Triple Z gives his predictions for WrestleMania 35. WWE's return to the New York/New Jersey area. Breaking down every single match for the grandest stage of them all.
Before I even begin the BreakDownZ for WrestleMania 35. The build up to WrestleMania 35 has been weird. That's the best way to describe it. Usually it is the most meticulously planned part in WWE's schedule. Now it feels like an event that is rushed and thrown together literally a week before the event.
WWE is looking to catch some headlines. Giving Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte Flair the main event at this year's WrestleMania. Yet, that entire feud has become way too convoluted. This match now has both titles on the line. This historic main event has killed more Women's matches off the card. I'm sure the other women superstars will be in a battle royal. I'm sure they will appreciate that. Also, what does WWE do next year when the men go back into the main event? How do you explain that after the Women's Revolution?
On the other hand, WWE has created one of the best organic feuds of the entire year in Kofi Kingston taking on Daniel Bryan. Back in 2014, Daniel Bryan was the top babyface. He was the underdog hero. Now, Daniel Bryan is a heel and he has become everything he fought against. Then comes the rise of Kofi Kingston. The audience has finally demanded his push after years of entertaining. The New Day has become one of the biggest groups in WWE with major mainstream appeal. Daniel Bryan is known by the mainstream audience for creating the "YES" chant. Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston would've been a more emotionally satisfying main event. Kingston finally reaching the top, and Daniel Bryan being a villain.
And like every year. Before I get into the predictions. WrestleMania probably will run long. Either way the event currently doesn't have a memorable slate. Let's see if they are able to change that on the day of the event.
The Revival vs Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins
Even though the reunion of Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins gives a lot of fans the feels. It still doesn't make sense for WrestleMania. If this was the plan, which obviously it wasn't. Why not set this feud up earlier? Either way this seems like a kickoff match. The Revival are going to drop the titles and The Edgeheads will be tag team champions for a day.
Winners: Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins
Women's Battle Royal
My original picks to win this were either Carmella or Zelina Vega due to the event being in their home state. Now my pick is Lacey Evans because WWE is obviously high on her.
Winner: Lacey Evans
Buddy Murphy vs Tony Nese
I'm assuming this will be a 205 Live kickoff match? Let's have Tony Nese win here because why not?
Winner: Tony Nese
Tamina & Nia Jax vs Boss N' Hug vs IIconics vs Divas of Doom
I give them props for doing this match. Hopefully, it isn't on the kickoff show. This match is important for obvious reasons. Let's bullet point it.
Nia Jax is just bland. WWE keeps pushing her even though majority of the fans couldn't care less. The same goes for Tamina. This duo is just not it.
Boss N' Hug is a curious case. Sasha Banks clearly needs to be a heel again. The women's division needs legitimate heels. Not Nia Jax heels. Banks could provide that. Bayley should gear up for another singles run. Maybe move them both to SmackDown?
The next team is the IIconics. The only true, full time team. Yeah, you can make the argument for Banks/Bayley and Jax/Tamina. Let's face it there not true teams. The IIconics have the most potential overall on the main roster. If they are used correctly. They actually can wrestle, and they are over-the-top characters.
Beth Phoenix makes Natalya better. Beth Phoenix gets to finally compete in a better era. It's truly remarkable to watch. Phoenix was at the crossroads. She didn't get to face the likes of Trish Stratus and Lita. This era suits her better. Like it would for most of the women back then. I don't see them winning the championships but this team competing at Mania is pretty special and pretty cool.
I think this isn't the last we have seen of Sasha Banks and Bayley. For now, I think the championships will belong to the IIconics. I may be wrong. I'm just making a bold prediction.
Winners: The IIconics
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
This battle royal just is sad. It could be used as a launchpad or a way to introduce new talent but WWE would rather have Braun Strowman win it every year from now on. Which on WWE's end takes care of Braun's booking every year.
Most people are against WWE's recent relationship with Saturday Night Live. I'm actually fine with it. The only part that is iffy is that Colin Jost and Michael Che aren't even believable wrestling celebrities. Gronk, Floyd Mayweather, and other celebs just come across better because of their physical presence. Jost and Che have comedic chops but them actually wrestling someone like Braun isn't funny. Unless Braun brings in his tag partner Nicholas from a year ago.
Still Braun wins this and SNL shines.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Ricochet & Aleister Black vs The Uso's vs The Bar vs Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura
I'm assuming this is a main card bout. I don't think the WWE would put The Uso's on the kickoff show let alone The Bar or the new NXT call ups. The Uso's just re-signed with the WWE. We could see them walk out tag team champions. Yet I think WWE will go the "surprise" route with Ricochet and Aleister Black making their marks early on in their main roster call ups.
That's the problem with these call ups. WWE doesn't play the hot hand. Even though it may be formulaic. Taking the NXT talent that were successful and sky rocketing them on the main roster is a better strategy than calling them up and letting them sit. Examples include EC3, Sanity, Tye Dillinger, and Andrade at the beginning. So, having them win the titles right away isn't too soon. It's actually a good play.
Winners: Ricochet and Aleister Black
Kurt Angle vs Baron Corbin
Kurt Angle's last match is against Baron Corbin. The decision was unpopular. I'm fine with the match but I'm more concerned that Kurt Angle can no longer carry a match. They are sticking him in the ring with Corbin who isn't exactly a great in-ring psychologist. John Cena would've done a better job making Kurt Angle look good in his final showing. Angle has shown his age and it's good he's getting out of the game now. It was heartbreaking watching some of the singles matches where he could barely move or when he was getting mauled by Drew McIntyre. Not to mention his awkward entrance and exit fro this year's Royal Rumble.
I think Angle is abandoning the tradition of going out on your back. I think he defeats Baron Corbin soundly. It's just sad that the Hall of Famer's last match isn't a big deal.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Bobby Lashley vs Finn Balor
This is just all around bad.
Bobby Lashley is currently at a whatever phase within WWE. Remember last year he returned on the RAW After Mania and he had all the potential? Yep a year back on the WWE track drained that potential.
I am a huge fan of Finn Balor but his character is poorly written on the main roster. It's kinda up to Finn to change that. The usage of the demon feels unnecessary. WWE just wanted The Demon entrance at WrestleMania.
This match is a toss up but you have to assume Finn Balor walks out with the title? The bigger question WWE needs to answer is why the mid card titles don't have multi man ladder matches? That's where WWE could benefit from finding a new "Money in the Bank" gimmick or something. The amount of singles matches are unnecessary especially when they aren't WrestleMania worthy.
Winner: Finn Balor
Rey Mysterio vs Samoa Joe
This is a WrestleMania worthy one on one match. It's a dream match. Despite SmackDown's loaded roster not getting an opportunity at the championship. Could you imagine a ladder match with Andrade, Ali, R-Truth, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, and Rey Mysterio? That would've been the match of the night.
Honestly Samoa Joe probably wins this sound. Unless WWE has a vendetta to "bury" old school TNA at WrestleMania. More on that in the next section.
Winner: Samoa Joe
AJ Styles vs Randy Orton
This is WWE vs TNA.
Despite how much WWE loves AJ. Do you think they are going to let Randy Orton lose to the man who was the king of TNA for years? This is exactly like Sting vs Triple H. If we go based on the story it's obvious Sting and AJ win. Yet, WWE will probably have their guy prevail. Randy Orton wins on a wicked RKO moment.
Winner: Randy Orton
Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre
I'm glad to see Roman Reigns back, and I'm happy to see WWE isn't rushing him up the card. I don't like Drew McIntyre. I think fans completely over-rated him when he was released from WWE and went back on the indies and went to TNA. I'm not impressed with him, and quite frankly he's probably one of the worse NXT big signings in recent memory. I hope Reigns wins quick on Sunday. I know McIntyre will continue to be pushed, and there will be people who love that he's being pushed. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if he wins a title on the night after Mania or if he's a key switch in the Superstar Shake Up.
Still this is a very unnecessary singles match. If it is a match you can see on RAW every week then it shouldn't be booked at WrestleMania.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Shane McMahon vs The Miz
This is such a strange match. Shane McMahon is still wrestling but half of his matches don't have any stakes or purpose. At least The Miz and Shane get to face off in a Falls Count Anywhere match. So, we will get to see some new areas and some wild spots hopefully. Pretty easy pick for winner.
Winner: The Miz
Triple H vs Batista
How did Batista and Triple H make one of the best feuds of WrestleMania season? Batista has been out of the game. Triple H doesn't do a lot of storylines anymore. Yet this match is going to be exciting. Triple H's in-ring career is on the line. Batista is using this as his final match before he goes back to conquering Hollywood. Maybe it is because this feud captured real emotion and there is a sense of realism. Something WWE needs to do in the other feuds, and something that NXT does really well.
Batista and Triple H probably will be the longest match of the night. It will be a back and forth with Triple H coming out on top.
Winner: Triple H
Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins
When Brock Lesnar cares he puts on a good show. Let's hope Lesnar cares for Seth Rollins. Brock Lesnar has done well against Daniel Bryan and Finn Balor. Now we have an opportunity to see Seth Rollins win the Universal Championship, and defend it regularly. I hope this match is given the time of day. WrestleMania gets overstuffed and I really would like to see this match shine. I think it's obvious Brock Lesnar is dropping the title and will pursue UFC again before doing another WWE stint.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston
There isn't much to analyze other then how lucky we are. Daniel Bryan is competing again, and he's a heel. Kofi Kingston is in a singles championship match at WrestleMania! This is just all around good. I would not be surprised if this match takes cues from Gargano/Cole from NXT TakeOver: New York. Have Rowan and a new member of Bryan's cult come out, and have Big E and Xavier Woods stop them. Have Kofi Kingston become a kickout machine. Have a lot of close calls. History favors Kofi Kingston.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Becky Lynch vs Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair
This should be a fascinating watch. Becky Lynch seems like the obvious pick but I wouldn't be surprised to see Ronda Rousey win both championships either. I wouldn't even put it past WWE to pull a "Roman Reigns" with Charlotte Flair. The match has a lot of hype to live up too.
I'm going with Becky Lynch just do to the story. Even though the winner takes all really takes away from her story of beating Ronda Rousey. She no longer needs to beat Charlotte Flair yet for some reason WWE keeps throwing her in. If my prediction comes true and Becky Lynch does win. WWE better not pull the sappy, have all the women out on the stage celebrating ending.
Not for this.
If you want it to come across as a real main event just like the guys of the past. You have Becky Lynch celebrate this victory solo or with family members. No, Four Horsewoman last call. No, Evolution ending. Just "The Man" with the championships. We just don't need the sappy ending and the garbage narrative that all the women on the roster have made it possible. When in reality if Ronda Rousey isn't in WWE this main event doesn't happen.
At the end of the day. I'm hoping the match delivers. Nothing can be as bad as the last three Mania's with Reigns main eventing and the crowd being completely dead. So, that's at least something.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Triple Z returns to break down WWE's Fastlane, the last event before WrestleMania
The New Day vs Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev
The New Day are still on the kickoff show! Surprised? This right here shows you how messed up WWE's landscape has become. The New Day were once hailed on the same level as The Rock and Hulk Hogan when they were given the duty to host WrestleMania. Now they are just scrapping it out on the kickoff shows. I see a lot of fans argue about The New Day. They are convinced turning them heel or having Xavier and Big E turn on Kofi would be the answer. The short answer: It won't work. (I'll have a larger article on this at a later date stay tuned).
Rusev to me has always been a mid-carder. It's time to be brutally honest with the current roster. WWE has more talent than ever, and they need to prioritize certain talents unless they want people departing to AEW. Shinsuke Nakamura being lumped with Rusev is a joke. Nakamura should've been sent to RAW if SmackDown was becoming to crowded in the main event scene. The shakeup would've avoided Nakamura's current situation. With all that being said. It's a kickoff match, and these are usually unpredictable.
Winner: The New Day
Rey Mysterio vs Andrade
This is another kickoff match. I do appreciate the SmackDown feel. That's the one down side of the co-branded events is that RAW gets too much booking power despite the brand having way less talent. This is a quality match for the kickoff. Even though it shouldn't be a kickoff. I guess this is the only way. I feel like these two will be involved in a WrestleMania ladder match. For now, I think Andrade will pick up the win.
UPDATE: Match was changed to a Fatal 4 Way. I think Samoa Joe is going to hold onto it.
The Revival vs Ricochet & Aleister Black vs Bobby Roode & Chad Gable
This is a solid match, and it had a decent build. Not a good one but a decent one. The NXT call ups felt very unnecessary but they added a surprised element to WrestleMania season. I'm wondering who will debut the night after WrestleMania. The options are obviously limited. Unfortunately, Ciampa already got injured when debuting on the main roster. Black and Ricochet have fared well on the wild main roster. Gargano is pulling double duty.
This match has all the talent. Consisting six great guys from NXT. The match features two former NXT champions, former NXT tag team champions, and of course a former NXT North American champion. I could see WWE going radical and giving the titles to Black and Ricochet.
Winners: Ricochet and Aleister Black
Asuka vs Mandy Rose
I'd just like to assume that Asuka would retain here. I wouldn't be surprised if they do a multi-women match for the SmackDown Women's Championship at WrestleMania.
Sasha Banks & Bayley vs Nia Jax & Tamina
Quick pick: Banks and Bayley really can't lose on their first defense right? Right?
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley
The Uso's vs Shane McMahon and The Miz
It's obvious The Uso's are going to win this one. Plus this match may kickstart whatever The Miz and Shane McMahon are doing at WrestleMania this year. The Usos's are most likely going to have a battle with The Hardy Boyz at Mania. Which will be incredible if they execute it right.
Winners: The Uso's
The Shield vs Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley
Roman Reigns first match back is with The Shield. The match should be exciting due to Roman being back. It's a shame that they are facing Team Snoozefest. Honestly, The Shield should come out and squash these three guys. Yet, I'm sure this will be a long drawn out match with The Shield coming out on top. Also, maybe we get an appearance by Brock Lesnar so we can get some build for Rollins vs Lesnar. Instead of the same regurgitated Paul Heyman promo. That would be nice. I feel like WWE is forgetting to even promote that match, and that's a shame.
As for Reigns, I'm sure that he will have a small match at WrestleMania 35. Maybe him taking on Baron Corbin. The only other wild scenario I could see is that they do Reigns vs Cena again. A match that essentially doesn't need any build but is proven to have wild crowd engagement.
Winners: The Shield
Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch
Shoehorning Charlotte Flair into the Becky/Ronda feud was the worst thing for it. Also, this match just proves the Women's Royal Rumble means nothing. Who cares that Becky won the Rumble if she can't automatically get her title shot. WWE overcomplicated the feud by adding Charlotte in. She could've had an easy rivalry with Asuka over on the SmackDown side.
Not to mention Ronda Rousey turned heel, and by doing so she broke kayfabe. Which is one of the most interesting moves I've seen in recent years. I think it's perfect because Ronda Rousey is working the audience now. She has them hook, line, and sinker. Fans are calling her a coward and just another UFC star. It's the perfect scenario in a feud that is getting way too complicated. With that being said, Becky will probably win. Although, I think they should've raised the stakes of this match. If Charlotte Flair loses she should be out of the match. But that's just me.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Babyface Kevin Owens works. I'm glad he is a babyface even if it is just for a little bit. This match should be epic. I think it is safe to say that Daniel Bryan retains. Maybe, a new member of the eco-cult is revealed? Then that leads to a face-off between Bryan's stable and The New Day. That would be the way to end Fastlane.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
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