Rasslin’ Roundtable – WWE WrestleMania XXX

Welcome to the Rasslin’ Roundtable for the granddaddy of them all, WrestleMania XXX.  I am your host, Rhett Davis, but today I am joined by CB, editor here at Pulse and author of CB’s World, Camden Fordyce, columnist who writes his column entitled Rodeo Cold, David Spain, who is our supremely talented SmackDown recapper, Jake Ziegler, our PPV recapper and writer of the recap column entitled A2Z Analysiz, Mark Allen, our resident part-timer and columnist at The Examiner, Steven Berkman, author of NXT Yellow Ropes Report and Reaction of Honor, Chris Sanders, columnist of The Rager and one half of the Classy Ring Attire podcast crew, Mike Gojira, columnist of The Stomping Ground, Onemanfarmhand, columnist and writer of the Road through Indymania, John Kincaid, columnist of Creative Control, and Justin Czerwonka, our fantastic live Raw recapper and columnist of JC’s Top Rope Report.  The People Power that is represented on here is from The Pulse Polls that I posted through the last week.  You, the people, picked who you thought would win at Mania and it gave us the percentages.  Now without any further delays it’s time.

 

Rasslin’ Roundtable

WWE WrestleMania XXX

 

Match One

WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal-4-Way Tag Team Kickoff Match
The Usos (c) vs. Rybaxel vs. The Real Americans vs. Los Matadores

 

CB: This match is clearly destined for the hour-long pre-show that will air from 6:00-7:00 pm ET on the WWE Network. I appreciate that The Usos and Cesaro will get well-deserved WrestleMania paydays, but this match is pretty underwhelming to say the least. If they were going to do a big tag team match that was truly WrestleMania-worthy, they could have done the first ever Tag Team Money In The Bank Ladder Match, or a Tag Team Titles Ladder Match if you want The Usos in a match with several other teams. The only thing I am hoping for here is that the breakup of the Real Americans is moved along just far enough for Cesaro to finally leave Swagger in the dust on the Raw after Mania, as that crowd will go NUTS for anything Cesaro does. In the meantime…

Winners and STILL Tag Team Champions: The Usos

 

Camden Fordyce:  Really?  Rybaxel and Los Matadores have no chance!  It’s possible Real Americans pick up the titles, and then have problems staying on the same page while defending. I think they blow up in New Orleans and Usos take advantage.

Winners:  The Usos

 

David Spain: It could have been so much better than this storyline-wise, and the Gods alone know why Los Matadores are competing here. Then again, you could say the same about Rybaxel, so imagine I just did. I’m betting that the Real Americans are finally going to play out their little melt-down, because when’s the last time WrestleMania was the full stop to a storyline’s sentence? I think the Usos take it here; they’ve damn sure earned their first WrestleMania moment, and they’re a team who can work with a lot of other teams.

Winner: The Usos

 

Jake Ziegler:  Who did Cody & Goldust piss off? As much as I’d like to see The Real Americans get a run with the belts, Cesaro seems primed for a singles push, so I’d be surprised if The Usos didn’t retain here.

Winners: The Usos

 

Mark Allen:  This match has literally no build and no story. It seems incredibly lackluster for a WrestleMania tag title bout, but I’m actually just really glad we’re getting a Tag Team Title match. And actually a pretty cool story would be there if Rikishi accompanied his kids, Carlos Colon came out his kids (breaking kayfabe!) and Larry Hennig came out with Rybaxel. (It’s an awful name and I love and will use it. I mean seriously it’s the worst mash-up tag team name they’ve ever had.) They could combat Zeb Coulter and have a nice legends/old folks home thing going on outside the ring.  But with Carlos Colon’s Hall induction, does this mean that Los Matadores get the victory? I hope not. Jimmy and Jey deserve every bit of success they’ve gotten and have earned it.

Winners:  The Usos

 

Rhett Davis:  Mark Allen brought up a good point about Los Matadores’ father/uncle going into the Hall of Fame might give them a reason to win.  However, I simply think that’s how they got this spot instead of The Rhodes Brothers.  I wish this match was elimination just for the fun of it, but I feel like The Usos win this to get their WrestleMania moment.  The Real Americans won’t disband, but they’ll get in each other’s way.  They’ll probably break up on the infamous ‘Raw after Mania’ for a big crowd reaction.  Notice I didn’t mention Rybaxel?  Probably a reason.

Winners (and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions):  The Usos

 

Steven Berkman:  Recently it seemed like the Americans were all set for a breakup and Cesaro hitting the starry skies as a breakout star.  Now they seem to have shelved that.  The Usos aren’t exactly an act that screams “long title reign” but they do have the Total Divas flag to fly.  I could see the Americans picking the titles up tonight to set up a later breakup after they lose them.  Also, how in the blue hell of a four hour show do we not fit EVERY title on the main show?!?  What do I want to happen?  Real Americans.  What do I expect to happen?  The Usos

Winners:  The Usos

 

Chris Sanders: Not a bad idea for the kickoff match and at least it’s not random pairing like Ziggler and Fandango or something along those lines. The only team I see taking the tag team titles here would be Real Americans but I don’t see that happening because they’ve gotta be close to a break-up by now.

Winner: The Usos

 

Mike Gojira:  I would have preferred a match between the Real Americans to cement Cesaro’s face turn, but that can wait. Despite the hype of the Usos winning the titles off the Outlaws, their heat has died down considerably.  If they don’t retain, I can see Cesaro and Swagger picking up the victory.  This way, when they do feud, it can be because miscommunication cost them the gold.

Winners: The Real Americans

 

Onemanfarmhand:  I have the Usos retaining the straps here.  Additional prediction:  The Real Americans keep crumbling and this possibly sets up for Antonio Cesaro break off into a singles competitor again.

Winner:  The Usos

 

Kincaid: I find it hard to believe in a four-hour show with only eight announced matches that this one gets relegated to the pre-show. I worry about the amount of “sketches” we are going to get, including prolonged segments with Hogan fulfilling his hosting duties.  I still think a better idea is to start a tradition of an NXT match on the pre-show to highlight the stars of the future.  Anyways, as for the match itself, I expect an Usos victory.  They just captured the titles a month ago after a long, hard uphill battle.  As noted by someone else on this site, it is impressive how over they are with the fans considering they get little to no promo time.  The question therefore is what happens after Wrestlemania? It is rare that faces pin faces, so that excludes Los Matadores.  If the Real Americans have resolved their issues like the Shield and are not breaking up, I foresee them as the next challengers for the titles.  Therefore, they will want the argument that they were never pinned in the title match. However, the Smackdown spoilers indicate things are not okee-dokee in Tea Party Land. Rybaxel could easily eat the pin, but I’m calling Cesaro has his “Wrestlemania moment” and finally calls enough with Swagger and Coulter, setting him up for failure.  A Cesaro Swing leading to the superkick/big splash combo by the champs would certainly pop the crowd and start a new path for the Swiss Superstar.

Winners (and still Champions): The Usos

 

Justin C:  It’s kind of disappointing to see that this match was bumped to the pre-show. And I still don’t get why Los Matadores are in this match instead of the Rhodes Brothers. Seriously, what did they do to piss someone off? And I’m not a fan of Cesaro getting moved to the pre-show either. My guess with this one is that The Usos retain after pinning one of the Real Americans, either Cesaro or Swagger. After that the Real Americans will argue and Cesaro will finally break away from the group. It’s too early for The Usos to lose the Titles anyways.

Winners: The Usos

 

People Power:  With 65% of the vote, The Usos won the People Power pick.

 

The Tally:  The Usos – 12

The Real Americans – 1

Los Matadores – 0

Rybaxel – 0

 

Match Two

Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
AJ Lee (c) vs. Naomi vs. Cameron vs. Nikki Bella vs. Brie Bella vs. Natalya vs. Summer Rae vs. Eva Marie vs. Rosa Mendez vs. Aksana vs. Alicia Fox vs. Tamina Snuka vs. Emma vs. Layla

 

CB: This match was clearly designed to get every Divas on the WrestleMania XXX card, and that’s perfectly fine with me. Even though many of these women are rightfully criticized for their lack of in-ring ability – see Aksana nearly blinding Naomi with a KNEE SHOT OF DOOM – there are a few bright spots. Brie Bella has improved tremendously in the ring (probably thanks to Daniel Bryan), Summer Rae and Natalya have had some solid matches together, AJ has held her own as Divas Champion for a very long time, and I can’t say enough about Emma’s work against Paige down in NXT. One suggestion that Starcade made in the comments section was to have Paige get called up here as a surprise addition to the match, then win the Divas Championship outright on the biggest stage of them all. I actually think that would be a viable option, but they just might save Paige’s debut for the Raw after WrestleMania, when AJ Lee brags about beating everyone else and says she has no competition left. Therefore, as you can gather from that last sentence…

Winner and STILL Divas Champion: AJ Lee

 

Camden Fordyce:  I think it’s real easy to assume that Tamina will be the champion, (ala Diesel’s turn on HBK) but with the new Diva show being red-hot, I’m really not sure which direction they will go. My thinking is Jessica Rabbit doesn’t have enough ring skill, and we’ve done the Bellas already (at least Bryan and Cena have, ha).  I was leaning on Summer Rae until she won on Raw. Funky Fresh might be the choice but I still come back Tamina in my mind.

Winner: Tamina Snuka

 

David Spain: This seems like one of those matches where they thought that the women’s division should be represented, but that was more or less the extent of their emotional investment. What I’d like to see would be AJ, one of the better talents in various fields, retain. Failing that, Natalya getting the win and setting off a series of matches between both competitors. I believe, however, that Tamina will leave with the belt, starting off a different storyline with its own promise.

Winner: Tamina ‘Who’s Your Daddy’ Snuka

 

Jake Ziegler: I’m hoping this is gauntlet style, because a cluster of 14 people all fighting at once sounds like a mess. But then if it is a gauntlet, it’s going to be 13 short, pointless matches, so who cares? Why don’t they just build one feud and have it be something people care about?

Winner: Brie Bella

 

Mark Allen:  So what are the odds this gauntlet will be better or worse than the infamous Cruiserweight gauntlet from WrestleMania XX? And who will fall on their ass like Ultimo Dragon did ten years ago? My money is on “The Russian Nightmare” Aksana or that idiot Eva Marie. And where the hell did they drag Rosa Mendes from? I’m sure JTG feels great knowing Rosa Mendes and Layla El get WrestleMania payoffs while he hangs out with Yoshi Tatsu in catering. AJ Lee is awesome in this role and don’t want her to lose, but where do you go from here if she beats the entire division in one match. She has to lose (probably to Tamina or a Total Diva) so that she can go on her revenge tour throughout the spring. And just because there is no other place in the column to put this, Lana is a hotty.

Winner:  Brie Bella

 

Rhett Davis:  For starters, we’ll cut out the obvious non-winners.  Alicia Fox, Aksana, Cameron, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendez, and Layla aren’t winning this thing.  At least I wouldn’t imagine so, but it is the Divas Division.  As for the rest, I could see any of them winning, but I think the most likely of all of them includes Naomi, AJ Lee, and Tamina Snuka.  All of that being said, it seems really disheartening that AJ’s longest reigning Divas’s title run would be going to end in a cluster of a match?  I think it’s bull.  Imagine if CM Punk had lost his huge reign in a battle royal?  Yeah it wouldn’t have happened.  It would be better if AJ Lee won here thanks to a sacrifice from Tamina.  Then have AJ Lee flaunt that she won the entire thing on her own.  Then Tamina destroys AJ in a few weeks to lead to Tamina beating AJ Lee at Extreme Rules.  Build a feud if you’re going to end a lengthy title run.  So I hope AJ retains here or else… just ugh.

Winner (and STILL Divas Champion):  AJ Lee

 

Steven Berkman:  If this were a 4-woman match or a battle royal, I could see the title changing.  The way this is set up seems like it’s leaving a ton of space for AJ to “sneak” away with the title in hand.  I don’t see them putting it on Tamina and having Brie, Nikkie or Naomi pick it up this way seems like the WORST way to try to get them over as champion.  What do I want to happen?  AJ.   What do I expect to happen?  AJ

Winner:  AJ

 

Chris Sanders: Not a terrible idea to have the Invitational but it is a terrible idea to make it by pinfall/submission because chaos. However, the pinfall thing might actually be good because maybe that means it will end quickly. The worst part about this is the likeliness of AJ losing the title. It was a good run but they’re barely using her anyway lately and she already set the reign record. My guess it’ll go to somebody surprise and on the Total Divas cast.

Winner: Summer Rae

 

Mike Gojira:  Like the Andre Battle Royal, this is a way to get all the girls a payday, except I suspect it will be more like the clusterfuck from Wrestlemania XXV.  Regardless, AJ wins here as it would be more beneficial for a face Diva to win one-on-one down the line; think of the ratings for Total Divas and the E! Network that storyline would generate.

Winner: AJ Lee

 

Onemanfarmhand:  A great way to start Wrestlemania 30…just as long as someone from the Jersey Shore doesn’t show up.

Winner: Tamina Snuka

 

Kincaid: Does anyone remember when the Women’s Title received a real match at Wrestlemania?  Trish Stratus vs. Lita, Molly Holly vs. Victoria, Trish versus Mickie James.  For the last several years, we have gotten cluster matches or celebrity participants in the women’s match that does little to promote the division.  CB talked about the popular idea to have AJ squeak a win out of this only to get pummeled the next night on Raw by a debuting Paige.  My preference would be for Emma to get the surprise victory here and then be confronted by Paige on Raw.  This could launch a great feud as Paige notes that Emma never beat her and actually lost to her twice for the NXT Women’s Title, therefore Paige is the uncrowned Diva’s Champion since it is held by someone who she has a spotless record against.  I know this is too much attention and ideas for them to put into the women’s division, but a guy can dream.  I’m predicting a win by Tamina Snuka.  I see the match culminating with all the other participants incapacitated and out of the ring save for Tamina and AJ.  AJ tells Tamina to lie down and take the pin to let AJ retain, except Tamina has plans of her own and destroys her soon to be former friend.

Winner (and NEW Diva’s Champion): Tamina

 

Justin C:  We still don’t know the official rules to this match. Vickie Guerrero seemed to hint that they will be different than a normal one fall match. Which is why I’d much rather have a one-on-one match. My guess is AJ finally drops the Title, more than likely Naomi. The only other people I could realistically see winning are Summer Rae and Emma. But Naomi gets the win by whatever means here.

Winner: Naomi

 

People Power:  With 43% of the vote, AJ Lee wins the People Power pick.

 

The Tally:  AJ Lee – 5

Tamina Snuka – 4

Brie Bella – 2

Summer Rae – 1

Naomi – 1

 

Match Three

The Suits Meet The Shield
Kane & The New Age Outlaws vs. The Shield

 

CB: The Shield were booked so strongly against EVERYONE (including all of those super-teams) when they were heels that I just can’t imagine them losing to Corporate Kane and The New Age Outlaws. Unless, of course, the wildcard that is Dean Ambrose turns heel in this spot to go off on his own. I am not sure that will happen just yet, so I am sticking with my original gut feeling on this one.

Winners: The Shield

 

Camden Fordyce:  Was leaning towards Cooperate Kane secretly recruiting Ambrose to split up the Shield, but with so much money left on the table for the Wyatts/Shield II, I’m gonna lean towards a Shield dominating performance.

Winners: The Shield

 

David Spain: We’re aware that we’re all tuning in to see a group of young men physically assaulting men who are a fair bit older than them, right? And that, failing shenanigans, is the result of this match. Kane can allow the Outlaws to get some offence in, but the Shield will undoubtedly get the win. Failing shenanigans. Oh lord, please let there not be shenanigans.

Winners: The Shield

 

Jake Ziegler: The New Age Outlaws are embarrassing and have no business performing at WrestleMania.

Winners: The Shield

 

Mark Allen:  Babyface Shield is like the greatest thing in the world. It’s like a bunch of puppies frolicking through a field while a baby giggles. They are that awesome. I never want them to break up. Seth Rollins flying around like maniac, Roman Reigns just Superman punching and apron kicking the hell out of everyone while Dean Ambrose smirking like a jackass. Rollins and Reigns would be the awesomest super babyface team ever and could light up a long ass three hour RAW every week for the next six months at least. Give them all my money.  As for the match, they should steamroll the Attitude era holdovers, unless that is the night that Rollins and Ambrose turn on the golden boy to kick off the super push we all know is coming.

Winners:  The Shield

 

Rhett Davis:  This one is hard to tell.  It really depends on where WWE wants to go with The Shield.  Do they want to break them up like they were hinting at about a month ago or do they keep them together for a summer of Face Shield?  I see no reason to break up The Shield yet as they can make have a fun summer with a group that EVERYONE likes.  And if The Shield isn’t breaking up then Kane and The New Age Outlaws aren’t winning.  I think they’ll go with the latter of the choices and have The Shield win big.

Winners:  The Shield

 

Steven Berkman:  The only reason for Shield to lose here is to properly set up the break up that we don’t want to happen anytime soon.  WWE is dumb enough to nab Rollins/Ambrose as corporate puppet heels just to get Reigns free for singles glory.  That would be a shame, but it’s entirely possible.  What do I want to happen?  Shield (And they stay a strong unit).  What do I expect to happen?  Shield (But a return to teasing a break).

Winners:  The Shield

 

Chris Sanders: Waste of a Shield appearance but I guess they had to find something for Kane to do. I’m sure this is gonna be quick.

Winner: Shield

 

Mike Gojira:  This will not be a good night for The Authority as The Shield picks up the win after each man gets to show his stuff.

Winners: The Shield

 

Onemanfarmhand:  Plenty of crotch-chopping action in this one.  I’d like to see Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins put on some suits and turn on Roman Reigns in this one as we will eventually see the dissolving of the Shield.

Winners: Kane and The New Age Outlaws.

 

Kincaid: If the rumor is true that the Outlaws took a spot originally intended for The Ascension, that is incredible short-sightedness on the part of the WWE as the show already has more than enough nostalgia acts and competitors from the 90s to bring in the casual fans.  At least the Outlaws make sense teaming with Kane given their connection to Triple H and The Authority.  Unfortunately, I do not feel they are in the shape or have the skills anymore to make a real go at it to highlight the Shield.  The Hounds of Justice will do all they can to wow the crowd though, and the only way I see them not coming out victorious is if there is a sudden betrayal by a member.  Most likely to betray is Ambrose, but I could see a legitimate storyline built around any member deciding their interests were best served by getting corporate backing.  Odds of Shield dissolution at this point is only 5-10%, so I am not comfortable enough picking against them.  I think the odds go down further if Cesaro turns on Swagger in the tag title match.  This isn’t the Russo era.

Winners: The Shield

 

Justin C:  As much as I like seeing The Shield stick together and have a face run, it also kind of sucks that they have to face the three guys they are facing. In my Wrestlemania world, I would have built up the Shield/Wyatt program to Wrestlemania and had a blowoff match in a Hell in a Cell. Now The Shield could very well still break up here. But I think the WWE likes the reactions the Shield has been getting as faces. Plus, a face run will make the break up seem even more shocking and unexpected when it happens. The Shield win here and move on to some fresh match-ups as top faces.

Winner:  The Shield

 

People Power:  With 88% of the vote, The Shield wins the People Power pick.

 

The Tally:  The Shield – 12

Kane & The New Age Outlaws – 1

 

Match Four

The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus vs. Big Show vs. Big E vs. Fandango vs. Alberto del Rio vs. Christian vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Heath Slater vs. Mark Henry vs. Zack Ryder vs. The Miz vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Damien Sandow vs. Darren Young vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Brodus Clay vs. Justin Gabriel vs. R-Truth vs. Santino Marella vs. The Great Khali vs. Sin Cara vs. Brad Maddox vs. Three Unknown Entrants

 

CB: Heath Slater certainly has this one locked up! All kidding aside, has anyone else had the feeling that one of the three surprise entrants just might be Sting? If that’s the case, he would certain pop the WrestleMania XXX crowd early on in the night. However, that also would be too small of a spot to be Sting’s first ever introduction into the WWE, and he would then likely have to win the whole thing. Other surprise entrants could be a returning RVD or maybe even VADER one more time, but at the end of the day it will probably be Big Show or Big E that takes the prize. Despite the fact that Big Show or Big E likely do have the inside track here, I am going to make my official pick someone who I’d rather see win to give him some kind of post-Mania momentum to work with.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

 

Camden Fordyce:  If Punks sneaks in, he wins, but like Bryan at the Rumble, not going to happen.  Comes down to Sheamus and Big Show.  Would like to see a heel turn for Sheamus and a Wrestlemania moment for the Big Show.  I mean, some villians have to win, right?

Winner: Flip a coin on these two, but I’m going with Sheamus on a heel turn.

 

David Spain: You know how we get excited for the Royal Rumble because it’s the one time of year that a tonne of talents from various strata and storyline get to face off against each other, generating a bunch of ‘what if’ scenarios? Well, replace ‘various strata’ with ‘mid-card’ and ‘what if’ with ‘who cares’ and that is this match. Oh, and forget the ‘excited’ bit. My guess is that either Big Show will win it for the Andre moment (because we obviously care about honouring him with this extravaganza) or this will be the start of another (hopefully better-fated) push for Ziggler. I pick the latter.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

 

Jake Ziegler: This could be a lot of fun depending on how they book it. Only a few guys will get an actual chance to shine, so it could be an indicator of who’s in line for a push heading into late spring and summer. There are a few candidates to win, but I feel like they’ll want it to go to a younger guy, and since the Intercontinental Champion had nothing better to do, he seems like a good call.

Winner: Big E

 

Mark Allen:  Twenty-seven names have been announced so far, leaving three spots open for surprises, returns and debuts. I’m guessing Alexander Rusev gets a spot, at least one spot goes to nostalgia, Xavier Woods sneaks in there (maybe taking the injured Christian’s spot), Rob Van Dam comes back, and either an NXT guy pops up or someone from the Attitude era. And where the blue hell is Bad News Barrett? Remember when that guy was a thing and a serious World Title contender? And how low do Curt Hawkins, Tyson Kidd, JTG and Yoshi Tatsu feel when they can’t even make the “get the boys on the card” match. At least Hawkins saw the writing on the wall and started his own wrestling school. I figured Tyson would start benefiting from that sweet Total Divas action, but alas it was not meant to be. They are seriously hyping up The Big Show as the winner, what with the Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant connection. It’s an obvious and predictable outcome, especially if Hulk comes out and shakes hands with the winner and presents the trophy. And with other favorites like Roman Reigns and Cesaro not in the match, it leaves winners pool wide open.

Winner:  The Big Show

 

Rhett Davis:  I like to believe that anyone can win these sorts of matches, but when was the last time we were truly shocked?  The Royal Rumble is a perfect example of that.  Did you actually believe that 25 of those guys actually had a shot at winning it?  No.  At least I wouldn’t think you would.  Look at this match.  Thirty men are in this match and only about four are actually considerable for winners.  Sheamus, Big Show, Big E Langston, and a mystery entrant.  I say one mystery entrant because not all of them will really be considered.  One will probably be Alexander Rusev, one will be someone like Xavier Woods, and I don’t know about the other.  Rumors are that it might be Punk.  I doubt it though.  It would be better to have him come in somewhere else.  Help Bryan in the main event?  Sure, but not here.  Now that that rant is over… I’d prefer to have a surprise winner, but I think Sheamus will win this.  Be a nice ‘sorry about your luck’ for him not getting a feature matchup as was originally rumored.

Winner:  Sheamus

 

Steven Berkman:  Yay everybody gets a pay day.  Boo we get a crappy battle royal.  Doesn’t this sort of cheapen the Royal Rumble as a “big deal” in a way too?  What do I want to happen?  Alexander Rusev destroys everyone and wins by eliminating Big Show last.  What do I expect to happen?  Big Show wins and ruins my night.

Winner:  Big Show

 

Chris Sanders:  Again, I’m a huge fan of the ARMBAR (Andre Roussimoff Memorial BAttle Royal) becoming a Wrestlemania tradition but I feel like the winner is an obvious one given his kayfabe history and all. Either this man or a newcomer.

Winner: Big Show (backup choices: Big E and Alexander Rusev)

 

Mike Gojira:  All 30 men will begin the match in the ring (which is preferable and practical due to time limitations), so expect a bunch of early eliminations.  The winner supposedly will carry the trophy as a prop for the next year, so it will in all likelihood be someone in line for a bit of a push.  Of the current crop designated to face off in the match, only The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, or Sheamus seem to be capable of receiving said push.  Most of the other participants are jobbers (3MB, Ryder), past their prime (Big Show, Christian, Mark Henry), or are involved in other things (del Rio, Big E, the Rhodes brothers).  The winner could also be one of the unannounced entrants, but a surprise return (such as RVD) would probably just be there to hype up the crowd.  I’ll go with……

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

 

Onemanfarmhand:  While I’d like to see Zack Ryder win this, I’m going to keep this short by saying this probably will go to Big Show.

Winner:  Big Show

 

Kincaid: As of writing this, there are three spots still vacant.  I doubt there is any unannounced entrant that is going to have a possibility of making a splash that would lead to them winning.  And just as I typed that, my mind wandered into Vince McMahon’s demented thought process and pictured him contemplating having Hornswoggle somehow walk out winning a match named after Andre the Giant and receiving a trophy taller than him. *shiver*  For me, there are two front runners: Big Show and Big E.  They either go the nostalgia route and give it to Show as a reward for his years in the business as the successor to Andre; or they give it to Big E. to use it as a way to further push him as a power house.  Considering that Big E. lost cleanly to del Rio this past Monday, they may not see that as an option.  Therefore, look for Big Show to finally have a “real” Wrestlemania moment in appreciation for all of his selfless work over the years putting over various celebrities on the “big show.”

Winner: Big Show

 

Justin C:  I’m not a big fan of having a battle royal on this show. I’d much rather see a couple solid mid-card feuds built up and have a blow off match at Wrestlemania. To me the battle royal is just a lazy way to get everyone on the card. Now if this battle royal leads to something bigger for the winner, then I’m okay with that. But with Money in the Bank and Royal Rumble around, I don’t see that happening. As of now there are four spots left in this match. And as I said above, I think Cesaro breaks away from the Real Americans on the pre-show and finds his way into the battle royal. Cesaro picks up the win and gets an actual Wrestlemania moment.

Winner:  Cesaro

 

People Power:  With 33% of the vote, The Big Show wins the People Power pick.

 

The Tally:  The Big Show – 6

Dolph Ziggler – 3

Sheamus – 2

Big E – 1

Cesaro – 1

 

Match Five

The Battle for Legacy
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

 

CB: I know some people who aren’t thrilled with this feud, but I personally couldn’t be happier with it. I love that John Cena is wrestling a fresh opponent at WrestleMania that keeps him far away from the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture, and I have been a fan of Bray Wyatt’s promo work since day one. WWE is also obviously saving John Cena vs. The Undertaker for a different Mania card down the line, though I was surprised that they didn’t run with that match this year. I guess they figure Brock Lesnar won’t be around as long as Cena and Taker will be, so they might as well get that one out of the way. Back to the match at hand, I am not expecting a ***** match in terms of in-ring performances, but I do expect Cena and Wyatt (and the Wyatt Family) to work within their means and give us a presentable program that gives Bray Wyatt another very credible victory on a big stage like the one he had over Daniel Bryan at the Royal Rumble.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

 

Camden Fordyce:  Super Cena likely wins, but, with all these favored faces, Wyatt has a legit chance in my opinion.

Winner: Cena puts Wyatt over but wins the match.

 

David Spain: One of the main generators of interest for me, and an example of a storyline going out on a risk, although at this point I think Bray’s earned a lot of trust and Cena’s ability to perform in a high-profile match has been proved many times. Bray’s built up a lot of momentum in comparison to the leader of the Cenation, and I think this is where we see John pull out the victory. And, honestly, I think if Bray can take Cena to the limit, and if it’s taken Cena himself to end Wyatt’s streak, there’s no insult in that whatsoever.

Winner: John Cena

 

Jake Ziegler: WWE desperately needs a strong heel, and Bray Wyatt could be that strong heel. He has brought something different to this feud with Cena and a win here for him would be huge.

Winner:  Bray Wyatt

 

Mark Allen:  The best part of this whole rivalry so far? The boss-ass video package set to Eminem’s “Legacy.” When the hell did WWE get with it and actually use a mainstream song from the actual time it came out? Probably “My Way” from WrestleMania X-Seven, which now has competition for best WrestleMania video package. John Cena is fourth down on the WrestleMania card, kids. Times they are a changing. You know what would be awesome? If Bray Wyatt won. Clean. Right in the middle. Instantly makes a star. With Cena this far down the card he can afford the loss. Then Daniel Bryan can have a b-show spring time challenger and Bray and Cena lay down for Roman Reigns this summer. This match should be great as it will be given all the bells and whistles it needs to make it good and without the pressure of the main event spot, they can focus on stealing the show, rather than carrying it.

Winner:  John Cena

 

Rhett Davis:  I love original feuds like this.  They are so fresh and make it much more interesting than a high-stakes 18th time fight like Orton vs. Cena.  Some of my favorite Cena matches are the first fights between him and his opponents.  Umaga, Brock Lesnar, and Daniel Bryan are good examples.  The video package for this match was excellent, and the build has been good. (minus Margarittaville) As for who wins, it could go either way, but, as long as Bray looks good, then it doesn’t matter who wins.  I do think they’ll go with Bray winning though.  Partially because this match is lower on the card, and partially because it doesn’t do anything for Cena to win this match.  Absolutely nothing.

Winner:  Bray Wyatt

 

Steven Berkman:  If John Cena beats Wyatt, especially after “overcoming the odds” of the Family on the outside, Wyatt becomes just another guy who cuts another promo.  It doesn’t propel Cena any further up the totem pole, which means it doesn’t have a long run benefit.  Wyatt on the other hand, especially if he were to win with little-to-no help from Rowan/Harper, would be catapulted like Drew McIntyre before Vince tired of him.  The other option is that this program continues, in which case a Cena victory could be justified.  This is the big stage though – This is where Wyatt needs to win (because that did Fandango a lot of good).  What do I want to happen?  Wyatt wins (little-to-no shenanigans).  What do I expect to happen?  GDYC

Winner:  John Cena

 

Chris Sanders: Since this is the battle for legacy, does that mean the winner gets Ted DiBiase Jr? Or does the winner take over Cody’s babysitting duties from Goldust? Either way, I think both participants should rethink this stipulation. But for real real (not for play play), I’m really looking forward to this match because Bray is a promo genius and the build has been done the right way (Cena singing Margaritaville aside). I’m torn about picking the winner here because there’s what I want to happen and then there’s what is likely to happen. This would a huge way for Bray to really kickstart the main event career or just be another bump in the road for Cena.

Winner: Sadly, John Cena

 

Mike Gojira:  I would love to see a Wyatt victory but all signs point to John Boy delivering a loss to the former Husky Harris.

Winner: John Cena

 

Onemanfarmhand:  What I’d like to see: John Cena losing, putting on a jumpsuit and becoming a tortured/silent member of the Wyatt gang for months.  He would be cheered for doing this and then eventually booed again for eventually Super Cena-ing up and turning back into the hero.  What will actually happen: This will be John Cena’s version of being “A Company Guy” by giving Bray Wyatt the rub.  Bray Wyatt goes over and wins the match.

Winner:  Bray Wyatt

 

Kincaid: What is there left to say about this feud that has not already been talked about to death by myself, the other writers, and the commenters?  Except for one week, Cena has treated Wyatt as a legitimate threat.  This has benefited not only Wyatt in building him up, but has gotten more fans behind Cena.  When he was revealed under the sheep mask this past Monday when he attacked Wyatt, he got an overall positive crowd reaction.  Blair Douglas raised a great point in a comments section where (in his own way), he speculated that a Wyatt win over Cena would be too much too soon and that over-saturation and limited viability of the character could lead to him turning into a variation of the next Sheamus.  I do not see Wyatt as the next Sheamus as he has a much more defined character, with less chance for him to falter from lack of direction or purpose.  Additionally, this is not a title match, so there is not the pressure that Wyatt “carry” the main event as champion.  I also do not see this match being the end of the feud.  The best story-arc for it to continue requires the hero to taste defeat and be plagued by more self-doubt.  It will likely come through a form of interference via the Family, but still, at the end of this, expect Cena to feel Sister Abigail’s Kiss.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

 

Justin C:  To me this has been the best built match on the show. Instead of the corny and joking Cena we are used too, we’ve been getting a serious and focused Cena. And that is when he is at his best. He is taking Bray Wyatt as a serious threat and not taking him lightly. Bray’s promos have been tremendous in the build up. After struggling in late 2013, Bray Wyatt has shot up the charts in 2014 and has cemented himself as a main event player going forward. A win here would do wonders for Bray. I know the babyfaces normally come out on top at Mania, but part of me thinks Bray gets the win here. It would just mean so much for his character. Cena can get a win back at Extreme Rules if needed. But Bray picking up a big win at Mania makes a lot of sense, and I’m calling that here.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

 

People Power:  With 56% of the vote, Bray Wyatt wins the People Power pick.

 

The Tally:  Bray Wyatt – 7

John Cena – 6

 

Match Six

The Final Chance:  Winner Moves Into The Main Event Triple Threat
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H

 

CB: Okay, conspiracy tHHHeorists, here we go. After everything that’s been done to Daniel Bryan since SummerSlam and after calling the audible they had to call because entire crowds at arena after arena really were hijacking live TV airings of Monday Night Raw, I do think that Daniel Bryan will beat Triple H here and move onto the Triple Threat Match that will close out WrestleMania 30. Can you imagine the backlash that everyone in New Orleans would unleash onto the main event if Daniel Bryan is excluded AGAIN? It would be absolutely epic. Of course, WWE could also get a little “too smart” here and wind up booking HHH over Bryan here via nefarious means, only for WrestleMania host Hulk Hogan to save the day and insert Daniel Bryan into the title match anyway, making it a Fatal Four Way. Nevertheless, I am hoping that WWE simply sticks with logic and what everyone wants to see, which is Daniel Bryan kicking ass and flat-out winning both matches.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Camden Fordyce:  Easy: Bryan wins and enters the triple threat match.

Winner: YES YES YES

 

David Spain: Yeah, call me cynical, but I’m not seeing a three-heel main event. Leaving aside the possibility of Triple H winning in an underhand manner and Hogan making the match a Fatal Four-Way (or Mr Fuji challenging Hogan to take on Orton, Batista and Triple H, with Bret Hart urging Hulk to ‘fight for what’s right’), I’m seeing this as being the first of two steps on Bryan’s road to redemption.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Jake Ziegler: Has to be Daniel Bryan. It just has to be.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Mark Allen:  I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this. If you’re reading this then you are probably a nerd like me. If WWE has any justice, Bryan beats Triple H like “apparently” has been building since August. Bryan becomes a made man.

Winner:  Daniel Bryan

 

Rhett Davis:  I’m actually looking forward to this match.  It’s another fresh matchup and let’s face it… Daniel Bryan really doesn’t have bad matches.  I think WWE has finally figured out that if Daniel Bryan doesn’t leave Mania with the title then it’s going to be boo’d out of the arena.  I say that Daniel Bryan wins this one after Triple H gets cocky and bans all outside interference.  After Triple H wakes up backstage he either A) inserts himself in the main event or B) says something to the extent of Bryan doesn’t walk out of New Orleans with that belt.

Winner:  Daniel Bryan

 

Steven Berkman:  Oh the shenanigans that are possible here.  It weighs on the shoulders of fans the world around.  People have discussed this to disgusting length.  The long and short here is this – Bryan needs to walk out of Mania triumphant.  That means he needs to win this match.  The question is what’s bigger – HHH’s brain or his ego?  What do I want to happen?  Bryan blasts HHH with “The Knee that beat John Cena.”  What do I expect to happen?  Some bull5#!t but Bryan still ends up in the main event

Winner:  Daniel Bryan

 

Chris Sanders: I’ve got to believe WWE isn’t wanting to troll the audience so much as to put HHH in the main event. As misguided as that assumption may be, I’ve got to hold onto some sort of hope. At the very least, Bryan gets the win but gets the beat down from HHH afterwards that everybody seems to be predicting.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Mike Gojira:  This will be a brutal fight but I think the only logical conclusion is that Bryan walks away the victor.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Onemanfarmhand:  Daniel Bryan finally gets the big payoff!  YES! YES! YES!

Winner:  Daniel Bryan

 

Kincaid: A friend of mine told me about a great idea where Triple H at the start of the match, gets a kiss from Stephanie, and turns right into the running knee and gets pinned in 18-seconds.  It would be a nice callback to Bryan’s first Wrestlemania (not counting his pre-show non-match against Sheamus the year before at Wrestlemania 27) and set up for him coming full circle with capturing the belt at the end of the night.  A nice idea, but I do not see them wanting to “waste” Triple H in such a manner.  I think there is some legitimate doubt as to the outcome with this match.  While I have talked ad nausea about Bryan’s “hero quest” storyline that started at SummerSlam, a Triple H victory would certainly generate buzz.  WWE may decide that having the audience boo the hell out of an all-heel triple threat match is something different and shocking.  Or worse, they think that they can book the match so that by the end Randy Orton is cheered as the face.  Do not tell me people would not turn into Raw the next night in droves were Triple H to win the title to see what the company decide to do and how the audience will respond.  As much as I would not want to give them the satisfaction, I will be unable to resist watching like a rubbernecker passing a 12-car pile-up.  Have to make a call here, don’t I?  Ok, I say that this is match of the night.  Triple H is motivated to show he can still go, and does not want people commenting about how Bryan showed him up.  Bryan well all know can deliver on a big stage and will give his all both from a storyline and performer perspective.  I expect a protracted heat segment where the commentary team will start to “feel uncomfortable” with watching Triple H’s beating on Bryan.  This will only lead to the inevitable comeback and Triple H will mirror 10 years ago and tap out to a variation of a crossface.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Justin C:  This match should have been happening at Wrestlemania no matter what. It’s the path they should have taken in August. Instead the WWE didn’t believe in Daniel Bryan and it blew up in their faces. They had to add HHH getting a Title shot if he wins just to add to the suspense of the match. But there shouldn’t be any other outcome besides Daniel Bryan winning. The WWE can’t be that stupid to have HHH win, and then do something like add Bryan to the Title match via Hulk Hogan or something stupid. It would diminish the moment. Bryan wins by pinning HHH with the running knee.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

People Power:  With 88% of the vote, Daniel Bryan wins the People Power pick.

 

The Tally:  Daniel Bryan – 13

Triple H – 0

 

Match Seven

The Beast vs. The Streak
Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker

 

CB: I don’t know why, but I am just very underwhelmed by this Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker match. Maybe it’s because I feel that Lesnar would absolutely destroy Taker at this point in their careers if they were fighting for real, or perhaps I just can’t suspend any disbelief since I know what the outcome will be and I am not all that excited about what I expect the match quality to be for this encounter. It’s not that Brock Lesnar won’t put on a solid performance or that the Undertaker is unable to pull one more rabbit out of his WrestleMania hat, but I feel that something is seriously lacking here compared to the last four years when The Phenom took on HBK twice, HHH and CM Punk.

Winner: The Undertaker

 

Camden Fordyce:  No question the streak remains.  I hope the match lives up to the previous Undertaker WrestleMania moments.  Brock looks good in defeat however.

Winner:  Undertaker

 

David Spain: The match I am personally most looking forward to, although I believe that despite the onslaught Lesnar’s sure to deliver, it’s going to be another number to add to the Streak. If it was someone who would benefit long-term from ending the Undertaker’s dominance at WrestleMania, someone in the position that, say, Bray Wyatt might find himself in next year, then I’d be more convinced that it might be a loss for the Dead Man. But Lesnar? Rest In Peace.

Winner: The Undertaker.

 

Jake Ziegler: The Streak will never die, and certainly not at the hands of Brock Lesnar.

Winner: Undertaker

 

Mark Allen:  They have been trying to find the proverbial “golden goose” for Undertaker at WrestleMania since he surprised the world with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXV. That match for me personally is the best wrestling match I have ever seen, and it would probably never be surpassed. But I’m also the biggest Brock Lesnar mark I know and I’m excited to see them lock up once again. Taker wins once again, but here’s hoping Lesnar doesn’t accidentally break him. And I do have a standing bet with a fraternity brother that if Sting shows up he buys the whole pay per view, no questions asked.

Winner:  Undertaker

 

Rhett Davis:  There’s not too much to really say about this match.  Brock comes in like an unstoppable monster, but, unfortunately, we already know that’s not the case.  If they played more into the whole ‘Undertaker is 8 billion years old’ angle, then this might have been believable or more compelling anyways.  The sad truth is that this match is a phoned-in Undertaker feud just put together to add Brock Lesnar to the list of victims.  There’s no doubt Undertaker wins this.

Winner:  The Deadman

 

Steven Berkman:  Why the hell would Lesnar break the Streak?  Again, what does he gain from this?  He wrestles three times a year, it’s always a no holds barred match so that he can just club everyone to death and I don’t care what anyone says, it’s not putting butts in seats or viewers at TVs.  Undertaker’s Streak is the biggest thing in wrestling.  It’s held in higher regard than any title in WWE.  The only reason to ever break this Streak is to get over a future star.  One that they have full confidence in and believe will be an asset for many, many years.  I don’t even necessarily think you SHOULD break the Streak, but that’s the only logical reason I can fathom to even consider it.  And to those that say maybe Cena should break it next year to send ‘Taker off into the great beyond…I hate you to your very soul.  What do I want to happen?  Undertaker.  What do I expect to happen?   Undertaker.

Winner:  The Undertaker

 

Chris Sanders: Fun match to watch and it’ll cross off a fantasy booking match we’ve been talking about the past few years. However, nothing has really been done to make me think the streak is in jeopardy.

Winner: Undertaker

 

Mike Gojira:  The build for this match has been so horribly one-sided that there is no way Lesnar walks away from this having broken The Streak.  Look, we all know that The Undertaker’s opponent loses at Wrestlemania, but the whole point of the build to this type of match is that the POSSIBILITY of Taker losing is there.  The build-up did nothing to show this.  Hell, it should have been Brock challenging Undertaker, not the other way around.  Focus on Taker’s advanced age and how Lesnar is young and spry, make Lesnar look like an absolute monster, and then he can lose at the PPV.  And I love how the announce team was shocked that Lesnar delivered an F-5 to the Deadman last Monday; um, hello?  He did that shit years ago during his first run when Taker put him over strong!

Winner: The Undertaker

 

Onemanfarmhand:  The Streak stays alive and Taker is carried off in on a stretcher raising further questions on whether or not he’ll be in another Wrestlemania ever again.  (Please step up, Sting)

Winner:  The Undertaker

 

Kincaid: I do not care about this match one bit.  Outside of the moment it was announced with Undertaker stabbing Lesnar, the build-up has just been there.  There has been zero passion, intrigue, or anything that has sold me on having to see this match.  It is a shame as the last several years of Undertaker matches have had some great build.  The four years of Shawn Michaels/Triple H as his opponents were intriguing and there were moments where I entertained the possibility that Undertaker might actually lose.  With CM Punk last year, I kept coming back to Raw and Smackdown to see what Punk and Heyman were going to do next to twist the knife in Taker’s gut over the death of Paul Bearer and their stealing the urn.  I knew Punk wasn’t going to win, but at least the story they told was Punk’s willingness to go so far as to make Undertaker snap and possibly get himself disqualified; which would result in a victory for Punk.  Here though, it is just two guys going at it.  They have not brought in the extensive history the two have (both storyline wise and in real life), nor have they made Lesnar see like a credible threat to the streak.  I am also afraid this match is going to be a flop from an entertainment perspective.  Contrary to a lot of opinions, I hated Taker/Triple H from Wrestlemania 27 (their non-Hell in the Cell match).  It did not tell a story and was certainly not engaging.  It started with a flurry of punches then quickly degenerated into big move, rest for two minutes, big move, lay on the ground for two minutes, repeat.  I am not expecting fireworks in this affair outside of the opening pyro.  Which is a shame.

Winner: The Undertaker

 

Justin C:  I’m pretty sure every wrestling fan will be cringing during every bump The Undertaker takes during this match. Brock Lesnar isn’t the safest worker in the world. The build to this match hasn’t been great. The only way people were going to even remotely buy into Lesnar breaking The Streak would have been if Brock got the better of Taker at every corner, should no fear, and left Taker laid out after every confrontation. Instead we are getting Undertaker Wrestlemania Build 101. And while the match may still be good, no one thinks Lesnar is ending The Streak. Taker wins and The Streak lives on.

Winner: The Undertaker

 

People Power:  With 96% of the vote, The Undertaker wins the People Power pick.

 

The Tally:  The Undertaker – 12

Brock Lesnar – 0

 

Match Eight

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match

Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. (Triple H or Daniel Bryan)

 

CB: Whether this stays a Triple Threat match with Daniel Bryan inserted or does become a Fatal Four Way with both Daniel Bryan and HHH added to these proceedings, one thing that has to happen no matter what is this:

Daniel Bryan must win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30 and send the crowd home happy.

If that does not happen, then the Raw following WrestleMania will still be must-watch television, but for all of the wrong reasons.  Of course, some people like Swayze have mentioned that perhaps this would be the spot for WWE to turn John Cena heel by having Cena cost Daniel Bryan the match, and while that would certainly be a WrestleMania-worthy turn of events, I just don’t see WWE ever having the guts to do that. Therefore, I am sticking with what I know to be the most logical and fan-friendly decision that WWE could make in this situation, especially after all of the months of jerking Daniel Bryan and everyone else around…

Winner and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Bryan

 

Camden Fordyce:  Charlie Brown can’t miss the football again, can he?  This match turns out one way or it’s a RIOT!

Winner:  Daniel Bryan

 

David Spain: I know I’ve thrown my hat in for Bryan to be in this match, but in the interest of completion, I’d like to say that if Triple H ends up being the third man then it seems likely that Batista will take it home. But my belief is that Daniel Bryan will end the night with the two belts held above his head and having earned his happy ending and WrestleMania moment.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Jake Ziegler: Please?

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Mark Allen:  Daniel Bryan needs to win this match and beat WWE’s super powers. For WWE’s sake, Bryan needs to beat these two WWE monsters and stand mid-ring holding those two Title belts high above his head while 70,000 fans chant “yes.” Nerd fans have threatened to walk away from WWE for months now, but if Bryan does not win next weekend, it might actually cause people to walk away. Sometimes the good guy needs to win and in this instance the good guy needs to win. Erase that WrestleMania XX moment that will no longer ever be seen again and let Bryan win. And if Punk walks out to hug him post-match, parts of the Internet will literally explode.

Winner:  Daniel Bryan

 

Rhett Davis:  This will be an interesting match, and it will probably be full of controversy and interference.  Whether it is a fatal-4-way or just a triple threat match, I don’t see Daniel Bryan not coming out of New Orleans with the gold.  It doesn’t make sense in any way.  They want the WWE Network, a feel good moment for WM30, and they want to appease the WWE Universe at WrestleMania?  The only way to do that is to have Daniel Bryan win.  Triple H will use a ton of shenanigans to make sure Daniel Bryan doesn’t come out with the belt.  But Bryan will overcome all of it even if it takes some help from CM Punk.

Winner (and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion):  Daniel Bryan

 

Steven Berkman:  Shenanigans part two.  I could go on and on about all the nonsense we all see coming in this match.  But I won’t.  Bryan will be in this match, HHH will somehow be involved (whether as a participant or not), unless we get some Vince action to prevent as much.  A Kneeplus after an RKO or Batista Bomb exchange between Orton and Batista is a very strong possibility, but if they really want to put the stamp of STAR on Bryan, have him blast both of them with a Knee plus at the same time, then pin Orton.  This lets you set up Bryan/Batista, with Orton playing the third wheel.  What do I want to happen?  Bryan ends Mania with 70,000 strong doing the YES.  What do I expect to happen?  Bryan ends Mania as champion, but HHH blatantly tries to steal even the tiniest bit of attention (because he’s a fundamentally terribly human being).

Winner:  Daniel Bryan

 

Chris Sanders: Like I said earlier, I really believe Daniel Bryan will be in it just for the sake the crowd actually being invested in this main event. However, I don’t think we’re gonna get Bryan winning in the end because I think the Authority will have something up their sleeves. However, I’d be very surprised if Randy left WM30 as champ.

Winner: Boo-tista

 

Mike Gojira:  Time for that feel-good Wrestlemania moment we’ve all been waiting for!  The company wouldn’t DARE put three heels in their title match at Wrestlemania, especially with the future of the WWE Network on the line.  No, this night belongs to the Yes Movement.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Onemanfarmhand:  DAN-IEL BRY-AN! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

Winner:  Daniel Bryan

 

Kincaid:  This is written purely from the assessment that Daniel Bryan is the third participant.  While we all want our happy ending, I could still see them pulling the trigger on a Batista victory.  Think of the promo on Raw the next night where he can tell the audience to deal with it.  I could see WWE going this route because of the old “the thrill is in the chase,” even though at some point the chase needs to end and the hero achieves his goal.  I am not sure what to expect from this match.  The audience will be into every little twitch from Daniel Bryan, but there will be segments featuring Batista and Orton going at each other.  I also wonder if Batista has endurance back yet or will he be gassed five minutes in and needing to spend extended periods “incapacitated.”  I am more interested in watching Bryan and Batista since we have seen Bryan and Orton several times in the past year.  While Bryan does get the most out of Orton, I doubt we would see anything new or earth-shaking.  I am giving the WWE the benefit of the doubt here that they want to send the audience home happy and have that moment they crave with Bryan leading the entire Superdome in the “Yes!” chant.

Winner (and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion): Daniel Bryan

 

Justin C:  Once again, Daniel Bryan should be walking out of Wrestlemania as WWE Champ. The WWE doesn’t like to send their fans home unhappy from the biggest event of the year. Randy Orton is 100% not retaining here. Batista might win if the WWE promised him that, but I highly doubt that happens. Here’s my guess as to how it goes down. Bryan starts gaining momentum toward the end of the match. HHH comes out with Kane and the Outlaws to try and run interference, but The Shield meets them at the ramp and prevents it. After a few more minutes of wrestling, Bryan makes Orton tap in the middle of the ring to win the Title. It’s the right story and gives the WWE a real Wrestlemania moment that can be replayed in video packages for years to come.

Winner:  Daniel Bryan

 

People Power:  With 72% of the vote, Daniel Bryan wins the People Power pick.

 

The Tally:  Daniel Bryan – 12

Batista – 1

Randy Orton – 0

Triple H – 0

 

Well that about sums it up and only 10,580 words!  Phew!  Well thank you all for reading and be sure to check in with Inside Pulse Wrestling for all your WrestleMania and WWE news.  Be sure to tune in here for the LIVE results of WrestleMania Sunday night!  Thank you again and I’ll see you next month!

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