On April 2nd, 2017, WrestleMania 33 will take place in Orlando, Florida at Camping World Stadium (better known to most as the home of College Football's Citrus Bowl). The "Sunshine State" will be welcoming WWE for the second time in five years as it played host in 2012 for WrestleMania XXVIII when it aired from Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.
With less than two months until WWE's biggest event, the card is still in the midst of forming. Moreover, with the exception of the Big Show facing off against former Los Angeles Lakers great Shaquille O'Neal, no matches are confirmed. It's every superstar's dream to headline WrestleMania in the main event. Some of WWE's current wrestlers such as John Cena and Randy Orton have previously done so, while some of WWE's current wrestlers such as Kevin Owens and AJ Styles have not.
Here, we take a look at fifteen matches that could possibly be the main event of WrestleMania 33.
15 15. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar has usually disposed of his foes with relative ease. Moreover, since leaving UFC's octagon for WWE's squared circle, the "Beast Incarnate" has looked like a wrecking ball (even when he hasn't gotten the W in his match). The likes of John Cena, Randy Orton and the Undertaker have taken especially harsh beatings at the hands of Lesnar. However, it looks like Lesnar may have met his match. Since Goldberg has returned, he's turned the tables on Lesnar; Lesnar no longer looks like a wrecking ball, instead he is the one that is being wrecked by the wrecking ball that is Goldberg. At their match at Survivor Series, Goldberg disposed of Lesnar in 96 seconds which stunned fans worldwide. In the Royal Rumble, Goldberg once again made easy work of Lesnar. What better way for Lesnar to exact revenge then in the main event against Lesnar at WrestleMania?
14 14. The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns
At fifty-one years old, The Undertaker has not aged gracefully. His performance at WWE's 2017 Royal Rumble was hard to watch as he was noticeably slower and his eliminations of wrestlers (particularly Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn) looked absolutely abysmal. It's been long rumored that WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida, would be The Undertaker's final match and one of his rumored opponents is none other then WWE's most polarizing superstar (fall back, John Cena), Roman Reigns. With Reigns possibly being the figure that takes Undertaker out once and for all, the match serves as a passing of the torch. Despite Reigns being met with much resentment from its fans, WWE is all in with Reigns and having their new golden boy ending Undertaker's career would only significantly enhance his resume further.
13 13. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
Randy Orton punched his ticket to WrestleMania by way of winning the 2017 Royal Rumble. Friction is existent within the Wyatt Family currently as long-time and original member Luke Harper hasn't exactly seen eye to eye with newest member, Randy Orton. Unfortunately for Harper, it looks like the Wyatt Family's leader, Bray Wyatt, has sided with the "Viper" and not himself. Rumor has it that Bray Wyatt is indeed set to win his first ever (and long overdue) WWE World Championship at Elimination Chamber. As a result, this would set up a title match between Orton and Wyatt. The disbanding of Orton from the Wyatt Family is only inevitable and what better place for it to finally implode then at WrestleMania for the company's most prestigious prize?
12 12. John Cena vs. Randy Orton
While it's rumored that the new sixteen-time WWE World Champion John Cena is set to drop the newly won belt at Elimination Chamber, that is simply a mere rumor at the end of the day. John Cena versus Randy Orton is a match that many fans would dread watching as it has already taken place on multiple occasions both with a championship at stake and without one being up for grabs. To make matters worse, Cena and Orton have faced off at WrestleMania. The two faced off along with Triple H in a triple threat match at WrestleMania XXIV. Despite the resistance that the majority of fans would have for this match, it would be illogical to not include it as a possible WrestleMania 33 main event.
11 11. Triple H vs. Finn Balor
January 30th, 2017 was a bittersweet day for fans of WWE. On the positive side, fans witnessed the debut of Samoa Joe. On the negative side, Seth Rollins reinjured his surgically repaired knee during an attack at the hands of Samoa Joe. As a result, Rollins availability for WrestleMania is in jeopardy. Another superstar whose availability for WrestleMania is unconfirmed is the "Demon King", Finn Balor. However, unlike Rollins, Balor wrestling on the "grandest stage of them all", looks like a better possibility then Rollins wrestling at 'Mania. Balor's return would be met with much fanfare and with Rollins possibly being out, it would be interesting to see who Balor targets as he never really feuded with anyone else during his short time on the main roster. Why not start with the man that is accredited as being the brain behind NXT, Triple H?
10 10. AJ Styles vs. John Cena
At the 2017 Royal Rumble PPV, John Cena and AJ Styles put on an instant classic that will undoubtedly be up for match of the year honors. In just over twenty-four minutes, Cena defeated Styles and put an end to his four plus month reign as WWE World Champion. As a result, Cena not only became a sixteen-time WWE Champion, but he exacted revenge on Styles who had defeated him prior at SummerSlam in 2016. Styles is owed a rematch to regain his title and it isn't exactly happening at Smackdown's next PPV, Elimination Chamber. Instead, Styles will be facing off against five other competitors (including Cena). If Cena retains, Styles should get an opportunity to go up against the "Leader of the CeNation" at WrestleMania 33 in a rubber match between the two to headline the show.
9 9. John Cena vs. The Undertaker
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you're aware that John Cena has long been rumored to face off against 'Taker in his final match at WrestleMania. The WWE can play this feud out with a number of angles. For one, 'Taker can defeat Cena and leave his newly won WWE World Championship in the ring as he says sayonara to WWE once and for all. On the other hand, Cena could defeat 'Taker and 'Taker can go out on his back like all the greats do (CC: Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels). The match sells itself as one of the Attitude Era's most significant players (and one of its last remaining active wrestlers) faces off against the face of the Ruthless Aggression Era.
8 8. Triple H vs. Seth Rollins
On August 29th, 2016, Kevin Owens won the WWE Universal Championship that had been vacated the week prior as a result of Finn Balor suffering a shoulder injury that had forced him to the sidelines. But, Owens didn't win the belt without an assist. Furthermore, Owens received an assist from WWE COO Triple H who delivered a pedigree on his former "Plan B", Seth Rollins. As a result, a feud between Rollins and Triple H was all but confirmed and it was expected that it would finally culminate at WrestleMania. On January 28th, 2017, this was further confirmed when Rollins hijacked WWE NXT TakeOver: Houston, and called out Triple H. However, now with Rollins having injured his knee two days later, this matchup may have to be postponed. Nonetheless, as of now, it is unknown as to how long Rollins will be out which means this matchup can still possibly main event WrestleMania.
7 7. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
The current WWE World Champion is John Cena; the winner of the 2017 Royal Rumble is Randy Orton; the winner of 2017's Elimination Chamber matchup for the WWE World Championship is rumored to be Bray Wyatt. See why this matchup could logically headline WrestleMania? Cena would undoubtedly be owed a rematch upon losing his title. Orton has already stamped his ticket to WrestleMania by way of winning the 2017 Royal Rumble. Wyatt would finally get his rightful opportunity to headline WrestleMania not only in its marquee matchup, but as the company's champion in the marquee matchup. Headlines such as can Cena surpass Ric Flair's sixteen reigns with his seventeenth reign and the partnership between Orton and Wyatt finally implodes could dominate the headlines for the match.
6 6. Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
Similar to Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt, the partnership between Canadian best friends Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens is unquestionably reaching its course. The two have been paired together for close to half a year now and friction has been teased between the two in the past despite the two seeming to be on the same page as of now. One of Jericho and Owens biggest foils during Owens reign has been Roman Reigns (no pun intended). Not to forget, Jericho took Reigns United States Championship from him in a triple threat match with Owens. In addition, Reigns last faced off against Owens at Royal Rumble where Owens received an unexpected, but appreciated assist from Braun Strowman who laid waste to Reigns. This enabled Owens to retain his WWE Universal Championship. The three have history; but, having Jericho and Owens as foes and not friends adds another element to the feud which could be placed at the forefront of WrestleMania in the main event.
5 5. Brock Lesnar vs. Kevin Owens
In September of 2016, Kevin Owens appeared on ESPN's Off the Top Rope segment with former WWE employee (and the butt of many of the Rock's jokes), Jonathan Coachman. In the segment, "the Coach" asked Owens who he'd like to face-off against at WrestleMania 33. Without holding back Owens replied, "I want Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. It's as simple as that". Owens seems to have gotten his wish as he will be facing off against Lesnar; however, it will be at a WWE live event prior to WrestleMania in March. So, while Owens gets to face off against an opponent of his that he's likely long dreamt of facing, it isn't at WWE's biggest events. On the surface, it isn't unfathomable for Owens to defeat Lesnar which would make this a compelling main event for WrestleMania.
4 4. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Bray Wyatt
With John Cena having to put up his WWE World Championship against five different competitors at Elimination Chamber, a number of storylines can not only be furthered but put together. For one, Wyatt has been long rumored to come out as the victor at Elimination Chamber which would almost assuredly make him WWE's World Champion by the time WrestleMania comes around. Randy Orton has already garnered his spot in the title match by way of winning the 2017 Royal Rumble. AJ Styles still hasn't and likely won't be getting a one-on-one against the man who defeated him for his title, John Cena. Cena, if he does indeed drop the belt can play up how he had to face-off against a number of competitors. As a result, Cena, Orton and Styles all have a case to vie for the WWE World Championship? Why not have the four face each other in a fatal four way to headline WrestleMania?
3 3. Goldberg vs. The Undertaker
At the 2017 Royal Rumble, the seeds were planted for a Goldberg and Undertaker feud when Undertaker added Goldberg to his elimination total amount. Prior to halting Goldberg's momentum, Goldberg had just taken out the likes of Brock Lesnar, Rusev and Luke Harper which helped him look impressively strong. Despite this, Goldberg only lasted in the ring for 03:21 as 'Taker did away with him rather quickly. Goldberg has looked like an unstoppable force ever since he returned to WWE in October of 2016. The lone blemish on Goldberg's resume since his return is 'Taker disposing of him at the Royal Rumble. Goldberg has to have redemption on his mind and facing off against Undertaker in the main event at WrestleMania provides for the perfect opportunity for him to do so.
2 2. Samoa Joe vs. Triple H
With Seth Rollins presumably out of WrestleMania, and Samoa Joe being the man behind Rollins missing the event, a match between Samoa Joe and Triple H seems as nonsensical a feud as their can be. However, if WWE plays their cards right this could be a very intriguing storyline. For one, WWE can play up the fact that Samoa Joe was promised x, y and z by Triple H if he were to take out Rollins. Now, Joe has abided by Triple H's guidelines. However, Triple H could renege on his promise(s). As a result, Samoa Joe goes on a rampage and starts causing havoc on Raw by interfering in matches similar to how he did in NXT so he could get a match against Shinsuke Nakamura. In essence, Samoa Joe could fill Rollins void in a way that no one could or would've expected. By main eventing 'Mania, Samoa Joe is solidified as one of WWE's premier players.
1 1. Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho
Despite being heels, both Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens garner one of the largest pops within WWE today. Winnipeg, Manitoba's Jericho and Marieville, Quebec's Owens have enjoyed great success together as Jericho is nearing one month as United States Champion and Owens has just recently surpassed the five month mark as being the Universal Champion. However, while the partnership has been enjoyable for fans and has been successful for the two, all good things must come to an end. The two have quarrelled in the past and events over which they disagreed on in the past can be rehashed in order to develop the feud. Facing off at WrestleMania could be the perfect end for their partnership and the two could showcase why they're better foes as opposed to friends in the main event.
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