2011
04.01

I was talking with a couple people at work and I found myself saying something I think I found myself saying to myself last year. There isn’t one match on this card that you can’t have on any other WWE card that makes Wrestlemania bigger, more special, or more amazing than any other show they put out. Regardless, it’s still the Super Bowl of wrestling. Fans from all over the world will hop in cars, buses, trains, and planes from all over the world to witness the original wrestling supercard (that is, if your calendar doesn’t go back to Starrcade in 1983).

That said, here are my Wrestlemania XXVII predictions!

Kane, Big Show, Santino Marella, and Vladimir Kozlov (with Tamina) vs. The Corre (Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Justin Gabriel, and Heath Slater)
I really like the team of Gabriel and Slater. ‘Zeke is a monster, and Wade Barrett is one of my favorite heels, with that arrogant attitude of his.

Santino and Vladimir is a fun team to watch but who can really see them as a serious “team”? Kane and the Big Show, that’s a throwback I think. Two piece-meal teams thrown together because they couldn’t put anyone against the Corre? Ugh.

The WWE Tag Team Champions are in a match but the title isn’t on the line? This is why tag team wrestling is dead in the WWE. I don’t really care about this match, but to make a pick I’ll go with Corre, because with the exception of Jackson, they’ve rolled together for over a year first in NXT, then as a part of Nexus, and now as Corre.

Winners: CORRE

UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP
Sheamus (c) vs. Daniel Bryan

Being a part of the indy wrestling scene, I get to see these guys work and bust their hump in the ring. Saying that, I respect the fight behind Daniel Bryan.

Sheamus is very impressive as a wrestler. Like Barrett, Sheamus is one of my favorite young stars. But he has more than Barrett does, I think. He’s not just a young buck with an attitude, he’s got an impressive and untapped arsenal of power and strength backing up all that anger.

Winner: Sheamus

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Trish Stratus and John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler and LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool) (with Vickie Guerrero)
What do you get when you have one of the greatest wrestlers in your company’s next five years, one of the brightest heels that never seems to get a real push, two Divas who have no real division to work with, a new WWE show to promote, and the obligatory Wrestlemania celebrity insert? This match.

This will be the “feel good” match that people will probably use to get more popcorn or hit the bathrooms, but I’m going to guess that Snooki will actually shock and impress die-hard fans willing to give her a chance.

Winner: Morrison, Stratus, and Snooki.

Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes
Former World (not really a) Heavyweight Champion against the son of a three-time NWA World Champion. Rey didn’t have a real spot on the show, and Cody doesn’t deserve it. Don’t they have bigger names on Smackdown? What does this say about the company’s faith in Drew McIntyre?

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
What? A match with build-up? With a storyline? With potential? How the Hell did this match end up on the card?

It’s a shame that this great match is the potential “sleeper” considering the great history of this card. I like both talents in this one, so this is one of the tough picks.

Winner: Randy Orton

Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole (with Jack Swagger)
Singles match with special guest referee Steve Austin

Is this really what Jerry Lawler wants his Wrestlemania moment to look like? He faced former world champions. Legends. Icons. At the biggest show of them all, he’s facing… an inexperienced former CNN broadcaster?

Sure, he’ll have a match at Wrestlemania. Maybe it’s best it’s on this card, probably one of the lackluster Wrestlemania shows in it’s 26 year history. It’s a damn shame.

Winner: Lawler.

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Edge (c) (with Christian) vs. Alberto Del Rio (with Brodus Clay & Ricardo Rodriguez)

I’m very impressed with the way the WWE has been building Alberto Del Rio, and I would hate to think they did all this work for nothing. He dominates his matches on Smackdown. He won the Royal Rumble. And he lost the main event at Wrestlemania?

I don’t think so. I think they’re giving him the ball they wanted to give Drew McIntyre but didn’t feel he was ready for anymore. This is his “des-te-knee” and his arrogance is needed. The swerve?

Christian, who Del Rio put out of wrestling, turns on Edge.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Miz (c) vs. John Cena

The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. The Rock. I figured everyone else cares more about the Rock than they do about this match, why should I be any different?

I’m sorry, but I’m one of those that actually likes watching Miz in the ring. I think along with being a great heel, he’s impressive in the ring. He doesn’t have much to work with, in that he’s not a muscle bound freak like Cena is, but what he lacks in steroids physique, he makes up for in actual ability.

Wrestlemania X8. The Rock versus Hulk Hogan. No matter how hard the WWE was trying, it was the fans that booked who was heel, and it was what brought back Hulkamania and the final nail in the coffin to the nWo. Fast forward to Wrestlemania XXVII and you have the Rock as “special guest host” whom the fans will cheer no matter what he does, even though he’s been coming out with very strong heel tendencies.

All of this hype, this Rock drama, this Team Bring It bullshit, it’s designed to take focus away from the Miz, who when he faces Cena, will show people he is deserving of the top spot on RAW.

Winner: The Miz

THE STREAK
Triple H (7-7) vs. The Undertaker (18-0)
No Holds Barred

If you aren’t legal to drink, then you probably aren’t old enough to know this is not the first time Triple H and The Undertaker have faced at Wrestlemania. It was, fittingly, ten years ago at Wrestlemania X-7 where the two collided, and yet not one reference to this match. Even in the cryptic words about how others have risen and fell, ‘Taker did not single out Triple H as being one of them.

They didn’t show footage of all the wrestlers ‘Taker beat in the past, singling them out year-by-year, match-by-match, like they did last year when he faces Shawn Michaels. There was no build up to the streak other than saying “Eighteen and oh” over and over.

There’s also no reference to when Triple H actually beat the Undertaker. Sure, it was a tag match, and it wasn’t at Wrestlemania, but a win’s a win.

I’ve read blogs saying that if the Undertaker loses, wrestling will change forever. One of my colleagues at work said that if ‘Taker loses, he’ll never watch wrestling again. One of my friends believes that it’s in his contract to win every Wrestlemania match.

Did wrestling “change” when Hogan lost to the Ultimate Warrior? No. When Hogan slammed Andre, it was a defining moment, but wrestling didn’t “change” then, either. And when the Undertaker loses at Wrestlemania, it will be a “Holy Shit!” moment, but 22 hours later, WWE will be on USA. Smackdown will still air. And the Game will still be the one.

As in… 18-and-1.

Winner: Triple H (8-7)

  1. I say Undertaker, but I haven’t watch it since,,, I don’t know… Let me ask my niece later on… That was when it was either Undertaker or Steve Austin I was rooting for…. few years ago.. But I wasn’t a Die hard fan.. Granted I went to 2 shows here.. Because my niece wanted too…