Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s Wrestlemania time and I am… so… not excited for it.
For those of us who watch pro wrestling, Wrestlemania is the end of the wrestling season… sort of. It’s the culmination of feuds and should reset the table for a new year of storylines.
Unfortunately, this year just doesn’t hold that much appeal for me. It’s a fairly lackluster card, to be honest. Not that we won’t get a few good matches out of it. The wrestlers who are on the big show are bound to put out all the stops. The problem is most of the matches don’t have the stories to back them up.
But much like every year, I will watch with a bunch of buddies and hope that I get a surprise or two and enjoy the spectacle that is Vince McMahon’s sports entertainment extravaganza.
That being said, the WWE Monday Night Raw the following night is lining up to have some interesting developments and has got my attention much more than “The Ultimate Thrill Ride”. Hell, I’m going to a bar Monday night to sit with a bunch of wrestling fans and stay up well beyond when I should probably be headed to sleep just to see who gets pulled up to the main roster and what new signees they are bringing in.
With all of that in mind, here’s quick rundown on what we can expect out of both shows.
Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Randy Orton
I think this may be a great match but the build has been very weird. Orton (the good guy) burned down Wyatt’s house in a very unprovoked move. I think Orton will go over as he’s apparently the face in this match, especially since we have a heel winning the other world title.
Goldberg (c) vs. Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman)
The story with this match is how long will they push it? I’m thinking a max of 15 minutes (maybe 20, including entrances) and Lesnar goes home with the belt as it appears that Goldberg is done with the company, at least for the foreseeable future. Of course, we’ve said that before and he ended up staying a number of months longer.
The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns
Now, in my perfect wrestling world, Roman wins by cheating (maybe with help from the Uso’s) and does a full heel turn, starting up a stable of evil heels, maybe made up of all Samoans, who bulldoze over everyone until The Rock shows up at next year’s Mania to kick his ass.
Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. Best case scenario, Taker wins. Worst case scenario, Reigns wins as a good guy and we get this sad sack babyface push for another year.
Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles
Urgh… do I have to talk about this one? Styles is being wasted and if he doesn’t go over here, I will start yelling at the t.v.
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax in a Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
This story has been slightly bungled from the word go. Only real way I see out is if Jax wins and Bayley has to chase the title fighting a woman who has previously defeated her on multiple occasions. But if you do that, what do you do with Banks and Charlotte?
Chris Jericho (c) vs. Kevin Owens
The one match I’m looking forward to on the card. This will be a solid wrestling match and I’m not sure who takes the win here. Owens makes sense from one side as Jericho is going to be away from the ring for the summer. This would be a great way to end the feud while still leaving the door open for Jericho’s return.
However, it sounds like Jericho may be around for another month. So should he keep the title and prolong the feud?
John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse
Sadly, the other best-built match is between these four people. Cena better have his working shoes on because he’s going to have to do a lot of carrying. Cena and Bella win and he proposes.
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Baron Corbin Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
I really want to look forward to this match but I can’t. With some luck, maybe they will pull off something cool. I imagine this continues Corbin’s push with a win and a belt around his waist.
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Mickie James vs. Carmella (with James Ellsworth) vs. others TBA match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
This is a coin toss. Part of me wants Asuka to be brought up from NXT and just murder the lot of them but then what do you follow that up with?
Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries
A bit of a sleep with a short build, this should be a really solid match. I think Neville will win by nefarious means and then Aries will chase him for a while.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (c) vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
Gallows and Anderson keep the belts either until the Broken Hardys come in for them or Balor comes back and reforms The Club or both.
MONDAY NIGHT RAW THE FOLLOWING NIGHT
As for RAW the next night? We’re getting some call ups. The Drifter from NXT is on his way (urgh) and maybe Shinsuke Nakamura. I’m hoping he heads to Smackdown but there is the chance he goes to RAW. The big question mark is The Hardys.
Are they coming? All signs point to probably. The bigger question is, “Will they be broken or back to normal?” I’m hoping for the former. We’ve seen the original Hardy Boys gimmick for so long. The Broken Hardys, while bizarre and absurd (I’ll be the first to admit that I thought it was stupid), gave the boys a needed fresh coat of paint. If they lose that, not quite sure if it’s worth bringing them in.
And with the rumors of the WWE looking into buying Ring of Honor, there is a lot of stuff up in the air. Will they buy ROH to shut it down? Will they run it as a separate brand? Will this deal not happen? And when, oh God when, are we getting Adam Cole in NXT?
All right, enough of my geeking out. But you, you’re more than welcome to geek out…
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!