Yes, we are around 8 months away from WrestleMania. A lot is going to change in WWE between then and now. But, it is never too early to HOPE or dream when it comes to wrestling. So before you start telling me none of these matches will ever happen or there is no way all these scenarios can play out, read the title of this article once more. No Mercy is coming up and this random RAW brand PPV in the middle of September is headlined by two WrestleMania main event level matches. Brock Lesnar (c) vs Braun Strowman for the WWE Universal Championship has been my hope for the WrestleMania 34 main event since Brock won the championship this past year. Roman Reigns vs John Cena would have been the perfect co-main event for the biggest show of the year. Could these matches happen again? Absolutely, and maybe they will be part of my dream card below.
No Mercy is coming up and this random RAW brand PPV in the middle of September is headlined by two WrestleMania main event level matches. Brock Lesnar (c) vs Braun Strowman for the WWE Universal Championship has been my hope for the WrestleMania 34 main event since Brock won the championship this past year. Roman Reigns vs John Cena would have been the perfect co-main event for the biggest show of the year. Could these matches happen again? Absolutely, and maybe they will be part of my dream card below.
Brock Lesnar (c) vs Braun Strowman for the WWE Universal Championship has been my hope for the WrestleMania 34 main event since Brock won the championship this past year. Roman Reigns vs John Cena would have been the perfect co-main event for the biggest show of the year. Could these matches happen again? Absolutely, and maybe they will be part of my dream card below.
Roman Reigns vs John Cena would have been the perfect co-main event for the biggest show of the year. Could these matches happen again? Absolutely, and maybe they will be part of my dream card below.
Intercontinental Championship – No DQ Match
The Miz (c) (with Maryse) vs Daniel Bryan (with Brie Bella)
No better place to begin than with the best feud that we may never get a payoff. These two have been linked since Daniel Bryan began with WWE, and they have remained intertwined as Bryan’s career seemingly ended last year. Talking Smack highlighted some of the best mic work we have ever seen between The Miz and Daniel Bryan. This tension elevated The Miz to a level he has never been on in terms of popularity and now is one of the most respected by even the smarkiest of fans. By the time WrestleMania rolls around if The Miz is still champion, or even if he loses it for a month along the way, he will be the longest reigning IC champion in history passing Pedro Morales. That would give this feud even more. The last time we saw Daniel Bryan wrestle he won the Intercontinental championship. It is only fitting he return to the ring fighting for that title against his biggest nemesis on the biggest stage.
8-Woman Elimination Tag Team Match
WWE Four Horsewomen (Bayley, Becky Lynch, Charlotte & Sasha Banks) vs MMA Four Horsewomen (Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir, & Jessamyn Duke)
This is a real possibility as we see depicted above in a screenshot from the Mae Young Classic. Sasha Banks (not pictured) also added some fuel to this fire recently in an interview on the “Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast:”
Something is going down between these 8 women and what better place to have it happen than on the biggest stage of them all. This would be one of the most hyped and attention drawing matches, which would be incredible for the landscape of the women’s division in WWE.
Kurt Angle vs Rusev (with Lana)
Oh yeah, this dream is never going to die. Rusev is one of the best talents in all of WWE and they currently have no creative direction for him. Well, I cannot think of a better match for Kurt Angle’s eventual in ring return than with the Bulgarian Brute. This has been a dream match for all of us since the rumors of Angle’s return. Rusev and Lana played along on Twitter when the rumors of this match were swirling:
Just remember folks #JCsHopesComeTrue even if it is a year later.
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match – Fatal 4 Way TLC Match
The Usos (c) vs The Hardy Boyz vs Breezango vs Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
A lot to unpack in this one for sure. The Usos are the best tag team in WWE right now and honestly one of the top performances the company has. Last year Jimmy and Jey were left off the WrestleMania card in maybe the most disappointing booking decision. This year The Usos deserve the spotlight and what better way to do so than with a TLC match. Obviously for this match to happen The Hardy Boyz would move to SmackDown in some semblance of a superstar shake up. Leaving the match with just those two teams would already be superb, but why not add SmackDown’s most deserving tag team in Breezango. Tyler Breeze and Fandango have been the breakout team of 2017, starting with web-only segments to now being one of the most popular acts on the show.
Oh but I’m not through yet booking this mega of all mega tag team showdowns. We recently saw two-thirds of The Shield reunite to win tag team gold, so why not one of WWE’s most interesting duos. The night Sami Zayn won the NXT championship, his best friend Kevin Owens turned on him and eventually took the title away. These two have been feuding ever since and could plausibly fight forever. But, why not pull the trigger on the reunion at the biggest show of the year in what could be a historic match? Just imagine the spots we could see executed between these 4 teams. I’m ready for it.
RAW Women’s Championship
Alexa Bliss (c) vs Toni Storm
The dream match you never even thought of is next on my card. Toni Storm immediately became my favorite competitor in the inaugural Mae Young Classic (shout out to Nestlemania). If you are unfamiliar with the young Aussie, I highly recommend you check out her matches. She is fantastic in the ring and has that “IT” quality the WWE craves in its superstars. Storm’s charisma and flare would be the perfect compliment to Alexa Bliss’ elite heel work on the mic and in the ring. With the Four Horsewomen locked up in a massive match earlier on the card, the time is now for the under appreciated Alexa Bliss to steal the spotlight with a superstar who could become the face of the WWE women’s division someday.
Elias vs Aiden English
Time for some unexpected fun with our favorite musical performers. I picture Aiden English in the ring doing his opera thing when suddenly Elias appears with his guitar strumming some sweet tunes to overtake The Artiste’s performance. This would be a fun little moment for both of these men and the WWE Universe who has come to really enjoy Elias’ performances and have an appreciation for English.
Cruiserweight Championship – 30 Minute Iron Man Match (Pre-Show)
Neville (c) vs Cedric Alexander
This showdown is likely to happen well before WrestleMania, but to me, this is the feud I have been waiting for in the Cruiserweight division once Neville and Austin Aries were finished. Cedric Alexander was our choice during the CWC and Triple H responded by coming out after his match to acknowledge that. Since then, he was tangled up in a love triangle with Alicia Fox and Noam Dar before missing months with an injury. Upon his return, Cedric did not have much direction, until this past week. Alexander dominated the Fatal 5-Way #1 contender’s match on 205 Live only to be surprised as Enzo Amore stole a victory. A strong long form story leading up to WrestleMania could make Cedric Alexander the ultimate underdog and continue to solidify Neville as the most dominant force in WWE.
Now before you criticize me for placing this match on the pre-show, let’s look at some recent history as to why this is a positive move. Neville and Austin Aries would never have been able to have their fantastic WrestleMania 33 match if they were on the main card. It would have been short-changed and treated like a bathroom break. Instead, they set the tone for the evening and had the most memorable main roster Cruiserweight match to date. Putting these two phenomenal wrestlers on the pre-show allows us to have a 30-minute treat of an iron-man match.
Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes
Randy Orton has done it all in WWE and many feel it may be time for the Viper to move on. I am not one of those people. Orton is still one of the biggest stars in the company and can still go with the best of them when he pleases. Cody Rhodes is not with WWE right now and likely will not be in the near future making this match unlikely. But in terms of big feuds I would like to see Orton involved in, this one tops the list. The history is there and these two have never faced off as equals. Rhodes is finally getting the main event level treatment he deserves outside of WWE. So why not book his return against his mentor so he can finally climb the WWE ladder.
RAW Tag Team Championship – Falls Count Anywhere Match
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson)
Anyone who listens to the podcast knows that JC is a big Revival guy. I think they have the potential to be the best damn tag team on the planet as they claim to be. The unknown duo has been derailed since their RAW debuts by multiple injuries and likely out until late fall. There will certainly be some work to do to legitimize them as a serious threat before WrestleMania season comes.
Ambrose and Rollins are meant to be together whether as partners or foes. Right now their partnership has revitalized both of their careers (pun intended). I would like to see this 2/3 of The Shield reign supreme on RAW until The Revival is ready to steal the spotlight. That moment is WrestleMania 34 where these four men can steal the show in a Falls Count Anywhere match.
Bray Wyatt vs Aleister Black
One of the harder matches to come up with was finding a good opponent for Bray Wyatt. The eater of worlds has faced almost everyone in WWE and quite frankly has not been very interesting since losing his WWE Championship at WrestleMania 33. Aleister Black has a presence you cannot teach and I expect a main roster debut sooner rather than later. If you enjoy two darker characters with larger than life presences when at their best, this match is for you.
SmackDown Women’s Championship
Asuka (c) vs Ember Moon
Asuka is headed to the main roster and is expected to continue her undefeated streak. It is unclear if she is headed to RAW or SmackDown, but for the purposes of this card, I have her headed to the blue brand. The money match down the line is Asuka vs Charlotte, but the Queen has other WrestleMania plans. So that left me without a main roster opponent worthy of Asuka on the grandest stage of them all. So why not dip into the NXT talent pool? That left me two interesting choices. Kairi Sane was one of them, but I feel a long NXT run is in her future to maximize her star potential. That left me with a rematch from this year’s NXT Brooklyn against Ember Moon.
I have stated numerous times I think Ember is a potential mega star in the women’s division for the next decade. She is main roster ready, but I do not think she gets there until next year. Asuka could continue her undefeated streak all the way up until WrestleMania season and be looking for an opponent. Out could come a debuting Ember Moon to answer the challenge and give us the rematch they deserve. Whether Ember wins and ends the streak or falls once again to the Empress of Tomorrow, I will leave up to you. Either way, a rematch is worthy of a WrestleMania slot this year or the next.
Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs Charlie Hass & Jason Jordan
Yeah, this is making the card. All it needs is five fast-paced minutes to showcase two incredible young talents and provide a fun wink to Team Angle fans. Will this happen? I’d lean a definitive no, but this would be a fun little storyline. Jason Jordan could become jealous of his former partner’s new found success with Shelton Benjamin and look for a way to even the odds.
Baron Corbin vs Chris Jericho
This is not a dream match on too many people’s lists I’m sure, but given the way my card is shaking up these two found themselves paired up. Jericho consistently brings the best out of the younger talent and after this past month, Baron Corbin could certainly use an opponent that can do that. Corbin’s mic work is still a work in progress, but the lone wolf proved on Talking Smack he is capable. He will need to find that again to match up with Y2J.
Bobby Roode vs Triple H
When asked for a comparison for Bobby Roode, the most common answer I have heard over the years is Triple H. Their styles are similar, they do some of the same moves, and share many character traits they have displayed over their careers. Triple H brought Roode to NXT and it only makes sense that one day they would either work together or face off. Given the babyface direction Roode has taken as part of SmackDown Live, this sets up a potential feud between these two. Triple H seems to be a big stepping stone for many talents at WrestleMania, so why not line up Bobby Roode to be the next challenger.
United States Championship – Triple Threat Match
AJ Styles (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs Finn Balor
Yup, I’m not giving you the one-on-one AJ Styles versus Shinsuke Nakamura match we all crave. Do I want to see that at WrestleMania? Absolutely, but I have something even more exciting planned instead. As I whittled down my card and the main events finally took shape, I had no place for Finn Balor. That did not sit well with me, so I improvised at the last minute.
This time last year we were salivating for an AJ Styles showdown with Finn Balor. The Bullet Club ties were scintillating and WWE has only given the occasional nod to tease us. Well, why not have it all come clashing together at WrestleMania 34? This match could easily be for the WWE Championship, but I have other plans for that title. So why not continue to elevate the prestigious United States championship with maybe its biggest match of all-time? This match could be the highlight of the card for many and I personally would salivate over this dream scenario.
No Disqualification Streetfight Match
Brock Lesnar vs Shane McMahon
Remember this moment from Summerslam 2016 when Brock Lesnar caved in Randy Orton’s skull? Shane McMahon took exception and confronted The Beast Incarnate. That was a mistake. Well, we have been waiting for this showdown and now is the time. This match would be tons of fun and it would highlight the best qualities of both men. Lesnar destroys everyone and Shane takes a beating better than almost anyone. WrestleMania 34 may be the last chance we have for this dream match because at some point Shane’s body is not going to hold up.
WWE Universal Championship
Braun Strowman (c) vs Samoa Joe
This is not the match I had lined up when I started this endeavor, but as I started to move the pieces around this possibility intrigued me. The styles match up tremendously setting the table for an extremely physical, destructive, and entertaining match. Braun Strowman should defeat Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal championship. Monday Night ROAR then should reign supreme for a very long time. The only opponents worthy of dethroning Braun would be Roman Reigns, John Cena, Brock Lesar, or Samoa Joe. The Brock rematch makes sense at the Royal Rumble to me and I have other plans for the other two mentioned. I seriously considered Goldberg because that would certainly be interesting, but that to me would be a non-title matchup on the WrestleMania card. That left Samoa Joe to challenge Strowman for RAW’s biggest prize.
WWE Championship – WrestleMania 34 Main Event
Roman Reigns (c) vs John Cena
The upcoming No Mercy PPV forced me to consider a lot of alternatives for the WrestleMania 34 main event, but I still feel like this is the best match to close the granddaddy of them all. My expectation is Reigns wins at No Mercy clearly marking WWE as his yard, while John Cena heads off to work on other endeavors.
For this match to be for the WWE Championship a mega move would have to happen in a potential superstar shake up sending Reigns to SmackDown Live. As you have seen highlighted throughout this article a lot of names are switching brands. Reigns would win the championship on the Road to WrestleMania setting up a John Cena return at the Royal Rumble where he would win it.
I constantly joke about the part-time status of Cena and it is 100% true. But his time as an elite performer is slowly winding down and WWE is clearly trying to maximize the big matchups as he enters the twilight of his main event career. It would only be fitting that John Cena wins his 17th WWE World Championship on the grandest stage of them all against the top dog of WWE. I considered Cena dethroning a pesky Jinder Mahal as champion, but the Reigns-Cena matchup is still the cream of the crop. This match would be special, memorable, historic, and every other qualifier you could think up. Even though we are seeing this match soon, the rematch can always be better.
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