For the first time since WrestleMania 29 all the way back 2013, Dave Reno and Dan Rose have collaborated to give your their “expert” predictions for WrestleMania. Well, only if watching since LJN wresting figures were the greatest thing on God’s Green Earth and having Captain Lou Albano come up in everyday conversation makes you an expert, I suppose.
Without further ado, lets get to our 6th Annual WrestleMania Pick ‘Em. Enjoy and feel free to join us tonight @FightBoothPW for the biggest show of the year.
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns (For the Universal Championship)
Dan Rose: This one is beginning to really trend towards Roman Reigns. I thought perhaps Brock might retain and set up a series of wrestling/scripted MMA style fights with Bobby Lashley, but things are all pointing towards Roman earning the title, and Brock finding his way back to MMA.
You have to think that Roman will get the big pinfall here and finally earn the redemption he’s searched for. The crowd is certainly not going to be in his corner, so it’ll likely be an icy response if and when he gets the title. That said, it’s now or never for Roman. Either he can accept the top billing and run with it, or the experiment is rightfully over.
I’m going with Roman Reigns via pinfall.
Dave Reno: Roman Reigns standing tall with the Universal Championship over his shoulder should be the last thing we see before WrestleMania 34 goes off the air. How will it all go down though and what will be the fallout? That is where the intrigue lies. One can only hope that we get a little something special out of this match other than just a clean victory for the Roman Empire and a chorus of boos the following night on RAW.
Roman Reigns via 10 Superman Punches and a handful of spears
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (For the WWE Championship)
Rose: What can I say about this? It’s a dream match that we’re all blessed to be seeing while both men are still executing and the highest level. I honestly don’t have a dog in this fight, I just want it to live up to the hype. I think it will. From the time the violin music plays to the time the match draws to a close, I’ll be suspended like a small child, watching wrestling as it should be. I think AJ Styles will somehow pull out the win, but if not, I’m still just as happy.
AJ Styles via Pinfall
Reno: Big match feel here in this rematch from Wrestle Kingdom 10. Remember how we’ve all been talking about how the WrestleMania’s of recent years have had everything but that high quality in-ring classic? This is the match that should make this show complete. Shinsuke gets his big WrestleMania moment here as he seems to just have AJ’s number.
Shinsuke via knee to face
Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon
Rose: I honestly don’t care about this at all. I hate the debut for Ronda in this match. Let’s take the hottest signee in the WWE’s modern history and put her in a match with a non-wrestler and two others who are well past their prime. Obviously, Ronda has to go over here. The only thing that could save this is if Angle somehow screws Ronda over, or the entire women’s roster runs in and attacks Ronda post-match. Otherwise, snore.
Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle via Shenanigans
Reno: This should be a fun match, despite what Dan says, and it should go on somewhere around the mid-way point of the show just like Cena and Bella vs. Miz and Maryse last year. You’ll get some Triple H versus Angle classic chain wrestling before Ronda and Kurt put Steph and HHH away simultaneously for that big WrestleMania moment. They really should keep it simple here but we shall see.
Ronda and Kurt via Armbar/Angle Lock
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka (For the Smackdown Women’s Championship)
Rose: This is a super compelling match between two of the best. Charlotte doesn’t lose at big PPVs, but Asuka’s streak is pretty remarkable. Something tells me this will end with outside involvement, to protect the reputation of both wrestlers. However, if there is a clear winner, expected it to be Asuka. Could be a submission that forces Charlotte to go out and not have to tap. Keep her legitimacy.
Asuka wins via submission
Reno: Alright, this is my favorite match on the card. It has everything you could ask for. The theatrics of the walkouts for both women will be top-notch. Then there’s high drama with Asuka’s undefeated streak being on the line against a more than viable competitor. Also, don’t forget you have Carmella lurking with that MITB briefcase. Oh ya, did we mention that you may just have the top two women’s wrestlers in the world today going head to head? I absolutely love this match and I think it’s going to steal the show. As far as a prediction goes, Asuka has to win, right?
Asuka via armbar (have to continue to build up that eventual Ronda match)
Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Rose: This match has screwjob written all over it. I think Daniel Bryan might turn heel here. You can’t fire KO and Zayn, makes zero sense. If I had to bet, I’d guess that Daniel Bryan turns on Shane and they steal the victory, setting up a handy little stable of Daniel Bryan, KO, and Zayn. Maybe add Ziggler to it and you’ve got a great little heel stable.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn win via screwjob pinfall. Bryan turns on Shane.
Reno: Can I just take a moment to stand and applaud the consistency of Owens and Zayn. Aside from the wrestling of AJ Styles, they have made SmackDown Live what it is on Tuesday nights. These two never take a night off when it comes to making a compelling story and I just wanted to applaud them for that. And they seem to be having the time of their lives to boot. Their in-ring work being impeccable goes without saying. As Dan mentions above, this match has screwjob written all over it. I think Owens and Zayn win as well but I believe it will be Shane who turns on Bryan.
Owens & Zayn win via tomfoolery
The Miz (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor (For the Intercontinental Championship)
Rose: I think the Miz is the breakout star of the WWE. He might take some time off since his first baby was just born. That could cause him to drop the title, and maybe be “injured” to give him some time off the road to help out at home with Baby Miz. I’d be cool with any one of the three winning here, but I think Finn needs the belt more than Miz or Rollins. For that reason, I think he goes over here and makes a run with the title.
I think Finn Balor wins the IC Championship
Reno: Well, traditional WWE booking would tell us that Rollins will not be going home with the title since he was the last man standing tall on RAW this past Monday night. I tend to think that will be the case. Rollins is arguably the top babyface on RAW right now so putting him against Reigns (yes, I’m one of those fools that believes Reigns will finally be turning heel tonight) for Backlash and beyond should be the direction. It’s time to give the Balor Club something to celebrate. How about a meaningful run with a title that The Miz has helped make meaningful again.
Finn Balor via Coup de Grâce on The Miz
Randy Orton (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev (For the United States Championship)
Rose: I would love, love, love for Rusev to win this match. The fans would explode and blow the roof off the joint. He’s so underrated and under-utilized. I don’t think Randy Orton needs the US Championship. He might want it, but he doesn’t advance the belt and he’s not advanced by it. As long as he RKO’s people left and right, he’s going to be over.
I think this comes down to Bobby Roode needing the belt more than anyone else. Jinder would be a horrible decision for the business. I’d love it to be Rusev, but in the end, I expect Roode to win the US Title.
Bobby Roode wins
Reno: This match was a dumpster fire on wheels until the addition of Rusev. Giving him the title would make a little too much sense though. I’m taking Mahal for the win to let Rusev chase him for it in the coming weeks.
Mahal gets the dirty victory
The Bar (c) vs. Braun Strowman and unnamed partner (For the Raw Tag Team Championships)
Rose: I mean, you have to think they are going to reward Braun for basically carrying the WWE on his back for a while. The Bar is a great tag team, but they will come back and win the title again. It all comes down to the partner. If Braun goes it alone, I hope he rightfully loses. You can’t bury two stars by having a single wrestler defeat them (even if it is Braun). Let’s look at potential partners.
Lars Sullivan – The two were partners and world form an amazing team. I doubt this happens, but I’d love it if it did.
Elias – Would also be an immediately elite team. I can’t help it, I love Elias. 🙂
Bray Wyatt – The most likely of the bunch, but can Bray play second fiddle? That’s my only reservation here.
Sleeper Pick: Big Cass – I’d pop…this could be a great team.
Second Sleep Pick: Alberto Del Rio – Please don’t let this be true.
Whoever Braun brings, expect them to win the match
Reno: I like what Dan did there with Lars Sullivan. An NXT debut on Mania outside of the Andre Battle Royal would be a very smart move. I also agree that it’s not likely. You have to give us Bobby Lashley in this spot. These two would be magic together as a team and as eventual rivals.
Braun and TBA get the victory
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax (For the RAW Women’s Championship)
Rose: This should be redemption for Nia Jax, but dammit, Alexa Bliss is about as crafty as anyone who’s ever laced the boots. I would be happy honestly either way, but I think it might be time for Nia Jax to get the run she deserves. She’s probably going to have to avoid some potential potholes and run-ins but in the end, I think Jax gets her WrestleMania moment, even if it means she drops the title on RAW.
Nia Jax wins the title via Pinfall
Reno: Anything other than Nia just blasting Bliss, Mickie James and anyone else who stands across from her for this ridiculous fat shaming storyline would be criminal. This match shouldn’t last more than a minute.
Nia Jax via pinfall
The Usos vs. The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers (For the Smackdown Tag Team Championships)
Rose: I’m a big-time fan of the Usos and I hope they win the match. I think that the WWE is going to push The Bludgeon Brothers (horrible name, has Vince written all over) whether the fans get behind them or not. I think they will likely leave the ring with the belts, leaving the two best teams without a championship.
The Bludgeon Brothers will win and become champions
Reno: Why do we still have two tag team titles? We simply don’t have enough teams to justify it now that we are no longer having brand exclusive pay-per-views. I feel like we will eventually have a RAW vs. SmackDown tag team championship unification match later this year and with the incredible run The Usos are on right now I feel that they should represent when that day comes.
The Usos retain
Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali (For the Cruiserweight Championship)
Rose: No interest whatsoever. Flip a coin. I can not get into the Cruiserweight division no matter how hard I try. I’d guess Cedric will win, but nothing would surprise me.
Reno: I would’ve liked to have seen this one as the “cool down” match between the two major title matches later in the show to get more eyes on it but instead it will go on the pre-show if I’m not mistaken. Regardless, this is a huge spot for two guys that deserve it and I couldn’t be happier. They won’t be given the proper time to steal the show but they will certainly make some new fans and get folks talking.
Mustafa Ali via pinfall
Women’s Battle Royal
Rose: This one could be fun, depending on some surprise entrants. I expect to see Ember Moon in the match, but it will likely come down to Ruby Riott, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Bayley. I think Bayley and Sasha will cost themselves the match, clearing the way for Ruby or Becky Lynch to earn the big win. It would be a nice victory to give Nattie here, give her a big win on the biggest stage, but I don’t see it happening.
Becky Lynch wins the match
Reno: There’s a lot you can do here to make this memorable and create new storylines to get some of these gals over. Bayley and Sasha definitely cancel each other out here. Becky and Ruby would be great options but they don’t really need it. I think Ember comes up to the main roster full-time following her loss to Baszler and a victory here gives her something to run with out of the proverbial gate.
Ember Moon makes her Mania debut and gets the win
The Andre the Giant Battle Royal
Rose: I wish I was more interested in this. It will be lost on the pre show and it could feature a surprise or two. Mainly in the form of Bobby Lashley and a returning Samoa Joe. I think that after all the dust settles, the tag teams will be eliminated and we’ll be left with Kane, Corbin, Ziggler, and Mojo. (If Mojo wins I riot). If either Bobby Lashley or Samoa Joe is in the match, they become the favorites instantly. If they don’t appear, I would expect either Dolph Ziggler or Mojo to win. Hopefully, Ryder runs in and costs Mojo.
Dolph Ziggler wins
Reno: There’s really not a whole lot to get excited about here looking at the history of this match. ‘Woken’ Matt or Elias would be the hot names to go with but I fear this would only downgrade them.
‘Woken’ Matt Hardy gets the win
BONUS ACTION:: John Cena vs. The Undertaker
Rose: It could happen…I mean, it could happen. If the Undertaker isn’t going to show up, what has been the point of Cena dogging him? Why bash the Taker if he has truly walked into that foggy Death Valley he calls home for good? I think he will be there, and I think he and Cena will have a match, but it might be like backstage, or in a luxury suite etc. It won’t be your standard fare. When it’s over and done, I think John Cena sends The Deadman off the way he deserves, with a big victory. Cena isn’t a selfish guy, and I think he’d be happy to put Taker over.
The Undertaker wins by Pinfall on some kind of cement surface. 🙂
Reno: Dead Man Taker is never coming back. But Biker Taker is — for one night only. He gets the win and goes away for good. Cena goes away to film another movie. The fans get a huge moment and WWE gets a ton of mainstream publicity beyond just Rousey and Lesnar for this show. Everybody wins.
BikerTaker for the win
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