WrestleMania predictions in their most unique form, just like this WrestleMania itself!
WrestleMania is upon us, and soon the time for talking will be over. The event has been moved, scrutinized, and analyzed more than any other, but we’re here. In the meantime, let’s do just a little more! In this feature, we take a look at each match from two very important angles: Who should win? And who will win?
SHOULD and WIN are the two most important words in this equation. WrestleMania sets the table for the wrestling year. “Should” means WWE got it right, at least in my opinion. “Will” is what the company is most likely to do, based on prior precedent and forward looking projections.
Note: If you’re new to me, you will discover this is an acquired taste. I am purely authentic in my opinions, and I don’t try to be purposely controversial or contrarian. I call it like I see it. I bring over 13 years of experience to the table, including experience in the business that continues today. Love ’em or hate ’em, my takes from a good place.
There are 16 matches on this WrestleMania card, carrying varying amounts of importance. You’ll get picks for each–but that level of analysis will vary. You’ll get it for each match, but you’ll get more where it counts.
Now then, let’s have at it!
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WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. Brock Lesnar (c)
Who Should Win: Drew McIntyre
Who Will Win: Drew McIntyre
If Drew McIntyre doesn’t win the 2020 Royal Rumble, this could look different. But the math here is simple. You don’t have Drew McIntyre eliminate Brock Lesnar AND win the Royal Rumble match (last eliminating Roman Reigns of all people) if you don’t plan to see this through. Having Drew lose would kill any momentum he has, and he has a ton.
NXT Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley (c)
Who Should Win: Rhea Ripley
Who Will Win: Charlotte Flair
Rhea Ripley is young, exciting, and ready for her spotlight. She’s a fantastic NXT Champion, but that reign is just getting started. She’s got “the future” written all over her. Charlotte Flair, on the other hand, is a verified legend already. Ripley walking out with the championship is a great idea, but that’s not where the money is. The money is in Charlotte winning the championship, flaunting it on both Raw and NXT, and WWE building to a rematch where Rhea wins it back. LOLCHARLOTTEWINS
Last Man Standing – Edge vs. Randy Orton
Who Should Win: Edge
Who Will Win: Edge
You don’t bring Edge back after 9 years just to have him lose his return match. If this was against someone who needed the rub, I might look at it differently. This is one match that changes a little for me since it’s not in front of 75,000 fans in a football stadium. But Randy Orton loses nothing in a loss, and I don’t see money in Edge doubting himself and working his way back up.