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.
Logic would dictate that Balor will want the title he never lost and this is a rumored early big match to follow WrestleMania. Regardless of if it will be at Raw, Extreme Rules or another show down the line, Balor is owed a title shot and it is rumored to be coming soon against Lesnar. The match would be highly entertaining as The Demon battles The Beast, showcasing a great underdog against a behemoth.
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.
That tells us The Hardys will be able to appear on WWE television starting after WrestleMania. The rumors claim the duo just have to pass their physicals and WWE will welcome them back home. New Day has always been the rumored team to feud with Jeff and Matt. The Hardys trash talked The New Day on social media in hopes of convincing WWE to let them appear at the TNA special, Destination, at The Hardys compound. We may finally see them get it on with The Hardys rumored to come to WWE following WrestleMania 33.
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.
SmackDown Live is currently lacking top tag teams. American Alpha and The Usos are outstanding duos, but the other teams fail to provide similar credibility. The Revival has teased appearing on SmackDown for quite some time now. Rumors would place them at the top of the division instantly in a title feud with American Alpha to continue what they started down in NXT.
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.
The injury to Rollins just added to the character of Joe being The Destroyer. It also adds more to their personal rivalry that could help fill the void after WrestleMania. A meaningful storyline between two top level performers is desperately needed after the part-timers leave. Rollins and Joe will play a huge role on the Raw brand as WWE transitions out of WrestleMania season.
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.
The rumored breakup would see them split following WrestleMania 33. Slater has grown in popularity as a loveable underdog and Rhyno turning on him would just add more depth to his character. Rhyno is a veteran with fewer days ahead of him and Slater would benefit from overcoming his tag team partner turn on him. The spotlight on Slater will improve once he becomes a singles performer against Rhyno.
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.
NXT fans fondly remember Banks and Bayley having an amazing rivalry that helped elevate women’s wrestling in WWE with two of the best women’s matches in company history. Sasha definitely comes off more natural as a heel and the turn should come at WrestleMania or soon after. Bayley is the perfect face to compete against her and we’ll witness the positive impact that comes when the two likely facing off after WrestleMania in PPV singles matches.
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.
Dave Meltzer has reported that WWE expects to go with a Corbin versus Orton program at some point later in the year. Once Orton ends his feud with Wyatt, it would make natural sense for him to work against Corbin as one of the top heels. Corbin would benefit hugely from working against a top name and future Hall of Famer as he progresses up the card.
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.
Miz is a very shrewd wrestler that says things in advance to set up upcoming wrestling actions. Dillinger and Miz going back and forth have provided interest in the two having a match after WrestleMania 33. John Cena will be away filming another movie meaning Miz is going to be in need of a new rival. SmackDown Live would be a better option for Dillinger and an instant feud against a top heel does make sense to present him in a successful manner.
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.
Enter WWE World Champion Bray Wyatt and his need of a new opponent whenever he gets past the Randy Orton feud. Wyatt and Styles showed great chemistry in the Elimination Chamber match and a triple threat outing involving John Cena. The likelihood of Wyatt and Styles facing off by the summer is quite high, given they are among the two most successful performers on the roster that have never been involved in a feud.
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.
Strowman is the first physically imposing wrestler to pose a credible threat to Brock since his return five years ago. There’s no doubt Vince McMahon is daydreaming about this match taking place and we can expect it to happen by SummerSlam unless Strowman goes downhill. This match was rumored at one point last year before Strowman ever wrestled a singles match, but now there’s actual reasoning for it to take place.
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.
Many are speculating that Asuka will be the biggest surprise in the WrestleMania title match and she'll walk out as the SmackDown's Women’s Champion. Asuka worked with the SmackDown women at the recent Madison Square Garden live event. Surprisingly, Asuka scored the submission victory for her team. It could be a sign that Asuka will become the next SmackDown Women’s Champion and enter a feud with the current champ, Alexa Bliss.
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.
Reigns will need new opponents to compete against coming out of his feud with The Undertaker. The more credibility Joe earns will make him one of the rare wrestlers that pose a threat to Reigns and already have a win over him. The two would likely deliver a great match together if they have enough time to tell a long story. Rumors could see it happen in the summer as Raw transitions into new storylines and feuds.
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.
Wrestlers returning from injury usually face off against the person that injured them fairly quickly. Whether it's a one off match on Raw since both are faces or a long feud showcasing the real elements of the story, we'll see Rollins and Balor face off. Despite the Balor injury, they managed to pull off a good match last year and it would only get better this time around.
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.
Lesnar is going to have to face either Owens or Finn Balor shortly after WrestleMania. The styles of Owens and Lesnar make their match a better fit. Owens has spoken out about wanting to have a dream match against Brock on the big stage. Don’t be surprised if it happens as soon as April at Extreme Rules. Those two in a hardcore match would provide a memorable night.
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.