Pre-Show Fatal 4-Way for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Two teams belong here – the defending champs The Usos and The Real Amercians. Two teams do not belong here on the grandest stage of them all (albeit the pre-show) – Rybaxel and Los Matadores. The Real Americans will be victorious and win the belts. We may see some more dissension among the ranks of Cesaro and Swagger, teasing a breakup and face turn for Cesaro which could come as early as tomorrow’s Monday Night Raw.
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
This may very well be the toughest match to call ahead of time, especially as there are still 3 unannounced participants. Rumors swirling around The Big Easy point to a potential Hulk Hogan surprise entry, which would in the late, great Gorilla Monsoon’s words “blow the roof off” The Superdome. I don’t think The Big Show wins since they’ve been giving him most of the hype heading in. I don’t see a little guy winning. I’d love to see Dolph Ziggler win and get a big Mania moment. That won’t happen. If there’s a surprise NXT entry with Alexander Rusev (& Lana!) then he’s a potential wildcard. Otherwise I’ll go out on a limb and go with the defending Intercontinental Champion Big E.
Vickie Guerrero Invitational for the Divas Championship
It’s Total Divas plus more. AJ Lee has been champ long enough. It should be every woman for herself. I’m looking forward to seeing some Bella vs. Bella action, at least for a minute. I do see AJ’s sidekick Tamina Snuka pulling some sneaky move and pinning AJ for the win and the Divas belt.
The Shield vs. Corporate Kane & The New Age Outlaws
More like the Old Age Outlaws. Many of us would have preferred a Shield breakup and a three-way-dance among Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose. Or another Shield vs. Wyatt Family match could have been EPIC as were their previous two matches. But WWE has all 3 Wyatts hinged on the Bray vs. Cena match, so The Shield is relegated to a fairly meaningless 6-man tag team match. Probably the easiest match to call ahead of time as there’s no doubt in my mind the recently-turned babyface Shield emerges victorious. Do they go back and tease some dissension in the ranks of Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns? Possibly, but not likely tonight.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Cena has carried the company for the last decade. It’s time for some of the new blood to take over. John will do the right thing tonight and put over the younger Wyatt who had a very convincing win over Daniel Bryan in January’s Royal Rumble. Tonight’s the night that “makes” Bray Wyatt after a very good match and performance by both men.
HHH vs. Daniel Bryan
This will be a very physical bout. I fully expect HHH to beat Bryan down. The crowd will definitely be into it and the #YESMovement should be louder than ever – 70,000 strong! Hearing on SiriusXM’s Busted Open radio pre-show today there’s been some talk of a possible added stipulation. Could it be turned into a No Disqualification match? That would be fitting ensuring there’s no screwjob finish. Somehow, someway, Daniel Bryan has to get the nod here and advance to the Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Bryan has been held back (since he’s only a B+ player according to HHH and Stephanie McMahon) since his win over Cena at SummerSlam last August. Tonight is the culmination. Bryan beats HHH to move on.
Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker
The Beast vs. The Streak. Did Lesnar’s F-5 of Taker on RAW give anyone a hint that Lesnar could win? Maybe a few, but seriously folks. There is NO WAY a part-time Lesnar is going to end one of the greatest streaks of all time and certainly THE greatest streak in sports entertainment history. Get the 22-0 ready on the giant Titan Tron. Undertaker will give us all an A+ effort and eventually bury Lesnar with the tombstone piledriver. Rest In Peace Brock. The bigger question here is does The Icon, Sting make an appearance. My guess is it could happen on RAW tomorrow night, which could start the build to a dream Icon vs. Phenom match at Wrestlemania XXXI.
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. HHH/Daniel Bryan winner for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Orton’s had his time on the top for the last 6 months or so. Batista is Bootista and nobody cares (although he was probably the best and most unusual performance at this past week’s Wrestlemania press conference. HHH has always been what’s best for HHH although now it’s supposedly what’s best for business. That in two words is Daniel Bryan. I said it earlier. Tonight is Bryan’s night. Tonight is the big payoff. 70,000 strong in The Superdome will be chanting “Yes, Yes, Yes!” in unison with Bryan standing tall at the end of the night, hoisting the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt over his head.
What’s next? Stay tuned for tomorrow night’s RAW. The night after Wrestlemania is always one of the best, if not the hottest, show’s of the year. Last year’s in The Meadowlands saw Ziggler cash in his Money In The Bank suitcase and take the title from Alberto Del Rio. It also brought “Fandangoing” to the forefront and kicked off the craze. Plus the crowd hijacked the show and had some crazy chants. Look for more of the same with crowd craziness and huge show highlights tomorrow night.