The road to WrestleMania 31 is underway, following the 2015 Royal Rumble. While two months and February’s Fast Lane pay-per-view still remain until the event, it’s becoming evident which matches will headline WWE’s biggest PPV of the year.
Roman Reigns is the one wrestler that has guaranteed himself a spot at the top of the card. He secured himself a WWE World Heavyweight Championship shot by outlasting 29 other WWE superstars in the Royal Rumble.
WrestleMania 31 is set for March 29 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Below are predictions for the entire match card, though a lot can change before the big event.
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
It appears that WWE plans to have Reigns take the title off Lesnar at WrestleMania 31. Lesnar has been booked to look like an unstoppable force, and WWE hopes that having Reigns pin the champ will make him their next big star. Considering the fans’ negative reaction to Reigns winning the rumble, it’s possible that the match could be altered. Seth Rollins has yet to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase, and Daniel Bryan was added to last year’s main event, as a result of backlash from the fans.
Triple H vs. Sting
The match appears to be all but officially on the card. Sting has twice appeared on WWE TV, hitting Triple H with a Scorpion Death Drop at Survivor Series, and distracting Seth Rollins on “Monday Night Raw” to help John Cena win his match and get back the jobs of three fired WWE superstars. Triple H has spoken about keeping Sting out of WWE, and he’ll probably get his chance at WrestleMania 31.
John Cena vs. Rusev (United States Championship Match)
The seeds of this match were planted on the WWE Network during the Royal Rumble post-show, when the two wrestlers had to be separated. Rusev has still yet to be pinned or submitted in WWE, and for the second straight year, Cena will face an up-and-coming heel at WrestleMania. For the second straight year, though, Cena is likely to go over.
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins
Orton was one of the biggest surprises of the Rumble, since he didn’t make his return, as many expected. The Viper has been off TV for three months, and an attack by Rollins is the reason, for storyline purposes. In his last appearance on “Raw,” Orton gave a glimpse into the kind of babyface he can become, and he could get a lot of fan support when facing WWE’s No.1 heel.
The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt
It’s still unknown if The Undertaker will return at WrestleMania 31, but the latest report says WWE officials believe he’ll be part of the show. After his WrestleMania streak was broken by Lesnar, the rumors have been that The Undertaker will face Wyatt on WWE’s grandest stage. The match makes sense, considering they are, arguably, two of the best gimmicks in WWE history. WWE has booked Wyatt very strong in recent months, getting three wins over Dean Ambrose and tying Reigns for the most eliminations at the Royal Rumble.
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
WWE fans will demand that Bryan be put in a high-profile WrestleMania match, but they might have to settle for seeing him face Sheamus. The match was rumored to be in WWE’s plans for WrestleMania 30, before CM Punk left the company and Bryan was inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. Sheamus has missed the last three PPV’s and is expected to return to TV as a heel.
Bad News Barrett vs. Dean Ambrose (Intercontinental Championship Match)
Ambrose isn’t likely to be near the top of the card, but he’s been positioned in a way that he deserves more than just a spot in a battle royal at WrestleMania 31. He main evented both Hell in a Cell and TLC, finished in the top five at the Royal Rumble and remains one of the most popular wrestlers in the company. The Intercontinental Title wasn’t defended at WrestleMania 30, but there should be a spot for it on the card in 2015. Barrett is likely to keep the title until then.
The Usos vs. The Ascension (Tag Team Championship Match)
This match could be pushed to the pre-show, just like last year’s tag team championship match was, but The Ascension is likely to get a title shot. They beat The New Age Outlaws at the Royal Rumble, and The Usos need a new heel team to face. The Ascension are struggling to get over with the fans, though, so they might not leave the PPV as champions.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
The battle royal will give most of the roster a chance to get on the card. Cesaro wasn’t able to turn last year’s win into anything of substance, but perhaps a wrestler like Dolph Ziggler or Ryback will be booked stronger after winning the trophy at WrestleMania 31.
Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee vs. Paige vs. Natalya (Divas Championship Match)
Assuming she returns before WrestleMania 31, AJ is still the most popular diva on the roster, by far. Nikki is likely to still have the title at that time, and adding Paige and Natalya puts three members of “Total Divas” in the match.