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WWE WrestleMania 38 Saturday start time, preview, predictions

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WWE WrestleMania 38 Saturday start time, preview, predictions

Our team of experts provides you with a preview and predictions for Saturday’s WrestleMania 38.

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 predecessors, WrestleMania 38 is so big that it’s being split into a special two-night event.

So how can you watch it? The Show of Shows will be streaming live on April 2 and April 3, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT exclusively on Peacock.​​​​ The two-day WrestleMania kickoff show begins at 7 ET / 3 PT on WWE.com, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Twitch.

There are a whopping fourteen matches on the card. The WWE Universal Championship and WWE Championship will go home with only one man, Johnny Knoxville from Jackass is bringing his antics, there’s a highly anticipated mystery opponent for Seth Rollins, 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 WrestleMania Saturday! And be sure to check out our predictions for Sunday as well.

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship

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Tyler: Conventional wisdom says WWE is unable–or unwilling–to make new stars, but Bianca Belair is the exception to that rule. After winning the 2021 Royal Rumble, as well as the title in the main event at last year’s WrestleMania, she’s poised to run it back.

While the feud between Becky and Bianca has been organic, its origins couldn’t have been any more convoluted when a returning Lynch defeated the champ in just 27 seconds at SummerSlam in a head-scratcher. But it all makes sense come Saturday night. Becky’s hard work as a heel pays off when she puts over Belair and finally loses.

Winner: Bianca Belair

Shane: there’s no way that Bianca Belair is losing to Becky Lynch at WrestleMania. We have been building to a Belair win since Becky stole the belt from her at SummerSlam and we will see the strong babyface win we deserve.

Winner: Bianca Belair

Jay: Bianca all day. Becky has been a phenomenal champion and has brought urgency and importance to the women’s division on Raw, but it is time for her to take a knee and pursue new types of storylines. This match will be a sleeper hit and I cannot wait for it.

Winner: Bianca Belair

Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio vs. The Miz and Logan Paul

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Tyler: I’d like to think Logan Paul is self-aware enough to understand he needs to eat all the offense and the pin. Who am I to say this, though, to a man who has 23 million subscribers on YouTube?

Anyway, I’m assuming Miz works over Dominik. Dominik makes the hot tag to his dad. The Mysterios get to beat the hell out of Logan Paul and make the crowd cheer.

Winner: The Mysterios

Shane: I think Logan Paul is only here to get the crap beat out of him by the Mysterios. Like Tyler said, heels work over Dommy Boy, Dommy Boy hot tags to Daddy Dearest, Daddy Dearest hits the 619 and pins Logan Paul just to make the crowd happy. I do expect Logan Paul and The Miz to really amp up the heel tactics on this one to make the inevitable Logan Paul beating really pop.

Winner: The Mysterios

Jay: Miz and Logan Paul. Celebrities have a fantastic track record in these types of situations and always seem to come out on top for the buzz and this will be no exception. Plus, Logan’s seeming tease that he is interested in more down the line will likely prompt Vince & co. to make him look strong.

Winner: Miz and Logan Paul

Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin (w/ Madcap Moss)

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Tyler: Man, WWE wants to put Drew in a spot to succeed, but there just never seems to be any room. This doesn’t feel overly important, no, but at least they’ve gone through the trouble of booking this storyline out for a couple of months, if not by accident. And Madcap Moss has been a pleasant surprise. Drew McIntyre absolutely Claymores Corbin’s head off, obviously.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Shane: If Drew is going to be the next challenger for Roman Reigns, he needs a victory here tonight. Even if Drew wasn’t rumored to be the next challenger for Roman, I still don’t see any reason for him to lose tonight. He is definitely going to Claymore Corbin’s head off one way or another.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Jay: It’s matches like this that remind me why I am so opposed to having a two-night WrestleMania. This match doesn’t get booked on a one-night Mania. I am sure the match will be great from an athletic point of view but no one cares and nor have they cared since this feud started back in, like, November.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

The Usos (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship

WrestleMania 38

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Tyler: This is a situation where, in theory, The Usos should win, but Vince may change the titles just to pop the crowd. Hopefully because these particular tag straps have a direct tie-in with Roman – and Vince has always put his focus at the top of the card – he’ll stay disciplined and leave the titles where they belong. It all depends though on what happens with Roman on Sunday.

Winners: The Usos

Shane: I can see the tag titles switching just for the sake of switching them, especially since it seems that Shinsuke wins titles at the most random of times. But, because the Usos are linked so heavily with Roman and because they have had a hell of a lengthy run, I’m going to pick them to retain. Whatever happened to the Viking Raiders title match, by the way?

Winners: The Usos

Jay: I think Shinsuke and Boogs. Smart money would say Usos, and I am by no means a smart person with money, but they seem to really see potential in Boogs so, why the hell not.

Winner: Shinsuke and Boogs

The New Day vs. Sheamus and Ridge Holland (w/ Butch)

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Tyler: So the United States and Intercontinental Championship can’t be defended on this two-night affair, but this random tag team match can be. Sure. I’d be more forgiving if “Butch” Pete Dunne was performing, but he’s not. So, meh.

Winners: The New Day

Shane: How is this a WrestleMania match? We miss you Big E!

Winners: The New Day

Jay: UGH. The New Day deserves so, so, so, so much better. At least last year they were in a match that involved AJ Styles and found a way to be decent but just looking at this match depresses me. Turn the clock back to October and you had Big E, the newly crowned WWE Champion, and Xavier Woods, the newly crowned King of The Ring. Now, only a few months later, WWE seemingly wants to throw Woods’ accolade by the wayside and Big E is tragically dealing with a broken neck. I am sure The New Day will pull through and come back stronger but for now, ugh. Sheamus and Holland will take it to make Holland look strong.

Winner: Sheamus and Holland

Seth “Freakin” Rollins vs. TBA

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Tyler: What if it’s Shane?

Okay! Cody Rhodes has returned to take on Seth Rollins. Logic says Cody takes Seth by surprise and wins relatively quickly. The bulk of the segment will be the various entrances and presumed mic time. Seth can cut a promo on Raw saying he wasn’t prepared because Cody didn’t even work there (which would be silly because Rollins addressed “Cody” chants on Raw by calling them rumors). Their feud would then begin in earnest.

Then there’s WWE logic, which often has nothing to do with real-life logic or even pro-wrestling logic. I just keep thinking back to the podcast episode of Something To Wrestle when Bruce Prichard tries to justify to Conrad Thompson why it was a good idea for a recently debuting Radicalz to lose in their debut.

Winner: I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. The prodigal son (Shane or Cody!) wins.

Shane: No matter who the surprise opponent is, Seth is losing. I’m seriously hoping the rumors are true and we will see Cody Rhodes back in WWE. What entrance music will he use remains a topic of interest.

Slightly off-topic, but I know the Mania crowd will pop big for Cody on his return, but I’m more curious to see how Cody is treated in the upcoming weeks/months. I don’t see him falling into the main event scene, yet at the same time, he seems to be too big of a name to be in the mid-card. And how will the WWE Universe respond to Cody after the initial debut? I think this is going to be the biggest story coming out of WrestleMania weekend and I am ready for it!

Winner: TBA (Cody Rhodes 🤞)

Jay: So I’m going to assume his opponent is Cody Rhodes, right? I mean it probably has to be at this point so let’s try to apply logic to an inherently illogical situation. You have a returning star that is primed to make headlines, or whatever counts for headlines in the wrestling world, so it would make sense to make this returning star that you have shelled out a sizeable amount for look strong, right?

Well, remember when Brock Lesnar came back in 2012 and they immediately had him lose to Cena?

Remember when Sting, a man whose legacy at one point was defined as being the only legit wrestling star to never wrestle for WWE, finally agreed to wrestle for WWE and they immediately had him lose to Triple H?

Remember when Taz was the ECW Champion and they had him wrestle the WWE Champion, Triple H, on SmackDown randomly and he got squashed?

And now, you have Cody Rhodes coming back after spending the majority of his time away taking potshots at the company and starting a new promotion that has significant momentum, has already established itself as a viable alternative, and in a few years will likely be proper competition for them. What do you think is going to happen?

Winner: Seth Rollins

Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women’s Championship

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Tyler: Look, forget about any and all promos you might have to sit through with Ronda. This match should be good. I’ve heard some people sleep on this, but they’re clearly forgetting their 2018 Survivor Series encounter where they beat the s--t out of each other. Yeah, sometimes Charlotte Flair matches can be clunky but if she’s motivated they tend to be bangers. And I think she wants to get the most out of Ronda Rousey.

But what to make out of Ronda? The little weirdo. It felt so obvious for years that if Ronda ever returned to WWE she would be on a collision course with Becky Lynch at WrestleMania. Yet here we are, with Becky as a bad guy and Ronda as a good guy, and neither of them in the same atmosphere. And oddly enough everyone feels right where they belong. Ronda came back for a reason (money, probably) and hopefully she wants to prove herself. She’s a hell of a worker in the ring.

It’s fairly predictable, but Rousey forces Flair to tap.

Winner: Ronda Rousey

Shane: I’m not sold on a Rousey victory here. If she was facing literally anybody else, I would peg her for the victory. But this is Charlotte Flair we’re talking about. The one who ended Asuka’s undefeated streak for no flipping reason. The one who beat Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women’s Championship for no flipping reason. The one who wins everything for no flipping reason. My gut is telling me Charlotte Flair wins this and I already don’t like it.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

Jay: Most predictable match on the card. Ronda. For obvious reasons that are obvious.

Winner: Ronda Rousey

The KO Show with special guest “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

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Tyler: Everyone has their own idea as to how this will all go down. I can’t imagine it’s just a stunner and sending the crowd home happy. If this is actually main eventing Saturday, I believe a bell ringing signifies a match.

Now, what in the hell does that look like? I mean, does it even matter? “Stone Cold” Steve Austin will be in a match for the first time in nearly two decades, every single fan in that stadium will be on their feet, smiling. He will do no wrong.

Stone Cold wants to go out on his back. Stone Cold will pick up the win. Stone Cold is not done.

Winner: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

Shane: I have no what to expect… all I know is there will be a Stone Cold Stunner, a beer bath, and a very very happy Dallas crowd.

Winner: The crowd

Jay: Owens vs. Stone Cold is going to be booked exactly like The Rock vs. Erick Rowan. They are going to have a verbal confrontation. They will have a “match.” And Austin will blindside KO with a Stunner and pin him.

Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin


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