What’s your interest level in this year’s WrestleMania? How do you think the main event between Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch will go? How about the Brock Lesnar-Seth Rollins match?
David McGrath, Host – MMATorch Today Podcast
I’m interested more than ever in this year’s Wrestlemania mostly because Ronda is headlining. I’m ecstatic that Becky Lynch will get the shine of headlining a New York City Wrestlemania. Also, I’m hoping Lesnar drops the belt and immediately heads to UFC so we can get the Daniel Cormier fight out of the way and move the heavyweight division forward.
Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
I think it’s pretty cool, I’m not as hardcore a wrestling fan as I used to be, but a couple of my friends are and they seem pretty excited for it. It’s probably smart of them to make it a Triple Threat match with three of them in there to help make things more exciting. I mean, Rousey has only been wrestling for a year, it’s asking a lot for her to have a Wrestlemania-worthy main event match with only that amount of time in the ring. Having 3 in there also allows them to maybe set up some cool double-team moves or moments. I think they’ll book the match with plenty of near falls and false finishes, maybe a little outside interference and bring the house down with an exciting main event. I imagine they’ll put Lynch over strong as she wins but also allow Rousey to complain about being double-teamed and say that she wouldn’t have lost one on one, setting up the next big match between Rousey and Lynch.
As for Lesnar-Rollins, it could be a really good match. They have the presence and working ability to have a strong match. Some of it depends on how much time they’re given and to what lengths they’re allowed to go to. Rollins should get the win, but they might try to book something like Dean Ambrose coming out to cost Rollins the match if the story of Ambrose leaving WWE is just a work. I have less faith in this match than the main event, not because of the people involved, but because it might be booked in a certain way to start an angle or something.
Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner
My interest level in this year’s Wrestlemania is through the roof. Lots of hate out there this year but this year’s Wrestlemania is all about the current and future talent. This Wrestlemania is to build certain people as stars for years to come. One of those stars is Seth Rollins. Last year Seth Rollins put Monday Night Raw on his back and it literally became Monday Night Rollins. Seth had stellar performances throughout 2018 and even became a double champ for the second time in his career. Which is something rarely done in sports besides racing. The question is what do they have for Brock Lesnar after he loses? Brock is a key asset if used properly but he hasn’t been used properly in about a decade. What they do with Brock works but they could do so much better.
Ronda Rousey is already a star but she has given the rub to Charlotte Flair and most of all Becky Lynch. Charlotte was already being pushed to the Moon by WWE and it was originally Charlotte and Ronda penciled in at Wrestlemania but Becky Lynch’s hard work and a happy accident turned her into this era’s Stone Cold, a badass that takes out the competition. Ronda is the best seller in the company, Charlotte does well with other top talent and Becky is the best in-ring performer in the match. As far as in-ring performers go, it’s Io Shirai, Asuka then Becky in my opinion. Becky Lynch is a star now; Vince McMahon and HHH have to be happy with having two stars in Charlotte and Becky to carry the company after Ronda Rousey leaves.
Patrick Shaheen, Host – MMA Scope Podcast
I’ll be watching WrestleMania while pessimistically reminiscing on the good old days. I refuse to express my opinion for women’s athletics (except for tennis, Serena Williams is the GOAT).
I have a theory that Daniel Cormier will be ringside for this event and shortly after Dana White will announce Brock vs. DC for the heavyweight belt. It will be legendary.
Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor
My excitement level for Wrestlemania this year is pretty low but my intrigue in the results of the key matches is high. If Brock Lesnar loses, as I expect him to, it could mean a UFC return is imminent. If rumors are true that Daniel Cormier could be sitting ringside, my “angle alert” radar will be going off like crazy, but I just can’t see UFC participating in a WWE angle to set up one of their own fights. Having Ronda Rousey appear at Wrestlemania a few years back was one thing, but she wasn’t setting up a UFC fight, it was pretty much a one-off at the time.
As for Rousey’s match, it wouldn’t shock me to see her get the win. WWE has invested a lot in her, so the publicity and image of Rousey winning a Wrestlemania main event may be too appealing for WWE to pass up. There are the rumors of her taking time off after Wrestlemania but WWE also likes to change things up when plans leak. Rousey could win the match and forfeit her championships or lose them in the ring in the coming days, weeks, or even months. Another factor that could lead to a Rousey win is that the other two men’s championship matches are set up for the babyface to finally get the big win. Three of those may be overkill. Not that WWE hasn’t mastered overkill.