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WWE Wrestlemania 28 preview & predictions – Inside the Wheelhouse

WrestleMania 28 predictionsIt’s that time of the year again! WWE WrestleMania 28 is less then one week away and it’s time to look at the card & predict this Sunday’s matches in Miami, Florida. This is the “granddaddy” of them all and the “Super Bowl of Wrestling.” This is what wrestling fans wait for every year and yet again the WWE should be delivering at their grandest stage. Now with that being said let’s preview and predict WrestleMania 28:

Maria Menounos & Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres:

The WWE has this trend lately where they can’t do a WrestleMania without some sort of celebrity being on the card or involved in some sort of match. We all knew the WWE was going to have a celebrity involved in a match but it was long rumored it would be Shaquille O’Neal. You can kind of tell that might have been the original plan since this storyline with Maria Menounos just came up weeks before the event and she isn’t scheduled for WWE TV to further the storyline.

Now that doesn’t take away anything from the match because the fans aren’t looking forward to this one at all anyway. It’s a shame that this is the role Beth Phoenix has been given for WrestleMania 28 but so it goes. Maria Menounos and Kelly Kelly are most likely getting the win so places like Extra (shocker), TMZ, E! news, etc. cover WrestleMania 28. I must give props to Maria Menounos though as every time the WWE brings her in to do something she is very respectful for the business and works pretty hard at her role.

Winners: Maria Menounos & Kelly Kelly

Team Teddy (Santino Marella, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali & Booker T) vs. Team Johnny (David Otunga, Mark Henry, The Miz, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre) (For the General Manager of both RAW & Smackdown):

As much as I hate to say it I think this may be the end of Theodore Long’s role in the WWE as an on-screen character. Long has been the Smackdown GM (off and on) since 2004 and has done a really good job in that role. But it appears the WWE is really behind the John Laurinaitis character as of late and rightfully so. As much as it may pain some people to admit John Laurinaitis has done a great job in his role as the heel authority role since he has been on WWE TV.

By the looks of both teams as well it appears that John Laurinaitis has the edge as well. Santino, Zack Ryder and Great Khali really don’t matchup well with a Mark Henry, The Miz or Dolph Ziggler. It wouldn’t surprise me if there is some sort of heel turn involved in this match to cost Theodore Long his job. Team Johnny will reign supreme and control both shows, it makes the most sense especially after the rumors of “Lord Tensai” (a.k.a The Giant Benard/A-Train/Prince Albert) being his “henchman” after WrestleMania 28.

Winners: Team Johnny

Randy Orton vs. Kane:

For whatever reason Randy Orton is not headlining this year’s WrestleMania with some sort of title match. Ever since WrestleMania 25 when that infamous WWE Championship storyline between Triple H & Randy Orton took place he hasn’t headlined a WrestleMania. It’s regarded by many fans as one of the worst buildups to any WrestleMania WWE Championship match in sometime and was a big letdown when the match itself took place.

After a year where Orton was proclaimed by many fans as one of the WWE MVP’s he doesn’t get the thanks for his hard work by getting a top WrestleMania match. Instead he takes on Kane in a match that not many want to see since there really is no good storyline buildup between the two. Kane comes off the John Cena feud and needs a bounce back victory especially if the WWE want to make him a top heel. Orton will continue to make people better around him (I know I can’t believe I am saying that either) and do the right thing for business by putting Kane over at WrestleMania 28.

Winner: Kane

Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The Big Show (For the WWE Intercontinental Championship):

Outside of the The Rock and John Cena build I have loved the way this storyline has taken shape. This match out of all on the card may be the biggest surprise of all by potentially stealing the show. Cody Rhodes is a future mega star and I can’t believe two WrestleMania’s ago (WrestleMania 26) I predicted that Ted DiBiase would be the star out of Legacy while Cody Rhodes would not be, boy was I wrong on that one.

The Big Show, like Randy Orton, has been a great “solider” for the WWE in recent months by putting over fresher talent (Mark Henry & Daniel Bryan) and I believe will continue to do so at WrestleMania against Cody Rhodes. I love that a WWE Intercontinental match is on the card, the first time since WrestleMania 25, and really expect this match to be a lot of fun to watch. If Cody Rhodes isn’t headlining WrestleMania next year in some sort of World Title match it will be a damn shame.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Sheamus (For the World Heavyweight Championship):

How about this World Heavyweight Championship match for a Wrestling success story? One year ago these two wrestlers were left off the WrestleMania 27 main show and were secluded to a dark match that later became a lumberjack match. Many wrestling fans including yours truly were really upset about the way the WWE handled this matchup because it had a ton of promise in showcasing two wrestlers the fans were really enjoying watching. Thankfully one year later the WWE makes those fans happy by giving us Daniel Bryan and Sheamus again but putting it as one of the four main event matches for the World Heavyweight Championship.

The best part of this matchup is that the roles have reversed between these two wrestlers. Sheamus is a fantastic face that very well could replace a guy like John Cena someday while Daniel Bryan has been a fantastic heel. This matchup has been under the radar in my opinion and really will deliver on the grandest stage of WrestleMania. I believe that Daniel Bryan is going to retain the World Heavyweight Champion and continue his feud with Sheamus before making a stop with “The Viper” in a couple months.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho (For the WWE Championship):

This is the match that is going to quench the thirst of the wrestling fan’s appetite at WrestleMania this year. CM Punk and Chris Jericho are two of the best in-ring workers in professional wrestling right now and should be putting on one heck of a show in Miami, Florida this year. I fully expect the both of these guys to hold nothing back in front of the WrestleMania faithful who will be in attendance and watching around the world.

Punk has done a great job as WWE Champion since Survivor Series and the fans are starting to receive him better then they did back in the summer of 2011 (or what some may call the “Summer of Punk II”). Chris Jericho constantly shows the wrestling world that he is a valuable asset to the wrestling business and does a great job in making whoever wrestler he is facing better. Whether it is on the mic or in the ring Jericho helps elevate superstars into megastars and I believe he will do that here at WrestleMania 28. I like Punk retaining the Championship and this storyline to continue past WrestleMania & probably close into the summer.

Winner: CM Punk

Triple H vs. The Undertaker w/Shawn Michaels as a Special Guest Referee (Hell in a Cell):

This is a matchup that is happening one year too late. The fans wanted to see Shawn Michaels involved in last year’s WrestleMania match but the WWE kept him out of it until this year. The Undertaker has been gone for a year but is avenging his loss at WrestleMania 27 and is avenging Triple H nearly ending his career despite winning the match.

If you “catch my drift” the buildup for this match hasn’t made much sense and you can tell it doesn’t by the way the crowd is reacting to these three wrestler’s interactions with one another. Who knows maybe Triple H and The Undertaker will have another memorable match that makes us forget about the buildup to it like they did last year. None the less The Undertaker is not losing at WrestleMania and he will never for the rest of his career. Undertaker improves to 20-0 at WrestleMania.

Winner: The Undertaker

The Rock vs. John Cena:

Well this is the match you have been waiting for. It became official the night after WrestleMania 27 on April 4th, 2011 and was the first time a WrestleMania match was announced nearly one year in advance. The buildup has been hot or cold for most of the year but has turned up the levels in recent weeks building up to this match.

The best things that have come out of this match is that you can legitimately tell that both of these guys don’t like each other and that The Rock has brought out the best in John Cena. Wrestling fans eat up real emotion when it’s involved in a storyline and whether it’s a work or a shoot; the two guys have done a great job legitimately showing their dislike for one another. As for the best of John Cena being brought out it’s because he is being pushed by one of the greatest wrestlers on the microphone. Cena always had this ability in him but it has never been as pushed as it has with The Rock, kudos to both for bringing the best out of one another.

If this match was going to be one and done I’d say The Rock would be putting over John Cena. But since it appears that this “once in a lifetime match” is going to happen more then once that The Rock will most likely win this one in his hometown. In my opinion I actually think a loss to The Rock may be the best thing for Cena because on WWE television it will “push him” to be better and the majority of fans may get behind that. I expect nothing but good things to come out of this match at WrestleMania 28 and am very excited to see these two go at it.

Winner: The Rock


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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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