The thing I find interesting at the moment is that while there's a clear "obvious" pick for every match, I'm not certain of any of them except for Taker and the Divas match. Which means it's kind of necessary to go against the obvious at least once or twice. Let's see.
Cena. Always pick the guy who's in the E over the guy who's really not, and Rock's never been unwilling to do the right thing. And no one ever wins in his hometown.
Taker. I can still see the idea of letting someone breat The Streak, to give someone that rub--but HHH obviously shouldn't be that someone.
Jericho. Here's where I'll go a little against the obvious. Of course this depends in part on how long Jericho is committed for, but I think he's staying a bit and I think the poor ratings when Punk is on have been noticed.
Sheamus. I'm pleasantly amazed that DB has made it to Mania as champion, and that the idea of him holding the belt really isn't crazy, but I think they'll take the opportunity to give Sheamus his Mania Moment.
Team Johnny. I think everyone other than WWE management is sick of JL as GM and would be happy to not have an evil GM for a while. But WWE management gets to make the decision. Someone on Team Teddy turns heel to become GM John's bestest buddy.
Cody. I feel like I should go for the surprise one more time. I've been back and forth on this one.
Orton. He's bound to be heading back into the main event picture before long.
Kelly Kelly/Maria Menounous. Kelly Kelly already jobbed to Taylor Lautner (on the Kids' Choice Awards tonight--don't ask me how I know that, and of course I'm talking about an award, not a match, although the show did HAVE a match, with Big Show beating The Miz). Celebrities rarely lose.
Here are some more thoughts from a demented mind in Central Florida: The first Wrestlemania I won't be watching (or attending) since 2003. Let's pick this one:
Rock vs. Cena: Look at all the segments with Rock from last year's Wrestlemania. They were trying to make him a heel, and still the Atlanta fans popped huge when he Rock Bottomed Cena, leading to Miz's win. WWE is even more on a mission to make him the heel in this one, but being in Miami, unless he comes out pro-Castro and says it was right for Elian Gonzalez to have been picked up by a raid team and deported back to Cuba 12 years ago? Not going to happen. Regardless, I'd be shocked to see them put over the part-timer here. Winner: John Cena.
Hell in the Cell - Undertaker vs. HHH: This one needs to get bloody. It does not need to be a repeat of last year's hit-a-big-move-and-lie-around-for-five-minutes-to-"sell"-it snoozefest. WWE is out of its mind if they give HHH the win here. Taker needs to win and just retire at 20-0 and be done with it. Winner: Undertaker.
Randy Orton vs. Kane: Once again, it's the Give-Orton-A-Random-Match-To-Get-Him-On-The-Card match. But that was what we had with last year's Orton-Punk match, that was Match of the Night (IMHO). We've got two really good workers (when motivated), so while the outcome is a foregone conclusion, I kinda think this one might be a pretty damn good match. Winner: Orton.
Intercontinental Championship - Cody Rhodes (C) vs. Big Show: I'm not sure if he'll get the title or it'll be a DQ ending, but I'm sure of who's going to take this one. Winner: Big Show.
Kelly Kelly & Maria Maria, er, Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve: Remember, kids, don't bet against the celebrity at Wrestlemania. It's science! Winners: Kelly Kelly & Maria Maria.
Team Johnny over Team Teddy.
C.M. Punk over Chris Jericho.
Daniel Bryan over Sheamus.
Why yes, I am both a musician and a lawyer. Thanks for asking. :)
Although this went on the Network on April 1, thank heavens this is not an April Fools edition. I think that, as a society, we have come to realize that April Fools is neither fun nor funny, and we should probably just wash our hands of the whole deal.