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April 3, 2011

WrestleMania XXVII preview

Predictions for tonight’s WWE pay-per-view:

WWE champion The Miz vs. John Cena: With WrestleMania host The Rock practically guaranteed to get involved, there are any numbers of ways this one could go. When the angle with The Rock and Cena began, I thought for sure that WrestleMania was going to end with the feel-good moment of Cena regaining the WWE title and then he and The Rock burying the hatchet and celebrating together. Now, I don’t see that happening. It sure looks as if WWE is building to a Rock-Cena match somewhere down the line. So does that mean The Miz ends up walking out of WrestleMania with the belt (that’s right, I said belt) still around his waist? It’s certainly possible. Here’s a thought: How great would it be to see Miz and Cena do a double turn in this match? At the WrestleMania press conference in New York last week and at Saturday night’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Atlanta, Cena was booed out of the buildings, while The Miz was cheered. Honestly, I don’t have a strong feeling as to how this is going to turn out (which means WWE has done a great job in the buildup), but since I have to make a prediction, here’s my best guess: After a ref bump, Rock comes in to take over as referee and ends up counting the pin for Cena. After the match, Miz attacks Cena, and Rock makes the save. Then as Rock and Cena shake hands and celebrate, Rock hits a Rock Bottom on him out of nowhere to end the show.

World heavyweight champion Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio: This contest has been overshadowed by the Cena-Rock-Miz program and the Triple H-Undertaker and Michael Cole-Jerry Lawler matches, but I expect it to be a really good match. It has been announced that Christian and Brodus Clay will be in Edge and Del Rio’s corners, respectively. Since Christian has been as much a part of the buildup for this match as the two participants, I think it’s reasonable to assume that he will be involved in the finish in a major way. My guess is that Christian does a heel turn and costs Edge the title, which leads to a post-WrestleMania program between the two former tag team partners.

The Undertaker vs. Triple H in a no holds barred match: I think it’s become obvious that The Undertaker is never losing at WrestleMania, but from what I gather, a number of fans believe Triple H is going to win this match, so WWE has accomplished its main goal – casting doubt on a finish that, to me, can only go one way. It will be impossible for this match to come close to the classics between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels at the past two WrestleMania, but I expect these two veterans – despite whatever age, injury or ring rust issues they may have – to put on a good show. The no holds barred stipulation will help them (it’s just too bad that blood is not allowed, as some color would certainly add to the drama). In the end, The Streak will remain intact and The Undertaker will go to 19-0. Of course, the big question is: What role, if any, will Michaels have in the match?

Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler (special referee “Stone Cold” Steve Austin): A year ago, who would have ever believed that Cole would be one of the hottest heels in the business and a participant in a top match at WrestleMania? Even though Cole is not a wrestler, I think this will be an entertaining match, thanks in large part to Austin being the special referee and Jack Swagger being in Cole’s corner. Look for Lawler to win and finally get his WrestleMania moment, and for Cole and Swagger to get stunned by Austin. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Divas came out to slap Cole around for his disrespectful remarks about them as of late.

Randy Orton vs. CM Punk: This is a match that could headline most pay-per-views, so the fact that it is at best the fifth-highest match on the card shows just how strong the lineup is. This is another match that I could see going either way. It wouldn’t shock me if Punk won due to outside interference from a brand new member of The Nexus (Ted DiBiase Jr. perhaps?), but I’m going with Orton.

Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes: I don’t expect these two to be given a tremendous amount of time, but I’m betting that they will make the most of however long they have. It seems to make sense for Rhodes to get the win, since he is still making his way up the ladder and a loss will not hurt Mysterio at all.

John Morrison, Trish Stratus and Snooki vs. Dolph Ziggler and LayCool: It will be interesting to see how the crowd reacts to Snooki, but she was booed at the WrestleMania press conference last week and when she was shown in a video package at Saturday night’s Hall of Fame ceremony. Look, I don’t like Snooki being in a WrestleMania match either, but it is what it is, and I’d be surprised if this isn’t an entertaining match. Look for the babyfaces to win and perhaps LayCool to (finally) split.

The Corre vs. The Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella and Kofi Kingston: For those who thought it was a crime that Kingston was left off the WrestleMania card while someone such as Kozlov was on it, your prayers have been answered. WWE shot an angle at WrestleMania Axxess in which The Corre attacked Kozlov, and it was then announced that Kingston would take his place in the match. It almost makes me wonder if Kingston – who has been on a losing streak as of late – turns on the babyfaces and joins The Corre, but whether he does or not, look for the heel group to prevail.

U.S. champion Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan: These two work well together, so this figures to be a solid match. It seems as if Sheamus is back on the upswing, so my guess is that he retains the title.

Note: I plan to blog throughout WrestleMania XXVII tonight from the Georgia Dome. The show begins at the arena at 6:30 p.m., with the pay-per-view starting at 7.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 12:16 PM | | Comments (15)
        

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Great preview Eck. The undercard should tell what will happen later on as I don't see the powers that be trying too many heel turns. This isn't TNA after all.

I will call it.

Taker and the Triple H have a great back and forth and Taker finally getting the pin.

As the Taker relishes his victory, Shawn Michaels music hits and he comes out to challenge the obviously tired Taker - and ends his streak.

My predictions
Miz def. Cena with help from The Rock
Edge def. del Rio
Taker def. HHH
Punk def. Orton with help from Skip Sheffield
Lawler def. Cole
Trish/Snooki/Morrison def. LayCool/Ziggler
Rhodes def. Mysterio
Corre def. Show/Kane/Santino/Kingston
Sheamus def. Bryan

You are expecting far too many turns, mate. This isn't TNA. And haven't you been paying attention? The WWE has eased up on the "no blood" thing over the past several weeks.

RESPONSE FROM KE: I'm not expecting that many heel turns -- just throwing out possible scenarios. The only one I'm truly expecting is Christian. As for the blood, there is a huge difference beteween someone getting a bloody nose hardway and somebody slicing their head with a blade.

Slightly off point Kevin, what do you make of the stories about WWE no longer being referred to as "World Wrestling Entertainment"?

Enjoy the show tonight, be glad you're not in the UK and still watching at 4am like I will be!

Good Day Kevin, I hope all is well is Sunny Atlanta, I just wanted to say I was happy with your predictions and it was very nice to see your correct prediction on the Orton-Punk match!! Punk is going down HARD!!!!!!! He may be out for months after Mr. Orton has his way with him!!!!!!!

Keep up the good work and have fun in Atlanta,

Chris

Kevin,

Any chance Kevin Nash shows up in some capacity? He still has relevance with the fans as evidenced by the pop he got at the Rumble. If you don't see him making an appearance, why did wwe sign him? Just for a legends contract, etc..?

''All d best cena give ur best''

i cant wit to know the result of all dis matches,but the fact is that,let no interference in all this matches to know who is real champion,thanks

''AWESOME''

You know, it took me a while to figure out why I wasn't getting more into this card, but then it hit me: I'm more interested in the matches they AREN'T having then the ones they are. Cena/Rock is the obvious one; Miz has done his best to stay relevant, but he's still been basically an afterthought. I think he needs to win to keep any heat he has left. But I'm also not into Edge/ADR because I'd much rather see Christian in there. At this point, I think Christian's the guy in that spot of being "the best guy never to hold the title", and they've done a better job pushing him then they have Del Rio. I'd be much more into seeing Christian in the title hunt, chasing his best friend. I really hope they don't end up turning him heel.

And, like everyone else, I'd be much happier to just see Ziggler and Morrison in a singles match then a mixed tag match, especially one with Snooki (safe to say she's not #1 on your list of celebrities, Kevin?).

For whatever reason, I haven't been able to get into the Orton/Punk matchup, even though I like both those guys (particularly Punk). Probably because I can't stand Punk leading the Nexus, so I hope those guys are indeed gone. Match should be good, at least, as should Bryan/Shemus, which I expect to open the show. Oh, by the way, I can't believe that I've yet to see anyone predict that Kane will turn on his partners, helping the Corre win and paying back Barret and the then-Nexus for their help vs the Undertaker.

Speaking of which... finally... the WWE has done a good job in making a HHH win plausible, but they would be absolutely crazy to break the streak now. If the Streak has surpassed the titles in importance, then giving away 'Taker's shot at 20-0 and retiring undefeated at WrestleMania is like flushing money down the toilet. 'Taker goes 19-0, thus setting up Cena/'Taker next year with the Streak on the line (all the better if Cena's a heel by then).

go rock go

I think you might be on to something with Kingston turning Heel. I think that is what he needs to finally hit that next level.

I agree with you Eck, I think Christian turns heel on Edge and costs Edge the strap. Their feud will culminate at Summer Slam. Look for Sin Cara to get involved with Del Rio right away to challenge him for the title.

I can't think that WWE would have both main titles change hands and since the booking for the Heavyweight Title is so obvious (and WWE has been heavily telegraphing punches lately) I think Miz somehow retains his title tonight. I can easily see The Rock costing Cena the match and turning Cena heel leading to their feud. The only question I have is, should Miz hold onto the WWE title, who could challenge him heading forward?

I think Austin will somehow inject controversy into the Cole-Lawler match allowing Lawler to win and Cole to retain his heel heat by whining how he was jobbed. But I can't see both Cole and Lawler co-existing on Raw much longer no matter how this plays out. One has to go to Smackdown.

Punk will control his match with a lame Orton, but Orton hits the RKO out of nowhere for the win.

Finally, I think Michael's refusal to get back into the ring for one more match means HHH loses to the Undertaker cleanly.

wrestlemania is the best...!. Cena keep it up, you are my real man out there!

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