Blog: Wrestlemania 28 Predictions
Mar 31, 2012 - by Mike McMahon
Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve
Celebrities — is that what Maria Menounos is? — don’t lose. No. 1 rule of thumb. The sad part here is that a celebrity and a “weaker” wrestler, all things considered, are going to beat two of the hottest diva heels in the company, with the non-wrestling celebrity likely to get the pinfall. My hope, if that’s what you want to call it, is outside interference from a returning Kharma sets up a Beth pinfall to Maria, so that at least protects one of the biggest assets in the division and sets up a Beth-Kharma feud for the title this summer.
Winner: Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos
Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy
A mish-mosh of a match featuring guys that haven’t been treat kindly on television the last few months. That makes it hard to predict. I think Team Johnny has more people on it who WWE might be interested in rebuilding — Ziggler, Mark Henry, Miz — and Teddy’s team seems to be filled more with comedy characters — Santino, Ryder, Khali. I also think that they’re behind Johnny as GM.
Winner: Team Johnny
Randy Orton vs. Kane
A no-brainer, Orton wins clean over Kane.
Winner: Randy Orton
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Big Show
A tough match to call. The build is there for Big Show to finally get his “moment” on Sunday and win the IC title. But, at this point in Rhodes’ character development, he really needs this win more than Show does. There are a number of “outs” they could use here, including Big Show winning the match, perhaps by DQ, and Rhodes retaining the belt. That could extend the feud another month, too. But, for sake of predictions, I’ll go with Rhodes retaining the title with a win.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
World Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Sheamus
I haven’t been a fan of the build up to this match. It seems like it’s getting lost in the shuffle with the other three “main events.” But, I think it’s Sheamus’ time. I feel like they could get more legs out of this feud and extend it into April and May — and that still might happen with Sheamus as champ — but since he won the Rumble in January, I felt like he’d be getting a big push that winds up with the World Title win.
CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho
I’m not convinced that Jericho has signed a long-term deal to stick with WWE much past Wrestlemania. Maybe he has? That, combined with my pick in the World Title match, has me picking Punk to retain over Jericho in what will be the best wrestling match on the card.
Winner: CM Punk
The Undertaker vs. Triple H
Hell in a Cell
Easiest pick of the night for me. I’m never picking against the streak. What will make this match interesting is, like they did last year, despite 99% of the viewers knowing that Undertaker is going to win the match, they did enough to make me suspend my disbelief and took fans on an emotional roller coaster. With Shawn Michaels added to the mix, expect more of the same. Punk-Jericho will be the best wrestling match on the show, but the emotion and drama that’s sure to be involved here will make this match of the night.
Winner: The Undertaker
The Rock vs. John Cena
Since the day after Wrestlemania 27, my pick was John Cena. It’s a no-brainer. If Rock is riding back off into the Hollywood sunset after Wrestlemania, even if just for a few months, and Cena is sticking around every Monday night, the full-timer wins the match. That’s how it goes. But reading rumors that Rock might stick around for a rematch has be scratching my head a bit. If a rematch is in the cards, it makes more sense for Rock to win on Sunday to build for a rematch. But, I’ll go with my original gut.
Winner: John Cena