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WWE WrestleMania 35 Match Card, Predictions, and Analysis

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WWE WrestleMania 35 is coming to you live out of the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, this Sunday, April 7th, on the WWE Network. We’ve got the match card, as well as our predictions and overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you think is going to happen at WrestleMania 35 by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Tony Nese

Cruiserweight Championship Match
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Tony Nese fought valiantly through an entire tournament, defeating several other competitors to gain the right to face Buddy Murphy for the Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania. And he will be unsuccessful. Buddy Murphy has been champ since the Super Show-Down last October and will continue to hold the title after what will no doubt be an phenomenal match against Nese at Mania.

Winner: Buddy Murphy

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

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The obvious choice for the winner of the men’s battle royal is Braun Strowman, but we’re going with an alternative route. ALI‘s building momentum was derailed when he had to take a short break from the ring due to injury and was replaced in the Elimination Chamber by Kofi Kingston. To regain some of his steam, he will fight through all other competitors to become the 2019 Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner.

Winner: ALI

Women’s Battle Royal

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With so many incredible performers in this match, it’s difficult to choose which one will emerge victorious. Though there are several contenders that we could easily see becoming the winner of the second annual Women’s WrestleMania Battle Royal, we’re going with Lacey Evans, who has been sure to make her presence known over the last several weeks but has yet to grace us with a performance in the ring.

Winner: Lacey Evans

Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Finn Bálor

Intercontinental Championship Match
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Bobby Lashley, along with his hype man Lio Rush and several other bad guys, has been doing his best to wear Finn Bálor down, but The Demon King continues to pursue the Intercontinental Championship. With Lashley being forced to compete in this match without any of his usual help, along with The Demon making an appearance at Mania, Finn Bálor will once again hold championship gold.

Winner: Finn Bálor

The Usos (c) vs. Rusev and Shinsuke Namakura vs. The Bar vs. Ricochet and Aleister Black

Fatal 4-Way SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match
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As punishment for refusing to fight The New Day in the Gauntlet Match last week on SmackDown Live, the host of WrestleMania, Alexa Bliss, declared that The Usos would have to defend their titles against three teams at the show of shows.

Aleister Black and Ricochet have been rocketing their way through both the Raw and SmackDown Live tag divisions since the moment they arrived on the main roster. First paired for the NXT Dusty Rhodes Classic, the two have formed a cohesive unit, becoming an extremely dominant tag team.

With their newfound bond and well-defined strategy, they will defeat their three opponents and become the new SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions, securing their place among the best of the main roster tag divisions.

Winner: Aleister Black and Ricochet

Shane McMahon vs. The Miz

Falls Count Anywhere
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Shane McMahon has been making a mockery of The Miz ever since turning on the A-Lister (and roughing up his father) at Fastlane. The Miz had no choice in the match, given his opponent, but did get to choose the Falls Count Anywhere stipulation. Shane O’Mac eagerly accepted the challenge, as he believes it can only benefit him. The stipulation will allow Shane to jump off of something really high, as has become tradition at this point, but The Miz will avenge himself and his family by defeating Shane.

Winner: The Miz

Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio

United States Championship Match
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Regardless of who wins this match, we already know it’s going to be fantastic, as these two have been tearing it up almost weekly in multi-man matches on SmackDown Live (also, it’s Samoa Joe and Rey Mysterio, two seasoned veterans and all-time greats). Samoa Joe just recently won the United States Championship and his defeat of the legendary Rey Mysterio will only further cement his reputation as a dominant champion.

Winner: Samoa Joe

Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre

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Drew McIntyre made it his personal mission to destroy The Shield, and though the Hounds of Justice defeated him, Baron Corbin, and Bobby Lashley at Fastlane, The Scottish Psychopath will still tell anyone who will listen that he was successful in his efforts.

While it’s true that McIntyre was able to conquer Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, The Big Dog is back and ready for a fight. And what better way to reestablish himself as the top dog of WWE than to defeat his egotistical opponent on the grandest stage of them all.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi Kingston

WWE Championship Match
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If you’ve been following the incredible story of Kofi Kingston’s road to WrestleMania, this one probably doesn’t need explanation. But if you’re a little behind the times, here it goes. Kofi Kingston and his New Day brothers, Xavier Woods and Big E, have fought tooth and nail to get this opportunity, forced to prove themselves over and over as “main event talent,” as they, particularly Kingston, have been labeled “B+ players” by Kofi’s opponent, Daniel Bryan, and Vince McMahon himself.

Finally awarded the championship match he so deserves, Kofi Kingston has no choice but to defeat Daniel Bryan and become the new WWE Champion.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

The Revival (c) vs. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder

Raw Tag Team Championship Match
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The Revival scratched and clawed their way to the top of the Raw tag division, capturing the titles on an episode of Raw back in February. But being champion means defending your position and at WrestleMania, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder will face the ultimate underdog, Curt Hawkins, and his partner Zack Ryder for the championships.

Hawkins and Ryder will be looking to put an end to Hawkins’ storied losing streak of over 200 matches and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions in the process. With Ryder by his side, Hawkins will break the streak and turn the tide of his WWE career.

Winner: Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder

The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (c) vs. The Divas of Doom vs. The IIconics vs. Nia Jax and Tamina

Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
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Since winning the first Women’s Tag Team Championships in nearly 40 years, it seems like the entire women’s division, across all brands of the company, have been after Sasha Banks and Bayley. They will face not one, but three teams at WrestleMania, all desperate to prove themselves worthy of the beautiful new titles.

Sasha Banks and Bayley beat several other teams at once before, however, when they first won the championships at Elimination Chamber, and will do so again at Mania.

Winner: The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection

AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton

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AJ Styles’ career has been on a downward swing for a while now, and as more people have taken notice of the change, Styles has become more determined to show how wrong they truly are.

Randy Orton has made Styles his new target, having moved on from victims such as Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio. The two have gone back and forth with both verbal and physical attacks, neither able to gain control, but AJ Styles will vanquish The Viper at the show of shows, shifting his momentum back in a positive direction.

Winner: AJ Styles

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins

Universal Championship Match
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To be honest, it’s probably more likely that Brock Lesnar will win this match, but we’re doing our best to wish this outcome into reality. Seth Rollins has carried this feud with nothing but heart and a microphone (helped along every now and then by The Beast’s advocate, Paul Heyman), and stated multiple times that he doesn’t care what it takes, he will become Universal Champion. We want to believe that’s true, despite the odds, so we’re going with The Kingslayer.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Triple H vs. Batista

No Holds Barred Match
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As we all know by now, Triple H is nothing if not ambitious, so it’s no surprise that he gave this match a No Holds Barred stipulation on top of the condition that, if he should lose, he will retire from the ring for good.

There are a few factors to consider: it appears that The Animal is only coming back for the chance to fight Triple H, Triple H has never defeated Batista one-on-one, and we have no doubt that The Game has at least a few more matches left in the tank before he retires from that particular aspect of WWE. With all of that in mind, the choice seems clear: Triple H will beat Batista at WrestleMania.

Winner: Triple H

Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin

Kurt Angle’s Retirement Match
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Since announcing the beginning of his retirement tour on Raw, Kurt Angle has faced some of his biggest fans (Apollo Crews and Chad Gable), along with getting in the ring with AJ Styles and sneaking out a victory against Samoa Joe.

As his final opponent, he chose Baron Corbin, as no victory could be sweeter than one against the man who had made his job so difficult since his return to WWE. The gold medalist will get his WrestleMania wish and overcome what has been perhaps the biggest obstacle of his final run.

Winner: Kurt Angle

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair

Triple Threat Raw Women’s Championship Match
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The landscape of this match has changed several times but finally seems to be settled. Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Ronda Rousey will compete for both Rousey’s Raw Women’s Championship and Charlotte Flair’s SmackDown Women’s Championship in a Triple Threat Match.

As Becky Lynch has undoubtedly become one of the hottest stars in the company, it only makes sense that she will be the one to stand victorious as the Unisputed Women’s Champion, giving in an epic end to the biggest show of the year.

Winner: Becky Lynch

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