At first glance, the card for WWE WrestleMania 34 is perhaps the most star-studded in years. Better yet, almost every bout on tap has something special to offer, making it one of the most anticipated installments in recent memory.
Of course, any WrestleMania lineup can look like the best of all-time on paper. It’s all about the execution, and with the proper booking decisions made, the show will be deemed a success by viewers.
Despite that, fans should be well aware that WrestleMania 34 is bound to have its fair share of flaws. The entire event can’t be perfect, and thus these will be the match results that are guaranteed to leave you disappointed.
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
Not only was it evident dating back over a year ago what the WrestleMania 34 main event would be, it was also apparent Roman Reigns would win. Brock Lesnar signed a new three year deal with WWE right before the Show of Shows in 2015, and as of now, he isn’t expected to stick around once it expires on Sunday.
WWE has spent the better part of the past three months trying to endear Reigns to the fans as a face in his feud with Lesnar, but to no avail. Although Lesnar has been booed in some cities, the majority still favor him over Reigns.
Even if Lesnar were to re-sign with WWE, Reigns conquering the beast and capturing the Universal Championship is the right result for their match. But because it’s pretty predictable, those in attendance for WrestleMania 34 will likely reject Reigns and react negatively toward his victory.
It’s unfortunate considering Lesnar vs. Reigns has been one of the better built bouts on the WrestleMania card. Reigns being crowned the new champion to a chorus of boos would/will end the evening on a sour note, but to be fair, there aren’t many other options that would realistically make sense.
Randy Orton vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev
Easily one of the least compelling matches at this year’s WrestleMania will be the Fatal 4-Way for the United States Championship. Virtually none of the combatants involved are remotely interesting from a character standpoint, with the possible exception of Rusev.
All four Superstars have traded wins in recent weeks, and this bout is a basic excuse to include them all on the main card for WrestleMania without throwing them into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. While any one of them can feasibly walk away with the star-spangled prize, the outcome that would infuriate fans the most would undoubtedly be Jinder Mahal taking the title.
Sadly, he is the likeliest winner of the whole bunch. As over with the audience as Rusev is, officials have proven they have no plans to push him, while Orton and Roode have had their respective runs with the strap.
Mahal, on the other hand, has yet to hold the gold and would be a logical fit for the strap given his gimmick. Therefore, if you’re holding out hope for the founder of Rusev Day to finally get his WrestleMania moment, expect to be dissatisfied with the finish.
John Cena vs. The Undertaker
As of this writing, we still have no clue whether the dream match between John Cena and The Undertaker will actually become a reality at WrestleMania 34. It probably won’t be until showtime that we find out for a fact, but assuming the contest does come to fruition, there is only one outcome that can be booked.
Undertaker can show up as the Phenom or as Big Evil, but either way, he is losing to Cena. Considering he is in the twilight of his career, it would ridiculous to think that he could beat the 16-time world champion, who is still in his prime.
That said, The Deadman suffering a third defeat on the grandest stage of them all after embarking on an undefeated streak that lasted over two decades can be avoided if they simply encounter each other and don’t face off one-on-one. Both men would be protected in that case, but with a match, a Cena win would surely enrage longtime fans of Undertaker.
Although that outcome will unquestionably receive criticism from a significant portion of the WWE Universe, it is what must be done to ensure Undertaker’s career finally comes to a close. Meanwhile, Cena can continue to boast he has beaten the best of the best at ‘Mania, regardless of how fans respond to his latest monumental milestone.
Graham Mirmina, aka Graham “GSM” Matthews, is an Endicott College alumnus and aspiring journalist. Visit his website, Next Era Wrestling, and “like” his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.