Wrestlemania 30 is live on Sunday night at 7pm Eastern (6pm for the preshow). Just as I did last year, I’ll be taking a post to analyze each of the announced matches, discussing a best and worst case scenario for each match, my prediction for the result, as well as what would make each match steal the show.
Champions heading into the match denoted with a (c).
The Usos (c) vs. The Real Americans vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. Los Matadores for the WWE Tag Team Championship
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Best Case Scenario – The WWE drops its convoluted way of handling four-way tag team matches where only two teams can be in the ring at the time. This turns into an actual fatal four-way style match. An alternate best case scenario would be Ryback/Axel being replaced by 3MB.
Wost Case Scenario – Ryback is allowed to speak before the match.
How It Could Steal The Show – Cesaro giant swings El Torito so fast that he builds up enough speed to throw him into the crowd.
Prediction – Los Matadores are a comedy tag team, and Ryback/Axel are only slightly more popular than herpes. The Real Americans are the only real challengers to The Usos here, however I don’t see a belt change coming until early summer. The Usos retain via pinfall (Jey Uso pins Ryback [Superkick]).
Kane and the New Age Outlaws vs. The Shield
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Best Case Scenario – Road Dogg and Kane can still put together a serviceable match in the ring, plus anything the Shield touches is at minimum at 3-star match. There’s very few ways I could see this match being anything but good.
Wost Case Scenario – Billy Gunn squashes Ambrose/Rollins in less than 30 seconds.
How It Could Steal The Show – Honestly, these guys won’t have to try too hard to make this a sneaky good match. Rollins and Ambrose will make it look like Kane is still the toughest monster in existence, while Reigns will Hulk up to save his beaten down comrades. Simple formula here.
Prediction - A lot of people are calling for the Shield to breakup during this match, but I don’t see it quite yet. They definitely won’t be a team by Summerslam, however tonight will be their night to shine. The Shield wins via pinfall (Reigns pins Gunn [Spear]).
Divas Championship Invitational (AJ Lee current champion)
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Best Case Scenario – Everyone not named AJ Lee and Natalya is eliminated less than five minutes in. Alternatively, Paige debuting as the 15th entrant of the match and winning would also work.
Wost Case Scenario – Anything that involves more screen time for Eva Marie, Aksana, Layla, Cameron, or Naomi
How It Could Steal The Show – Beyond a horrific injury to one of the performers or a nip slip? Odds of this match being the best of the night are infinitesimally small.
Prediction – AJ Lee has held the Divas Championship for almost a year now. If she’s going to lose the belt before that year mark (June), it’s at Wrestlemania. Her former bodyguard, Tamina Snuka, taking the belt makes sense, however considering Snuka’s father’s real-life trouble, and the WWE’s propensity to make women’s wrestling a joke, we get a ridiculous result. Alicia Fox wins via pinfall and becomes the new Divas Champion (Snuka takes out AJ Lee [clothesline] after AJ pins her).
Andre the Giant Memorial 30-Man Battle Royal
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Best Case Scenario – Even though this isn’t the Rumble, this match gets treated like a Royal Rumble match, only with 30-45 seconds between entrants. 30 men in the ring to start out makes for a boring match until things are cleared out.
Wost Case Scenario – Hulk Hogan enters himself into the match and wins.
How It Could Steal The Show – Beyond a return from a big name that people actually like (Chris Jericho? CM Punk? John Morrison?), I’d think that the only way this steals the show is Dolph Ziggler wins and immediately starts throwing beads into the crowd.
Prediction – For whatever asinine reason, this match will likely be given very little time. Yet, it’ll serve its purpose: to get a crowd reaction and give a mini-push to a good guy. Sheamus wins via over the top rope elimination (last eliminating Titus O’Neil).
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
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Best Case Scenario – This match furthers character development in both Cena and Wyatt. For the first time in as long as I can remember, someone other than Rock/HHH/Orton/Punk looks like they can beat Cena. That counts Daniel Bryan last year. Wyatt has been booked very well heading into this match, and could still come out looking like a monster even in defeat.
Wost Case Scenario – Shoulder blocks! Shoulder blocks everywhere!
How It Could Steal The Show – This match will either be the best/second best match on the card or will be one of the worst. There is no in between. For both Wyatt and Cena, if they have chemistry with someone, they can tell a damn good story in the ring. If the chemistry is lacking, it gets ugly fast.
Prediction – There’s no way Cena loses this match. He’s not turning after it either. That said, I do see this match being the start of a final run for Cena before he takes some time off. Cena wins via pinfall [punch from chain-covered fist].
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
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Best Case Scenario – Paul Heyman continues to pronounce Lesnar’s first name as Baaaa-raaaack, managing to get the President to come out and stand in Lesnar’s corner.
Wost Case Scenario – Lesnar wins. Or speaks. Or both. Or worse — Taker wrestles like he looks, which is to say very old.
How It Could Steal The Show – For the love of God, Taker put on a 4.5 star match with Triple H. You doubt him now?
Prediction – Since this isn’t a double retirement match with Kane, I get the feeling Taker and the WWE are going to try to stretch the streak to 25-0. Yet, if you’re going to do that, why have Taker wrestle Lesnar? He’s one of the least safe wrestlers in the business. This match still makes no sense to me. Undertaker wins via submission [Hell's Gate].
Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan
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Best Case Scenario – Bryan goes over Triple B+ cleanly in a hard-fought match.
Wost Case Scenario – Triple B+ wins.
How It Could Steal The Show – As good as this match could be, it’s impossible for it to be the most electric match of the night. If Triple B+ wins, the crowd might riot. If Bryan wins, they’ll be even louder for the WWE Title match.
Prediction – This match will have the dumbest finish of the night. Period. Vince Russo could book better. No contest, as both Bryan and Triple H are counted out. Leading to…
Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
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Best Case Scenario – A nine-month long angle where Daniel Bryan has chased the WWE Title (and later the WWE World Heavyweight Title) finally pays off with Bryan getting his Wrestlemania moment.
Wost Case Scenario – Batista or Triple B+ wins. Orton retaining can at least be justified, even if I don’t like it.
How It Could Steal The Show – After Bryan wins the match, he celebrates in the ring with his fiancee, and newly crowned Divas Champion Brie Bella, a la Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth.
Prediction – I want to say the booking of this match will lead to a pay off of a nine month long angle. I know better though. I know that money moves championships, and I also know that Batista has a movie coming out. The writing’s on the wall here. Batista wins via pinfall [Batista Bomb on Bryan].