I wish I truly had the memory of this event when I was a kid. I was just a little over 6 months old and my Dad propped me up with pillows and I watched my first ever televised wrestling event. Wrestling became something that we bonded over. There wouldn’t be a Monday night go by that we weren’t sitting in front of the television yelling at our favorites to win and the bad guys to lose. It is something special that I will carry with me for the rest of my life which is why as an adult. I hope one day to do the same with my kids when I have some. Want to know why wrestling is special? For that one moment, you forget where you are and get to enjoy something. You are taken from the world that we live in, sometimes sad, and get to forget all our problems. That is why tonight, I, like the rest of the world of wrestling fan will be tuning into WWE Network and watching the showcase of the immortals, WrestleMania 30. If there is any time of the year that will make you feel like a kid again, it is this one.
The reason WrestleMania is special is because that it is a staple of pop culture. I think there is no denying the power that an event like this has. The last few year’s cities have been bidding for hosting the event. The revenue that this event brings in is off the chart. But to me it is much more than that. To me, it’s childhood. It’s nostalgia. It’s about the moments that have shaped an industry. I think anyone over the age of 35 can honestly say they have seen Hulk Hogan slam Andre the Giant at WrestleMania 3. How about when Shawn Michaels achieved the boyhood dream of becoming the world champion at WrestleMania 12? We have heard the name of Stone Cold Steve Austin. The moment that made wrestling popular in the 90s again, took place at WrestleMania 14 when Mike Tyson counted the 3 count.
The moment will last a lifetime. That is why tonight will be no different. For the first time in the history of this website, I am going to be making predictions of wrestling. I have to say that I hope this is one of those things that turns into a weekly deal because honestly, we are all nerds around here and this is my nerd thing.
Tonight, WrestleMania 30 will be live from the Superdome in New Orleans. I am going to break down the matches and give a few bold predictions that if come true, will be one of those moments that is played every year in the video packages that you see. It is time to break down, WrestleMania 30.
Fatal 4 Way Tag Team Title Match.
I am a huge fan of tag team wrestling. Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s was a special time. The Steiner Brothers, The Rock N Roll Express, The Midnight Express, Demolition, The Hart Foundation, The Road Warriors, and I could name teams all day long and not get tired. Tag Team wrestling over the last 10 years has been an afterthought. It makes me sad to see the state of tag team wrestling. However, kicking off on the pre-show we get 4 teams that will set the tone of the night. The Uso’s defend their titles against the teams, Rybaxel, The Real Americans and Los Matadors. The Uso’s are going to win this instant classic for the titles, but that will not be the biggest story of coming from this match. I think tonight, you will see The Real Americans go their separate ways which will later lead on to my first bold prediction of the night.
The Shield VS. Kane and The New Age Outlaws
The hounds of justice are going into their second straight WrestleMania in a match where it is the new blood taking on the Attitude generation. The Outlaws were my favorite tag team as a teenager and seeing them today I still get the same feeling that I had then. I know I am going to be entertained. But, WrestleMania is about showing what the stars of tomorrow has to offer. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are the best combination of wrestlers since, and I think I am putting them in a class of legends here, The 4 Horseman and Evolution. I have never seen a group come on and be as good as these three have been since technically they are new to the WWE scene. I believe in The Shield and so should the rest of the WWE Universe.
The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
I think when the word WrestleMania is said, Hulk Hogan has to be one of the first names that comes to your mind. He is the reason that is event became as huge as it has. That being said, there is another man that made WrestleMania the pop culture icon that it has become. That man was Andre The Giant. A few weeks ago on Raw, Hulk Hogan announced that there would be a 30 man over the top rope battle royal to honor the late, Andre. I have to say that this match is something that I am really looking forward to as a fan. The man with the most battle royal wins happens to be the Andre. So thinking when this match was announced, the first name that would win is the 7 foot Big Show. He has been compared to Andre his entire career and what a great way to honor Andre. But, I have been thinking really hard about this one as well. This is my first Bold Prediction of Mania. If the man I am picking happens to not be in, I am picking The Big Show. I stated earlier that I think The Real Americans will split up. One of the members of this team, Cesaro, will win the battle royal. I think this guy is one of the future stars of the WWE. I think he has what it takes to be a future World Champion. I believe he will cement his legacy at WrestleMania 30.
The Vickie Guerrero Diva Invitational
Women’s wrestling is usually used as a bathroom break for most fans. The matches are not the best, and not a lot of people care about the division. However, last night I believe that changed during the Attitude Era, with Lita and Trish. Women’s wrestling has become something special on the grandest stage of them all. Tonight, 13 Divas will be going for the Championship held by a member of the Hall of Hotties on this here little online Magazine, AJ Lee. She is the longest reigning WWE Divas champion and tonight she will face her toughest test to date. The entire Diva’s Division. There are two thoughts going into this match. The first thought, is that one of the Bella twins will be winning the championship because of the show Total Divas. However, I think that is a long show. I am actually going against the odds and predicting that AJ Lee remains the Divas Champion at the end of the night.
Stone Cold Steve Austin will be at Mania tonight, but what role will he play? I am thinking we are going to start to see the build to his last match as Mania 31. I am thinking that we will see the return of The Second City Saint, CM Punk and we will have that moment that will send chills down everyone’s spine.
The second one is going to star Hulk Hogan who is hosting the biggest show of the year. I think Hogan will get involved enough to slam someone tonight and who will it be? Bad News Barrett. Why? I think because it will be a bit of Bad news.
Bray Wyatt VS. John Cena
If there was ever a man that could be compared to Hulk Hogan it is John Cena. However, I don’t see him as Hogan. I see Cena, as more of a Sting type guy. I think he is the guy the company has been built around the last few years. This is only the second time Cena has not been in a Championship match at Mania but his toughest competition. A character that has intrigued me, Bray Wyatt. If you are not a wrestling fan, I want you to think about it this way. Cult leader meets Duck Dynasty. The character is creepy awesome and has a long future in the WWE. Tonight, Bray Wyatt makes his debut at WrestleMania and he will win at Mania. It is kind of going out there on a limb, but I see him making a moment that will last forever. Even if he doesn’t win, his entrance will be worth it enough.
The Streak VS. The Beast
If there is one thing that has been just as certain as WrestleMania coming around on a yearly basis, it is the match with The Undertaker. A character that Hulk Hogan said wouldn’t make it very long in the wrestling industry. Kind of funny when you look back on it. Take started the streak at WrestleMania 7 against Jimmy Snuka. I want you think about this. I was 6 when the streak started. I am 29 now. I feel old. His opponent tonight, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar. I like Lesnar. I feel that he is this aura about him that screams, I am a bad ass. However, that won’t beat the Streak. The Undertaker’s Streak is going to be something that will go down in the history of time as one of the greatest accomplishments in wrestling. Bold Prediction. I think you will find out who is an opponent for next year will be tonight and not on Raw. I think this man’s WWE debut needs to be at Mania. They will blow the roof off the building, if Sting shows up tonight.
Daniel Bryan VS. HHH
Yes! Yes! Yes! The Yes movement. What is one thing that everyone loves about sports? They love a good underdog story. There is no bigger underdog story than the one of Daniel Bryan. A man that was loved on the Indies, but was figured to be too small by WWE standards to the most popular wrestler in the company. I think this is going to be that special moment when 75,000 people are shouting YES, at the top of their lungs. HHH, is the new COO of the company, but more importantly, he loves the business. I think tonight, you will see the torch passed. I think tonight starts the beginning of a new era in wrestling, which leads me to….
The WWE World Heavyweight Championship
The winner of HHH and Bryan will be placed in the match against Batista and Randy Orton for the title. Batista is coming off filming movies and a 4 year hiatus to be in the main event of the biggest show of the year. Orton is the man right now, and to quote Ric Flair “To be the Man, You have to beat the man. Woooo!!!” The man that will walk out of WrestleMania 30 the champion is Daniel Bryan. I have to say that I am excited to see how this will go down. I have a slight Bold Prediction here too, I could see Hulk Hogan making it a Fatal 4 Way for the title with HHH added too but still see Bryan walking out the champ.
No matter what happens, it’s WresleMania and it is going to be an awesome 4 hours. I for one can’t wait.