Shore's WWE WrestleMania 30 preview and predictions: Will Daniel Bryan finally have his night? Can John Cena save his legacy? Will Sting make an appearance after the Undertaker match?
By Chris Shore
The following predictions are made without any prior knowledge to the planned finishes.
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H: Normally we try to start these predictions articles with the main event, but since this one determines the actual make-up of the main event, and since it seems to be the most anticipated match by a majority of fans, we will start here. Except there isn't a whole lot to write about here. There is no upside to Triple H wining here. None. He can lose and still go on to have the feud with his father-in-law that seems to be coming, and a win here would spell the death of fan enthusiasm for Daniel Bryan. Of all of my pics, this is the one I am most completely sure about. Daniel Bryan wins after Triple H beats the crap out of him to make him an even bigger underdog in the main event.
Daniel Bryan wins
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Now this one should be easy to pick too, and I am going with the obvious pick in Daniel Bryan, but unlike the Triple H match I do leave some room for error here. The obvious story to tell is Bryan winning, and I do think that is where they are going, but I can see a scenario where they put the title on Batista and have Bryan chase him. I am in no way advocating this idea, but I think you do have to make room for it if for no other reason than we would never see it coming (brother). I hope they fight that impulse because while Bryan winning is obvious, it is also the story they must tell. No one will be let down by that win, and I have complete faith in the men in this match (and the agents) to create a finish that will create that moment WWE fans so desperately want.
Daniel Bryan wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar: The results of the top three matches on this card are in very little doubt, and while that works OK for Bryan and his matches, it doesn't bode as well here. The build for this has been terrible. Making Brock look scared of Taker might be the stupidest booking decision all year. There is no reason for Brock to win this match, and nobody would think he would, but why not try and see if you can tell a story that makes us doubt? Why just give in and put Taker over again and again, and then give Brock one tiny moment at the end? I just don't get it. I have every faith in these two to suck me into the match by the time it is over, but they shouldn't have to work that hard. It's WrestleMania and this match should have been better from the start.
Bonus: Will Sting make an appearance at WrestleMania 30? In a word, no. Now, that doesn't mean he won't appear on Monday, but having him suddenly appear in the rafters or whatever in the middle of the actual WrestleMania show serves no purpose but to take heat off of whatever match Taker and Lesnar give us. I don't think WWE is that dumb, so I don't expect to see Sting Sunday night. Monday? Well, all bets are off there.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt: While everyone is collecting around the Daniel Bryan storyline, this is the match that is driving my excitement level for WrestleMania 30. It's not because I expect it to be a five-star classic or anything like that. Bray Wyatt is a once in a generation talker, and potentially a once in a generation star. Beating John Cena clean at WrestleMania would go a long way to moving him towards that star spot. John Cena spoke candidly on Steve Austin's podcast about wanting to see guys take a chance. There can be no question Bray has done that. Will John Cena put his money where is mouth is? Can Wyatt and Cena have the same chemistry that has lead Cena to be in a number of spectacular matches over the years? These questions are what makes me want to see this more than anything else on the show.
All of that said, I do think Bray wins here. I also think we come back to this at Extreme Rules, where I am much more nervous about how the match will be booked. For now, my only hope is they make it as clean as possible for Bray so it means something when the ref counts three. My other interest is to see how they put Cena's legacy in danger. Losing a match to Bray Wyatt doesn't do it, but perhaps they have something in the works. If that something leads to a Cena win then I am willing to forgive that--story matters more than wins and losses after all--but if not, Bray Wyatt has to go over here to keep his character alive.
Bray Wyatt wins.
The Shield vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws: I'm not sure if Kane gets more or less heat for cutting Mr. T off at the Hall of Fame, but this match needs something to breathe life into it. The Outlaws have looked old sine coming back, and while I like Kane's new look of wrestling in dress pants--it's unique--their team instantly puts me to sleep. The Shield deserve better than this. If the breakup occurs here then I guess I understand why you put them in there with such a lackluster opponent. If it doesn't, and I don't think it will, the what a let down. The Shield win unless the breakup happens, at which point I think Ambrose turns on his teammates and joins the "corporate" side.
The Shield win.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: This thing is a mess to some degree because while I appreciate the attempt to brand the "get everybody on the show" match, they could have told some more compelling stories along the way. Here are my top three choices:
Dark Horse - Dolph Ziggler: I don't really have a compelling reason for why I am picking Ziggler here other than a gut feeling. WWE seems like they might want to do something with him again and this could be a good launching pad for him. Sheamus would also fit into this dark horse category, but I don't think he needs the win as much as Ziggler does, so I'm going with Ziggler as my official outside chance.
Secondary Choice - Alexander Rusev: WWE has done a good job of establishing the Rusev character, especially with Lana s his mouthpiece. It makes sense to use this platform to completely establish your new monster, and it is a fitting follow-up to his performance in the Royal Rumble. I would make him my top pick, even though he isn't officially entered, but I think they can get him close to the win for a rub without actually putting him over, and I think the ultimate winner is the sentimental choice.
Projected winner - Big Show: Yes, it seems too obvious. So does the Daniel Bryan story and we all expect that to happen anyway. In this case, I think it is a thank you to Big Show for jobbing out so many times at WrestleManias over the years to have him win the match named after his predecessor. I admit I might be making this pick out of sappiness. Vince McMahon is not exactly known for putting guys over in matches for sentimental reasons--not that he never has--but this just feels right to me. If I'm wrong, the definitely Rusev with Ziggler having the outside chance.
Big Show wins.
Vickie Guerrero Invitational: I'm not even sure where to begin. Hell, even the betting website I have been checking out refuses to give each other women a betting line like they do for the battle royal. This could be the place to kick start a new Diva, but wouldn't it be better for AJ to actually feud with someone to get that new Diva over? For that reason alone I pick AJ to retain.
AJ Lee retains the Divas Championship.
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