Mania 27 Predictions

March 29, 2011

WrestleMania time again so itís time for my annual WrestleMania prediction commentary. I hope to redeem myself somewhat after a horrendous performance last year. Last year was my worst year yet (Iíve been doing these since Mania 22) picking only 2 winners out of 10 matches. My per year prediction rate thus far is:

Mania 22: 63%
Mania 23: 63%
Mania 24: 44%
Mania 25: 50%
Mania 26: 20%

So over the past 5 years Iíve averaged just slightly below the prediction percentage of a coin flip, with a 48% accuracy. This is pretty sad, but looking at the lineup this year, I think my chances of getting back above 500 are pretty good. No MITB really helps because picking a winner in a 10 man match like that is near impossible.

Undertaker vs. HHH: No way Iím betting against the streak; I tried that last year on the way off chance Iíd look brilliant if Shawn won. I had a horrible record last year so no more long shots for me. Taker goes 19-0. The promo segment on Monday was freakin Awesome, kudos to Michaels in particular who really put this over the top for me. Taker and HHH were a ten but HBK was an 11 Monday night.

The Miz vs. John Cena: I was so sure of this match until Monday. I had Cena all the way, but with Rock now doing the post Mania RAW show and rumors abound that he may do a Cena match at some point Iím not too sure. If they are doing a Rock- Cena match any time soon you donít want the title in the middle of it so Iíd keep it on Miz. If you arenít doing the Rock match Iíd put it on Cena so you get happy wins on house shows all summer. Iím going to gamble and say Cena wins.

Randy Orton vs. CM Punk: Randy was on a roll killing all of Nexus, so I was picking Punk in this one, hands down. They had done such a great a job not having these two in the ring together so I was positive Punk was getting the win, then Monday they had Punk hit his finisher and leave Orton laying and now Iím not so sure. Iím still going to go with Punk figuring that since they havenít had a match leading into Mania that this program moves forward and Punk steals a win here somehow to lead to rematches. Assuming there even is a finish.

Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan: I donít see the point in putting the title right back on Bryan so Sheamus retains and they can do rematches on the road.

Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole: If they do anything but Lawler killing Cole at the end Iíll be so pissed. This angle has been awesome and it needs to climax here and have Lawler pile drive Michael Cole. With Austin as the ref Lawler has to get the win IMO.

Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes: This is a tough one for me to pick because I havenít been watching that much SD so I donít have the best feel for this match, Iím just going to have to take a shot in the dark and say Rhodes picks up the victory.

Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio: Iím picking Del Rio here. I think they have big plans for this guy and I think heís a good choice to do big things with moving forward. I would imagine they will do something involving Christian leading to Alberto getting the win and peeling Edge away from the title picture for a bit to work with Christian.

Morrison, Trish, Snooki vs. Ziggler, LayCool: Big baby face win here. I donít see Snooki agreeing to do a job and with Trish being a part of Tough Enough, which debuts the next night, it would be dumb to beat her here. Baby faces win.

The Corre vs. Kane, Show, Santino, Koslov: Iím going with the Corre in this one. For me those are the guys with legs building to the future Iíd put them over and a lose for Santino or Koslov would be no big deal. This way we avoid anymore Trombone playing by Kane, my God I hated that on Monday.

Enjoy the show,
Lance Storm