The Rope Break #36: WrestleMania 34 Predictions

By Curtis Suthard – 8/7/2018

So after months of build up, hype, moaning and groaning, WrestleMania 34 is right around the corner. Sure, we seem to be getting a few easily predictable matches with the likes of Reigns VS. Lesnar, for instance. But, surprisingly to me at least, I find myself really excited at the unpredictability of most of the matches on the card. So let’s take a quick (and I do mean quick) look at each match and my picks to win.

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Women’s Battle Royale: Normally, I’d run down most of the list of participants and give my reasons why they won’t be winning, until I finally settle on my personal pick to win. But, not this time. We’ve got too much to cover. Instead, I’ll just give you the two women who I believe are most likely to win this thing and why I’m going with one of them. Bayley easily deserves this win. She hasn’t been on any sort of streak lately and could really use this victory to help boost her momentum as well as help fuel her feud with Sasha Banks. But…Banks could also use this win, especially if it’s done by eliminating Bayley in a particularly heelish way, and use this to propel their feud even further. Though, I could always continue to yell into my “Anger Pillow” by picking Becky Lynch and being forced to sit through yet another loss.

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My Pick: Sasha Banks

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Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale: Continuing on by getting straight to the point: Baron Corbin could use the win here. Not only would that give him some of that much needed momentum back, that was stolen away from him last year, but it would also be cool to see a first ever two-time winner. Though, I give Corbin a fair chance of winning this one, my money is ultimately on Matt Hardy. Ultimate Deletion was really fun and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a “Woken” Bray Wyatt return (or even, possibly Brother Nero) and help Matt steal the win.

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My Pick: Matt Hardy

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Cedric Alexander VS. Mustafa Ali (Cruiserweight Championship): I’m still slacking a bit on my 205 Live watching, but I am really stoked for this match. I’ve been crowing about Alexander for a long while now and have constantly complained that he hasn’t gotten the Cruiserweight title, let alone even have an opportunity to wrestle for it. So, I’m even shocking myself now that it’s finally happening, at WrestleMania no less, and I find myself rooting for Mustafa Ali. Ali has shown that he has everything that it takes to be the Cruiserweight champ and the guy impresses me more and more each match that he has. I firmly believe that Alexander deserves the title. But, I also firmly believe that he’ll get it sooner or later as long as he keeps working at the level that he is at. Plus, it would give Cedric a chance to go the heel route, something he’s pretty good at.

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My Pick: Mustafa Ali

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The Bar VS. Braun Strowman & Mystery Partner (RAW Tag Team Championships)Big Show, Big Cass, John Cena, An NXT Call Up, Bray Wyatt, Elias, Dean Ambrose, Bobby Lashley, and my personal favorite, Neville, have all been rumored at being Strowman’s Mystery Partner for this match. Heck, even Hulk Hogan’s name is being thrown around the inter-webs. All of this speculation has really made this match one of the more exciting matches of the night. Are we bound to be let down? Probably. Could we get a goofy partner, like James Ellsworth, returning for one night? That would be fun, but would sort of spoil a bit of the excitement and almost certainly give The Bar the win. Hopefully, we’ll get a somewhat more satisfying surprise. Fingers crossed for Neville!

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My Pick: Brain Strowman & Mystery Partner

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The New Day VS. The Bludgeon Brothers VS. The Usos (Smackdown Tag Team Championships): I was hoping for a Ladder Match, but as long as the Usos and The New Day are involved (not to mention, Luke Harper, a favorite of mine) I’m in. But a Triple Threat Tag Match, between these three teams, still has the potential to steal the show. Any of the teams really stand an equal chance of winning this. The New Day winning would get them back on track within SmackDown’s Tag Division. The Bludgeon Bros. getting the win would really help these guys build some momentum and frimly place them at the top of the heap, establishing them as a solid, Monster heel Tag Team. But, having the Usos score a victory at WrestleMania would be fitting as these guys have proven themselves to be THE top Tag Team in professional wrestling today. I am extremely excited for this match.

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My Pick: The Usos

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Rusev VS. Jinder Mahal VS. Bobby Roode VS. Randy Orton (Fatal 4-Way for the Untied States Championship): Oh boy, I don’t really need to spend too much time on this one, do I? For me, it really comes down to three of the competitors. Yes, I’m quickly eliminating Orton from scoring the win, as I’m pretty sure that the persistent rumors of him wanting time off following ‘Mania, are probably true. I could easily see Roode getting the title back and I’m sure that he will. Just not here. Jinder stands a solid chance, in my mind, as this win would give him a title once more and help keep him from sinking back down the roster. But…none of that matters because I am admittedly biased here and I have a feeling that Sunday, will be a fantastic Rusev Day!

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My Pick: Rusev

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Finn Balor VS. Seth Rollins VS. The Miz (WWE Intercontinental Championship): I love the Miz and everything that he has been doing over the last few years. He’s easily the best heel in WWE today. He’s been a decent Intercontinental Champ. But, I don’t see the guy leaving with the title. For me, this match really comes down between Balor and Rollins, who I believe will build a solid feud from the outcome of this one, that could easily last throughout the rest of this year. I could also see (and secretly wish for) Balor to turn a bit heel, as he excels at it and the WWE Universe at large has never really gotten a taste of a real nasty Prince Devitt. Rollins stands an incredibly good chance of winning this one and securing the IC title, yet another championship for his record. But, I’m going with Balor. Not out of sheer favoritism, but in the hope that it would give me, as a fan, that WWE hasn’t almost entirely written this guy off. At any rate, this match is one of those ones that has the potential to steal the show.

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My Pick: Finn Balor

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Nia Jax VS. Alexa Bliss (RAW Women’s Championship): About a month ago, I gushed over just how great Nia Jax has gotten after her match with Asuka at Elimination Chamber. Nia has improved in leaps and bounds and is primed to be at the top of RAW, or even Smackdown’s, Women’s Division some day. I just don’t think that WrestleMania 34 will be that day. Alexa has cemented herself as the top heel, if not the top Women’s performer on RAW, and I just don’t see Nia dethroning her just yet. I wouldn’t really be shocked if WWE decides to pull the trigger on Nia, but not at ‘Mania. Alexa’s walking out, still the Champ.

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My Pick: Alexa Bliss

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Asuka VS. Charlotte (Smackdown Women’s Championship): Nearly every match that Asuka’s involved in, I dismiss it as a lock for the Empress. This time, I’m not so sure. Charlotte may stand a decent chance at scoring a win and giving Asuka her first defeat in WWE, but I think that the real shock may come after the match is over. I’m pretty sure that we’ll see Asuka crowned as the new Smackdown Women’s Champ. The real question is not if, but when will Carmella cash in her Money in the Bank briefcase. Carmella could not only become the Smackdown Women’s Champ, but she could also serve up Asuka’s first real defeat. Imagine the heat that’d draw for her.

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My Pick: Asuka

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Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon VS. Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens: Daniel Bryan’s return to the ring is nothing short of wonderful and has really helped elevate the level of anticipation and excitement for the whole of WrestleMania. But, I’m predicting that this may not be the happy return that everyone is expecting. I don’t think that Zayn & Owens will simply beat Shane & Daniel, in order to keep their jobs, but I think that they’ll have some help in doing so. Either Shane will turn on Bryan (likely) or Bryan will turn on Shane (which would be awesome, though it might not make a ton of sense). Though, if I’m wrong and Bryan & Shane somehow score a win, I’m fine with that. Just getting Daniel Bryan back in a WWE ring (or any wrestling ring, honestly) is worth it.

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My Pick: Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens

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Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle VS. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H: This one will be short and sweet: Ronda Rousey makes her debut and wins. Period. This doesn’t end any other way. It’ll be fun to see Angle and Hunter go at it a bit. But, I’m sure it’ll devolve into to older wrestlers sweating bullets and moving at half speed sooner rather than later. Still, the nostalgia factor will be turned up to eleven. I’m sure Rousey will do a good job, with Stephanie playing her part as the bad girl that we all want to see get her comeuppance very well. This should be a fun, if not relatively short one with a very predictable ending.

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My Pick: Rousey & Angle

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Shinsuke Nakamura VS. A.J. Styles (WWE Championship): Who would have imagined, just a few years ago, that not only would we get to see these two men getting the spotlight and competing at WrestleMania, but also competing for the WWE Championship. Let’s just take a moment to let that soak in a bit….Now with that out of the way, I’ll admit that this match hasn’t had the build up that I was hoping for, but it has been getting plenty of attention and rightly so. Nakamura stands primed to win this, which would serve as an amazing WrestleMania moment in and of itself. But, I firmly believe that this match as a whole, will likely go down as massive WrestleMania moment.

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My Pick: Shinsuke Nakamura

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Roman Reigns VS. Brock Lesnar (WWE Universal Championship): So, I’m not going to waste a whole lot of time going over this one. It seems more than likely that Roman Reigns will walk away with the win and the WWE Universal Championship. I don’t think that there are too many people out there who would disagree with me on this. So…that is that.

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My Pick: Roman Reigns

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John Cena VS. The Undertaker: The biggest question leading into WrestleMania 34 is: Will this match even happen. I have a feeling that this may all turn out to be less an actual match and more of an in-between two matches segment/beat down. And…if that is the case I’m sure that ‘Taker will show up, throw a beating Cena’s way and walk (or ride off) into the sunset. Though, IF it does turn out to be an actual match, I am willing to fall back on the old, written in stone adage, “Cena Wins”.

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My Pick: (If This Happens) John Cena

 

So there you have it, my picks for the winners at WrestleMania 34. No matter whether I am right or horribly wrong, I know one thing for certain, this show is going to have some fantastic moments and matches. How could it not, with this lineup? Be sure to check back here for my reviews on both WrestleMania 34 as well as NXT Takeover: New Orleans. If for some reason you would like an additional auditory treat, then have I got a surprise for you! My fellow Nerd Nation Radio ambassadors sat down and recording a special edition of the Nerd Nation Radio Podcast, The Rope Break WrestleMania 34 Special, where Jack (a casual wrestling fan), Gene (not really a fan at all) and I sit down and make our picks for the show. Check it out.

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