The granddaddy of them all is here. “Wresltemania 30” has arrived and, while the initial buildup had fans concerned, there is a very good card packed with quite a few exciting matches.
The biggest, of course, is the main event triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The bout will feature Randy Orton, Batista and the winner of Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan. This might be the first time the main event of a “Wrestlemania” isn’t set in stone going into the showdown, which has added a wrinkle of intrigue to the whole affair.
Zap2it will be live blogging the big show Sunday, but before that let’s take a look at the likely winners and losers of “Wrestlemania 30.”
The Usos vs. Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans vs Ryback and Curtis Axel for the Tag Team Championships
This is sort of sad. As the year began, WWE had one of the most exciting tag team divisions in recent memory, with Cody Rhodes and Goldust riding high as champions. Now the Usos have the belts and are doing well, but the division has diminished and they are relegated to the pre-show.
This match isn’t hard to predict. No one cares about Los Matadores or Rybaxel, and the Real Americans are on the verge of breaking up.
Winners: The Usos
Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
A.J. Lee essentially has to defend her Divas Championship, which she’s held longer than anyone in the five or so years that title has existed, against practically every female in the company not named Stephanie McMahon. It’s a way to get all of the Divas on the “Wrestlemania” card, but a poor way to get the title away from A.J. if that’s the plan.
There’s an abundance of Divas on the roster these days, but A.J. needs a solid feud if she’s going to lose the title, not a random multi-person match.
Winner: A.J. Lee
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Like the Divas match, this is how they get every superstar on the show. Even Zack Ryder is in the battle royal, and he’s almost never on TV these days. About half of these guys could make a case for being the winner, but the most logical is Big Show. It’s a tribute to Andre the Giant, so why wouldn’t his second coming win it?
Winner: Big Show
The Shield vs. Kane and the New Age Outlaws
This is, perhaps, the one letdown of “Wrestlemania.” After such a strong year, The Shield has ended up in an afterthought match. That said, where else was there to put them? Obviously breaking them up is no longer in the cards, so they need to fight someone. The makeshift team of Kane and the New Age Outlaws are solid enough hands in the ring, but maybe the young and energetic Shield could make them all bring their A-game.
Winners: The Shield
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
This is the surprise of “Wrestlemania” season. At first it seemed like John Cena was lost in the shuffle, which is insane since he practically is WWE anymore. However, it was all part of a grand plan to get him into a feud with Bray Wyatt and his family. The build started out a bit shaky, but over the last several weeks has really taken on a life of its own.
The easy answer to win is John Cena, because he’s the true face of WWE. With all of his talk about waiting for someone to challenge his throne though, perhaps this is the time for him to take the loss, which would be huge for Wyatt. Cena doesn’t gain much from a victory, but his opponent would leave “Wrestlemania” as one of the hottest superstars on the roster.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Is this even a question? Almost all of the buildup has been Undertaker making Lesnar look weak. The streak will never end, especially not to a part-timer. The only question is how much selling Taker will do for Lesnar.
The match will be very physical, lots of near falls for both, but in the end there was always only one possible outcome.
Winner: The Undertaker
Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan
This is the match that was never supposed to happen. CM Punk was supposed to be here, but he left after the “Royal Rumble” and the fans let WWE know what they wanted by overthrowing the shows with chants. Daniel Bryan is the new People’s Champion, whether the higher-ups in WWE want him to be or not.
Now he’s fighting the man in charge, the guy who wants him held down. Their story has been built well and done the impossible: Made it likely that Daniel Bryan will headline “Wrestlemania.” A year ago that would have sounded like a crazy notion, but here we are. There’s no way Triple H walks out of this one and into the main event.
The only question is how Bryan will win. To keep his character’s strength, he needs a clean victory, not one due to interference, run-ins or any shenanigans. Should Triple H cheat to win, expect the match to be restarted. It would be a nice place for Vince McMahon to pop up, since Hunter has been calling himself the most powerful man in WWE for some time. Regardless of what happens, Daniel Bryan will take the win here. If he doesn’t, the fans will revolt.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Bryan or Triple H
When Batista was announced as returning, WWE thought it would send fans over the moon. After all, nostalgia is huge in wrestling. However, upon his return he was met with jeers, boos and just about anything else negative you can think of. This is the first “Wrestlemania” where fans have dictated to WWE what the main event should be.
They wanted Daniel Bryan and wouldn’t stand for any less, so it seems that’s exactly what they’re getting. If there is any outcome other than Daniel Bryan leaving as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, they are leaving the door open for the fans to absolutely lose their minds. Since it’s the 30th “Wrestlemania,” they need a hero’s ending and there’s only one way for that to happen.
Winner: Daniel Bryan