WWE WrestleMania 34: Predictions for Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, New Day and More
As we inch closer to WrestleMania 34 on April 8, WWE has been consistently adding new matches to the card at the rate of three or four per week.
While still unofficial at this point, Daniel Bryan is expected to make his in-ring return at the biggest pay-per-view of the year. It seemed likely that would come alongside Shane McMahon, but on Monday WWE announced the SmackDown commissioner has been hospitalized with diverticulitis and and umbilical hernia. The Wrestling Observer later reported this isn't a storyline device (h/t Cageside Seats).
Despite being fired on last week's SmackDown, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will likely be rehired just so Bryan and McMahon, if healthy, can get their revenge.
The only titles not booked to be defended yet are the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, but it looks as if The Usos will end up defending against The New Day and The Bludgeon Brothers.
WWE.com already lists 11 matches for the event, and it's safe to assume at least two or three more will be added by showtime.
Let's take a look at some of the more recently booked Superstars and attempt to make some predictions.
Randy Orton Will Retain His Title
Randy Orton won the United States Championship from Roode on March 11 to officially become a Grand Slam champion in WWE.
He is scheduled to defend the title against Roode and Jinder Mahal at WrestleMania in a Triple Threat match.
The Viper has only been champion for a few weeks, so having him lose the belt back to Roode or to The Maharaja this early would make his original win feel cheap.
WWE didn't make a huge deal out of Orton becoming a Grand Slam champion, but he still deserves better than to be a transitional titleholder.
Mahal would make a good anti-American United States champion, but it's not the right time. Orton is going to leave WrestleMania with a hard-fought win.
Daniel Bryan's Triumphant Return
WWE wouldn't have had Bryan get physical so soon after being cleared to return if it wasn't planning to capitalize on the timing by having his return match take place at WrestleMania.
Bryan's return is something many of us expected to happen only if he ever left WWE and returned to the indys, but he worked hard with the doctors and got himself cleared.
His first match back should be a big deal after everything he has gone through, and having him team up with McMahon to face Owens and Zayn is the best option.
WWE has been building tension between Bryan and McMahon for months, but it looks as if they now have a couple of common enemies to unite them.
The only logical outcome here is for Bryan to have his hand raised at the end of the night.
The New Day Will Face Its Greatest Challenge
The New Day and The Usos have been tearing down the house for what feels like forever, but they have a new duo eyeing the tag titles in Harper and Rowan.
The Bludgeon Brothers seemed like a ridiculous gimmick for the former Wyatt Family members at first, but they have made it work thanks to some strong booking from management.
Both The Usos and The New Day have battled Harper and Rowan with great results in the past, so putting all three teams in one ring is bound to lead to a great performance.
As far as the winners are concerned, it feels like the right time to finally put the belts on Harper and Rowan. They have never held tag team gold in WWE. Harper's only reign was alongside Orton and Bray Wyatt, and Rowan has never been a champion to begin with.
The SmackDown tag team division needs someone new at the top for awhile, and The Bludgeon Brothers are the best choice.
Nia Jax Will Finally Win Gold
Nia Jax is supposed to be the most unstoppable force in the women's division, but WWE has never booked her to win a title.
She spent two years without winning gold in NXT and has spent almost as long on the main roster without any accolades to her name.
The longer she goes without a belt, the less the WWE Universe will view her as a serious threat. She needs a big moment to get her back on track, and WWE has already set it in motion.
Defeating Alexa Bliss at WrestleMania would go a long way toward establishing Jax as the most dominant force in the women's division, at least until Ronda Rousey is thrown into the hunt for the title.
Becky Lynch Will Make History Again
Becky Lynch has been the most underappreciated member of The Four Horsewomen over the past year, but that can be easily remedied.
Charlotte Flair and Asuka are going to be fighting over the SmackDown Women's Championship for quite some time, but there is another prize for The Lass Kicker.
The first WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal might not be as big a deal as the Women's Royal Rumble, but it would still put Lynch back on the right path.
Not only is she one of the best wrestlers on the roster, but she is also one of the most beloved Superstars in the division. She always gets a huge pop from the crowd and is a natural babyface who appeals to every kind of fan.
Lynch deserves her moment in the sun, especially after WWE has failed to use her properly since she lost the title in 2016.
Cedric Alexander Will Win the Vacant Cruiserweight Title
Mustafa Ali is an incredibly talented performer with a bright future, but WrestleMania 34 is going to be Cedric Alexander's night to shine.
The Cruiserweight Championship tournament has been the change 205 Live needed. It has produced several match-of-the-week candidates and put the spotlight on some new talents.
However, Alexander has been the favorite since the tourney first began. He has been one of the best on 205 Live since the brand first launched, and it's about time he was rewarded for his hard work.
The reaction he received during the Cruiserweight Classic helped him get hired. Hopefully, Alexander gets the same reaction when he wins the cruiserweight title at WrestleMania.