With Wrestlemania 32 done and dusted, the long term planning for Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando has already commenced. While this year’s Wrestlemania was pretty underwhelming, especially with the injury bug hitting many stars, next year’s Wrestlemania should hopefully have a much cleaner bill of health for returning stars, as well as a whole bunch of new faces from NXT. So, since it’s never too early, we’ve attempted to predict a few matches that could potentially take place on the Wrestlemania 33 card.
10. Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens
Frankly, they’re going to fight each other whether they’re booked or not, and it’s the sort of long-running blood feud that absolutely demands a WrestleMania resolution. In fact, they’ve pretty much already earned that spot, and we fully expect them to keep making a case for it for the rest of the year. And if you doubt their ability to keep the feud intense over an entire year, you clearly don’t understand how much they hate/love each other. We can’t wait for the part where they end up forced into a tag team, become Tag Team Champions, re-connect as friends, and then Owens brutally attacks Zayn when he least expects it because Kevin Owens is the worst person on the planet and all his life plans end with him attacking Sami Zayn.
9. Enzo and Big Cass vs Anderson and Gallows
At some point we fully expect Anderson and Gallows to win the WWE Tag Team Titles, probably as part of some sort of Club that tries to dominate WWE in some fashion. The important thing is that after a long stretch as champions, they have to be unseated by a massively hot face tag team that could become even bigger stars by defeating the dastardly heels. That sounds like a perfect job for Enzo and Cass, who are the future of the tag division, if not more than that. Plus, after being denied a rightful crowning moment throughout their NXT career, it’s only fair that their first iconic WWE Tag Team title victory come on the biggest possible stage, in front of a huge crowd that should be absolutely rabid for whatever they do by that point.
8. Shinsuke Nakamura vs Bray Wyatt
We can’t honestly see a scenario where Shinsuke Nakamura toils away in NXT for long than a few months in order to be introduced to the WWE system, because WWE is reportedly paying him a significant amount of money, and his act is already at the point where it needs to be on the main roster. In fact, WWE is already advertising him for matches during their upcoming tour through Japan in the coming months, which doesn’t mean he’ll get called up, but does mean that they fully recognize the potential star they have in Nakamura. In any event, we’d put good money on Shinsuke being on the main roster by the end of 2016, with a Royal Rumble debut the very latest we’d expect to see him, and we just can’t wait to see his entrance play out at WrestleMania. We’re sure it would be suitably understated. As for his opponent, anyone would really do, but Shinsuke has expressed an interest in facing the leader of the Wyatt Family when he makes his way to the big stage. As a secondary consideration, we’d lean towards Chris Jericho, because it seems like the kind of feud we should expect to see at some point.
7. Cesaro vs Samoa Joe
Another case where we really just want Joe on the main roster, so he can bring his special brand of ass-kicking to the larger viewing audience it deserves. We really only chose Cesaro for his opponent because hey, who wouldn’t want to see that, but there are a myriad number of dream WrestleMania matches we could see Joe involved in: Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, even a huge “monster vs monster” brawl with someone like Rusev sounds appealing to us. Heck, bring him in and put him straight up against John Cena (assuming Cena doesn’t have an alternate opponent that we’ll get to in a minute), because those two are buddies outside the ring, and would probably love to face off against each other at WrestleMania.
6. Triple H vs The Rock
Honestly, we’re not even certain that we really want this match, but we’re pretty sure that after setting it up at WrestleMania 31, then having it denied at WrestleMania 32 due to all sorts of plans changing and The Rock filming six different movies and not being allowed to actually wrestle (six second matches don’t count), they’ll probably try and move heaven and Earth to make sure it happens in Rock’s home state. Also, they’ll probably try to get Rousey back again, depending on how her next fights go, so we can start that particular rumor mill up again. We have no doubt that it would be a decent match, because Triple H and Rock have always had incredible chemistry together, we’re just not sure why it has to happen other than “two big names from the Attitude Era in a WrestleMania match will probably sell tickets, especially since one of them is The Rock”. Of course, that’s a more than good enough reason for WWE to want to go through with it.
5. John Cena vs The Undertaker
This match was also reportedly supposed to happen at WrestleMania 32, but with John Cena’s injury forcing him out of action for four months, WWE had to change their plans, bringing in Shane McMahon to face the Deadman. With rumors of The Undertaker wanting to retire, what better way to go than having a retirement match against “the face that runs the place” on the Grandest Stage of Them All? After all, it’s been 12 years since these two have fought, and that was well before Cena became a main event player and WWE’s resident good guy. In fact, word is that this is probably the only match Undertaker would be willing to drag himself to one more WrestleMania for. It would also keep Cena away from the WWE World Heavyweight title scene, which has only benefited him (and the main event scene), if 2015 is anything to go by. While this match would have definitely been more interesting had The Streak been intact, it is still a match that would draw fans from around the world and pique the interest of the WWE Universe.
4. Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton
Like John Cena vs The Undertaker, this is a match that we’ve never really seen before. Technically, Orton faced Lesnar way back in 2002, but that was when Lesnar was a hot new star on the rise and Orton was just starting out, sporting a horrible haircut and acting like a bland babyface, long before he joined Evolution. Seriously, just look at that picture we found of their first match. Who thought that was a good hairstyle? Anyway, with Lesnar unlikely to challenge for a title at Wrestlemania 33, there are very few opponents left for him to face, especially due to his part time contract. What better way to have a fresh matchup at Mania than for Lesnar to face the Viper? As a bonus, it also could potentially set up a fantasy move that every fan has been dreaming about: Orton countering the F5 into an RKO.
3. Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns
Speaking of fantasy booking, has there ever been a match so anticipated by so many fans? Since he instant The Shield broke up, everyone was already thinking of scenarios to have the three of them face off for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. According to some sources, that may have actually been the plan for WrestleMania 32. However, Rollins’ serious leg injury just before Survivor Series took him of the equation. But with Rollins due to return in June, and Reigns already ensconced as the champion, chances are decent that it may very well happen in 2016. In our minds, we could actually see a situation where Rollins wins the Royal Rumble, giving him a free ride to Wrestlemania to face Roman Reigns, while Ambrose wins the Money in the Bank briefcase and cashes it in (in advance like Rob Van Dam did back in 2006), to make the main event a Triple Threat match (or vice versa). When you think about it, how good would it be to watch The Shield facing each other in a WWE World Title match at WrestleMania?
2. Bayley vs Charlotte vs Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch
While Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas underwhelmed, it’s fair to say the Triple Threat match between Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch for the Women’s Championship stole the show. It was the culmination of the Divas’ Revolution that WWE were trying so hard to push for the best part of the year, and it really made a statement for the future of women’s wrestling. However, to go one better than that already-great match, you would have to include the missing member of the Four Horsewomen, Bayley. Bayley is currently the face of NXT, but she can’t be there forever, nor should she. So, when she does finally get called up to the main roster, it would only be fitting for her to be part of the mix for the Women’s Championship. A WrestleMania Fatal Four-way for the title? Yes please.
1. AJ Styles vs Finn Balor
AJ Styles may have lost at his Wrestlemania debut, but WWE seems intent on pushing him, especially given his recent title pursuits. However, with the addition of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows to the main roster, many people are predicting the duo will eventually turn on AJ, in favor of Finn Balor, the original leader of the former Bullet Club. This betrayal may not happen, since it wouldn’t be a surprise if WWE didn’t care about past storylines in different companies (although they do regularly mention Bullet Club’s origins in Japan, even if they can’t use the name), but if it does happen, it may happen as soon as Extreme Rules, which would almost certainly put AJ and Balor on a collision course. And what better way to culminate this feud than at Wrestlemania?