WWE WrestleMania 33 is right around the corner, and as always Fightful.com will have you covered. The card is far from confirmed, but a few matches have come into focus a couple of months away from the big event. As always, things are subject to change, but I'll take a look at the rumored card as of today.
WWE Universal ChampionshipGoldberg (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
This is assuming Goldberg beats Kevin Owens at Fastlane, which I think is a terrible idea. I like the idea of Goldberg passing on a potential Brock Lesnar match at Mania, and Lesnar getting it via costing Goldberg the title against Owens, as a callback to No Way Out 2004, when Goldberg did the same to Lesnar. Also, you have to draw the line somewhere with a 50 year old guy who can't work going over some of your biggest names. Regarding the quality of the potential match? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times....YOU AIN'T GONNA FOOL ME AGAIN. Lesnar should go over in my view.
WWE ChampionshipBray Wyatt (c) vs. Randy Orton
There are so many matches that don't need the WWE Championship, but I think this one does. Otherwise, it's just another match on the card -- one that I'm not particularly looking forward to. My main issue is that whoever wins the Royal Rumble should be in the main event of WrestleMania, and this probably won't be. I pick Wyatt to go over here.
RAW Women's ChampionshipCharlotte (c) vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
This match could very well be a show stealer, yet again. This has a few different ingredients as compared to last year. The power of Nia Jax, the great babyface in Bayley, a Sasha Banks with a new attitude. I'm sure this match will be laid out incredibly well, and all four women will turn it up to 11. I can't wait for this one, honestly. Whenever the women have been given a big stage, I've really enjoyed it, despite some contrarians looking for any reason to dislike something. I think either Charlotte wins, or loses her title without being pinned so they can keep up the "PPV dominance" angle.
Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker
There are a lot of question marks surrounding this. How healthy is the Undertaker? What will Reigns' role be? It seemed as if at the Royal Rumble, WWE knew Reigns would get booed and utilized that tool. After 12 years of a Cena mixed reaction, I don't understand why the company would try to force another decade of that, instead of going the natural route. If Reigns beats Strowman and Undertaker to continue down his current path, I have a big problem with that as a viewer. If it's to establish more of a mean-streak, and make him one of the top heels of all-time? Well, not as much of a problem there. The company has me wondering going into it, but it's been teased with no resolution on several occasions. Reigns could win this and really get the crowd hating him, or lose it and it be the catalyst for him being an asshole.
Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
Here's to hoping Rollins can make it to WrestleMania. This has to be a win for Rollins, but if he's too hurt to make it, I wouldn't mind seeing Samoa Joe slide in here. A Samoa Joe that is pissed off that Triple H has the gall to think he can control anyone seems like a natural matchup. Triple H has had some questionable wins at Mania in recent years -- Sting, Brock Lesnar, Sheamus, so nothing is off the table as it pertains to him picking up a victory. If he does beat one of them, it's not the end of the world. HHH is viewed as a babyface by many, and the perception that he "booked himself to win" shouldn't ever be addressed on TV (sorry 2000 WCW), but could be a momentum shift to get more of a heel reaction down the line.
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