So with mania fast approaching i thought i’d have a go at predicting the booking, i guess i can use this as a metre stick as to how well i understand the booking, if i do this before every PPV maybe we’ll even see me getting better, who knows, what a world we live in!
Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa vs. The Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar (with Alicia Fox)
See Brian and Noam going over, feel this will be used to build the heels and therefore the feud.Swann and Tozawa don’t need a win, there’s been no real build (so in sticking with the normal cruiser weight booking). Don’t know much about this, i don’t watch 205 live, yet (maybe more to come down the line).
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Goldberg
Going from the cruiser weights to the universal title. I see Goldberg here, either Brock Lesnar running down to ensure a title is on the line for their match at mania or (and i feel more likely) Chris Jericho making his first appearance since the festival of friendship. The only way i see KO retaining if if Triple H gets involved. On these facts 2/3 Goldberg
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Roman. Vince McMahon’s pet project, i think WWE think they have built Strowman enough as well. If Strowman goes over he’d had a fair shout for headlining Mania, i don’t see the WWE booking this.
Neville (c) vs. Jack Gallagher
Jack Gallagher, unlike the first match on the list, this feud is much more developed. I think Jack will take the title, maybe with help, this then sets up the rematch at Mania and allows for obvious booking in the lead up to Mania that would push both men and their respective gimmicks. Much more interested in this match.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (c) vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Luke and Karl cheat to win, set up the rematch at Mania where they lose the titles. The WWE have don’t anything with the club, nothing at all, crap feud with the new day (all the testicle references still haunt me), the constant jobbing to everyone. They need a build for the titles to mean anything and retaining does this.
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Charlotte, contines her ppv streak. I do disagree that this echoes the undertakers streak, the mania streak means more. Its annual and its at mania, having Charlotte going over at every PPV is too predictable given the number of PPV’s.
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
Nia goes over. Continues her push, unlike Braun I think there is more value in keeping her strong. The mans devision has Lesnar, Braun, Rusev, Mojo, Jindah, and many many big power men, the women’s division has many technical wrestlers but Nia is the only power competitor.
Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe, I think Triple H is building a stable, and with Joe as the enforcer… This is Joe’s first PPV, ok it’s not Mania, but i don’t see any way that Sami has a chance.
So, there are my predictions for the show and some of the reasons for my choices. Please comment or like.