Early Predictions for Announced Matches on the WWE WrestleMania 2019 Card

Aaron Bower@@aaronbowerFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2019

Early Predictions for Announced Matches on the WWE WrestleMania 2019 Card

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    WWE has delivered one of the most intriguing and stacked cards in a long time for this year's WrestleMania 35 pay-per-view, which is now just days away from taking place.

    With a groundbreaking slot for the leading women's wrestlers in the main event and plenty of fascinating title matches, there's plenty for fans to be excited about.

    And as the WWE showpiece approaches on April 7, it's inevitable that everyone is going to be making their early predictions for the show.

    With that in mind, here's a look at some of our own for the matches announced so far, including those likely to be on the kickoff show.

Buddy Murphy vs. Tony Nese (WWE Cruiserweight Championship)

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    There's every possibility this is one of the matches that could end up on the WrestleMania 35 pre-show.

    205 Live is still struggling to gain serious momentum amid the competition the main roster provides, and that's why Buddy Murphy's title match against Tony Nese probably won't make it to the main show.

    But it should still be a solid addition to wherever it ends up on the card at The Show of Shows.

    Murphy has been champion since October 6 and will have held the belt for six months come WrestleMania after winning it in his native Australia.

    Expect that reign to continue post-Mania, too. Nese is a good challenger, but it feels like Murphy is the man to lead the cruiserweights forward for now.

    Prediction: Buddy Murphy

Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin

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    It still feels like there's the potential for WWE to switch things up here, but at the time of writing, Kurt Angle is still slated to face Baron Corbin in his final match as an in-ring competitor.

    And if it is The Lone Wolf who gets the honor of talking on the Olympian for the last time, it's a pretty straightforward match to call.

    In truth, it would have to be a huge opponent for WWE to even consider the possibility of sending Angle out with a loss.

    Someone like Corbin, who is entrenched in Raw's mid-card at the moment, isn't in that bracket. So with all that in mind, expect Angle to gain revenge for all those months of feuding with Corbin over the Raw general manager position with a win.

    Winner: Kurt Angle

Shane McMahon vs. The Miz

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    This is a match WWE fans probably expected to appear on the WrestleMania card at some point.

    After Shane McMahon turned on The Miz at Fastlane on March 10, the former tag champions will square off against one another at the biggest pay-per-view of the year. But don't be too surprised by the likely outcome.

    As a full-time wrestler, not least one who is trying to build momentum as a babyface, it's only right to expect The A-Lister to be triumphant here.

    While McMahon has more than played his part in this story in recent months, the spotlight deserves to be on Miz moving forward. And a win on The Grandest Stage of Them All will help that cause.

    Winner: The Miz

Fatal 4-Way for WWE Women's Tag Team Championships

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    It had looked as though Sasha Banks and Bayley would be taking on a solitary tag team at WrestleMania 35 at one stage.

    However, WWE confirmed during Monday's edition of Raw that the tag champions will face The IIconics, Nia Jax and Tamina, plus the newly formed duo of Beth Phoenix and Natalya at WrestleMania, shortening the odds for the champs.

    Banks and Bayley would still have to be considered favorites given how they've only held the belts for just over a month, but if they are to lose, one team stands out as the likely winners.

    Most other duos that have competed for the women's tag titles thus far have been thrown together for the sake of the division, but Peyton Royce and Billie Kay have longstanding chemistry and arrived on the main roster as a duo.

    The creation of a women's tag division felt like it suited The IIconics more than any other duo. So maybe this is their moment to shine, setting up a longer feud with Banks and Bayley after WrestleMania.

    Winners: The IIconics

AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton

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    This match has gone under the radar recently given everything else that's happening, but the meeting of two of the current generation's all-time great wrestlers should be an interesting bout.

    It's been difficult to track Randy Orton's position and relevance on SmackDown Live over the past year, considering how he's flirted from feud to feud without any real success or momentum.

    However, facing off against AJ Styles seems to have brought the best out of The Viper once again.

    Whether he can topple The Phenomenal One at WrestleMania remains to be seen, though.

    The Show of Shows is traditionally an event that provides fans with plenty of opportunities to see babyfaces prevail, and while it's difficult to picture a route back to the main event scene for either man in the aftermath of WrestleMania, you'd argue Styles is better positioned to do so.

    On that basis alone, he's the man to back here.

    Winner: AJ Styles

Bobby Lashley vs. Finn Balor (Intercontinental Championship)

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    Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley will resume their rivalry over the Intercontinental Championship on April 7, and given how WWE has not been afraid to switch the belt around in recent months, what odds are there on another new champion being crowned at WrestleMania?

    It was a surprise to see the Irishman drop the title in the first place a few weeks ago, and it always felt as though it was leading to a rematch on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

    That's now been confirmed by WWE after Balor's victory on Raw this past Monday, and you'd have to argue that he is likely to now claim the title again.

    The influence and involvement of Lio Rush can't be ruled out as a case for Lashley retaining, but Balor feels like the pick here. His work over the last year merits a feel-good WrestleMania moment.

    Winner: Finn Balor

Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre

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    Of all the matches scheduled for WrestleMania this year, this is arguably one of the toughest to predict.

    Taking into account the circumstances of Roman Reigns' in-ring return in recent weeks, it's hard to imagine him coming up short against many opponents at 'Mania.

    In Drew McIntyre, though, there's a foe who is set for big things this year, with a victory over Reigns only improving his chances of a main event push.

    There's been an extra detail of narrative added to the story with Dean Ambrose being routinely beaten down by the Scot, too. 

    Reigns' time will come again, and it's not going to be too damaging if he comes up short at MetLife Stadium. For that reason, plus the importance of a big pay-per-view victory for McIntyre, it's The Scottish Psychopath who should get the win here.

    Winner: Drew McIntyre

Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)

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    In terms of a contrast of styles for a big WrestleMania match, Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio has the potential to be a real gem.

    Joe's United States Championship reign is yet to kick into life just yet, but with a match against a well-respected mat veteran like Mysterio coming up at 'Mania, it's hard not to be excited about what the immediate future holds for the titleholder.

    There were no shortage of opponents for him at WrestleMania given the depth of the SmackDown roster, but no matter who got the title shot, this always felt like a time for The Samoan Submission Specialist to shine.

    He's surely worthy of a much longer title reign yet, meaning that irrespective of it being Mysterio or anyone else, Joe should be winning here.

    Winner: Samoa Joe

Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins

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    This feels like the right opportunity for Brock Lesnar to finally drop the Universal Championship once and for all, but it does feel like we've been here before.

    Last year's WrestleMania was another ideal chance for The Beast Incarnate's reign of terror to come to an end before he escaped with the title yet again.

    Will this year be any different? It should be.

    In Seth Rollins, WWE has a ready-made champion who can headline Raw for months, if not years. He's long overdue another major championship run, and his in-ring work over the last year certainly deserves it.

    Meanwhile, Lesnar is still conspicuous by his absence on a regular basis, so that makes it a no-brainer for WWE...surely?

    Winner: Seth Rollins

Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (Raw Women's Championship)

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    First of all, there's no doubting the right match is headlining WrestleMania 35.

    While two or three other bouts on the card could have made a strong case for the main event slot, the rise of Becky Lynch over the past year, coupled with the star power of Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, made it inevitable that the women would close out the show for the first time ever.

    Rousey's grip on the Raw Women's Championship hasn't shown any sign of weakening in recent weeks, but the back story concerning Lynch and her rise to huge popularity does have a Daniel Bryan-WrestleMania 30 feel to it, doesn't it?

    And with that in mind, it's hard not to see how The Irish Lass Kicker doesn't win the title on April 7, leading to a full-time switch to Raw.

    How WWE does it will be interesting, though. Will it be a case of Rousey taking the pin, or won't she be involved in the finish, leading to the continuation of her feud with Lynch? The smart money would be on the latter.

    Winner: Becky Lynch

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