Roundtable: WrestleMania 37 Preview – Night Two

The Hooked On Wrestling team is back on preview duty with our preview of the second and final night of WWE WrestleMania 37.

WM37 WrestleMania 37 - Daniel Bryan vs Roman Reigns vs Edge

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WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan

WM37 Roman Reigns Daniel Bryan Edge
Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: With all three of these guys marking triumphant comebacks when their careers looked extinct, you could be forgiven for thinking this match had a whiff of Jurassic Park. But far from fossils, these three performers have proved over the last few weeks that they remain absolutely suited to a match of this magnitude. For Daniel Bryan, this marks the high point since his dramatic comeback from injury enforced retirement three years ago. He is back in the main event of WrestleMania and it is completely deserved. Another recent returnee from enforced retirement, Edge is back in the ‘Mania main event for the first time in 13 years. Maybe the more remarkable comeback of all is Roman Reigns. Having overcome a battle with leukaemia that threatened not just his career but his life, he was pulled from his match with Goldberg at last year’s event as he elected to shield at home for the well-being of himself and his family. When he returned at SummerSlam he did so as a performer reborn. No longer was he a loathed babyface. He morphed into the most effective WWE heel in a generation. The change has been staggering and for the first time ever, his position as a ‘Mania main eventer is celebrated by fans rather than bemoaned. This match has been built incredibly well and it’s very hard to pick a winner. All three can make a case. I have a sneaky feeling Bryan has been inserted mainly to give us a brilliant moment to end WrestleMania with on a super positive note. After the year we have all had, we all need a bloody good YES chant, don’t we?

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Marc Hemingway: If it was Roman Reigns in a one on one match I’d choose him over either of the other two. This being a Triple Threat however, there’s a decent chance he won’t be involved in the decision at the end. I can see Edge winning the title having pinned Bryan and then carrying on the Reigns feud. I also think we’ll see Reigns tap again to Bryan (but, of course, the referee won’t). Edge to become new Universal champion.

Winner: Edge

Ash Rose: I love the storyline thread between the three of their careers almost being cut short, I love the WrestleMania XXX aspect to Daniel Bryan’s involvement and I love how they’ve created this match through very good storytelling since The Royal Rumble. All three men have been on top of their game and I really hope the match delivers as much as the build has promised. As for a winner, I can’t get away from the image of Daniel Bryan closing WrestleMania weekend surrounded by actual fans doing ‘YES’ chants and him holding The Universal Title. Goosebumps.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Gary Tait: I won’t lie, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Bryan being added to this match. With that said, the story of three of the company’s biggest stars, each having their own comeback stories, is just too good to not enjoy. The match has all the ingredients to steal night two as match of the night. It’s hard to predict the winner of this one, as Reigns has been such a good heel that having him lose right now, doesn’t sit right with me. However, the Edge comeback story from retiring to winning the title on the grandest stage of them all, is a story I don’t think WWE misses out on. Edge wins this but does so by pinning Bryan.

Winner: Edge

Josh Chapman: Since returning last summer, the ‘Tribal Chief’ Roman Reigns has risen to levels that even he could only have dreamed off during his mega push days of the last decade.

His Universal Championship run, heel turn, and total character transformation, has been nothing but a joy to behold and worthy of what it has become.

Whilst the heel turn at Fastlane made little sense in the grand scheme of things, seeing Edge resort back to the Ultimate Opportunist has been nostalgic and allowed him to rise to a level that he needs to be at against two of the very best in the business.

We know Edge can still hang with the best, just look at his encounters with Randy Orton since returning last year, but with all due respect to Randy, Roman’s physicality and Daniel’s technicality provide unique challenges.

I have got ‘Miracle on Bourbon Street’ vibes from Daniel Bryan throughout this build-up. The having to overcome every obstacle thrown in his way by a higher power to make this into triple threat on the back of months of being screwed out of winning the Championship.

And just like there was at WrestleMania 30, there will be a happy ending to a fairytale story. The difference being this story will be Rated R.

Winner: Edge

James ‘Jester’ Dee: This match is absolutely loaded, the valiant Bryan, the villainous Reigns, and the wildcard Edge. Edge has completely lost his chill over the past few weeks and for good reason. Edge was forced to retire several years ago at the peak of his career, he has scratched and clawed and inched his way back into the ring with THAT return at the Royal Rumble last year. Then Daniel Bryan turns up, Daniel Bryan is EVERYTHING Edge was, he was underrated, he got a chance to shine with the Money in the Bank briefcase, he clawed his way to the top of the card as an arrogant opportunistic heel, then as a beloved rebellious babyface, he was then forced to retire at the peak of his career, he has scratched and clawed and inched his way back into the ring. Since then, he has put old rivalries to bed and forced his way into his rightful place in the main event of WrestleMania. Edge does not just see Bryan as a competitor or a threat to his moment. When Edge see’s Bryan he sees himself, and he knows just how dangerous that man is. Edge is threatened by Bryan the same way an aging Broadway star is threatened by their understudy. In Bryan, Edge sees his own irrelevance in the modern world of wrestling. Now, we as fans know that none of that is true, we love Edge, and there is more than enough room for both of them in our hearts, but he’s too far gone and Edge needs to eliminate Bryan because as his history tells us, Edge does not share very well. Add to that the career renaissance that is The Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, doing the lord’s work as a conniving, ambitious man whose whole identity is that he was PUT at the top of the card and with that level of power comes a level of responsibility. All three of these men have so much personal history and identity with this title, each one of them is defined by this title and they will fight tooth and nail to keep it or get it back. In the end I think Reigns will retain the title whilst Edge goes on to sort out his psychological issues with Bryan in future PPVs.

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Winner: Roman Reigns


Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Rhea Ripley

WM37 Asuka Rhea Ripley
Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: What a quirk it is that Ripley will be wrestling her first main roster match since the last WrestleMania when she steps in the ring with Asuka. That match last year with Charlotte Flair hugely stunted her path to stardom and left a sour taste in the mouths of many. However, she rebuilt her character and momentum on NXT throughout the next year and she now finds herself on the Raw roster proper and with a title shot to boot. The point is, she bounced back. In truth, this match feels like it wasn’t first choice. Before their pregnancy and illness respectively, this slot felt earmarked for Lacey Evans and Charlotte Flair. Most will be more than happy with the stand in though and this promises to be a physical, exciting encounter. Asuka has felt like she has been keeping the belt warm for most of the last eleven months. It’s time for new blood.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

Marc Hemingway: I cant wait to see Ripley and Asuka fight it out. Both women are intense and hit hard and I think Ripley will come out the winner. I believe Charlotte Flair will be involved somehow I believe but I am just glad they kept her out of the actual match itself. Ripley wins, new champion.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

Ash Rose: Put a rocket on Rhea now and have her run riot on Raw by winning here and becoming an unstoppable force. It’s no secret that Askua’s run with the belt has been underwhelming and it’s time to move it on, both in a storyline sense and a generational one, too. No doubt it will be physical and I hope it’s the match that both Rhea and Asuka need after a year where we haven’t seen the best of what either can do.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

Gary Tait: Whilst I wasn’t a fan of Ripley just coming down to the ring on Raw and challenging for the title, I get it. Rhea was my tip to win the Royal Rumble, so I’m a fan and see a bright future for her and Raw really needed a kick in their women’s division. I enjoy Auska’s work, but she has not had a great run as champion. Not a fault with her but more of the booking around her. I see Ripley getting the win here and hopefully injecting some life into a division on Raw that desperately needs it.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

Josh Chapman: Oh Asuka, what have they done with you?

The unbeatable empress has been transformed into a comedy character with a title reign that has grown stale after being drawn out for too long with no creditable challengers.

Step forward Rhea Ripley.

Twelve months on from being cost her big moment against Charlotte Flair as a result of the combination presented by COVID and visa issues associated with the pandemic, similar to Drew and his big moment on Night One, Vince has been presented with a second chance.

With no pandemic or legal issues in the way this time around, I can’t see past Rhea becoming the new face of the Raw women’s division and putting Asuka’s title reign out of its misery.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

James ‘Jester’ Dee: This past 12 months has been all about redemption for Rhea Ripley. She got cocky last year and flew too close to the sun resulting in a lost to Charlotte that really had her shook. She has been building herself up, she’s better, she’s stronger, she’s badder. In an ideal world she would be taking on Charlotte in this spot but that would mean Asuka misses out on WrestleMania, so I’ll take the L on that one. The build has been basically non-existent but honestly if it gets me Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania then I’ll take anything you throw at me. The whole women’s division needs a shake up and I think the crowning of Bianca Belair and Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania will be a great way of doing that. Even if it means Asuka is 0-4 at WrestleMania.

Winner: Rhea Ripley


Intercontinental Championship: Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews (African Drum Fight)

WM37 Big E Apollo Crews
Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: What’s an African Drum Fight? No clue. A hardcore match with a tribal drum beat throughout maybe? Inner City Sumo? Who knows? It doesn’t really matter I guess. It feels like Crews should win this and maybe allow Big E to pursue the Universal title in the coming weeks. But then….WrestleMania moment for Big E?…Yeah, feels right.

Winner: Big E

Marc Hemingway: Without having a clue what a Nigerian Drum Fight is, I’m still going to pick Crews. These two have been in a LOT of matches together and this needs to be the last one. If Big E wins then Crews will still come for him. If Crews wins, Big E should go off and feud with someone else. Crews to become new IC champ.

Winner: Apollo Crews

Ash Rose: Props to Apollo for taking what could have been a career killer of a gimmick and somehow making it work, as it’s made him more interesting than he’s ever been. So much so, I could see him going over Big E here, who to be honest can take a loss in this division and hopefully get a bump further up the card where I think his singles run should have begun in the first place.

Winner: Apollo Crews

Gary Tait: This has been an interesting feud and one that I think both men have achieved a lot of success from. It’s been nice seeing Apollo change it up and show some character. Big E has also shown a lot of depth during the feud, something that fans were needing to see. I feel both men need a win here, it would help establish Crews going forward but a loss right now for Big E might slightly derail the push fans have wanted for so long. Even though I can see the win going either way, I’m going with Big E for the big win.

Winner: Big E

Josh Chapman: What is a Nigerian drum match? Will this be a wrestling match or look like your living room as a child when you were playing Band Hero with your cousins?

This feud and the matches it has given to us so far means we should get a power inspired spectacle the workhouse championship of the company deserves and not a gimmick match to back up that god awful accent that Apollo is currently presenting.

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With that in mind, I think that this one ends with Apollo’s well-deserved moment and a chance to show us what he can really do with a well booked long-term heel championship run.

Winner: Apollo Crews

James ‘Jester’ Dee:  I don’t mind what kind of gimmick this match is rolled up in Crews and Big E were on the way to having a great match at Fastlane before that botched finish, so I expect them to go all out here and prove that they go with the best of them. The points I made on the Fastlane predictions still hold true here, I think Big E can take a loss in his stride whereas I think Apollo Crews is nearing his final chance, his reinvention has been great, and I think that giving him an intercontinental title victory will go leagues to helping that new image.

Winner: Apollo Crews


United States Championship: Riddle (c) vs. Sheamus

WM37 Riddle Sheamus
Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: Sheamus has been a man reborn in the ring these last six months and a strong midcard title match at WrestleMania feels just reward for that. I can’t stand Riddle’s current character. Why should I root for an irritating man child? Sheamus deserves the win here. And he will get it.

Winner: Sheamus

Marc Hemingway: Very minimal build up for this one. They had a run in backstage then Sheamus got a non title win over Riddle and I think that’s it? No way is that enough for Riddle to drop the belt at ‘Mania. Shemus will do a decent job of putting him over, and hopefully by pinfall, so that Riddle looks like a proper champion. Riddle retains.

Winner: Riddle

Ash Rose: Love Sheamus and his work in 2021 deserves so much more than fighting over a scooter with, well, what is Riddle? I’d have booked Sheamus in the main event with Drew McIntyre, but this is the reality and I only hope he goes over and gives some new momentum to The US Title.

Winner: Sheamus

Gary Tait: It is nice to see Sheamus being rewarded for a so far stellar 2021. His short but brutal feud with Drew McIntyre was well done and proves why I believe he is one of the most under appreciated stars on the WWE roster. On a personal level, I don’t see what others do with Riddle but I do believe he can put on good performances and he will do so again here. Riddle hasn’t had the US title for long and I don’t see it changing hands.

Winner: Riddle

Josh Chapman: In what seems to be the flavour of the month over on Monday Night Raw, this one was hastily thrown together at the last minute and added to the card to fill a spot.

I think it says something about this one that the two biggest talking points of the entire angle have been Riddle’s promo botch and why Sheamus seems to be attempting to break Big Show’s record for face and heel turns.

That said, the hard-hitting style of Sheamus will complement Riddle’s MMA style extremely well and if given the chance, this will be a slobberknocker that both men will be feeling when they wake up Monday morning.

I can’t see past the Champion retaining, hopefully he will move onto a returning Keith Lee post WrestleMania and we will finally get a Drew and Sheamus singles match for the WWE Championship that we were denied at Elimination Chamber. 

Winner: Riddle

James ‘Jester’ Dee: Sheamus deserves more. There I said it, come at me bros. Sheamus has been one of the most consistent and great performers of the last decade and he does not get enough love. Riddle is great and despite his vastly over-simplified 4:20-4-Lyfe dudebro personality can really handle himself in the ring. This match will probably be the best and most “slobberknocker-y”, a couple of under-appreciated workers going out and completely killing it. Riddle wins and Sheamus moves on to feud with his friend Drew McIntyre over the WWE Title.

Winner: Riddle


Women’s Tag Team Championship: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs. Winners Of Tag Team Turmoil

Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: If you are going to bring back a pair of Hall of Famers as a surprise on night one, it is mission accomplished to have the surprise the first time out. They don’t need burdening with titles that will keep them around even semi-long term. The champions to retain in a match that people will enjoy far more than they would expect going in to the event.

Winners: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler

Ash Rose: As I’m going Naomi and Lana, I’m going all the way with them finally dethroning Jax and Baszler. I think their run with the belts has actually given them more character than they had going into the pairing and now could benefit from being in the Raw Women’s title picture and chasing Rhea Ripley.

Winners: Lana & Naomi

Gary Tait: Nia and Shayna have had a good run. No, that is not a joke. For teams that are regularly thrown together for the women’s tag titles, I think those two have done a great job. The story is there with the Lana involvement and I do see a tease with Lana either being put through an announce desk or Nia going through one. I am sticking with a previous belief that Lana and whoever she teamed with, would take the titles and for that reason, the titles are changing hands and being placed on Lana and Naomi. 

Winners: Lana & Naomi

Josh Chapman: The moment I have been craving for since last year finally happens (I hope) as Shayna Baszler grows tired of Nia Jax and resorts back to the all-conquering cage fighter who ran roughshod through the NXT women’s division.

The addition of Reginald as the love interest of Nia has only added fuel to my fire that Shayna goes back to the badass and makes Jax the first of her many victims.

Add the family element of cousin Tamina, and her tag partner in the shape of the BOAT, who will be coming in hot off a Night One victory, and Paul Heyman’s stinging words in their ears, and you’re looking at new Women’s Tag Team Champions. 

It is only fitting in my eyes that Natalya gets herself a WrestleMania moment as a reward and thank you for all she has done in her record-breaking run throughout the women’s evolution.

Winners: Natalya & Tamina

James ‘Jester’ Dee: I tried to give this pairing the benefit of the doubt I really did, I even came up with a cute name for the team that no-one ever seems to use (Jax-of-Spades) but I am so done with them as a team at this point. Drop the titles to The Riott Squad, Shayna beat the piss out of Nia, and then go on to get Baszler at the top of the card where a woman of her terrifying wrestling ability belongs.

Winners: The Riott Squad


The Fiend vs. Randy Orton

WM37 The Fiend Randy Orton
Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: I’m still holding out hope for another mind-bending Firefly Funhouse match here but that seems unlikely now we have crowds back. Just please, no maggots projected on to the ring canvas! Krispy Fiend to win this. It feels the only logical move.

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Winner: The Fiend

Marc Hemingway: I want this to be over. Fiend wins, feud dies. PLEASE!

Winner: The Fiend

Ash Rose: Who knows what to expect in this one, let’s just pray there’s no cockroaches involved this time around. I’m not the biggest fan of The Fiend and I’d have much rather seen a Firefly Funhouse sequel involving Randy, but I think we’ll still get all the bells and whistles nonetheless. Alexa’s involvement will be key, because she’s been the glue holding the feud together and you’d guess that Bray will finally get his revenge on The Viper – whatever that looks like!

Winner: The Fiend

Gary Tait: I have loved this feud since it started and having Alexa Bliss help continue the feud was great plotting. The entrance for The Fiend will be superb and I just hope we get a better match between the two than what we had at WrestleMania 33. I fully expect to see some absolute craziness during this match and of course Bliss will play a part. I reckon The Fiends comes out on top here.

Winner: The Fiend

Josh Chapman: Long term storytelling at its very best with a fitting ending awaiting at the show of shows.

Whilst at times we have gone to bizzarro world with Randy’s black vomit, Alexa defeating Orton at Fastlane, and whatever the hell The Fiend’s new terrifying look is, we have seen many a time what Randy and Bray can give us when one-on-one.

You can’t see past a victory for The Fiend, given their last meeting at TLC in December ended with Wyatt being burnt alive in the middle of the ring. Hopefully, we’ll get some Firefly Fun House match vibes thrown in too.

The real star of the show throughout this entire rivalry has been Alexa Bliss and her work both in and out of the ring throughout since aligning with The Fiend last August has been nothing short of exceptional. 

Bliss should be elsewhere dethroning Asuka if you ask me but has the most important part to play in this encounter.

Winner: The Fiend

James ‘Jester’ Dee: I have un-ironically been enjoying the hell out of this feud but then again, I’m the kind of guy that loves the Sharknados and Tremors of the world, so take that for whatever damning praise it is. I don’t really have a lot to say about this match, it should be fun B-movie style with a lot of shenanigans and just a good wholesome time for all involved. The Fiend has got to win this though, I’m not sure I can handle another regeneration of Bray Wyatt. I never was a big Doctor Who fan.

Winner: The Fiend


Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn

WM37 WrestleMania 37 - Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn
Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: Can I shock you? I like Logan Paul’s involvement in this match. Both guys are absolute masters of their craft and always bring out the very best in each other. The match will, as always, be brilliant but with a different dynamic to the last time we saw it properly in WWE. Back then, Owens was a vicious heel and Zayn a white meat babyface. Oh how things have changed! They are likely to go absolutely balls out in an effort to ensure their match suits the stage it has been given. Paul is an insufferable fool but he is an insufferable fool with a very large global following so hopefully that translates to a huge number of extra eyeballs on our two Canadian friends. Who will win? Well let’s just say that Zayn is likely to find out that Logan Paul isn’t as keen on being his friend as he might think.

Winner: Kevin Owens

Marc Hemingway: Owens and Zayn have had some fantastic matches with each other in the past and this will be more of the same. I don’t know enough about Logan Paul to say whether he’s going to be an influence on the outcome but I’m more than happy just to watch Owens and Zayn go at each other. Zayn is playing his conspiracy theorist character perfectly and while a win for Owens would prove him right, I think the best outcome would be a win for Sami. 

Winner: Kevin Owens

Ash Rose: ‘Fight, forever!’ I love that on Sunday both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will be marking out that their journey and relationship has finally seem them take it to the grandest stage of them all – and who doesn’t get tired of seeing these two battle it out? This will be a different affair to their classic at Battleground a few years back, with Zayn playing up to his smarmy heel persona and no doubt Logan Paul will be involved to give Owens the win. But at the end of the day, it just warms the cockles to see these to have a WrestleMania match and moment.

Winner Kevin Owens

Gary Tait: We have seen these two go at it before but no matter how many times, their matches always deliver. This one will be physical and the story they will tell us during the match will be great viewing. Owens walks away the winner of this one.

Winner Kevin Owens

Josh Chapman: Find me someone who has never enjoyed a match between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, and I’ll happily show that person their reflection so they can see what a liar looks like.

An in-ring meeting between these two guarantees 5-star instant classics and a show stealer regardless of where it is positioned on the card.

From the Indies, to NXT, to the Battleground, to the grandest stage of them all. How fitting is it to see these two best friends and bitter rivals go full circle after all these years together?

I see two things happening in this one, KO finally gets to jump of the pirate ship and KO also gets the win with a little help from Logan Paul.

After all, what fun is there in a Sami Zayn victory here that would see an end to both the documentary, hopefully soon to be on the WWE Network, and the conspiracy?

Winner: Kevin Owens

James ‘Jester’ Dee: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are fighting each other one-on-one at WrestleMania. I’ll say that again for the people in the back, KEVIN STEEN AND EL GENRICO ARE FIGHTING ON THE GRANDEST STAGE OF THEM ALL!!! This is wonderful in every single way possible, everywhere they go the pair end up creating gold, it seems they really will fight forever. Since Sami beat Owens at Battleground 2016 Zayn has slowly dropped in at the deep end mentally and now their alignments are flipped with Sami as the delusional heel and KO as the rebellious babyface. The feud has really only just started to build however, and I think Sami is going to eke out a win here to keep the feud going.

Winner: Sami Zayn

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