Hey Machiavellians... This year's WrestleMain, honestly, is pretty underwhelming for me. In truth, as many of you know, I think much of WWE has been in this funk for a number of years. That being said this IS Wrestlemania and my feeling is anything is possible. So here are my 2019 WrestleMaina 35 Predictions.
Now in my own personal twist I am giving you two different answers. I will give you my Prediction for what WWE will do but also my thoughts (as a former booker of wrestling) of how I would book the finishes as well
The Kickoff Show
WINNER: Buddy Murphy
WINNER: Braun Strowman
TITUS WINNER: Otis
Yes, I know I know, Otis came from Rocky Mountain Pro... I work at Rocky Mountain Pro and yes he is a friend of mine. None of that matters here. Otis is a social media fan fav, he is talented, entertaining, and likable. He will be a great star in WWE once he is out on his own. Is now the time to break up Heavy Machinery? No! But giving Otis a push here could be used in several ways, as a single or to elevate the tag team. Otis standing center ring with his partner Tucker celebrating would be a great lift to the battle Royal and a way to bring those early fans (pre-show remember_ some enjoyment and set the table that THIS Mania will be better than you think.
TITUS WINNER: Ruby Riott
Should Asuka not win? Of course not. But in the spirit of what the battle royal should be, as a way to push newer talent, Asuka really doesn't need the push. She is already one of the top Stars in the division. Ruby is, in my opinion in that Top 5 just not getting the distinction she deserves. This is THAT opportunity to show Ruby is a top talent and thrust her into the top tier to challenge for the title(s).
WINNER: The Revival
TITUS WINNER: The Revival
So here is the difference. Instead of making a throw away match that was only booked 3 days before the show. Like someone realized ..."Oops we didn't book a Tag Team Title Match for Mania .. hmmm who isn't doing anything? Oh Yeah Ryder and Hawkins!!" Instead I would have built The Revival as a dominate Tag Team over their reign and made Ryder and Hawkins an underdog challenge. I would have booked this as a strong tag team match with many close finishes for Ryder/Hawkins and who at the end just couldn't outlast the Champions. But I expect this to be a poorly crafted match making both teams look terrible. What a waste of The Revival!
Again, more of the same from WWE and their Tag Team Divisions. Lord... they have screwed up Tag Teams for years now they get to do it twice as much!!. So we have the Usos defending in a gimmicky (let's get all the teams in there) match. I barely accept triple threats for Championship Matches let alone a 4 way. But this is a 4 way with 8 guys. Hard to book, hard to keep straight, not designed for a mat classic.
WINNER: Ricochet & Aleister Black
TITUS WINNER: Ricochet & Aleister Black
More of the same from the last Tag Title Match, poorly booked. Now Ricochet and Black have been booked pretty well... even though I do not get nor accept the pairing of them. If this were a straight-up Uso v Ricochet/Black match I would have higher hopes. But the fact there are so many men involved it is bound to become a cluster with a gimmicked finish. I would prefer a straight-up tag match with a clean "dominate" finish from the NXT call-ups.
Honestly, this is one of the few matches I want to see. And based on two reasons. To see Kurt finish his career (especially as I watched live him start his career live in 1999). The other, is based on the hope WWE books this the way I would.
WINNER: Baron Corbin
TITUS WINNER: Kurt Angle
There is an unwritten rule in wrestling... call it doing the honors... giving back to the business. Many examples of that, see Hogan v Andre at WM3. But this is one of those moments that the rule shouldn't apply. No title on the line, no retirement terms, no gimmick. Just a this is my last match moment. I would have booked this an entirely different way. But since this is the match we got this is how I do it. I have Kurt take Corbin out in a quick 5 minute match... yes is could "hurt" Corbin but really... how worse could it get for him? After his victory, the music of John Cena plays and he comes out all geared up ready to rumble (thank you for ruining that phrase WCW). In classic Cena form he cuts a promo that Angle shouldn't leave like that.. in a quick toss-out match.. but instead against the man that Cena himself debuted again.... yes John Cena. Cena of course loses (his character can take it) and Angle leaves to fireworks, tears, applause and the loudest YOU SUCK chant in history. PLEASE VINCE... do this match the justice it deserves!
WINNER: Shane McMahon
TITUS WINNER: The Miz
If you know anything about me you must know I LOVE THE MIZ!! He is a classic old-school type of heel that most guys don't want to be anymore. He can talk, get good heat, and can work in the ring. Years ago I claimed he would be my pick as the face for the New 4 Horsemen (the Ric Flair). But WWE has a problem with him. Backstage, ego, who knows really. Maybe Cena has buried him. Anyway. As he is the face in this match I would book him a redemption angle in this match. He would get tons of heat thrown on him by Shane, his Dad in the audience his wife and child, and have him dig in deep to win the match. Then... on Smackdown turn heel by doing something nasty. I prefer hating him (thus loving him) more than cheering for him.
WINNER: Sasha Banks and Bayley
TITUS WINNER: Sasha Banks and Bayley
There is no there ... there for this match. I never would have booked it in the first place. As it is.. try to book an even paced match, make Beth look strong, Nia and Tamina strong, and give the Iconics a couple of places to shine. Put the Champs over strong at the end and BUILD REAL TAG TEAM DIVISIONS!!!!
WINNER: Samoa Joe
TITUS WINNER: Samoa Joe
Again I never book this match-up in the first place, but this is the match I was given. Lots of heat on Rey... make Joe look dominate as hell and Rey showing tons of heart and courage. In the end Rey goes for a big high risk and Joe Squashes him into a tap out.
WINNER: Bobby Lashey
TITUS WINNER: Finn Balor aka The Demon
It has been years since Finn dug out the Demon and it will be the first time at Wrestlemania If I am booking, which why else are you reading this, I book a strong back and forth match, Lashley off-guard at The Demons power and the Coup de Grace finish and a Title Victory for the Demon. That could lead to a rematch the night after on Raw with The Demon getting banned for the building, I know hooky as hell but this is wresting after-all Maybe Lashley regains, maybe there is a thrown out finish, but the storyline could continue on from there.
WINNER: Triple H
TITUS WINNER: Batista
Ooh I know!! HHH losing?!?! Let's face it, his good days are behind him and he is more effective as an onscreen character anymore. Plus.... It keeps the door open for a rematch at Mania 36. Triple H wants back in the ring... only Batista have the keys to that. They rematch next year in a Hell in the Cell and Triple H wins that allowing him to compete again. Whatever, again it is wrestling have some freaking fun with it.
WINNER: AJ Styles
TITUS WINNER: AJ Styles
I think... THINK... WWE will book this match right. A rarity for this night but this could be the match people talk about at the water cooler the next day at work. Fingers crossed!
WINNER: Roman Reigns
TITUS WINNER: Roman Reigns
Cue the Titus Sucks Chants. I know Roman is about every Indy Fan's least favorite Star. Honestly, I get it however I blame Vince not him. Roman has been overly booked the passed number of years and the WWE has refused to listen and learn. That being said I see something different since his return from battle cancer. I see a difference in the fans. If I am booking this match, make it as "traditional" as you can. Classic heel heat on Roman, hope spots, and the comeback for the victory. NOT DOMINATION by Reigns!!! If he looks human and not Superman I see this match working well. As for the finish, it has to be Reigns as Drew has had the better of him and with his triumphant return this has to be the payoff.
WINNER: Daniel Bryan
TITUS WINNER: Daniel Bryan
I get the historical significance of Kofi wining. But that alone is not a reason book him winning the match. You should never book a match because it sounds or looks good. Book it because it's the right story. NOW, if the build up in the match made more sense than I see how Kofi wins. But I am honestly just confused on this whole deal.
WINNER: Seth Rollins
TITUS WINNER: Brock Lesnar
This makes more sense as you read the main event. This will anger the fans, put heat on Brock, and allow WWE to get the RIGHT guy to beat Brock who's name isn't Roman. Who is that guy? I am not sure but as of today as much as I really dig Seth it isn't him. Stick with me... read the next part to follow my thoughts.
The second part of WWE How do your Book this match is the hardest. And that is due to all the parameters involved. There is the wrestling business that needs told but there is the Business side of things. What do I mean? All Storylines should have a payoff. Example: Daniel Bryan put through all the struggles to finally win at WM30. The payoff was his victory. So the storyline payoff is Becky winning. The business side is two fold.
If we go with the storyline business we have another problem. Becky wins but she wins matches by submission. So you are asking Ronda who is an honest bad ass (for the moment ignore her final two MMA fights). Ronda is a legit Judo fighter and won bronze at the Olympics. She is a legit MMA fighter who has legit tapped people out. So the issue her is to have a legit fighter tap out to a "perceived" fake fighting pro wrestler and have it NOT hurt HER brand? Honestly, folks that IS an issue for people. These pro wrestlers, MMA fighters, hell movie stars work hard on their brand. It is their money maker. Does Ronda tapping hurt her real world brand? The answer is maybe. Will she take the hit or stand strong and say I'll take the pin but never tap out? That is the questions I have about this match.
Charlotte is the X-Factor... in my opinion she deserves to be in this match. The first ever Women's Main Event at Mania?? Hell Yeah she earned that right. Ronda is the attraction and freaking Becky earned it the ole fashioned way. So with this I am honestly happy with the match HOWEVER the build up sucked bad. That last segment of Raw was comical and misplaced in the show. For me that could have been booked better (the cops were laughable) and it should have CLOSED OUT THE SHOW. Leave us hanging. Hell you could have talked on social media all day about them making bail.. or not making bail. Ronda could have been filmed leaving jail with her husband, Charlotte with her father Ric and a lawyer and the question of poor old Becky being stuck in jail. So many possible to push towards the big show. But in typical form WWE blew it.
Ok, enough of that... here is the prediction.
Ok, WWE is more interested in stock price, ad revenue and profit than storylines. OF course they are... they are a business. And business dictates that Ronda (even if she is leaving via rumors) wins the match. That photo of her stand center ring with both belts and all the fireworks will run all night Sunday and all day on Monday. Hell will even get coverage for Raw that night. After that if Ronda is leaving Becky could come out and the two one on one the Main Event and Becky wins there. Fans will still hate it but total business will be done.
WINNER: Ronda Rousey
TITUS WINNER: Becky Lynch
Based on Brock winning against Seth the fans will be very anger, you can cover that feeling with the biggest feel good since Mania 30 with Becky tapping out Ronda. Ronda take the rumored break and when/if she returns she returns hard, maybe comes right out and "break" becky's arm. Gets serious heat and can claim Becky beat me in a stupid wrestling gimmick match and never one on one. That leads to whatever major event you have coming up based on the return. But WrestleMania 35, with the first ever Women's Main Event ends on the highest of high notes.
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