WWE WrestleMania 33 might not always be the best pay-per-view of the year, but it’s always the biggest in terms of size and scope.
Here is a look at Sunday’s match card, according to WWE WrestleMania 33 :
- Neville vs. Austin Aries (Cruiserweight Championship)
- Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
- Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Ladder Match
- Alexa Bliss vs. every available female talent (SD Women’s Championship)
- Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin (Intercontinental Championship)
- Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens (U.S. Championship)
- Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax vs. Charlotte (Raw Women’s Championship)
- AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon
- Nikki Bella and John Cena vs. Maryse and The Miz
- Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
- The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns
- Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship)
- Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar (Universal Championship)
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Q: Who are you expecting to be a surprise challenger for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 33?
EB: Naomi. Much like Seth Rollins, she suffered a knee injury that forced her to the sidelines just ahead of WrestleMania. Like Rollins, I expect her to return just in time to have her WrestleMania moment. Little has been made of her recovery and rehabilitation. Nor has she undergone surgery. Her low-key role on the Road to WrestleMania makes her a prime candidate to surprise fans and pop up in time to regain her title. But she will not.
WrestleMania 33 Match Prediction: Alexa Bliss.
AM: A lot of people are assuming Asuka is a lock, but if WWE wants to swerve everyone by having her retain her title at NXT TakeOver: Orlando, another option is Tamina Snuka. She’s been waiting in the wings for a while, and since Raw has Nia Jax, SmackDown could use her as a dominant heel in their women’s division. An outsider’s chance would be Kelly Kelly, although she seems more like a Raw fit.
Match Prediction: Alexa Bliss retains.
KB: If anyone is going to make a surprise entrance, it would be best she is not a one-off but an addition to the roster, which needs more bodies. Therefore, an appearance by Asuka would be the ideal way to add a new top face to the division. She’s been wrestling at another level in NXT and would instantly dominate SmackDown. Matches with Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James are all enticing possibilities.
Match Prediction: Naomi recaptures the SmackDown Women’s Championship, pinning Bliss.
RD: Lita. It would be great fun to see her back in action again. It’d also boost her foes to tangle with her. Like Mickie James, Lita is a bridge to the better parts of past women’s divisions.
Match Prediction: Naomi wins back the title.
(CM) : Asuka. Having her come in and clean house out of nowhere would be a great way to bring up the woman who has been unstoppable in NXT.
Match Prediction: Mickie James.
John Cena and Nikki Bella vs The Miz and Maryse
Q: Can this mixed tag team match live up to its tremendous build, or will the match itself be an ultimate letdown?
EB: The match itself will benefit from fun spots and interactions between John Cena and The Miz, but anyone expecting a show-stealing performance is fooling themselves. The build has been great, the crowd will be hot and it will be entertaining. Anything beyond that will be a genuine surprise. In either direction.
WrestleMania 33 Match Prediction: John Cena and Nikki Bella.
AM: When you name Al Roker as a special guest announcer, it’s hard to expect this match to be on par with The Undertaker against Shawn Michaels. This will be a glorified squash match, and nothing more. If you want to see The Miz and Maryse get their comeuppance, you’ll enjoy it. But if you’re looking for a classic wrestling match, it will definitely be a letdown.
Match Prediction: John Cena and Nikki Bella win. Guaranteed.
KB: Cena and Miz have been wrestling at the highest levels of their careers lately, and I can see them taking it to the next step at WrestleMania. Unfortunately, the matchup of Nikki and Maryse is less enticing and will likely pull both men down. There is no way this can match up to the build because that was the best going into ‘Mania.
Match Prediction: Cena and Nikki gain a confident certain victory.
RD: It’s going to be difficult. The mic work between these enemies has been red-hot. The Total Bellas spoofs have been first-rate. The match, though, may not get a ton of time with all the title matches also on the card. And mixed tags are rarely any good.
Match Prediction: Cena and Bella win. Cena proposes.
CM: Cena and Miz are both great in the ring, and Nikki has made big strides since she returned last summer, but Maryse hasn’t been in a real match in years. If they can keep her involvement minimal, it should be a lot of fun.
Match Prediction: Cena and Nikki win, and Cena proposes.
Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg (WWE Universal Championship)
OddsShark lists Brock Lesnar as an overwhelming favorite (-5000) to defeat Goldberg and claim the WWE Universal Championship. Considering how unstoppable WWE has booked Goldberg since his return, what must the company do to justify a Lesnar win?
EB: I am not sure WWE has to justify a Brock Lesnar win at all. For the handful of times he has been manhandled by Goldberg, he is still very much The Beast Incarnate. If anything, this feels like Lesnar’s story. What happens when the typically dominant force of nature comes up against someone he cannot toss around the ring? What happens when he faces adversity? We will find out Sunday. Something tells me, though, that fans will not suddenly find fault with the most protected badass of the past five years suddenly rising to the occasion and taking the Universal Championship.
WrestleMania 33 Match Prediction: Brock Lesnar.
AM: I would go so far as to say there’s no justification needed. From a kayfabe perspective, Goldberg is a class above Lesnar, and this should be a quick squash in Goldberg’s favor. From a fan’s perspective, I see no value in taking such a fresh belt that has undergone so much controversy already and putting it on someone who won’t defend it again until the end of August. WWE clearly valued adding the Universal Championship to this match as the main event above any and all consequences or alternative options, and since those officials are the ones calling the shots, that must have felt like justification enough.
Match Prediction: Goldberg hangs it up after losing the title to Lesnar.
KB: It was KO who explained the fundamental flaw of Goldberg: endurance. Goldberg defeated Lesnar in quick fashion and did the same against Owens. If Lesnar can survive the early flurry, he could show he has the advantage over Goldberg as the match progresses. As long as this match is more than a couple of suplexes and an F5, Lesnar’s victory should come off as natural—especially if he cheats.
Match Prediction: Lesnar finally finds victory over Goldberg.
RD: The story has to make sense. Maybe Goldberg makes some key mistakes and Lesnar pounces on him. Maybe Goldberg suffers a storyline injury that Lesnar exploits. It’s going to be hard to satisfy a crowd already so down on this match either way, however.
Match Prediction: Lesnar wins a short one.
(CM): It has to make Lesnar look smart. His biggest downfall has been rushing at Goldberg and being caught with a Spear. If he looks like someone who has studied his opponent, everything will turn out fine.
Match Prediction: Brock Lesnar.
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt (WWE Championship)
Q: Can Bray Wyatt overcome another pay-per-view loss, especially a title match in a headlining spot at WrestleMania?
EB: Bray Wyatt can overcome the loss if he can maintain his momentum. If he comes out of a WrestleMania loss angrier and more vengeful and dangerous than before, the loss is essentially erased. If he goes back to the middle of the pack, losing more big matches than he wins without any character growth or evolution, his most recent push has been meaningless.
WrestleMania 33 Match Prediction: Bray Wyatt.
AM: After all the blunders he had with losing steam throughout the years, he still managed to find himself in a position where WWE gave him the championship and set up the Royal Rumble winner to be his opponent, so despite those problems, he must still have his supporters. Another loss at WrestleMania certainly wouldn’t help, but those same people who pitched this title match to begin with will probably continue to support him going forward to help counteract that loss.
Match Prediction: Randy Orton becomes the new WWE champion.
KB: Wyatt will lose many more times in his career, including at WrestleMania, but this is his first WWE Championship reign. He must retain to solidify that if WWE has any hope of making him a top star on SmackDown. Orton has lost at ‘Mania in major matches before and can take the loss in stride as long as the contest is great. This must be Wyatt’s night.
Match Prediction: Wyatt proves his power, even without Sister Abigail, with a sudden emphatic victory.
RD: WWE can’t go that route. Wyatt will have worked with top names at WrestleMania but will have no wins to show for it. He already has a reputation for failing in big spots. The company would be foolish to perpetuate that.
Match Prediction: Wyatt retains.
(CM): He could if he had to, but I am not so sure he has to worry about it. Everyone is assuming Orton will win, which is why I think WWE will go in a different direction and have Wyatt retain with the help of a returning Erick Rowan.
Match Prediction: Bray Wyatt.
Source : http://bleacherreport.com/