WrestleMania 34 is here!
What better way to start off the REALM54 blog than with a breakdown of the full WrestleMania 34 card! Here are my predictions for who will win on the grandest stage of them all, WWE’s WrestleMania 34.
Women’s WrestleMania Battle Royal
There are few people who have been bigger fan’s of the emergence of WWE’s Women’s division than me. The Women’s Royal Rumble was absolutely incredible, and while this match may not be quite what the Royal Rumble was, expect this match to be highly energetic, advancing and creating many post-Mania storylines. In the past, WWE has used the Men’s WrestleMania Battle Royal matches to shine some of the spotlight on a rising future star, which is what I expect them to do with this one as well.
Winner: Ember Moon
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
I’ll be honest, I’m much more excited for the Women’s Battle Royal than I am for this one. With no clear front-runner or favorite, predicting this match is a bit of a toss-up. It’ll likely come down to a surprise return from someone like Big Cass or Samoa Joe, but I’ll take a bit more of an unconventional route and say that ‘Woken’ Bray Wyatt will return after being gone since he was thrown into the Lake of Reincarnation. I mean, is there any less subtle way to say, “Hey, I think it’s time for a bit of a character change?”
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Cruiserweight Championship Match – Mustafa Ali vs. Cedric Alexander
It is an absolute shame, in my opinion, that Cedric Alexander hasn’t gotten a hold of the Cruiserweight title. The Cruiserweight tournament was a lot of fun to watch, and Ali vs. Alexander is the best possible outcome for a WrestleMania match. Ali might have gotten over during the tournament, but I have faith that WWE will reward Alexander for his efforts leading up to this point, with Ali building his momentum further in the coming months.
Winner: Cedric Alexander wins the vacant Cruiserweight Championship
United States Championship Match – Randy Orton (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev
I know these predictions are supposed to be subjective and unbiased based off who I believe will win, but come on, RUSEV HAS TO WIN. For weeks, fans have been belting out their ‘Rusev Day’ chants loudly and proudly, even on weeks were WWE (stupidly) left him off the show. He is incredibly over and has injected new life into the dull, boring feud of Roode, Orton, and more recently, Mahal. People will only watch this match to see Rusev win. Go with the hot hand WWE. Make the right choice. REWARD THE MAN!
Winner: Rusev wins the United States Championship
RAW Tag Team Championship Match – The Bar (c) vs. Braun Strowman & ???
I’ve read SO MANY rumors about who Strowman’s mystery partner is going to be. Rey Mysterio? Dean Ambrose? Elias? Neville? Maybe I’m the only one, but I kind of, sort of, completely hope Strowman wins the titles by himself. Now sure, that devalues all of the work Sheamus and Cesaro have put into their run as champions, but I just think it would be pretty cool to see the one man wrecking crew that is Braun Strowman win by himself. That being said, whoever the mystery partner is, if there is one, will likely just be pinfall-fodder to protect Strowman, giving him a post-Mania feud
Winner: The Bar retain the RAW Tag Team Championships
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match – The Usos (c) vs. The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers
I have become a huge fan of the Usos over the last few months. From their scathing, excellently crafted and delivered promos to their feud with The New Day, they have been incredible. This could potentially be a steal-the-show type match, as you have three teams with three very distinct, different dynamics to them. Choosing a winner is tough for this match, mainly because I wouldn’t be disappointing seeing any of these three teams win. I have to go with my gut.
Winner: The Usos retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
RAW Women’s Championship Match – Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax
Despite not winning much at all, Jax has positioned herself perfectly on WWE’s grandest stage. Her organic face transition was good, and Bliss has obviously been one of the best Women’s division heels for quite some time now. This is the ideal match were Jax slowly gains the upper hand to pull out a deserved title win.
Winner: Nia Jax wins the RAW Women’s Championship
Intercontinental Championship Match – The Miz (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor
I just want to preface this by saying that I love The Miz. I think he is one of the best heels of all time, which I know is saying a lot, but he makes playing the antagonist look so easy. He has always had the ability to stir the pot and bring out the most in the babyface guys, hence why he has had the IC belt for so long, and so many different times. As much as I’d like to see The Miz win and set the record for the longest IC title reign, I just don’t think it’s in the cards. ‘Demon’ Finn will be too much, even though Rollins would be just as deserving of the win.
Winner: Finn Balor wins the Intercontinental Championship
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
It is so great to see Bryan back in the squared circle. When he first returned, I thought the roof was going to explode off of that arena. You couldn’t help but be happy for him. However, it just doesn’t make any sense for him and Shane to win, unfortunately, so expect a few angry fans and some very loud booing to ensue. After this is all over though, I really, REALLY hope SmackDown drops this knock-off authority storyline that has been dragging down their mid-card picture for far too long.
Winner: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match – Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka
Well the time has come for Asuka to finally lose. It has been an incredible build to this point, but it’s time for her to go the Rusev route and have her streak broken as she fades into obscurity until they realize that it was the wrong move. Yeah, right. Streak vs. Title? I’ll take the streak. Especially when it’s Asuka.
Winner: Asuka wins the SmackDown Women’s Championship
Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
I literally have zero interest in this match. I think it was great of them to reel in such a huge name in Rousey, but the whole story leading up to this has been super cringe-worthy from the get-go. In what will likely be my bathroom break match, part of me kind of hopes Triple H and Steph do what they did to Sting some WrestleManias back; have EVERYONE think that Sting will win, and absolutely bury him. I doubt that will happen to Rousey, but that would be the only way, in my mind currently, that I would enjoy this match.
Winner: Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle
John Cena vs. The Undertaker
If anyone is going to be able to put on a watchable match with The Deadman, it’s Cena. Say what you will, but Cena still has some left in the tank. The Undertaker, however, not so much. In a perfect world where WWE did everything right, Taker would have beaten Lesnar to keep the streak, only to lose to Wyatt, essentially anointing Wyatt as the new Undertaker, with the real Deadman retiring thereafter. Now I understand that you cannot replace The Undertaker, but Wyatt could have come close. He was on the cusp of superstardom, and WWE dropped the ball. Now I just feel like they have no idea how these Taker matches should play out, so lets just take a chance on this one.
Winner: John Cena
WWE Championship Match – AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
I know this match has happened before over in Japan, but this is still a dream match regardless. The story leading up to this match has been less-than-stellar, and they really did a poor job drumming up the bit of history these two had overseas. Regardless, there isn’t much to say about this match besides it has the potential to be an all-time great WrestleMania clash.
Winner: AJ Styles retains the WWE Championship
Universal Championship Match – Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns
The booking for this match has been brutal, taking away interest from the true physical bashing this match will be. I’ve never been a big Roman Reigns guy, like many people, but my interest in Lesnar at this point is nearly nonexistent. I couldn’t care less about who wins this match, but here’s to hoping the match is halfway decent, Reigns gets his inevitable win, and Lesnar just goes away. Yes, I am at that point.
Winner: Roman Reigns wins the Universal Championship