I think WrestleMania 33 in Orlando is going to be a phenomenal event. There really is nothing quite like WrestleMania…the energy, the excitement, the drama, and incredible wrestling. With what has been happening on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, I think we are starting to see the general direction of where things are heading in terms of the card.
I think we’ll see Goldberg defeat Kevin Owens at the Fastlane PPV and go into WrestleMania as the WWE Universal Champion. I predict that Brock Lesnar will then defeat Goldberg for the belt. I think we’ll see Jericho versus Kevin Owens with a Jericho win at WrestleMania.
I have to go with The Undertaker over Roman Reigns, but I think this will be a really great match and perhaps the best match at WrestleMania 33.
It sort of looks like we may see Bray Wyatt versus Luke Harper for the WWE Championship, but we could end up with Cena and AJ Styles in the mix somehow. I’m not too enthusiastic about that scenario, but it’s possible. I’ll go with the Eater of Worlds Bray Wyatt for the win regardless of who he faces, and that will also be a damn good match. I don’t know where any of this leaves Randy Orton.
For the Raw Women’s Championship, I would really like to see Sasha Banks reclaim the belt, but I’m not sure that will happen. I’m not a fan of Charlotte, but I suspect that she’ll somehow be involved in the match.
It’s not apparent at this point if Triple H is going to be involved in any way. The logical match was Seth Rollins versus Triple H, but it appears that Rollins is injured once again. I will put emphasis on the term “appears.”
Then we have a whole bunch of talent that is just sort of drifting along with no apparent roles to fill…Dean Ambrose, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Braun Strowman, Sheamus and Cesaro. I suspect they may get put on the card, but the matches aren’t apparent at this point.
I’m actually liking SmackDown Live a bit more than Monday Night Raw at the moment. I’m not a fan of the cruiserweight division at this point, and it seems Raw is spending a disproportionate amount of time on these matches. I don’t like that the announcers aren’t ringside anymore on Raw. I think it takes something away from the show. There also seems to be a lot more talking and recapping of prior matches on Raw. And I certainly don’t care much for Kevin Owens…he can’t wrestle, he can’t talk and he has absolutely no stage presence or charisma. Yet, Raw has made him their posterboy. Big mistake in my opinion. When he comes on, I go get a drink or something. I have no interest in his same old rhetoric. As far as I’m concerned, WWE can ship him back to Quebec. In all, Raw’s matches are of less quality, the talent seems lower quality in general, and the show less desirable at this point. Having said that, I still watch it. I think SmackDown Live is doing great. They have the better talent, and the matches seem better as a result of the better talent. I think Raw will eventually come around, but it may take Vince McMahon to sort things out.
Sasha Banks—Sasha Banks is by far my favorite up-and-coming diva in the NXT women’s division. I love her attitude! She definitely has the persona, the attitude, and the wrestling skills to be on RAW. Hopefully, Triple H will soon figure out that the BO$$ is best for business! Until she is on RAW, watching NXT on WWE Network is the only way I get to see Sasha Banks’ in-ring action. Sadly, I’ve never actually met Sasha at any of the events I’ve attended. Perhaps someday…
NXT—This is probably my favorite program on the WWE Network. I’ve been attending NXT events, and its forerunner Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), for years (though my schedule hasn’t permitted me to attend recently). NXT provides the opportunity to see some up-and-coming talent. These are the young men and women who are working hard trying to break into the business. They’re the ones performing in the armories and gymnasiums off the beaten paths to small audiences as they work their way up the ladder and perfect their wrestling skills and talents. This is where the talent starts, and I’ve had the opportunity to see in person a lot of great matches and superstars who are now on RAW and SmackDown—Damien Sandow, Xavier Woods, the Wyatt Family. Sure, it’s not RAW or SmackDown, but NXT never fails to provide good wrestling entertainment.