WWE WrestleMania 31: Updated Predictions for Each Match at Event
For wrestling fans, WrestleMania 31 is the equivalent of the Super Bowl, and the 2015 edition of WWE’s biggest pay-per-view takes place Sunday.
Expectations are through the roof for the event, and the WWE Universe is ready to see the top names in wrestling walk down the aisle and step between the ropes on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
From Brock Lesnar to Undertaker to Sting, there is serious drawing power on this card, but many fans feel let down by the lackluster build to the event. Luckily, the spectacle of WrestleMania is part of its lure, and there is nothing that can diminish the magnitude of the show.
Here are updated predictions for every match on the WrestleMania 31 card.
Roman Reigns Defeats Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Brock Lesnar's re-signing with WWE, via ESPN's Michelle Beadle on SportsCenter, has made predicting this match incredibly difficult, but the likely game plan all along has been to give Roman Reigns the ultimate rub, and there is no turning back now.
Since winning the 2015 Royal Rumble, Reigns has been positioned as the strongest star in the company. Not only did he beat Daniel Bryan at WWE Fastlane, but he has also taken the backlash from the WWE Universe and used it as motivation.
As much as Reigns winning clean and riding off into the sunset as a babyface champion would have been the ideal booking for Vince McMahon, the possibility of Paul Heyman turning on his client and siding with the challenger is very real.
For months, Mike Chiari of Ring Rust Radio has been predicting a main event heel turn at WrestleMania for Reigns, and there is more evidence each week. From the friendly relationship between Heyman and Reigns to Lesnar’s advocate winking at the camera on Raw, there is something brewing.
Regardless of whether Heyman turns on Lesnar or not, Reigns is walking out of WrestleMania 31 as the new WWE world heavyweight champion.
Sting Defeats Triple H
One of the greatest moments fans will witness Sunday will be the WWE in-ring debut of Sting. The wrestling legend was the face of WCW and TNA over the last 20 years but will finally get a chance to be a part of the WrestleMania experience by facing off against Triple H.
During the build to WrestleMania, Sting has gotten the upper hand on WWE's COO at every possible opportunity. Traditional builds suggest that each man should be strong leading into a match of this magnitude, but this one has been heavily in favor of Sting.
With a possible match with Undertaker looming at WrestleMania 32, Sting must be victorious Sunday. Regardless of the outcome, though, the story these legends tell in the ring will be worthy of the stage on which it’s presented.
Bray Wyatt Stuns Undertaker
One of the most underrated matches on the card this year is the battle between The Undertaker and Bray Wyatt.
For weeks, Wyatt has single-handedly carried the storyline on the mic, and the payoff should be a match that catapults the 27-year-old star into the upper echelon.
The idea of keeping Undertaker off television until his entrance at WrestleMania is genius, but it takes a superior talent on the mic to carry this program as the only participant who's on television. Wyatt has taken the opportunity and risen to the occasion.
Common sense tells wrestling fans that Undertaker shouldn’t lose two matches in a row, especially if a bout against Sting looms, but Wyatt stunning the WWE Universe would be an unforgettable moment that builds a star for the future.
In another Undertaker shocker, Wyatt deserves the victory and will defeat The Deadman.
Randy Orton Defeats Seth Rollins
Randy Orton returned to WWE programming to massive cheers after filming a movie and undergoing surgery, but WWE decided to leave him a heel and slow-play the turn. Several weeks later, Orton finally did attack Seth Rollins, but the impact wasn’t as powerful.
When these two skilled in-ring technicians step through the ropes, the resulting match should be very entertaining. Each man knows how to tell an interesting story, and a large contingent of fans will be excited to see Orton get revenge.
With Rollins still holding the Money in the Bank briefcase, the possibility of a cash-in attempt is always looming. If Rollins is making his move at WrestleMania, Orton will be a lock to win and throw the fans off the scent.
Orton needs this victory to cement his status as a top face.
John Cena Defeats Rusev
Whether you like John Cena or not, the booking for his WrestleMania match against Rusev for the United States Championship has been terrible. It was fine leading into WWE Fastlane but has gone off the rails in the last several weeks.
The biggest problem for fans is that the Russian sympathizer got the upper hand in a big way on the go-home episode of Raw. Common-sense booking tells us now that Cena should overcome the odds by being the first to pin or submit Rusev and stealing his championship.
Unless Lana uses a distraction again to give Rusev the upper hand in the match, Cena is a safe bet, arguably the biggest lock of the entire PPV.
Damien Mizdow Wins the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is one of the most interesting concepts WWE has created in recent years, but after the way the company handled Cesaro last year, there is reason to be concerned for the next winner.
Despite rumblings that Sheamus could make his return and win the Battle Royal (via WrestleZone's Mike Killam), the winner will be Damien Mizdow.
As part of one of the most interesting storylines in wrestling over the last year, Mizdow needs a career-defining moment.
As seen when he won the Money in the Bank briefcase, it’s how you’re booked after that makes the biggest difference. If and when Mizdow wins the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, WWE needs to put a major focus on the breakup of Mizdow and The Miz and follow it up with something big.
Dolph Ziggler Wins the Intercontinental Championship
The bout that will undoubtedly steal the show is the Intercontinental Championship Ladder match. While Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler all have a legitimate case to be the eventual winner, the stage has been set for Ziggler to walk away victorious.
The hope is that both Ambrose and Bryan have much bigger storylines waiting for them, leaving Ziggler on his own to carry the IC title to the prominence it deserves. With the help of an interesting storyline, Ziggler has the talent on the mic and in the ring to be a top star.
Fans of wrestling are always talking about bringing legitimacy back to secondary titles, and giving Ziggler the victory and booking him in a series of marquee storylines as the underdog coming out on top would accomplish that.
The Bella Twins Defeat AJ Lee and Paige
The bout between The Bella Twins and the unlikely tandem of AJ Lee and Paige is utterly disappointing. As a fan of women’s wrestling, it is terrible to see two of the best female wrestlers in the company in a throwaway match at WrestleMania.
Nikki and Brie have show massive improvements in the ring, but neither can hold a candle to AJ and Paige. Instead of getting a marquee singles storyline with the Divas Championship on the line, this bout will be used as a buffer between two bigger matches.
The Bellas win because #GiveDivasAChance.
Tyson Kidd and Cesaro Retain the Tag Team Championships
Instead of giving fans a memorable tag team championship match that will live forever, the WWE Universe will instantly forget the Fatal 4-Way match featuring Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defending their titles against The New Day, Los Matadores and The Usos.
Kidd and Cesaro have been incredible as a heel duo, and the addition of Natalya has made the storyline even more interesting. There are plenty of talented workers in this bout, but Kidd and Cesaro are the only ones who aren’t injured and deserve to win.
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