the WWE Championship from John "Bradshaw Layfield", and for the first time in six years, a first-time world champion will defend his title on the grandest stage of them all.
I've already written three articles on the outcome of this match alone, so I plan on keeping this short: The Miz is going to retain.
It might be due to an interference from The Rock. It might be due to an interference from Michael Cole or Alex Riley. It might be because of a mistake by John Cena. Or it might just be a clean victory for once.
But in some form or fashion, The Awesome One is going to sneak out a victory over The Champ, and secure his spot as the top heel of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Winner of the match: The Miz
And with that said, there is my prediction for WrestleMania XXVII. The twenty-seventh Show of Shows is only ten days away, and from the looks of things, we're all in for quite a treat.
I hope you all enjoy reading my article as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you.
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