WWE WrestleMania 37: Predictions for Night Two

Last night was a historic night in wrestling – blank, blank and of course – fans finally returned to WrestleMania.

Tonight should be even bigger. While yesterday featured some fantastic matches, tonight’s card has potential to be timeless. We could see the end of a journey a decade in the making, the return of a movement or the head of the table stay the course on a history-making run.

Enough talk – I can’t wait to see what happens tonight, let’s predict these matches.

United States Championship: Riddle (c) vs. Sheamus

Riddle’s WrestleMania entrance is going to be one of the most um, unique (?) moments of the night. Scooters, bro chants and flip-flops on the biggest stage in sports entertainment will be a sight to see. Another sight to see will be Sheamus’ mohawk – which he’s said will make a return tonight. Give me the scooter over the mohawk – always the safe choice.

The Pick: Riddle

Women’s Tag Team Championship: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Natalya & Tamina

Perhaps the most shocking moment of WrestleMania’s first night was that Natalya and Tamina escaped the tag team turmoil match victorious. While they may have left night one victors, I’ll be shocked if they leave night two the same way. WWE might opt to give the generational superstars their WrestleMania moment, but it would be a surprise to see them take the belts off of Jax & Baszler.

The Pick: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (w/Logan Paul)

When Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were tearing it up, wrestling all over America on the indies, do you think they ever thought they would have a YouTube star involved in their match? While Owens and Zayn certainly deserve the Mania spotlight to highlight their abilities, you know Paul is getting involved in this somehow. It will actually be more shocking if he doesn’t cost Zayn the match.

The Pick: Kevin Owens

Intercontinental Championship: Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews (Nigerian Drum)

I’m not even going to pretend to know what a Nigerian Drum match is – but I hope it’s good. Since Paul Heyman ripped him on Talkin’ Smack, Crews has been a different animal. The WWE has finally made the artist formerly known as Uhaa Nation interesting. Big E has charisma for days, and this rivalry has actually been one of the better ones in WWE in 2021. While the New Day member certainly deserves a victory at Mania, I think it’s Crews who gets the win here.

The Pick: Apollo Crews

‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton

Well, we get Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton at WrestleMania again. There first encounter was so much fun – the projections of various bugs and animals onto the ring made for some great entertainment – did that sarcasm get across? I don’t believe this is going to be a version of the Firefly Funhouse match Wyatt had with John Cena last year, but that would be so much better than having to watch these two face-off again. A one-on-one, traditional wrestling match for these two makes almost no sense – but it would make even less sense for The Fiend to lose.

The Pick: ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt

Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Rhea Ripley

Rhea Ripley is going to get her WrestleMania moment. After losing her NXT Championship at WrestleMania 36 to Charlotte, the challenger was relegated back to NXT. Now, firmly entrenched on WWE’s main roster, she’ll get the gold. Asuka’s been a great champion, holding the belt since taking it from Becky Lynch – but her long reign comes to the end. In what could be a show-stealer, The Nightmare makes her dreams come true.

The Pick: Rhea Ripley

Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan

This is the match that feels like on we’ll be talking about for years to come. Three stories intertwined into making one of the most interesting WrestleMania main-events ever. It’s been easily the best built match on the road to the show – and that’s no surprise when you think of the three participants in the match. Roman Reigns has been the best thing about WWE since the pandemic started – his heel run has been legendary. Edge has returned from a career-ending neck injury to win the Royal Rumble and challenge Reigns – and he’s brought all of that grit he’s promised since January 2020. Did I say career-ending neck injury? Yeah, Daniel Bryan came back from one of those too – and he’s on his best face run since. Instead of derailing the build between two legends, his addition has enhanced it – adding layers to the match. The best matches are the ones you watch and have no idea who’s going to win – any of these three men can walk away Universal Champion. This match alone is worth the price of admission (and Peacock). Personally, I see the chance to bookend a ten year journey with a title win in the main event of WrestleMania too good to pass up.

The Pick: Edge

WWE WrestleMania 37: Predictions for Night One

Last year iteration of WrestleMania was different in ways we never imagined it would be. Instead of emanating from a raucous Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Bay, the WWE Performance Center housed the event.

While the superstars did what they could with the conditions, the silence that fell on the event with no crowd present severely hurt the event. Drew McIntyre’s coronation, a hard-hitting ladder match and Kevin Owen’s death-defying leap all falling on deaf ears – Michael Cole’s commentary echoing like never before.

We were still treated to supreme efforts and memorable moments – the Boneyard and Firefly Funhouse matches sticking out the most. The fans may not have been with McIntyre in the biggest moment of his career, but the moment still mesmerizing as he looked into the camera and said to the fans, “This is for us.”

Finally, for the first time in over a year – fans return to make-up a capacity crowd at a wrestling show. While other sports like baseball and basketball were definitely different with no crowd, there’s no form of entertainment in the world that plays off the crowd quite like the world of pro wrestling.

It’ll be one of the biggest nights in WWE history – 25,000 fans will sound like 100,000 as they cheer, boo and chant for whoever the hell they want. No more piped in cheers or computer screens, fan’s voices will be heard as they’re treated to an excellent card.

So who exactly will fans be hanging on the edge of their seat for? Here are my predictions for the biggest matches on the first night of WrestleMania 37.

Natalya & Tamina vs. Naomi & Lana vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke vs. Riott Squad (Tag Team Turmoil; winners receive title shot on Night 2)

The WWE has handled the women’s tag-team title’s with as much care as Amazon workers do with glass packages. I’m not going to lie to you – I have no clue who’s going to go on to day two to fight Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax, so I’m going to go with the biggest babyface competitors in the match.

The Pick: Naomi & Lana

Raw Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) vs. AJ Styles & Omos

While The New Day are fantastic, this feels like a match that the potential of AJ Styles. His WrestleMania track record since coming to WWE has been lackluster – aside from his performance in the Boneyard Match last year. He’s faced big names like Randy Orton, Shane McMahon and Chris Jericho, but each match just seemed like it wasn’t a big deal. He survived being ‘buried alive’ for this? Oh well – the match feels like a way to turn Omos into a monster, so he helps Styles win the titles at least.

The Pick: AJ Styles and Omos

Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro

FINALLY! No, The Rock isn’t returning to WWE – Cesaro is getting his first ever one on one match at WrestleMania. This one could steal the show, two of the most talented wrestlers in the entire company going at it. This doesn’t feel like the start-stop pushes he’s had prior – the way to prove that is with a big-time victory by the Swiss Super-Man.

The Pick: Cesaro

Shane McMahon vs. Braun Strowman (Steel Cage)

I swear this has the be one of the worst built-up matches in WrestleMania history – and I’m even counting the match between The Rock and Rowan. It’a been built off McMahon calling Strowman stupid – well, the only person who felt unintelligent was me while watching that promo. Also, the ‘Monster Among Men’ said he didn’t want anyone interfering – so he chooses a Steel Cage match? What? Does he not realize the top is open? I get the logistics – but why not choose a Hell in the Cell? God – maybe he is stupid.

The Pick: Shane McMahon (Due to Interference from Elias)

Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison

The WWE got a global superstar for WrestleMania – while it may not have been The Rock or Stone Cold, it’s going to be interesting to watch Bad Bunny compete. Now I don’t speak Spanish, but man, I can’t lie – his music is a bop. Sorry Miz and Morrison, there’s about a zero percent chance you win this match – those Bad Bunny merchandise sales are through the roof!

The Pick: Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair

This has show-stealing potential. Banks and Belair have potential to put on one of the best women’s matches in the history of WrestleMania. Whether they open or close the show, they’ll tear the house down. While Banks has been a fantastic champion for the ‘E, it’s time to complete the coronation of Belair. The 2021 Royal Rumble winner caps off an amazing journey with a WrestleMania victory – cue the video of her parents celebrating.

The Pick: Bianca Belair

WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre

When Lashley and McIntyre faced off for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, it wasn’t a sure thing either man would make it back to the pinnacle of pro wrestling. Alas – both will face off on the grandest stage of them all. An amazing journey for both men all led to this, and they’ll put on a Mania worthy match with all their chips in the center. It’ll be a hard-hitting battle between the behemoths, but I expect McIntyre to get the moment that was stripped away from him last year. Instead of having to speak to the camera, he can look in the crowd and see the reactions of fans in the stands – fireworks in the air, bagpipes and guitar rocking and the WWE Championship thrown over his shoulder.

The Pick: Drew McIntyre

AEW Fyter Fest: Night One Predictions

This year, All Elite Wrestling has decided to do something different for Fyter Fest: space it our over two weeks, and give it to us for free. The first night of the two week special will feature some awesome tag team wrestling, along with Hikaru Shida and Cody trying to retain their titles won at AEW: Double or Nothing. It should be a night of exciting matches, as AEW has been on fire throughout this COVID-19 wrestling era. They’ve still managed to put on entertaining shows without fans, and they get another opportunity to do so with Fyter Fest. In this article, I’ll tell you what I think will happen on night one.

Tag Team Match: Jurassic Express (With Marko Stunt) Vs. MJF & Wardlow

Will this match open the show with a bang? Absolutely. After a phenomenal match between Jungle Boy & MJF at Double or Nothing, tonight’s show will feature them in tag team action. While Wardlow won’t move the needle much, Luchasaurus being in the match means you have to watch, if only for his look. There’s only one thing that needs to happen in this match, and that’s MJF’s hand being raised in victory at the end. His impressive winning streak needs to be kept up, as he could be the one to finally take the title off of Jon Moxley. Get MJF a win here, have a great opening match, and everyone is happy.

Prediction: MJF & Wardlow Win

Tag Team Match: Santana & Ortiz Vs. Private Party (With Matt Hardy)

Do I love the addition of Matt Hardy to Private Party? Yes. ‘The Hardy Party’ isn’t what I imagined Hardy would be doing when he signed with AEW, but I’m all for him helping out new talent who can turn into eventual stars. Marq Quen had a fantastic match against Cody for the TNT Championship a couple weeks back, and now he gets to show how great he is in tag team action. Hardy has history with Santana & Ortiz of the Inner Circle, so I think so old wounds will be opened up during this match as well. While Hardy in Private Party’s corner could be a great thing for them, it could also create a distraction that allows the heels to steal the victory.

Prediction: Santana & Ortiz Win

AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida (C) Vs. Penelope Ford (With Kip Sabian)

Penelope Ford can become the face of the AEW Women’s Division, but not yet. She’s shown a lot of improvement over the recent months, but Hikaru Shida is no slouch. She just won the AEW Women’s Championship from Nyla Rose at DoN, and I don’t think she’s ready to relinquish it so soon. Watch out for Kip Sabian to try to help Ford get some gold around her waist though.

Prediction: Hikaru Shida Retains

AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & ‘Hangman’ Adam Page (C) Vs. Best Friends

When Kenny Omega and ‘Hangman’ Adam Page are wrestling, it’s impossible to look away. The AEW Tag Team division is the best in the world, and its champions are two of the very best as well. Best Friends have been on a roll, but it’s not time to dethrone the champs yet. When Omega and Page lose the titles, they need to go on to bigger and better things, but I just don’t see them going after the TNT or AEW Championships yet. Their going to win, and this is going to be the best match of the night.

Prediction: Omega & Page Retain

TNT Championship: ‘The American Nightmare’ Cody (C) (With Arn Anderson) Vs. Jake Hager

Cody Rhodes is trying to establish the TNT Championship as a legitimate, and he’s off to a great start. In the midst of a run similar to that of John Cena’s US Open Challenge time that made RAW watchable for weeks, he’s helped put over young stars in fantastic matches, even getting Ricky Starks an AEW contract because of it. Jake Hager will be the most formidable opponent he’s had yet, but it would be a terrrrrrrrible idea to take the title off Cody at this time. Booking Hager to lose runs the risk of him looking like loser Braun Strowman Pre-Wrestlemania 36, but a win over him will only help establish the TNT Championship. Get the fireworks ready, night one of Fyter Fest ends with Cody standing tall.

Prediction: Cody Retains

Wrestling with Silence: Comparing WWE and AEW’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the face of a global pandemic, professional wrestling has been forced to adapt. Some ideas have been home runs, but of course, some have been swings and misses. Still, creative, never before seen matches have taken place that people will never forget, like WWE’s Boneyard Match and AEW’s Stadium Stampede

No matter what, we’ll always compare the two premier wrestling companies in North America, World Wrestling Entertainment, and All Elite Wrestling. We compare their talent, their champions, their storylines, hell – we even the ratings of their shows. Each company has had to face the challenge of putting on shows with no fans, coming up with creative ways to combat this. It’s time to compare how each company has adjusted to the challenges of this global pandemic.

Challenge: No Fans

WWE: WWE has simply just .. continued. We’re seeing the same matches, with the same participants, in the same style we would see with fans in the arena. Their biggest problem: the silence is deafening. Us as fans can only take so much of Michael Cole’s yapping, I really can’t imagine how hard it might be to wrestle while listening it. While it’s admirable that WWE is still putting on shows, they should take a page out of AEW’s book here.

AEW: AEW has done the obvious, but that doesn’t make it a great idea – they’ve put wrestlers and television personalities in the crowd. It works perfectly. The silence of WWE matches can cause the show’s to drag, but AEW shows haven’t been bogged down to that effect. AEW has even done things like separating heels and faces to certain sides, and having wrestlers side betting during the matches. It’s become an added layer of to look forward to during these shows, and that’s a great thing. 

Challenge: Storyline Progression

WWE: The storyline progression on RAW and Smackdown has worked for some feuds, like Brock Lesnar and Drew McIntyre, but for most feuds it has not. The last time fans were in the arena, the Universal Champion was Goldberg, and he was about to face off against Roman Reigns for the title. In a little over two months, the title is now in the hands of Braun Strowman, who has already faced Bray Wyatt, and will now face Miz and Morisson in a handicap match for the title. WHAT? Also, there’s now a rule where superstars can jump brands randomly, and AJ Styles got traded to Smackdown with no explanation. Storylines in the world of WWE don’t always make sense, but they’ve been especially bad in recent months.

AEW: Contrary to WWE, AEW has been able to develop, continue and finish entertaining storylines in the face of this challenge. The ‘Exalted One’ was revealed, Matt Hardy debuted, the Elite and the Inner Circle continued their feud, and we even got a championship tournament, culminating with a crowning moment for Cody Rhodes. While WWE has been leaving plenty of loose ends and adding random filler feuds that last a month tops, AEW has been paying off storylines months in the making.

Challenge: The Fourth Wall

WWE: This has been WWE’s biggest fault, they have barely even acknowledged this pandemic. Their biggest superstar, Roman Reigns, skipped Wrestlemania due to it and we never even got an explanation. I don’t think we’ve ever even heard the word Coronavirus on television yet. In the year 2020, in this age of information, this is an asinine thing to do. It is so freaking stupid. If for some unknown, crazy reason, WWE was your only form of participation in society, you literally wouldn’t think anything was different in the world. It just makes zero sense.

AEW: At least one wrestling company doesn’t think its viewers are complete morons. AEW has repeatedly mentioned their talent have been tested before each show, a welcome acknowledgement to the viewers at home. Another thing AEW has done right is simply wish their viewers well, and talk about how weird of a situation it is. All other major sporting that have happened since this pandemic have acknowledged it, and to ignore it is just plain stupid. I get that WWE wants to play the keeping kayfabe card, but some things supersede it. A freaking global pandemic is one of those things.

This wasn’t meant to be an AEW puff piece, but they’ve just been putting out much better content than WWE during this pandemic. Not every episode has been a winner, but they’ve had more hits than misses. The WWE still has done some good things, like the Boneyard Match, the Firefly Funhouse Match and the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but aside from that .. it’s been rough. Plus, you could argue that AEW’s Stadium Stampede match was better than all three. 

The powers at be in WWE have always been stubborn, but they need to borrow a couple of AEW’s ideas if they want their content to improve until fans return.

AEW Double Or Nothing 2020: Preview and Predictions

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All Elite Wrestling ‘Double Or Nothing’ (2020) is set for TONIGHT! A much anticipated PPV event in which, under these unforeseen circumstances, will be held at a basically empty Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. This will be AEW’s first attempt at a PPV since this Global Pandemic struck the nation and changed the wrestling world as we know it. Wrestlemania 36 took place over a month ago in a pre taped, lackluster event, aside from a handful of segments. Double or Nothing will be the most talked about wrestling event since this pandemic began. A stacked card, including a 9-man casino ladder match for a future AEW world championship opportunity, the undefeated Mr. Brodie Lee vs the undefeated Jon Moxley for the AEW championship, Cody vs Lance Archer to crown the first ever TNT champion, and for the first time ever a match will be held in a empty football stadium! 82,000 seats in capacity in the background of what is being called a ‘Stadium Stampede Match’ between The Inner Circle and The Elite.

Buy In (Pre Show): Private Party (4-1) Vs. Best Friends (7-3)

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This will be a very entertaining match to kick off the night. I expect a ton of high flying and fast paced action. The Best Friends have been a weekly stable on Wednesday nights, and probably AEW’s most exposed team in 2020. Being the number one contenders in the weekly rankings, expect the Best Friends winning ways to continue. Private Party are such a young and talented team, but they haven’t been showcased nearly enough to be given a tag title opportunity. Their time will come, just not now.

Prediction: Best Friends Win

Penelope Ford (3-2 ) Vs. Kris Statlander (3-4)

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The Women’s division AEW has put together has been very underwhelming so far. Why is this match happening, let alone on a PPV card? AEW’s female competitors aren’t showcased enough, or at least not enough to make you care about them . Aside from Britt Baker, Hikaru Shida, and their current champion, Nyla Rose, no women’s wrestler has shown anything in recent months. Expect ‘The Alien’ to go over here, as Penelope Ford still needs some more matches under her belt to even be in any type of discussion for a push.

Prediction : Kris Statlander Wins

MJF (7-0) Vs. Jungle Boy (7-5)

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MJF has been phenomenal these last few weeks on Dynamite, whether it be him cutting promos from his home in Long Island, or wagering on matches from the crowd. He is the definition of a HEEL. Jungle Boy (or Jungle Boy Jack Perry [as JR says]) is a super talented wrestler. I expect these two young bucks (no pun intended) to put on a show. MJF needs to win, as he’s in prime position to be the next face of this company. What does every face of a company eventually need? A championship. Expect this monster heel run to continue and MJF’s stock to rise. One last thing, Wardlow (MJF’s Muscle) might try to get involved, but if that’s the case he’ll be interrupted by the other Jurassic Express Member, Luchasaurus. I can see that being a hot feud over the next few weeks.

Prediction: MJF Wins

Dustin Rhodes (7-4) Vs. Shawn Spears (5-7)

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This is going to be a nice little match, with two competitors who have had a mildly entertaining feud on Dynamite. Shawn Spears, since joining AEW, has yet to be in a big feud. I expect him to go over Rhodes here. If Cody were to win that TNT Championship, this match could lay the foundation for a title program between the two. I would love to see ‘The Chairman’ Shawn Spears in a title program!

Prediction: Shawn Spears Wins

AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Nyla Rose (5-1) vs. Hikaru Shida (10-3)

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As previously stated , the AEW women’s roster is very underwhelming. They aren’t gifted with talents such as Charlotte Flair or Sasha Banks. So, they are in a tricky situation here. Nyla Rose has been booked as a monster heel, kinda like a Brock Lesnar, she is a trash talking, take no prisoners, monster heel b***h. Opposing her is Hikaru Shida, who has been a diamond in the rough, with an impressive 10-3 record. She has clearly been pushed and shown to be the divisions best worker so far. Nyla Rose is the champ and has looked unstoppable, so I see her going over. But, after Shida, I have to ask, who’s next? AEW has some serious work to do with this division, and if they don’t .. then Rose will be champ for a long time.

Prediction : Nyla Rose Retains

The Casino Ladder Match

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This is going to be fun. A loaded match, consisting of Darby Allin, Colt Cabana, Orange Cassidy, Joey Janela, Scorpio Sky, Kip Sabian, Frankie Kazarian, Luchasaurus, AND a mystery competitor. So many guys are capable of winning this match, and honestly, this match is completely unpredictable. Could the mystery star be a debut of a former WWE superstar? Could it be a returning PAC, or even Jeff Cobb? Who knows, but my pick is going to be Darby Allin. Allin has been made to look like a complete star, and with his high flying antics and daredevil attitude, I think he steals the show and silences all his doubters.

Prediction : Darby Allin Wins

AEW TNT Championship Match: Cody (10-3) Vs. Lance Archer (5-0)

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‘Iron’ Mike Tyson will make his surprising All Elite Wrestling debut to unveil the new TNT Championship. After weeks of matches, we’ve come to a very predictable tournament finale. The storytelling in this feud has been on point. On Dynamite three weeks ago, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts“ violated Cody’s wife, Brandi, on live television, and since then this feud has grown to be predictable. I think ‘the Murderhawk’ Lance Archer will look very strong in defeat, but I do expect some screwy finish, especially with Mike Tyson being involved here. Cody’s matches have been among the companies best booked matches so far, and this will be no exception. Also, I can’t wait to see what the new championship looks like, since the AEW world championship is absolutely gorgeous.

Prediction: Cody Wins

AEW World Championship Match: Jon Moxley (C); (10-0) Vs. Brodie Lee (5-0)

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This match shouldn’t be happening, well at least not yet. Jon Moxley had his title stolen from him by Mr. Brodie Lee weeks back, and since then it’s been a weird situation with the champ chasing his belt. Brodie Lee is that guy, and will continue to be a force while leading the Dark Order, but he doesn’t need to be champ. Just like Lance Archer, he has looked insanely strong and hasn’t suffered a loss, but expect this to be a war with Moxley ultimately going over. Lee will still look strong in defeat, and as he and his faction will continue to grow over these next few months. Moxley and Lee (or Ambrose and Harper) have history from their time in WWE, battling as members of The Shield and The Wyatt Family, so these guys have a good amount of memorable, lengthy matchups. This will be another.

Prediction: Jon Moxley Retains

Stadium Stampede Match: The Inner Circle Vs. The Elite

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Normally, I hate it when non-title matches are main events, but for this I’ll make an exception. This is going to be something nobody has ever seen. Coupled with the immense amount of talent in this match and the complete backing of the company, I 1000% expect this to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue when they talk about the years best and most unique matches. Most of The Elite have been off TV for weeks, as they adhere to social distancing from home during these times, so they need this win here. My prediction? I think they get it. I can’t wait to see the visual of the ring in the middle of the empty TIAA Bank Field, it’s going to be WONDERFUL (in my best Broken Matt Hardy voice).

Prediction: The Elite Wins

WWE Money In The Bank: Predicting Tonight’s Show

WWE Money in the Bank has evolved into one of the most important shows on the wrestling calendar. It’s become a place where superstars careers are changed, matches are remembered forever, and something fans look forward to every year. Who will ever forget CM Punk walking out of Chicago with the WWE Championship? Or the night that belonged to the Shield, where Roman Reigns walked in champion, Seth Rollins beat him for it, and Dean Ambrose walked out with it after cashing in his briefcase. Which superstars will this year’s unique event belong to? Which matches will we be writing about for years to come?

Smackdown Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match

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The New Day (C) vs. The Miz & John Morrison vs. The Forgotten Sons vs. Lucha House Party

After being contested in a phenomenal ladder match at Wrestlemania, the Smackdown tag team titles will be on the line in a fatal four way tag team match at Money in the Bank. The New Day’s reign is just getting started, with this being their first defense on their newly won titles. They’re far from rookie champions though, so I can’t see them losing the belts tonight. The Miz and John Morrison are the only real threats in this match, but if they win it’ll feel like they’re playing hot potato with the titles. It wouldn’t be the first time WWE has done that, but I believe the power of positivity reigns supreme tonight.

Prediction: The New Day Retains

Smackdown Women’s Championship Match

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Bayley (C) vs. Tamina

WWE is clearly building to an eventual match featuring Bayley and Sasha Banks for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Tamina’s career has be revitalized by this mini-push she’s getting here, but it definitely should not be capped off with a championship run. As a heel, Bayley has been one of the best parts about the women’s division, and the company as a whole. She’s been booked to be a strong champion, and she’s grown into the heel role very well. This title defense should be just another notch on her belt. I would watch out for some friction between Bayley and Banks tonight, though.

Prediction: Bayley Retains

Universal Championship Match

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Braun Strowman (C) vs. Bray Wyatt

I was surprised to see WWE book this match right out of the gate, but the newly crowned Braun Strowman faces off against his former friend, Bray Wyatt, for his championship tonight. It remains to be seen if ‘The Fiend’ makes an appearance tonight, but it looks like it will be the Firefly Funhouse version of Wyatt fighting tonight. While this side of Wyatt can still be dangerous, just ask The Miz, I don’t believe he can beat Strowman for the belt. Strowman was booked to defeat Goldberg (very convincingly), and now they’re going to take the belt off of him already? I just can’t see it. Strowman will defeat this version of Wyatt, and we’ll see if the Fiend comes calling for the rematch. Wyatt will eventually be the one to take the Universal Championship from the ‘Monster Among Men’, but it won’t be tonight.

Prediction: Strowman Retains

WWE Championship Match

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Drew McIntyre (C) vs. Seth Rollins

Drew McIntyre can be the next face of the company. He has it all – the look, the charisma, he’s great with fans and the media, crossover appeal, an underdog story, the WWE can NOT mess this up. How can they mess up McIntyre’s future, you ask? By booking him to lose his first title defense (no, I’m not counting whatever that was with the Big Show). Seth Rollins has been great as the Monday Night Messiah, and while him and McIntyre have great chemistry together, his one job should be to make McIntyre look good tonight. I can see Rollins’ disciple, Murphy, interfering in the match, but as long as McIntyre looks strong and walks out champion, the right decision will have been made.

Prediction: McIntyre Retains

The Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

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Shayna Baszler vs. Nia Jax vs. Asuka vs. Dana Brooke vs. Lacey Evans vs. Carmella

There is only one women who should walk away with the briefcase tonight, and that’s Shayna Baszler. But, in the world of WWE, we know that what should happen and what does happen are usually two very different things. Baszler is in the midst of a rivalry with Becky Lynch, but is at risk of losing the steam behind her push if she does not win this match. After WWE investing so much time into building up the Queen of Spades, it would be a nightmare to see that all go away with a whimper. As for the other participants in this match, Carmella has already won the briefcase, but is better suited making twitter videos (they’re hilarious, by the way) than being in line for a title shot. Dana Brooke has been a workhorse, but her time to be champion is just not here yet. Lacey Evans already has had countless title opportunities and nobody has been interested, this is not her match to win. Nia Jax .. Nia Jax. While it was nice to see Jax take a stand to protect the other women in the locker room, she still caught a lot of criticism when she was unable to protect Kairi Sane in a match on Raw. Jax should not be rewarded with a title push. Finally, Asuka is who I think will walk out with the women’s briefcase. She’s one of the best workers WWE has in the entire company, and it helps when the chairman and Paul Heyman hold you in high regard. Money in the Bank is one of the only things she hasn’t won, she adds it to her resume this year.

Prediction: Asuka Wins

The Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

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Daniel Bryan vs. Aleister Black vs. Rey Mysterio vs. King Corbin vs. Otis vs. AJ Styles

The men’s match is different from the women’s match in that almost every participant in this match can make a claim to why they should win (sorry, Otis). King Corbin could become the most hated heel in all of WWE with the briefcase. Rey Mysterio could use it to catapult him to one final title run in the late stages of his career. Daniel Bryan is as familiar as anyone with the briefcase, winning his first title with it, and kicking off one of the best storylines in recent memory by being cashed-in on by Randy Orton. He could use to get back to the main event scene after kicking tires on the mid-card earlier this year. Aleister Black could be catapulted into the next stratosphere by winning this match, and it’s obvious he’s the fans odds on choice to win. The briefcase is for building new stars, who better to build around than Black? He has a champions look, move-set, finisher, entrance, the whole package. It certainly wouldn’t be a mistake to give him the push that comes with winning this match. I don’t think WWE will pull the trigger though, thus leaving us with the Phenomenal One, AJ Styles, as this year’s Mr. Money in the Bank. WWE did not bring back Styles just to lose this match. He’s never won the briefcase, but he could be great as the dastardly heel, running around, threatening all champions. He’s proved to be one of the most valuable assets in the company, and this may be his only chance to ever win this match. It may not be the right decision, but it certainly wouldn’t be a bad decision to give Styles the breifcase.

Prediction: Styles Wins

Ranking The Best Choices To Win the WWE Money in the Bank Briefcase

As we heard numerous times during the build to WWE Money in the Bank, this will be the ‘most unique’ Ladder Match EVER, but the risk will be worth the reward. Superstars will have to go from the bottom floor to the roof of WWE HQ to win the match, so who’s the best choice to do so?

This year’s match features past winners, multiple time champions and young superstars brimming with potential. In this article, I rank them from worst to best in terms of choices to become 2020’s Mr. Money in the Bank.

6. Otis

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Otis already has Mandy Rose, what does he need anything else for? In all honesty, Otis has a zero percent chance of winning this match. There is no way in hell he gets that briefcase. He’ll be good for a nice spot or two, but that’s all the contribution he’ll make to the match.

5. Rey Mysterio

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The ‘Master of the 619’ may be one of the most popular superstars of all time, but a world title run isn’t in his future. At Survivor Series, he almost won the title against Brock Lesnar in one of the greatest near falls EVER, but he’s not going to get another chance at the greatest prize in wrestling through this match.

4. Daniel Bryan

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The real life ‘YES!’ man is a former Money in the Bank winner, but he won’t do it again this year. He already had his chance at the title, feuding with ‘The Fiend’ earlier this year, so he’ll probably be around the upper-mid card for the rest of the year. If he does get another shot at the title, it won’t be through using this briefcase.

3. King Corbin

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King Corbin already has one Money in the Bank victory under his belt, but he failed when he attempted to cash in on then champion, Jinder Mahal. While that was a terrible booking decision, another terrible booking decision would be giving Corbin another briefcase. This is the WWE though, so Corbin has the third best odds of winning the match.

2. AJ Styles

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AJ Styles has been a work horse for WWE since his arrival at the company. He’s coming off an amazing boneyard match vs. the Undertaker, proving that he can make anything that he’s given look great. Styles could be the best heel in the company while holding the briefcase, reminiscent of when Edge had the briefcase over a decade ago. Styles deserves another title run, and the briefcase could catapult him there.

1. Aleister Black

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Aleister Black is easily the best choice to win this match. He has main event star written all over him (I’m sure its there, somewhere between his tattoos), and getting promising superstars into the main event is exactly what this match was made for. Black has the look, the finisher, the theme song, everything to be WWE’s next big thing. All they have to do is pull the trigger. He’s easily the best choice to win this year’s match.

The Drew McIntyre Story: Why ‘The Scottish Psychopath’ Is The Best Choice To Lead WWE Into This Uncertain Era

“This man will be a future world heavyweight champion” said Vince McMahon, before introducing Drew McIntyre to the WWE Universe in 2009.

Little did McMahon know that his prophecy would take eleven years to come true.

McIntyre was one of the most famous stories of wasted potential in WWE history: a superstar handpicked by the chairman to be world champion that was relegated to a comedy act with his work in ‘3MB’. After five disappointing years, he was released in 2014.

It was the best thing to ever happen to his career.

McIntyre returned to the independent wrestling scene, where he remade himself. He changed his look, he developed his character and he never stopped working. He could’ve always been that famous wasted potential story, but he was determined to change his future.

In 2017, McIntyre returned to WWE, under the NXT brand, with a new hunger for success. He would work his way up to the top of the ladder, eventually winning the NXT championship. The title had been a springboard to success, held by some of the hottest names in wrestling, like Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Now, it was in Drew McIntyre’s hands.

The journey could’ve ended there, but McIntyre knew there was only one way to right all of his wrongs, to make good on McMahon’s prophecy of him being a future world heavyweight champion.

McIntyre got the call up in April 2018, aligning himself with Dolph Ziggler to create a heel faction. After working so hard to be taken seriously again, even casual wrestling fans saw that this wasn’t the same guy who was fired in 2014.

‘The Scottish Psychopath’ became one of the top heels in the company, facing off with the likes of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Finn Balor and the Undertaker.

It was clear McIntyre had the potential to be a fixture in the main event, management just had to pull the trigger. Finally, at this year’s Royal Rumble, the decision was made.

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After winning the rumble, McIntyre was officially a face, and the fans were behind him. The pop when he claymore kicked then WWE champion Brock Lesnar over the rope was deafening, and when he came out and announced he would be challenging him at Wrestlemania 36, fans rejoiced.

Eleven years after McMahon unofficially crowned him, McIntyre’s journey came full circle – he defeated Brock Lesnar for the WWE championship at Wrestlemania 36.

There would be no giant celebration with confetti and screaming fans, a once in a generation global pandemic prevented that. That didn’t sour the moment for McIntyre though, as his unique ‘Mania moment still meant the world to him. As he finally captures the championship, he does something no wrestler has ever done at the end of Wrestlemania, he breaks the fourth wall.

With that ‘thank you’, McIntyre’s demons were exercised. He finally reached the heights that he was expected to years prior, he grabbed that brass ring and he firmly entrenched himself into WWE lore. This time though, his story would be written as one of redemption and success, not wasted potential and failure.

McIntyre’s thrived on uncertainty his entire career, and that makes him the perfect champion to lead the company into this new era. His inspirational underdog story is one that will be told for years to come, and now that he’s reached the top of the mountain, his goal is to stay there.

McIntyre is a leader inside and outside the ring, he’s somebody fans can naturally get behind and support. He’s real. In this day of age where everything is changing, he should be WWE’s constant.

A lengthy, entertaining title run should be in McIntyre’s future, anything less would be a mistake.

The WWE Came Up With Their Most Insane Idea EVER .. And It’s GENIUS

In the midst of a global pandemic, the WWE has been forced to get more creative than ever. So far we’ve seen ..

  • An amazing, entertaining, Cinematic Boneyard Match with it’s OWN score.
  • A complete acid trip of a ‘Firefly Funhouse Match’ where we saw John Cena VANISH.
  • Edge & Randy Orton absolutely destroy the WWE Performance Center for over 40 minutes.
  • And the culmination of the Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa feud, which also destroyed the performance center .. but in cinematic style.

As you can see, WWE has been waving the creative wand more than ever in order to keep producing quality programming. In all honesty, it’s been a breath of fresh air, and I hope it continues when things get back to normal.

But this .. this next idea takes the cake

YES. YOU ARE SEEING THAT CORRECTLY. WWE is having their annual ‘Money In The Bank’ pay per view at WWE HQ, with the namesake match featuring the winner having to go from the bottom floor to the ROOF to win the match.

Oh, and when they get to the roof, they have to climb a ladder, and then retrieve the briefcase, in classic money in the bank style. But .. ON. THE. ROOF.

This has potential to be the most ridiculously amazing thing the WWE has ever produced. Just imagine the possibilities! A fight in Vince’s office, destroying priceless WWE memorabilia, brawling on every single floor, etc.

It literally a better version of WWE’s famous Super Bowl commercial. (Aka, the greatest Super Bowl commercial ever).

I for one am very happy with the ideas the WWE has come up with to stay interesting with no crowds. I reaaaaaally hope they keep some of these batshit crazy ideas for when crowds return .. the WWE was missing this.

Oh, and the tag line ‘Climb the Corporate Ladder’ is absolute genius. Whoever came up with that deserves a damn raise.

I can’t wait to see this come to fruition. WWE Money is the Bank airs at 7pm on May 10th, and yeah .. I’ll be counting down the days.

The Five Best Choices To Face The Undertaker In The Next ‘Boneyard Match’

The Undertaker revitalized his career at Wrestlemania 36, defeating AJ Styles in the acclaimed ‘Boneyard Match’ and opening up a world of possibilities for the 55 year old legend.

Now, the question becomes, who should ‘The Deadman’ face off with next? And should it be in the squared circle, or the boneyard?

While Undertaker should go out like all legends of his stature do, on his back, in the squared circle, at Wrestlemania, it doesn’t need to happen just yet. By continuing to compete in cinematic style matches like this, he can add years to his career, and his legacy.

Styles deserves credit for his role in the match, he was a perfect opponent for the inaugural match, but here are five superstars who we want visit the boneyard in the future.

Sting

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One of the greatest missed opportunities in the history of wrestling is the fact that Sting and The Undertaker never crossed paths. Wrestling fans around the globe speculate what a match between the two of them would look like, but it’s obvious a match between these two could never live up to the hype between the ropes nowadays. Enter: The Boneyard Match. This is exactly what’s needed for this match to take place. The promos, the settings, the hype, this is a match that fans deserve to see and in this style, it could live up to the hype.

Aleister Black

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Aleister Black has been wasted ever since he was brought up from NXT to the main roster. A tag team run with Ricochet and a mini feud with Buddy Murphy are the most impactful things he’s done on the main roster so far, and that’s criminal. Black is one of the most interesting characters on the roster, and a fight between him and the Undertaker would be money. Black could be the one who defeats Undertaker in his final match between the ropes, but we’d also love to see him visit the boneyard.

Seth Rollins

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A year ago it looked like Rollins would be the new face of the company, but some bad tweets and booking caused fans to turn on him. Now, The ‘Monday Night Messiah’ gimmick has helped revitalize Rollins’ character and he would make a formidable foe to the Undertaker. Rollins’ preachy, self-absorbed character would make for some amazing promo’s against Taker’s ‘American Badass’ character. Rollins is still one of the most talented people in the company, and he plays a perfect cowardly heel, we’d be excited to see him and Taker cross paths.

Finn Bálor

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The Demon vs. the Deadman – the story writes itself. With all the special effects we could get in a cinematic styles match with these two, it would be criminal to not see it happen. Bálor may be back in NXT, but when he returns to the main roster, this is a match that needs to take place before Undertaker hangs up the boots for good.

‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt

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The two biggest stars of Wrestlemania weekend, the two stars (and winners) of the cinematic style matches, and two of the best characters in all of the company. A ‘Firefly Fun House’/Boneyard crossover would be absolute money. Whether we have ‘The Fiend’ visiting the Boneyard, or Wyatt bringing Undertaker through his legendary career, it would be a sight to see. Wyatt seems to be on a revenge tour, and avenging his loss to the Deadman at Wrestlemania 31 could be on his list at this time next year.

Who do you want to see Undertaker take on in the next boneyard match?