New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome will host WrestleMania XXX on Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on pay-per-view and the WWE Network. This year, there will be a two-hour pre-show, beginning at 5 p.m. ET. The free live pre-show will stream on YouTube, Facebook and WWE.com until 6 p.m. ET. At that time, the pre-show moves exclusively to the WWE Network and will feature a four-way WWE Tag Team Championship match. There will also be a half-hour global pre-show, likely featuring hype videos and recap packages, which will be available on YouTube.
For an event that is (ALLEGEDLY) predetermined, WrestleMania tends to keep people on their toes. No one is sure exactly what is going to happen in most of these matches, let alone all of them. But we're going to give it our best guess. We'll sum up each match and tell you who we expect to win. Please be aware that the margin of error on these may be quite high. And not necessarily the sort of predictions you'd want to use for, say, gambling purposes.
With that said, let's WrestleMania!
WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs. Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel
The Usos have been fairly dominant within the tag team division since winning the belts from the New Age Outlaws (yes, they're still around) last month. The Real Americans, consisting of Cesaro and Jack Swagger, have been experiencing some tension and their manager, the right-wing zealot Zeb Colter, is barely keeping them together. The other two teams are tag teams!
Prediction: The Usos retain after a great match. The loss (or some miscommunication during the match) proves to be the straw that broke the camel's back and the Real Americans split, with Cesaro moving on to bigger and better things as a fan favorite. (Note: some of these predictions may take a long view. Only judge me on the immediate predictions. Or not at all! Thanks for not being judgmental, everyone.)
Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
Long-reigning Divas Champion AJ Lee will defend her title against 13 other Divas, including her own bodyguard Tamina Snuka. The other participants will be Aksana, Alicia Fox, Brie Bella, Cameron, Emma, Eva Marie, Layla, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Rosa Mendes, Summer Rae. This match is a one-fall affair, so there will be 14 women in the ring, with the first pinfall or submission bestowing the Divas title upon the victor.
Prediction: This one could get messy. This match could also be the "cool-down" match between the Undertaker's match and the main event. So don't be surprised when it gets slotted in there. The only real logical winners here are AJ or Tamina, so I'll guess that AJ retains. But it's also equally likely that, I dunno, Natalya or one of the Bellas wins the title. (Yes, this prediction still counts as a prediction.)
The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale
This is set to be the first in an annual tradition, where the winner of the match will receive a beautiful bronze trophy cast in the likeness of Andre the Giant. It's a traditional 30-man over-the-top-rope battle royale, so it will likely be entertaining at the very least.
Good God Almighty
Good God Almighty
The announced participants: Dolph Ziggler, Intercontinental Champion Big E, Fandango, Alberto Del Rio, Damien Sandow, Titus O'Neil, Christian, Sheamus, Big Show, Mark Henry, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Kofi Kingston, The Miz, Brodus Clay, Darren Young, Justin Gabriel, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, Santino Marella, The Great Khali, Zack Ryder, Sin Cara, Brad Maddox and THREE MYSTERY ENTRANTS (one of whom is likely the returning Rob Van Dam.)
Prediction: They have really been pushing Big Show hard as the favorite to win the whole shebang. That's as good a guess as any. The only others that would even be in the running would be the rookie Alexander Rusev (if he's one of the final entrants), Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, Christian, or a major long shot in Big E. I'll say Rusev, because Big Show seems just slightly too obvious.
The Shield vs. Kane & the New Age Outlaws
Corporate Kane and the New Age Outlaws (yep) are all in cahoots with The Authority of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, who are none too pleased with the Shield. There have been teases for a long time that the Shield are in danger of imploding, with many seeing WrestleMania as the likeliest place for a split, but they've all been solidly on the same page for a few weeks and picking up both fan reactions and momentum. I think they'll still be together for a little while.
Prediction: There are really only two ways this can end: convincing Shield victory or screwjob/team-ending loss. I'll go with convincing Shield win.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt has seemingly gotten into John Cena's head and has threatened to turn the smiling face of the company into a sacrificial lamb. Cena hasn't done a convincing job of convincing fans he's really afraid of the Wyatts, but these are two of the best at telling a story in the ring, so this could still very well tear the house down.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt defeats John Cena. Everyone is stunned. A star is born.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
It's the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar. I don't really think further explanation is necessary.
Prediction: It's WrestleMania. The Undertaker's streak will survive and he will improve to 22-0.
Undefeated at Wrestlemania
Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan
The winner of this match goes to the main event to challenge for the top title in the company. It's been the best feud in the company since January. This match should be absolutely white-hot. It may also open the show, just like Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart opened WrestleMania X before Bret went on to win the world title in the main event later that night.
Prediction: An Authority screwjob (which is initially ruled a Triple H victory) actually leads to Vince McMahon intervening and BOTH men will be inserted into the title match, making it a fatal four-way.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. winner of Daniel Bryan-Triple H match
Herein lies the most unpredictable match of the entire, unpredictable card. With at least Daniel Bryan and probably Triple H in the mix as well, the only thing that seems completely likely is this: Randy Orton won't be retaining as champion when the night is over.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan wins the undisputed title. 80,000 fans end the night by chanting, "YES! YES! YES!"