WrestleMania 35 is LIVE from New York this Sunday! Well, New Jersey… but New York has that special ring to it. After a long year, the Super Bowl of professional wrestling has finally come, and fans all across the world are gearing up for The Grandest Stage of Them All. We here at Fox Sports Knoxville will be just five of the millions of crazy fans tuning in for all seven hours this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on the WWE Network. Need a quick reminder on where all the matches are heading into the show? We are here for you.
I (RB) am joined by Jon Reed of Talk Sports (JR), Brandon Orrick of The Drive (BO), Tanner Carson of Overtime (TC), and Trey Wallace of It’s Optional (TW) as we predict the winners of WrestleMania! Follow along, and add to the conversation as you like!
Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch (RAW and SmackDown Women’s Titles)
At WrestleMania 35, the women will be headlining the Grandest Stage of Them All for the first time in the companies history. In a winner take all situation, both the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships will be up for grabs as The Baddest Woman on the Planet, The Queen, and The MAN will surely tear the house, and each other, down in hopes of glory. We’ve seen pull apart fights, match interferences, suspensions, screwjobs, and police intervention on the long road here: and now, its time for an all out brawl.
Becky Lynch: RB, TC, TW, JR
Charlotte Flair: BO
Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins (WWE Universal Championship)
Another year, another Brock Lesnar title defense. After winning the 2019 Royal Rumble, Seth Rollins now has the opportunity to avenge friend and Shield-mate, Roman Reigns, in reclaiming the Universal Championship and bring it back to Monday Night RAW on a weekly basis. The buildup to this feud has been extremely poor (to put it nicely), but nonetheless, the match should be a hard hitting sprint. Will Vince continue with his infamous formula of Lesnar winning at Mania’s, or will a unanimous babyface finally scale the mountaintop and secure the title?
Lesnar: RB, JR, TW
Rollins: TC, BO
The New Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston (WWE Championship)
Kofi Kingston has made us all believers, and in the most unexpected fashion, has plastered his name on the logo itself. Ladies and gentlemen, KofiMania has arrived.
Daniel Bryan has been the WWE Champion since his original heel turn in late 2018, and has been absolutely magnificent. As Harvey Dent said in The Dark Knight, “You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Bryan has lived long enough that he is now in the exact opposite spot as he was in 2014. Backed by his New Day brothers, Kingston is mirroring Bryan’s rise to the top, the fans pouring in by the masses in support, partly thanks to sensational performances from Big E and Xavier Woods . All signs point to Kingston finally getting one up on Vince McMahon, and being crowned the new WWE Champion.
Kingston: RB, TC, TW, JR
Triple H vs. Batista (No Holds Barred, Triple H Must Retire If He Loses)
Triple H is fighting for his career, Batista is fighting for one last chance to prove that he was, is, and has always been better than Triple H. What more could you want? This has all the makings of being a perfect nostalgic nod, while also over-performing as a wrestling match in itself.
Triple H: RB, BO, JR
Batista: TC, TW
Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)
After coming back to the WWE in Oct. 2018, the legendary Rey Mysterio hasn’t really had a meaningful title opportunity/feud yet. While the feud isn’t entirely there, Mysterio is looking to find his first championship win since the 44-year-old came back to the WWE. Look for Mysterio’s son, Dominick, to potentially play a role in the match, as he has made appearances on SmackDown as of late
Samoa Joe: RB, TC, BO, JR
John Cena (Potential Match Change): TW
Bobby Lashley vs “The Demon” Finn Balor (Intercontinental Championship)
The Demon makes his annual WrestleMania return, because apparently Finn needs the undefeated entity to beat Lashley to win his Intercontinental Championship back. Or, should I say, The Demon makes his yearly appearance because Vince doesn’t know how to book it otherwise. Regardless, after flipping the title back and forth, a definitive ending should be present come Sunday night.
Finn Balor: RB, TC, JR, TW, BO
The Usos vs. The Bar vs. Richochet & Alestier Black vs. Rusev & Nakamura (SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
The WWE has not shown a lot of care and treatment for their tag team divisions, so this match has no story at all. Nonetheless, there’s eight incredible performers in the ring that should provide for a whirlwind of a 10-15 minute match. Also of note, Ricochet and Black will also be competing for the NXT Tag Titles Friday night, so be on the lookout for them to potentially be on the quest for both titles.
The Usos: RB, JR, BO
Ricochet & Black: TC
Rusev & Nakamura: TW
The Revival vs. Curt Hawkins & Zach Ryder (RAW Tag Team Championship)
See above analysis. This proves WWE really doesn’t care about their tag division. Similar to SmackDown, the champions are an incredible duo, and the challengers are very underrated due to lack of TV time. I am baffled this is the match they chose, but lets see if WWE ends the 0-269 losing streak gimmick of Hawkins and crowns new champions.
The Revival: RB, JR
Hawkins & Ryder: TC, TW, BO
Boss N’ Hug Connection vs. The IIconics vs. The Divas of Doom vs. Nia Jax & Tamina (Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Look! Another tag team championship match, another Fatal 4-Way to get as many teams on as possible. Bayley and Sasha, being the inaugural champions, look for their second title defense as they take on their previous challengers, a nostalgic tag team (including Beth Pheonix, of all people!), and a comedy tag team. Lets move this forward and start a real story, please!
Boss N’ Hug Connection: RB, BO
IIconics: JR, TC, TW
AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
Two veterans go after each other in the ring, with two very different paths. Will the longtime WWE standout or the sensational Indie star hold the keys to SmackDown by the end of the match?
Orton: RB, TC, TW, JR, BO
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (Falls Count Anywhere)
There are a lot of horrible feuds and storylines in this WrestleMania, but this match is not one of them. Dating all the way back to the Greatest Royal Rumble, through the coronation of tag team championship they won, and now the heel turn by Shane. This has been built wonderfully, and should be exciting
The Miz: RB, TC, BO
Shane O Mac: JR, TW
Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin (Angle’s Farewell Match)
I guess this makes sense story-wise, but it is absolutely inexcusable for Angle’s last match to be against Corbin. Save us, Cena.
Angle: TC, TW, JR, BO
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and Women’s Battle Royal
Mustafa Ali: RB
Braun Strowman: JR, BO, TW
Lacey Evans: RB, JR, TC
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