WWE Wrestlemania 31 Predictions - Matthew Roberts
By Matthew Roberts
Posted On 28-03-2015 10:43 GMT
Tags: WWE, Wrestlemania, Wrestlemania 31

This Sunday WWE presents their latest super show offering and it has become such a huge phenomenon that there are very few words to describe it. Simply put the biggest, most respected and most important show that WWE has to offer returns to our screens: Wrestlemania. The 31st edition of WWE pop culture extravaganza is back and as each passing year goes by the event feels more and more like a huge mainstream event and not just a professional wrestling pay per view. This years Wrestlemania comes to you from Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California and it is headlined by the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar defending against a man that many believe is WWE’s next big star in Roman Reigns. Not only that but the remainder of the card features the return of The Undertaker, Sting makes his WWE in-ring debut vs Triple H, a multi-man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship, The 2nd Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal as well as any many other matches. Let’s get into the predictions for this year’s Wrestlemania!

Brock Lesnar (champion) vs Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a singles match – The rise of Roman Reigns as a singles competitor has long since been the design of WWE management. Since the debut of The Shield, Roman Reigns has been one of the most protected wrestlers on WWE’s books and for all the right reasons. With John Cena being on top for a decade now and getting older there is more of a need for him to start winding down and that means there is a need now more than ever for someone to step up and take hold of that fabled brass ring. Whether or not you like him Reigns has been deemed as the next guy and he has all the tools to get the job done. Admittedly he has seen a minor backlash due to the ever popular Daniel Bryan having to seemingly step aside for Reigns but without question WWE needs to take a chance on someone new on top and they are certainly doing that. Reigns has the look the company likes and has proved on more than one occasion that he is capable of carrying his end of the bargain in the ring. He had a fantastic match with Daniel Bryan at Fastlane and has contested many choice encounters as part of The Shield. However his opponent this Sunday is indeed his biggest challenge in Brock Lesnar. Since silencing the crowd at last years Wrestlemania in defeating The Undertaker and ending his undefeated streak Lesnar has been on a tear. Slicing through John Cena at Summerslam and competing in a match of the year candidate at the Royal Rumble again against Cena and Seth Rollins, Lesnar has proved to be a truly special attraction. In a way the match has been overshadowed by Lesnar’s ongoing contract negotiations with WWE and at the moment there still hasn’t been a decision made as to whether or not Lesnar will stay with WWE or leave. This has actually had an intriguing impact on the match as it makes the outcome all the more up in the air. Lesnar has proved to be one of the best in the world and Roman Reigns is smart enough to know that for a large group of WWE fans his back is up against the wall and he has to put on the performance of his life in order to shut down the critics. There is no doubt that these two will be more than ready for Wrestlemania.

Match winner – Roman Reigns to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Sting vs Triple H in a singles match – To a large group of fans this years Wrestlemania has become a one match show and this is that match. 14 years since WCW’s closure the man who many believe symbolised WCW is making his WWE in-ring debut in a dream match vs Triple H. There are so many unanswered questions for this bout and the fact that Sting has never wrestled in a WWE ring is enough on its own merit to create a truly unique and special Wrestlemania moment. Sting made his debut for WWE back at last years Survivor Series costing The Authority their chance to remain in power. Since being reinstated Sting has helped John Cena win back the careers of Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan and beat down Triple H at Fastlane. The encounter included Sting, was his trademark baseball bat, laying waste to the Game and pointing at the Wrestlemania sign indicating the challenge without saying a word. WWE has done their best to make this a WCW vs WWE match and in many ways this bout actually IS WCW vs WWE. The man who embodied WCW is ironically in one of the most promoted bouts on the show vs a man who is through and through WWE. Triple H has proved over the last few Wrestlemania’s to be more than capable of giving almost anyone a great match having arguably the best match at Wrestlemania’s 27, 28, 29 and even 30 vs Daniel Bryan. There’ll be no doubt that The Game will pull out all the stops to make this a must see match and the atmosphere might just make it just under Hogan-Rock proportions.

Match winner – Sting via submission with The Scorpion Deathlock.

The 2nd Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal – For the second year in a row and in what seems to be an annual tradition from now on the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal takes centre stage as one of the featured matches at Wrestlemania. It’s difficult to write something positive about this bout as unfortunately last years wasn’t particularly full of highlights and the match winner Cesaro, didn’t get the push that many feels he deserved and moreover his match win, has rarely been mentioned on TV. When WWE convinces you that the match outcome doesn’t mean anything it is hard to become invested in it but this years does promise some potential surprises with the return of Sheamus rumoured for the big show.

Match winner – Sheamus to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Trophy.

Bad News Barrett (champion) vs R-Truth vs Dean Ambrose vs Luke Harper vs Dolph Ziggler vs Stardust vs Daniel Bryan in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship – In the absence of Money in the Bank the Intercontinental title is getting the star treatment this year with a multi-person bout for the coveted prize. In recent weeks the match has in many ways been overshadowed by the fact that Daniel Bryan is in it when many feel he should be in the main event but nonetheless the bout does have star power and given the names involved there is an excellent chance that this could be the match of the night. If you take the Daniel Bryan – main event blinders off so to speak this match has incredible potential. The storyline for this bout has been every competitor in the match has tried to steal the Intercontinental Championship from Wade Barrett and the winner of this match will be the person who will finally claim permanent ownership of it.

Match winner – Dean Ambrose to become WWE Intercontinental Champion.

Rusev (champion) vs John Cena for the WWE United States Championship in a single match – Who’d have thought that in 2015 the WWE US title would be one of the most looked forward to matches on the entire card? That’s exactly what we have this year as the undefeated champion Rusev defends against John Cena who arguably was WWE’s last truly great US champion. Rusev’s rise to the top has been truly incredible to watch and he has evolved from more than just another big guy to one of the most over heels on the roster. He has a different look and style than virtually everyone else in WWE and has proved to consistently deliver in the ring. His match vs John Cena at last months Fastlane was incredible and whilst the victory wasn’t a 100% clean win it was as clean a win as your likely to get from John Cena which is an incredibly positive step forward. Initially portraying Cena as almost an old yeller type figure WWE toned this down as whilst Cena is getting older he’s not quite at the end of his career just yet. Cena making his intentions clear not just to beat Rusev but to win the US title have been a welcome addition to this match as it adds prestige to the long suffering title and again as noted Cena is previously a US champion having first won the title from The Big Show at Wrestlemania 20 in 2004.

Match winner – Rusev to retain the WWE United States Championship.

AJ Lee and Paige vs The Bella Twins in a tag team match – It’s well known within WWE circles that the diva’s more often than not get the short end of the stick. Given an incredibly short amount of TV time for their matches its no wonder that the diva’s division has been in rough shape for many years. Total Diva’s on E! has been more of a focal paint for the ladies than their angles and matches. With NXT becoming more and more of a viable alternative and their diva’s division blossoming fans have caught on to this and started a twitter campaign of “give them a chance.” If WWE is smart then they’d use that to their advantage and give this match a bit more time than they originally would’ve done and if the ladies deliver then they will have a very delighted crowd on their hands and the diva’s division might just blossom once more.

Match winners- AJ Lee and Paige.

The Undertaker vs Bray Wyatt in a singles match – It’s very rare in today’s modern WWE world that an entire feud take place without one of the performers in it appear in person on TV at all. Given his legendary status in the WWE and natural mystique it is only natural and fitting that The Undertaker makes his first appearance since the loss of the streak at Wrestlemania. There are many questions to be answered about The Undertaker heading into this years super show: can The Undertaker still go at the top level? What shape will he be in mentally and physically? Will this be his last Wrestlemania? It is an intriguing scenario to say the least and WWE have undoubtedly paired The Undertaker with the right opponent at least in terms of character with Bray Wyatt. Bray is unique in that he is akin to something out a horror film such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and with The Undertaker basically being a modern day zombie it is a fantastic character match up. Whether or not the match physically can be rewarding arguably depends on whether or not The Undertaker is fully healed and if not if Bray can carry a match. Last year The Undertaker suffered a concussion mid match and had Lesnar not come out victorious the match would’ve quietly slipped away from fans memories. If he is fully healed he can truly be a spectacular performer on the grand stage. Despite the streak no longer being on the line the winner of this bout will certainly carry some weight, It is one of the more difficult winners to call.

Match winner – Bray Wyatt via pinfall.

Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins in a singles match – The Orton vs Rollins feud has been one of WWE’s longest feuds to date and in an era where fans largely want a quick fix to their feuds this one has organically been built and the conclusion will be reached at Wrestlemania. Former members of The Authority, Orton and Rollins previously fought side by side until a Curb Stomp from Rollins to Orton on the October 20th Raw. Orton was again Curb Stomped by Rollins on the November 3rd Raw and this was the storyline explanation for Orton taking some time off TV. It was a wise move for Orton to be removed from The Authority as strange as it may seem but Orton today is one of WWE’s most popular babyfaces. As much as he may hate playing the character he is much better suited to it as the WWE fan base respect him for his long standing service over the last decade and Rollins is a truly fantastic heel. Not originally supposed to be the breakout member of The Shield Rollins has been incredibly impressive since going solo and more than held his own in a match of the year candidate with John Cena and Brock Lesnar at The Royal Rumble looking every bit the main event player. It was a career defining night for Rollins and should he put in a herculean effort at Wrestlemania vs Orton he may prove to be every bit of what he claims – “the future of WWE.”

Match winner – Randy Orton via pinfall after an RKO.

Kick off show – Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (champions) vs Los Matadores vs The New Day vs The Uso’s for the WWE Tag Team Championship in a fatal 4 way match – This years kick-off match features WWE’s tag team division on display with the incredible team of Cesaro and Tyson Kidd defending their coveted tag team titles. These two have proven to be one of the best WWE combo’s in recent years and hopefully this is just the start of something special for them. Out of all the challengers in this match The Uso brothers are the best team and best candidates should Cesaro and Kidd have to drop the titles. The Uso brothers have long been overlooked and simply used as a team designed to get a team ready for their next feud and never truly given a sustained run themselves. Unfortunately The New Day gimmick does not seem to be getting over and Los Matadores are a comedy act which fans refuse to take seriously. Given the stage these guys are all on there is no doubt they will work hard and if not given enough time it should at least include enough memorable high spots to be a good match.

Match winners – Tyson Kidd and Cesaro to retain the WWE Tag Team titles.

Tags: WWE, Wrestlemania, Wrestlemania 31

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