WWE WrestleMania 2018: Predicting Which Match Will Close the Show

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2018

The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33.
The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33.Credit: WWE.com

WrestleMania 34 takes place on April 8, and with WWE's biggest pay-per-view right around the corner, everyone is starting to make predictions.

Most of those predictions revolve around match results and potential swerves, but one thing everyone always wants to know is which match will close the show.

WrestleMania is usually billed as a multi-main event PPV, but the most coveted spot is the final bout on the card. 

While 'Mania's long run time can leave fans tired by the time the last contest begins, everyone usually perks up for the final encounter, which typically features the biggest stars the company has to offer.

This year's event has a few possible closers already booked, but only one will be known as the true main event of WrestleMania 34.


AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

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For many wrestling fans, AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania seemed impossible until this year.

Before January's Royal Rumble, Nakamura was in something of a rut. He won most of his matches in 2017, including a big victory over John Cena, but he never felt like a top contender for the WWE title.

This is part of what made his Rumble victory so special. He wasn't everyone's top pick to win heading into the match, so it was a pleasant surprise when he emerged victorious.

Even if SmackDown Live is considered the B-show, the WWE title is the top championship in the company. Brock Lesnar's universal title doesn't even come close.

With Nakamura vs. Styles being a dream match for the most important belt, it would make perfect sense for it to close the show.


Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar

Lesnar's feud with Roman Reigns is Raw's most important storyline heading into WrestleMania, and since Raw is the A-show, WWE likely sees this rivalry as more important than Styles vs. Nakamura.

For one thing, Lesnar is a special attraction. His presence is supposed to make any PPV more successful, even if that isn't always how it turns out.

Reigns is clearly the chosen one of this generation, so having him defeat the most unbeatable champion to come along in years at the most important PPV would make for a big moment.

Even if management knows a Reigns victory won't get the positive response it wants, there is a big chance he and Lesnar will go on last.


The Undertaker vs. John Cena

WWE hasn't officially announced The Undertaker will face Cena at WrestleMania, but recent events make it safe to assume it will happen.

Cena's challenge to The Deadman set this storyline in motion, and Kane's subsequent attack made it obvious WWE was going to follow through on the match.

The 16-time world champion is set to battle The Big Red Monster on Raw, so there is a good chance Kane's big brother may show up Monday to answer Cena.

If this does happen, then Taker vs. Cena immediately becomes the top candidate to close WrestleMania for one simple reason: It will likely be The Undertaker's final match.

Everyone has been speculating about his retirement for years, but this feels like the right time for him to go out, especially if the plan is for him to win.


The Verdict

As great as it would be to see Styles and Nakamura in the final match at 'Mania, The Undertaker vs. Cena is the most likely choice.

Taker's career has been defined by his WrestleMania performances, and it would almost be poetic for him to finally call it quits after a match with a star of Cena's caliber. 

The Leader of the Cenation is more than capable of helping to mask any shortcoming Taker's age may have created, so he is the perfect final opponent.

Also, the fact Cena and Taker have been kept apart for most of their careers makes this a much rarer matchup than most of Taker's recent opponents.

The Deadman has had one of the greatest careers in the history of the business. If this is the end for him, he has earned the right to have the final bow of the night.

What do you think? Should The Undertaker and Cena close WrestleMania, or should it be one of the title matches?

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