A year's build up that culminates tonight at Wrestlemania 28. Four hours of action headlined by battle where generations collide, the Rock vs. John Cena, Undertaker vs. Triple H with Shawn Michaels as guest referee in the "End of an Era" Hell in a Cell match, CM Punk vs Chris Jericho for the WWE Championship, and Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Here are my predictions for the "Super Bowl of Wrestling.
John Cena vs. The Rock- A month ago, I would have told you John Cena would come out the definitive winner, but now i'm not so sure. With the Rock scheduled for Wrestlemania 29, WWE could be building to a three-match series between Cena and Rock. It will definitely be an epic main event that will hopefully live up to the hype. It will be a 25-30 minute match with both competitors exasperated that they can't put each other away for the final count. After serious pondering, i'm going with the Rock to win this one after four Rock Bottom's and John Cena turns heel the next night on Raw due to not being able beat the one guy he needed to defeat to solidify his status as "The greatest WWE Superstar of all time."
Undertaker vs Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match- "The Streak" is the most important accolade to achieve next to winning a world title at Wrestlemania. Undertaker will go 20-0. There is no way that Triple H puts a 1 next to 19. How Undertaker wins the match is anyone's guess, but one thing is guaranteed. Shawn Michaels will get involved in this match somehow and Sweet Chin Music will be part of that involvement.
CM Punk vs Chris Jericho for the WWE Championship- Fans are predicting this match will be a show stealer, and as someone who loves wrestling at its purest, I think this match will be a wrestling fan's dream. These two gifted wrestlers have built this matchup well, and tonight could be the night Punk gives his Jericho his comeuppance due to Jericho making classless remarks about Punk's family. Punk defeats Jericho with Go To Sleep after a 30 minute encounter.
Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship- Sheamus won the 2012 Royal Rumble to earn a World Title match at Wrestlemania, and Bryan has been a red hot heel since winning the championship at the TLC PPV. Sheamus has been on a roll since his babyface turn in August, and Bryan has playing the smarmy arrogant heel that fans should pay to see get beat up. It will be a hard-hitting, physical matchup, and Bryan will get the win due to some kinda interference from his girlfriend AJ.
Randy Orton vs Kane- A match that was based of some ridiculous handshake when the two fought last summer. Orton's been getting much of the upper hand lately so I see Kane getting the victory and their feud continues through Extreme Rules in a few weeks.
Cody Rhodes vs Big Show for the Intercontinental Championship- Rhodes has played the pest heel almost to perfection, and Show has played the angry giant part as well. Show should get his "Wrestlemania moment" after all the embarrassment from year's past, getting beat by the likes of Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Akebono. Rhodes wins the match by a belt shot to the head, but Show will connect with the Weapons of Mass Destruction right hand after Rhodes' makes fun of Show for losing another Wrestlemania match
Team Johnny vs Team Teddy- This match is for control of both Raw and Smackdown. Team Johnny wins it here thanks to a Mark Henry World's Strongest Slam on Santino Marella. Unlike most in the WWE Universe, I find John Laurinitis entertaining and think it would be a hoot to see him run both shows every week. I think Teddy Long has been overused so I think he should take a break from WWE TV for awhile.
Kelly Kelly and Maria Menunos from Extra vs Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres- If history indicates, this match will be the "bathroom break/popcorn filler" match between the Hell in a Cell and Cena/Rock matches. Menunos gets the "Wrestlemania celebrity spotlight" and pins Torres.
Can't wait for this epic Wrestlemania. I'll be tweeting throughout the show. If you care to follow, my address is @TheWholeFnSchmo.