WWE WrestleMania 37 Predictions for the Fiend vs. Randy Orton and Top Matches
WWE's WrestleMania 37 sits positioned to do something really special for the fans over the short and long-term.
This weekend's event, again split into a two-night affair as fans slowly get back into arenas, offers wow-worthy cards with huge implications.
There's a little bit of everything, with a celebrity angle from Bad Bunny and Logan Paul to a potential passing of the proverbial torch in the women's division as Asuka defends her Raw title against Rhea Ripley and Sasha Banks her SmackDown title against Bianca Belair. The men's top title scenes could forge a new mega long-term star with Bobby Lashley, or even threaten to dethrone the unstoppable Roman Reigns.
Here's a breakdown of some of the most noteworthy matches on the cards.
Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair
On the SmackDown side of things, it doesn't get much bigger than this on Night 1 of WrestleMania.
Banks has had one of the most enjoyable runs of any Superstar outright during the so-called pandemic era, actually blossoming into a show-carrying presence at a time when the lack of fans in arenas made so many others struggle.
Now she's heading into a clash with one of the company's next big things.
Belair was a natural fit as the Royal Rumble winner this year, even if it seemed like a 50-50 chance Ripley might take it, too. It felt even more natural for her to get into a feud with Banks given their in-ring styles that could make for an instant classic of a match.
Considering Banks would be just fine with taking a loss and going back into chase mode, now feels like the right time for Belair to get her big Mania moment before letting her go on to establish herself with a long run. Maybe a competitive match before Belair just starts looking dominant could set her up nicely and make for a fun moment.
Prediction: Bianca Belair wins
Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan
In a move everyone could see coming, WWE added Daniel Bryan to the title match originally slated as a one-on-one between Edge and Reigns.
Not hard to see why—Reigns and Bryan have had amazing chemistry for years and showed that again at the Fastlane pay-per-view ahead of Mania. Sure, Edge was there too in some capacity, but it was just another lesson that Bryan can make anything work, and especially so with Reigns.
On paper, it might not be too hard to see where this one is going. The company somewhat oddly gave Edge a Royal Rumble win after his recovery from a serious triceps injury, then put him in a feud with Reigns—a guy who can't afford to lose right now because his new heel character is so refreshing.
So as unfortunate as it might seem, it sure feels like Bryan is in the match to eat the pin, too. If one had to guess, WWE doesn't want Edge taking a clean loss after all this buildup. And if Reigns isn't losing, that means making the late-added third take the loss, which Bryan can do and be just fine.
Still, it beats an odd "spear-off" between Edge and Reigns and makes things all the more interesting. There's not much reason to hurt Reigns with a loss right now. Sprinkle in some Paul Heyman and the result seems obvious.
Prediction: Roman Reigns wins by pinning Bryan
The Fiend vs. Randy Orton
One of the (strangest) most enjoyable feuds in recent memory has predictably been the one boasting the supernatural stuff normally reserved for a guy like Undertaker.
Or Bray Wyatt, of course.
Wyatt's The Fiend persona has been sparring with Randy Orton for years now and thankfully for all involved, WWE didn't just resort to the same old thing this time during a Mania build. Instead, Alexa Bliss has taken center stage in some amazing ways, at one point even picking up a win over Orton after a burned Fiend made his long-anticipated return.
Fiend's look and actions in a match against a sometimes-sadistic Orton will be fun to see, but it's really all about Bliss here. She'll play a role and it's almost impossible to tell how things will go.
But that's the fun of it, right? Fans have seen Orton-Wyatt a million times. This time out, Fiend probably gets a win so he can start building up the monster again, but it will be Alexa stealing the show and playing the biggest part.
Prediction: Fiend wins