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WrestleMania 36 Predictions

Shaun Pond gives his predictions for WrestleMania 36

You want a spectacle? You want excitement? Well boy oh boy, are you in for a disappointment. 

The plan was initially for the Showcase of the Immortals to hail from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. There was going to be a pirate theme and everything. Now there won’t be a single fan in attendance as COVID-19 has ravaged the world and forced the WWE to move proceedings to the Performance Centre. 

Another fun caveat of the disease is that the card has changed so many times by this point that no one can truly be sure what the plan is for the two-night extravaganza. 

All you can do is settle in for roughly eight hours of filler interspliced with a few potentially great matches. Here’s who is most likely to be walking out victorious from them. 

Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins 

One of the few matches to have a real story behind it, this actually could be an exciting clash. Ideally, it’ll kick off the first night of action and get the housebound audience into things right off the bat. 

Rollins has spent the last few months being a quasi-Jesus character, leading his usually less-than-wise men against Owens, Samoa Joe, and others. Owens, in turn, has been channelling his inner Stone Cold to do battle via the medium of the Stunner. 

Expect these two talented wrestlers to tear the tiny house down in what should be the blowoff to the feud. Kevin Owens makes the most sense to win and start the night with a feel good babyface victory. 

Prediction – Kevin Owens

Elias vs. King Corbin

King Corbin literally tried to murder Elias on Smackdown so naturally the consequences for his actions are to face his foe on the not very grand at all stage of Wrestlemania 36. 

There isn’t much to say about this match. Corbin seems to be liked by management when he’s not up against Reigns, and Elias never wins so this one goes to Corbin. 

Prediction – King Corbin

Women’s Tag Team Championship Match – Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. The Kabuki Warriors (c)

To be completely honest, I don’t remember there being any build to this match. That could be that my quarantine addled brain has let the memory fade away at an alarming rate, or it could be because the WWE hasn’t built to most of the matches on the card. 

In any case, there is no good reason to switch the titles back onto the ever-entertaining team of Cross and Bliss. The Kabuki Warriors can do so much more if given a spotlight with the belts, as the proved against Charlotte and Becky, so let’s keep them there for a while longer. 

Predictions – The Kabuki Warriors

Raw Women’s Championship Match – Shayna Baszler vs. Becky Lynch (c)

In a complete 180 from the previous match, this one has plenty of build behind it and is assured to be worth watching. 

Shayna has been a terrifying force since coming to the main roster, and long before that. Becky has been the Queen of the division for a year now and sadly her cool factor has run out. 

It’s time for a change and there is no one better suited to turn the division on its head than the most believable badass it’s ever had. 

If WWE are smart, they will have Shayna put Becky to sleep in as violent a manner as possible. 

 Prediction – Shayna Baszler

Intercontinental Championship Match – Daniel Bryan vs. Sami Zayn (c)

Bizarrely, Drew Gulak won this opportunity for Bryan by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura. You’d have thought such a big win would propel him into the title picture but instead here we are. 

Sarcasm aside, there is no world in which these two premier performers don’t put on an absolute killer of a match. It may be a little out of the blue, but it should serve to solidify Zayn as champion whilst likely adding fuel to the fire burning between him and his stable mates and Bryan and Gulak. 

Zayn is the right pick to win in order to set up a Gulak victory further down the line. 

Prediction – Sami Zayn

Ladder Match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships – The Usos vs. The New Day vs. John Morrison and The Miz (c)

With The Miz currently ill, this isn’t going to be the advertised match after all. However, WWE haven’t confirmed what the replacement match is going to be so we’ll go with this for the purposes of predicting the event. 

Whatever alternative version of this contest we do get, I don’t see a title change taking place so soon after the champs won the gold. I do expect to thoroughly enjoy this match regardless. 

Prediction – John Morrison and The Miz

Firefly FunHouse Match – “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena

Ever since losing to ‘Oldberg’, Wyatt has lost much of the lustre that his new character once had. Still, he is the most compelling non-NXT character that WWE has. 

Cena is the biggest star of the last two decades and the man who destroyed Wyatt’s aura the first time around. If that doesn’t happen again then there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be fantastic. 

Due to the pre-taped nature of the event, there is some real scope for insanity befitting of Wyatt that simply cannot be achieved on a live broadcast. If they take advantage of that then this will be one to remember one way or another. 

There is only one acceptable outcome though, Wyatt has to win. 

Prediction – Bray Wyatt

Universal Championship Match – Braun Strowman vs. Goldberg (c)

Spinning out of that last entry, this is where Goldberg has ended up after taking the title from Wyatt in controversial fashion in Saudi Arabia. 

The plan was originally for Roman Reigns to challenge Goldberg for the title, but he is self-isolating for very understandable reasons. Due to this, WWE had to scramble and find a somewhat compelling opponent for a man who should just retire. Enter Braun Strowman. 

Let’s not beat around the bush; this is going to be quick and most likely really bad. Neither man is a workhorse and seeing Goldberg try to Jackhammer the monstrous Strowman is going to be painful. 

Goldberg will win so that Reigns can eventually get his win. 

Prediction – Goldberg

Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler

What men will do for the love of a good woman borders on insanity. Of course, only the pure-hearted Otis is actually interested in love, Dolph is just a jackass. 

In all likelihood, this will be a very mediocre match. Dolph is a hell of a worker but Otis is a bit of comic relief and nothing more. He’s likeable and over, sure, but he isn’t going to be putting out a must watch performance. 

Tucker, Bobby Roode, and Fire and Desire and bound to get involved before all is said and done. The smart money is on Otis to win and get his girl, but I think Dolph is going to pull off an upset with the help of Sonya. 

Prediction – Dolph Ziggler

Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley

I have no idea why this match is happening. Neither do the WWE. 

Keep it short and give Aleister the win via a thunderous Black Mass. 

Prediction – Aleister Black

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match – Naomi vs. Lacey Evans vs. Tamina vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley (c)

Smackdown’s women have been so thoroughly neglected that all the brand could think to do was to throw five women together for what is sure to be a mess of a title match. 

Bayley has been an okay champion, but this is her time to finally lose the gold to someone more interesting. 

Sasha could be a good choice as there is a built-in story between her and Bayley just waiting to be told. More likely is that they will go with the recently returned Naomi for a big win. She deserves it and could lead the division in a new direction, something that it sorely needs. 

Prediction – Naomi

Raw Tag Team Championship Match – Angel Garza and Austin Theory vs. The Street Profits (c)

Why oh why aren’t the challengers a proper team? I get that Andrade picked up and injury and had to be replaced at the last minute but surely this should have been a battle between the Profits and The Viking Raiders?

There would have been a story there stemming from their time in NXT. The match would have been insanely good too. 

Still, this contest should be worth a watch as all four men are talented performers. This also marks Austin Theory’s first Wrestlemania, so that’s a nice moment for the youngster. He won’t win though, because handing the titles to a totally random non-team is insane.

Predictions – The Street Profits

Boneyard Match – The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles

This match will answer the age-old question; Just what in the hell is a Boneyard Match? My assumption is that it’s a more PG rebranding of the classic Buried Alive Match, but it could easily be something completely out of left field. 

In any case, the build is there for this to be a somewhat meaningful battle. The Undertaker promised to combat the OC with his own unholy trinity, so it’ll be intriguing to know just who that is. Probably Kane but who else?

If anyone can bring out the best in the aging ‘Taker at this point then it is surely Styles. 

Some are likely pointing to this as the Deadman’s last stand, but don’t be so hasty. Survivor Series marks 30 years of him in the WWE so that is the more meaningful place for his career to be laid to rest. 

If that is to be the case, then he should pick up the win here over AJ Styles. 

Prediction – The Undertaker

NXT Women’s Championship Match – Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley (c)

Charlotte is the most decorated woman in the history of the business and is looking to add another notch to her belt. Rhea is the next big thing and knows that taking out the reigning Queen is her way to superstardom. This is going to be good. 

Both women can bring it when put in big match situations. The question is, who makes more sense as the face of NXT’s women’s division going forwards? For my money, the answer to that is Rhea. She’s fresh and there is plenty of mileage left in her feud with Bianca Belair. Giving her the win would elevate her stock through the roof and help boost NXT in general. 

Charlotte can absorb any loss at this stage so there’s no reason to protect her. Although a move to NXT would give her some exciting new talent to work with, so it wouldn’t be the worst thing. 

Prediction – Rhea Ripley

Last Man Standing Match – Edge vs. Randy Orton

If you want to see a match on this card that is fuelled by the kind of hatred that creates instant classics, then look no further than this one right here. 

Since returning to the ring in the most shocking moment this year thus far, Edge has been on fire in the promo department, so much so that he has also brought The Viper back to life. With these two firing on all cylinders, this is guaranteed to steal the show. 

Whilst Orton winning would be the ultimate swerve, there is nothing in the build that suggests that happening. Edge is going to get the popular win to set him up for a new feud in a couple of months.

Prediction – Edge

WWE Championship Match – Drew McIntyre vs. Brock Lesnar (c)

Since winning the Royal Rumble, Drew has been going from strength to strength as he strides towards the biggest match of his career opposite Brock Lesnar. 

For years Brock has been positioned as the final boss of the WWE and no one who’s defeated him has stayed at the top for too long. The WWE needs someone who can take him out and remain popular in the aftermath. Drew is that guy. 

He’s big, intense, and entertaining. The perfect World Champion. 

This is going to be an ugly brawl that will end with one empathic Claymore Kick and a crowning moment for the Scottish Psychopath.

Prediction – Drew McIntyre 

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