The road to WrestleMania 36 culminates Sunday, April 5th, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. We’re here to give you the preview of the year’s biggest wrestling matches and the best sports betting odds to give you an edge when making a wager for WrestleMania. World title matchups will feature Roman Reigns vs. (C) Goldberg for the WWE Championship, 2020 Royal Rumble winner Drew McIntyre vs. (C) Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship and Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair for the NXT Women’s Championship. Many are expecting to see “The Man” Becky Lynch (C) vs. Shayna Baszler for the WWE Championship and Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley (C) vs. Lacy Evans, but that is all predicated on what happens Sunday, March 8th at WWE Elimination Chamber in Houston, TX.
The road to WrestleMania has had what some would call unexpected turn, as many fans were expecting to see “The Fiend,” Bray Wyatt” walk into Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabi and successfully defend the WWE Championship against 53-year-old Goldberg, but that was not the case. After a few spears and his signature jackhammer, Goldberg shocked the wrestling world and once again became WWE Champion. This defeat set the stage for the following night on Friday Night Smackdown, as we saw “The Fiend” shift his attention to WWE legend and 16-time WWE Champion John Cena, setting the stage for Cena vs. “The Fiend at WrestleMania 36.
The question is, “who should we expect to stand victorious on WWE’s grandest stage in Tampa?” Find out below, with our WrestleMania 36 preview and predictions. Again, this article is based on in-depth knowledge of WWE’s booking system. For more specifics on WrestleMania and other sports betting odds, you can visit the biggest bookmakers websites.
WWE Championship – Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre:
Despite Lesnar’s reign of dominance as of late, he has lost his WWE Championship in the previous two WrestleMania events to Seth Rollins (2019) and Roman Reigns (2018). That’s interesting to know as McIntyre’s career trajectory is looking similar to that of both Reigns and Rollins, who are both arguably the company’s top stars today, so it’s easy to think Lesnar will once again lose another WrestleMania main event. Still, with WWE building up McIntyre’s credibility as a top star, he can afford to lose, and as long as he comes to close to beating Lesnar, WWE will be able to continue this feud post-WrestleMania.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar
WWE Universal Championship – Goldberg (c) vs. Roman Reigns:
It’s no secret the company’s goal has always been to push Roman Reigns as their top star. What better way to do so than beating Goldberg? History has also taught us that we should be expecting this. At WrestleMania 33, Reigns became only the second person ever to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania, and next year beat the only other man to do so, Brock Lesnar. Combine that with Goldberg being a part-timer and Reigns 5-2 WrestleMania record, a Reigns victory makes a lot of sense.
Predicted winner: Roman Reigns
NXT Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair:
Winning the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble, allowed Charlotte Flair to battle any woman for her championship. Flair was taunted and challenged by Ripley, who holds a pin-fall victory over her. Ever since this past Survivor Series in November and NXT’s move to Wednesday nights, WWE has been attempting to have more NXT vs. WWE matchups, and this encounter between two talented in-ring-performers shouldn’t disappoint. Like Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, WWE places a premium on having Charlotte and Becky Lynch as WrestleMania’s successes. Look for Ripley to take Flair to the limit but come up just short.
Predicted winner: Charlotte Flair
AJ Styles vs. The Undertaker:
Styles has been bragging about his ability to beat anyone from any generation. The day after Super ShowDown, Styles appeared to be victorious in a gauntlet match, but Styles trash-talking set the stage for the Undertaker to enter the gauntlet match as the last participant, choke-slamming Styles, making quick work of him for the victory. Styles will be seeking revenge and bragging rights, but it’s WrestleMania, and The Undertaker is the most successful superstar in WrestleMania history. Expect a great match, but also an Undertaker win.
Predicted winner: The Undertaker
Edge vs. Randy Orton: Edge’s return at the Royal Rumble after being retired for nine years (neck injury) turned the wrestling world upside down. Edge is a legend, loved by the WWE universe. The feud with Randy Orton has been intense, with Orton sneak-attacking Edge on WWE Raw, putting Edge back on the shelf. Look for Edge to get his revenge in his first one-on-one match in nine years, as well as an emotional win from the current WWE Hall-of-Famer.
Predicted winner: Edge
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena
This match will mark the second time Cena and Wyatt have squared off at WrestleMania (first time was WrestleMania 36), but since Wyatt’s rebirth as “The Fiend,” he has been on another level. Cena won their first encounter, and with the need for WWE to rebuild Wyatt’s credibility, and Cena, now taking on a role of elevating younger talent, combined with his part-time status, makes Wyatt look poised to win this matchup.
Predicted winner: The Fiend” Bray Wyatt