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Fantasy booking: creating the dream WrestleMania 35 card

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WrestleMania 35 is just six months away now and, unlike previous years, there is no clear match set for the card or a main event picture.

Roman Reigns' battle with leukaemia has forced the WWE to shuffle their pack and make some changes to the roster. It also puts a potential mega bout with The Rock on ice.

Normally there are rumours that suggest what we're getting in April, but the only one we have right now is the potential clash between Ronda Rousey and Charlotte, a match that seems inevitable sooner or later.

Whether that will be the main event or not remains to be seen, but the WWE needs to start seriously plotting with the Royal Rumble around the corner.

Chances are, they will have Brock Lesnar is another featured spot, but we've decided to create our own WrestleMania 35 card - see if you like it.

Money in the Bank: Elias Vs Bobby Lashley Vs Kurt Angle Vs Jeff Hardy Vs Randy Orton Vs Shinsuke Nakamura

I know this match has it's own pay-per-view now, but this used to be a fantastic way to open WrestleMania, and it should be again.

This is the best way to utilise star power on the card and make sure everyone is highlighted. Kurt Angle would be looking for his last shot at the big time like Ric Flair was back at WrestleMania 22. The rest of the field have natural world title aspirations, but this would be Elias' coming out party. A token Jeff Hardy spot would be well received, too.

MITB

Open Challenge: Finn Balor (c) Vs Adam Cole - Intercontinental title

It's about time Finn Balor got some more gold in WWE. When Seth Rollins drops the strap in his feud with Dean Ambrose, the Demon King should be the man to pick it up after his stellar work in the run-up to WrestleMania 34 went unrewarded. The reason for making this an open challenge is the suspense; fans love to guess who it will be!

While talents like Apollo Crews, Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt (not that feud again!) or Jinder Mahal could fit this spot, calling up Adam Cole and giving him a huge win on his debut would be the perfect scenario. That's how the Undisputed Era could really get off on the right foot on the main roster. It would be a great surprise, too.

Finn Balor

Asuka & Kairi Sane Vs Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler - Raw Women's title & NXT Women's title

This sounds complex, but, essentially, it's a tag match where the challengers, Asuka and Sane, can win either of Rousey's Raw Women's title and Baszler's NXT Women's title. The fact that there are so many variables means every pinfall in the match would have such meaning.

Asuka would have to be presented as a killer in the build-up to this match and she might win the Royal Rumble for the second year in a row. Sane would turn to Asuka when she couldn't defeat Baszler and the Queen of Spades would align with her Four Horsewomen of MMA partner, Rousey. There's no way WWE would have Ronda this low on the card or not have her win, but I'd be tempted to see Asuka win the NXT title from Bazsler and let the Empress of Tomorrow rebuild herself again properly.

Ronda Rousey

AJ Styles Vs Shawn Michaels

This is the most logical dream match for Shawn Michaels if he does indeed have one more in him. After his performance at WWE Crown Jewel, it would seem like he does.

Styles would drop the WWE title to The Miz around Royal Rumble through dirty tactics and once Daniel Bryan wins the Royal Rumble, he is focused to find another challenge. After beating everyone during his reign as WWE champion, he wants to test himself against on the greatest ever. This would undoubtedly be a special match and one where Styles could get a huge, huge win over Mr. WrestleMania.

AJ Styles Vs Shawn Michaels

Samoa Joe Vs Rey Mysterio (c) - United States title

Rey Mysterio shall dethrone Shinsuke Nakamura on the road to WrestleMania and just as he is celebrating his victory, ever the bully, Samoa Joe would lock in the Coquina Clutch during his celebrations and target Mysterio.

Joe would be desperate to land his first piece of gold on the main roster in WWE putting Mysterio in his textbook underdog position is a proven recipe for the WWE. This would be where Joe would finally stand tall on the big stage, making Mysterio pass out because he wouldn't tap out.

Samoa Joe

I Quit: Daniel Bryan Vs The Miz (c) - WWE title

If the WWE doesn't do this matchup at 'Mania, I really don't know what they are playing at. Nothing has really been settled between the two yet and with the Miz in possession of what Daniel Bryan wanted the most from his incredible return to WWE, the stakes would just get higher.

The idea of the I Quit match would be The Miz's desire to finally shut up Bryan, the Yes Movement and everything that comes with up and get the respect he deserves. For Bryan, he could get that huge WrestleMania moment where Miz physically says he gives up and Bryan wins the feud.

Daniel Bryan Vs The Miz

Retirement Match: Batista Vs Triple H

This match sells itself, doesn't it? Triple H tore his pectoral muscle at WWE Crown Jewel and his estimated timetable for recovery could be four-five months. If that's the case, he could return just in time for the Granddaddy of them All in New Jersey.

As Batista told The Game at SmackDown 1000, Triple H has never beaten him and this could be the rematch from WrestleMania 21. Batista has long said he'd like to face Triple H at WrestleMania in his final match, so what better way for the King of Kings to finally get his win back and send off Batista in style?

Batista Vs Triple H

TLC Match: The New Day Vs The Usos Vs The Bar (c) - SD Live Tag Team titles

There hasn't been a TLC tag team match for the titles since 2009 and there hasn't been a TLC match at WrestleMania since 2001. In fact, that was the only TLC match at 'Mania ever so it's time that another three teams build on the legacy that Edge & Christian, The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz left.

The New Day and The Usos, in particular, deserve this spotlight. Their rivalry has been one of the top highlights in WWE in recent years and The Bar - Cesaro and Sheamus - have proven to be two top workers in the business. This has all the hallmarks of a classic and it has enough space between the Money in the Bank match to breath.

Usos & New Day

No DQ, Falls Count Anywhere: Brock Lesnar Vs Drew McIntyre Vs Braun Strowman

In our world, Brock Lesnar is not the Universal champion. Instead, Braun Strowman is looking for revenge from his Crown Jewel humiliation and Drew McIntyre has been targeting Strowman following the demise of the Dogs of War. Strowman would cost Lesnar the Universal title when he defended against Dean Ambrose, too.

Given the disdain that all three men have for each other, they would end up clashing at WrestleMania to settle their differences in a brutal, anything goes match. The carnage that could ensue would be enthralling and, really, anyone of McIntyre or Strowman could go over. The fact that it's falls count anywhere gives the possibility of Strowman doing something crazy and creating one of those WrestleMania moments.

Braun Strowman & Brock Lesnar

Charlotte Flair Vs Becky Lynch Vs Sasha Banks Vs Bayley - SD Live Women's title

The Four Horsewomen finally do battle! There would be a fair bit of maneuvering to be done here to make sure that this could happen given that each brand has two women each. However, with Bayley making a shock turn on Sasha Banks, it would see Lynch and Bayley looking to prove they are the superior competitors and deserved to make history like Charlotte and Banks did.

This inter-promotional match would be for Lynch's title, but the Irish Lass Kicker would retain. After the match, all four women would be looking at each other and then embrace. It would be a feel good moment for the crowd, but the Four Horsewomen of MMA would attack them from behind and leave them laying.

Four Horsewomen

No DQ: Seth Rollins Vs Dean Ambrose (c) - Universal title

The main event to feature two of the hardest working full-timers in the company? Yes please! Since Dean Ambrose turned his back on this Shield brother, this story is the easiest one to tell on the whole card. It would really have to be a DQ match just to allow these two to get to their wild best.

Ambrose claiming the title and beginning a reign of terror would be brilliant to watch, but Rollins' vehement pursuit of him would be just as entertaining. It's a shame we can't have Roman Reigns as the special guest referee to add another layer of drama, but Rollins vying to win his first Universal title should be more than enough. The image of Rollins closing the show hoisting the title, possibly celebrating with Reigns, would be special.

Seth Rollins Vs Dean Ambrose

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