Brock Lesnar dethroned, John Cena reclaims title and Sting proves a WWE spectacle – Wrestlemania 31 predictions

Powered by automated translation

The National's Graham Cagyill will be on the scene in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, March 29 for Wrestlemania 31. Below he offers his thoughts on how he expects WWE's grandest show to play out:

Roman Reigns to defeat Brock Lesnar and win the WWE world heavyweight title

A hard one to call. Lesnar announced this week he is staying with the company after ending speculation he might return to UFC. But this is Reigns’s night. The Royal Rumble winner has momentum on his side, and expect him to cause one of the major upsets in WrestleMania history by ending Lesnar’s near-eight-month reign as WWE world heavyweight champion.

Sting to defeat Triple H

Given that Sting is 56 do not expect an athletic showdown between two of the biggest names in sports entertainment. This is Sting’s first match in a WWE ring after a 30-year career and for that reason alone expect him to win this grudge match with Triple H. It should be one of the spectacles of the evening, even if it is not for the in-ring wrestling.

John Cena to beat Rusev to win the WWE United States title

Cena is out for revenge after being beaten, in questionable fashion, at Fastlane in February, and the 15-time WWE world champion will achieve it in San Jose, winning the United States title for the first time since 2004 and handing Rusev his first defeat in the WWE.

The Undertaker to defeat Bray Wyatt

The Undertaker’s winning streak at WrestleMania had become almost as important as the event itself, but at 21-0 it all came to an end in New Orleans last year when he was beaten by Brock Lesnar. The Undertaker has not been seen since, but he returns to take on Bray Wyatt. Despite Wyatt being younger and coming off a string of fine results, most notably beating Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose, it will be the Undertaker standing tall come the end.

Daniel Bryan to win the WWE intercontinental title in a seven-man ladder match

This is likely to be the most entertaining match on the card as the likes of Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan go for Bad New Barrett’s Intercontinental title, which is on the line. It is not a repeat of winning the WWE world heavyweight title, like he did 12 months ago, but expect the crowd to be given a feel-good moment as Bryan wins the intercontinental belt for the first time in his career.

Seth Rollins to beat Randy Orton

Rollins could be a factor in the main event as he still has the Money in the Bank briefcase, which entitles him to a WWE world heavyweight title shot at any time of his choosing. But he goes up against former Authority stablemate Orton, who has had the upper hand in the build-up. Rollins needs the win to restore his credibility after a number of high-profile losses, and he should get it here.

Damien Mizdow to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

The main narrative among the superstars taking part in this over-the-top-rope, battle-royal-style match, where up to 20 men will start the match, with the winner being the last man in the ring, is the growing dissent between The Miz and his assistant Damien Mizdow. Mizdow will stand on his own, throwing Miz over the top rope on his way to clinching what could be a career defining win.

AJ Lee and Paige to beat The Bella twins

A grudge match with AJ Lee having returned to pair up with her past nemesis Paige in an attempt to stand up to the Bella twins in this tag-team match. Nikki Bella’s WWE Divas title is not on the line here, and it is a good thing for her as expect AJ Lee and Paige to come through to triumph.

Follow us on Twitter @NatSportUAE