WrestleMania 33 was a historic show for several reasons, but the ending will leave people talking for years. It is something that wrestling fans won’t soon forget, and provided many fantastic moments if you are a fan of wrestling. The biggest show of the year, without question, was huge. With that being said, here is my (Josiah’s) recap of the show, with my ratings for the matches. I will also be looking at who won our prediction game, which is always fun. Continue reading WWE WrestleMania 33 Review
Hey folks! It’s the best time of the year for wrestling fans, as Christmas comes early with WrestleMania 33! In celebration of the event, we have decided to give you our WrestleMania 33 thoughts and predictions.
Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries – WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Josiah’s prediction: Austin Aries
Jessie’s prediction: Neville
Josiah’s thoughts: I think this might be the match of the night if both men are given time. This should be an absolutely fantastic match, as Neville & Aries are both awesome in the ring. I expect Austin Aries to win in this one.
The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Josiah’s prediction: Braun Strowman
Jessie’s prediction: Braun Strowman
Josiah’s thoughts: Unless there is a surprise in this match, I fully expect Braun Strowman to win it. He wasn’t ready last year, but has improved steadily, and now is probably the right time to have him win.
Gallows & Anderson (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Enzo & Cass – WWE Raw Tag Team Title Ladder Match
Josiah’s prediction: Enzo & Cass
Jessie’s prediction: Gallows & Anderson
I’m actually not a fan of Enzo & Cass winning as they have lost so much momentum on the main roster it has largely made them a completely ineffective. Not to mention that Enzo has largely looked like a heel because of trying to steal Lana, Rusev’s wife. However, if they are going to put the titles on them, this is the time to do it. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised and it’ll be Sheamus & Cesaro again.
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Naomi vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Mickie James vs. Carmella – Six Pack Challenge for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
Josiah’s prediction: Naomi
Jessie’s prediction: Naomi
Josiah’s thoughts: I’m not really sure how this one is going to go, but I imagine since they stopped Naomi’s reign early, I think it’s probably a safe bet for her to win.
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Baron Corbin – WWE Intercontinental Championship
Josiah’s prediction: Baron Corbin
Jessie’s prediction: Baron Corbin
Josiah’s thoughts: Given Baron Corbin got rewarded with this match for attempting to murder Dean Ambrose with a forklift, I gthink it’s probably time to give him a run with the Intercontinental title. I can see this going the other way, as it looks like every title changing hands makes sense.
John Cena & Nikki Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse
Josiah’s prediction: John Cena & Nikki Bella
Jessie’s prediction: John Cena & Nikki Bella
Josiah’s thoughts: The build for this match has been so good. It has probably been the best built match on the entire WrestleMania card, and the promos have been the excellent. Miz has been great in his role, and Cena has been cutting the promos of his life in this one.
Chris Jericho (c) vs. Kevin Owens – WWE United States Championship
Josiah’s prediction: Kevin Owens
Jessie’s prediction: Kevin Owens
Josiah’s thoughts: This is the match that has had the second best build for the entire show, with maybe the exception of Goldberg/Lesnar. I expect both these guys to have a great match. While Jericho could win, I think it seems unlikely, but he is off most Monday’s while touring with his band.
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax – Elimination Match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Josiah’s prediction: Bayley
Jessie’s prediction: Charlotte Flair
Josiah’s thoughts: I can see this match going several ways, especially with the next Raw PPV being in San Jose. I can see Charlotte winning, but I’m not sure if that is the right call. The best option, in my opinion, was to have Bayley win the title here for the first time, but since they already pulled the trigger on that, I think they should give the fans a happy moment with Bayley retaining.
Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles
Josiah’s prediction: AJ Styles
Jessie’s prediction: AJ Styles
Josiah’s thoughts: The only right choice for this match is Styles winning. The only way I can see Styles not winning at WrestleMania is if Shane somehow gets injured before the match, and they put Shinsuke Nakamura or Finn Balor in the match.
Seth Rollins vs. Triple H – Non-Sanctioned Match
Josiah’s prediction: Seth Rollins
Jessie’s prediction: Seth Rollins
Josiah’s thoughts: The right way for this match to end is with Seth beating Triple H clean. I can see Samoa Joe getting involved at some point, which would setup future matches with Seth Rollins.
Jessie’s thoughts: Largely the same as Josiah’s. I see a possible Samoa Joe involvement, and expect this to be match of the night.
The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns
Josiah’s prediction: Roman Reigns
Jessie’s prediction: Roman Reigns
Josiah’s thoughts: I can honestly see them putting Roman Reigns over here, which intentional or not, will make Roman Reigns the biggest heel in the last decade. I can see him being absolutely brutal and destroying Taker without remorse, which would be the ideal way to turn him heel. However, I expect WWE will still try to push him as a babyface. Roman basically cut a heel promo at Raw in Philly with his promo, leaning into the heel heat a bit and it was awesome. Either way, I expect this match to be special, even with Taker being hurt.
Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Randy Orton – WWE Championship
Josiah prediciton: Randy Orton
Jessie’s prediction: Bray Wyatt
Josiah’s thoughts: Randy Orton should win this one as a thank you for the beating he took from Brock at SummerSlam. Honestly, I’m not too into the supernatural side of this feud, but I love Orton & Wyatt, so I’m really looking forward to this match. I expect the natural end to this feud is Orton winning, but I can see Luke Harper and Erick Rowan being involved in some way.
Goldberg (c) vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Universal Championship
Josiah’s prediction: Brock Lesnar
Jessie’s prediction: Brock Lesnar
Josiah’s thoughts: I imagine that Brock Lesnar is going to win this one and start his reign of terror with the WWE Universal Championship, which I am a big fan of. I know people don’t like the title being on part-timers, but Brock is so awesome, and so over that it only makes sense. I can’t seem him losing the title for a long time, and if the plan is for Brock/Roman again at next year’s WrestleMania, I expect to enjoy the ride to that match quite a bit with Brock as champ.
Josiah’s overall thoughts: I think this is going to be a card with a lot of solid matches, despite the poor build for some of the matches. The match of the night should probably be Triple H & Seth Rollins.
Jessie’s thoughts: The whole card should be good – no outstanding matches, but everything should be very good.