WrestleMania 35 rolls into MetLife Stadium in New Jersey this weekend. WWE’s ‘Showcase of the Immortals’ is basically the Super Bowl of wrestling and will begin at 10.30pm UK time on Sunday 7th April on the WWE Network as well as on Sky Sports Box Office. Casual fans tune into WWE just this once a year, so to get you prepped in time here’s all the matches on the card, everything you need to know about them, and our predictions!

WrestleMania XXXV Preview: Full Match Card & Predictions

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch – Raw Women’s Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★★★★

For the first time ever, a women’s match will headline WrestleMania. And more importantly than that, it will do so on merit. Before Ronda Rousey even joined the WWE, there were predictions of a women’s match ‘main eventing’ WrestleMania, with Rousey tipped to face WWE’s premier female superstar, Charlotte Flair. But what they didn’t quite anticipate was the rise and rise of Becky Lynch. The Irish wrestler has been around the company for years, with many fans feeling she never got the opportunity she deserved. But having rebranded herself as ‘The Man’, Lynch has been the story of the year and is now by far the most popular star the company now has.

A match between Lynch and Rousey has been brewing since November when Lynch had to pull out of a match at Survivor Series due to a real-life injury. She went on to win the Royal Rumble to set up a fight with Rousey at Mania, before Vince McMahon controversially added in Charlotte to mixed reactions. However we got here, it doesn’t really matter. All three are fantastic wrestlers and deserve this. Lynch will win and it will be one of the great WrestleMania moments. Enjoy.

Prediction: Becky Lynch

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Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins – Universal Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★★★

Despite barely showing up, Brock Lesnar is still WWE Universal Champion. And after winning the Royal Rumble, Seth Rollins will try and do what WWE never seem to do when it comes to Lesnar; let David get the upper over Goliath. The build-up has all been about the pay-check player (Lesnar) vs. the passionate player (Rollins) and expect that to be the storyline of the match too.

This one is actually really difficult to call. In theory, the smart money should be on Rollins – mainly as this is WrestleMania and babyfaces on a journey usually have their moment. But this has happened before with Lesnar, even in the last year where he beat Daniel Bryan at Survivor Series and a much-deserving Braun Strowman on numerous occasions. We’re going for Rollins, just.

Prediction: Seth Rollins

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Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi Kingston – WWE Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★★★★

The match we never knew we wanted fell into the WWE’s lap in February when journeyman Kofi Kingston was put into a run-of-the-mill Gaunlet Match on SmackDown Live. Kofi fell short but the crowd were behind him in such a way few superstars in the industry will have experienced. The same thing then happened at the Elimination Chamber just days later and here we are. Kofi Kingston is in a WWE title match at WrestleMania.

Like all good WWE storylines, there’s an element of truth behind the build-up to this match. Daniel Bryan is playing the virtuous, smug vegan bastard perfectly (he’s vegan IRL), while Kofi has been playing on his lack of opportunities. Giving Kofi a title belt would be a huge risk for WWE, even if it’s what everyone thinks they want. Another tough one to call but we’re going Daniel Bryan.

Prediction: Daniel Bryan

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Triple H vs. Batista – No Holds Barred Match

Anticipation Factor: ★★★

While The Rock is obvious WWE’s biggest Hollywood success story, no wrestler-turned-actor has featured in more box office smashes with such critical acclaim than Dave Batista. But the star of Spectre, Guardians of the Galaxy and Blade Runner is heading back to his roots this weekend when he fights Triple H in a No Holds Barred Match where anything goes.

The last time Batista was seen competing in the ring was just after WrestleMania XXX when he walked out on Triple H and the Evolution faction. Now at WrestleMania XXXV, Trips wants his revenge it what is likely to be The Animal’s last match. It doesn’t really matter who wins this, it’ll just be great to see two of the industries genuine pros at it one last time.

Prediction: Triple H

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Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre

Anticipation Factor: ★★★

Up until now, Roman Reigns has controversially headlined WrestleManias four years in a row, fighting for the title in three and facing The Undertaker in the other. But given his much published fight against leukaemia, we’re fairly certain he’ll be more than happy down the card this year.

He’ll be facing Drew McIntyre, a Scottish giant who has been clumping The Shield (Reigns’ faction with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose) for a few months now and a match against Reigns seems to be the culmination. Reigns is WWE’s golden boy and you should never bet against him at one of company’s biggest PPVs. But we can’t help but knock a sneaky suspicion Dean Ambrose may turn on his long-term pal here…

Prediction: Drew McIntyre

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The Miz vs. Shane McMahon – Falls Count Anywhere

Anticipation Factor: ★★★

The Miz has been WWE’s best heel over the last 4/5 years. But having recently partnered with fan favourite Shane McMahon, we’ve been seeing a much warmer side to the Hollywood A-lister. However, that aforementioned relationship unsurprisingly ran its course.

But rather than The Miz turning on Shane-O-Mac as one would expect, the real-life boss’s son turned the tables and attacked his partner after they failed to win the Tag Team titles last month. Falls Count Anywhere here and with Shane having a reputation for jumping off the highest thing in any building he competes in, expect some damage.

Prediction: The Miz

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Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin – Retirement Match

Anticipation Factor: ★★

When this match was confirmed on a couple of weeks ago, it’s fair to say that the WWE Universe were somewhat underwhelmed. Yes, there’s a solid storyline behind the match going back almost a year, but most would probably agree that someone of Kurt Angle’s statue deserves a better or more interesting opponents for his retirement match than Baron Corbin.

So while it does look like the match is definitely going ahead, we’re wishfully holding out for Angle to dispatch of Corbin quickly and easily before a certain John Cena (who still doesn’t have a match on the card) comes out and five knuckles shuffles the crowd a WrestleMania moment…

Prediction: Kurt Angle (then John Cena)

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The Rest

The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection (Sasha Banks and Bayley) vs. Nia Jax & Tamina vs. The IIconics (Peyton Royce and Billie Kay) vs. Natalya and Beth Phoenix – Women’s Tag Team Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★
Prediction: Nia Jax & Tamina

Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Finn Balor – Intercontinental Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★
Prediction: Bobby Lashley

Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio – United States Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★★
Prediction: Samoa Joe

AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton

Anticipation Factor: ★★★
Prediction: AJ Styles

Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Tony Nese – Cruiserweight Championship

Anticipation Factor: ★★★
Prediction: Tony Nese

André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Anticipation Factor:
Prediction: Braun Strowman

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WrestleMania XXXV starts on Sunday 7th April 2019 at 10.30pm UK time. Let us know what you’re looking forward to most in the comments below!

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