The match card for WrestleMania 30 is set, following the go-home show of “Monday Night Raw.” Seven matches are scheduled for the show, with another one booked for the pre-show.
Daniel Bryan and Triple H will be the stars of the show. While both will compete in a head-to-head match, the winner will be inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match.
Multiple titles won’t be defended at the year’s biggest pay-per-view. Big E Langston is guaranteed to hold onto the Intercontinental Title, and Dean Ambrose won’t put his United States Championship on the line.
For the first time since 2005, Hulk Hogan will be a part of WrestleMania. He won’t wrestle, but the six-time champ will host the PPV. Despite Hogan’s return, several big names that have been a part of recent WrestleMania’s aren’t scheduled to be in New Orleans for the event. The Rock, Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels have not been advertised for the PPV.
Still, more than 65 wrestlers have been placed on the WrestleMania card in 2014. Who will win on WWE’s biggest stage?
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
Bryan will undoubtedly be inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight title match. That doesn’t necessarily mean he has to beat Triple H. There’s a good chance the match will end with a DQ, and both will challenge for the championship.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan/Triple H
At the biggest event in WWE history, there’s no way for the show to end, other than Bryan being crowned as the champion. Whether it was WWE’s original plan or not, Bryan has been chasing the title since SummerSlam, and his eight-month long journey should end with a victory at WrestleMania.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
The build for this match has been underwhelming, to say the least. Lesnar finally got the upper hand on Monday night, delivering an F5 to the “Deadman.” WWE has attempted to build up Lesnar as an unstoppable monster, who has a chance to beat the streak. However, The Undertaker isn’t likely to ever lose at WrestleMania, especially not to a part-time wrestler. He’ll extend the streak to 22-0 in New Orleans.
Prediction: The Undertaker
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Of all the top matches at WrestleMania 30, this may be the most unpredictable. The thought of Cena losing to a relative newcomer seems improbable, but the way Wyatt has been pushed, he’s become the favorite. Cena isn’t likely to lose clean, but with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan ringside, it shouldn’t be difficult for Wyatt to steal a victory.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt
The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age Outlaws
After their loss at Elimination Chamber, it appeared that The Shield was heading for a breakup, and possibly a triple threat match at WrestleMania. Now, the group is claiming to be stronger than ever. There’s a chance their recent camaraderie is a swerve, with rumors that Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins will turn on Roman Reigns. However, WWE will likely let The Shield get a WrestleMania win and continue as a babyface faction.
Prediction: The Shield
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
No WWE Superstar is the clear favorite to win the 30-man battle royal. The likes of Sheamus, Mark Henry and Intercontinental Champion Big E should be among the final few left in the ring. With the match being a tribute to Andre the Giant, Big Show, who is a giant in his own right, might have the best chance of winning. One of the three unknown participants could be a dark candidate to win. Rob Van Dam is rumored to be in the match, and an NXT superstar like Alexander Rusev could also be a surprise entrant.
Prediction: Big Show
Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
Fourteen Divas will compete in the one-fall match to become the champion. AJ has held the title since June, and with several losses on TV, it appears that her reign is coming to an end. She’s had recent issues with her bodyguard, Tamina Snuka, but it’s much more likely that a member of the “Total Divas” cast will get the belt. Naomi looked to be the favorite to win the title, before getting injured. Now that she’s healthy, the Funkadactyl could go over on the biggest PPV of 2014.
Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel (Pre-Show match)
The Usos are the only choice to leave this match with the title. Los Matadores are rarely on “Raw,” so their chances of winning the championship are minimal. Ryback and Curtis Axel don’t have much steam as a team, and are unlikely to go over. The Real Americans have become popular with the WWE Universe, but an impeding face turn by Cesaro doesn’t bode well for their chances.
Prediction: The Usos