*Cena over Rock....whether it'll be clean or not is the real question, and I would 1000x prefer it to be via a Cena heel turn.
*Undertaker over Punk....no doubter
*Lesnar over HHH....I really think this might be it for Triple H. Then again, I'm an idiot for actually thinking WWE puts "making a logical booking move" ahead of "making Triple H look good at all costs."
*Zig E over Hell No....Bryan and Kane finally break up for good here.
*Shield over Show/Orton/Sheamus....this match actually scares me the most since putting Shield over is the MOST LOGICAL BOOKING IN THE WORLD and yet it would be so like WWE to finally have them lose to the stalest face team possible. Then again, the Shield have been kept strong for months despite all our worst fears, so let's hope the 'face team falls apart' rumors come to fruition.
*Fandango over Jericho....because why not
*Bellas/Rhodes Scholars over Team Funk....sure
*Henry over Ryback....this is my upset special since I can't help but think WWE realizes they backed the wrong horse on Ryback. Henry can overpower him at WM and then that sets up Henry as a major heel challenger to either face Cena or the face World Heavyweight Champion.
*Swagger over Del Rio....man, has this angle ever died a slow death. I actually still see Swagger winning the belt at Mania, shades of JBL beating Eddie in 2004 since when Vince loves a conservative character, the sky is the limit. Of course then, that leads to...
*Ziggler over Swagger, MITB. You can go two ways with this and actually Cena is kind of a focal point. If he's turning heel, then you need the WHC as a face to act as a counterpoint, so a Ziggler turn would work, and it'd be easy to turn him by putting him opposite Swagger. If Cena stays a face, then Ziggler remains a heel and you probably reverse the result of the first WHC match and have Del Rio retain.
PRESHOW/IF IT HAPPENS MATCHES * Miz over Barrett * AJ over Kaitlin * My DVR fast-forward button over Diddy's concert
(edited by Big Bad on 3.4.13 0205) "It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
PRE-SHOW Team Funk beats the Rhodes Scholars and the Bellas, relegated to the pre-show at the last minute Miz beats Barrett to win the IC title in the lead-in match - start with a title switch to lure those last few customers in
WRESTLEMANIA PROPER Team Hell No defeat Zig E Langston to retain the belts in the opener, and Ziggler cuts an angry backstage promo afterwards promising to shock everyone Ryback outmuscles Henry in short order, although I'm tempted to suggest they'll do a crazy double-DQ to set up a no-holds-barred match next month Chris Jericho beats Fandango to set up a nefarious Fandango victory next month Del Rio defeats Swagger in a fairly short match, but gets waylaid and cashed in on by Ziggler, who leaves with the title Shield defeats the Megapowers, Orton leaves in a huff Undertaker beats Punk in a better match than anyone is expecting Brock Lesnar retires HHH in the swerve of the night John Cena reclaims the title via a dirty, but plausibly deniable, finish, i.e. Rock has his foot on the ropes, Cena doesn't see it. He begs off the next night on Raw but finally, mercifully, goes full rudo next month after the rematch
Around 75% of these predictions will probably be wrong.
Team Funk is going on between Taker/Punk and Cena/Rock
Top to bottom:
Rock, Cena turns, beats down the Rock setting up the next PPV Team Funk Punk Swagger, the Dolph cashes in - turning face. Lesnar Shield Fandango Mark Henry Team Hell No (due to AJference) Miz
"Tattoos are the mullets of the aughts." - Mike Naimark
"Don't stop after beating the swords into ploughshares, don't stop! Go on beating and make musical instruments out of them. Whoever wants to make war again will have to turn them into ploughshares first" - Yehuda Amichai
Cena Lesnar Punk Del Rio (Ziggler cashes in) The Shield (Show joins them) Ziggler/Big E Ryback Rhodes/Bella Miz Fandango (and man does that PAIN me to type that. The only way Jericho wins this match is if Fandango shits the bed during the match and McMahon audibles mid-match and calls for a Jericho win and Fandango is fed to The Ryback Monday on RAW and never heard from again.)
Originally posted by lotjxAs someone who is going to be in the crowd and the location of the event, I doubt it will send the crowd home happy.
You seem fully 100% committed to the idea that you're going to be abjectly miserable on Sunday. Are you going to WrestleMania or the electric chair?
Originally posted by texasranger9 Brock Lesnar(Wrestlers with their career on the line at WM are win less right? All the way back to Savage?)
My God, that's right! This sets up a perfect scenario where Triple H nobly loses to three F5s and then Stephanie is furious and slaps him and threatens to divorce him on the spot. Then, out of the crowd, comes Chyna to toss Stephanie out of the ring, setting up a tear jerking reunion with her once and future man Hunter Hearst Helmsley, who curtsey bows to her and they leave to his original Greenwich Snob theme music.
I had tears in my eyes just writing that.
(edited by John Orquiola on 3.4.13 1003) "Cody, I mustache you a question." - The Miz
- Cena cheats to win the title, setting up Cena/Rock III at Extreme Rules. It might be a full turn or might just be a way to try to put some edge on the character. Unlike Wrestlemania X-Seven when Austin used the chair to beat Rock, this time they actually explain that he did it out of desperation instead of leaving that for people to infer.
- Brock gets Hunter in the kimura. Shawn throws in the towel before Brock breaks the arm. This leads to heel Hunter vs. babyface Shawn at WM30 in both men's last match.
- Like nearly everyone else, I'm calling for Del Rio to beat Swagger, Swagger to beat Del Rio down after the match, and Ziggler cashes in. Ziggler, Langston, and AJ leave Mania with the World, tag, and Divas' belts.
Ryback over Henry in a *surprisingly, the only match I'm kinda looking forward to* big, entertaining spot fest of a match.
Cena over Rock in a VKM approved *I trolled every single one of you! Heel turn??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!* simple role reversal of last year, with Rock trying the five knuckle shuffle and it backfiring. Not the end of the world I guess, Rock beats Cena, Cena beats Rock.
In a way, the heel turn has become the equivalent of the streak ending, you go in every year knowing it won't happen, but every year the doubt is put into the back of your mind, and yet when it doesn't happen you still go, 'yeah, knew it wasn't happening'
Your winner by the end of the night and new WWE champion, John 'fucking' Cena.
(rubs chin) Very interesting. Wonder if Trips is trying to figure out how he could win the Cruiserweight Title now? Yeah, yeah, I know, he hasn't been Hardcore Champ, but then the joke wouldn't be funny. What do you mean it already isn't? Fine.