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10 Match Predictions For WWE WrestleMania 35

Taking a look at some potential dream matches for MetLife Stadium...

WrestleMania 34 will likely be remembered as a mixed show. The wrestling itself was largely praised, with people enjoying Asuka vs. Charlotte, the Intercontinental triple threat, and of course, the surprisingly amazing mixed tag - an enormous performance from Ronda Rousey.

There were also 'Mania moments aplenty, from Undertaker mercilessly squashing John Cena in about two minutes, to Daniel Bryan making his triumphant return to in-ring competition.

However, this is a fast-moving world, and just as quickly as WrestleMania 34 entered the history books, the wrestling world's attention switched to next year's show at MetLife Stadium.

It's obviously far too early for anything to have been confirmed, but rumours and speculation have already cropped up online concerning the potential marquee matches.

I'm going to take a look ahead at 10 potential matches that could feature on next year's Grandest Stage Of Them All - featuring brand new feuds, intense rematches, NXT call-ups, and all that good stuff. You may notice that Brock Lesnar isn't present; with reports of a bust-up with Vince McMahon, despite having signed a new contract with WWE who knows where he'll be in 12 months time.

But without further ado, let's take a look at 10 possible matches for WrestleMania 35...

10. Daniel Bryan Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura - WWE Championship


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Now that Daniel Bryan is a full-time member of the active roster once again, a whole host of dream opponents have been thrown up: Lesnar, Rollins, Balor, The Miz, and so on. He wrestled AJ Styles on this week's SmackDown, although that match was tarnished by a screwy finish.

The culprit? Shinsuke Nakamura. Hopefully given a new lease of life by his WrestleMania heel turn, Nakamura would be the ideal opponent for Bryan next year. Both are hard-hitting, technically proficient wrestlers, and now that a clear babyface/heel dynamic has been established, this match would surely enjoy an added dose of intensity.

As a bonus, I'd perhaps make this match a title bout for the WWE Championship - which Nakamura hopefully wins at some point over the course of his descent into heel brutality.

Winner: Daniel Bryan. This one's a bit of a no-brainer as long as Nakamura's heel run has been a successful one in the meantime. Bryan winning the title would complete his incredible return to the ring, and give the whole wrestling world a feel-good moment for the ages.


9. Roman Reigns Vs. Seth Rollins Vs. Dean Ambrose - Universal Championship


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At Battleground 2016, we finally got the match we'd all been waiting for - and it was a pretty big letdown.

Ever since the breakup of The Shield (and possibly before it) fans were waiting for a Triple Threat between the three members. Unfortunately, when the match finally came, it was overshadowed by a storyline involving the impending brand split and the destination of the WWE Championship.

Hopefully, given a second chance, WWE and the Shield boys could get it right. Dean Ambrose is currently on the shelf, and if he were to come back as a psychotic heel, a three-way feud between good guy, bad guy, and the aloof tweener (Reigns) would be very interesting indeed.

Winner: Seth Rollins. Ambrose won the last encounter, and would ideally carry the Universal Championship into this bout, having mercilessly screwed Reigns out of it at a prior pay per view. Seth could then be rewarded for all his hard work over the past couple of years with a huge victory over the men he once betrayed.

8. Sasha Banks Vs. Bayley - No DQ


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Alright, alright. I know that high profile Sasha vs. Bayley matches have been done twice before - but their current fallout seems to be building to something else. I'm actually hoping that it gets delayed for a while, and that one or the other is taken to SmackDown by the impending Superstar Shakeup.

If that proves to be the case, I hope they meet again with enough time to build to a third bout at WrestleMania. With their first encounter being a singles match and the second having an Iron Man stipulation, I'd be tempted to maybe give the third something as well - perhaps no DQ?

Winner: Sasha Banks. Bayley won their two NXT clashes in very dramatic fashion, providing us with some of the greatest women's matches of all time. Now it's time for Banks to gain a measure of revenge, toppling her friend/nemesis on the grandest stage of them all.

7. Kevin Owens Vs. Sami Zayn


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Another rematch - this one is a bout that has played out countless times before in countless different promotions.

The story of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn is a layered and wonderful one, and even though both are currently on the heel side of things, another break-up is constantly bubbling beneath the surface.

People may be sick of Owens vs. Zayn, and I understand that. The pair have been tied to one another since KO made his NXT debut and WWE have often alluded to their long history on the Independent scene.

However, WrestleMania matches are special. Yes, the pair may have faced one another on this week's Raw, but you know that both would ramp things up for WrestleMania. I'm not sure if I prefer the idea of Zayn turning face again, or this simply being the story of two bitter bastards punching each other in the face.

Winner: Kevin Owens. Both men have notable victories over one another, and in a way, it doesn't really matter who wins here. The pair have unbelievable chemistry regardless of the outcome, but if pushed, I'd give the win to KO (just because I feel as though the rest of this list has a slight babyface slant, and I want to balance that out).


6. Asuka Vs. Becky Lynch - SmackDown Women's Championship


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Becky Lynch is probably the least-heralded of all Four Horsewomen and deserves a marquee 'Mania singles match for her dedication and infectious enthusiasm since appearing on WWE's main roster.

This bout would be a nice sequel to Asuka's WrestleMania debut against Charlotte Flair, but her surprise loss in New Orleans makes things a little bit trickier here. Would Becky benefit from a big win on the Grandest Stage Of Them All, or would a second consecutive loss damage Asuka too much?

Beyond the question of who would win the match, I think the important thing to note here is that it would be fantastic. I'm already imagining slick submission sequences, record amounts of babyface fire, and Becky garnering incredible amounts of sympathy while getting kicked all over the ring.

Winner: Against my instinct, I'm going to go with Becky Lynch. Asuka's loss to Charlotte means that she should probably be given a WrestleMania win at the next possible opportunity, but Becky's moment in the sun is long overdue, and I feel as though that would take precedence here.

5. Triple H Vs. Braun Strowman


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Remember when Braun Strowman scared the life out of Triple H at the end of Survivor Series 2017? That was exciting, wasn't it? The match itself may not have been brilliant, but seeing a newer Superstar put the fear of God into The Game was a unique turn of events.

Nothing came of it, and I'm confused about that. Maybe WWE are saving an eventual match for WrestleMania.

Now honestly, I think this would be brilliant. As this year's Triple H 'Mania match proved, he's at his best when being shown up by an ass-kicker of a babyface. I'm now imagining Strowman chasing Hunter around the ringside area, hurling chairs, announce tables, timekeepers, and so on. Tell me you wouldn't want to see that.

Winner: Braun Strowman, obviously. But Triple H would have to win the following year, if he decided to compete at WrestleMania 36 - otherwise, his losses would start to become too predictable.

4. AJ Styles Vs. Andrade 'Cien' Almas


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I absolutely cannot wait for Andrade 'Cien' Almas to show up on the main roster. Sure, there's the risk that he won't catch on quite as well as he did in NXT - he's already changed the opinions of an unenthusiastic crowd once (thanks partly to the help of the excellent Zelina Vega).

Every good WrestleMania needs a work rate match, and this would certainly be it. AJ Styles may well be the best wrestler in the world, and Almas isn't too far off that level at all - as recent NXT encounters with Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black have proven.

This bout would simply be a case of letting Styles and Almas go to work, and possibly throw in a little Zelina interference to spice things up (imagine AJ reversing her Hurricanrana into a Styles Clash - or at least an attempted Styles Clash).

Winner: Andrade 'Cien' Almas. I don't want to suggest that AJ is approaching the end of his career, as his in-ring ability hasn't diminished at all. However, Almas is about a decade younger than Styles and would benefit from a big WrestleMania victory far more.


3. Johnny Gargano Vs. Tomasso Ciampa - Ladder Match


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Yes, I know. Another rematch. However, if managed properly, this bout could be the most highly-anticipated of all. Once Gargano gets called up from NXT - hopefully soon - I'd keep him separated from Ciampa until the beginning of 2019. Then, with Johnny looking for a WrestleMania opponent, his worst nightmare comes back once more.

This match quite clearly needs a stipulation. The pair have already wrestled in unsanctioned action at TakeOver: New Orleans, but I'd quite like to see what would happen with a ladder in the mix. For this, let's assume that Gargano has won the Intercontinental Championship.

Winner: Johnny Gargano. I really enjoyed Johnny's unlikely victory at TakeOver, not just because it was surprisingly classic storytelling to wrap up a feud that was anything other than ordinary - but also because it shows that Gargano always has Ciampa's number. Johnny bested him in the Cruiserweight Classic and did so again in New Orleans. Three in a row might seem excessive to some, but I think that each loss for Ciampa just adds to the tension.

2. John Cena Vs. The Undertaker


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The biggest shock of this year's WrestleMania - apart from maybe Asuka's loss, or the fact that Ronda Rousey was actually very good - was Cena's incredibly quick loss to The Undertaker.

The internet is already rife with theories of a rematch at next year's 'Mania, so I'm going to throw it in here. It's a very mouthwatering prospect in fairness, although I'm not sure quite how well Undertaker would fare in a longer contest.

Clearly, if this rumoured match does turn out to be true, it will likely see Cena get his win back - and would potentially even lead to the retirement of The Deadman. However, many are baying for that long-awaited Cena heel turn to also occur - and that's a step I sadly can't see WWE taking (as thrilling as it would be).

Winner: John Cena - preferably with a heel turn, but probably in a straightforward fashion.

1. Ronda Rousey Vs. Charlotte Flair - Raw Women's Championship


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Well, here we are. Charlotte is coming off a monumental victory over Asuka, while Ronda Rousey surpassed the world's collective expectations in her professional wrestling debut.

Already, this has been touted as the likely main event of WrestleMania 35 - the first time two women will have ever headlined the Grandaddy Of Them All (if it turns out to actually be true, of course).

This should absolutely be for a title, and I can see Charlotte switching over to Raw by the time next year's 'Mania rolls around.

Winner: It depends how far Ronda has developed. If she's looking every inch the world-beating pro wrestling megastar, I can totally understand why WWE would put her over. However, I feel as though there's more value in a Charlotte victory - especially if Vince is keen to push Sports Entertainment as superior to MMA.

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