It is that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about March Madness. I’m referring to Wrestlemania season. On Sunday night the WWE will invade Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. This is the WWE’s version of international fight week. They hold a huge fan fest throughout the week and induct new members into their hall of fame before the big event.

This year more than ever the eyes of the MMA world were on the event. Sunday was rumored to be Brock Lesnar’s last event with the company before returning to the UFC with his contract expiring on Monday, but Lesnar went on ESPN’s Sportscenter on Tuesday night to announce that he is officially done with mixed martial arts and has signed a long-term extension with WWE. MMA fans were certainly disappointed in the news, but wrestling fans rejoiced. Not only do they get Lesnar for three more years, it makes this year’s main event between Lesnar and Roman Reigns even more unpredictable.

Wrestling is at its best when it is unpredictable. Fans have that in the main event on Sunday night, fans also get to see Sting wrestle in a WWE ring for the first time, and the Undertaker returns for the first time since his streak was broken at last year’s Wrestlemania to face a modern version of himself in Bray Wyatt. WWE always goes all out for their biggest show of the year and we won’t be disappointed on  Sunday night. Let’s take a look below at all seven matches on the four hour show along with the two matches that will air during the two hour pre-show.

Cesaro & Tyson Kid vs. The Usos vs. Los Matadores vs. The New Day- WWE Tag Team Titles

It is a shame that with all of the great action we have seen in the tag team division over the past year that they are once again delegated to the pre-show. A fatal four way tag match also was the marquee match of the pre-show last year. The Usos and Cesaro and Kidd are the only logical options in this match, and rightfully so. The Usos have been the best tag team in WWE since the glory days of the division in the early 2000’s. Cesaro and Kidd have really come into their own since becoming a team and I don’t see their reign ending just yet.

Prediction: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

I was genuinely excited for this new concept that the WWE introduced last year. They used the match to honor one of their biggest stars and elevate a new one. They did that when Cesaro won this match last year, but dropped the ball when it came to elevating him to the top of the card. This year the match is relegated to the pre-show and features lower mid-card talent. This match could still really elevate someone if used correctly and can give men without a major storyline something to look forward to for Wrestlemania. I think another star that the fans are behind gets the win this year and Damian Mizdow steps out of the shadow of the Miz.

Prediction: Damian Mizdow

A.J. Lee and Paige vs. The Bella Twins

Now this isn’t a one on one title match, but this will probably be the best diva’s match we’ve seen at Wrestlemania in ten years. It all started with vocal fans starting a “Give Divas a Chance” hashtag on twitter. Whether it was because they wanted to avoid bad pr or not, WWE has given divas a chance since then. We have seen them in longer matches and a stellar promo between the four ladies on Smackdown on Thursday night really sold me on this match. I would tend to side towards A.J. and Paige, but the Bellas have been the hardest workers in the division over the past year and have yet to have their Wrestlemania moment. I think they get it here.

Prediction: The Bella Twins

Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins

This is the one-on-one matchup that could really steal the show. This feud has been brewing since November and I think with how many times this feud has main vented Raw over the past month or so these guys will probably want to prove that they should be even higher up on the card. This one could go either way too. Rollins could sneak out a win with the help of J&J Security or Orton could finally get his revenge. The likelihood is high that Rollins will cash in his money in the bank briefcase either at Wrestlemania or the next night on Raw. Guys usually come off of a loss when doing that so I will go with Orton in a great match.

Prediction: Randy Orton

Rusev vs. John Cena- United States Championship

John Cena has fought for a lot of things at Wrestlemania. He has fought for his legacy and for championships, but this year he fights for America. This match is something you rarely see at Wrestlemania; a rematch. Russell defeated Cena at WWE Fastlane last month and Cena spent the next few weeks trying to convince Rusev to grant him a rematch at Wrestlemania. The match is now happening and I think the outcome is rather predictable. With Cena losing to Rusev last month and him getting beaten down on Raw on Monday traditional wrestling booking points to one result. Super Cena shows up on Sunday and becomes the first man to ever defeat Rusev. Unless they finally pull the trigger on a Cena heel turn. I just can’t predict that.

Prediction: John Cena

Bad News Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Daniel Bryan vs. R-Truth vs. Stardust vs. Luke Harper- Intercontinental Title Ladder Match

If you are looking for where the fun is going to come from in Wrestlemania this is it. This whole storyline has been plain fun with all of the superstars stealing the title belt from champion, Barrett. It also gives stellar talent like Ziggler and Bryan a chance to steal the show. As much as I would love to see Ziggler or Barrett win this match I think it is a two horse race between Bryan and Ambrose. Most people are picking Bryan to win and elevate the title. I don’t think the title or Bryan need each other. I think this will be the first Wrestlemania moment for Ambrose.

Prediction: Dean Ambrose

Sting vs. HHH

This is a match fans never thought they would see. Sting was one of the few WCW stars to never migrate over to WWE after the company was bought in 2001. After years and years in TNA Wrestling Sting finally has come to WWE and will face HHH in what should be a really stellar match. Point blank there is no way Sting was brought in to lose, even to HHH>

Prediction: Sting

Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker

I think this match has had the best build of any leading up to Wrestlemania and it has all been due to Wyatt. We have not seen Undertaker since last year’s ‘Mania and WWE has made a great decision in keeping him off television leading up to the big event. Taker could get his big redemption against “The New Face of Fear” here, but I think all logic points to him losing again. He loses here and returns for one last hurrah to get his revenge against Wyatt next year in front of 100,000 fans in his home state of Texas.

Prediction: Bray Wyatt

Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns- for WWE Title

Boy did Lesnar throw a wrench into this match on Tuesday night. With the big man sticking around for another three years it is now abundantly possible that he will win this match and keep the title for years to come. The ending of this match will be something that will be talked about for years and it will be a great one. Reigns in this match will prove the vocal minority wrong and show them that he is ready to be the next big star. The latest developments have made me question this pick, but I won’t back off of it. Reigns wins and then defeats Seth Rollins cashing in his contract. Let the boos Reign.

Prediction: Roman Reigns

 

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.