WrestleMania 32 is only five months away and it is just about the time to start making card predictions. What will be this year’s WWE dream match and who will be on opposing sides as John Cena, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, and Roman Reigns enter AT&T Stadium on April 6.
One thing I can report is that Vince McMahon reportedly has directions in mind for several top stars at Mania. Recent reports indicate that the shift in Undertaker vs. Lesnar from Mania 32 to Hell in a Cell is to make room for Vince’s new plans for Lesnar and Undertaker. What they are, nobody knows, but we can always take a guess based on logic, assumption, and a little fantasy booking.
Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock
The ultimate rematch which has been on the books for the last couple of years will finally go down in Arlington, TX. Now if I was going to play it safe I’d predict Rock vs. Triple H based on last year’s angle at 31. However, it is widely known that the “wish” from creative is to book the ultimate rematch with Rock and Brock and maybe that happens at 32?
Here is what I do know. Most speculate that Rock is a lock for a match at 32. Brock was booked with Undertaker a few months back yet suddenly plans shifted to open up Brock for another booking. In doing so, the WWE has had to ante up a lot of money to get more dates from Lesnar. My assumption here is that there is no way that the WWE would invest that extra money in Brock unless they were getting a bigger payoff at Mania. That isn’t John Cena, Roman Reigns, or Seth Rollins…that’s the Rock.
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
Cena has played gatekeeper the last couple of years at Mania, helping elevate guys like Bray Wyatt and Rusev. I expect that to continue but this year I think Cena does the big one and elevates Roman Reigns to the top. It is widely known that the WWE see Reigns as the heir to Cena’s spot and what better way to shoot him to that spot than with the man himself.
So who turns heel? I refuse to play the Cena turning heel fantasy game because it isn’t happening. I think Reigns will be heel by the time we get to Mania and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a WWE world title match. In many ways, you could almost see them preparing for this now with Cena being booked as the top guy in the company now, going over Rollins more than once in a subsequent weeks. I think the only way this Roman Reigns experiment works is with Reigns as a heel. Reigns wins the Royal Rumble, challenges Cena, and takes his spot at the top on April 6.
Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
In many ways the company was moving towards this a few months back and suddenly changed direction. There was a lot of speculation that this match was supposed to go down at SummerSlam and for whatever reason it didn’t. I think that we are witnessing a slow turn with Rollins in addition to a slow separation from Rollins and the Authority. The match makes sense and it puts Rollins in a high-profile match on the big event.
Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental title
Daniel Bryan’s future is up in the air but I am going to lean towards Bryan getting back in the ring in Arlington. I think the obvious trajectory here is for Bryan to challenge for the I-C title when he comes back. That said, I think the WWE will take it slow with Bryan and see how his body holds up before feeding him to Owens. I predict a show-stealer here, although I wouldn’t be shocked to see a few other superstars pop up in the match.
There is a lot of speculation these days that Strowman and Undertaker will square off in some kind of a one-one-one match. I just don’t see it happening and if it does, boy what a car wreck that could be! There are also plenty of reports that indicate Vince has zero interest in a Sting vs. Undertaker match. My thinking is that while Vince doesn’t want to see them wrestle, he has no problem seeing them team up. For nostalgia reasons this one could be a lot of fun, although I wouldn’t expect much in the way of a show-stealer here.
So there you have it, five months out from WrestleMania. I have been hit and miss on these in the past but the good news is that we’ll know fairly soon some of the direction heading into the marquee event.