It’s one thing for a professional wrestler to be on the card during a WrestleMania event. It’s a completely separate occasion to be in the main event on the grandest stage of all sports entertainment. It’s what everyone who puts on wrestling gear and trains for years wishes to accomplish. The possibility of one day wrestling in front of nearly 100,000 WWE fans is what compels wrestlers to drive hours for shows with only 100 or less fans.
It is likely that every WWE Superstar currently on the main roster has the same type of goal on the minds of those currently on the NXT roster and those who are training at the WWE Performance Center. Regardless of how many times someone is in a main event championship match, the desire to do better the next year will always be there.
It might be a little early to attempt to predict what the WWE might do for the next five WrestleMania main events. However, there’s nothing wrong with thinking up some dream matches that could involve superstars who might hang up their wrestling boots soon. There is also a new wave of talents who have started making impacts in the WWE and more in NXT waiting for their chance to be called up.
There’s a chance some of these won’t happen, just like there’s a chance all or none could happen. But part of the fun is thinking about potential dream matches that would get the fans excited. Main events for WrestleMania are meant to feel special and have that one-of-a-kind moment.
The following list attempts to predict the match-ups for the main events at the next five WrestleManias, as well as the winners of those match-ups.
15 WrestleMania 33 – The Undertaker
Soon enough, The Undertaker is going to hang up his wrestling boots permanently. If we’re going to be honest, there are not really a lot of reasons to keep having him come out for a WrestleMania match if the streak is done. That undefeated winning streak of WrestleMania matches that started in 1991 against Jimmy Snuka was ended by Brock Lesnar in 2014. However, that wasn’t the end of The Undertaker’s run in the WWE since he faced Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 31 and then Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 32.
14 WrestleMania 33 – John Cena
There might be some debate as to whether Brock Lesnar was the right man to end the streak. That’s not going to change what happened. We can only look forward to the future and what would make sense if The Undertaker is going to compete in his last WWE WrestleMania match. If it is going to be slated for Wrestlemania 33 in 2017, then the right choice would have to be the 15-time World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena.
13 WM 33 Winner – John Cena
While Cena has received his fair share of criticism in the past, his in-ring abilities have improved in rivalries that feature Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins and AJ Styles. With his career likely winding down as well, Cena is going to pull out all of the stops in being able to put on a five-star match in what could be The Undertaker’s final match in the WWE. Considering the pedigree of both men, the WWE would definitely put a match-up like this at the top of a WrestleMania card.
12 WrestleMania 34 – Roman Reigns
The WWE tried to make Roman Reigns the main guy, but the fans rejected him. Similar to John Cena, Reigns has definitely made some improvements in the ring and is slowly becoming a very reliable talent on the main roster. The problem with his push is that the fans felt there were others who were more deserving. It might explain why he is currently in a feud with Rusev for the United States Championship and maybe the WWE wants to let the fans get behind him on their own.
11 WrestleMania 34 – John Cena
By this time in 2018, John Cena may have won championship gold and tied Ric Flair's record of 16. There’s also a chance that maybe the WWE realizes that having two separate heavyweight championships wasn’t such a good idea in the first place. Let’s say that Cena is still representing the blue brand of SmackDown and Reigns is still the main guy on the RAW roster. There is a good chance that the WWE is going to have Reigns hold the WWE Universal Championship and Cena hold the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
10 WrestleMania 34 Winner – Roman Reigns
The writing is on the wall that John Cena might not have a lot left in his tank. It is beneficial for him to take extended breaks from the ring to do different projects outside of the WWE. He’s about to take more time from WWE television to film the next season of American Grit. Don’t be surprised if Cena is contacted to do more reality competitions or other television programs. He’s already slowly becoming the next version of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, although not on the same box office level.
9 WrestleMania 35 – Samoa Joe
It’s only a matter of time before Samoa Joe is called up from NXT to the WWE main roster. In fact, he will likely get a call up within the next few months before the end of 2016. If that’s the case, the WWE has a chance to really have something special with the Samoan Submission Machine. However, they can’t rush him into the championship picture right away. While it is true that he is one of the older members of the NXT brand, he probably has a few good years to have some five-star matches on the WWE’s main roster.
8 WrestleMania 35 – Brock Lesnar
By the time WrestleMania 35 rolls around, the former NCAA, WWE and UFC heavyweight champion is likely going to be nearing the end of his WWE run. He’s also going to have built up a laundry list of victories over some of the WWE’s best of both the past and the new generation of WWE superstars. Lesnar will have truly developed himself as being the unstoppable monster, which could be the big story of WrestleMania 35.
7 WrestleMania 35 Winner – Samoa Joe
A match-up between Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar would have the makings of an instant classic. Both have ties to the world of mixed martial arts with Lesnar having won the UFC Heavyweight Championship in between his two runs in the WWE. Joe is an accomplished technician who has obviously trained in different styles to find a unique combination of strikes and submissions that would have a few slams sprinkled in the move set.
6 WrestleMania 36 – Finn Balor
The injury that Finn Balor suffered during this year’s SummerSlam had the most unfortunate timing imaginable. The WWE obviously had big plans for the Demon King by having him become the first WWE Universal Champion and defeating Seth Rollins. The shoulder injury threw several wrenches into that plan and will keep Balor away for several months. This means that the WWE will have to wait to give him a main event push again.
5 WrestleMania 36 – Shinsuke Nakamura
WrestleMania is an event that has attracted fans from all over the world and it would be a great idea to have superstars who have sold out large arenas around the world do the same in the WWE. As Balor will have become a top guy at this point in the WWE, fans would love to see a rematch from a July episode of NXT. Shinsuke Nakamura is likely going to make the jump from NXT Champion to the WWE main roster in about a year or so.
4 WrestleMania 36 Winner – Shinsuke Nakamura
The two are going to be a big hit in front of the WWE Universe and a matchup between the two is truly worth being the main event of WrestleMania 36. Both superstars were already big hits within New Japan Pro Wrestling and have had their legendary careers translated into being WWE superstars that quickly rose to the top of the main roster. Both are going to utilize their striking arsenal for one of the best striking matches we’ve seen in a long time.
3 WrestleMania 37 – Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens is someone who has truly shown the WWE Universe that he can put together a five-star match with just about anyone. He’s given himself the nickname of “The Prizefighter” with big wins that include defeating John Cena on his first night since being called up from NXT – while holding the NXT Championship. And while Owens hasn’t had that big win as of this writing, he will likely hold championship gold within the next five years.
2 WrestleMania 37 – Sami Zayn
The WWE fans have enjoyed watching an underdog story that has inspired future generations of WWE superstars. With the success the WWE had with Daniel Bryan defying the odds to invade the WrestleMania XXX main event and win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Sami Zayn has the potential to bring some of that magic to the main event of WrestleMania 37. But this would be a different set of circumstances, starting with Zayn getting the win at the Royal Rumble to earn his spot in the match to challenge Owens.
1 WrestleMania 37 Winner – Sami Zayn
These two have gone to war all over the world and the one thing that is for sure is the two will always be able to outdo their last encounter. Hopefully, the WWE will have waited until this point to have them wrestle eachother. Otherwise, the feud would not feel as special as it would having these former friends and now rivals face off for what will have likely been established as the top prize in the WWE – the WWE Universal Championship.
On top of that storyline, it would only be fitting to have Owens and Zayn square off in a ladder match for the championship belt. They know each other well enough to help execute what could be one of the best ladder matches in WWE history and can rival many of the ladder spots fans think of when they hear WrestleMania.
Zayn will likely get the win for largest potential pop from the fans, who will be the true winners since they will get to see this match live.
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