Wrestlemania 32 Predictions
It’s that time of year again! Wrestlemania is a few days away! Despite all the injuries WWE has managed to assemble a great card. The storylines might not have gone in the direction we wanted them to but, you have to admit that every match on the main card has the potential to be a great match. I’m excited for the event and will be watching it with the One Nation Radio boys. Here are my Wrestlemania 32 predictions.
The Total Divas vs. B.A.D. & Blonde
My hopes for this match is that the girls that can work get a chance to do so and the other ones stay out of the way. Part of me wishes this match was on the main card because so many of the girls in this match deserved to be showcased (Nattie, Paige, Naomi, and Emma). Considering this is looking to be Brie’s last Wrestlemania I think the Total Divas team will take the W.
Winner: The Total Divas
The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz
This has been an okay feud with two teams that just seem to be there. Anything these teams do will always be overshadowed by the New Day. Jey Uso’s injury really killed the momentum the Usos picked up in 2014 and early 2015. The Dudleys were drowning as a babyface tag team. The heel turn has been refreshing for their characters, but they still don’t feel like major players on TV. Which is weird considering they’re the most experienced team WWE has right now. After this feud is over I would highly recommend that WWE puts Bubba Ray into solo action. Bubba proved he could be a top heel with his TNA run as Bully Ray. He could easily turn on D-Von or D-Von could just be his manager, either way, the show will benefit from a monster heel Bubba Ray.
Winners: The Usos
United States Champion Kalisto vs. Ryback
In a year’s time, the United States title went from being defended in a top match at Wrestlemania 31 to being booted to the pre-show. I don’t understand why this match couldn’t have been on the main card. All the time they invested in elevating the United States title with the John Cena U.S. Open Challenge seems like a waste. The value of the title is back to what it was before Cena won it. This is not a knock on Kalisto or Ryback. I’m a fan of both of these guys and think they both deserve to be on the main card. There are rumors circulating that Ryback was turned heel to be a future challenger for Roman Reigns, which makes me believe he’ll not being the winning the U.S. title. I see Kalisto pulling a fast one on Ryback and then Ryback gets his heat back by attacking Kalisto after the match.
The 3rd Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
The build to this year’s battle royal has focused around Kane, Big Show, and the Social Outcasts. Obviously, no member of the Social Outcasts have a chance of winning and will all probably be eliminated early in the battle royal. Based of off TV, Big Show and Kane should be the final two. If that’s case I see Big Show getting his second Andre Battle Royal win. Hopefully, there will be some surprise entrants and we get a surprise winner.
Winner: Big Show
Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder vs. Sin Cara vs. The Miz vs. Stardust
Every wrestling fan, including myself, got their hopes up for a Kevin Owens versus Sami Zayn one on one match at Wrestlemania. Of course, it would have been a great match, but when you stop and analyze what’s been happening on TV, not booking Zayn versus Owens was the right call. Sami Zayn re-debuted on the main roster at the Royal Rumble and eliminated Owens. Had they followed this up with Zayn being on Raw the next night and showing video packages that explained the history of Zayn and Owens then a Wrestlemania match between those two would have been the way to go. Instead, they waited a whole month for Zayn to show back up on Raw and didn’t tell the story of why Zayn is after Owens. Believe it or not, there are a lot of WWE fans who don’t watch NXT and on top of that there are WWE fans who have never watched Ring of Honor. So those groups of fans have no idea who Sami Zayn is beside the guy that showed up from NXT to answer a John Cena Open Challenge and got hurt. The “casual” WWE fan has no emotional investment in Zayn or his rivalry with Owens. Also, since Zayn has been on the main roster he’s been in competitive matches that haven’t really showcased all he can do. Hopefully after Wrestlemania they can continue the feud and tell the whole story between the two so not just the “hardcore” fans are invested. Since the build of this match can be summed up as Kevin Owens versus the world, I believe Owens will find a way to sneak away with the win.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Divas Champion Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks (Triple Threat Match)
This match is the culmination of all the hard work NXT and these ladies have done to redefine what a WWE Diva matches look like. The Diva’s Revolution is finally happening. Charlotte and Sasha Banks seem to be getting highlighted in this story while Becky Lynch has been in the shadows. There a lot of signs that point to Sasha winning the title. First of all, Sasha has been undefeated since being called up to the main roster. Secondly, Sasha’s cousin, Snoop Dog, is being inducted into the Hall of Fame the night before. It would a great family moment with Snoop getting a Hall of Fame ring and Sasha getting the title. Finally, Sasha defeated Charlotte in a non-title match on Smackdown while Becky has lost numerous times to Charlotte including this week on Raw. With all these signs pointing to Sasha winning, I don’t think she is going to win. The Irish Lass Kicker will come out of the shadows and get a surprise win.
Winner: Becky Lynch
The New Day vs. The League of Nations
This feud has been all New Day. They’ve beaten the LON at pretty much every turn. I can only imagine the crazy entrance New Day is going to have. Unfortunately, for New Day, they’re probably going to lose. The League of Nations has no momentum and this match seems pretty pointless. Even with an extra man, they haven’t been able to get the best of New Day. To save any credibility LON has left they need to pick up a win here.
Winners: League of Nations
AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
It’s crazy to think that just a few months ago AJ Styles was in one of the top matches of Wrestle Kingdom 10 against Nakamura and now he’s going to be wrestling at Wrestlemania. This will be the fourth match between these two. I was hoping that they would have added a stipulation just to mix things up a little. Even without a stipulation, this should be a great match. Styles is easily the best performer of the year thus far in WWE and with a full blown heel Chris Jericho, this match will tell a different story than the previous matches. I would be unpleasantly surprised if Jericho won this match. Styles needs a win in his first Wrestlemania and he needs to win this feud with Jericho so he can move to something bigger.
Winner: AJ Styles
Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar (No Holds Barred Street Fight)
I’m really excited for this match. Dean Ambrose has become one of my favorite wrestlers. By the crowd reaction, he gets he has also become a favorite to others too. Based off of the fan reaction Ambrose should be the top babyface in the company and should be in the main event facing Triple H and winning the title. He’s not getting a title match, but he’s getting a match equally as big. There a lot of fans who think Ambrose doesn’t have the slightest chance of winning. I can’t blame them for thinking that way considering almost every Ambrose/Lesnar interaction ended with Ambrose getting laid out. But, before you think all hope is lost for Ambrose, watch CM Punk versus Brock Lesnar from Summerslam. With any weapon at his disposal, Ambrose could chop down the mayor of Suplex City. I understand that WWE wants to protect Lesnar and keep this unbeatable aura around him so he can be advertised as a special attraction. I think a loss to Ambrose in a street fight doesn’t completely destroy that aura. Ambrose is the guy that’s there all year working TV and house shows. An Ambrose win could skyrocket him to a must see attraction. There are rumors that the Wyatts will get involved in this match and attack Brock. I hope that’s not the case. If Ambrose wins I want him to win because he did something so crazy it kept Lesnar down for the pinfall.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker (Hell in a Cell Match)
If you told me a few months ago Shane Mcmahon would be returning to face the Undertaker at Hell in a Cell at Wrestlemania I would call you crazy. With all the injuries that WWE is plagued with, they had no choice but to play a complete wild card and bring back Shane O Mac. There is a lot riding on this match. If Shane wins, he gets control of Raw and it will be the Undertaker’s last Wrestlemania. It’s hard to think that Shane could go down in history as the 2nd man to beat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. In some ways, it doesn’t feel right considering all the people Taker has faced at Mania. However, I think a Shane McMahon win might be the way to go. I’m so over the heel authority. Having a babyface authority figure would be a breath of fresh air. The fact that Undertaker has already lost once at Wrestlemania, it won’t be that big of a deal if he loses again. Even though it’s stipulated if he loses it will be his last Mania, doesn’t mean it has to be. Shane could use his power to override that decision and allow Taker to appear next year. If this is Taker’s last Mania, it’s in a fitting location and match type. This match won’t be a mat classic, but I expect there will be a lot of bells and whistles used to make this match awesome.
Winner: Shane McMahon
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H vs. Roman Reigns
Once again Roman Reigns has found his way into the WWE title match at Wrestlemania. Just like last year Reigns is getting rejected by the fans. At this point, I think WWE should turn Roman heel and embrace the boos. There is no doubt in my mind that this match will be solid, but the fans could completely hijack this match depending if its the last match of the night and depending on the outcome of other matches. I’m of the old-school mindset that the championship match should always be the main event, but it’s going to be hard for this match to follow a 7 Man Ladder Match, the Wrestlemania debut of AJ Styles, and a Hell in A Cell match that could possibly be the last Undertaker match ever. If Shane wins, I could see him finding a way to make sure Triple H doesn’t leave with the title. I think the best thing to do would be to find a way to turn Roman heel during that match. Whether they turn Roman or not I can’t imagine him losing.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Jeremy’s 2016 Prediction Record: Royal Rumble: 3-3, Fastlane: 6-1, Roadblock: 4-0
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