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WrestleMania 37 Night 1 preview and predictions

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WrestleMania 37 Night 1 preview and predictions

Once again the showcase of the immortals is upon us.

Once again the showcase of the immortals is upon us. And once again the show of shows is too big for just one night! That’s right folks, like its predecessor WrestleMania 37 is so big that it’s being split into a special two night event.

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So how can you watch it? The Show of Shows will be streaming live on April 10 and April 11, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT exclusively on Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else.​​​​ The two-day WrestleMania kickoff show beginning at 7 ET / 3 PT on WWE.com, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Twitch. Did you get all of that?

There’s a whopping fourteen matches on the card, every WWE title is on the line, celebrities are involved, there’s a yet to be explained Nigerian Drum Fight match, and yeah, there’s a lot to take in. But not to worry, our team of experts is here to provide you with their predictions for both nights of WrestleMania. So without further ado let’s get started with Night 1! And be sure to check out our predictions for Night 2.

Lana & Naomi vs. Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott) vs. Natalya & Tamina vs. Carmella & Billie Kay – Tag Team Turmoil match (winners face Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship on Night 2)

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Forrest Hollingsworth: While I can see a future where Carmella and Billie adhere into something really interesting (Carmella is funny! Let her be funny!) I don’t see it just yet, and The Riott Squad are the only other legitimate team here. After a couple of false starts earlier in the year, it seems like it might finally be their time.
Winner: The Riott Squad

Jason Segarra: My heart is with the Riott Squad as the only functional tag team in the entire division, but the WWE loves a ramshackle, thrown together team swooping in at the last minute to beat an established unit. The good news is, that means I’m predicting a victory for Billie Kay, who has been an underrated gem on Friday nights since she was (incomprehensibly) removed from her platonic lifemate Peyton earlier this year. I like Carmella too, so if it can’t be Ruby and Liv (who the WWE will seemingly never actually get behind), KayMella is a close second pick.
Winner: Carmella and Billie Kay

Jay Barrett: KayMella 4 Lyfe. Billie Kay is being criminally underutilized and Carmella has proven ad nauseum that she can work magic with a decent character and angle. I’d also love it if The Riott Squad finally gets their due and wins the gold but odd couple tag teams are WWE’s favorite thing so I’m going to have to go with KayMella.
Winner: KayMella

Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins

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Forrest: Cesaro has more momentum going into this Mania than he’s had most other times in his career, both from fans and fellow wrestlers, and it feels like they might really give into it this time. It helps that Seth has an incomprehensible character right now, too, as he can take a non-career ruining loss here and bounce back whenever they need him to. This is on night one so If this is the opening bout for all of Mania? A huge, positive, wholesome pop to start things off feels right.
Winner: Cesaro

Jason: So this is the point where I say, we can’t have nice things and Cesaro is not going to win this thing. I fully expect this match to be the best worked bout of the weekend, and I think Cesaro and Seth will come out of it looking amazing. But Seth is WWE’s favored son coming off a loss at last year’s Mania, and Cesaro is just “a good hand” in the eyes of WWE Management. I want to be wrong very much, but stylish Seth is going to continue on as the Friday night delight, and Cesaro is going to continue being amazing and underappreciated by the powers that be.
Winner: Seth Rollins

Jay: Cesaro. Cesaro is in the midst of his, like, fifth career resurgence since his debut in 2012 and high-time they pulled the trigger on him. This feud has been well built and has been cruxed upon making Cesaro a star. Hell, they had Cesaro swing Rollins while the latter was trying to cut a promo and it was hilarious. This match has Cesaro written all over it.
Winner: Cesaro

Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon – Steel cage match

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Forrest: Braun should lay down on the announce table in the first minute so Shane can vault off the cage, get his validation for the night, and we can move on.
Winner: Whoever wins, we lose

Jason: Oh my god I don’t care. Shane’s gonna fall off the cage, Elias and Racist Elias are going to somehow, get involved train man’s gonna mow all three of them over and walk out the winner. There’s also a good chance that Shane will get slimed like it’s “You Can’t Do That on Television.” It’ll probably be more watchable than we think based off how insanely terrible the build has been, but this is a bathroom match in every sense.
Winner: Who gives a sh*t?

Jay: Braun is going to throw Shane off something and it’s going to be swell. No one is really asking for this match and no one is expecting much out of it but, we’ve said the same thing about Shane vs. Kurt Angle from KOTR 2001, Shane vs. AJ Styles at WM 33, and Shane vs. The Undertaker at WM 32. Yes, it is going to take Braun throwing Shane off/throw/over the cage to get us invested, but Shane O’Mac rarely disappoints and Braun is very capable of throwing people. I think this will pleasantly surpass our low expectations and Shane will take it. The angle has been about Shane calling Braun stupid or something, right? (I don’t know, I’ve watched Raw on mute the past three weeks). If so, I can absolutely see the scenario where Braun accidentally gives Shane the win by throwing him out of the cage somehow and prolonging this angle.
Winner: Shane O’Mac

The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (c) vs. AJ Styles and Omos – Tag team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship

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Forrest: I really hope Omos impresses in his big (literally and figuratively), winning debut here, but if he doesn’t the New Day will win this back at say, SummerSlam, and all will be forgiven.
Winner: AJ Styles and Omos

Jason: This thing exists purely to give Omos a big introductory win, and for the life of me I can’t see why it had to be at Mania and at the expense of the New Day. He’s tall and largely immobile and neither of those are things I cherish in a pro wrestler. I’m sure all 3 of the other guys will do what they can to make him look awesome, and Kofi, AJ and Woods will carry this to a pretty high level — but the writing is on the wall — and it’s like 7 feet high up on that wall.
Winner: AJ Styles and Omos

Jay: I’m not going to sh*t on this. I have never seen Omos wrestle and I’m going to keep an open mind. However, I will note that they are using three of the top tier talent on the roster to make this happen and it better be worth it.
Winner: AJ and Omos

Bad Bunny and Damian Priest vs. The Miz and John Morrison

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Forrest: Hey hey ho ho! I have to say this somehow turned into one of my most anticipated matches of the show. I used to watch Raw by fast forwarding to the Asuka bits, but now I fast forward to Miz and Morrison too! Everything points to Bad Bunny taking this really seriously (HHH says he’s been going to the Performance Center weekly) and I think both he and us will be rewarded with a fun, funny, breezy match.
Winner: Bad Bunny and Damian Priest

Jason: Celebrities almost never lose at Mania, and Bad Bunny has been a really good ambassador for the WWE – even bringing that ugly ass 24/7 title onto SNL, so there’s no way they let him look bad out there. I expect Damian Priest to do most of the heavy lifting only for Bad Bunny to do a crossbody or frog splash onto Miz to score the pin. Harmless fun will be had by all.
Winner: Bad Bunny and Damian Priest

Jay: This is going to be fun. Miz and Morrison are pros among pros, Damian Priest has certainly proven he can hang with the best, and Bad Bunny will probably looked upon as one of the most dedicated celebrity inclusions that WWE has ever had. Hell, the guy has been on Raw consistently since the Royal Rumble and brought the 24/7 title to his performance on SNL. Even if this match is terrible, I’ll still applaud it. And obviously, Bad Bunny is going to win because celebrities never lose.
Winner: Bad Bunny and Damien Priest

Bobby Lashley (c) (with MVP) vs. Drew McIntyre – Singles match for the WWE Championship

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Forrest: I’m glad Drew will get the fan-affirming moment he deserves.
Winner: Drew McIntyre

Jason: They seriously killed the Hurt Business so that Drew would be cheered at Mania. The damn roof better be blown off that sucker when he slaps his thigh for that final Claymore, because the Hurt Business was the only good thing that the WWE did in all of quarantine. I like Drew plenty but what the hell, man? He couldn’t have fought Lashley on an even playing field if the Champ had his buddies around? Drew still would have won I imagine, and clowned all 4 guys in the process, but at least Shelton and Cedric would still have a future on Monday nights.
Winner:  Drew McIntyre

Jay: Drew McIntyre. We’ve seen this match before — as recently as this past June at Backlash — and I wasn’t excited then and I’m not excited now but, they did carry Raw on their backs this past year and this spot is well-earned. I think it will be a good match but I’m sure D-Mac will take it.
Winner: Drew McIntyre

Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair – Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship

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Forrest: WrESTlmania, baby!
Winner: Bianca Belair

Jason: Boy the build sure dampened my enthusiasm for this one. I’m picking Sasha, because I don’t expect anyone I want to win to actually win at Mania. That just doesn’t happen. I think it’ll be a strong match better than the build would have suggested (a theme for this show), but I see the Boss walking out of Tampa still champ. Again, I’d love to be wrong, but the way the WWE has been booking things lately, I don’t have a lot of calls for optimism.
Winner: Sasha Banks

Jay: Bianca Belair. It’s her moment and it’s just as simple as that. The stage is set and Sasha will probably break her back ensure that Bianca’ comes out looking like a star. It will be a phenomenal match as Sasha knows how to play a domineering bully to perfection and Bianca does the formidable underdog role very well – see her match with Shayna Baszler at TakeOver: Phoenix if you doubt me.
Winner: Bianca Belair

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