WWE Wrestlemania XXVIII PPV Predictions
WRESTLEMANIA is upon us!!! I have not been more excited for a PPV (since the Royal Rumble).
My 2nd favorite PPV of the year is here and boy it is going to be huge! WWE Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match: Primo & Epico (WWE Tag Team Champions) w/Rosa Mendes vs Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd vs The Usos
Okay, so this match isn't actually on the PPV. It's a dark match that they're going to stream for free on WWE.com and/or Youtube at 6:30 PM EST/3:30 PM PST. It's a pretty smart business decision since they're trying to get some last minute (on the fence) people to purchase the PPV. What better way to do it than to let them watch this match for free and let them see how big, cool, awesome, etc... everything will be at Wrestlemania?!
I don't expect a title change here since it's not really on TV. Really not much to say about this match other than the fact that it'll be fun. My Prediction: Primo and Epico retains the WWE Tag Team Championship by pinfall. World Heavyweight Championship Match: Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan (World Heavyweight Champion) w/AJ
YES! YES! YES! YES!
Hard to believe that just one year ago, Sheamus and Daniel Bryan had a dark match for Wrestlemania. Now they're both in a championship match. Great going!
Daniel Bryan has been a pretty damn entertaining World Heavyweight Champion. He cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase back at the TLC PPV and has overcome every single obstacle thrown at him. He turned heel by being obnoxious and a coward. I don't mind the obnoxious part, but I hate that every heel has to be a "coward".
Sheamus won the Royal Rumble and he chose Daniel Bryan because he hasn't held the World Heavyweight Title before. Sheamus is your typical "I'm going to destroy anyone in my way" type of guy. He's been on a roll since the Royal Rumble and Daniel Bryan is supposedly scared to face him.
I hope this match goes at least 15 minutes. It should be great because we know both of these guys can wrestle. I hope Daniel Bryan can retain the title because he is so good as a heel champion. Personal feelings aside, I think Sheamus is going to prevail and become the new World Heavyweight Champion. My Prediction: Sheamus wins the World Heavyweight Championship by pinfall. Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix (Divas Champion) & Eve
The only reason this match is happening is because they somehow got a celebrity to appear in this match... just like Snooki last year. There really is no story here other than the fact that Beth Phoenix and Eve went on the show Extra because they're mad Maria wanted to interview Kelly Kelly only.
Maria has wrestled in two matches with the WWE before and has won them both. This will be no different because there is no way a celebrity will lose. Since Beth is the champ, I guess Eve will be the one taking the pinfall here. My Prediction: Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos win by pinfall. Team Johnny (David Otunga, Mark Henry, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, & Drew McIntyre) w/John Laurinaitis, Vickie Guerrero, and Brie Bella vs Team Teddy (Santino Marella, Zack Ryder, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, The Great Khali & Booker T) w/Teddy Long, Aksana, Hornswoggle, and Nikki Bella
Winner to become GM of both RAW and Smackdown
Quick side note before I talk about this match. Christian was originally on Team Johnny but apparently his recovery from his ankle injury isn't ready yet... so they took him out of this match and replaced him with Drew McIntyre. But there was a stipulation for Christian joining Team Johnny and that was if Team Johnny won the match, he would get a title shot. So we'll see if that plays in when he is healthy again.
Anyway, here's that big tag match that puts many superstars in the PPV. Team Johnny and Team Teddy, winner gets control of both shows. It's pretty obvious who is going to win here. Teddy Long has worn out his welcome as the GM of Smackdown. "I'm going to book a Tag Team Match playa!"
John Laurinaitis has sure come a long way ever since he feuded with CM Punk. He has been entertaining as hell. No wonder why they call him Mr. Excitement!
Anyway, this isn't a elimination match (though it should be). So expect one huge cluster**** of a finish with everyone hitting their finishing moves on each other. I'm looking for David Otunga, the captain for Team Johnny to get the pinfall victory on Santino, the captain for Team Johnny. My Prediction: Team Johnny wins by pinfall. Intercontinental Championship Match: Cody Rhodes (Intercontinental Champion) vs Big Show
This one is going to be tricky. Cody Rhodes has had the upper hand on this feud because he's made fun of the Big Show nonstop. His reason for pissing off Big Show is because he's not afraid of him. He knows Big Show will choke at Wrestlemania. According to WWE.com, Big Show's record at Wrestlemania is 3-8. The majority of the time, Big Show has been in joke matches since it's hard to book him in a match.
But here is one thing you probably didn't know about Big Show. It turns out that he is the only superstar to have ever held the WWE, WCW, World Heavyweight, ECW, WWE Tag Team, WCW Tag Team, United States, and Hardcore Championship. The only title that has alluded him has been the Intercontinental Championship. Going into this feud, I was almost certain that Cody Rhodes is going to win and it'll propel him to the main event level. Now I'm not too sure... because Big Show needs to make history. My Prediction: Big Show wins by pinfall. Hell in a Cell Match: Undertaker vs HHH
Special Guest Referee: HBK
This match is going to be great. I cannot wait. The feud was set up pretty good but it could have been better. Basically, since it's Wrestlemania time, Undertaker shows up again. He wants a rematch against HHH but HHH declined. The reason HHH declined was because he said even though he lost the match last year, it was Undertaker that had to be carried out. Undertaker didn't want his legacy to be remembered as the guy who had to be carried out.
HBK then shows up on RAW and tried to get HHH to fight Undertaker one more time. HHH still refuses until Undertaker mentioned that HHH is afraid that he is not better than Shawn Michaels. Then seemingly out of nowhere, HBK said he was appointed the referee in this match. That's my only gripe on the feud. It would have been better if HHH or Undertaker asked him to be a ref, so he can witness it himself.
Either way, they're only leaning one side in this match in terms of story and that is HBK will help HHH win the match because HBK wants Undertaker to lose his Wrestlemania streak. Shawn thinks that if he couldn't end the streak himself, he'll help HHH. Undertaker wanted HBK to stay neutral by saying that HBK is better than HHH. This way, if HBK helps HHH win the match, then HHH is better than Shawn.
Does any of that make sense? Good.
Oh, and they're fighting inside Hell in a Cell since these two made that match famous. Don't get excited about them possibly actually using the cell as a weapon... because they won't.
I'm thinking this match goes 30 minutes at least... not including the video package and entrances. The main focus will be whether or not HBK interferes really. I think he'll stand aside and tease helping HHH throughout the whole match. Up until the end where HBK will most likely give HHH a Sweet Chin Music to secure Undertaker's streak at 20-0. My Prediction: Undertaker wins by pinfall. Kane vs Randy Orton
After a big match like Taker/HHH, we need a bathroom break match. And unfortunately for Orton and Kane, that's what they'll have to put up with. Now Orton has been injured with a concussion here and there, which is why he doesn't really have a big feud leading up to Wrestlemania. Kane meanwhile, got buried by Cena (who didn't embrace the hate)... what a waste.
Kane then went after Orton because he shook Orton's hand last summer after the two fought. Kane said it was that handshake he offered that made Kane realize he's not the monster he should be. I guess that's reason enough for him to go after The Viper. I honestly don't care who wins, nor am I excited about this match. I think Orton will win with an RKO just because he's Orton. My Prediction: Randy Orton wins by pinfall. WWE Championship Match: CM Punk (WWE Champion) vs Chris Jericho
This match has the best odds of being a potential show stealer. CM Punk vs Chris Jericho. Now, Jericho came back to the WWE because he has always been known as the best in the world at what he does. CM Punk has recently called himself the best of the world as well.
This feud was perfect the way it was until Jericho started mentioning Punk's father and sister. Storyline wise, Jericho is suppose to be the master of mindgames and he is screwing with Punk. I personally thought their feud was fine originally. The match should have just been to show who was the best in the world, period. There will be lots of near-falls in this match (but what match wouldn't have it at Wrestlemania)?
I'm going to have to pick Jericho as the winner here because he didn't win the WWE Championship at the Elimination Chamber PPV. I mean, what would be the point of bringing Jericho back if he wasn't going to win the WWE Title from Punk? We all know Jericho is leaving again the summer, so a short title reign will have to do. My Prediction: Chris Jericho wins the WWE Championship by pinfall. John Cena vs The Rock
And finally... the biggest match of them all. The match that was booked ONE YEAR in advance is finally here. I'm not going to hide it (though I'm sure you already know) that I'm on Team Bring It. I really dislike Cena.
We have John Cena, the modern day Hulk Hogan against The Rock, arguably the best guy on the mic in the history of the WWE.
As you already know... John Cena has catered mostly to women and children. He doesn't have more than 5 moves in his arsenal and he can go into Super Cena mode at any time to win the match. This is the MAIN REASON as to why everyone hates him.
The Rock on the other hand, left the WWE to become a movie star. Success. The Rock was huge back in the Attitude Era and he wants to make history by winning here. The reason why The Rock is going after Cena is because Cena is the biggest superstar of this era. The Rock said he wants to be known as the guy who has beaten Stone Cold, Hulk Hogan, and John Cena.
Back at Wrestlemania 18, when The Rock defeated Hulk Hogan... I considered that as a "passing of the torch" from Hogan to The Rock. Unfortunately, I see the same thing happening here at Wrestlemania 28. Let's face it... what John Cena said is true. After Wrestlemania, The Rock will disappear again to make his movies and John Cena will still be here. With that said, it's pretty obvious when you have to decide who should
win as opposed to who will
No doubt these two will go back and forth. The Rock will use the People's Elbow, John Cena will counter with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. The crowd (I think) will be 75/25 in favor of The Rock. So unless WWE wants to have more matches between these two, Cena is going to win it. My Prediction: John Cena wins by pinfall after 2-3 Attitude Adjustments.
There is also late breaking news/rumor that Brock Lesnar is schedule to be at Wrestlemania. Internet reports say that he signed a one-year deal to return! Guess we'll have to wait and see what happens. Either way, enjoy the PPV folks! Share your thoughts here, don't be shy!