Wrestlemania 27 Predictions!
I was going back and forth on whether to write down my Wrestlemania 27 predictions. After all, I basically posted them shorthand on the world’s most popular status message service.
But since I have a few hours to kill before Wrestlemania starts, I figured now would be as good a time as ever to look into Sheamus Says’ magical and wonderful crystal ball. Also, be sure you check on predictions from @ThingsColeSays, @StrikerSays, @TypicalROHFan and @UltimateMarkout.
Sheamus over Daniel Bryan
Even though this may seem like a Sheamus fanboy site [and it is, to some extent], I am a big Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan fan. I remember being furious when the WWE “fired” him after Tiegate and was very pleased to see him get a mini-push. Even though it’s somewhat disappointing to see Sheamus hovering around as a mid-card champion for the foreseeable future, taking the U.S. Belt off of Bryan opens the door for him to be pushed a little bit higher.
From a logical standpoint, I expect Sheamus to win this match. My only hope is that both grapplers actually get pushed in the right direction after Wrestlemania. Given the bloat in the WWE’s roster, hope may spring eternal on that one.
The Random Face Team [Big Show, Kane, Santino and Kofi] over The Corre
This match feels rather lackadaisical, as I don’t really understand why this random collection of wrestlers are going up against a rather cohesive group such as The Corre. But such is life when the WWE decides to scrap a Money in the Bank match, forcing wrestlers who have worked pretty hard over the past year to get some screen time.
Kevin Eck of the Baltimore Sun predicted that Kingston may be turning heel, but that wouldn’t make a lot of sense since he lost the Intercontinental Title to Wade Barrett. I don’t remember the last time a former champion suddenly capitulated to the person whom he lost the title. So, I expect the Random Face Team to win in a potentially interesting, but ultimately unsatisfying match.
Team @Sn00ki over Team Lay-Cool
Celebrity involvement in Wrestlemania is actually quite pervasive, so nobody should be surprised that Snooki is involved in this match-up. If you think about it, her inclusion is less embarrassing [especially in retrospect] than having convicted sex offender Lawrence Taylor or alleged iPhone stealer Floyd Mayweather involved.
That doesn’t mean the match will be that good, but John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler are both immensely talented and may make a mountain out of a pile of beans. But celebrities typically prevail at Wrestlemania, so it would not surprise me if Snooki and company pulled out the win.
Cody Rhodes over Rey Mysterio, Jr.
I don’t watch Smackdown that often, so this is a feud I really didn’t catch. I would assume Cody gets the win here, but I question whether it will lead to a bigger push for the “Undashing” one in the near future. What’s more likely is that Rhodes gets moved to Raw and once again assumes a mid-card role. As for Rey, I expect that he may feud with Alberto Del Rio again pretty soon. I’ll tell you why in a minute, but you can probably guess the reason.
C.M. Punk over Randy Orton
Count me as one of the people who are not terribly enthused about Randy Orton’s face turn. I thought he was an excellent heel when he feuded with John Cena, but his character just doesn’t do it for me. C.M. Punk on the other hand is just the opposite. I never really got behind him as a face, but he’s probably turned into the best heel in the entire wrestling business. The way he blurs the lines between real life and kayfabe is pretty darn impressive. I would definitely like to see him win here so he can contend for the WWE Championship. How it will actually happen is anybody’s guess, but I would assume it will include some new members of Nexus interferring.
Jerry Lawler over Michael Cole
This non-traditional wrestler feud has been a lot more entertaining than I thought it would be. Michael Cole is getting nuclear heat lately, while the WWE’s done a good job of putting over Lawler as a mega-face. I don’t really expect this match to be that good from a wrestling perspective, but my guess it will involve Cole getting humbled worse than anything the Iron Sheik could do.
The Undertaker over Triple H
I will admit that I was not at all excited for this match before Monday. And honestly, I’m not sure it’s going to be even close to the level of the past two years. But Monday’s promo did elevate the contest a little bit beyond my expectations and it could be worth watching. I see The Undertaker winning, simply because there is no way they’ll derail his streak before he gets to 20-0. But given The Undertaker’s reported injuries, I am beginning to wonder whether keeping ‘The Dead Man’ on the shelf until Wrestlemania is making “The Streak” feel a little less interesting.
Alberto Del Rio over Edge
Edge has had a nice run as World Heavyweight Champion over the past few months. His Elimination Chamber match was excellent, while his feud with Dolph Ziggler made for some entertaining matches. But Alberto Del Rio has surpassed all expectations since he made his debut a few months ago. He’s just tremendously entertaining and could give a needed boost to Smackdown as Heavyweight Champion.
Now, does that mean Christian will turn heel in the process? I think it’s possible. But here’s another theory. After Alberto Del Rio wins, a frustrated Edge actually turns heel on Christian, sparking a feud between the two. I don’t really think a heel Christian will be that compelling, while a heel Edge is one of the best characters in the business. We’ll see, but I think no matter what happens, Del Rio’s “destiny” is fulfilled.
John Cena over The Miz
I am an unabashed John Cena antagonist, but it is hard for me to see Cena losing this match. The Miz has been a much, much better “surprise” champion than Sheamus was in 2009, and it’s a shame they’re about to cut that short. But rarely does Wrestlemania end with both heels winning the title, and I don’t think we’re going to see such an event this time around. It would be nice, however, if Cena actually turned heel after winning the title - either by attacking The Rock after an obligatory handshake or by The Rock just beating up Cena for the fun of it. I would be a lot more amenable to a heel Cena, as opposed to a face Cena that just drives me up the wall.