The biggest night of the year for the WWE takes place on Sunday in Miami as Sun Life Stadium hosts Wrestlemania XXVIII.
The storylines have been building up since the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view in February.
From the feud between the two GM’s to the constant stare-downs between Triple H, The Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels, the match-specific storylines have been mostly all talk. Sunday night will finally see some action in the ring take place. This means no more “Rock” concerts, even though they are extremely entertaining.
Maria Menounos and Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres
The Divas do not get a title match this year at Wrestlemania, but this match does have some intrigue. Maria Menounos, of Extra and Access Hollywood fame, is teaming with Kelly Kelly in a match that could have future implications.
A win by Kelly and Maria could set up a future title match between Kelly and current champion Beth Phoenix. The buzz around her partner, Eve, has more to do with her possible involvement with Zack Ryder as he competes for Team Teddy.
Prediction: Maria Menounos and Kelly Kelly defeat Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres
Randy Orton vs. Kane
This feud began earlier this month and came after Kane finished his feud with John Cena, which culminated at Elimination Chamber. The feud stems from events that happened last year, when Kane shook Orton’s hand after a grueling match.
The new, or normal, version of Kane has vowed that he will never show that type of weakness again.
Both had wins in Wrestlemania XXVII, as Orton defeated CM Punk and Kane was on the winning team of an 8-man tag team match. This match is not one of the top four in popularity, but it should still be a memorable match.
A win by Kane could help him be pushed as a main heel, but this seems like another short-lived Kane storyline.
Prediction: Randy Orton defeats Kane
Team Teddy: Santino Marella, Zack Ryder, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, The Great Khali, and Booker T
Team Johnny: David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, The Miz, and Drew McIntyre
From a business standpoint, this match is great. It gets twelve superstars into a Wrestlemania match, who otherwise might not have even been in the event. It also has a great storyline to go along with the match. The GM whose team wins the match gets control of both Raw and Smackdown.
The team of John Laurinaitis is much more talented than the team put together by Teddy Long, but one name that stands out is Drew McIntyre. He is replacing the “injured” Christian, but the creative team could have surely found someone more appealing than McIntyre. He does have history with Laurinaitis, who re-hired him after he was fired by Long, but it is not enough to put him in a major match such as this.
A storyline affecting Team Teddy is the “relationship” of Eve and Zack Ryder. It is possible that she could try and make Ryder lose the match for Team Teddy, but making Ryder a heel would be nearly impossible, as he is so well liked.
The writers could go in two different directions with this match. However, this storyline will not quickly go away. Both GM’s are major on-screen personalities, and the loser will likely stick around on screen, and possibly challenge the winner to a rematch.
Having Team Teddy win could lead to a change in character for David Otunga, which could see him ditch the lawyer gimmick that he has going. No matter who wins, this match will have a major impact on both teams.
Prediction: Team Teddy defeats Team Johnny
Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show: WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Rhodes has been antagonizing Big Show for the past month. He has done this by showing all of Big Show’s embarrassing Wrestlemania moments of the past, and recently has begun attacking Show.
Two weeks ago on Raw, Rhodes had Show tied up in the ropes, and proceeded to punch him while wearing boxing gloves. This was a jab at the fact that Floyd Mayweather knocked out Big Show at Wrestlemania XXIV.
As much as many fans would like to see Big Show win this match, a feud can be established if Rhodes wins the match. He would continue on antagonizing Show, which could lead to future title matches between the two.
Prediction: Cody Rhodes defeats Big Show
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus: World Heavyweight Championship Match
Sheamus won the Royal Rumble match in January, and let Daniel Bryan know that it was his title he wanted at Elimination Chamber.
Bryan is a heel and he is great at being one. His constant talk of being a vegan is beyond annoying, and his manipulation of AJ is perfect for his character. He has held the title since December, but it seems like it has been for much longer.
The recent trend in the WWE has been for short championship reigns, and I see Bryan’s being another short reign. It is more common for someone to be a five-time champion as opposed to a two-time champion, but for long periods of time.
One thing to look for in this match is whether or not AJ interferes, and what Sheamus does to her, if anything.
Prediction: Sheamus defeats Daniel Bryan
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho: WWE Championship Match
Who is truly the best in the world? That is the question that will be answered on Sunday, as both men claim that they are indeed the best. Both men have claims to back themselves up, but the question will finally be answered.
The buildup to this match has featured Jericho psychologically attacking Punk by bringing up his father’s and sister’s problems with substance abuse. It is a “work”, but it is a very smart one, as Punk is a straight-edge character.
If Punk wins this match, the feud with Jericho could go away, especially considering the numerous title contenders on Raw. However, a win for Jericho would likely lead to a rematch at some point in the near future.
Prediction: CM Punk defeats Chris Jericho
Triple H vs. The Undertaker with Special Guest Referee Shawn Michaels: Hell in a Cell Match
This match is a rematch from last year, but the difference is the type of match and also the referee. It is now a Hell in a Cell match, and Shawn Michaels will be refereeing the match.
Last year’s match last nearly half an hour, and Triple H dominated for most of the match. He did everything he could to win the match, until The Undertaker forced him to tap-out on a submission hold. The Undertaker had to be helped from the ring, but he still improved his streak to 19-0.
This year, Triple H originally did not want to take part in the match. That was until Michaels showed up and basically goaded him into the match. This process of decision-making featured countless stare-downs between the three, and the match on Sunday could not come soon enough.
Having The Undertaker win the match seems too predictable, but it would be hard to believe that his streak will end at 19. The likely scenario would be for him to get to 20-0, and then walk away undefeated.
It will be interesting to see how Michaels affects the match, if at all. Messing with The Undertaker’s streak could have a negative impact on Michaels’ character in the future.
Prediction: The Undertaker defeats Triple H
The Rock vs. John Cena
The build-up for this match has literally been for nearly a year, as the match was agreed upon one day after last year’s Wrestlemania. The two have only been in one match together during the past year, and that was as tag-team partners at Survivor Series against The Miz and R-Truth. The Rock and Cena won the match, but The Rock gave Cena a “Rock Bottom” following the match.
Since the match, the only fighting between the two has been verbally. It has been very entertaining, but the match will top any of The Rock’s promos, or Cena’s attempts at rapping.
This match is the focal point of the entire night, and should be remembered for a long time. If the match is a dud, then it will be remembered as one of the most disappoining matches in WWE history, but I do not see that happening.
It will be easier to have Cena win the match, as he would just go on with his career. If The Rock is genuinely interested in continuing to wrestle, then a win for him could lead to a feud possibly leading up to Summerslam.
Prediction: John Cena defeats the Rock
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