WrestleMania 30 predictions

WrestleMania 30 predictions

It’s almost here. The Showcase of the Immortals celebrates its 30th edition this Sunday on WWE Network and on pay-per-view, and the last leg of The Road to WrestleMania has the entire WWE Universe buzzing with excitement.

Yet, beyond the grandeur and spectacle that go hand-in-hand with The Show of Shows, one ultimate question remains on the collective mind of the fans: Who’s going to win? On a stacked card befitting its hype, there’s no shortage of pick ’ems. Will The Streak survive? What about John Cena’s legacy? And can the “Yes!” Movementreallygo the distance?

Ahead of the big show, check who the staff at WWE.com has selected as the favorites to win at WrestleMania 30, and add your voice in the comments section below.

WrestleMania 30 predictions

It’s almost here. The Showcase of the Immortals celebrates its 30th edition this Sunday on WWE Network and on pay-per-view, and the last leg of The Road to WrestleMania has the entire WWE Universe buzzing with excitement.

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Yet, beyond the grandeur and spectacle that go hand-in-hand with The Show of Shows, one ultimate question remains on the collective mind of the fans: Who’s going to win? On a stacked card befitting its hype, there’s no shortage of pick ’ems. Will The Streak survive? What about John Cena’s legacy? And can the “Yes!” Movement really go the distance?

Ahead of the big show, check who the staff at WWE.com has selected as the favorites to win at WrestleMania 30, and add your voice in the comments section below.

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WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match (Pre-Show Match)

@JoeyStyles: Unlike almost all WWE Superstars, the twin sons of WWE Legend Rikishi never dreamed of becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Instead, they shared the lifelong dream of being WWE Tag Team Champions. Now that they have the twin titles, no two competitors will take them away anytime soon. The gust of momentum carrying The Usos over the top rope for their synchronized dives onto their challengers will not wane before or at WrestleMania. Uce! WINNERS: The Usos

@HowardFinkel: I am a big exponent of tag team competition, so I am looking forward to this match. I am going with the upset here by picking Los Matadores. There’s a lot of power and strength comprising the other three teams, yet Fernando & Diego have the advantage in the speed and finesse departments, which should be their ticket to gaining the WWE Tag Titles. WINNERS: Los Matadores

Jake Grate: The Usos have gotten off to a strong and impressive start as first-time WWE Tag Team Champions. Despite facing three distinctly dangerous duos — all with very diverse and formidable styles — I think the high-flying Samoan Superstars will retain their titles and put on a rousing WrestleMania performance. WINNERS: The Usos

Alexander Giannini: The Usos’ ascension to WWE Tag Team Champions has been a delight to watch. But if The Real Americans can stay on the same page long enough, there’s just no other team that can match the sheer power of Cesaro & Swagger. Old Zeb’s gonna have to earn his money, but if he keeps his boys united from bell to bell, I predict a big night for the trio. WINNERS: The Real Americans

John Clapp: A relatively quiet addition to a stacked WrestleMania 30 card, look for this Fatal 4-Way to be a dark-horse candidate for show-stealing honors. Now that they’ve seemingly moved past their brief spell of disunity, look for Cesaro & Jack Swagger to finally make a huge statement by uppercutting and ankle-locking their way to the WWE Tag Team Titles. WINNERS: The Real Americans.

The Usos: 2, The Real Americans: 2, Los Matadores: 1, Ryback & Curtis Axel: 0

Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational

@JoeyStyles: WWE has had Triple Threats, Fatal 4-Ways and Six-Pack Challenges, but to my recollection never a single-fall contest with 14 competitors. Therefore, I have chosen to dub this first a Tetradecagon Tussle. (I know it’s not catchy, but neither was Andre the Giant and King Kong Bundy’s “ Colossal Jostl e” tagline.) After carefully cutting 14 equal-sized pieces of paper, writing each competitor’s name on the aforementioned pieces of paper, placing them all into a hat, shaking said hat and extracting one of the equal-sized pieces of paper with each competitor’s name written on one of them, I have determined that Cameron will win the Tetradecagon Tussle for the Divas Championship. WINNER: Cameron

@HowardFinkel: The Showcase of the Immortals becomes the showcase of the Divas in this contest. Vickie Guerrero has concocted a doozy of an attraction, while in the process appearing to make reigning Divas Champion AJ Lee vulnerable to losing her coveted crown. But AJ is a very shrewd customer, and I feel that somehow she will find a way to prevail and retain her title. WINNER: AJ Lee

Jake Grate: With 14 Divas in this title match, I would not be surprised by any outcome. Although AJ Lee has amassed a record-breaking reign, I think her days are numbered, as she must deal with 13 challengers. Even if Tamina has her back, the odds are just too stacked against her. I think the time of the “Total Divas” has come, and the tough, technical, beautiful “Queen of Harts” will be the one leading the way. WINNER: Natalya

Alex Giannini: In my opinion, Alicia Fox is the most underrated Diva in the highly competitive division, and she’s strung together some impressive matches over the past year. Sure, AJ Lee’s got history on her side now with the longest reign ever, but I think Alicia will rewrite that book and walk off The Grandest Stage of Them All with the Divas Title in tow. WINNER: Alicia Fox

John Clapp: Tamina may have looked completely surprised by Vickie Guerrero inserting her into the mix of WrestleMania’s 14-Diva Invitational, but I can’t help but think that, deep down inside, she was thrilled about the opportunity. I expect the Divas division’s enforcer to unleash her fury on the pint-sized powder keg who’s blamed her for every misstep, and win the butterfly-emblazoned title in one fell swoop. WINNER: Tamina Snuka

Cameron: 1, AJ Lee: 1, Natalya: 1, Alicia Fox: 1, Tamina Snuka: 1

The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age Outlaws

@JoeyStyles: The Shield’s growth and near-incomparable success indicate the young Hounds of Justice will maul their Attitude Era opponents. However, with greater success comes greater egos, and almost every WWE Superstar — least of all those on an upward trajectory — aspires to be WWE Champion. Conversely, Kane & The New Age Outlaws know that they are at the tail end of their careers and are presumably being paid by The Authority to neuter the now-unleashed Hounds of Justice. It is that selflessness and shared goal that will lead to the veterans being victorious. WINNERS: Kane & The New Age Outlaws

@HowardFinkel: The Shield recently went through some choppy seas, but their collective ship has been sailing quite nicely as of late, and by my ears, they’ve taken on some passengers: the WWE Universe. I also like the Kane & New Age Outlaws trio — a very smart and savvy threesome in their in-ring exploits. I really think that this match is too close to call, but if push came to shove, I’ll go with The Shield. WINNERS: The Shield

Watch The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber on WWE Network

Jake Grate: Have The Hounds of Justice bitten off more than they can chew? Against the tough, experienced, “Attitudinal” trio of Kane, Road Dogg & Billy Gunn, The Shield’s newly recovered unity will get a strong test. I think the black-clad trio will rise to the occasion and get redemption — and justice — on The Grandest Stage of Them All. WINNERS: The Shield

Alex Giannini: If 2013 was the year of The Shield, 2014 has been anything but. Rising tensions among the three members have led to more losses in a three-month span than the combined losses of the previous year. But Reigns, Rollins & Ambrose seem to be back on the same page now, and they’ll put up a united front against three increasingly meddlesome foes at The Show of Shows. WINNERS: The Shield

John Clapp: The Director of Operations’ tendency for machinations, supported by the likes of The New Age Outlaws and Kane’s own far-reaching influence on the WWE locker room, is cause for concern for The Shield. Yet, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins assuredly haven’t forgotten the ending scene of SmackDown a couple of weeks ago, when they were left beaten, down and out for the first time in their career.  Motivated by vengeance, the refortified Hounds trounce their competition here. WINNERS: The Shield

The Shield: 4, Kane & The New Age Outlaws: 1

The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

@JoeyStyles: With only 27 WWE Superstars announced for this historic 30-Superstar free-for-all, I can’t make an official prediction. Therefore, I am simply going to state that I hope that Zack Ryder wins this epic mash-up of mass humanity. Why? Because at one time Zack Ryder was so popular that he was one of the top five movers of merchandise on WWEShop.com. A career resurgence for Long Island Iced-Z and a corresponding increase in merchandise sold would simply be “best for business.” Woo Woo Woo. You know it! WINNER: Zack Ryder

@HowardFinkel: This is a “statement-making” event for the winner. After looking over the roster of entrants, one name keeps coming to mind: Brodus Clay. We haven’t heard much from him in a while, yet knowing him like I do, he has not enrolled in “Dormant University” by any means; he has something to prove. I look for B.C. to return fresh — determined, with a new outlook — and outlast the field to garner the trophy. WINNER: Brodus Clay 

Watch Andre the Giant win the Battle Royal at WrestleMania 2

Jake Grate: It’s fitting that the legendary Andre the Giant is memorialized with a Battle Royal, as “The Eighth Wonder of the World” was all but invincible in the over-the-top-rope format. Likewise, Big Show brings unmatched size to this highly anticipated melee. I predict The World’s Largest Athlete will follow in the massive footsteps of a previous giant. WINNER: Big Show

Alex Giannini: Intercontinental Champion Big E has (quietly) dominated all challengers to his illustrious title over the course of his classy reign. Though he’s flown a bit under the radar lately, I think Big E will break out in a big way with a memorable WrestleMania moment. And he’ll take home the Andre Trophy as a result. WINNER: Big E

John Clapp: I’m a sucker for tradition and trophies and the like, so I’ve been stoked for this match since it was announced. Here are my two predictions: First, once the field thins out some, expect the action to be more akin to the closing moments of a Royal Rumble Match than a standard Battle Royal — a byproduct of this contest’s obvious prominence. Second, I foresee the resourceful Damien Sandow, whose style lends itself to this type of brawl, finding a way to win and once again galvanize his career. WINNER: Damien Sandow

Big E: 1, Zack Ryder: 1, Brodus Clay: 1, Big Show: 1, Damien Sandow: 1

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

@JoeyStyles: John Cena will win his match against upstart Bray Wyatt … officially. Though I expect Bray Wyatt to push the Cenation leader to his limits, I see “The Eater of Worlds” getting trapped in the STF, ready to tap out, when swamp monsters Luke Harper & Erick Rowan interfere to save their leader. Cena will win with a hollow disqualification, but will end up pummeled by The Wyatt Family. Frankly, I think Bray Wyatt is more interested in destroying Cena and everything he stands for than scoring a pinfall. If Cena doesn’t have a couple of allies in the locker room at the ready, he could spend the night at the emergency room on Tulane Street rather than on Bourbon Street. WINNER: John Cena

@HowardFinkel: I’ve always admired the grit and gutsiness that John Cena brings to his in-ring battles; arguably there’s no one better. But the complex ideology of Bray Wyatt has gone the route of executing a calculated program of mind games that I feel has Cena mentally rattled. Factor Erick Rowan & Luke Harper into the equation, and on this night the brains (Wyatt) will triumph over the brawn (Cena). WINNER: Bray Wyatt

Jake Grate: The inimitable John Cena has been up to every challenge that’s been thrown at him during his legendary WWE tenure. Bray Wyatt, however, is a uniquely dangerous competitor. In particular, his Royal Rumble victory over Daniel Bryan was eye-opening. I believe “The Eater of Worlds” will pick up another huge statement win as he seeks to remake WWE in his own twisted vision. WINNER: Bray Wyatt

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Alex Giannini: Who’s afraid of Bray Wyatt? Quite possibly John Cena. For the first time in his illustrious career, the Cenation leader faces down an unknowable foe — one who cares not for titles or glory, but for the utter destruction of his opponent’s legacy. And when it comes to Cena, especially, that legacy has been carefully cultivated and well-deserved. Cena is no stranger to big matches at WrestleMania, but what he’ll face in Bray Wyatt will be unlike any contest of his career. Though his ability to rise above is legendary, I think Cena will fall to the enigmatic Wyatt Family leader in New Orleans. WINNER: Bray Wyatt

John Clapp: This is one of WrestleMania’s most fascinating matchups, as it lands Cena in an unusual position — far away from the main event or the WWE World Heavyweight Title, homed in completely on a threat that’s uniquely dangerous. I’m of the opinion that Cena is even more determined to defend the legacy of his career — in turn, justifying all the many sacrifices that come with it — than any championship he has fought for in the past. If Harper & Rowan are kept at bay, which is a big if, Cena comes out on top. WINNER: John Cena

Bray Wyatt: 3, John Cena: 2

The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

@JoeyStyles: The Streak will never be broken. Never. Regardless of how much younger, bigger, stronger and faster Brock Lesnar is than The Undertaker, fate is always on The Phenom’s side at WrestleMania. That being said, The Demon of Death Valley may win the match but lose his career. It only takes three seconds for The Deadman to score a pinfall on The Anomaly. However, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion could spend 30 minutes methodically shattering The Phenom’s arms, legs, ribs and skull. Paul Heyman wants one of his “guys” to break Undertaker’s undefeated Streak. Who knows what Brock Lesnar wants? The Streak may not be in jeopardy, but The Undertaker’s well-being is. WINNER: The Undertaker

@HowardFinkel: If anybody can bust the Undertaker’s WrestleMania Streak, Brock Lesnar is the man. Seemingly impervious to pain, Paul Heyman’s client will go toe to toe with The Phenom and has an excellent chance of putting the “1” in the loss column. But folks, this is The Phenom we are talking about, and the track record speaks for itself. Bottom line: 22-0! WINNER: The Undertaker

Jake Grate: Even though Brock Lesnar is the most intimidating force in WWE, it would seem foolhardy to pick against Undertaker and his legendary 21-0 WrestleMania Streak. I think The Beast Incarnate can push The Deadman further that he’s ever been pushed before. In the end, though, it will be Lesnar who rests … in … peace. WINNER: The Undertaker

Alex Giannini: This is the one I’m waiting for, and I’m willing to bet you are, too. If The Streak has ever truly and honestly been in jeopardy, it’s this year as The Deadman prepares for war against The Beast Incarnate. Bigger, stronger, faster, Brock is the most imposing opponent imaginable. He’s a nightmare come to life, but then again, so is The Deadman — especially on The Grandest Stage. The Undertaker will have to conjure up all of his WrestleMania magic to put down Lesnar, but betting against The Deadman is a fool’s errand. Streaks are meant to be broken, sure. Just not this one. WINNER: The Undertaker

John Clapp: Here’s an unpopular opinion: Brock Lesnar will be the better man at WrestleMania 30. Each year that The Undertaker adds another win to his Show of Shows record, his body is forced to endure ever greater punishment, further weakening his seemingly supernatural constitution. All good things come to an end, and that includes The Streak. I hate writing this, but I think the Kimura Lock will break The Undertaker’s arm and the F-5 will break The Streak in New Orleans. WINNER: Brock Lesnar

The Undertaker: 4, Brock Lesnar: 1

Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H (Winner gains entry into main event)

@JoeyStyles: I just don’t see a way that Daniel Bryan fails to  win this match. While Triple H is one of the greatest WWE Superstars of all time, he competes only twice a year and that’s a disadvantage. Bryan has already dropped The Game with his running knee smash and there’s no reason to believe that he won’t do it again. Even if Bryan doesn’t pin the WWE COO or make him submit with the “Yes!” Lock, he can still win the match. The Cerebral Assassin has been outsmarted by Daniel Bryan and may not be able to control his rage at WrestleMania. Triple H getting disqualified is a very real possibility. WINNER: Daniel Bryan

@HowardFinkel: I have been extremely impressed with the “Yes!” Movement and what Daniel Bryan has accomplished as a result of it. I also know that when it’s go time, there is nobody better than The Cerebral Assassin. Considering all that has transpired between these two, I will quote a song lyric from John Mellencamp to give you my pick in this match:“I fight authority, authority always wins.”  WINNER: Triple H

Daniel Bryan and Triple H's Road to WrestleMania |  The Story of the 'Yes!' Movement

Jake Grate: The Beard will be gunning for payback against WWE’s COO on The Grandest Stage of Them All, that’s for sure. On a card full of matches rife with personal issues and resentment, this is likely the most volatile of the bunch. In the face of such chaos — and with the deck seemingly perpetually stacked in his favor — Triple H will get a huge WrestleMania win over the WWE fan favorite. WINNER: Triple H

Alex Giannini: After decimating Daniel Bryan on the March 17 Raw, Triple H has given himself an insurmountable advantage over The Beard. Yes, Bryan’s got heart. Yes, he’s got the support of the WWE Universe. Yes, he even started a movement. Doesn’t matter. None of it matters. The Game will prevail and stick a fork in the “Yes!” Movement at WrestleMania. WINNER: Triple H

John Clapp: Daniel Bryan’s rise to the top of WWE has been one of the absolute most feel-good stories in modern WWE history, and I have a hard time believing it will end in a loss to the all-powerful COO at WrestleMania. Far be it for The King of Kings to submit on The Grandest Stage; I don’t see that happening. However, it’s not inconceivable that Triple H will be blinded by his anger toward Bryan, leaving The Game uncharacteristically vulnerable to a well-timed running knee. WINNER: Daniel Bryan

Triple H: 3, Daniel Bryan: 2

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match

@JoeyStyles: Because this is a traditional Triple Threat Match and not an elimination match, Daniel Bryan (who I already predicted to win his way into the match) has an advantage. Batista and Randy Orton have both been embarrassed verbally and physically by Bryan and may work together to decimate him. However, even if The Viper and The Animal render their prey unconscious in the opening moments of the match, they then have to attack one another for the pinfall. That war of attrition may give Bryan just enough time to recover and claim the biggest victory of his career. Besides predicting Daniel Bryan to win, I also want him to win because I feel anything less may result in a riot at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. WINNER: Daniel Bryan

@HowardFinkel: What will be important to me is how much distance will be placed on the card between this match and Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H. Initially, Orton and Batista will be fresh out of the gate. But how much rest will my earlier pick of Triple H get between his match with Bryan and this one? That, to me, is a key point.  Nonetheless, I look for a hard-fought match, and my gut instinct has me thinking that Triple H will eke out the win … barely …. and garner a new WWE World Heavyweight Championship. WINNER: Triple H

Watch the dominance of Triple H |  Batista takes aim at Orton

Jake Grate: The landscape of this contest will be greatly impacted by whether it’s Bryan or Triple H who enters as the third combatant — not to mention what condition the victor will be in following the  grudge match earlier in the evening. Although this high-stakes main event could play out many ways, I think The Champion of Champions will find a way, as he has so many times before, to retain his title in the face of daunting odds. WINNER: Randy Orton

Alex Giannini: After he beats Daniel Bryan in their one-on-one battle, WWE COO Triple H will carry the momentum he built crushing the “Yes!” Movement directly into the Triple Threat Match for Randy Orton’s title. It’ll be an epic clash between three former allies, but in the end, The King of Kings will emerge with a new crown — in the form of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. WINNER: Triple H

John Clapp: No matter how battered and bruised the “Yes!” Man is following his duel against Triple H, he’s my pick to become the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. I think Bryan’s superior strategy and speed will be the deciding factor, enabling him to find an opening and attack with stunning precision when the opportunity presents itself. This one’s going to end happily. WINNER: Daniel Bryan

Triple H: 2, Daniel Bryan: 2, Randy Orton: 1

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