WrestleMania 34 Preview & Predictions
It’s hard to believe that we’re less than a month away from one of the most exciting events in sports entertainment: WWE’s WrestleMania. This year’s event will be held on April 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans– the same superdome that played host to WrestleMania back in 2014. It’s safe to say the stadium will once again be packed to the gills with fans eager to experience the best wrestling has to offer.
WrestleMania is considered to be the pinnacle of the league’s yearly schedule due to the event’s raised profile in the public eye. Held annually at the beginning of April, WrestleMania is the culmination of WWE’s year of events, featuring top-tier matches and returns from beloved superstars from the past. Let’s take a look at what we can expect this year.
Ronda Rousey’s Highly-Anticipated Debut
Way back at WrestleMania 31 in San Francisco, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey made an appearance where she attacked Stephanie McMahon. In the three years since, it was widely rumored that Rousey would eventually join the WWE–something that was confirmed when she showed up at this year’s Royal Rumble and signed a contract with the company. Rousey is slated to make her in-ring debut on April 8, when she will team up with wrestler Kurt Angle to face off against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed tag match. This matchup is highly anticipated due to Rousey’s popularity and because it will be her first wrestling match with the company.
A Rematch Three Years in the Making
Three years ago, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar squared off in the main event of WrestleMania back in San Francisco, but there was no victor in the match due to Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase in the middle of the bout. Rollins went on to win the WWE Championship that night, and Lesnar and Reigns have not wrestled each other since. That changes this year, however, as the two are going to have a match for Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship. The feud between Lesnar and Rollins has been boiling hot over the past two weeks, and the pair should be able to put on a fantastic match come April.
Two Royal Rumble Winners Pick Their Battles
One of the perks of winning the Royal Rumble is that the victor is awarded the opportunity of a title match for WWE’s top championship at WrestleMania. Shinsuke Nakamura outlasted 29 other competitors to win the Rumble back in January, and as a result, he will have a match for the WWE Championship at the Superdome. His opponent will be decided at the upcoming Fastlane pay-per-view, where the winner of the Six-Pack challenge will be the WWE Champion heading into WrestleMania. The wrestlers involved in the match at Fastlane are current champion AJ Styles, John Cena, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler.
The Royal Rumble also featured a historic moment in women’s wrestling back in January as the WWE held its first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match. The match itself was won by Asuka, who will have a match at WrestleMania against either the Raw or Smackdown Women’s champion.
Other Scheduled Matches
On top of two scheduled matches for the Royal Rumble winners, we have a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship and a match for the Championship in the Cruiserweight division. The triple threat match features three talented wrestlers in The Miz, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins and it could be one of the best matches of the night. The Cruiserweight division has been a welcome addition to WWE’s roster over the past year, and we will see a championship match containing two of the following four wrestlers: Cedric Alexander, Roderick Strong, Drew Gulak and Mustafa Ali.
Given the fact that there’s still about a month until the WWE’s premier pay-per-view, there will likely be a handful of other matches added to the card within the next few weeks of programming. With that being said, even without knowing some of the matches, this WrestleMania is shaping up to be one for the history books.
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