It’s less than six months until WrestleMania 34 captivates the sports entertainment universe and takes over New Orleans. In that span, a whole lot can change; and depending on who you ask, nearly nothing is set in stone for the event as of this date, at least for those in control behind the scenes.
So as a predictive exercise — while also serving as a cathartic one — we’ll take a peak ahead at what WrestleMania 34 could have in store. I’ll be balancing the very real probabilities of what the company will have on their roster by that point, along with the direction that storylines seem to be trending in and when it’s all said and done, we’ll have WrestleMania 34: the October prediction edition.
Baron Corbin vs. Randy Orton
Full admission: These two are slated to face-off if for no other reason than the fact that they are the two most difficult superstars to predict when it comes to what booking will choose to do with either. Presumably, by April, Corbin will be high enough on the card that he will have earned a 1-on-1 match at WrestleMania and leaving Orton off simply isn’t an option; which leaves these two squaring off in what could be a solid undercard encounter.
Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt
It could be the prototypical “student vs. teacher” storyline of Wyatt having brought Strowman to the WWE, while the Monster Among Men turns against his former propheteer. These two are also extremely difficult to predict months down the line, but with the pair never having had an extended feud, there’s no time quite like WrestleMania season.
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
Whether or not this match takes place over the Women’s Championship, there seems to be legitimate buzz that it will be going down. The draw of a Flair vs. Rousey showdown has appeal all over the wrestling world, including in the combat circles. Each party has seemed receptive to the idea, even having a recent backstage encounter during the Mae Young Classic, leaving to the imagination the idea of having the Four Horsewomen of WWE and UFC in their respective corners for the bout.
Asuka (c) vs. Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship
Following Asuka’s successful in-ring debut on the main roster at TLC, the landscape of the Raw women’s division has now permanently shifted. Sooner rather than later, that belt is Asuka’s, and she may not be able to wait until April. It’s likely she carries her undefeated streak into the Showcase of the Immortals, with Banks serving as a possible breaker of the streak, as well as inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble winner should that route be explored.
The Revival (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz for the Raw Tag Team Championships
It appeared that prior to injuries to members of both teams that we were nearing a Revival-Hardy Boyz showdown. While the WWE Universe had an exhilarating feud taken from them in the fall, “reviving” it again come the spring will lead to a blockbuster collision. These are the two premier tag teams on Raw both now and going forward (with a ton of love to Cesaro & Sheamus and Gallows & Anderson), which should mean they’ll have the chance to prove so at WrestleMania.
Bobby Roode (c) vs. Jinder Mahal for the United States Championship
Once the reign as WWE Champion for Jinder Mahal finally comes to an end, he’ll need a new avenue to explore. His pursuit of the U.S. Title makes tons of sense, as he could want to “change the mind of ignorant Americans,” which is right up the same alley of his current anti-USA schtick. Between now and April, Bobby Roode is due for a cannon blast up the card and a U.S. Championship reign would do just the trick.
Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor
One of the all-time great NXT rivalries can be broadcast for all of the world to see with two of the company’s best in-ring performers giving it another go. With Brock Lesnar still likely to dominate the Universal Title scene, these two are perfect for one another as an upper mid-card match as a means to make the card. If things fall in place, either could conceivably dethrone Lesnar before the show — if such a change of heart were to take occur, one of these two would be the likely candidate to do so.
John Cena vs. Adam Cole
John Cena is finding his way on to the WrestleMania card one way or the other. A year after performing in a mixed-tag team match alongside Nikki Bella, Cena has earned his way back near the main event, even if he won’t be fighting for a record-setting title. Enter the biggest star in the company Cena has yet to encounter: Adam Cole. (Bay Bay!) The logistics of getting Cole up to the main roster in time will be difficult, but Cena has no direct opponent on either roster that won’t be either tied up already or a retread of a past encounter. Additionally, Cena vs. any up-and-comer automatically enhances both the talent and the card.
Triple H vs. Kevin Owens
This one will take some creative booking to pull off to say the least. Much in the same ilk as Cena, it’s tough to see Triple H taking the year off from WrestleMania. It will be almost a year and a half since The Game handed KO the Universal Title by the time this predictive match occurs, but the interactions between the two have never had any finality. As the Owens-McMahon rivalry continues to uncover layers, it may eventually lead to the husband of one Stephanie McMahon to step in and attempt to destroy what he helped to create.
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
It will have been a hell of a run the second time around, but The Shield cannot last forever. It’s entirely conceivable that Rollins and Ambrose could continue on as Tag Team Champions as long as necessary, pushing this rivalry down the line, but the allure of WrestleMania may be too strong, a la Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens from last year. It’ll likely need to be Ambrose turning heel, as Seth doing the deed twice would almost irrevocably make him a heel. With Reigns (and each of these men) setting their sights on the main titles going forward, this needs to happen eventually with WrestleMania as the perfect backdrop.
A.J. Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship
Some believe this to be the dream match the WWE would never pull the trigger on. It may not be the NJPW-style classic that many expect it to be, and it may even be a bit WWE-ized in terms of storyline development by the time it happens, but passing on the chance for Styles and Nakamura to headline WrestleMania would be a major injustice to the passionate, hardcore, fans of the WWE, along with those that are merely casual on-lookers. With Styles seemingly next in line for a shot at current WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal, him winning the title has an immediate path. Nakamura on the other hand will be tasked with winning the Royal Rumble and instead of hunting down the Beast, challenging the Phenomenal One to a match that could challenge for the top in-ring work of 2018.
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship
The match will have been speculated upon for an entire calendar year by the time it comes around and it almost feels like it will be a disappointment if it doesn’t take place. It will be the WWE’s attempt to crown Reigns yet again, but after the two men never got to have their finish at WrestleMania 31 due to Seth Rollins’ Money in the Bank contract cash-in, they’ll get it this time in what could potentially be the final WWE match for Lesnar.