Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho
The development of this match has been something special, and I wonder how fans will react to it. Kevin Owens is such an entertaining heel, but one that I still want to boo. Chris Jericho is much of the same, and their friendship has been embraced by fans. This is really an indication that there's been a major shift in 30 years in how babyfaces are viewed. Social media and other advancements have changed how we view characters, celebrities and athletes, and being an entertaining entity seems to be more valuable than the "eat what we feed you" route. These two are absolute masters at what they're doing, and Jericho may have never been more entertaining in his career, which is something special in it's own. I see Owens winning this.
AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon
AJ Styles....taking on Shane McMahon. Well, if anyone can get something special out of a nearly 50-year old Shane, it's Styles. I don't quite understand the idea of shoehorning McMahon in here, but it is what it is. No way Styles should lose this, but he's such a talent, that I think he'll view it as a challenge, and we could get a Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon level of fun here.
John Cena & Nikki Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse
I love this booking idea. This is not a demotion for John Cena, it's a promotion for Miz, Maryse and Nikki Bella, who have all put in the work and deserve it. It's an excellent promotional tool for Total Divas and Total Bellas, and a real indication of how fantastic The Miz and Maryse have been. I've wanted to see Maryse in the ring since she returned, and this seems like the right spot. She's in there with another woman who can work, and two of WWE's best ring generals today. Imagine saying that about the Miz ten years ago. He has more than earned this spot. I'd really like to see him lose, then make an "open challenge" after the match, which Daniel Bryan answers. After a kiss to Maryse, I want Bryan to Yes Lock Miz for an immediate tap out. What this would do is force Shane McMahon's hand, saying that they can no longer physically interact with wrestlers on their brand because of a conflict of interest.
The Big Show vs. Shaquille O'Neal
I love this match. It's natural, it'll get some mainstream coverage, and it's another WrestleMania moment for Big Show. He knew this moment was coming and got himself in the best shape he's seen in 20 years for that ESPN highlight reel. I would like to believe plenty of smoke and mirrors would make this work.
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Here's the thing: this match is only about bragging rights. It doesn't mean a damn thing, but it can for the right person. Baron Corbin has used it for bragging rights. Big Show won pretty much so they could always have the threat of him winning. Cesaro winning should have been a huge launching pad for him. It wasn't. I'd like to see this go one of three ways: Baron Corbin wins again to propel him, Braun Strowman eliminates every single person in the match to win, or a personal favorite: Mark Henry wins his retirement match. Mark Henry has been a fixture for two decades, and him eliminating a Strowman, Corbin or both to retire would be a fantastic moment to end a stellar career on.
Right now we don't really know where Braun Strowman, Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose, New Day, possibly Finn Balor, Rusev, Kane, American Alpha, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Luke Harper, Ziggler and others are going to land. There's a lot of empty space on the card. Smackdown Women's Title and both tag title matches will surely be added, and we'll probably end up seeing about 14 matches on the show. The WWE's roster is a loaded one for this show, and it's possible that a half-dozen names on the event may never wrestle again after 2017.
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