It’s that time of year again. Let’s get ready to speculate on some future WrestleMania matchups!
2016 is just about over, which means wrestling fans can look ahead to 2017 and some of the WWE’s biggest events like the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.
Of course, news is slowly starting to leak out about who will be participating in this event. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that three matchups are already in place for WrestleMania 33 on April 2. And after looking at the names, there is plenty of star power there.
- Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg
- Big Show vs. Shaquille O’Neal
- Triple H vs. Seth Rollins
A Survivor Series rematch, Shaq wrestling and a match featuring Triple H and Seth Rollins, hopefully those matches will not disappoint. But just think about it: this is just the beginning, it’s likely that bigger names will come through and make this event even more high profile.
The next step in this process is to speculate how we will end up with these matchups in April. Here’s one way it could happen.
The scuttlebutt, as Dave Meltzer sees it, is that Undertaker’s opponent and the challengers for the world titles all boil down to who wins at the Royal Rumble next month. If Reigns captures the Universal Championship, Undertaker could be his challenger at Mania. Cena is in a similar spot, as he’ll be facing AJ Styles for the WWE Championship (which would be his 16th world title reign, and would finally tie him with Ric Flair in the “official” record book).
Meanwhile, if Kevin Owens were to retain the Universal Championship at the Rumble, his almost certain opponent for the belt at Mania will be Chris Jericho, to finally bring an end to the tumultuous relationship of everyone’s favorite best friends. The Observer sees Braun Strowman and Undertaker as the current favorites to win the Rumble match itself, as Strowman could challenge Reigns (if he wins the Universal title), and Undertaker could challenge either Reigns or Cena with a victory.
Just remember: while the WWE might be predictable, there’s usually a wrinkle you might not be anticipating. Especially when it’s a big event like this one. So, let’s just sit back and enjoy a former NBA center get into the ring.