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    Friday, April 6, 2018

    Ruthless Roundtable: Predicting WrestleMania 34

    WrestleMania is right around the corner—hell, it’s a weekend away! And the best part about ‘Mania this year is that it falls on April 9 (Manila time), which is Araw ng Kagitingan, meaning we all get the holiday to catch the biggest show of the year. If that’s not a gift from the wrestling gods—well, not me, Sandro Hermoso, Ro Moran, and Nicole Le Saux—then I don’t know what is.

    That said, my god, do we have a stacked card. You know how writers and analysts love to point out how this is the deepest roster WWE’s ever had? You can see it in how Creative’s tried its damndest to book everyone somewhere on the card. Not counting John Cena’s hypothetical match with The Undertaker, we’re getting thirteen matches through a seven-hour card. If you’re going to be up as early as, say, 5 a.m. (Manila time) to catch all this, then good luck staying the hell awake through all that.

    But that’s a problem challenge we’ll all face on Monday. Right now, though, we have a card to break down. And that’s why I’ve assembled this fine little lineup of Smark Henry writers featuring RAW reviewer and Wrestling Goddess Nicole Le Saux, SmackDown Live reviewer Ricky “#NitPickRick” Publico, my SGP Podcast co-host Raf Camus, and the enigmatic potato only known as KP to give you our predictions for WrestleMania Fleur-de-lis.

    In the words of A1, ready or not, here we come! Wait… that didn’t sound right. Aww, here it goes.

    André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

    KP: Other than being personally offended at the fact that my dad, Karl Anderson—G1 2012 finalist, G1 2013 semi-finalist, four-time IWGP Tag Team Champion—wasn’t even announced for this, I don’t really have strong feelings about the Battle Royal.

    It took two years for Corbin to have his win pay off, so it’s not important on the grand scale of things. But for the purposes of this preview, I guess I want The Revival to make good on their promise to win this as a team. Sorry, Fashion Police.

    Camus: The ARMBAR has only ever produced WrestleMania fluff moments over the past few year. It's there, it's okay, but I really wish it was something more. That being said, I want Tye Dillinger to win just to give him something. They already did it for Mojo Rawley, so why not Tye?

    Ricky: I pick either #WOKEN Matt Hardy or Tye Dillinger to win the WrestleMania Paycheck Battle Royal. That’s really all I can say.

    Nicole: I don’t care enough about this match to think too hard about its winner… So I’ll just pick Dolph Ziggler.

    Stan: Damn, I feel about all the apathy towards this match. I will, however, still pop for it once it happens, though. So just for shits and giggles, let me pick The Revival, too. If we can't get anything excitement out of the build, let's at least create a moment where a tag team actually wins a singles battle royal.

    WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal

    Announced participants: Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Liv Morgan, Naomi, Natalya, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Bayley, Lana, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Mickie James

    KP: Who do I want to win the Uterus Cup? Becky Lynch, no question. The cup may mean nothing in the end, but it’s still a shining moment for a poorly-served talent, I think. However, since Bayley and Sasha Banks are going to continue their best-friend-breaking fight here, I’ll have hope and say Bayley tosses Banks out for the win.

    Camus: It's another “for the first time ever” moment for the Women's Division at 'Mania. Big woop. There's a reason it's on the pre-show, and it's because it just throws all these talented women in one match, but doesn't really have any stakes to it. If Bayley or Becky Lynch get a fun moment out of it, all well and good. I just wish this didn't feel marginally better than the ARMBAR.

    Ricky: Can they at least give the winner something other than a trophy? You know, to launch someone’s career up or at least boost the winner’s stock? Make it a worthwhile accolade for the women to actually care about, at least. We already failed with the ARMBAR, let’s not screw it up with the women, yeah? As for my pick, somehow I always choose Becky Lynch to win this groundbreaking matches. Why is that?

    Nicole: I don’t know why, but I also tend to choose Becky Lynch to win these types of matches. And although Bayley and Sasha Banks are going to be the ones to look out for, they’ll be too busy trying to screw each other out of the match, so I doubt one of them will win it.

    Stan: I don't understand why we can't make this match have something up for grabs like, say, a future title shot. How hard is that to pull off? Becky Lynch has always looked like the perfect character to slot into these "first-ever" roles, like how she was the inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion. That said, she's a fine choice to be the first ever WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal winner, too. Fite me.

    WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Final: Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali

    KP: AN INJUSTICE. 205 Live has changed a lot, for the better. Ali and Alexander—especially Ali —did the best they could to foster emotional investment in this tournament final, and yet the Cruiserweights are on the pre-show once more.

    But as Austin Aries once tweeted, the 205 crew won’t be “relegated” to anything as Ali and Alexander’s performances against Drew Gulak and Roderick Strong leading up to WrestleMania proved that they have what it takes to steal the show.

    That being said, Mustafa Ali has been primed to win the Cruiserweight title, with his in-ring showings and on-mic/Internet promos paving the way since 205 lost its king, Neville.

    Camus: It needs to be said that for the purposes of giving them the right amount of time to tell a story, having this be on the pre-show could be the best thing. It is still an injustice that the Cruiserweight Division is treated like this. They should be opening the main show at the very least, just because the division as a whole is that damn good.

    For a prediction, my heart says Cedric Alexander. His body of work is something else, and I do want him to win this one at last. Mustafa Ali winning is perfectly fine as well. For him to continue to chase Alexander after would be exciting, but I think Cedric's time is now.

    Nicole: You know what, let them have a pre-show! So what? The wrestlers still get a lot of pops being one of the first matches of the event. They get a shot at actually hyping up the crowd while taking their sweet time, whereas they'd be treated as the pee break if they were placed on the main card. They’ll get to shower, too, get dressed, and would be able to watch the rest of the show with ease. Right? That said, Mustafa Ali, please!

    Ricky: While disappointed, I’m not really surprised that this match was placed in the pre-show. On the plus side, at least everyone will be compelled to actually watch the pre-show. So I guess there’s that. I want to see Mustafa Ali win the title, but it’s not like I would complain if Cedric Alexander win it instead. Tear the house down, you guys, and show them why the Cruiserweights don’t deserve the disrespect.

    Stan: Outside of Daniel Bryan's in-ring return and the dream match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, this is the match I'm absolutely looking forward to seeing. And the Roundtable makes a great point in their card placement allowing them to have an opportunity to steal the damn show. I know that Cedric Alexander's the logical pick, which is why I'll go against it and root for my boy, Mustafa Ali, to become the new champion. He's got the most compelling story, which is way more than we can say for Cedric Alexander if we don't consider the looming heel turn they've been hinting at on 205 Live.

    Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn; If Owens and Zayn win, they will be rehired to SmackDown Live.

    Stan: BRUH. BRUUUUUH. THIS is the match I'm going to lose my shit for. I didn't even think this would actually happen, so the fact that my favorite wrestlers in Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owens are going to be in a match with my favorite authority figure (Shane McMahon) and my former favorite underdog in the post-Bryan era (Sami Zayn) is a blessing in itself.

    Looking at the card, a lot of babyfaces are primed to win, and I'm going to call my shot and say that this match will be no exception. Here's a hot take: Bryan and Shane get the win and the feel-good WrestleMania moment. And then on RAW the very next night, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn make their return to wreak havoc over there.

    Camus: For anyone who followed Ring of Honor in the mid-2000s, this storyline has had you hooked for the better part of six months. The idea of Sami and KO directly opposing Commissioner Shane McMahon and GM Daniel Bryan wasn't going to get you too excited because we've seen that play out. A few months ago, as well, you didn't think it could escalate further because Daniel Bryan, God bless his goat heart, couldn't get physical because of the state of the accumulated damage to his head. The feud had to end soon, but looked like it would end on the ARMBAR, or resolve itself after 'Mania.

    And then we get a WrestleMania miracle: Daniel Bryan was medically cleared for in-ring action by the WWE. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it could happen, let alone against some of his finest colleagues since his ROH and PWG days. It's a scenario many long since thought wouldn't be possible, yet here we are.

    Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens need to win the match. But Daniel Bryan has already won our hearts. Thanks for being a part of this, Shane O’Mac, but let the indie darlings have this one.

    Ricky: I’ll have to respectfully disagree. While yes, this is a dream match for the indie fans, this rivalry was also built around a solid storyline spanning months. Between appeasing indie fans and serving the storyline right, I’d pick the latter. A great story should have a satisfying ending, and I’d be damned if Zayn and Owens don’t get their comeuppance from their atrocious acts. It’s time to move on from this great angle and there’s not a better way to patch things up by having Shane McMahon and the returning Daniel Bryan beat the living crap out of their long-time rivals. Besides, I’m sure we’re getting a grade-A quality match anyway. Will it ruin the prestige if Owens and Zayn lost?

    Nicole: I don’t care who the fuck wins, just give me the sight of Daniel Bryan taking bumps in his wrestling gear again. Prepare your tissues. But yeah, unfortunately, I think Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens will take the win.

    KP: Has it ever been said that Sami and Kevin can’t skip their merry asses to RAW in case they lose? But even then, I can’t confidently say that Bryan’s team will win, on the simple fact that Shane has acted so… horrendously during this nearly year-long back-and-forth. A little more confident in saying that Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens will win, but Bryan will definitely steal the show.

    Mixed tag team match: Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon

    Camus: This match actually makes the best use of all the talents involved, and is designed to be a showcase match for Ronda Rousey to debut in style. Without having to immediately insert her in the Women's Division stories, having this kind of a match will give her every chance to start off on a good note, all while hiding her weaknesses behind Triple H and Kurt Angle’s years of experience.

    Tito Kurt Angle and Ate Ronda Rousey are winning, with Ronda forcing Steph to tap out to an armbar, is the best scenario here.

    Stan: Took the words right out of my mouth. There's no way Trips and Steph are winning here. Hell, it won't even be about the match itself. It'll be all about the highlight video package of Angle and Ronda kicking ass.

    Ricky: Somehow, I’m having a hard time caring about this match. I’m not really high on Ronda Rousey’s debut and not really hyped to see Triple H and Kurt Angle continue their shallow and forced rivalry. So I’ll just pick the obvious answer: Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle. I’m not saying it will be a bad match. I’m just saying maybe we shouldn't expect too much from it.

    Nicole: Yeah, there’s no way Ronda Rousey (with Kurt Angle) isn’t winning her first WWE match.

    KP: Ditto. No way Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle won’t win this. Rousey’s rawness leading up to WrestleMania won’t matter if she can make a spectacle out of making Stephanie tap.

    WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Tag Team Match: The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and/or Xavier Woods) vs. The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) vs. The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) (c) 

    Camus: Adding the proven commodity that is the Bludgeon Brothers to a feud that we know is absolute money in The Usos and New Day is probably for the best. It feels as though they've found a way to harness some early TLC magic with these teams, and just need to execute it right here.

    The Usos retaining makes sense to me to make up for all the years on the pre-show, just to put that meta-narrative to rest. But anyone winning here in what looks to be one of the more hard-hitting matches on the card is fine by me.

    Ricky: I second the motion. The Usos deserve a WrestleMania moment and this year’s the right time to give them one. They deserve it. *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*

    Nicole: I don’t disagree with you guys. The Usos all the way!

    KP: Quibbles about the mallet smacking aside, yeah, The Usos are definitely retaining.

    Stan: I don't know what you guys are on, and I don't want any of that shit. Come on, guys. The Bludgeon Brothers are totally winning the tag titles on the Blue Brand. Otherwise, what the hell was all that destruction and mallet-wielding for?

    WWE RAW Tag Team Championship: Braun Strowman and TBD vs. Cesaro and Sheamus (c)

    Stan: Alright, first things first. Who's Braun's partner going to be? That's the real question here. It's a foregone conclusion that this is being set up to be a showcase match for Braun to have his first real WrestleMania moment, so there's no doubt about Strowman being a RAW Tag Team Champion by the end of the night.

    As for his partner, I'd have to narrow it down to any of these four: Elias is the obvious pick as the rumors say. But I'd make a case for the resurrected vessels of Bray Wyatt, Samoa Joe, or Rey Mysterio.

    KP: If Braun's partner turns out to be Big Cass, I may throw a chair.

    Camus: Braun Strowman is the Tag Team Champions. If somehow that involves a returning Bray Wyatt, that might be fun.

    Ricky: Here’s a thought: Braun Strowman... and GOD?!?!

    Nicole: Yooooooo, Big Cass is not a bad guess. Holy fuck. Honestly, thinking about the possibilities is hurting my brain. But it’s Braun Strowman and whoever his partner will be for sure.

    KP: God, please, let it not be Big Cass. And to be honest, Braun’s the Boy, innit? Not that it matters. It ceased to matter when my dad, Karl Anderson—G1 2012 finalist, G1 2013 semi-finalist, four-time IWGP Tag Team Champion—and Luke Gallows didn’t get a WrestleMania main card match. Anyone but Big Cass.

    WWE SmackDown Women's Championship: Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair (c) 

    Camus: Asuka NEEDS to win. Charlotte has done enough for the division. She's done her job well carrying SmackDown Live, and making the division look great. All she needs to do now is elevate Asuka. This will be a fitting barn-burner that will showcase the immense talent of both women. Potential show stealer? Hell yeah.

    Ricky: I’ve said this before in my weekly column and it sounds completely bonkers, but I stand by it. Asuka will win after a hard-fought match with her probably feigning an injury and when the last piece of confetti drops, Carmella runs down to the ring and successfully cashes in on the fallen Asuka to win her first major title and end a legendary streak, too. Imagine the heat. Imagine the hate. Imagine the disdain form fans as Carmella devilishly raises her newly-won SmackDown Women’s Championship. Laugh all you want. If this actually happens, you know where you heard it first.

    Nicole: Ricky, that is my biggest fantasy. But I just don’t know if they’re going to go through with that idea. Let’s face it: Asuka’s just getting started, and her streak isn’t going to end here.

    KP: I’m probably going to blow a gasket if Carmella snatches a win from either woman, but if it happens, I sincerely doubt that Asuka—your new Women’s Champion come 'Mania—will lose her streak due to Ms. Money in the Bank.

    Maybe on SmackDown.

    Stan: How are you all so sure Carmella and the MITB briefcase are even staying on SmackDown? Heh.

    I'm surprised none of you are picking Charlotte to win, and although my heart wants to see Asuka keep that undefeated streak, Charlotte is being primed to be the female Roman Reigns—with less resistance from the fans. My gut tells me Charlotte is retaining here, but as long as we get a hell of a match, then I'll ultimately be fine with it.

    WWE RAW Women's Championship: Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss (c)

    Ricky: I think they’re priming Nia Jax to replace Asuka as the brand’s top monster babyface, so giving her the RAW Women’s Championship is a good start. Besides, I’m sure her win will be a great PR move for their anti-bullying campaign. Anyone else feel like we should switch this one with the Cruiserweight Championship tournament finals? Or is it just me?

    Camus: You're right, Nia Jax is poised for a good run. The dynamics between the two have made the RAW Women's division intriguing, to say the least; and giving Nia the reins to headline it could be fun. Alexa Bliss has been a revelation over the last two years, and 2018 needs to create something fresh for her. Nia, however, has never fully recognized her potential, and this might be the way she does it. Don't be surprised if Alexa retains, but Nia Jax stands to gain the most here.

    Nicole: No question, Nia Jax. It’s going to be the most satisfying ending to this storyline, and Nia will set the best example for young women out there to stand up to their bullies and to stay above the body-shaming. You go, girl!

    Stan: I won't argue against you guys on this one. Nia Jax is defeating Little Miss Bliss for the title. But what if Carmella ends up cashing in on Nia either at the end of the match or the next night on RAW? No? No?

    KP: The story leading up to this match has been so……. strange, to put it politely. Both sides of the argument on the whole body shaming angle are understandable: on the one hand, yeah, body shaming is still real, but on the other hand, couldn’t have they handled this best-friends-turned-foes story without it?

    (Hire female writers already!)

    Anyway, it’s time for Nia Jax to get things done!

    WWE United States Championship Fatal Four-Way: Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal (w/ Sunil Singh) vs. Rusev (w/ Aiden English vs. Randy Orton (c)

    Ricky: Forget about Randy Orton beating everyone with an RKO. Forget about Bobby Roode regaining his title. Forget about Jinder Mahal getting a WrestleMania moment just for the lulz. WrestleMania 34 is Rusev Day so mark your goddamn calendars!

    Camus: RUSEV MACHKA! He deserves it. At the end of the day, this entire match has become better by his inclusion. It is, after all, RUSEV DAY.

    Stan: I am going to peel the skin off my forearm if Rusev doesn't win the U.S. Championship on Rusev Day.

    Nicole: Rusev is way too over not to win that title at ‘Mania!


    WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat:  Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor vs. The Miz (c) (w/ Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel)

    Stan: It's funny how we've had no Demon Finn teasers at all leading up to WrestleMania, then again, it's fucking WrestleMania. Of course Demon Finn has to come out. And Demon Finn is undefeated since that's essentially Finn Bálor going all Taguro and harnessing his isang daang porsyentong lakas. So he's winning the Intercontinental Championship here. Thanks, Miz, and congratulations on the birth of Monroe Sky.

    Ricky: Roman Reigns will probably win the Universal Championship anyway, so he’ll be needing a worthy rival in the Big Dog’s latest reign. May I suggest The Miz? Seriously, don’t you think it’s time for The Miz to gun for a bigger prize than the IC Title? With Miz out of the way, we now have Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor. While I’d love to see Balor win gold one more time, it would satisfy my OCD for Seth Rollins to win his first IC Title and finally making The Shield a Grand Slam stable.

    Camus: This is the match I'm pegging to be match of the night. The pace of this match will make the likely 15+ minutes it's gonna run feel like a lifetime. Between Rollins, Finn, and Miz tearing it up with a maddening workrate, this is going to be good. The title changing hands, preferably to Finn freaking Bálor, is inevitable here. Get excited for this one.

    Nicole: This match is going to make grown men cry and little girls like me sob on the floor. If you ask me to choose between Finn Bálor and Seth Rollins, I will not answer immediately. I’d like to think one of the two is going home with the title, because The Miz has to go home for a while to be a daddy. But he was acting so fishy on RAW, that I think he might actually retain.

    KP: BÁLOR ALL THE WAY. I’m sticking with the guy who is the hungriest for a WrestleMania moment of his own after being sidelined from what was supposed to be his first 'Mania. Yes, I do agree that The Miz seems like he’ll retain, and Seth potentially making it to Grand Slam club is juicier, but Bálor feels like he’ll take this opportunity to regain relevance in the WWE Universe again.

    WWE Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles (c)

    Stan: I am ready for my aneurysm. Honestly, I don't even care who wins this match. I just want to see a match that I will remember for the rest of my life. If Uncle Allen and Shinskay give us that, I can die happy. But since this is a predictions piece, then Shinsuke Nakamura is our new King of WWE by the end of WrestleMania.

    Ricky: The only NJPW match I’ve seen was between Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles, just to see what the fuss was about. It blew me away, and I can’t wait to see both men recreate—if not outdo—their efforts from two years ago. Judge their buildup on SmackDown Live and tell me you weren’t hyped so I could smack your head to convince you otherwise. If only Lesnar wasn’t around, this match will easily take the main event spot.

    With that being said, allow me to introduce you to my pick: Shinsuke Nakamura. Man, that was hard to swallow. No doubt that they’ll have an instant classic on the grand stage, but I want Nakamura to walk out with the WWE Championship for the simple reason that it’s his time. We’ve been clamoring for Nakamura to take his rightful spot in the main event scene after lackluster programs with Baron Corbin and Jinder Mahal. This is Nakamura’s opportunity to show everyone why he’s been worth the hype. And it’s not like Styles needs the victory that bad. He’ll be fine. Sorry, AJ.

    Nicole: No, I’m sorry, scratch that—this is what’s going to make grown men cry. Shinsuke Nakamura for the win!

    CamusThe dream match I've been waiting for since WrestleKingdom 10, this time under the bright lights of WrestleMania, is Shinsuke Nakamura’s crowning moment. Booking be damned, Nakamura deserves this for coming over to WWE. AJ Styles is the best wrestler in the world right now, but Nakamura used to be that guy. He hasn't seemed as motivated, or as spellbinding as some might have wanted him to be, but this is his time. Thanks, AJ, for making this happen, but we're in for the best pure wrestling match this decade in WWE.

    KP: Whoever wins, we win. Their match at WK10 was one of the best matches this decade for NJPW and while the WWE style is definitely different, don’t think for one second that either man’s performance will wither in the face of that.

    AJ Styles, in particular, has had stellar performances since entering WWE, whereas people have rightfully called out Nakamura for cruising along. But something has re-energized the King of Strong Style after Fastlane, and he finally, finally seems like a natural fit for the company. Shinsuke Nakamura is ready for another crown, and WrestleMania is the perfect venue for his coronation.

    WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) 

    Ricky: At this point, I just want to be reminded that the Universal Championship is a world title, that it exists, and that everyone on the roster should be clamoring to win it. Giving the title to a part-timer like Brock Lesnar pretty much damaged its lackluster prestige, so let’s head back to square one and build the title from the ground up by, you know, actually featuring it on every goddamn show. So have at it, Roman Reigns. Win the title for us, please.

    Nicole: I’m actually hyped for this! To think my face frowned to look like the Grumpy Cat’s all week after the Elimination Chamber... They did a pretty good job saving this main event for me. With rumors of Brock Lesnar going back to UFC, I think it’s time for him to finally let the title go. He’s held it hostage for way too long! And although Roman Reigns still isn’t my favorite, we don’t have much of a choice right now, you guys. Anyone but Brock!

    KP: …Roman Reigns. Not that I particularly have a strong feeling either way. And hey, listen: it’s not me being a bummer banana. It’s just that Reigns has acted as the rebellious underdog against Brock and while that may have worked on anyone else, this is Roman “Big Dog” “Piss on Your Lawn” Reigns. He’s a Big Boy, he coulda muscled in on Br—whatever, I’m thinking about this too much. Go off, Big Dog, chew up the purple grape we know as The Guy Who Will Probably Get Tagged For A Substance When He Goes Back To Dana White’s Shed.

    Camus: LOL Roman Reigns wins. I'm fine with this. Just get it over with. Roman's gotten new, almost Stone Cold-esque wrinkles as of late. That's a good thing if they sustain this and keep him interesting post-Mania. The result is inevitable at this point, but Brock still has the ability to work a solid match with Roman. This might just be a proverbial slobber knocker of a main event, but look for THE BIG DAWG to notch another 'Mania moment for himself.

    Stan: Let's just get this over with. Roman Reigns finally slays the Beast.

    Aaaaand as a bonus, we couldn't end this WrestleMania preview without talking about...

    John Cena vs. The Undertaker

    Stan: Will this even happen? And if yes, who comes out on top? Hey, we're already going to have a seven-hour show. What's one more match? Let's just get this one over with, too, so The Undertaker can happily return to retirement. John Cena gets his WrestleMania moment right after jumping the barricade from the front row.

    Camus: I'm doubtful Cena and Taker happens, and to be honest, I don't mind it not happening. It's made Cena more amusing in the short term, but I don't feel a compelling reason for this match to take place. If this goes down, I don't know how good it can be, or where they will swerve this angle towards. Neither man stands to gain that much more from this match, and neither needs to even be at 'Mania this year. If I had to pick, Cena wins. Thanks, Taker, but nothing beats last year.

    Nicole: What are you talking about? Cena running his mouth week after week isn't going to go to waste—trust me. It's going to happen. I don't know how or when he's going to show up exactly, but I'm sure they have something cool up their sleeves. This storyline is great because it's new and different: it won't make you feel so umay when The Undertaker's music hits. That said, I have a weird feeling The Undertaker will win!

    KP: Putting down the cynic in me to say that this isn't going to happen. Once upon a time, it would've been believable if Undertaker suddenly came out as the "American Badass" since Kid Rock is there for HoF (for some unfathomable reason, why god). But since there has been zero indication from the Deadman—not even a gong!—the chances of it happening lowered immensely. A surprise is much preferable than watching the Undertaker perform like he did last year. Just hoping it isn't Kane. Please. No mas.

    Ricky: If we're really doing this, can we at least get the American Badass Undertaker back? The Deadman Undertaker coming back won't really make sense since he "retired" the gimmick after the Enormous Canine beat him last year. So there's a nice loophole they can exploit. I personally don't want to see him come back, though. Let's just give it a rest (in peace, heh). John Cena vs. Rey Mysterio is enough of a WrestleMania marquee match for me.

    What do you think? Who do you want to see as the winners (and losers) of WrestleMania 34? Hit us up with the comments section below! 

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