WrestleMania 33 has just wrapped up, and just like we’ve seen in the past, Vince McMahon knows how to pull a rabbit out of the hat and make these cards exciting and enjoyable to watch, or better than what most fans are expecting. Hopefully by this time next year, McMahon is past his stubborn ways, and gives the fans what they want to see: a wrestling card with the best performers in the world going all out to entertain, and although it may be an incredibly long card, that is something that won’t change.
This card has a few minor changes to the WrestleMania matches that we’ve become accustomed too over the last few years, and there may be few performers who currently aren’t on the main roster, but I feel like this is a card that could be entertaining from top to bottom, and rather than be a showcase of WWE’s biggest and oldest names, but a wrestling card worthy of the name WrestleMania.
(Note: This is more of a fantasy booking rather than a prediction, as WWE often likes to play it safe and use older stars and leave off the matches that true, hardcore fans want to see).
15. Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe
This is a match that fans have wanted ever since Brock returned to the WWE in 2012, and although the company might be eager to push this bout as soon as possible, it would truly be a great spectacle if they could hold off and host this battle at the Showcase of the Immortals. The story could be told simply, and if Lesnar put the same amount of effort into this one as he did against the likes of Roman Reigns, John Cena and the Undertaker (opposed to his match at WrestleMania 32 with Dean Ambrose), it could be quite a significant ‘passing of the torch’ moment. It will be a hard hitting affair, and no matter the outcome, pushing a guy like Brock to the limit will do wonders for the career of Joe, who is already showing what a fantastic performer he is in his short time on the main roster.
14. The Revival (c) vs. Enzo and Cass – RAW Tag Team Titles
This match has happened on a few WWE Network shows already, and the bouts were getting better and better, and the two have fantastic chemistry. This is something that should be explored on a greater stage, and there is no greater stage in wrestling history than WrestleMania. We have just seen Enzo & Cass’ first appearance at WrestleMania, but there will still be major electricity in the huge crowd, and with the best tag team heels in the game, this could be the best tag team match in the event’s history. With the fans completely invested in both teams, they could tell an amazing story, and hopefully this will finally help the majority see that The Revival truly are the best tag team in the wrestling industry today.
13. Men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match: Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman vs. Dolph Ziggler
The Money in the Bank match has been given its own pay-per-view in recent years, but the over saturation of gimmick matches need to stop, and the return to its roots for this ladder match would be best, and that’s WrestleMania. This is a much more effective way to make use of the performers than the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal, and it would still have its very important place on the card featuring many high-class performers. Theoretically at least five of the men in this match have a chance to be a World Champion, and this would give WrestleMania the “anything can happen” feeling of carnage and excitement that the Show of Shows once had.
12. Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley (c) – SmackDown Women’s Championship
When the brand split was announced in 2016, fans were worried that there weren’t enough stars in the women’s division to hold separate rosters, but one of the performers who has stepped her game up immensely is Alexa Bliss, and she has been the shining star in a fantastic women’s division on SmackDown so far. But at some point, the divisions need shaking up, and that will happen late in 2017, and one of those changes should be Bayley heading to SmackDown. There will be many great bouts for her, but none better than Alexa Bliss, who is the polar opposite to Bayley. This is a classic good vs. evil battle, and these could no doubt be a fantastic series of matches akin to Bayley vs. Sasha Banks in NXT, and would elevate the status of both performers.
11. Austin Aries vs. Cesaro (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kassius Ohno – United States Championship
The United States Championship has been overlooked at most pay-per-views for the longest time now, and if WWE can begin to treat it correctly over the next 12 months, then a match with four performers the caliber of these guys could easily steal the biggest show on WWE’s calendar. The fans expect Cesaro to be a World Champion in WWE, but most of us have given up on the idea due to Vince McMahon’s stubborn ways, so having him elevate the quality of the United States title would be just as good. This match could steal the show, as all four of these men have worked together before, and the fast paced dynamic of the match will get the fans on the edge of their seats.
10. Seth Rollins vs. Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle is being inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame, and the WWE seems hesitant to bring him back in a wrestling capacity, but once the fans see Kurt back with the company, they will beg to get the Olympic Gold Medalist back in the ring at least one more time. There are many high-profile matches for Angle to compete in at WrestleMania 34, but only one that would be perfect to carry him to a classic, amazing Kurt Angle match, and that’s a match against Seth Rollins. This would ideally be the final match in the illustrious career of Angle, and like a true veteran, he would do the right thing and put over Rollins, who is one of the brightest stars the WWE has had in years, and it will solidify him as quite possibly the best in ring performer in wrestling history.
9. Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match: Charlotte vs. Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Mickie James vs. Emma vs. Nia Jax vs. Naomi
Speaking of the Money in the Bank ladder match, the women in WWE over the past year have had a steel cage match, a Hell in a Cell match and even a tables match, leaving the ladder match next, so why not give them their own Money in the Bank briefcase? This would allow the two title matches to become traditional one-on-one matches, while getting most of the other women on the card involved, and it would raise the stakes in the women’s division to a completely new high. The women have been up to the task every time the stakes have been raised, so the WWE should have confidence in putting seven of the most talented women in the world in such a risky match.
8. Ricochet vs. Neville (c) – WWE Cruiserweight Championship
From an in-ring perspective, this match would no doubt steal the show, as these men can do things that few men in the world can do, and the sight of Ricochet in a WWE ring would make this match feel as special as the Cruiserweight division should feel. The self-proclaimed King of the Cruiserweights battling King Ricochet would be a bout of athleticism that is unmatched in the wrestling world, and it would be the ideal match to open the card, as you would get the crowd completely fired up. After more than a year of Neville as Cruiserweight champ, it would be safe to give Ricochet the victory, but even for a Cruiserweight title bout, this would feel like a battle of two titans of wrestling.
7. John Cena (c) vs. Finn Balor – WWE Universal Championship
After Finn Balor won the first ever Universal Championship, he was cemented as a main event performer, but to be considered a huge star, a WrestleMania victory needs to happen, and who better to get a great match out of and have a credible, career-defining victory against than the potential 17-time World Champion at that time, John Cena? This would have a big match feel that is lacking a lot of the time when young stars are involved, and could elevate Finn Balor to the level that internet fans see him at. Furthermore, the “Demon” entrance at WrestleMania would no doubt be breathtaking. With Cena going part- time, this would be a great way to end his 17th world title reign, as well as putting over a younger star (though not much younger, as Balor is now 35) whose back the company will be carried on for the near future.
6. DIY vs. The Club vs. American Alpha (c) – SmackDown Tag Team Titles
Since NXT’s inception, the tag team division has been a real highlight, and two of the brightest teams to come from that system are Chad Gable and Jason Jordan of American Alpha, and DIY, which consists of Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. Still, their paths never crossed while in developmental. That will change in 2018 after DIY and the Club (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) are drafted to SmackDown, and it will all come to a head when the three teams battle for blue brand supremacy at the biggest show of the year. This match would blend three fantastic styles together, and if it’s given the right amount of time, this could be a defining match for a division that has been struggling mightily for some years now.
5. Sasha Banks (c) vs. Becky Lynch – RAW Women’s Championship
After eight months of the brand split, we have seen Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte far too many times, and no doubt after her impending heel turn and rivalry with Bayley happens, we will need to see the women’s divisions switched and freshened up. The one person from the Four Horsewomen that we haven’t seen Sasha feud with is the only logical choice for her next WrestleMania bout. While both performers are incredible inside the ring, and have a logical history that could be explored some more, it would be the first one-on-one women’s match at the Show of Shows for quite some time. This match may not steal the show like the women’s match at WrestleMania 32, but in comparison to the past decade, this match will again continue to build on the legacy that the current women are building for themselves in the WWE.
4. Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz (c) – Intercontinental Championship
Bray Wyatt is one of the most interesting and enjoyable characters in the WWE, but the company just doesn’t seem interested in getting completely behind him, because he bizarrely lost his WWE Championship to Randy Orton, just a month after he won it for the first time (way to get behind new stars WWE). While it would be good to see him in the World Title picture, the WWE don’t seem to be interested (and we’ve got a few ideas for the main event at this event already), so pushing him in the midcard as a true cult leader could be a way to slowly give the character credibility. That may dishearten some fans, but the Miz has been doing the best work of his career, and the two would create an intriguing storyline that would no doubt be one of Smackdown’s best matches. Unfortunately for Wyatt, he would again come up short, as the WWE seems intent on keeping both men out of the title picture. Still, with the work the Miz is doing lately, he just seems the logical choice to go over in what would be a very intriguing bout.
3. The Broken Hardys vs. The New Day
Matt and Jeff made a huge return at WrestleMania 33, winning the Raw Tag Team titles in a chaotic ladder match, and the fans got completely behind them, due to nostalgia and their increased popularity with the Broken gimmick. However, it looks like the company will be eager to capitalize on the nostalgia for now, as they are going to be playing the old Hardys, but once their legal battle with Impact Wrestling is done, they will no doubt look to introduce the Broken Brilliance full-time to the WWE Universe. Once that happens, there is only one team they should battle on the biggest stage, and that’s the New Day, as this would be an opportunity to create magical promos and a unique bout on the industries grandest stage. The Hardys may not be together at this point, but there are numerous fresh bouts for the team to have over the next year, so this would be a great way to finally give the New Day a big WrestleMania win, and it would lead to the split of the Hardys (which would return Jeff to his old self while only ‘breaking’ Matt even more).
2. AJ Styles vs. Kenny Omega
In two straight WrestleManias, AJ Styles has had underwhelming feuds with Chris Jericho and Shane McMahon (despite an entertaining opener with Shane), and it’s time for the best wrestler in the world to have a truly show-stealing match and feud, and with Kenny Omega looming large on the horizon (he has spoken about his desire to face AJ at WrestleMania and his New Japan contract will be up before ‘Mania 34), it’s time to pull the trigger. Despite both being leaders for Bullet Club in Japan, the two never crossed paths, and with the in-ring talent the pair have, this would have the potential to be one of the greatest WrestleMania matches of all time. This may be the most unlikely bout on the card, as we are unsure if Omega would ever leave Japan, but if it did happen, it would be an incredible bout of athleticism, wrestling and fantastic storytelling.
1. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Roman Reigns (c) – WWE Championship
Now I know that the mere mention of Roman Reigns heading into the main event of yet another WrestleMania as the WWE Champion might annoy some people, but that will be the purpose of the character as a heel in this match, as WWE has the chance to create a MEGA star in Shinsuke Nakamura. As the top dog on SmackDown, Reigns would be ruling the roost and be running out of contenders, until the charismatic King of Strong Style steps up to finally ascend his throne at the top of SmackDown. The mere sight of an extravagant Nakamura entrance at WrestleMania will make the event worth it on it’s own, but the experience of Nakamura will carry Reigns to a fantastic match, one worthy of the main event of the biggest show of the year, and will give WWE by far its biggest babyface.
Winner and new WWE Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura
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