Kaliso vs. Cedric Alexander
Fast-paced action will wow and entertain the crowd. No way I can see these guys putting on a bad match. It’s possible Buddy Murphy gets himself added to the match, which would be awesome.
Prediction: Cedric Alexander
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
THE BLUDGEON BROTHERS VS. THE USOS
We’ll definitely see Naomi getting involved here, but I wonder how much. Will she get hurt? Will the Bludgeons take her captive? Will she throw in the towel? My guess is that she’ll make the referee stop the match somehow to avoid serious injury to her husband. Whatever she does, it won’t stop the severe beating that Harper and Rowan are going to hand out.
Prediction: The Bludgeon Brothers
RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
There’s been a lot of push behind Matt and Bray and I certainly don’t expect it to end here. This team has a ton of potential. The Bar will be DELETED!
Prediction: Deleater of Worlds
UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP
Jinder Mahal vs. Jeff Hardy
Just so Jinder can’t say he never got his rematch. They put on a pretty good match on Raw, I expect an even better one here with Jeff putting on a big show for the… big show.
Prediction: Jeff Hardy
John Cena vs. Triple H
Billed as a “grudge match” for people who probably have no idea why there’s a grudge. I myself can’t even think back that long. Two legends who can still put on a hell of a show. Cena is the superhero and will be pushed as such to this crowd.
Prediction: John Cena
Rusev vs. The Undertaker
Big rub to Rusev getting to work with the legend. Then he wasn’t working with him. Now he is again. It’s awesome for him and it’s always special to see Undertaker in the ring, but why are these two guys having a match? And a casket match at that, which has always been the culmination of a lengthy and brutal feud? There’s been no build, I don’t think these two have even shared a ring, maybe outside of a Royal Rumble. Cool match, but I don’t get why it’s happening, and that takes away a lot of the intrigue for me.
Prediction: The Undertaker
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP LADDER MATCH
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor vs. The Miz
The match I’m most excited for. All bets are off in a ladder match, especially with guys like Rollins and Balor who go balls-out ever match. Miz is no slouch in these match. I expect Joe to steal the show in this match and shock people with some high spots. Prediction: Carnage, brutality, pain.
Prediction: Seth Rollins
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. A.J. Styles
I wonder if Nakamura will try any low blows. This is a tough match to call. Usually a top face is best suited chasing a championship than as champion. As a face, Stone Cold never wanted to be champ for very long for that very reason, he felt it made his character better. He was right. Then again, maybe they want to see more of Nakamura as a heel before they decide if and when they want to put the belt on him. I don’t feel like a Nakamura title run would be the best thing right now.
Prediction: A.J. Styles
Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar
Rumor has it that Vince wanted to save Roman’s title win for a more accepting crowd. Another rumor is that Lesnar’s deal is short term until he drops the belt. Roman winning the title would certainly be a huge moment and make this show extremely memorable. I couldn’t see him losing again unless WWE is planning to move on from him, and I definitely don’t see that happening.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
50-MAN GREATEST ROYAL RUMBLE
Everybody Else vs. Everybody Else
Braun Strowman is the trendy and obvious choice here. He’s been on an absolute tear. He’s been unbeatable. He won a tag team battle royal by himself. He won the tag team titles (mostly) by himself (sorry Nicholas). Who else could possibly win this match? Is there anyone who always seems to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds? Someone who’s made a career out of it, who seems to capture the hearts and emotions of the entire WWE Universe? Someone who’s triumphs are highlighted and glorified time and time again? The simple answer: YES!
Prediction: Daniel Bryan
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