WrestleMania 35 is still months away. In fact, tickets don’t haven’t even gone on sale yet for the April 2019 event.
Yet that hasn’t stopped oddsmakers from beginning to formulate what the card in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium will be. It’s fun to think about the possibilities for the marquee matches of WWE’s biggest annual show.
Here are few that come to mind this early on in the game.
Women’s wrestling continues to make tremendous strides within WWE, building upon a movement that extends beyond the ring and into other facets of sports and entertainment.
Over the last few years we’ve seen the first women’s Hell in a Cell, Money in the Bank ladder match, Royal Rumble and even a milestone “last woman standing match” at the inaugural all-female Pay-Per-View Evolution.
A lot of these steps forward have involved Charlotte Flair. The daughter of the legendary Hall of Famer “Nature Boy” Ric Flair has made a name for herself thanks to her unmatched athletic ability. She is seen as one of the major cornerstones of the women’s division. The multitime champion has defeated pretty much every top name on the roster, even ending the undefeated streak of Asuka.
That is except for at least one: Ronda Rousey. Someone who can more than match her in physicality and bring some mainstream star power to the table while doing it. The UFC Hall of Famer is barely a few months into her rookie year as a pro wrestler and stands the Raw women’s champion.
Rousey had one of the best debuts of anyone who transitioned from another sport at WrestleMania. From there, the “Baddest Woman on the Planet” held her own against rivals Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss and now Nikki Bella. She is doing what Charlotte has done in running through the brand’s most successful names.
Rousey’s first official night in WWE was making a statement to close the Royal Rumble in the ring with the champions, including Charlotte. A way to set the stage further for the showdown can be having Charlotte winning the Royal Rumble.
WWE can push Charlotte’s heritage and legacy as a second-generation performer, following in the footsteps of the “Nature Boy.” By the same token, you have Rousey keeping her inspiration Roddy Piper’s memory alive in appearance and nickname.
“The Queen” of SmackDown Live is also a natural heel, perfect for the popular MMA fighter turned WWE superstar.
When you look at the tale of the tape and accolades, it’s clear Flair and Rousey has a big fight feel. If it does indeed happen in the main event, the “Women’s Revolution” in WWE would reach an apex.
You can bet Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey at +150 on Unibet. Longshots for Rousey WrestleMania 35 opponents include Asuka and Stephanie McMahon, both at +1700 on Unibet.
Then there are the rumblings, annual rumblings if The Rock will work WrestleMania. And if he does, who would he face? A regular name in the conversation is Roman Reigns, a polarizing figure who has headlined multiple WrestleMania events in recent years and is the cousin of Dwayne Johnson.
This would be the chance to really explore Reigns as a full-fledged heel. Then we have Brock Lesnar. If the “Beast Incarnate” sticks around, he is also at play against someone such as the Hollywood heavyweight.
They have a built-in history with Lesnar winning his first WWE title from Rock at SummerSlam 2002. You can bet on The Rock being featured in a WrestleMania match at +150 on Unibet.
During SmackDown 1000, one of the highlights was Dave Bautista standing alongside a reunited Evolution. It wasn’t all hugs and woo-hoos, however, as there was a hint of friendly competitiveness between Triple H and the Guardians of the Galaxy star.
In past interviews, Bautista has said he would be up for one last run in WWE, even working live events. He also mentioned Triple H as someone Bautista would want to work against. The two have a long history, with Triple H instrumental in taking “The Animal” to the next level, so much that he put him over at a WrestleMania.
The match would also bring mainstream appeal with Bautista now an established, full-fledged Hollywood heavyweight. Outside of this, WWE can continue on in the saga of The Miz and Daniel Bryan.
They’ve met a few times already, but there are still some potential ways to advance their near decade rivalry. Bet on Batista meeting Triple H at +1200 on Unibet.
Ever since Dean Ambrose returned to Raw, there have been some underlying tension among the three members of The Shield. Particularly, the “Lunatic Fringe” and Seth Rollins and Reigns.
A source for this is Ambrose believing his brothers aren’t taking him seriously. WWE also hinted at Ambrose possibly walking away from the group, at one point even joining up with Dolph Ziggler, Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre. The trio have met before in singles matches over the years, but a triple threat would be an intriguing proposition.
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