WrestleMania 33 is fast approaching and we're already aware of the majority of the matches on the card. Many fans are disappointed with WrestleMania this year considering how many talents are being wasted. One positive thing to come for those upset with WWE’s current direction is the change that comes following WrestleMania. The night after ‘Mania creates a new shift, with it unofficially signifying the seasons changing in WWE. Storylines typically culminate at WrestleMania leading to feuds reaching their end. WWE adds to that with the latest trend of debuting new stars or bringing back returning stars after WrestleMania season ends.
This year will be no different with the brand split creating more opportunities and potential to shake things up. Quite a few rumors, stories and educated guesses are floating around regarding what will happen in WWE in the months following WrestleMania. The spring and summer often feature interesting changes with younger talents getting a chance to shine after the part-timers depart. We'll take a look at some expected and likely feuds, along with some more surprising matches that will come in the upcoming months. These are fifteen potential matches that are rumored to take place after over the next few months following WrestleMania 33.
15 Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor
The assumed WrestleMania 33 title change would see Brock Lesnar defeat Goldberg to become the WWE Universal Champion. Finn Balor has finally been cleared to compete after being forced to vacate the title back at SummerSlam. Fans at live events in early March were treated to Balor's return and he appears healthy enough to perform full-time again.
14 The New Day vs. The Hardys
Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy have left TNA and are on the free agent market. It was guge news when The Hardys defeated The Young Bucks to win the ROH Tag Team Championships. Matt claimed they signed a contract with Ring of Honor but all reports claim it wasn’t true and they were only booked heading into WrestleMania weekend.
13 The Revival vs. American Alpha
Another tag team that could make a shocking appearance after WrestleMania 33 on the main roster is The Revival. Fans of NXT can attest to Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder being one of the best overall tag teams in the world right now. The Revival had a tremendous feud in NXT against American Alpha before the latter were called up to the SmackDown Live roster due to the brand split.
12 Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
One rumored match that may be obvious is Seth Rollins against Samoa Joe. Joe's debut saw him demolish Rollins enough to injure him. Luckily, Rollins is still scheduled to be ready for WrestleMania 33 for his huge match against Triple H. This erased the planned Fastlane match between Joe and Rollins. WWE is expected to continue this path after Rollins has his match on the big stage with Triple H.
11 Rhyno vs. Heath Slater
Not many people will think twice about the rumors of Rhyno and Heath Slater breaking up, but it does have interesting potential. The tag team was once charming but it has lost its luster. WWE teased breaking them up after they lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championships a few months ago. Those plans ended as we approached WrestleMania season and there wasn’t enough time to tell the story.
10 Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
The Raw Women’s Championship match heading into WrestleMania 33 will feature Bayley defending the title against Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair. Fans are expecting Banks to turn heel and stab her best friend in the back. The story appears to be slowly showing signs of Banks as a heel to set up a feud with Bayley.
9 Baron Corbin vs. Randy Orton
WWE strongly believes in the potential of Baron Corbin to become a future World Champion. Corbin continues to improve and is one of the standout talents on SmackDown Live. One wrestler that would provide a natural fit to oppose Corbin from the face side is Randy Orton. The two have never faced off and Orton is seeing his popularity return to a high level after turning on Bray Wyatt.
8 The Miz vs. Tye Dillinger
Tye Dillinger has been in developmental longer than anyone else and has started to reach peak popularity. His “perfect ten” gimmick connects with fans enough to have the number “10” chanted when referees are counting. Rumors of Dillinger’s call-up to the main roster have been in the news for quite some time. This grew when The Miz engaged in a social media argument with Dillinger.
7 Bray Wyatt vs. A.J. Styles
A.J. Styles is the top heel performer on SmackDown Live, but gets arguably the biggest fan ovation on every show. Fans love Styles because he is a must-watch wrestler that leaves it all in the ring every single time. That has created the rumor that A.J. will turn back into a face character to appease a crowd that already loves him.
6 Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman
A match that makes a lot of sense and is getting hot on the rumor mill would see Brock Lesnar face off against Braun Strowman at some point in the very near future. Strowman has gotten over as an athletic monster of a man, while Lesnar will need new opponents after getting past Goldberg at WrestleMania 33.
5 Asuka vs. Alexa Bliss
The WrestleMania 33 match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship is scheduled to feature an unknown number of female wrestlers in the match. Alexa Bliss is defending against every woman on the roster, meaning we’ll see the typical names and some surprises. Asuka’s dominance in NXT as an undefeated badass has allowed her to become a relevant star before even debuting on the main roster.
4 Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns
Do you ever notice that those wrestlers to score a victory over Roman Reigns usually lose it back shortly after? Samoa Joe’s first match on Raw saw him score a win over Reigns thanks to outside interference. This was definitely to set up something down the line between both wrestlers of Samoan heritage. Joe is being built up as a dominant heel set to destroy anyone in his path.
3 Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins
The injury to Finn Balor that kept him out of action for over six months and forced him to relinquish the WWE Universal Championship took place via the hands of Seth Rollins. It was a huge story at the time with Bret Hart and many others questioning the safety of Rollins as a wrestler. This could play into the eventual Rollins against Balor rematch that will have to happen at some point.
2 Kevin Owens vs. Brock Lesnar
Kevin Owens recently revealed on Raw that he has a rematch for the Universal Championship any time he wants it. Brock Lesnar is expected to become the next Universal Champion when he defeats Goldberg at WrestleMania 33. Owens and Lesnar recently faced off in a short match at a New York City show to test their chemistry. It's only fitting that rumors are circulating about the two having a big match soon.
1 Shinsuke Nakamura vs. A.J. Styles
Anyone who watches one of his matches can tell Shinsuke Nakamura is ready for the main roster. Nakamura possesses more charisma than just about anyone else on the main roster. The social media war of words between Nakamura and A.J. Styles was rather interesting as it happened out of the blue. Nakmaura is bound to make it to the big stage sooner than later and many are expecting it at the Raw or Smackdown Live show after WrestleMania.
Nakamura's talent is a better fit for SmackDown Live where the talents are booked to their strengths and avoids their weaknesses. There are also the ties of Nakamura being a close friend of Daniel Bryan that would have it all make sense. Styles and Nakamura have a history going back to Japan and the match would create a new fresh feud for SmackDown as they transition out of WrestleMania season with new beginnings.
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