WrestleMania 36 will be perhaps the most unique of them all. COVID-19 has caused WWE to not only perform without an audience, but also hold the event over the span of two nights this Saturday and Sunday.
Even with these abrupt changes, there is a lot to look forward to in this year's WrestleMania. And since we are pro wrestling fans, we decided to look at the most anticipated matches and give our WrestleMania 36 Predictions!
When And Where Is WrestleMania 36?
Due to the unforeseen circumstances around the world, WrestleMania 36 will be treated differently than it has in the past. Here are the details:
- Date: April 4, April 5
- Time: 7pm EST
- Where: Performance Center
- TV: WWE Network, PPV
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WrestleMania 36 Predictions
These first three WrestleMania 36 predictions were written by Joe Kata:
Firefly Funhouse Match - John Cena Vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
John Cena returned to Smackdown the week after Bray Wyatt lost his Universal Title to Goldberg and mentioned that he wasn't worthy of a WrestleMania match since he had been gone for so long. This prompted an appearance of The Fiend, who pointed at the WrestleMania sign and got Cena to agree to a match with a tip of the cap. It's just that easy to set a WrestleMania match, folks.
Anyway, Bray and Cena have seen each other (see what I did there?) many times during their careers, but never with The Fiend involved and never in a Firefly Funhouse match. What will that entail exactly? No one knows. It's rumored to even be a movie-type of a match like Bray vs. Randy Orton's "House Of Horrors" match at Payback in 2017. I hope not. Yikes.
What we do know is this: Bray, The Fiend, Husky Harris, needs a win to shore up his place on the roster. It's hard to imagine a character as strong as The Fiend taking a loss like this in his own type of match after losing his title to Goldberg. The less said about that match, the better. I've got The Fiend victorious in this match, but who knows how he'll do it in the midst of the Firefly Funhouse match.
Winner: "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
RAW Women's Championship Match: Shayna Baszler Vs. Becky Lynch (c)
Ever since Shayna Baszler debuted on RAW, her and "The Man" Becky Lynch have been joined at the hip in terms of hatred for one another. The Queen Of Spades felt Becky's wrath in a brutal attack at Survivor Series and the build since then points to a new era in women's wrestling. The Man has done an admirable job while holding the RAW Women's Championship since WrestleMania 35, but the timing seems right for a change, and there's no better place for that change than WrestleMania 36.
Winner and New Champion: Shayna Baszler via Kirifuda Clutch
WWE Championship Match: Drew McIntyre Vs. Brock Lesnar (c)
It's been a long, long road since Drew was "The Chosen One" in Vince's eyes, as Mr. McMahon mentioned McIntyre as a "future world champion" way back in 2009. Is it finally time for him to be chosen as the WWE Champion?
We've seen Brock Lesnar destroy opponents in record time in main events recently; even ones that have had solid builds to them. But this time, it just feels different. Drew has gotten the advantage for the most part physically but Lesnar and Paul Heyman have been hammering home not only a victory for Brock, but a quick one as well.
I feel it's a great build for The Scottish Psychopath to finally get what Vince predicted close to 11 years ago. It won't be an epic 30-minute match between him and Brock but there will be plenty of false finishes, close calls, possible outside interference, maybe even a phantom three-count in there. But in the end, a Claymore Kick (probably the fifth one he hits) is going to seal Drew McIntyre's reign as WWE Champion.
Winner and New Champion: Drew McIntyre via Claymore Kick
These next set of WrestleMania 36 predictions were written by Richard Migliorisi:
Boneyard Match - AJ Styles Vs. The Undertaker
No one knows exactly what a boneyard match entails, but it does appear one of these two wrestlers will be "put into the ground." The odds seem to be stacked against The Undertaker in a no disqualification match, being that he will have to deal with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (The OC, also known as The Good Brothers), but I believe this provides a great opportunity to change the direction of Styles' character.
The OC has been floundering a bit to get over. They are respected because of AJ, but when you compare it to another transformation like Seth Rollins' Monday Night Messiah character, it's coming up short.
It's more than likely that Taker wins this match, which could be the reset button the OC needs. Allow Taker to physically bury all three members and allow them to "rise" as new characters. I would love AJ to become an over-the-top angelic face (or "face") dressed in white, which leads to a feud with Seth Rollins and his crew. The Good Brothers would also be a part of AJ's new character, of course.
The turn would make sense and allow AJ to escape his current purgatory while allowing fans to watch two of the best performers of this generation go at it.
Winner: The Undertaker
Kevin Owens Vs. Seth Rollins
The Kevin Owens-Seth Rollins rivalry has been one of the better stories heading into WrestleMania, and both are over in their respective roles as face and heel. Where their futures are headed, however, remains unclear.
If Drew McIntyre does win this weekend, the path to the RAW Championship title seems like a long one. If Drew does go over, he deserves a proper run as champ. Where does this leave Owens and Rollins?
Well, if the plan is for Owens to stay with Raw, he can win and go on to feud with Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship (assuming he retains against Daniel Bryan). The two have a lot of history together and it could be an interesting storyline, as Zayn is starting to become quite the general with his stable.
If Rollins wins, he too can go after the IC Title, assuming Zayn drops the belt to a face in the near future. As Monday Night Messiah, it would be hard for them to pivot and push Rollins to the Blue Brand. Rollins is the best heel going on RAW and that needs to be solidified with a belt. So what happens?
The probable winner is Owens, which would close out the rivalry and give WWE the opportunity to push him to Smackdown, which currently needs a real champion and a bolt of energy. Ideally, WWE announces the winner of this match to face Goldberg the next night, but we'll see.
Winner: Kevin Owens
International Championship Match: Daniel Bryan Vs. Sami Zayn (c)
This match came about quickly, but there have been previous ties to Sami Zayn and Daniel Bryan. Months prior, Zayn tried to recruit Bryan for his stable, but that didn't work out as planned. With that stable in mind, expect some outside interference by Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. The other factor is newfound friend and partner, Drew Gulak, but who knows if he can really be trusted.
No matter the scenario of how it happens, I don't believe Zayn is meant to be a placeholder champ (winning it fairly recently from Braun Stroman), and therefore finds a way to sneak by Bryan.
Winner: Sami Zayn
Last Man Standing Match - Randy Orton Vs. Edge
This feud has felt a bit dull, but every WWE fan will be into it because of Edge's return to singles competition. And once you add WrestleMania on top of that, baby, you got a stew going.
The result of this match may depend on Edge's future as a wrestler. In all likelihood, Edge will have one or two matches before officially hanging it up. In that case, I imagine WWE allows him to have a WrestleMania moment.
One interesting twist would be a Christian return, possibly to screw over Edge, which would allow the two to have a very entertaining feud. But considering the health circumstances here, I believe everyone involved plays it safe and allows Edge to get the win.
WrestleMania 36 Prediction For Goldberg
Roman Reigns pulled out of WrestleMania 36 due to the coronavirus, and of course, that is the right move. However, this now leaves Goldberg, the current Smackdown Champion, without an opponent. So what's next?
WWE appears to have several options:
- No Match: This is a unique moment in our history and I think Goldberg and WWE fans will understand if no one challenges for the belt.
- Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg: The situation would play out that Lesnar drops the belt against Drew McIntyre only to win it back against Goldberg. This buys WWE some time before they can decide who to put over next.
- Surprise Opponent: Goldberg enters the ring without an opponent and calls out the locker room. In this scenario, WWE can choose anyone, and the bigger the surprise, the more potential there is for a WrestleMania moment. CM Punk anyone?
- Previous Wrestlemania 36 Winner Earns The Right: Whether it be the winner of John Cena vs. The Fiend or Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins, this may be the best option for WWE. My pick would be Owens. Let him defeat Rollins on Saturday and give him a worthy run with the title. Smackdown needs some new blood and star power. Rollins can get his victory lap several months later when the Intercontinental Championship.