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Ronda Rousey taps out Triple H, Undertaker beats John Cena and Roman Reigns wins title: WWE WrestleMania 34 predictions

There will be seven championships changing hands in New Orleans on Sunday, with Daniel Bryan, Braun Strowman and Matt Hardy all having big nights too.

Roman Reigns will be leaving WrestleMania 34 with the WWE Universal title. Image courtesy of WWE
Roman Reigns will be leaving WrestleMania 34 with the WWE Universal title. Image courtesy of WWE

The WWE's biggest show of the year, WrestleMania 34, takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday. Ahead of the event here are the predictions on what will go down in the 11 matches on the main card and the three scheduled for the pre-show.

Roman Reigns to win the WWE Universal title against Brock Lesnar

This is one of the easiest matches of the night to call. The WWE have been building to this for 12 months and there is no way that Reigns is not walking without the belt.

How the match actually goes down is actually the most unpredictable element to this. Hopefully Lesnar and Reigns can find the intensity of their WrestleMania 31 clash, which was great fun.

Lesnar to give out a lot of punishment but Reigns to begin a first, and likely long, reign with the Universal belt going into the summer.


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Shinsuke Nakamura to win the WWE World Heavyweight title against AJ Styles

Very tough one to call. Styles is a great centre point for the SmackDown brand and he could easily retain here.

But, you feel the WWE want to give Nakamura a go at the top and if it is going to happen then the time is now.

Sure, there are potential issues with him as champion. Namely his lack of promo skills in the English language, but he has done more than fine so far and WWE should plan on giving him the belt till at least SummerSlam.

Asuka to win the WWE SmackDown women's title against Charlotte Flair

Charlotte has been the centre of the evolution of the WWE's women's division over the past two years and it makes sense that she is the final stepping stone for Asuka to become a champion on the main roster.

Asuka is unbeaten, dating back to her NXT days, and there is no way she is losing here. Charlotte will put on a great match with her here and put her over in style.

Carmella becomes WWE Raw women's champion after cashing in her Money in the Bank (MITB) briefcase on Alexa Bliss, who retains initially against Nia Jax

The WWE usually has a couple of shock moments and this could be one.

Bliss will cheat her way to a win, or retention by disqualification against Jax, with the help of Mickie James. A furious Jax then destroys Bliss post-match, leaving her laying in the ring. Cue Carmella's music...

In theory Carmella should only be able to cash in on the SmackDown title but I am sure WWE creative can wriggle around that.

The first women's MITB cash-in needs to be memorable and successful. There is no way Carmella cashes in on Asuka so this is their best scenario for another milestone moment for the women's division.

Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle to beat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed-tag match

Rousey's first competitive outing in a WWE ring will have a lot of attention on it.

She should be well protected, given her lack of experience, by having a ring general like Triple H marshalling things.

This is set-up to give Rousey a big win. Angle will take the beatdown from Triple H, get the hot tag to Rousey who will throw McMahon around before getting a big pop by tapping out Triple H.

Technically this will not be a classic, but it should deliver some good entertainment.

The Undertaker to beat John Cena in a singles match

It would be an amazing swerve by the WWE if Undertaker is not at WrestleMania 34 but they have put too much into this storyline for it not to culminate in a match at WrestleMania.

Now, there is a scenario where it is just a face-off to set up a match at WrestleMania 35, but it would be unlikely for them not to have a match, even a short one, while both are healthy.

Undertaker to appear and to win a short match, no more than 15 minutes, to give himself the option of a winning end to his career if this is the end for the Deadman.

Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon to beat Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a tag match

Bryan's first match on a network special for WWE for three years will generate one of the biggest crowd pops of the night, given the love the WWE universe has for him.

Given McMahon's reported health problems and Bryan's lack of in-ring action of late this is unlikely to be a long match.

Bryan is not losing his first match back so the story will be Owens and Zayn are fired of SmackDown and end up on Raw as future opponents for Reigns.

The Miz to retain the Intercontinental title against Seth Rollins and Finn Balor in a triple threat match

Given the workrates of all three men in the ring this could be a match-of-the-night contender.

All three men would make for deserved winners, but Rollins does not need the Intercontinental title to be over, while Balor may get the title at some point soon, but not on Sunday.

The Miz has had a superb year and deserves a big win at WrestleMania. Plus, keeping him strong makes sense for the inevitable match with Daniel Bryan at some point later this year or next.

Randy Orton to retain the United States title against Bobby Roode, Jinder Mahal and Rusev in a fatal four-way

Orton retaining makes the most sense here. If Roode was winning he would have not lost the title in the first place, while Mahal's act is completely flat.

That leaves Rusev, who would be an extremely popular winner with fans.

But this feels like it is is Orton's night and he will hold the strap to keep him occupied and away from the title scene.

Braun Strowman and an unnamed partner to win the Raw Tag Team titles against Cesaro and Sheamus

Strowman has been a revelation over the past 12 months and really deserves to be competing for one of the top singles titles.

He is not and this is the next best option. He and his partner, my guess is James Ellsworth, are winning the match. My hope is Cesaro and Sheamus are kept strong in losing, but this is a match designed to showcase Strowman.

The Bludgeon Brothers to win the SmackDown Tag Team titles against The Usos and The New Day in a triple threat tag match

This will be a chaotic match with plenty of action and drama. The Usos and The New Day have dominated the SmackDown division for the past 15 months so it will be nice to see some new faces at the top.

For that reason Luke Harper and Erik Rowan win the gold. They have been booked dominantly and having them as champions shakes up the division for the months ahead.

Mustafa Ali to win the vacant WWE Cruiserweight title against Cedric Alexander

Given this is on the kick-off show this should get at least 15 minutes. There is a feelgood factor to a win for Ali so expect the WWE to go with that to give the crowd an early pop.

Becky Lynch to win the Women's Battle Royal

Lynch is due a big moment in the WWE as she has been treated as an afterthought since becoming the first SmackDown champion in the summer in 2016.

The final four will be her, Natalya, Sasha Banks and Bayley.

Bayley finally gets one over on Banks and eliminates her, but Banks snaps and attacks her 'best friend' and throws her over the top rope to kick their burgeoning feud into gear.

Lynch then beats Natalya to win the inaugural event.

Matt Hardy to win the Andre the Giant Battle Royal

Given the randomness of Mojo Rawley winning, with a cameo from Rob Gronkowski 12 months ago, predicting this is nigh on impossible.

Hardy is arguably the most popular man in the match with his Woken gimmick, and giving him the win would, like Ali winning the Cruiserweight match and Lynch the women's battle royal, would get the crowd warmed up for the main show.

WrestleMania 34 is on the WWE Network, which is available through OSN, with the main show beginning at 4am UAE time.

Updated: April 4, 2018 09:09 AM



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