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Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins all win big as Triple H defeats Batista: WWE WrestleMania 35 predictions

Finn Balor, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Kurt Angle to be among the other victors at the MetLife Stadium on Sunday in New Jersey

Becky Lynch will win both the Raw and SmackDown Women's titles at WrestleMania 35 on Sunday. Image courtesy of WWE
Becky Lynch will win both the Raw and SmackDown Women's titles at WrestleMania 35 on Sunday. Image courtesy of WWE

It is WrestleMania 35 on Sunday with the WWE's biggest show of the year being held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Ahead of the action here is a rundown on the matches and what to expect. The action begins at 1am UAE time with pre-show, with the main show beginning at 3am. The event is available on the WWE Network.

Becky Lynch to beat Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair in a triple threat to win the Raw Women’s and SmackDown Women's Championships

The first time a women’s match will close a WrestleMania and what a showpiece it should be.

The match-up has lost some of its heat with overbooking and not enough focus on Lynch, the real star of the feud.

Turning Rousey was smart. She was going to be booed in New Jersey so may as well embrace it and she has been fun as heel, and putting the SmackDown title on Flair adds some intrigue as it becomes winner takes all.

This is really about Lynch and Rousey. Flair is a third wheel, but a welcome one as she will add to the match quality and her excellence in the ring means she deserves to be there for this historic moment.

But this ends with Lynch tapping out Rousey with the Disarmer to complete her journey from being one of the forgotten members of the women’s division to being ‘The Man’ and lifting the title and making history by being the first ever woman to hold two world titles at the same time.

Seth Rollins to beat Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Universal Championship

Rollins was red hot in February post Royal Rumble win. The Shield reunion was a lovely moment but has cooled his momentum a little.

If Lesnar was a more regular performer then you could see Lesnar retaining and this going on a couple of months.

But that is not the case. WWE need a regular champion on Raw, they have not had one, other then Roman Reigns’s short two-month reign last summer, since Kevin Owens in February 2017 and it has really hurt the brand.

Rollins has shown with his Intercontinental title run he can carry a championship in an exciting fashion and he has a number of opponents he can defend the Universal title against over the coming months.

This could easily be Lesnar retaining, but this would damage Rollins. He, and Raw itself, need it to be him standing tall.

Rollins with the big upset to hopefully end Lesnar’s forgettable run at the top.

Kofi Kingston to beat Daniel Bryan to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

It is hard to believe anyone, even Kofi Kingston, would have predicted he would be in a title match at WrestleMania as recently as the start of February.

But he has taken the ball and run with it and he, Daniel Bryan and the WWE have told a great story as his unlikely charge to the top has unfolded.

Bryan has been exceptional as the arrogant champion and his change from arguably being one of the most popular men on the roster to the most hated has been remarkable.

Bryan has been superb as champion and I can imagine WWE will be very reluctant to end his title reign.

But they are on to something with Kingston. I don't believe it will be a long title run, and will likely end in the New Day splitting up, but WWE should give him the win on Sunday.

The pop and reaction from the crowd at the Metlife Stadium will be something to behold.

Triple H to beat Batista in a No Holds Barred match

Triple H singles matches at WrestleMania have a habit of going a long time.

For various reasons this is unlikely to happen this year and this is a good thing.

Triple H's career is on the line, but given his remarkable shape there is no way he is losing.

This is a chance for Batista to sign off from WWE and this should be a fun match that ends with Triple H standing tall.

Randy Orton to beat AJ Styles in a singles match

This has been one of the most fun feuds on the road to WrestleMania as both men have made pointed barbs at each other in promos.

This is one of the hardest matches to call. Both men have not had much success in a while and could do with a big win.

Given this feels like the start of a lengthy rivalry, Orton can stand to win this match and Styles can get his vengeance further down the road.

Roman Reigns to beat Drew McIntyre in a singles match

The first time since 2014 that Reigns is not in the main event, but given the health scare Reigns has had it is simply great just to have him there competing.

There is no way Reigns is not winning here. McIntyre has had the upperhand on the entire build up to this and he can lose here and not lose much in terms of his importance as a dominant heel.

Reigns wins to give WWE a real feel-good moment.

Sasha Banks and Bayley to retain the Women's Tag Team titles in a Fatal four-way against Beth Phoenix and Natalya, The Ilconics and Nia Jax and Tamina

The first time the women's tag titles are on the line at WrestleMania. The division is still in its infancy and needs some stability and Banks and Bayley need to carry the belts well into the summer.

Banks and Bayley retain and move on more one-on-one rivalries in the tag division going forward.

The Miz to beat Shane McMahon in a Falls Count Anywhere match

Not to put any pressure on The Miz but he is going up against a man whose last win in a singles match on a network special was back in August 2003.

McMahon has never been about the victories. It is all about the high spots. The stipulation allows for him to do something crazy as part of the match.

The Miz wins to get revenge after being attacked by McMahon to set him up for his first real top level run as a face.

Samoa Joe to beat Rey Mysterio to retain the United States Championship

This match may change due to a reported ankle injury to Mysterio.

But be it Mysterio, or a last-minute replacement, this is Joe's match to win. He needs a big victory and he will get it here.

Finn Balor to beat Bobby Lashley to win the Intercontinental Championship

In hindsight giving Balor an early run with the Intercontinental title was a mistake as it dilutes this moment.

Balor has had a great 2019 so far. He tore the house down in Blackpool at NXT UK with a surprise cameo, and then had a banger of a match with Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.

Lashley can afford to lose this. He has had a fairly uninspiring first year back in WWE, but he is still a legitimate contender and he can be an early contender for Rollins's Universal crown.

Balor appearing as The Demon pretty much guarantees he is winning here.

Kurt Angle to beat Baron Corbin in his farewell match

This goes down one of two ways. Either Angle taps Corbin out remarkably quickly for a fast victory.

Or Corbin attacks Angle before the match and someone like John Cena interferes to give Angle a level playing field.

Angle deserves, and should have, a good send-off. Losing to Corbin would be disappointing for him, and the crowd.

The Usos retain the SmackDown Tag Team titles against Sheamus and Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev, and Ricochet and Aleister Black

This is likely to be a fast-paced, but short match, designed to get as many people as possible on the card.

The Usos retain but this should be an encounter where everyone gets a chance to look good and get their finishers in.

Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder beat The Revival to win the Raw Tag Team titles

A last-minute addition to the card, which appears planned simply to allow the losing streak of Hawkins to be ended.

That would be a nice moment, if it had been built up storyline wise. But this feels like as last-gasp idea and not something with much in the way of planning.

This will get a good reaction from fans in New Jersey, but will be forgotten by Raw on Monday and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the titles back on Revival by then.

Buddy Murphy to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Tony Nese

Murphy has had a long run as champion already and Nese is the home town favourite.

But Murphy is doing great at the top, plus with a lot of other title switches set for the card, the Australian retains here.

Braun Strowman to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Given how over he is it is a shame for the second year in a row that Strowman is an afterthought on the card.

The stuff with the Saturday Night Live guys is a bit daft and if they end up costing him the match then it will really hurt his character.

Strowman has to prevail, probably eliminating Andrade last.

Asuka to win the Women's Battle Royal

This needs to be Asuka's match. She lost the title to add drama to the main event, but that move has really hurt in the process.

Winning this won't make up for her not defending the SmackDown women's title, but it will at least give her some momentum for the post-Mania period.

Updated: April 5, 2019 12:04 PM

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