Wrestlemania XXVIII will take place this Sunday night in Miami. Alike most Wrestlemanias, Vince is pulling out all of the stops to entertain the masses. Outside of the matches, hip hop star, Flo Rida and Machine Gun Kelly (???) will perform. WWE’s annual Hall of Fame induction will feature Edge, the Four Horsemen, Yokozuna, and Iron Mike Tyson. While the casual fan won’t care too much about Machine Gun or the Hall induction, this year’s card is shaping up to be much better than the last few years. Without further delay, here are my official WM XXVIII predictions…

Match #1: ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton vs. ‘The Big Red Machine’ Kane

It’s a shame that Orton will be wasted against Kane. Orton, who has dealt with various injuries, didn’t really have a feud built up for this year’s Wrestlemania. In the weeks leading up to this match, Kane and Orton have been taking turns one-upping each other. Orton is one of WWE’s Top 3 Superstars and I can see him easily going over Kane in this match. Expect a ten-minute back-and-forth match with Orton prevailing via a ‘monstrous’ RKO. 

Your Winner: RKO

Match #2: Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. WWE Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix & Eve

I like the heel pairing of Phoenix and Eve. Phoenix & Eve crashed Menounos show a few weeks ago, setting up the ‘story line’ for this match. WWE put Snooki in a match last year and had her pin Vicki Guerrero. No one cares too much about this match, but expect Menounos to pin Eve in a relatively short match.

Your Winner: Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos

Match #3: World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus

Behind the scenes, it’s well known that Talent Relations hasn’t been high on Sheamus. Upon receiving a huge push when he first broke onto the scene, Sheamus has been battling in the Mid-Card for the last year or so. Talent Relations had Sheamus turn face, which has been wildly popular. Daniel Bryan, who is one of WWE’s best technical wrestlers, has perfectly adopted the heel role. These two have been back and forth for weeks. Bryan’s girlfriend, AJ, has been ‘upset’ with Bryan for weeks and may end up costing him his championship. Sheamus has been mowing down opponents for weeks and I expect that momentum to carry over through Wrestlemania. Sheamus will ‘Bro Kick’ his way to the WHC in Miami, the first of his career.

Your Winner: Sheamus

Match #4: Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show

Big Show is just 3-8 in Wrestlemania matches and hasn’t won in years. Rhodes, 1-1, has been an excellent heel and has gotten a great push. Rhodes has been ridiculing the World’s Biggest Athlete for weeks. Technically, these two have completely different styles and this match won’t be that great. Ultimately, Rhodes may ‘cheat’ his way to victory and retain the IC title. There’s no upside in giving Show the IC Title. 

Your Winner: Cody Rhodes

Match #5: Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy

This match will be interesting. The winning team’s captain will have sole General Manager duties for both Raw and Smackdown. Team Johnny will be led by David Otunga, The Miz, Mark Henry, Christian, Jack Swagger, and Dolph Ziggler while Team Teddy will be led by Santino Marella, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Booker T, The Great Khali, and Zack Ryder. To me, John Laurintis’ character is very stale and boring. I understand that this was WWE’s attempt to transition Vince from TV, but it’s been a big flop. Laurintis is the Executive VP of Talent Relations and losing this match will take him off the road. The General Manager role is always in flux and the fans will erupt when Team Johnny takes the L. 

Your Winner: Team Teddy

Match #6: Hell in a Cell: The Undertaker vs. Triple H (with Shawn Michaels as guest referee)

For weeks, we’ve been hearing that this match will signify ‘The End of an Era’ and it will. The Undertaker hasn’t wrestled since last year’s Wrestlemania while Triple H has been on-and-off TV. The Undertaker has a perfect 19-0 record while HHH is now wearing a suit. As a fan, I’m concerned about obvious ‘ring rust’ going into this match. However, these two wrestlers are two of the best performers ever to step foot into a ring. Collectively, these two have participated in 17 Hell in a Cell matches, so expect the unexpected. 

The Michaels dynamic will be interesting–and controversial. Expect ‘Taker and HHH to have one last epic match against each other. Ultimately, the Streak will hit 20-0 and this will likely be the last match we ever see from these two legends.

Your Winner: The Undertaker 

Match #7: WWE Champion, CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho

Here is your match of the night. Punk and Jericho are arguably two of the best total packages ever to step foot in the ring. I hope we get to see a 25+ minute thrilling match with different twists and turns. Jericho has been lambasting Punk with ‘personal’ insults and I expect a classic CM Punk match. Jericho has played the antagonist role to perfection and this match has all the makings to steal the show. Expect a lot of controversy with a Punk victory at the end.

Your Winner: CM Punk 

Match #8: John Cena vs. The Rock

What else can I really say about this match? For the past year, WWE has been building this feud. We’ve heard everything from ‘Fruity Pebbles’ to ‘The Rock Concert’ from The Rock. Cena has responded and stayed true to form. We haven’t seen The Rock and Cena square off in the ring yet, which fuels this rivalry even more. The Rock has had so many classic Wrestlemania matches, ranging from his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin to his match with Hulk Hogan ten years ago at Wrestlemania 18. 

Cena has been the face of the WWE for the last five years and carries the torch with Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect. As a pure wrestling match, both wrestlers have their short comings, but fans want to see Rock Bottoms, Attitude Adjustments, The People’s Elbow, and The Five Knuckle Shuffles. We’ll see all of this and more, but with Wrestlemania taking place in Rock’s home town, expect him to prevail. 

Your Winner: The Rock

While I expect The Rock to win this match, next year’s Wrestlemania will take place at the Meadowlands. What better way to kick things off than a rematch between these two legends. The Rock and Cena have revived the WWE–expect more from these two in the future.