Now that the WrestleMania 30 dust has settled it is time for the WWE to get cracking on WrestleMania 31. I thought it would be fun to take a look at a potential card a year ahead of time and try and predict a card for the 2014 San Jose event.
In taking a look back at my WrestleMania 29 and 30 predictions a year out, I actually hit a few of them on the head for 29 but missed every single prediction I made last April for 30. In other words there is no exact science for this stuff and with the way that the WWE changes booking frequently, it is impossible to get a handle on it.
So with this all said, let’s take a look at some of the probable WrestleMania 31 matches one year before this great spectacle invades California Keep in mind that these are all just predictions and should not be taken as fact or cited as a source in any kind of report.
John Cena vs. Triple H. I think it is time to officially put my Cena vs. Undertaker prediction to rest after going 0-3 the last three years. With Undertaker likely on the sidelines, I think the biggest money match the company can make next year is Cena vs. Triple H. The company has tried to rematch these two a few times at Mania but injuries kept the match from sticking. I think it is inevitable that these two will collide at some point and I don’t think it is coincidence that their interaction has been minimal since the arrival of the Authority.
The match needs a stipulation because on its own the match isn’t big enough to headline a WrestleMania. Maybe a Hunter retirement match or Cena representing Vince in a battle for control of the company. I am not sure how it goes down but at this point I think this is the closest thing to a sure thing for Mania 31.
Backup plan – John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt. Watching Twitter blow up after Cena pinned Bray Wyatt was fun but I think it may have been a little soon to complain. I would not be surprised if the plan here was for these guys to have a WrestleMania 1, 2, or even 3 match series. I am still not convinced that Bray Wyatt is a sustainable character over the long haul but I think he can remain strong for a year. Something tells me that the idea here was for Cena to go over this year, Bray to become more established and get his win next year. I may be wrong but I just have a feeling this one is a long way from being done.
Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk for the WWE world heavyweight championship. Can we all finally agree that Punk walking out of the WWE is not a work? He is gone and will be gone for a while. However, a lot of things can change a year from now. Maybe Punk and the WWE finally talk at some point and agree on a short-term deal? Maybe Punk heals up from injuries, feels great, and gets the juices going for one more run? Maybe the company can entice him to come back short-term in exchange for fulfilling his dream of a Mania main-event (also making him the biggest hypocrite in the process)? What I do know is that Punk can walk back in as the top heel and Bryan will have run the gauntlet of heels by that point. The WWE will need a hook next year and with Undertaker likely out and Michaels staying retired, Punk is probably the best shot they have of mixing things up.
Backup plan – Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wytt vs. Cesaro for the WWE world heavyweight championship. If you take Punk out of the mix I am not sure what you have left for Bryan. On its own I can’t see Bryan vs. Cesaro being strong enough to take a top spot at Mania which is why Bray Wyatt fits perfectly into this mix. It is no coincidence that the Wyatt-Bryan program ended with Wyatt getting the win. At some point the plan is to feud Wyatt and Bryan again and if they can hold it off until next year, this is the perfect spot for it. What really appeals to me about this match is that it would represent a true changing of the guard if it were to take the WWE world heavyweight championship spot on the card.
Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock. This prediction is turning into my Undertaker vs. Cena prediction. I have predicted this match two years in a row with a resounding 0-2 spot. I am not convinced that The Rock is done and I think with Undertaker off of the card that the WWE will make a strong push to get The Rock back into the ring. This match has been on the books for two years and yet continues to fall apart. I believe the third time is the charm for this clash of superstars.
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