WrestleMania is the biggest spectacle in sports entertainment today. It is the equivalent to the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, and the World Cup. On April 8th, we will get some of the greatest matches that perhaps will go down in WWE history. Here are the three matches to look forward to on this year’s card.
The Bar (c) vs. Braun Strowman and ? (For the RAW Tag Team Title)
Braun Strowman over the past year has been the top draw on RAW and has developed into a fan favorite. He has run rough shot over the WWE RAW roster earning the nickname the “Monster Among Men.” Last year, he appeared on the WrestleMania pre-show where he battled in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. This year he’ll be challenging for the tag team titles against The Bar.
The Bar over the past year has been perhaps the most accomplished tag team, winning the titles on three separate occasions. This match brings intrigue because Strowman, who won a Battle Royal by himself to become number one contender for the tag belts, has to choose a partner. Now as we know, Strowman has not gained many, if any, “friends” through his time on the RAW roster, but in order to compete he has to choose one. Here are two possible choices for him:
- Bray Wyatt: Braun and Bray have history together. Bray was the one who introduced Strowman when he revealed him as the fourth member of the Wyatt Family in 2015. Braun and Bray had a great run together as members of the Wyatt Family until the WWE Draft split them up in 2016. Wyatt over the months was in an angle with Woken Matt Hardy and with that seemingly over Wyatt is free to work with Braun again. It would be quite a sight to see if the WWE decided to pair the two up to form a new version of the Wyatt Family.
- Dean Ambrose: Personally, it would be awesome to see Braun pair with Bray Wyatt. Realistically, the WWE will pair him with Ambrose. Ambrose has been out of action since December with a torn bicep. He suffered the injury while in a program with Samoa Joe and The Bar. Before the injury, Ambrose and fellow Shield member, Seth Rollins, briefly held the tag team titles by defeating The Bar before dropping the belts back to them. Braun and Dean have history together as they were a part of a few brutal singles matches against one another. It would be fitting that Braun team with Ambrose as Ambrose looks to get revenge on The Bar.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (For the WWE Championship)
Hands down this will be the best WrestleMania match on the card. These two performers might be the best individual wrestlers in the business today. AJ, who has only been in the WWE for two years, has taken the business by storm. He has beaten the likes of John Cena, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, and Kevin Owens. He’s also held the WWE Championship and the United States Championship and is the face of Smackdown.
Shinsuke was a household name in New Japan Wrestling and is known for his striking “Strong Style.” While AJ was having his run on the main card, Nakamura was blazing his way through NXT winning the NXT title on multiple occasions. Since his main card debut, Shinsuke was waddling around until WWE creative finally figured out what to do with him. He won the Royal Rumble earlier this year, earning his right to challenge AJ for the title at WrestleMania. AJ and Shinsuke have fought for a title before while they both were in New Japan, but have never faced off in a singles match in the WWE. Look for these two to bring the house down with their innovative offensive skills.
John Cena vs. The Undertaker…?
While this match has yet to be made official, it is likely happening at the grandest stage of them all. Two of the greatest WWE superstars squaring off at WrestleMania is a must-see match. Cena has called out The Undertaker for the last four weeks to no response from Taker. Undertaker was supposedly “retired” at WrestleMania 33 where he lost to Roman Reigns, but has made a few appearances on WWE since then without any mention of retirement.
Cena has done great on the mic challenging Taker and calling “The Dead Man” a coward among other things. Based on the tweet above, Cena has also been looking for an answer on social media. It’s unlike Undertaker to back down from a match, especially a WrestleMania match, so it’s likely Taker will answer Cena’s challenge on the go-home episode of RAW. While the Undertaker’s streak is over, his presence at WrestleMania is always a draw this time around. Will The Undertaker accept Cena’s challenge? Will this officially be Undertaker’s last match? Will we see The Dead Man Undertaker or the American Badass Undertaker? And at age 53 does Taker have enough left in the tank to have another quality Mania match? All these questions play on the intrigue of the match between these two icons of the WWE.