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After months of hype and some very solid storytelling, WWE's Wrestlemania 26 goes down tomorrow in Phoenix, Arizona. It has been a LONG time since I've been this amped to see a 'Mania show. It's always an exciting time leading up to it but this year just seems so much bigger with highlights such as Taker Vs. Michaels, Vince Vs. Bret and even Cena Vs. Batista which has been an incredible program. I've decided to throw down my predictions for the card along with a few other things for what I call brokencool's Big Wrestlemania Post (yes I did think of that title myself).
I am going to list the matches in the way WWE currently has them laid out on their website (which tells you the order of the card).
In the main event spot we have...
UNDERTAKER VS. SHAWN MICHAELS (CAREER VS. THE STREAK)
Thank God WWE has decided to put this match on last because when Triple HHH and Randy Orton followed this match at 'Mania 25...well...it didn't turn out so well. There are so many things hinging on this match and the emotional build-up has been outstanding, thanks in large part to video packages like this:
Big ups to Placebo!
Winner: There is no way in hell WWE will ever end Undertaker's streak. It's just never going to happen. Undertaker will win this match and Shawn Michaels will "retire" for at least 6 months, possibly longer. With the added stips of no DQ and no count-outs, you can expect lots of weapons and fight locations for this one. It should be an incredible match, possibly even better than last year, but different. It won't be as much of a straight ahead wrestling match as it was at 'Mania 25. Probably lots of near falls near the end. There is a chance that Bret "Hitman" Hart could get involved and "screw" Michaels out of beating The Undertaker returning the favour for Summerslam 1997. This could also be the spot for a Triple HHH heel turn with him screwing Michaels.
BRET "HITMAN" HART VS. VINCE MCMAHON
As of right now, this match is going to be the second last match on the card. It's the wrong placement for it in my opinion but it is what it is. If for some reason you don't know why these two are fighting (and I'm not sure how that would be possible), watch this:
The build for this match has been good. It started off VERY strong and then somewhat slowed near the middle with Hart's injury angle although it did make sense in the end.
Winner: Vince McMahon has said that he guarantees Bret will be screwed again. What does this mean? No one knows for sure. Some are speculating that the Hart Dynasty may get involved and actually help Vince as opposed to Bret. That seems odd to me and it sort of kills the Hart Dynasty characters IMO. The way this is going to go is Bret puts Vince in the sharpshooter in the middle of the ring for the win. The rest of the "no holds barred" match will involve very carefully orchestrated spots as both men are over the age of 50 (Vince over the age of 60) and are limited as to what they can do. In fact, Bret presumably can't take any shots to the head whatsoever. It should be a match filled with emotions and be quite good.
BATISTA (CHAMPION) VS. JOHN CENA
This feud has been better than it had any right to be. Batista has really stepped up his promo game and plays a very good, asshole heel. Cena for his part has played the dejected super-hero role well with people doubting whether or not he can step it up at 'Mania. The promos have been great (even when fans chant "you can't wrestle" at Cena):
Winner: I feel like this one is almost as predictable as Bret Vs. Vince. Cena is going over and winning the title. Why? Wrestlemania is traditionally about happy moments where the faces reign triumphant. Sure heels win a few but it's largely a showcase for the faces to win titles and get revenge. This match should be very good as long as the crowd goes the way it's supposed to...because if this is an anti-Cena crowd, it could make this whole thing look ridiculous. I would expect a Batista promo before the match doing his best to turn the entire crowd against him.
CHRIS JERICHO (CHAMPION) VS. EDGE
Personally I am not all that interested in the story behind this match. Edge's comeback after sitting on the sidelines courtesy of Jericho should have fueled the issue between these two so much more. That being said, this has the potential to be even better than Undertaker Vs. Michaels if the crowd heat is there. Edge's return at the Royal Rumble was huge:
Winner: The logical choice seems to be Edge however Chris Jericho is so incredible in his heel role and the title ads prestige to his character and pisses the fans off. I see Jericho winning here with Edge's chase for the title continuing. It's possible Edge will win the title at "Extreme Rules" although I think the chase could extend into "Fatal Four Way." God these are some awful pay per view names.
MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH (PARTICIPANTS: KANE, KOFI KINGSTON, EVAN BOURNE, MVP, CHRISTIAN, DOLPH ZIGGLER, SHELTON BENJAMIN, JACK SWAGGER, MATT HARDY, DREW MCINTYRE)
Why do people look forward to the Money In The Bank Ladder Match every year? This is why:
That is NUTS. And there are usually tons more spots like that (well, not that crazy but close). This match will of course be great and filled with insane stuff. 10 participants is going to make it crowded and probably very dangerous.
Winner: There are 2 people who can win this match in 2010. They are Christian and Drew Mcintyre. If they go the Christian route, I see him possibly cashing in the Money In The Bank briefcase later on in the show and challenging AND beating Jericho. This would set-up a jealousy angle between Edge and Christian and with Jericho in the mix, could possibly lead to a three-way at "Extreme Rules" were Edge beats Christian. Yes it would be a short title reign and do little for Christian, but it's a unique way to get the belt on Edge who would then likely resume a heel role (flat out Edge makes a better heel). As for Mcintyre, he is a legit favourite backstage of both Michaels and Triple HHH and is in line for a serious push. His work with Vince McMahon has already separated him from the pack in a sense and I feel he will be the one to win this match. It's too bad because there are some talented guys, namely MVP, who have fallen off the face of the earth in WWE lately and don't appear to have been given the opportunity to climb back.
BIG SHOW & THE MIZ (CHAMPIONS) VS. R-TRUTH & JOHN MORRISON
A few things here:
- John Morrison is better as a heel
- John Morrison should not be in a tag-team
- WWE REALLY needs to build some tag-teams if they are going to keep featuring them at Wrestlemania
I'm not expecting much from this match and I expect it to be kept under 10 minutes.
Winner: I see Showmiz retaining the titles here. R-Truth & Morrison are decent as a tag-team but given the fact that Morrison is a future singles star, putting the tag belts on him and R-Truth just delays his inevitable rise in the ranks. Plus Miz and Show have done a decent job and they are the only tag-team with a proper name...so they win by default.
TRIPLE HHH VS. SHEAMUS
I'm really looking forward to this match mainly because I want to see if Triple HHH will put over his legit backstage buddy Sheamus at Wrestlemania. I think these two will have a solid wrestling match. It will be quick paced and I couldn't see it lasting much longer than 12 minutes.
Winner: If there is any intention whatsoever to continuing to build Sheamus, he MUST win here. I think he will win and pin Triple HHH clean in the middle. Did I ever mention how much I like Triple HHH's wife?:
RANDY ORTON VS. TED DIBIASE VS. CODY RHODES
They dropped the ball on this worse than they did the WCW Invasion angle some years back. The break-up of Legacy should have been a HUGE deal. Instead it has been a complete fail and they really shouldn't have even bothered with this match. If anyone can explain to me who hates who right now I'll give you $10.
Winner: No way Randy Orton is losing this match. It would be an embarassment if he didn't go over here since the build-up has been so awful. Expect lots of dissension between Cody and Ted (even though I thought they were kind of already not on the same page) with one of them ultimately costing the other the chance to beat Orton. Ted DiBiase has a bright future. Cody, not so much.
CM PUNK VS. REY MYSTERIO
This feud is just beginning, and that's great because it has been awesome so far, thanks mainly to CM Punk who has resumed his natural role as a heel with his Straight Edge Society:
Winner: There was some talk of doing a Hair Vs. Mask stipulation with this match but word is the booking committee assumed no one would think Mysterio would lose his mask (cause you could kiss a lot of merchandise dollars goodbye) so they put that stip on hold and instead went with the idea that if Mysterio loses he has to join Punk's Straight Edge Society. I see CM Punk getting the win here which would then force Rey to join the Straight Edge group. The storyline will see Punk TRYING to control Mysterio bringing things to a point where Punk wants Mysterio to remove his mask and he won't do it thus setting up the next line of matches.
10-DIVA TAG-TEAM MATCH
This really should be a pre-show thing (it may be switched there). If it's on the main show it will be kept very short.
Winner: Me for getting to see Maryse:
I wanted to quickly mention the new Shawn Michaels DVD "My Journey." This is a great WWE DVD release looking at the entire career of Michaels featuring matches never before seen on DVD along with Michaels reflections on his careers. It's a thorough 3-disc set that's a must have for wrestling fans.