Friday, March 26, 2010

Wrestlemania 26 Predictions

Last year around this time, I really didn't care too much about anything wrestling. I had a few friends that would turn on Monday Night Raw after we were all done watching 24 together, you know back when that show was still good. But when I decided to take part in watching the annual pay-per-view event that was Wrestlemania, I became hooked for good. Particularly because of a match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, a match which is taking part once again this year. Here are my predictions on that match as well as the other matches on the card:

World Heavyweight Championship - Edge vs. Chris Jericho - Ever since last summer when Edge suffered an ankle injury while he was paired up with Jericho as the Tag Team title holders, we knew they would inevitably face off at Wrestlemania. The feud hasn't been what many have hoped for though, because of the over abundant use of the word "Spear", Edge's finishing move which he has repeated ad nauseum. Still, once these two get in the ring I think all should be forgiven. Even though Jericho has only had the belt since the last pay-per-view, I see Edge getting the strap here and continuing this feud. Although I'd like Jericho to come out on top here.

WWE Championship - John Cena vs. Batista - Somehow, this has become one of the more interesting matches on the card. Batista has been great as a heel character, and his main gripe against John Cena is how Cena has become the WWE's poster boy. For that reason, I'd like to see Batista get the win and retain the belt, but I fear that Cena will get his justice. It's the grandest stage of them all, and Cena could be the match at the end of the card so that the fans can go home happy. He's been getting beat up week after week by Batista, and booking philosophy 101 says that Cena gets his revenge. If I had to bet on it, I'm still going to go out on a limb and pick Batista, but I wouldn't be surprised if Cena was victorious.

Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon - The outcome of this match has to be the most sure on the card, that Bret Hart will get revenge on Vince for the Montreal Screwjob oh so many years ago. I suspect it won't be easy, and that McMahon will throw some curveballs at Hart, but in the end you have to think Hart will get his revenge.

R-Truth and John Morrison vs. The Miz and Big Show for the Unified Tag Team Championships - Filler match to get these guys in the show. The Miz and Big Show are actually a legitimate tag team, while R-Truth and John Morrison haven't been together more than three weeks. Taking the belts off of The Miz and Big Show would be stupid. There are a lot of rumors that during the draft Morrison and Miz will be placed on the same brand, so perhaps look for the start of a feud between them.

Triple H vs. Sheamus - Triple H is Vince McMahon's son-in-law. Sheamus is Triple H's workout partner. Ergo, Sheamus became the WWE Champion a few months ago. Many thought that this match would be for that championship, but instead it's just two guys going against each other for no apparent reason. Despite the fact that Triple H never jobs to anybody, I see him giving his buddy Sheamus a good rub and the victory here.

CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio - CM Punk is heads and shoulders doing things better than anyone else in the WWE right now, and he's made the challenge that if he beats Mysterio then Mysterio has to join his Straight Edge Society. The Society is made up of Punk and two other wrestlers that promote a straight-edge lifestyle in a cult-like manner. I actually see Punk winning here to further an interesting storyline between the two.

Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Cody Rhodes - The former members of Legacy are all against each other in a Triple Threat match, but why it's a Triple Threat match I have no idea. Orton has been given a slow babyface turn as his former proteges have turned against him. Even though it's been set up as DiBiase/Rhodes against Orton, for some reason this is a match that pits every man for himself. I expect interference of some kind to help out Orton, and see Orton coming out on top against his two rivals.

Money in the Bank Match - Kofi Kingston vs. Matt Hardy vs. Christian vs. Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Evan Bourne vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Jack Swagger - Swagger is the only one I couldn't think of off the top of my head, so he's not going to win this thing. That's too bad, he could use the victory. Half of the guys in here are only in here because they are good workers and can prove interesting spots, like Evan Bourne and Shelton Benjamin. Actually, I'm a bit surprised there are ten guys in this match, usually it's just six. The winner of course gets a future shot at a heavyweight title, and many see Christian winning and then cashing it in on his former partner Edge later that evening. I would say he's the most likely to win, but I think Kofi has a shot as well. Kofi was getting a nice push before he botched a move with Orton, and has been getting buried ever since though. Dolph Ziggler could use it to get him relevant again, and Drew McIntyre already has a belt. Matt Hardy won't win because Jeff Hardy just signed with TNA, Kane won't win because he's Kane. I guess I'd bet on Christian here, with my backing going behind Kofi Kingston.

The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels - The Undertaker is 17-0 at Wrestlemania, a streak that Shawn Michaels thinks he can end. If he doesn't though, his career is over. So yeah, there's a lot at stake here. Outside of Wrestlemania, I hate the Undertaker because he seems to get a free pass to the belt anytime he returns from one of his many extended vacations. That being said, he is one of the reasons that make Wrestlemania so great. If his streak ever were to end, this would be the year it would happen, but I think Michaels is on his way out anyways. I'm going with Taker here in what should be the match of the night.


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