2018 is here and WWE will be bringing us another year of wrestling entertainment. There are many rumors going around. A new year for WWE means more than the calendar changing. WWE’s most exciting time of the year is here with the Royal Rumble in a few weeks. Royal Rumble also means that we are on the road to WrestleMania for the biggest wrestling show of the year. WWE adding a women’s Royal Rumble match for the first time will make it even more fascinating going forward. Fans are already speculating regarding some of the biggest matches we will see this year.
Like with any other year, there are some rumors that seem like they will clearly happen with nothing realistic being able to prevent it from happening. Other rumors or fan theories will be crushed with plans changing or it never even being a plan at all. We will look at both sides regarding potential matches to go down in 2018. Both the matches that fans need to prepare for and those that won’t happen will be examined here along with why for each case. These are eight rumored WWE matches you should expect in 2018 and seven that won’t take place before the year ends.
15 Expect: A.J. Styles vs. Shinskuke Nakamura
One fascinating A.J. Styles match we'll be able to see in 2018 is Styles facing off with Shinsuke Nakmaura. Both men were top stars in New Japan before coming over to WWE at the same time. Styles and Nakamura had one singles match against each other in NJPW and it was a classic. Various interviews have seen A.J. reveal that he is trying to talk Vince McMahon into having a Styles/Nakamura match at WrestleMania.
14 Won’t Take Place: Triple H vs. Braun Strowman
WWE teased the idea of Triple H facing Braun Strowman at the end of Survivor Series. Triple H tagged into the main event match at the expense of Strowman and conned him regarding his plan. Strowman then beat the hell out of him after the match. It seemed apparent that Triple H and Strowman was the match in the card for Royal Rumble or WrestleMania this year.
That plan may already be out of the window as WWE has stopped referencing any interaction between them. Strowman is back focused on the Universal Championship and Triple H is off television. The match was an odd pair on paper and the lack of interest likely caused WWE to ditch the plans. Both men would be better off with other opponents.
13 Expect: Batista vs. John Cena
The return of Batista seems more likely with each piece to the story breaking. Batista revealed on Jim Ross’ podcast that he wanted to return for one final WWE run working all live events in addition to television and PPV. The interview gave us the details that Batista was already in talks with WWE about a return. WrestleMania takes place a month before Batista is in the next Avengers film making it a dream scenario for WWE.
12 Won’t Take Place: John Cena vs. The Undertaker
The other rumored potential opponent for John Cena at WrestleMania 34 is The Undertaker. Despite Undertaker implying his retirement last year, many pundits believe he will be the choice to face Cena in the big match WWE is planning for the event. Undertaker looked dreadful in the ring last year and any other wrestler would have been mocked for their performance in the main event.
11 Expect: Demon Finn Balor vs. Kane
Kane’s return to WWE in recent months has led to a few negatives for the current Superstars. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Braun Strowman and Jason Jordan have been the targets of Kane, but Finn Balor has felt his wrath the most. Kane has destroyed Balor multiple times with ease including the night after Finn defeated A.J. Styles in a dream match.
10 Won’t Take Place: Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor
Another Finn Balor match that has been rumored for quite some time is his rematch against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Balor has yet to receive a rematch for the title he never lost. Vince McMahon is reportedly souring on Balor and that is the reason WWE changed plans of having Finn challenge Brock at Royal Rumble. However, the WWE plan has Lesnar going into WrestleMania 34 as champ meaning Balor would lose.
9 Expect: Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt On Hardy Compound
Matt Hardy is finally getting to showcase the character that helped him become the hottest thing in wrestling outside of WWE. Most of 2017 featured him playing the nostalgic act of the Hardy Boyz tag team fans remembered from the 2000s. Matt finally adopted the Woken/Broken gimmick at the end of the year to enter a feud with Bray Wyatt.
8 Won’t Take Place: Four Horsewomen vs. Four Horsewomen
The rumored match between the MMA Four Horsewomen and WWE Four Horsewomen has been discussed for about a year now. Ronda Rousey has reportedly been training to wrestle for WWE ever since the Mae Young Classic. During the MYC, WWE filmed a segment where the Four Horsewomen of each side got into a verbal dispute before challenging each other to a match.
7 Expect: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose’s injury taking him off WWE television means he'll likely miss WrestleMania 34 and be out for quite some time. WWE claims Ambrose will miss nine months of action, but most reports have suggested that is more of an angle to surprise fans when he is back. We'll most likely see Ambrose return at some point in the middle of 2018.
6 Won’t Take Place: John Cena vs. Jinder Mahal
A match that has been rumored for many months to take place in 2018 is John Cena versus Jinder Mahal. It was originally reported that Mahal was going to go into WrestleMania 34 as WWE Champion to have a show down with Cena looking to win his record-breaking 17th World Title. WWE apparently changed plans when A.J. Styles defeated Mahal to win the WWE Championship in November.
5 Expect: Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa
The biggest NXT feud of the year is one that never really got going last year. Tommaso Ciampa turned on Johnny Gargano in heartbreaking fashion for one of the most memorable moments of 2017. The end of the tag team set up a tremendous feud. Unfortunately, Ciampa suffered an injury in the team’s final match together against the Authors of Pain in a ladder match.
4 Won’t Take Place: A.J. Styles vs. Seth Rollins
A.J. Styles against Seth Rollins is a dream match many fans have desired since Styles signed with WWE in 2016. The fact that they have been on separate brands since the draft is the biggest reason we have yet to see them face off. A unique situation allowed us to witness the dream match of Styles facing Finn Balor in 2017 and some fans are hoping the same will happen for a Styles/Rollins match.
3 Expect: Triple H vs. Kurt Angle
Triple H’s likely next match will be against Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 34. This has been the rumored plan ever since Angle took over the General Manager position on Raw working for Stephanie McMahon. Triple H hit Angle with the Pedigree during their Survivor Series match to con Shane. Angle didn’t appreciate being attacked and manipulated by his teammate leading to an interaction between the two the next night. This implied there would be more battles between them down the road.
2 Won’t Take Place: Daniel Bryan vs. Shane McMahon
SmackDown’s storyline with Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon being at odds over Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn has many fans wondering what the future holds. Bryan encountered light physical contact during the Clash of Champions match where he worked as a special referee. It has led to a few pundits believing Bryan will be cleared to wrestle for WWE this year and Shane will be his first opponent.
1 Expect: Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar
The one match that will not change no matter what happens is Brock Lesnar defending the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34. Vince McMahon has been planning this match since the end of 2016 with the desire of giving Reigns another major moment as the face of the company. There were rumors of the match taking place at SummerSlam 2017, but the decision was made to stay with the WrestleMania date.
No one on the Raw roster had any chance to dethrone Lesnar despite both Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman having strong momentum at different points. McMahon desperately wants to have a WrestleMania end with Reigns ending a dominant Lesnar title reign. This is his dream match despite many fans wanting any other option. There’s no Seth Rollins with a Money in the Bank briefcase to save us this time.
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