It could be a rough two days for reigning WWE champions at WrestleMania 37.
Every title but the SmackDown tag team championship will be on the line over the course of the two-night event April 10-11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. WWE could be looking for a fresh start with fans in attendance and hopefully soon returning for arena shows. The Post’s pro wrestling writer Joseph Staszewski tries his hand at predicting all 13 announced matches at WrestleMania 37 (Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m., Peacock).
Night 1 Predictions
A.J. Styles and Omos over The New Day (c) to win the Raw tag team championship
This story has been set up with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods questioning Styles’ and Omos’ ability to work as a team. They prove The New Day completely wrong as the match goes on — and why would you debut Omos at WrestleMania if he weren’t going to win? New champs here.
Natalya and Tamina over Lana and Naomi, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke, Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan, and Billie Kay and Carmella in a Tag Team Turmoil match
Natalya and Tamina have had the most screen time lately with tag champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. They will continue that story with a title shot on Night 2 of WrestleMania, but fail to take home the gold.
Braun Strowman over Shane McMahon in a steel cage match
McMahon has been demeaning and bullying Strowman with the numbers game for weeks. The Monster should go over big here – after another wild McMahon bump at WrestleMania – fending off his opponent and McMahon’s backup, Elias and Jaxson Ryker. If he doesn’t, we have a problem.
Bad Bunny and Damian Priest over The Miz and John Morrison
Only The Miz can go from being WWE champion to losing to a Grammy-winning artist at WrestleMania about a month later. It will come with a little help from Damian Priest, but Bunny with get the job done with a top-rope splash. WWE wants headlines, and they will get one here.
Seth Rollins over Cesaro
This is a hard one to call because both guys really need a win. Until we see Cesaro get one of these moments, it’s hard to bet on it happening. I hope I’m wrong, but “The Messiah” gets the victory and maybe a new follower.
Bianca Belair over Sasha Banks (c) to win the SmackDown women’s championship
WWE making this the main is a pretty clear sign Belair is going over. WWE has done a decent job building up Belair, who has been dynamite on promos. A win over Banks at WrestleMania will give her even more credibility and give the women’s division a much-needed new face at the top.
Drew McIntyre over Bobby Lashley (c) to win the WWE championship
WWE will follow through on getting McIntyre the championship-winning moment in front of fans he deserves, but it will come while protecting Lashley. The current champion recently sent the rest of The Hurt Business packing, so maybe Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander play a role in his loss. Or McIntyre gets the win without Lashley ever getting him in the super-protected Hurt Lock finisher.
Night 2 Predictions
Kevin Owens over Sami Zayn
Zayn’s conspiracy theories need a new chapter. They will get one with YouTube star Logan Paul – Zayn’s guest – turning on him to set up an Owens stunner and a loss. Zayn will get something else to complain about. Owens gets his potentially viral moment: a leap off the pirate ship and a much-needed WrestleMania win.
Riddle over Sheamus to retain the United State championship
This could easily go the other way, but Riddle is getting a lot of fun promo time on Raw and seems to be in a good place with WWE despite forgetting his lines recently. Defeating Sheamus gives him a very credible win at WrestleMania. His run as U.S. champion is just getting started.
Apollo Crews over Big E (c) to win the Intercontinental championship in a Nigerian Drum Fight
Yes, Crews has failed to win any of his previous Intercontinental title matches against Big E. But consider that WWE has made this a “Nigerian Drum Fight” based on Crews’ new character. Having him win here serves two purposes: It adds credibility to Crews and gives Big E a little adversity to overcome, similar to what losing to Randy Orton was meant to do for Drew McIntyre.
Asuka (c) over Rhea Ripley to retain the Raw women’s championship
Considering Ripley said she was spending a lot of time in catering before being called in to replace Charlotte Flair under bizarre circumstances, her chances of getting a win here are not high. That would change if Asuka is due for some time off or if WWE doesn’t want to take any more shine of Ripley with a second straight loss at WrestleMania.
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt with Alexa Bliss over Randy Orton
It seems pointless to bring back The Fiend and not have him win, right? Orton burning him alive wasn’t enough to keep him down, so why should an RKO? The Fiend dispatches Orton and we start a new era for the character with Bliss pulling his strings instead of the other way around.
Edge over Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns (c) to win the Universal championship
This may be the most intriguing match of both nights because of the stories of the three men involved. The best story is Edge returning to WrestleMania and reclaiming a world title he relinquished when he retired nearly 10 years ago. WWE will go that way to send the fans home happy, but the Rated-R Superstar will pin Bryan and not Reigns. That way he and the protected Tribal Chief can move forward with a singles program.