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WrestleMania 31 Staff Predictions

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The four horsemen of Fight Booth have revealed their picks for this years “Showcase of the Immortals” on Sunday night. See who Addie, Rose, Skoyles and Reno have leaving Silicon Valley with their hand raised below.

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Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Championship Match: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (c) vs. The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos

Matt Addie (@MattAddie): Pick: Cesaro & Tyson Kidd. No other options. Period. Is there a loophole that allows us to vote for that Burger King segment on RAW with Tyson and Nattie for Match of the Year?

Dan Rose (@DanRoseMMA):  I’m going with Cesaro and Kidd here. I think they are the best team going in the WWE, but I have a sinking suspicion that Los Matadores might get the belts at Wrestlemania. The Usos are great, but they are not healthy right now, and they won’t likely get the belts back yet. Big E and Kofi are blah, and the New Day is a failed experiment that needs to be shelved.

Los Matadores and the Cesaro/Kidd are who it comes down to, and being that this is Wrestlemania, I think the titles will temporarily go to Los Matadores.

Chris Skoyles (@RetroPWrestling): My pick: The Usos
One half of the duo may be working their way through an injury, but they still get my vote for a winner on Sunday. Jimmy and Jey have consistently been one of the most popular mid-card acts on the roster this past twelve months, and have given us plenty of in-ring goodness to boot. A win here should create a feel-good moment that puts the crowd in the right frame of mind for what’s to follow.

Dave Reno (@DW_Reno): Tyson Kidd and Cesaro are the best tag team on the WWE roster today – #Fact. While I could see The Usos winning for the simple reason that their father, Rikishi, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania, that just isn’t enough. For some strange reason Los Matadores seems to be the sexy darkhorse while The New Day may need a win to remain relevant. All of the above said, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro will retain on Sunday night.

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2nd Annual André the Giant Battle Royal

Matt Addie: Pick: Damien Mizdow. The Battle Royal doesn’t really have a clear favorite; it also doesn’t have a clear purpose. It will be fun to see a bunch of superstars jammed in the ring, a few good spots, and maybe someone get a little rub from holding a trophy. Mizdow is the one guy that could benefit from a victory for storyline purposes, and the crowd would eat it up. They do, after all, want Mizdow. The Miz will be one of the final participants, along with Mizdow. Miz orders Mizdow to fetch a Grande Frappuccino, and Mizdow throws him over.

Dan Rose: Konnor, Viktor, Kane, Big Show, Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Jack Swagger, The Miz, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Fandango, Adam Rose, Zack Ryder, Erick Rowan, Sin Cara, Damien Sandow, Goldust, Mark Henry, Heath Slater, a NXT Superstar TBD, others TBA.

This match is a colossal shit sandwich, and in the end it will serve as the springboard for Sheamus’ return to the ring. Konnor, Viktor, Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Curtis Axel, Fandango, Adam Rose, Zack Ryder, Sin Cara, Goldust, Slater etc all have ZERO chance at winning this thing. None, at all.

Next comes the guys who will last a while and do decent, but not be there at the end. Swagger, The Miz (who should be eliminated by Sandow), Sandow, NXT Superstar, will do well, but see the exit.

That leaves us with the guys who will make up the final five.

Kane, The Big Show, Sheamus, Ryback and Mark Henry. I think Kane and The Big Show will cost each other the match, and it’ll come down to Henry, Sheamus and Ryback. This all ends with Sheamus and Ryback, with Sheamus getting the big win, and setting up his big heal turn.

Chris Skoyles: My pick: The NXT star. At time of writing, the name of the NXT star who’ll be competing in this year’s battle royal hasn’t been announced, but I’m going to go with the so-far unknown talent as a winner because it will undoubtedly create one of those epic ‘Wrestlemania Moments’ WWE are so fond of creating. That, and the fact that, after the WWE braintrust failed to capitalize on Cesaro’s post-trophy-lifting momentum last year, I’m not confident any of the actual WWE stars will gain anything from winning.

Dave Reno: The André the Giant Battle Royal has become a sorry excuse for WWE to include every member of their roster on the biggest show of the year. There are 20 announced participants including the currently unknown winner of the NXT Axxess tournament. I agree, the Miz-Mizdow storyline is cute. It’ll come into play but it won’t be the end all be all. My prediction is that #AxelMania runs wild all over Santa Clara on Sunday night. Chalk one up on the board for Curtis Axel.

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Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins

Matt Addie: Pick: Seth Rollins. Whether or not he cashes in, WWE has to keep the Money in the Bank briefcase in our minds during the main event. The possibility of Rollins cashing in has to be there. If Rollins loses moments before the championship match, how are we to buy him as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion over Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns? Rollins wins, and might be onto bigger and better things later…

Dan Rose: Man, this match is going to be goooooood! Seth Rollins has been the best thing about the WWE for a while now, and he has come a long way since last year’s Wrestlemania when he was in a match with The Shield against Kane and the New Age Outlaws.

I’ve never been a big fan of what Randy Orton does. He is a one trick pony. He cannot act, AT ALL. His mic work is average, his in ring skills are solid, but he just doesn’t do it for me. I’m not sure who I think wins this, but it should be Seth Rollins. He has done more than his share carrying the load and is deserving of the Wrestlemania payoff.

Unfortunately, he won’t get it, as Randy Orton will get the pinfall, and somehow J&J Security will be at fault.

Chris Skoyles: My pick: Seth Rollins. After a star-making performance back at the Royal Rumble, a win over established veteran Orton could go a long way to really establishing Rollins as a key player, whilst a loss could actually do him more harm than it does The Viper any good.

Dave Reno: This is the match that could steal the show. There’s more bad blood here than with any other feud going right now in WWE. You could also make the argument that we are looking at the two most talented guys on the roster when it comes to their work inside of the squared circle. Unfortunately, Rollins is likely to be flanked by J & J security during the match.

Don’t get me wrong, I find Noble and Mercury to be the perfect pair for the weasely heel Rollins, I just feel like Orton and Rollins have what it takes to create an instant Mania classic here; J&J only get in the way. I like The Authority to completely implode here on Sunday night and this will only be a part of that process. The band completely breaks up, which means Rollins will be flying solo (and flying high..keep reading) following his loss to Orton at WrestleMania 31.

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Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Bad News Barrett (c) vs. R-Truth vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust vs. Daniel Bryan

Matt Addie: Pick: Daniel Bryan. I wrote about this in detail, so I won’t ramble too much. Sure, Daniel Bryan deserves much better, but a Bryan vs. Ziggler feud for the IC title would be epic.

Dan Rose:  There’s not enough time in the day for me to explain how much I hate this match, and this kind of booking in general. This is a match with four stars, and four nobodies who should not be in a Mania match like this. R-Truth has never and will never be over for more than two weeks. Luke Harper is talented but lost and the WWE has no idea what to do with him. Stardust, well….he’s Stardust.

This match would be MUCH better served had it been a four-way with Barrett (who has looked awesome of late), Ambrose, Ziggler and Daniel Bryan. That could be one hell of a match. Of course the best course would have been to have Ziggler and Bryan go one on one in a match unrelated and have them steal the entire show, but oh well.

I would love to have Barrett retain his title here, I think he is really coming into his own since his return, and I think him coming out of Wrestlemania in a match of this caliber with the belt, would serve him and the company well. I honestly see BNB as a guy who could be a future world champion. Ziggler is a top talent, duh, and he is often buried and misused, nothing new here. Daniel Bryan and Ziggler will likely tease each winning on numberous occasions, but in the end, I think Ambrose or Barrett will walk out with the title. Hoping it’s Bad News Barrett.

Chris Skoyles: My pick: Daniel Bryan. There’s valid arguments for at least half the competitors in this match getting the win, but handing the title to Bryan ultimately makes the most sense when factored into the grand scheme of things. Brock’s resigned, which probably means that we’re going to see the WWE title as infrequently as we have over the last year. With most folks discussing the potential merits of the Goat Faced Gremlin headlining cards as reigning IC champ, having him win here makes a lot of sense.

Dave Reno: I think we saw a bit of foreshadowing a couple (maybe it was a few) weeks back on RAW when Bryan, Ziggler and Ambrose were all in the ring together hashing it out. WWE is a very babyface heavy promotion right now and one of these guys need a turn. Word around the campfire is that Sheamus will be back and he’ll have his eyes set on Daniel Bryan which means we’re likely to see either Ambrose or Ziggler get the strap – should that be the case. I don’t like it, which means that’s what’s probably going to happen. Let’s pretend it won’t though. You have more than enough talent within this match but I just don’t see a scenario where it ends clean.

Ambrose was already screwed out of the MITB briefcase in his last ladder match, don’t expect him to let it happen again. My prediction is that Ambrose win in heelish fashion which means we’re in store for one of the best bad guy runs in WWE history.

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WWE United States Championship Match: Rusev (c) vs. John Cena

Matt Addie: Pick: John Cena. I want Rusev to win…and win big. Rusev is fantastic at what he does. Nevertheless, this is WrestleMania, and it’s John Cena. We are probably in line for Cena getting the victory and doing his best to lead the Bay Area crowd in U-S-A chants while holding the US Championship belt. Super Cena goes over in a tough battle. Bonus prediction: Rusev chases a different championship following WrestleMania. Also, Lana better be there…

Dan Rose: John Cena can’t lose. Literally, if the WWE ever wants anyone to believe in Cena ever having the ability to carry a main event or World Championship again, he has to go over at Mania. He already ate his slice of humble pie at Summerslam being manhandled by Brock, then he took the dive against Rusev before, so this time, he gets the win, the US Title, and no more Russian flags dropping on him.

Rusev is actually very impressive, and I’m a fan of his. I think he will move on to bigger and better things, thanks in part to the build he’s had here with Cena. It’s Wrestlemania, Cena is Mr. America, and Russia will not be allowed to triumph. Somehow Lana will cost Rusev the belt, and in the end, Cena walks into the sunset with the championship, and a promo on Monday night about how he saved America.

Chris Skoyles: My pick: John Cena. Again, torn between what I want to happen and what will probably happen. This time, I’m being more cautious. With every fibre of my being, I want to see the Anti-American leave ‘Mania with his title still in tact, but I do believe we’ll see Cena pick up a victory here after what should be a compelling match.

Dave Reno: I would’ve loved to have seen Roman Reigns in Cena’s spot here. I know you’ve probably heard me say it before if you know me or you spend any time on this site but I still believe this would have been the perfect build for Reigns if the WWE was ever serious about having him as their top star. Instead, we get Cena. And while I’ll never understand why Cena is a so beloved, it makes no sense to have him lose here. He hands Rusev his first defeat via submission or pinfall in overly dramatic fashion and all of Cenation goes wild. What I really want to know though is if Lana will be back in Rusev’s corner.

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The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt

Matt Addie: Pick: The Undertaker. I would love Bray Wyatt to walk out victorious, in a clear showing of WWE investing in their future. The Undertaker could use this angle, to “bounce back” in his retirement match at WrestleMania 32. Once again, this is WWE, and I think we see Taker winning, despite the good it would do for Bray. Nothing against Undertaker, but just imagine what a win versus the Phenom would do for Wyatt. Either way, this should be interesting if Taker is in good shape, as reported. At this point with The Undertaker, all of his matches are once-in-a-lifetime, so I’ll sit back and enjoy.

Dan Rose: The Undertaker will not come back and drop a second straight WrestleMania match. Bray has put a lot into this match, and he’s sold it like a champion. I love Bray Wyatt, and I would like to think he sought out this opportunity to wrestle The Undertaker at Wrestlemania and did so knowing it would result in a loss, but a major build and rub from the Undertaker. Bray is undoubtedly on his way to big, big things. He will take a major step forward Sunday night, by having a remarkable match with the Undertaker. In the end, he’ll be beaten, but it won’t matter.

Chris Skoyles: My pick: Bray Wyatt. Like a few of the bouts on this card, this is one where I’m torn between who I want to win, and who I think will win. In this case, I’m being optimistic and sticking with who I’d prefer to win. A loss to The Dead Man here is likely to harm Wyatt far more than it will benefit The Undertaker, so I’m just hoping common sense prevails.

Dave Reno: This match scares me. Does The Undertaker still have it? He looked so bad against Brock last year. But how much of that was by design? Wyatt is a monster inside of the ring. He’s virtually done all the work in the lead up to this match and he’s sold me on it. If this is The Undertaker’s last match, then Bray Wyatt is will forever be able to call himself “The New Face of Fear”. But I don’t believe Vince McMahon has Taker on this card to simply by Bray over. This is about something bigger. It’s about the biggest event in WrestleMania history.

We are building towards a match in The Undertaker versus Sting in Dallas next year that will see both icons walk off into the sunset together. Undertaker wins this one. And while Wyatt may need to find another moniker following it, it doesn’t hurt his stock in the long run. He’s just too strong of a character right now in a company that lacks young talented characters (on the main roster at least).

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AJ Lee & Paige vs. The Bella Twins

Matt Addie: Pick: AJ Lee & Paige. I don’t really care who wins, so long as they give these ladies enough time to put on a match we all know they’re capable of. All four are above average professional wrestlers, so this match should get a chance to shine under the bright lights. We’ll get a good match, that’s hopefully long enough, with AJ and Paige going over. The Bellas need some competition in the Divas division; making a couple of the other competitors look strong wouldn’t be a bad move. The only downside to this finish is potentially being deprived of Nikki’s finisher.

Dan Rose: AJ and Paige had their issues Monday night, and they are likely to tease that right up until their match at Wrestlemania. There is no good reason to not put Paige over at this point. She’s been doing great work, especially in AJ’s absence and a tag loss here doesn’t do much to hurt the Bella Brand.

AJ is a star, and Paige is as well. I think as the Bella Twins start moving towards exiting the WWE, Paige is going to be groomed as the next big Diva, and that starts at Wrestlemania. This should be a fun, fast paced match with the four best in the business, and in the end, AJ and Paige get the pin, and the last laugh over the evil Bella Twins.

Chris Skoyles: My pick: The Bellas. As the undisputed stars of the Divas division, Nikki and Brie can seemingly do no wrong in the eyes of the booking committee, so I’d be surprised to see any other outcome beyond the Total Divas stars having their hands raised.

Dave Reno: Now that we’ve entered the #GiveDivasAChance era, don’t expect this one to simply act as filler for the collective public’s WrestleMania “piss break”. I’ll take A.J. and Paige to finally get their revenge on the Bella’s putting an end to this storyline and setting up an appearance from Charlotte on RAW the following night somewhat reminiscent of Paige from last year. Charlotte doesn’t win the strap right away but she will sooner rather than later which will lead to some exciting feuds in the division. Hopefully they start with her and Natalya.

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Sting vs. Triple H

Matt Addie: Pick: Sting. Sting has to win. What’s the point, otherwise? If they are ever going to use Sting again, he has to be credible; why would they do an Undertaker/Sting match if his WWE resume is 0-1? What drama would that be? I’m glad they turned attention away from it being WCW vs. WWE. As Sting said, that would be ridiculous. This is just a match we want to see; it doesn’t need some exaggerated story behind it. Sting wins, then maybe comes back for Summerslam (vs. Wyatt?), and then next year at Mania 32. Please give me the old WCW “Crow Sting” theme music for his WrestleMania entrance. Please. I’m almost begging.

Dan Rose: I am nervous about this match being a real dud. HHH can go, no doubt about that, but at age 56 the question is, can Sting? I don’t imagine they are going to build this as being a 30-40 minute clash, it’s like going to be a fast and furious fight with bats, and sledge hammers involved more than wrist locks and chain wrestling.

Sting should go over, otherwise this whole massive angle looks like one big ego boost for Hunter, and he can’t really afford that in his position. Besides, he’s shown that he’ll put guys over on the biggest stage. He did a great job with Daniel Bryan.

I think this one is going to have the fan interest all the way, and they’ll be hanging on every move. Sting has a ton of fans, and he’s nothing if not charismatic. I can see Sting going over clean here, and then on Monday night announcing his retirement. He’d be the signature Hall of Famer next year. HHH does the right thing, puts Sting over, and makes him look good in the process.

Chris Skoyles: My pick: Sting. Sting doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who cares too much about wins and losses, but I still can’t imagine him signing up to be handed a loss in his first ever WWE match. Plus, with a large part of the company’s key demo far too young to remember the days of WCW, giving The Stinger the win should do a lot to help establish him with new fans.

Dave Reno: Triple H knows what’s best for business. He’s more interested in inserting himself into a storyline to make the men on his roster look better at this point in his career. After a couple of incredible entrances from both men, I expect a match that will deliver much more than anyone is expecting at this point. Sting goes over big in the end setting up the colossal match against Taker next year in Dallas. This will also make Sting forever known as the man who killed The Authority, twice over now. How can we continue to take them seriously if everyone involved on this card losses. It’s time to have Triple H and Vince begin that power struggle storyline that’s been teased to us for years.

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WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Roman Reigns

Matt Addie: Pick: Brock Lesnar. Brock re-signing changes EVERYTHING. I have no idea how this one is going to end, and I absolutely love that. Before Lesnar put ink to paper with WWE, Reigns was the likely victor (or, maybe Rollins). With Lesnar re-signing, I think he’ll defeat Reigns, stop Rollins (not official cash-in attempt), and rise strong. Oh, and he’ll be turning babyface; maybe not against Reigns, but soon. We can’t go much longer without cheering for this guy.

Dan Rose: Man, this one is a bit of a mystery to me. Every single indication is that Brock is going to drop the belt to Roman Reigns Sunday night, but he’s absolutely not at all ready for the top spot. In fact, of the three former members of The Shield, he is the least ready of the three. Not sure Ambrose necessarily has the look, but he’s ring ready for sure. Seth Rollins is ready in every sense of the word. Put the strap on him Sunday night and you’re in good shape. Roman, not so much.

It is an awkward situation, not at all like the jostling for the belt that ended Raw last week, that Lesnar is the champion, and works the schedule he works. There is simply NO WAY he is well received by the boys, working a third of a schedule, for twice the money and the top spot. With his looming decision regarding a future in the UFC (editors note: this pick was made before Lesnar re-signed), the time is probably right for Lesnar to drop the belt, but to who?

In the end, I think Roman gets the belt, damn near killing both Lesnar and himself in the process. That leaves a man with a briefcase to cash in and leave the company in much better shape. So, long story short, I see Roman Reigns getting the belt, and then Seth Rollins FINALLY cashing in to leave with the belt.

Chris Skoyles: My pick: Seth Rollins. Lesnar’s recent resigning does sway the odds in favour of him retaining on Sunday night, but I’m going to stick to my guns here for a few simple reasons: Very few want to see Roman as champion, Lesnar is rumoured to be turning face, and having the dastardly Rollins cash in after Lesnar has been taking to the limits by Reigns is a sure way to make us sympathetic towards The Beast Incarnate whilst ending Wrestlemania on a bombshell.

Dave Reno: This one is all about Brock Lesnar. Everyone is ready to erupt in applause for him on Sunday after news of him signing on for 3 more years broke this past Tuesday night. Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar. BRRRROCK LESNAR! Sorry, just had to get that out of my system.

The last time we saw an epic double turn it involved Austin and Hart back at WrestleMania 13. It’s all about the numbers folks. Flip 13 around and you get 31. Lesnar turns babyface (everyone is dying to cheer for him anyway) and Reigns goes to the dark side to become the unapologetic badass he needs to become. As far as who wins this match, it’s going to be Lesnar. Rollins may attempt a cash in, maybe even aligning himself with Heyman to take out Lesnar, but it’ll only make “The Conqueror” look stronger. He’ll destroy every one in his path with the fans, and the fans only, on his side as he leaves Santa Clara with the belt over his shoulder.

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