WrestleMania 35: Predicting the match card
WWE is defined by WrestleMania. Initiated to counter Starrcade, the flagship show of WCW, WrestleMania has grown to become one of the most viewed and followed event in the history of Sports. Being the flagship event of WWE, WrestleMania season ensures an increased viewership and boost in the subscription of WWE network.
In order to make use of this, the company tries to invest all their resources in order to bring an event grander than the previous year’s Mania. This has led to many memorable moments taking place on the show, including Daniel Bryan’s WWE Championship win at WrestleMania 30 , The Rock and Ronda Rousey confronting Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, along with the ‘Heist of the Century’ at WrestleMania 31 and so on.
The rumored main event of WrestleMania 35 was The Rock returning to the squared circle to fight his cousin Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. With Reigns being the champion, this seemed inevitable.
However, following Reigns’ departure from the company due to his returning leukemia, the entire landscape of WWE has changed. To add to that, injuries of various main-event superstars like Triple H, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have landed the entire company into a mess.
But, with a roster so huge and so talented, WrestleMania 35 can be a guaranteed success even now. With Vince McMahon himself announcing that all the superstars with potential will be given chances at the 17th December 2018 edition of RAW, one can expect a blockbuster event in April 2019. So, without further ado, let us take a look at the matches which can take place at WrestleMania 35 and how they can be booked from the current scenario:
1) Dean Ambrose (c) v/s Seth Rollins v/s Elias v/s Bobby Lashley – Intercontinental Championship
WrestleMania 34 kicked-off with a Triple Threat match between Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and the then-Intercontinental Champion The Miz. A fast paced match led to ‘The Kingslayer’ overcoming the odds to become the new Intercontinental Champion. While his reign post-Mania was exciting and elevated the title a lot, his reign post-SummerSlam did more harm to the title than good.
The blame cannot be entirely placed on Rollins. The Shield reunion was one of the major reasons why Rollins’ second run with the Intercontinental Championship failed. The title is now held by Dean Ambrose, who is coming across as a sadistic heel and a promising champion.
On the other hand, Bobby Lashley and Elias have not been utilized properly in recent months. Their feud against each other has been not so good to say the least, and these talented superstars need to be utilized properly.
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WWE may be looking to stretch the Ambrose/Rollins feud until WrestleMania at least, and the only way to keep it fresh, other than making the title move back and forth among the two men, would be introducing more superstars to it.
Having Elias and Bobby Lashley enter the title scene will improve their credibility. Like WrestleMania 34, having a multi-man match for the IC title at WrestleMania 35 may be the best option right now. Having Elias perform a concert before the match will surely be welcomed by the WWE Universe.
The pace of the match may not be very quick, but having 4 talented wrestlers will surely give us some nice highlight moments and a decent match. One may argue that Elias needs to win the title here, but having Ambrose retain the title by stealing the victory from Elias will be the right thing to do, as it allows Elias to continue feuding with Ambrose for the title and eventually winning it, while both Rollins and Lashley can make the move to SmackDown Live before the Blue brand moves over to the FOX network.
Not to mention, this helps Dean’s heel character and cements him as a champion who can do anything to retain his title.
Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Dean Ambrose