This is a pretty simple match, in both execution and the result. Brock needs a win to validate his self-proclaimed No. 1 contender status, and give him a push on his way to Wrestlemania.
And while his F5 to Mark Henry was impressive, why not repeat what he did in 2002, and give an F5 to the world’s largest athlete?
The one hiccup to the obvious prediction could be that the next PPV is Elimination Chamber. Presumably, the title will be on the line in the Chamber, and a Big Show win (or an underhanded win by Lesnar) could be an easy way to get another person in the Chamber.
But my prediction is that while Big Show looks good, and throws Lesnar around a bit, Lesnar wins with an F5.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar wins
John Cena vs. Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Title
There has been a very odd build to this match, starting back at the announcement by Stephanie McMahon.
It’s partially due to the fact that a singles match between the two (Is it No DQ? McMahon saying it must end in pinfall or submission seems to indicate that, but they haven’t made that very clear) is a drop off psychologically from the TLC match they had last month.
The focus has been less on the match itself, and more about the growing friction between the Authority and Randy Orton.
I can’t see Orton losing here. Even if there was some sort of split between Orton and the Authority, this isn’t the time he loses the belt, and Cena isn’t the opponent to take it.
If he does lose the belt before Mania, it would likely be because the Authority decides there’s a new face of the company, and while people would love that to end in a Cena heel turn, I think we all know that isn’t happening
Prediction: Randy Orton retains
The Royal Rumble match:
So here’s the match everyone looks forward to every year. It’s always a fun match, if for no other reason than to see basically everyone in the company in a single hour.
This year is interesting, as I think there are a couple more realistic winners than usual. Twenty-five wrestlers have been announced (at least tentatively), so far, which leads to the questions of if there are going to be any surprise returns, and who is going to win it.
I have a feeling we’re not going to get many truly shocking returns. I could see Jericho returning from his sabbatical, and Sheamus returning from injury, but anyone expecting an Ultimate Warrior, Jake the Snake or Hulk Hogan in the match are going to be disappointed.
We might get a small legend return, such as a Jim Duggan, but not a truly shocking return like the aforementioned.
As for the current roster wrestlers, I’d say 22 of the people listed have very little shot: Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio, Big E Langston, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Erick Rowan, Luke Harper, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Xavier Woods, Fandango, Damien Sandow, Ryback, Titus O’Neil, Darren Young, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro.
There are two darkhorses in the match -- one is Lesnar himself.
He hasn’t been announced, or even hinted at, but if you’re looking for someone who could certainly main event Wrestlemania, then he’s definitely a candidate.