With just over four weeks to go until the extravaganza that is WrestleMania the rumour mill has gone into overload.
Many are beginning to speculate how the card will shape up for the annual WWE sports entertainment spectacular next month.
With a two hour Kickoff pre-show followed by an up to five hour main show, there is plenty of time to fit in as much action as WWE desires.
Given the scope of the company’s storytelling, this time might be needed as there are plenty of matches that could be booked for Mania.
So let us take a look at what could form the line-up for the MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, April 7.
There are a small number of matches that can pretty much be classed as bankers for the night.
While the current announced bout for the RAW Women’s Championship is Ronda Rousey versus Charlotte, it’s almost a guarantee that Becky Lynch will be added to the contest, with a victory over Flair at the upcoming Fastlane on Sunday.
Seth Rollins versus Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship is also locked in, along with Buddy Murphy defending his Cruiserweight title against the winner of the ongoing 205 Live tournament.
Other than this, things are still up in the air to an extent, but the foundations are there to give us an idea what we might well expect.
Let’s first look at the RAW side of things. Batista against Triple H is pretty much a shoe-in, given the former’s recent shocking return to the company – attacking Ric Flair before his 70th birthday celebration.
The only bit of doubt on this one would be if The Game is fully recovered from the injury he sustained at Crown Jewel in November, but I can’t see them having any build-up at all if he wasn’t ready.
Something WWE wouldn’t have foreseen a few months ago was having a fit Roman Reigns available given his cancer diagnosis in October. Recent talk speculates that The Big Dog is set to face Baron Corbin.
With The Shield scheduled to clash with Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley at Fastlane, this match is a logical option for Reigns.
Speaking of McIntyre and Lashley, both could be paired with Braun Strowman and Finn Balor respectively.
The bad blood between Drew and Braun has been brewing since late last year, when The Scottish Psychopath turned on Strowman, and there is no better place to climax a feud than at the Show of Shows.
For Lashley, he still believes than he didn’t truly lose the Intercontinental Champion to Balor – Finn pinned Lio Rush in a handicap match – and has targeted the new champ ever since.
The tag division on Raw has recently been given much more coverage, on both the male and female side of things.
The NXT call-ups of Aleister Black and Ricochet have been heavily involved on both brands, but it makes more sense overall that they will be involved in the Raw tag team title match along with champions The Revival, and probably former belt holders Booby Roode and Chad Gable.
In terms of the newly introduced women’s tag titles, WWE should give Bayley and Sasha Banks a big time opponent given the historic first time Mania defence of the belts.
While a battle against NXT duo Io Shirai and Kairi Sane will appeal to the internet fan base, a more logical option would see the return of Hall of Famers Lita and Trish Stratus – arguably the two greatest female competitors in the company’s history.
Now onto the blue brand, and the big question being will Kofi Kingston get his chance. Recent storytelling on SmackDown indicates that he will, but against who?
Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owens? Given Owens recent babyface turn, having him win the title to then face a red hot crowd favourite in Kofi will kill his momentum stone dead, so DB will retain at Fastlane and face off with Kingston.
Where does that leave KO? The United States Title picture seems a reasonable option, with a new champion recently crowned in Samoa Joe. A battle between these two would be a dream match, yet it would leave a midcard killing it on Tuesday nights having nothing to do.
The likes of Mustafa Ali, Andrade and Rey Mysterio have held up the brand in 2019 and deserve a big Mania match.
The solution: A six man ladder match for the title. Who can you throw in as the final participant? I’d say either former champ R-Truth or an even bigger option in John Cena , since both the current and former champion have verbally targeted the 16-time world champion.
One feud that has been brewing since late 2018 is the one between The Miz and Shane McMahon.
The two have been teaming in recent months – winning the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at the Royal Rumble – but now that The Usos have won the belts from them, expect the duo of Shane O’Mac and Miz to explode.
Speaking of Jimmy and Jey Uso, like with the Raw tag titles, their straps have been targeted by a number of teams, so a multi-team match beckons for them.
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