Wrestlemania 35 Predictions


Jacob Chaimovitch, Editor

The Show of Shows is right around the corner. The annual pinnacle of WWE PPVs on April 7th is already set to be around seven-and-a-half hours long; a PPV of that length has never been successfully done before. Most titles are scheduled to be defended on the PPV and the matches that don’t have a title on the line have good storylines going into the Showcase of the Immortals. Without further ado, it’s time for the predictions of the big PPV. The only matches I won’t predict are the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and the Women’s Battle Royal since they don’t actually have any significance. Here we go.

Raw Tag Team Titles: Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder def. The Revival (c)

I’m editing my current post with this prediction because a YouTube video announcing this match official happened after this article went public. Revival vs Hawkins and Ryder. No storyline. No build at all. Just a match to get the Raw tag titles on the card. However, I have the Revival dropping the titles. The Revival have talked so much about wanting to leave WWE for poor treatment, so maybe WWE is taking the belts off them at Wrestlemania as punishment? Plus, this could be a Wrestlemania moment for Curt Hawkins, who is on an atrocious losing streak that is up in the triple digits.

Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese def. Buddy Murphy (c)

This title change should definitely happen for a few reasons. First, Murphy has had the title since early October and it’s time for some new scenery on 205 Live. Second, Tony Nese is Buddy Murphy’s…well…buddy. A match of this caliber between two wrestlers who can go above and beyond with their matches and have great chemistry between each other deserves a good match at Metlife Stadium. In turn, a title change is in order, as Nese has also deserved a title run with his workload.

Smackdown Tag Team Titles: The Usos (c) def. The Bar, Ricochet & Aleister Black, Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev

I’m actually writing this paragraph nearly an hour after this was announced on the April 2nd episode of Smackdown. A match that was somewhat thrown together at last minute to get the SD tag titles on the Wrestlemania card, the Usos now must defend against a team of two NXT call-ups, a weird friendship between two international heels, and a team of former 5-time tag champs. The Usos, with the lack of strength and variety of the Smackdown tag division, might just hold the titles forever.

Kurt Angle def. Baron Corbin

This match is dumb. Kurt Angle is set to retire after this match. He got to choose his opponent. He chose Baron Corbin. Of all the possible dream matches to choose from, like Chad Gable (who has a similar amateur wrestling background as Angle) or John Cena (who was broken into the WWE by Angle), he picked Baron Corbin, who has just been bullying him for a few months. I’m picking Angle to win this match because this is his retirement match, but expect this to be a bathroom break for many in attendance.

The Miz def. Shane McMahon

Shane McMahon has been tormenting Miz and his family since Fastlane when he turned heel. He is also still the commissioner of Smackdown, but don’t worry about that part. Miz deserves having a genuine Wrestlemania moment as a babyface after spending nearly his entire career as an annoying heel. He fits the aggressive babyface profile perfectly, and his promo on the March 26th episode of Smackdown is up there with his best promos ever. He deserves this win, badly.

Women’s Tag Team Titles: Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (c) def. Divas of Doom, Tamina & Nia Jax, IIconics

Do I think Beth Phoenix and Natalya will get a title run while they are a tag team? Yes. Will it happen at Metlife Stadium? No. It’s way too early into Beth Phoenix’s in-ring return in WWE and way too early into Sasha Banks’ and Bayley’s title run for a change of this caliber. It’ll happen eventually, but the fan favorite Boss ‘n’ Hug need a bit of a run first. This has the caliber to be an underrated match and needs to meet expectations in order to put all four teams over, even if three of them lose because all four teams will likely win the titles at some point.

United States Championship: Samoa Joe (c) def. Rey Mysterio

This also has the potential to be an entertaining match to watch. Mysterio’s son, Dominic, will be sitting ringside and Mysterio will have motivational support from him, as he has had before with Dominic at ringside. He was there when Mysterio first won the World Heavyweight Title. This match, which at first glance seemed as if it was thrown together last minute, now has emotional stakes. Mysterio could get a Wrestlemania moment with his son nearby against the bigger and stronger Samoa Joe, but Samoa Joe is exactly that: bigger and stronger. More importantly, he recently won the title and hasn’t looked back since.

Intercontinental Championship: Finn Bálor def Bobby Lashley (c)

As announced on the April 1st episode of Raw, the Demon persona is returning for a match for the first time since Summerslam. Bobby Lashley has been dominating Finn Bálor as Finn Bálor but has never seen anything like the Demon, who is undefeated in his time in WWE. Bálor’s Demon is a dominant force, a fan favorite, and will become the new Intercontinental Champion at Wrestlemania.

Triple H def. Batista (No Holds Barred)

Along with the No Holds Barred stipulation, which is basically a glorified No DQ, if HHH loses this match against The Animal, his career is over. The feud between these two WWE titans has been built perfectly, with Batista stating time and time again that he has Triple H’s number when it comes to a personal record against him. However, Triple H adding the No Holds Barred stipulation works to his advantage, as he has a very good history in matches with that stipulation. With his career on the line as well, there is no way WWE cuts this legendary career short. The Cerebral Assassin wins in a 20+ minute match against Batista.

Randy Orton def. AJ Styles

I might eat dirt for picking Orton over Styles, but I think Orton can win without burying Styles in defeat. This match really boils down to a battle over whose house it is and it has quickly become a dream match of sorts. With the potential to be the match of the night, and perhaps a Top 10 Match of 2019, these two can put on a spectacle and could both get over at the end. While AJ Styles has taken the WWE by storm since his 2016 debut, the three most dangerous letters in sports entertainment shall reign supreme. A finish from an RKO off of Styles’ Phenomenal Forearm would be amazing, and I so hope it happens.

Roman Reigns def. Drew McIntyre

It makes sense to give a win to Roman here; this is his first singles match since being rediagnosed with leukemia. Then he won. If he loses at Mania, there will be some very unhappy fans. Drew McIntyre is the perfect opponent for Roman to beat, as well. He is powerful and dominant to look good in a loss and still put Roman over with a win. The Big Dog picks up his first singles win since Summerslam in his first singles match since Summerslam.

WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston def. Daniel Bryan (c)

After 11 long years and one big push, Kingston finally wins the big one over Daniel Bryan. So much time and work that Kofi has done over the years will finally pay off. It took many many Kofimania chants though. This storyline is perfect. Building this match a la Wrestlemania XXX with Vince McMahon and WWE Champion Daniel Bryan calling Kofi Kingston a ‘B+ player’, which Bryan himself is familiar with all too much. Kingston ends up climbing the mountain and Winning at Wrestlemania 35…but there’s a catch. I’m also predicting fellow New Day member Big E to turn heel and attack Kingston as he is celebrating. If that actually happens, I might throw a party.

Universal Championship: Seth Rollins def. Brock Lesnar (c)

For the love of all things holy, please get that belt off Lesnar and slap it on Rollins. I don’t beg often, but if Lesnar wins and retains the title, I am legitimately going to be so angry in school on Monday. Rollins earned this opportunity via winning the Royal Rumble this year and he chose to face the Beast. Brock Lesnar has not had a match since this year’s Royal Rumble and, really, shows up to WWE whenever he so feels. Did I mention he has Raw’s major singles championship? And he’s a part-timer. Not ok. Hey WWE? Can you hear me? Stop throwing money at Brock Lesnar and get the belt off him. Pronto.

Unified Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch def. Ronda Rousey (c), Charlotte Flair (c)

I have already explained the storyline for this match up to the April 1st episode of Raw, so I won’t get into it. I will, however, get into the fact that Stephanie McMahon turned this match into a Winner-Take-All match, with both titles being on the line. This stipulation has made me think about who wins this match even more. I knew from the beginning that Ronda Rousey will not win because her WWE contract is set to expire after Wrestlemania and she has been vocal about not resigning and starting a family. Then, it’s between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. Lynch is the fan’s answer and Flair is WWE’s answer. Of course, the WWE wants to slap the two belts on Charlotte Flair, a dominant wrestler and a future Hall of Famer, on the Grandest Stage of Them All. But, they did mention a few months ago that they would start listening to the fans and what they want. Well, they want Lynch to win. Do the right thing, WWE.