WrestleMania 34 rolls into New Orleans this weekend and while we watch far too much pro wrestling for our own good, we do accept that many Joes up and down the country either a) don’t have the time or b) aren’t nearly as sad as we are. With that said, WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of wrestling which means casual fans tune in just this once a year. So to get you prepped before Sunday/Monday’s Showcase of the Immortals, here’s the matches on the card, everything you need to know about them, and our predictions!

WrestleMania 34 Preview: Full Match Card & Predictions

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns – Universal Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★

Whether you like or not, Roman Reigns will more than likely main event WrestleMania for the fourth year in a row. If you’re not entirely up to date with your Reigns history, the main thing you need to know is that he’s not nearly as popular among the hardcore wrestling crowd as WWE would like him to be, with many feeling Vince has shoved him down their throats. And to put it into context, if this match does main event as expected, only Hulk Hogan with five has ever main evented more consecutive years. The build up to the match has been predictable enough with Reigns calling out Lesnar’s lack of work ethic – something which is not entirely off the mark in fairness. The added interest in this is that Lesnar’s contract is legitimately up shortly after, meaning this could genuinely be the last time we see him in a ring that isn’t an octagon… And in fairness, their match at WrestleMania 31 was much better than expected. Still, unlike then, we all know who’s winning this one.

Prediction: Roman Reigns

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AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – WWE Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★★★★

Now we’re getting down to business. Though there’s every chance the casual fan will know little about AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, to wrestling aficionados this is the dream match of all dream matches – especially with the prestige of the WWE Championship behind it. Though WWE hasn’t done the best of jobs explaining the history between the two, which dates back to their time at New Japan Pro-Wrestling, this has the makings to be one of the very best. Nakamura is one of the most charismatic performers in the game, while Styles will go down as one of the best technically gifted wrestlers of all time. Both are adored by the purists and this also has the added brilliance of two of the best ring entrance themes in the company. All going well, this match should be the highlight of the whole damn thing.

Prediction: AJ Styles

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Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H

Anticipation Factor: ★★★★

There’s a chance this one could main event, with the obvious interest being Ronda Rousey’s debut in a WWE ring. The UFC’s biggest ever female star signed with WWE at the start of the year and we’ve yet to see what she’s about in the square ring. The build up to the match actually began 3 years ago when Rousey turned up with The Rock at WrestleMania 31 and subsequently slapped Stephanie McMahon across the chops. WWE have thrown in Triple H and wrestling legend Kurt Angle for some added hype (or maybe protection for Rousey) and it will be fascinating to see how Rousey’s undoubted talent translates into pro wrestling. Let’s hope she’s as good as WWE expect as she has all the ingredients to elevate an already thriving female division to the next level. There’s also rumours The Rock himself could make an appearance.

Prediction: Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle

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John Cena vs. The Undertaker

Anticipation Factor: ★★★

If Roman Reigns was unable to eke out a decent match out of ‘The Deadman’ at last year’s WrestleMania, there doesn’t seem to be too much hope for ‘Big Match’ John. Yes, The Undertaker has a new hip and should look slightly better, but it’s hard to get too invested in another Taker match when he supposedly retired last year only to be coaxed out by a desperate Cena. Having said that, the pairing deserves a match at Mania and expectations are so low, there’s a chance it’ll overachieve. We should say, the storyline has it that The Undertaker hasn’t responded to Cena’s persistent requests for a match, so it’s not actually officially on the card yet. But it will happen. And it’s actually one of the harder contents to predict. But as Cena doesn’t need the win and a loss could also build up nicely to a storyline where he questions whether he’s still ‘got it’ ahead of a likely main event with Reigns next year.

Prediction: The Undertaker

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Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka – SmackDown Women’s Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★★★★

Much like Style vs. Nakamura, this is one for the purists. Asuka is undefeated in her time in WWE (and NXT), a record which stretches back three years. Charlotte Flair, Ric’s daughter, is arguably the best technical wrestler in the women’s division. Hence, this has all the makings of a special match. The storyline is Streak vs. Title after Asuka picked Flair as her opponent having won the first ever female Royal Rumble in January. We think Asuka wins but it should be the start of a rivalry for the ages.

Prediction: Asuka

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Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax – Raw Women’s Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★★

Since joining the main roster from NXT, Nia Jax has only won around 20% of her matches. This should make her being No. 1 contender for the title feel a little odd. But really, it just shows how criminally underused she’s been. She’s got natural charisma and is more than deserving of an opportunity that should have happened months ago. Bliss is one of the best heels WWE has and she’s had a fantastic run as champion. But this is all about Jax.

Prediction: Nia Jax

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Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

Anticipation Factor: ★★★★

If you’re not familiar with the background, Daniel Bryan was the company’s top babyface (good guy) and WWE Champion before a set of concussions forced the WWE to put his career on hold while they carried out some tests. But after two years on the sidelines, Bryan finally got the ‘all clear’ from WWE doctors last month and essentially everyone lost their collective shit. He’s set for his first match back at WrestleMania, partnering Shane McMahon against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. If the latter lose, the storyline goes they’re fired from the company – which means they’ll no doubt win. Being his first match back, Bryan can’t be the guy to go down. So it’ll no doubt be McMahon who screws up or even possibly turns heel, giving us the Bryan-McMahon blow-up that’s been promised for months.

Prediction: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

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The Miz (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor – Intercontinental Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★★★

The Miz is basically the best heel the WWE has and he’s been killing it in the last couple of years. He’s also closing in on Pedro Morales’ record for most days as Intercontinental Champion, but we’re fairly certain he’ll drop the belt here for various reasons: Firstly, he’s due a WWE Championship push and the WWE lacks a true heel in that category; Secondly, Finn Balor badly needs the title way more than The Miz or Seth Rollins, who should also be set for another title push over the next few months. Whoever wins, though, this should be a cracking match with Rollins and Balor two of the better in-ring performers out there and Miz one of the best storytellers around. Just beware of Balor’s new found smile when he enters the ring…

Prediction: Finn Balor

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The Rest

The Usos (c) vs. The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers – SmackDown Tag Team Championships

Anticipation Factor: ★★★
Prediction: The Bludgeon Brothers

The Bar (c) vs. Braun Strowman & TBA – Raw Tag Team Championships

Anticipation Factor: ★★★
Prediction: Braun Strowman & TBA

Randy Orton (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev – United States Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★
Prediction: Rusev

Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali – Cruiserweight Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★★★
Prediction: Mustafa Ali

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Anticipation Factor:
Prediction: Big Cass

Women’s WrestleMania Battle Royal

Anticipation Factor:
Prediction: Becky Lynch

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