So we are only days away from the biggest wrestling event of the year, WWE's version of the Super Bowl. In addition to the Rock, Steve Austin and *shudder* Snooki, there should be a few great matches as well.
Let's take a look and see who might be going over at the Showcase of the Immortals.
When the Corre ride into WrestleMania, they will have the momentum of Wade Barrett's recent intercontinental title win. Santino Marella with have the momentum of appearing on Cake Boss.
To be honest, it probably doesn't matter who wins this match in the long run. Vlad and Santino aren't even on the same show as the other guys and Kane and Big Show are established veterans, so their spots are safe.
I think the Corre need this win, just because I can't imagine what benefit there would be to the babyfaces winning, aside from making the crowd happy.
Winners: The Corre
Sheamus, after being booked to look like a big, red-headed goof, is now being put over as the next coming of Goldberg.
Daniel Bryan, on the other hand, seems have lost steam from his initial push towards the US title and looks like he's going to be the victim of midcarditis.
This one comes down to the standard Vince match of "big vs. small," where the little guy bumps around like a pinball for the bigger, less mobile guy. Vinnie Mac loves big guys (yes, I'm aware that sounds creepy) and Daniel Bryan just doesn't measure up.
If someone out there is buying the show for this match, I apologize, because I really could not care less.
Trish Stratus is an all-time favorite of mine (not really for her wrestling ability), but we all know she's going to disappear after this one.
Snooki is just the latest reality show garbage who will be opening mini-malls in about five years. People who watch this show 15 years from now will be thinking "who the hell is Snooki?"
LayCool and Ziggler probably should go over here because they are the full-time performers and the hot heel acts, but Vince loves for his shows to be on Entertainment Tonight, so expect the opposite.
Winners: Snooki, Trish Stratus and John Morrison
I'll give them this: They are really trying on this Cody Rhodes character. The mask is a nice touch, but I would have given Rhodes a black eye or something to get him really upset.
Unfortunately, this one looks like the token "bathroom break" match for me because I just don't see these guys busting out a **** classic.
The match will probably be kept under eight minutes and there is absolutely no way they are putting Rhodes over Rey Mysterio.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
CM Punk has been by far the most entertaining heel character on Raw the past few months. His laid-back promo style and old-school actions have given Orton something great to play off of.
Unfortunately for Punk, Orton is being pushed as "Stone Cold" Randy Orton where no man, woman or child stands in his way...punts for everyone.
The problem with Orton is that WWE hears his live crowd reactions, which are quite loud, and immediately thinks they should push him to the moon. However, Orton has already proven he doesn't move ratings at all and he just bores the hell out of me in the ring.
Still, he won the crowd and, as Maximus will tell you, that's how you win.
Winner: Randy Orton
I think this is the only match on the card where you can say with 100 percent certainty that someone is going to get their ass kicked.
Michael Cole is in for the biggest beating of the year—it might rival Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon a couple of years ago.
Expect a wild, overbooked match here with Austin dishing out Stunners and Cole begging for his life. The only disappointment I have is that Lawler has already been told he can't use the pile driver. That really would be the icing on the cake.
Winner: Jerry Lawler
Even though WWE is pretending these guys haven't already wrestled at WrestleMania (see: WM 17), I'm still expecting a good match.
Since these guys are who they are, their match gets to be No Holds Barred, ensuring that they can bust out every Attitude Era trick to get the match closer to **** and ensure the live crowd is amped.
The problem arises when you watch the History of WrestleMania DVD, which is very good, but there happens to be a Triple H interview in there about the Undertaker's streak.
In the interview, Trips states that he think no one, and he means no one, should end Taker's WrestleMania streak. Whoops.
I have long been a supporter of Alberto Del Rio and I truly believe they are ready to pull the trigger on him.
His smooth style in the ring and great mannerisms have already made him a main-event player, now all he needs is the belt to cement him.
Edge is still a crowd favorite but, unfortunately, he's another guy who's been in WWE for over 10 years now. It's time for some fresh faces on top.
Expect this one to go on second- or third-to-last because heels don't close WrestleMania (unless you're Triple H) and Del Rio is the favorite to win.
Mark my words, though, putting the strap on Del Rio is the best decision they can make.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
This is the match that I am buying the show for and the one I think will close us out as the main event.
You have to feel a little bit bad for the Miz, as the world champion has been put on the back burner in favor of Cena vs. The Rock...but that's what sells.
The match is less about who wins between The Miz and Cena and more about the The Rock and what his involvement will be. Rest assured, the involvement will be heavy and will definitely not disappoint.
Since the The Rock has recently stated he would be open to wrestling one more match, I don't think there will be a close to the storyline Sunday night. Expect Cena to pick up the win, end the The Miz experiment, and turns his attention to the Great One.
Winner: John Cena