WWE WrestleMania XXXI: Predicted card

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WrestleMania is presented as the grand daddy of the them all and the showcase of the immortals, so basically its a pretty big deal in the WWE calendar. In fact, it's the biggest event of the year.

The road to WrestleMania has begun and not on the best note after fans in Philadelphia voiced their opinion on Roman Reigns winning the 30-man over-the-top-rope battle royal in no uncertain terms. Reigns got booed out of the building and even the Rock could not save him from the crowd.

However, as WWE knows, their fans keep coming back regardless of what Vince McMahon's product presents to them.

This year's WrestleMania will take place in Santa Clara, California and the WWE officials have bought themselves enough time to reveal the right card.

Here is how the card appears to be looking and what we think would be a great event:

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NXT World Title Ladder match

HHH has been credited with doing a fine job making NXT what it is and rightfully so. The future of WWE is looking very bright and as a reward for all their hard work, it has been rumored that the NXT stars will face off in a money-in-the-bank style ladder match for the NXT title on the biggest card of the year. Expect the likes of Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Tyler Breeze and Kevin Owens to be highlighted. This is a great idea and a ladder match to open the show will not only get the crowd hot, but will shine the talented NXT bunch in the best light possible.

Goldust vs Stardust

This match has been years in the making and I can only hope that Cody Rhodes promising career was halted by the introduction of the Stardust character with a bigger plan in place. It would be great to see Goldust tell his younger brother to snap out of the deranged alter ego and capitalise on his undoubted talent to fulfil his potential. Cody could easily be world champ in a few years.

WWE Diva's Title match - Paige vs Nikki Bella vs AJ Lee vs Natalya

The WWE spend such little time on the Diva division it is actually difficult writing anything about this match to hype it up. If AJ Lee returns in time she will add a necessary edge to this match, by far the most over diva on the roster at the moment. I would love to see Paige get the win but maybe thats just an Englishman speaking.

4 way Tag Team Title match

There have been rumours that the Usos will drop the titles to Tyson Kidd and Cesaro in the near future, backed up by a non-title win on Raw last week. While the Usos will be owed a rematch I would be surprised if WWE did not use the tag title's as a way of getting more talent on the card. This would bring newcomers the Ascension and the New Day team to be brought into the equation also. This would be a good way to showcase the tag teams in an exciting light and make people care about the division again.

Intercontinental Title match - Bad News Barrett vs Dean Ambrose 

Dean Ambrose has been the unfortunate member of the brilliant Shield stable to be left to linger in mid-card obscurity; lets face it, it was bound to happen to one of them. Despite this, Ambrose was the member with the most charisma so he can definitely make this work. Bad News Barrett is unlucky in the way in which injury halted his most promising run earlier in the year, at a time where he was really getting over with the WWE Universe. His new BNZ gimmick (inspired by TMZ news) is interesting and this match could surprise people on March 29.

Dolph Ziggler & Ryback vs Kane & Big Show

Unfortunately for Dolph and Ryback they will be stuck in a match with two of WWE's most unexciting performers at the moment in quite a juxtaposition of a match. Ziggler has once again received a stop-start push which reached its pinnacle when he was the sole survivor at Survivor Series to win the match for Team Cena (albeit with the help of Sting) and end the reign of Team Authority. Ryback has returned with some momentum but this predictable match cannot really do much for his career moving forward. This will unfortunately be a match to go for a toilet break.

US Title match - John Cena vs Rusev

This rivalry has started already and do not be surprised to see Cena end Rusev's unbeaten streak in WWE at Fastlane to further fuel this feud. If Rusev does not go over John Cena at WrestleMania consider this match a complete waste of time as it would do nothing for Cena and Rusev would gain hugely with a win.

Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins

While Randy Orton has been off TV since his power struggle with Seth Rollins, vying for the full attention as centrepiece of the Authority, Rollins has excelled. Mr Money-in-the-Bank may have surprised some by arguably being the best break out star of the Shield, he was clearly the best all-rounder of the group from the start.

Rollins has gone onto steal the show at every pay per view since and really shone in the triple threat World Title match at Royal Rumble with Brock Lesnar and John Cena. His hunger is clear for everyone to see so I would imagine this would inspire Orton and encourage the Viper to bring his A-game. This match could really steal the show.

Undertaker vs Bray Wyatt

Although the Undertaker lost his unbeaten streak against the Beast Brock Lesnar, he has in no way lost any allure and the Phenom is still a draw regardless. Bray Wyatt has delivered several cryptic promos which surely reference Undertaker and a match at Wrestlemania.

This is by far one of the most exciting matches, if it indeed goes down. Bray's character is by far the most interesting in WWE today and what better way to enhance that by having a programme with the best WWE character ever. Although Taker lost his streak last year, I feel that he would not be hurt any further with another loss, this time to the younger Wyatt.

Sting vs HHH

Sting competing in a WWE ring is something old-school fans have been waiting a long time to see and this is finally looking like its going to happen at Wrestlemania; the only worthy venue for such an occurrence. Although some purists would love to see Sting vs Undertaker, it makes a degree of sense for Sting, the embodiment of WCW to face off against Triple H, the COO of WWE.

The build to this match has been simple yet extremely effective. We have not seen much of Sting but that is exactly what has made this work; he remains a special attraction. I would be horrified if HHH gets the victory in this match, it would confirm the rumours of his obsession in burying WCW talents (remember Goldberg?). Although he has redeemed his reputation with his work in NXT, I will be watching this match nervously hoping for Sting to get the Wrestlemania moment he deserves.

WWE World Title match - Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns vs Daniel Bryan

The journey to this likely main event has been an unusual one. Roman Reigns won the Royal Rumble in possibly the least controversial fashion in recent memory, yet HHH addressed the controversy the next week on Raw.

The controversy, of course, came from a ruckus Philadelphia crowd who disagreed with the decision to eliminate Daniel Bryan from the match so early and expressed their opinion that Reigns was being forced down the audiences throat. This led to a match to take place at Fastlane between Bryan and Reigns who will determine who will go on to face Brock.

I expect a non-finish at Fastlane, maybe Lesnar destroying both men to set up a triple threat. It is heavily rumoured that Bryan will be included in the match to appease the WWE fans, especially as Reigns is still expected to claim his first WWE title. To be fair to him, the crowds responses to Reigns have been positive since the debacle at the Rumble but I feel there can only be one way to send this event over the top.

The brilliant Paul Heyman turns on Brock Lesnar siding with Reigns and taking control of his weak promos in the process. This sets Reigns up for a huge heel run and Heyman has shown time and time again he turns the right people into stars.

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