Roundtable: Predicting The WrestleMania 37 Card

With WrestleMania being six weeks away, we asked our team to get their crystal balls out and predict their WrestleMania cards. What matches would you include?

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WrestleMania is now little over six weeks away and the card is starting to take shape. Last Sunday, Roman Reigns vs. Edge for the Universal Championship became the first match confirmed for the event with Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair also set in stone following this week’s SmackDown.

We asked our Hooked On Wrestling team to get out their crystal balls and predict what matches we would see on the card.

Clearly some matches are looking likely already but some are very much up in the air.

We asked our team to put together a card of no more than 13 matches (Including Reigns vs. Edge and Banks vs. Belair) and obviously using each guy only once unless it was for a very specific reason (Like Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 30).

Below is what they came up with. We would love to see your own predicted cards. Why not share them with us on Twitter at @HO_Wrestling.

Paul Benson

  • Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge
  • WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Rhea Ripley
  • Damian Priest & Bad Bunny vs. The Miz & John Morrison
  • Firefly Funhouse Match: Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
  • Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon
  • NXT Championship: Finn Balor (c) vs. Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly
  • Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Big E (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Apollo Crews
  • SmackDown Tag Team Title Match: The Dirty Doggs (c) vs. The Usos vs. The Mysterios vs. The Street Profits
  • US Championship: Riddle (c) vs. Keith Lee vs. AJ Styles
  • Women’s Tag Team Championship: Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez vs. Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair

Cameron Bennett

  • Universal Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Edge
  • WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley
  • Raw Women’s Championship Asuka vs. Charlotte
  • Smackdown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Bel Air
  • Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The Dirty Doggs vs. The Street Profits vs. Alpha Academy vs. The Mysterios
  • United States Championship Ladder Match: Riddle vs. Keith Lee vs. Mustafa Ali vs. Ricochet vs. AJ Styles vs. Elias
  • Intercontinental Championship: Big E vs. Apollo Crews vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Firefly Funhouse Match: Randy Orton vs. The Fiend
  • Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro
  • Women’s Tag Team Championship: Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax vs. Raquel Gonzales & Dakota Kai
  • Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
  • Miz & Morrison vs. Damien Priest & Bad Bunny



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Joshua Chapman

UNIVERSIAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge

A new era of Rated R begins on the grandest stage, hopefully since the title he never lost was big and gold we might see a comeback for the most iconic championship belt of them all around the waist of Edge.

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre

As someone who is a massive fan of The Miz, I am stoked he FINALLY has his second reign as a World champion, just a shame he won’t get a chance to shine in the main event of WrestleMania.

However, you can’t take away the fact that Drew deserves his big moment on the big stage after carrying the company throughout the pandemic and winning the most physical battles against the Chief Hurt Officer is that moment.

FIREFLY FUN HOUSE MATCH: The Fiend vs. Randy Orton

The only fitting ending in my opinion to this rivalry is a Fiend victory in the second Firefly Fun House match. 

But, imagine what a journey it would be to have both Bray and Alexa take us through the career and differing versions of Randy as we got to experience with John Cena at Mania last year en route to that victory?

SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Sasha Banks (c) v Bianca Belair vs. Carmella

First things first, I am the founder of the Reginald fan club. What a bloke. He is just out here living his best life, drinking fine wines and champagne, and shooting his shot at the women he wants the most.

Now here me out, Reggie might want Sasha but that could also work Carmella back into the title picture for a killer triple threat match. We all know Bianca is going to win, but Carmella is putting in her best work yet for my money and would be a welcome third wheel to this match to take the fall and get the title onto Bianca without hurting Sasha’s ever growing momentum.

NXT CHAMPIONSHIP: Finn Balor (c) vs. Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly

It has been reported that Vinny Mac wants the NXT title on this year Mania’s card, and the hottest storyline in the company right now is the way to give the boss what he wants, pal.

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For me, it would be both the perfect and biggest stage for Kyle to overcome both his rivals and reach the top of the black and gold mountain. It also would allow Adam Cole to shine in the brightest of lights, and say goodbye to both the Era and NXT, before a call-up to either Raw or SmackDown.

Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison

As I may have mentioned earlier, The Miz should be in the WWE Championship match. 

Instead, he will be jobbing to Bad Bunny which is all kind of wrong regardless of the new eyes and merchandise sales he is bringing with him. 

The only person who looks good from all of this when it comes to an end? Damian Priest.

Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro

Cesaro is currently the hottest property on the main roster and as shown with his various storylines throughout 2020, ‘The Messiah’ does not lose momentum or hurt from defeat and this makes him the perfect superstar to help Cesaro go over before a hopeful megapush into the world title picture for the Swiss Superman. 

INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews

This is one of the few storylines outside of NXT that I currently find myself invested in, and I think it has the potential to hide amongst the mid-card before stealing the show at WrestleMania going off what they have given us in and out of the ring so far.

I would expect Big E to go over Apollo once again, but the potential of a live performance from Wale for Big E’s entrance would be something special. 

Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon

The demand came from Braun that Shane O’Mac “made things right” for leaving him out of the Chamber last weekend and there is some history between the two lingering from their inter-promotional clashes of past years at the Survivor Series.

With Adam Pearce in no rush to have one more match, the long running frustration towards WWE management will send him into a Mania showdown with the money. This will also provide a much-needed victory that will put the Strowman Express back on track after what had been a great 2020 until Summerslam.

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RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Rhea Ripley 

I had originally put this match down as a four way that saw Charlotte win the title from Asuka by defeating the Empress, Nia Jax, and Shayna Baszler, given how poor Asuka’s ongoing 9-month reign has been booked. (For the record it has not been good shit, pal)

Thankfully, the debut promo of Rhea during Raw on Monday completely changed my mindset and hopefully with no threat of visa issues caused by Covid-19 hanging over like last year, we can right the wrongs of the PC Mania.

A transitional reign for The Queen is the way forward now to allow Ripley to have that moment she was forced to surrender 12 months ago and with a little luck, completely change the direction of the otherwise stale Raw women’s division for the better.

US CHAMPIONSHIP: Riddle (c) vs. Keith Lee

These two have never had a bad match against each other, whether that be on the independent scene (YouTube them, thank me later) and especially last month on Raw. 

Keith Lee still has a US title opportunity in the bank after missing out through injury at the Chamber, and putting this match on the main card at Mania would not only deliver some more great-ring action both in terms of mat wrestling and high flying action, it is also a great chance to spotlight two of the fastest growing stars on Monday nights. 

Kevin Owens vs. Jey Uso

My last selection on this card is KO and Main Event Jey Uso, and there is good reason for it.

Now, you’re expecting me to say that good reason is to bring a final chapter to this long-term booking of Jey costing Owens the Universal Championship at every given opportunity and this being the chance for Owens to extract his revenge without the threat of Roman hanging over his head, but you would be wrong…

… I JUST WANT TO SEE KEVIN JUMP OFF THAT PIRATE SHIP! This match could also be the perfect opportunity to work Jimmy back onto television now he is reportedly medically cleared to return to in-ring action.

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