Wrestlemania Kickoff Match #1
The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz
Winners: The Usos
Who Pins Who: Jimmy pins D-Von
Thoughts: A secondary tag team match is an important part of this show. After years of complains that the tag division doesn’t have anything else going on aside from the title, this match proves the product has a stronger division. Instead of making the match a meaningless aside, the teams have something to fight for. The only dissapointing thing is that the match will not be featured on the main card, but perhaps being on preshow will allow for the teams to get some time to tell a story in the ring. After the Dudleys have gotten the one on the Usos in the last few weeks, I see a Uso victory, possibly as the first match to set the tone for the evening.
Wrestlemania Kickoff Match #2
The Total Divas (Brie Bella, Natalya, Paige, Alicia Fox and Eva Marie) vs. B.A.D. and Blonde (Lana, Naomi, Tamina, Emma and Summer Rose)
Winners: Team B.A.D. and Blonde
Who pins who: Lana pins Brie
Thoughts: With Brie leaving the company after Wrestlemania, the most logical way for her to go out would be to give Lana the rub of pin fall victory. Eva Marie’s addition, which clearly perturbed her teammates on Monday Night Raw, could lead to her turning on her partners during the match, costing the faces the victory and possibly turning her X-Pac heat into real heat here. 100,000 booing Eva Marie would make for a great episode of Total Divas, especially with the loss of Bellas as in ring competitors for the time being.
Wrestlemania Kickoff Match #3
United States Championship
The Ryback vs. Kalisto (c)
Winner: The Ryback
Thoughts: Ryback rules! (That was just a joke, the real analysis is to follow). Ryback’s recent change in personality has reenergized his character, focusing on his strengths. He was always better as man who draws confidence from his size while letting his opponents and the crowd aware of the fact he knows it. Ryback should continue to get this push, while Kaliston can go back to tagging with Sin Cara, possibly taking the belts off a heel team comprised of two League of Nation members.
3rd Annual Andre the Giant Battle Royal
Participants: Heath Slater, Curtis Axel, Adam Rose, Bo Dallas, Big Show, Kane, Tyler Breeze, Mark Henry, Jack Swagger, Fandango, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Konnor, Viktor, Goldust, R-Truth
Thoughts: I really can’t say here. Without knowing the other participants I feel like that could mean one of the unannounced entries will be the winner.
Battle of the Factions
The New Day vs. The League of Nations
Winner: League of Nations
Who pins Who: Rusev pins Xavier Woods
Thoughts: Since the titles are not on the line here, the League of Nations should go over in this match, soldifiying them as a top faction on the biggest stage possible. With numbers on their side and the fact they have lost to the New Day twice, they need a win if they are to be seen as a threat to the titles.
AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
Winner: AJ Styles
Thoughts: If Jericho defeats Styles after losing to Fandango 3 years ago, something is terribly wrong. Both men have worked a great program and brought a level of importance to this beyond just having two great wrestlers square off. One would imagine that this will be the end of the feud, but wither way, if the two are given ample time to tell a story in the ring, this match could be the best match on the card not involving a gimmick.
Intercontinental Ladder Match
Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder vs. Sin Cara vs. The Miz vs. Stardust vs. Kevin Owens (c)
Winner: Kevin Owens
Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte (c)
Who gets pinned: Charlotte