WWE WrestleMania 38: Best Finishes for Top Matches on the Card

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVApril 1, 2022

Roman Reigns greets the fans ahead of his match during the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Crown Jewel pay-per-view in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 21, 2021. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

WrestleMania 38 has plenty of big-time matches on the card, but their success and effectiveness will depend largely on how they are booked to play out.

Over decades of professional wrestling, plenty of great matches have been ruined by poorly booked finishes, so the onus is on the creative team to ensure everything is in sync and makes sense.

Given the star power involved, the writers will have no shortage of booking options at their disposal, although some undoubtedly make more sense than others.

With regard to some of the top matches on the WrestleMania 38 card, here is a breakdown of the best and most logical finishes WWE should book.

Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar

WWE is billing Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar as the biggest match in WrestleMania history, and while that may be hyperbole to some degree, it isn't necessarily too far off.

For the first time in WrestleMania history, world titles will be unified in the main event, as Reigns is putting the Universal Championship up against Lesnar's WWE Championship.

Given the stipulation of the match, WrestleMania is poised to end with one of Reigns or Lesnar holding both titles high above their head with fireworks exploding throughout AT&T Stadium.

It is difficult to argue against either Superstar deserving the title of undisputed world champion, but Reigns should get the nod given that he is a full-time Superstar who has done the best work of his career over the past year-and-a-half.

The manner in which Reigns should win is up for debate since WWE must walk a fine line between giving The Tribal Chief the win and protecting Lesnar.

Reigns' previous win over Lesnar at Crown Jewel saw Paul Heyman get involved by throwing the universal title into the ring, and it also included The Usos making their presence felt.

This time around, WWE should book a much cleaner finish, with Reigns spearing Lesnar multiple times en route to victory in a lengthy, hard-fought match.

To put the cherry on top of Reigns' win, however, WWE should book a surprise appearance in the form of The Rock if he is available.

Having Reigns' cousin interrupt his celebration to set the stage for a match at WrestleMania 39 would be the ideal way to end this year's WrestleMania and quickly build up excitement for next year.

Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair

Few matches on the WrestleMania card have been built up longer and more effectively than the Raw women's title bout pitting Becky Lynch against Bianca Belair.

About seven months ago, Lynch returned to WWE after more than a year away for maternity leave. Lynch was a surprise replacement for Sasha Banks as Belair's opponent at SummerSlam, and she beat The EST in seconds.

Lynch surprisingly took advantage of the situation by turning a handshake into an opportunity to hit Belair with a cheap shot and then pin her following a Manhandle Slam.

Ever since then, Belair has been hard at work to get revenge on Lynch, while Big Time Becks has gone out of her way to avoid matches against Bianca.

Lynch has no choice at WrestleMania, though, since Belair earned the No. 1 contendership by beating five other women in an Elimination Chamber match.

Recently, Lynch temporarily put Belair out of commission by breaking the hyoid bone in Belair's throat with a steel chair. The Man did it as retribution for Belair whipping her with her hair and also injuring her throat.

At WrestleMania, WWE has the opportunity for several callbacks that can be tied together for a tidy and satisfying finish.

Having Belair pull Lynch in for a handshake before giving her a forearm to the throat and a barrage of hair whips would satisfy many of the biggest moments of their feud.

Belair should then put Lynch down with the K.O.D. and pin her to solidify a championship-winning moment at WrestleMania for the second year in a row.

Edge vs. AJ Styles

Of any match on the WrestleMania 38 card without a title on the line, Edge vs. AJ Styles is likely the one that has fans most excited.

Even well into their 40's, Edge and Styles remain two of the best in-ring workers in the world, and few are capable of telling better stories than them.

While it wasn't long ago that Styles and Edge had their WrestleMania match become official, WWE worked quickly at building an intriguing storyline around it and making it one of the most highly anticipated contests on the card.

Edge surprisingly turned heel by hitting Styles with a conchairto after accepting his challenge, and The Rated-R Superstar seemed to tap into a dark part of his personality.

It also appeared to awaken a fire deep within Styles, as he vowed to make Edge pay for what he did to him.

Edge introduced a steel chair into the proceedings once again during a match between Styles and Seth Rollins on Raw a couple of weeks ago, as he attacked The Phenomenal One with the chair.

The story suggests a steel chair will come into play once again at WrestleMania, meaning a fitting ending to the match would be for Styles to hit Edge with a conchairto while the referee is incapacitated before pinning him to score one of the biggest wins of his career.