A look at Wrestlemania 31 and remembering Perro Auguayo Jr.
Before we get into my thoughts on Wrestlemania, I’d like to take a little time to write about the tragic and sudden death of Mexican wrestling star Hijo del Perro Aguayo. Having watched Lucha Libre for a few years now, and going back before I was aware of how big Perro Jr. was in Mexico. Here is a man whose father was a huge star in Mexico and Perro Jr. looked to carve out his own niche, but still able to keep that connection to his dad. He started wrestling at 15 and in the 20 years he competed he worked hard to become a star everywhere he went. Whether is was CMLL, AAA, or his own group Perros Del Mal, he was the top rudo instigator and he played the part perfectly. To lose him in the way he went, on what seemed like an everyday non dangerous series of moves just shows that these men and women risk their lives every time they step into the ring. His father is proud of him, his fans are proud of him, and wrestling in general is proud of with he did. He will be missed.
Now on to lighter business. With it being less than a week towards Wrestlemania and the card seemingly set in stone, it’s time to make the predictions of what I think will happen during the biggest show of the year. If you’ve been following along you can see I’m not afraid to play armchair booker. So with that said here is my predictions for the matches at Wrestlemania 31.
Pre-show: WWE Tag Titles: Cesaro/Kidd V/S Usos V/S Los Matadores V/S New Day: Putting this on the pre-show may have been a blessing for everyone involved in this match. Since the pre show is 2 hours long, there is literally no excuse to not give this match some time and with 8 men and 4 corner people, It needs some time to play out. You’ve got a lot of high flyers here some everyone is going to get some air in and out of the ring. Expect something amazing for Caesaro as well. With Rikishi going into the Hall of Fame, and just on it’s own, the Usos are the favorites, but I think Kidd and Ceasaro squeak by and retain the titles in a fast paced scramble. Winners and still Tag Team Champions: Tyson Kidd and Ceasaro
Paige/A.J. V/S Bellas: If this match goes over 5 minutes I’d be surprised. It’s a no nothing match which would have been better served as a four way title match. Anywho Paige and AJ win the match, but expect one or the other to steal the pinfall from the other to earn the title shot on RAW the next night. Winners: AJ and Paige
Randy Orton V/S Seth Rollins: This is the real toss up match of the night. Either man would be able to shake off a loss in this match and move on. Orton’s still gonna be the big player win or lose, and with the Money in the Bank, Rollins could lose here and cash in at the end of the night (or on RAW) and set up a future main event match for the next big show. While probably getting no more than 10 minutes, it will be a match filled with good action. Lots of interference is expected and I’m going on a limb and saying it ends up being the factor for Orton losing the match. Winner: Seth Rollins
Andre The Giant Battle Royal: You’ve got The Miz, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Fandango, Adam Rose , Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger, Prime Time Players, Big Show, Kane, Erick Rowan, Damien Mizdow, Sin Cara, Goldust, Heath Slater, Mark Henry, The Ascension, and one member of the NXT roster officially announced, with Calisto, Bo Dallas, and even Seamus being added to it as well. You can expect Miz and Mizdow to have a spot in the match, along with Kane and the Big Show. If Seamus is a surprise entrant I say they give it to him, if not Ryback eliminating Big Show and Kane for the win. Winner: Ryback (or Seamus if entered)
Intercontinental Title: Bad News Barrett V/S Daniel Bryan V/S Dolph Ziggler V/S R-Truth V/S Luke Harper V/S Stardust V/S Dean Ambrose: I’m calling it that this is the match of the night. When they did the Money in the Bank matches at Wrestlemania they always did fair to amazing. With this group of guys I expect all out chaos. The crowd will eat this match up and all of these guys are going to be out there to impress. One would think Bryan is the favorite, I certainly want him to win, so precisely they will have someone else walk away with it. Since I think they will have a heel win at some point in the card, I’m giving it to Stardust. Winner and new Intercontinental Champion: Stardust
Bray Wyatt V/S Undertaker: This one could get interesting. Quite frankly Taker’s match last year was terrible. Taker really looked old and not belonging in the ring anymore. I don’t know if Wyatt is a man that could elevate Taker to a classic or even a good match. I do expect a spot where Wyatt hits Sister Abigal on Taker and lays him out, then celebrates by doing that weird spider walk, only for Taker to sit up and give Wyatt the death glare. This match will have awesome entrances, but the match itself shouldn’t be going into the 20 minute range. I’m seriously doubting Wyatt gets the win here and Taker gets a rebound win after having the streak broken last year. Winner: The Undertaker
US Title: Rusev V/S John Cena: This match seems like it’s going to be pretty predictable. Rusev beats the holy hell out of Cena for most of the match with Cena making the “miraculous” comeback and scoring the win. Both guys are pretty straight forward with their matches so I’m not expecting some amazing surprises here either. The ONLY chance I’d see Rusev getting the win here is if they were setting up a main event feud with Reigns for the WWE title. Winner and new US Champion: John Cena
Sting V/S HHH: “The Age on the Stage” as I’ve been calling it. This match will be more flash than substance. Sting hasn’t wrestled in a year and a half and Triple H needs great wrestlers to get great matches, and Sting isn’t one of those type of guys. Expect a lot of flash, big entrances, and no world speed records being broken. One Ref bump (at least) and the involvement of the sledgehammer and the bat. As for a winner I’m going with Sting. Even with Triple H’s life long quest to bury WCW guys, I don’t think even he’d bring Sting back just to job him out in one match. Winner: Sting
WWE Title: Brock Lesnar V/S Roman Reigns: There are quite a number of outcomes this could go, but the overwhelming favorite ending is Reigns winning the title to start his era of being the top guy. While having Rollins cashing in the money in the bank after the match is certainly a possibility, I don’t think they will go for it. As for the quality of the match, I’m not very hopeful. I’m guessing this turns out like Reigns match with Daniel Bryan from last month with Brock suplexing and bashing Roman, with Reigns only getting in shots here and there before he pulls the win out of his ass. The crowd reaction Monday night was telling that Brock may be the crowd favorite for this one, and make the lasting memories of Roman’s big win a crowd reaction of meh and boos. Winner and new WWE Champion: Roman Reigns
Overall: I just don’t see this as being a classic event. It won’t be anywhere near WM 27 bad, but it just doesn’t seem to have the card to beat last year’s show. The big headline matches seem like forgone conclusions in their results, but at the same time that’s where big surprises can occur. My prediction is that it is a fair to good show, but doesn’t blow the audience away (outside of the ladder match). It’ll be worth the money to get it on the Network, especially added with the pre show and the Hall of Fame (the only reason I buckled and ordered the Network this passed weekend), but I would pay the full 65 bucks to get this show on PPV.
But then again, that’s just my opinion.
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