Tonight, WWE will present the 27th (!!!) edition of WrestleMania, and it's hard to believe how far WrestleMania has come since the first event took place in Madison Square Garden in 1985. Who could have thought that it would become the biggest show in wrestling? Vince McMahon created something really special that I'm glad to experience every year.
This year's event looks great, in my opinion. The card doesn't seemed too crammed full and it actually looks as if every match may get some time to shine, which is good because there look to be some real sleepers on here.
There are more than a couple of matches that could steal the show and go above and beyond everyone's expectations. I think this show is going to be beginning of a new era in WWE, and when the night is over, this will go down as one of the biggest WrestleMania events ever and possibly one of the better ones.
With all that said, let's get to it.
This match was announced pretty late in the game, but I'm glad that Sheamus and Bryan got on the card.
Sheamus because he has just come such a long way and Bryan because this is his first appearance at a WrestleMania, which is special for the fans. It's also nice to see the United States Championship being defended at WrestleMania. The idea of the mid-card titles being defended at the show has been lost in recent years and I think those titles are important enough to get a spot.
The match itself will be good or really good depending on how much time these guys get, and with only nine matches on the card, I would hope that they get at least 10 minutes.
Everyone knows how well Bryan can perform in the ring, but Sheamus has improved greatly since his debut and has seemingly mastered the art of being a brawler, but I don't think he's had any matches that could be called spectacular. I think they could put on a good little match given the chance, but it's likely that if any match will be the scapegoat of the show, it's this one. Understandable, since there are plenty of other big matches on the show and they won't want to tire the crowd out with a US Title match.
As for the winner, I think Sheamus is going to retain.
He really started sinking there for awhile after he won King of the Ring, but now he's got the title and looks to be back on track. I'd like to see Bryan get his first WrestleMania victory, but he doesn't need it as much as Sheamus, who needs to find his way back to the main event scene sometime this year. Look for him to win here and have a decent run as US Champion before moving onto bigger things.
Winner and STILL United States Champion: Sheamus
This match seems as if it was just thrown together at the last second and it was.
It's a bit disappointing that Wade Barrett, a guy who many thought would have won a world title by now, is going to be in such a lousy match at WrestleMania. It would have been nice to see him take on a big star in his WrestleMania debut or even defend the Intercontinental Championship.
Same goes for Slater/Gabriel and the WWE Tag Team Championships. Unfortunately, WWE just doesn't make room on the card for these titles anymore. I am happy to see The Corre reigning supreme over Smackdown, though. They've got championships, which is something that I thought was missing in the Nexus over on RAW.
I wouldn't expect this match to be all that great in terms of quality, but it is interesting to note that as part of the storyline, Kozlov was attacked at AXXESS yesterday, which you just know has to leave open the possibility of a mystery partner. Don't be shocked if it's Kofi Kingston, who shockingly doesn't have a spot on the card yet, or maybe even Diesel. Either way, this one won't last very long,
I think the correct thing to do would be to have The Corre go over, being that they are the young stars of Smackdown and they need to be established. What better way to do that than at WrestleMania? If it were an elimination match, I would say Big Show, Kane, Santino and the mystery partner would win, but since this a one-fall match, The Corre will sneak out a win somehow and continue to build momentum.
Winner: The Corre
I know that this match certainly isn't everyone's favorite on the card—it's not mine, either—but WrestleMania has a tradition of using celebrities on the show and at this point in time, who better than the most popular member from the Jersey Shore cast?
I don't like the show and I don't think I like Snooki, but it's smart business. Disappointing to see Ziggler and Morrison in this match after the great year's they had, but at least this match could get them some exposure. Also, it's nice to see Trish again.
You don't need me to tell you that the match itself probably won't be anything special. Morrison and Ziggler may have some good moments and perhaps so will Stratus and Lay-Cool, but it's all going to lead to one inevitable moment when Snooki gets in the ring and beats down on a member of Lay-Cool (probably Layla, since she appears to be the scapegoat of the team).
No doubt who is going to win this one. The celebrities always win. It makes for a good WrestleMania moment. Look for Snooki to get the pinfall, too. Probably on, you guessed it, Layla.
Winner: Snooki, Trish Stratus and John Morrison
When I said that there are a few matches that could be sleepers, this is one of the matches I was talking about.
This feud has been built really well and Cody Rhodes has been doing his best work in WWE yet. I heard that Mysterio handpicked Rhodes as his opponent and I think that's great. Rhodes is a future star in WWE and it's nice to see him getting a spot on the card.
This match, if given enough time (I know I keep saying that, but it's true), could be a great match and for some, maybe even match of the night. Mysterio may be getting close to the end of his career, but he can certainly still go in the ring and Rhodes hasn't had that one great match this year, but I think this could be it. I would expect a lot of fast-paced action and perhaps some brutal moments from Rhodes.
In the end, it may seem like the best decision would be to have Rhodes win and I think that there's a small chance that he could, but I think the more likely scenario is Rhodes having a strong showing against Mysterio, but still lose.
It won't be the end of the feud, though.
Expect Rhodes to get revenge and a big victory over Mysterio sometime very soon. I would compare the situation and the way it'll play out to Triple H vs. Sheamus last year.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
I'm really looking forward to this match because like Mysterio/Rhodes, this match is just personal.
There's no streaks or titles on the line, it's just two guys who hate each other and have time to put on a great match. I'm happy that this feud made mention of the fact that Orton cost Punk the WHC at Unforgiven 2008. It's nice to see the past being acknowledged in WWE and it was a great launching point for this feud. Also, Orton has taken out all of the New Nexus, so we know it'll just be him and Punk.
I know Orton isn't exactly known for his great ring work, but take into consideration the personal animosity between these two, Punk's ring skills and the fact that both of their finishing moves can come from out of nowhere, and I think this match has massive potential to be very exciting. I would expect that we'll see a GTS countered into an RKO. That just has to happen.
I don't think Punk is getting the win here. Orton is one of the biggest stars on RAW and WWE has made him appear to be at a disadvantage with his injured knee. That alone tells me that Orton will find a way to get the victory after a long, competitive match. This feud will likely continue after WrestleMania, too.
Winner: Randy Orton
Considering that this is a feud between two announcers, it has been built very well, and even though the conclusion has always been apparent, it's been fun and interesting.
Michael Cole has been absolutely hilarious since going heel and I wonder if he'll continue announcing after WrestleMania or perhaps be used in some other aspect due to how much heat he's been getting. The addition of Jack Swagger leads me to believe that he could manage Swagger, which would be good. Stone Cold is the referee in this match and that should already tell you what's probably going to happen.
The match won't be a mat classic (though Lawler can still go in the ring) and I wouldn't expect it to last very long. Expect there to be some interference in this match, perhaps from Swagger, JBL or maybe even Jim Ross or Josh Matthews, but I'm sure we'll see Swagger and Cole get a Stunner and a beer bath.
No way Cole wins this one. The whole idea all along has been to have Lawler come out on top. Cole has done a great job getting heat and he'll look good getting whooped in this match, but with Stone Cold as the referee, he has no chance to win whatsoever. Lawler will win and he, Stone Cold and JR will celebrate in the ring.
Winner: Jerry Lawler
Every year, The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak becomes a bigger deal. It's become so big, in fact, that it's no longer acceptable for The Undertaker to face an up-and-coming star at the event. There has to be someone that looks to be a legit threat to the streak, even if we all know that it will not come to an end.
Triple H probably wasn't everyone's first pick, but it only makes sense, in my opinion. And I think WWE has put together a great story with these two, the last two remaining stars of an era.
It's been a long time since Triple H has wrestled on WWE television and The Undertaker is getting weaker every year, but I think that these two will find a way to make this match a classic. I would expect nothing less from them.
The No Holds Barred stipulation has been added to make the match less of a wrestling classic and more of a brutal brawl. I know WWE has gone PG, but I would hope that just this once, they would let whatever happens happen and I don't want to see any bloodshed stop the match. Everyone knows what Triple H can do and it's expected that he'll do everything he can to beat The Undertaker.
The streak is not going to end. Not now, not ever. That's my opinion. It's part of The Undertaker's legacy now, and when he retires, he'll be perfect (which I think may be 20-0). Triple H is a bit of a threat, I think, but certainly not as much as Shawn Michaels was and I knew from the moment that this match was announced that Triple H would lose and The Undertaker would go to 19-0.
It's academic that Taker will win every year. It's not about who wins or loses, it's about the match and this match will not disappoint.
Winner: The Undertaker (19-0)
Many were shocked when Alberto Del Rio won the Royal Rumble, but the man is clearly being pushed to the moon, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that he's competing for the World Heavyweight Championship at his first WrestleMania.
Edge probably wasn't everyone's first thought as an opponent for Del Rio, but I say who better? He's been the man on Smackdown for the last few years and he's about to face the future of Smackdown.
I think this match will be very good. Both ADR and Edge are capable enough and since this is one of the bigger matches of the night, they'll get plenty of time. There's also the inclusion of Brodus Clay and Christian in the corners and Ricardo Rodriguez is always a factor in Del Rio matches, so expect some interference and ringside shenanigans in the match.
The Royal Rumble winner has lost the title match at WrestleMania three years in a row. That streak will end tonight as Del Rio will be crowned World Heavyweight Champion.
This WrestleMania is for building new stars and ADR will shoot to the top with a title win at WrestleMania. I also think there is a slight chance that we could see Christian turn on Edge, which would be a great Mania moment for me, personally, having been a huge fan of both guys since they started in WWE.
Winner and NEW World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio
I think that The Miz has been great as WWE Champion.
He's done very well with everything WWE has given him and he's been getting lots of publicity. It's great to see him facing John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania, remembering just two years ago when Miz was a rising star on the RAW brand trying to make a name for himself by calling out Cena.
Now, Miz is a superstar and on his way to being a legit permanent main eventer. Also, don't forget that The Rock has been involved in this feud.
I think this match will be good, but not great. Miz is more of an entertainer, as is Cena, so I wouldn't ever expect to see them put on a 5-star classic. What will make this match good is that Miz will have a strong showing and look very good against Cena, and that's more important than them putting on a wrestling clinic. I don't see The Rock getting involved during the match out of respect for the title and the main event of WrestleMania, but expect to see Alex Riley.
This may be surprising, but I'm picking The Miz to retain here. The man is on a roll and WWE surely sees how great he is doing as champion. Cena doesn't need the title or the victory, but Miz does and a win in the main event of WrestleMania will cement him as a top star.
A loss for Miz here could be damaging to his future. Besides, Cena has issues with The Rock and that rivalry does not need the title. Expect a confrontation between Cena and Rock after the match, but Cena won't be the champion.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: The Miz