After months of waiting, “the granddaddy of them all” is finally here! WrestleMania 37 will emanate on from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL on Saturday and Sunday. The two-night event will air exclusively on Peacock and feature 14 matches with almost every title up for grabs.
WWE Championship – Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre: McIntyre deserves to have his big crowning moment in front of a stadium of people instead of an empty Performance Center. Lashley has received a groundswell of support from fans since he won the title. Since this match will open night one of WrestleMania, I don’t see a scenario where Lashley retains the title. While Lashley might get cheered more than McIntyre, it’s safe to say Vince McMahon will want a newsworthy outcome in WWE’s first match in front of a live crowd in over a year.
Winner: Drew McIntyre wins his third WWE Championship.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison: What was a singles match between The Miz and Bad Bunny morphed into a tag team match. Odds are, Bad Bunny and Damien Priest win this match because, well, celebrities never lose at WrestleMania.
However, I want to offer a different perspective.
Yes, Bad Bunny won a Grammy last month and is a big-time international recording artist. Most outsiders don’t want to look bad by losing a match. Reports have surfaced over the last few months, citing Bunny is a legit wrestling fan, has a lot of respect for the business, and has shown as much in the locker room.
Someone who truly fits that description would not want to top a wrestler in their own house. While WWE could use this match as a platform to boost Damien Priest’s profile, I’m thinking The Miz pins Bad Bunny and gets beat up afterwards, so Bunny can leave with his head held high.
Winners: The Miz & John Morrison
Raw Tag Team Championship: The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods vs. AJ Styles & Omos: This match is all about Omos. How will the 7 foot 3-inch colossus fair in his debut match at WrestleMania? I’ve heard a few things about Omos’ training at the PC, but it’s the things I didn’t hear that concern me. If my suspicions are correct, WWE has put him in a good situation with three people who can make him look good.
WWE hasn’t had that larger-than-life attraction in a while, and Omos could be it. I’m cautiously optimistic that Omos will be carefully set up for success with a good first impression on “The Grandest Stage of Them All.”
Winners: AJ Styles & Omos
Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins: In what could be the match of the night, Rollins looks to prove Cesaro can’t reach superstardom without him. Many hope this is finally the start of a main event push for Cesaro. I’m a Cesaro fan, but if he was going to get pushed for bigger and better things, it would have happened by now.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Tag Team Turmoil: The winner of this five-team match receives a women’s tag team title shot on night two. Let’s look at the teams.
-Lana & Naomi: This team winning wouldn’t surprise me or be disappointing. Lana is good in certain spots, and Naomi is always on point.
-Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke: No
-The Riott Squad: A win for Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott would make for a pleasant surprise. However, WWE has never pulled the trigger with the team, and I don’t see it happening in Tampa.
-Natalya & Tamina: This legacy duo has been pushed as the biggest threat of the match. I wouldn’t mind seeing them win here and face off against the champs. However, I don’t see heel team versus heel team happening on night 2.
-Carmella & Billie Kay: Carmella’s diva persona perfectly complements Billie Kay’s error-prone assistant character. This duo has the most going for them from an entertainment perspective. Shana Bazler and Nia Jax are a tired act as tag team champions, which is why WWE will mine Carmella and Kay’s potential.
Winners: Carmella & Billie Kay
Steel Cage Match: Bruan Strowman vs. Shane McMahon: I can’t remember the last time I had zero interest in a WrestleMania match. Shane will do his usual big stunt and “get them hands” at the end of a losing effort.
Winner: Bruan Strowman
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair: There is a difference between the main event and the last match on the show. Banks/Belair is arguably the most anticipated match of WrestleMania, making it a true main event.
This is the second time a women’s match will close the show at WrestleMania. It’s also the first time two Black people will wrestle in the main event.
WrestleMania 37 will mark Sasha Banks’s first singles match on the “grandest stage,” while it’s Bianca Belair’s first WrestleMania. The “EST of WWE” is the 6th person to headline their inaugural Mania, joining Ted DiBiase, Sgt Slaughter, Sid Justice, Yokozuna, and Brock Lesnar.
Some will say Banks has put in the work as a top performer and deserves to win. Others will say WWE is in dire need of new stars, and Belair fits the bill. No matter who wins, it’s going to be a great match.
In the end; Bianca Belair winning is the better story to tell. She made history by winning the Royal Rumble, and she will do it again at WrestleMania.
Winner: Biance Belair wins the SmackDown Women’s Championship.