WWE WrestleMania XXVI Predictions | Smark Out Moment

WWE WrestleMania XXVI Predictions

Posted by Anthony Mango Friday, March 26, 2010
It's that time of the year again: WrestleMania! This year, I'm VERY excited about this pay-per-view. WrestleMania XXV was, to put it nicely, crap, but if you look at this card alone you can tell it will be much, much better. For the most part, there's nothing that I wouldn't mind seeing, which is rare. Predictions? Sure. Let's go...

WWE Championship: Batista (c) vs. John Cena
It's weird for me to say it, seeing as how HBK, Undertaker, Jericho, Edge, and Bret Hart are my five favorites of all time probably, and they're all in matches (half against each other), on top of how I'm not a huge fan of Cena, nor Batista, but I'm actually the most excited for this match. Something has completely sucked me into this feud and has elicited a response where I legitimately want to see Cena beat Batista's ass. Is it because Cena isn't the focal point like in most feuds? Is it because Batista is working in a more comfortable persona and pulling it off extremely well? I don't know, but I'm pumped for this and I think it actually has a good shot at being a great match.

PREDICTION: John Cena wins the championship to close out the show.

World Heavyweight Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs. Edge
Alright, I'll say it. Their feud has kind of sucked so far. I love these guys and I think they're two of the best on the mic in the WWE right now, but every promo has been the same. They've been following the same outline and bullet points for two months now and it got boring very fast. Edge says spear and talks fast, Jericho says he's the best in the world at what he does and talks slowly, rinse and repeat. However, despite this feud being less than admirable, I think they could have a very good match. Many people are expecting this to be the main event but I personally can't see that happening at all. I'm assuming this tops off the 3/4 mark of the show, going on before HBK/Taker. At first, this was a clear cut "Edge wins" type of match, but I've started to believe that the opposite may in fact happen, especially considering who is in the Money in the Bank match this year. Some heels need to win at WrestleMania despite how it always seems like the faces will win everything, and Jericho could very well walk out of here the champion, even if it's through some cheap method. Plus, there's always a gimmick rematch at Extreme Rules that can happen. If most people are predicting Edge, they might go with Jericho just for shock value.

PREDICTION: Edge more than likely walks out champ, but it's only 51% in my mind.

Streak/Career: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
I was hoping they wouldn't redo this as if they can't match or top their previous match, it tarnishes the legacy of it, but you can never count these two out. Rumors abound have HBK retiring for good after this match, but I don't see that happening. After all, why would he want to bow out without having a match against HHH at WrestleMania? It doesn't make much sense. I do, however, expect HBK to lose this match. Why? Because it's much easier to rewrite bringing HBK back into the WWE than it is to undo the streak. Once Undertaker loses, he loses, finito, done, but how many times have we seen people retire and come back? Too many to count. The only way HBK doesn't flat out lose this match (possibly by outsider interference due to the no disqualification stipulation) is if they go with a draw, but I don't think that will happen. If by some remote chance HBK does lose and does retire for good, I'll be very, very upset, but I'll also be upset if Taker loses his streak. All in all, because of that, I'm hoping HBK loses in a way that makes him look strong but that he comes back around SummerSlam or Survivor Series.

PREDICTION: Undertaker's streak continues.

No Disqualifications: Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon
With Bret and Vince being severely limited in the ring, I can't see this lasting too long. Lots of fans are thinking it could be 10 or 20 minutes, but I just don't see it happening. I actually wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if it's under 5 and basically a squash match. Bret can't take any bumps, so he's clearly not going to be receiving chair shots and being bodyslammed, and how long are people really going to want to watch Bret's fake looking punches against Vince? We're all basically just looking for the Sharpshooter anyway, so that's what the match needs to be booked around secondly, with the first priority being Bret's safety. Hart's promised that, even though it won't be the same old Bret, he'll still try his hardest, and I hope he pulls it off.

PREDICTION: Bret whoops Vince.

Triple Threat: Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Cody Rhodes
Why is this a triple threat when two of the guys are partners? Is it just so Orton can beat them both at the same time and make them look inadequate before everyone splits up at the draft? I don't think the WWE has done a good job with this whole story. The last thing I want to see here is Orton burying Ted and Cody, but I can totally see that happening. If they want this to be a real triple threat, Ted and Cody have to somehow face each other as well. Otherwise it's just another handicap match and we've seen that already in the past few weeks. Now, they've hinted at it...barely...on Raw, but it wasn't enough. Even if they do an obligatory backstage segment at the ppv, it'll still feel too inadequate in my mind. Still, it'll happen, as they can't just have a handicap match again. Personally, I'm probably the only person in the world that is hoping Cody Rhodes wins as he NEVER does and I think he's better than Ted, but I know I won't get my wish as if Orton doesn't win, Ted will.

PREDICTION: 51% Orton wins, 45% Ted wins, 4% Cody wins.

Money in the Bank: Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Jack Swagger vs. MVP vs. Matt Hardy vs. Evan Bourne vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston
TEN people this year! This could mean a totally chaotic train wreck or it could equally mean one hell of an awesome match haha. The MITB match is always entertaining and when you look at this list, mostly all of them could add something special to it. Those that can't (namely Matt Hardy and MVP) will most likely spend it all on the outside anyway. The smart money says to put it all on Christian so he can possibly cash it in against Edge or Jericho, but you can't count out Drew McIntyre seeing as how the powers-that-be have a huge boner for him (for some reason). Lots of people are expecting Kofi to win but I highly doubt that, even though he does have a much higher probability of winning than the others. I'd like to see Shelton win just so he can get a world title, even if he only holds it for a day, but I don't think he will. Ziggler, Swagger, and Bourne simply aren't ready yet - and while McIntyre isn't either, the difference is that they're not pushing those three nearly as much as Drew - so I don't think they've got much of a shot. MVP, Matt, and Kane are too old and won't win this as their chances for main eventing are pretty much done with. There is, however, a curveball that can be thrown here: the Money in the Bank ppv in the summer. This means that we could possibly be looking at the first MITB challenger that loses his cash-in. If that's the case,anybody but Kane can win it. Why not Kane? Because everyone will know that he won't win it. I can't see it happening for Matt Hardy, either, because of his bitching about not being on the WrestleMania magazines along with Jeff and Shannon going to TNA and Helms pissing them off enough to fire him. If they're going to give someone the losing baton, I think MVP is the guy to go to as fans could think he might win. It'll piss people off to do such a thing but it'll also give them the unexpected shock (which some people think is automatically great) and leaves you wide open for the pay-per-view. The more time goes by, the more likely I think this can happen.

PREDICTION: 51% Christian, 49% someone who challenges and loses. If someone other than Christian wins and actually doesn't lose their challenge, I'll probably shit myself in confusion and shock.

Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
So if Mysterio loses, then he has to join the Straight Edge Society. I could see that happening. It drags out the feud a little longer and it gives a heel a win at WrestleMania, as most people are expecting Rey to win. Whatever happens, they're definitely having some sort of match at Extreme Rules, and they're definitely being used as a quick match at this event. Again, some heels need to win and this could be a situation where everyone expects Mysterio, so they go with Punk.

PREDICTION: CM Punk wins via cheating.

Unified Tag Team Championship: ShoMiz (c) vs. John Morrison & R-Truth
Quick match where R-Truth takes the pinfall and nothing big or important happens, without a doubt. Some reports have stated that this will most likely be the curtain jerker but I disagree. I feel this will be used as one of the so-called bathroom breaks as it's one of the matches people will care less about missing. I can see this being third or fourth on the card instead. Either way, it won't last too long and the result will definitely not be new champions, though it might be fun if they keep Truth and Show out of most of it.

PREDICTION: ShoMiz retains their titles.

Triple H vs. Sheamus
Snooze. Hopefully it only gets 5 minutes or so. If Triple H wants Sheamus to be someone big, he should have the balls to put him over clean on his own, so even though I don't like Sheamus at all, I really hope he wins here and HHH beats him at Extreme Rules. A win over HHH at WrestleMania will do a lot for Sheamus, and a win for HHH making it 2-0 against him will do absolutely nothing but stroke HHH's ego once more.

PREDICTION: Sheamus wins but probably in a cheap way to make HHH still look better.

Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, Mickie James, Gail Kim & Beth Phoenix vs. Vickie Guerrero, Maryse, Michelle McCool, Layla & Alicia Fox
Damn. They had to do it, didn't they? They couldn't just not have this match and give the time to the other ones? Bathroom break, of course, as this will last five minutes max. I don't know why they aren't having Tiffany and Jillian or Katie in it, but oh well, I don't think anyone will really care.

PREDICTION: The faces win.

This WrestleMania has all the potential in the world to kick serious ass. Nothing to do now but sit back, enjoy, and hope they take that potential to the max.
THIS POST WRITTEN BY: ANTHONY MANGO

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