We are nine months away from Wrestlemania 34 but it’s always fun to look ahead to what Vince McMahon will do at the biggest show of the year. Sure, Great Balls of Fire is coming up next and Summerslam is the next big show after that but Mania is always the biggest show the WWE does all year. If I was allowed to book the show right now these are the matches I would make.
Andre the Giant Battle Royal
Big Cass has to be the guy here. He’s finally broken free from Enzo and is headed for the main events. This year there are a lot of big matches at Wrestlemania so sticking Big Cass in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal is a good way to elevate him and get him ready for a big 2018.
Dolph Ziggler vs Shane McMahon
This match is easy to make. Ziggler has been held down for years by the McMahons despite the fans being firmly behind him. Ziggler can call out McMahon and have a great match at Mania. Shane-O-Mac can bump all over the ring and give Ziggler the big win at Wrestlemania he needs to stay relevant in the WWE.
Chris Jericho vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Chris Jericho has become the veteran who is at the top of the middle tier that is used to get other middle tier guys to the top tier. This year it’s Nakamura’s turn to get elevated. Nakamura will win the Smackdown World Title in 2018 and this is part of the process of getting him there.
AJ Styles vs Finn Balor
Styles vs Balor is the match to make to appease the internet fans and bring in viewers who love New Japan. I’d put Styles over but I would imagine Triple H would have Balor win since that’s his boy and he’s younger.
Kevin Owens vs Bobby Roode
Bobby Roode is going to win one of the WWE titles eventually so why not have him go over one of the biggest names on the Blue Brand on the biggest show? Roode is a great heel but I imagine the fans are going to be behind when he eventually gets called up. Owens will do his part to hype the match but Wrestlemania 34 should be about getting Roode ready for the main event.
Dean Ambrose vs Kurt Angle
Dean Ambrose is at his best when he’s a loose cannon. He’s kind of stuck in no man’s land right now behind Reigns and Rollins in the babyface pecking order on RAW. It’s time to let Ambrose be Ambrose. The one man who has a problem with this is, of course, is the authority figure Kurt Angle. Angle is limited in what he can do in the ring now so it’s smart to put him in a brawl where his weaknesses can be disguised. It also gives Ambrose a big win over a legend that keeps him relevant on the crowded RAW roster.
Miz vs Broken Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy is eventually going to bring his Broken gimmick to the Universe and what better person to play it off than the Miz? The Miz plays the straight man so well I imagine the two’s promos leading up the event will be off the charts.
Big Show vs vs Samoa Joe
If Big Show is really retiring there is only way to send him out, looking up at the lights after Samoa Joe beats him. Show deserves better but I don’t think he gets the royal treatment especially after Vince McMahon has had him lose all the time. It also builds up Joe as a killer and establishes him as a main eventer for years to come.
Enzo Amore vs Neville
Now that Enzo is a solo act he has to go to 205 Live. Being a small guy is holding him back from being a player on RAW where he will look like a midget compared to other top guys like Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar. If the WWE builds this right and keeps Neville as the champ for 2017 having Enzo come in and win the belt on the biggest show of the year could be a lot of fun.
Mojo Rawley vs Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder needs to turn heel. He’s done all he can do as a babyface and the ceiling is pretty low for him in the WWE since Vince McMahon will never allow him to be a top guy. Mojo, on the otherhand has potential and having him go over his former best friend at Wrestlemania is the way to bump up to the next level as a solo act.
Randy Orton vs Sami Zayn
Randy Orton is on his way to being a part-time performer like John Cena. Sami Zayn is slowly becoming the Daniel Bryan of the WWE with the fans starting to get behind him. If McMahon is going to get Sami to the next level he’s going to have to get him a win over a big name on a big show. Orton is the guy to put Sami over and see if he’s got what it takes to be a main eventer on the Blue Brand.
Cody Rhodes vs Triple H
You kick this angle off by having Triple H in the ring cutting a promo at an NXT show about offering opportunities and then Cody jumps out of the crowd and lets out years of frustration on his former boss. This leads to a match at Mania where Cody beats Triple and becomes a free agent for either Smackdown or RAW to bid on his services.
We all know that Triple H will wrestle once or twice this year and one of those will be at Wrestlemania. The best way to utilize “The Game” is by having him in a red hot angle. Looking up and down the roster I don’t see anyone who jumps out at me as a natural opponent. That’s why I’d bring back Cody Rhodes. Vince McMahon and Hunter let Cody walk last summer before the brand split. They are probably kicking themselves now because he’s become the hottest guy on the independent scene with shots in New Japan, Ring of Honor and TNA.
Seth Rollins vs Braun Strowman
Seth Rollins is a terrible babyface but if Triple H wants to push him as one of the top good guys on RAW then they have to book him against one of the nastiest heels. Rollins overcomes the odds and beats Strowman.
John Cena vs Baron Corbin for the WWE World Title
Going into Mania Baron Corbin has had the belt for a few months, He would have cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and taken the title from Randy Orton or whoever else had it at the time. Cena calls out Corbin and tells the world he wants one last title run before retiring. This leads to a match where everyone thinks Cena gets the belt and the fans are all happy. Wrong. Corbin pins Cena clean and is a made man going forward.
Jinder Mahal vs Undertaker
Unlike Big Show going out a loser, Undertaker deserves better. After losing to Roman Reigns last year Undertaker needs a win at Wrestlemania 34 to go out on top. Jinder Mahal is a guy that Taker can beat who won’t really be affected by the loss. As long as Jinder gets in some offense and controls the action early there is no shame in losing to “The Dead Man” in his last match. Undertaker goes over in his final match.
Goldberg vs Rusev
The WWE has to bring Goldberg back for Wrestlemania 34. He brought in huge ratings for the limited appearances he did last year and this time they bring him back to elevate a younger guy. The guy that makes the most sense is Rusev. In case you haven’t forgotten Goldberg laid out “The Bulgarian Brute” last October and they never mentioned it again on WWE TV. McMahon should bring back Goldberg and have him and Rusev get into it on RAW backstage. This altercation leads to a match between the two at Wrestlemania where Goldberg does the job to Rusev and elevates him to the next level. Like Wyatt Rusev has had a thousand starts and stops in his WWE career that has all but killed his character. A win over Goldberg gets him back on track.
Charlotte vs Ronda Rousey
Charlotte has pretty much done all there is to do in the WWE. She hasn’t won the Smackdown Women’s Title yet but it’s only a matter of time. You really can’t throw her into a crowded multi-woman match at Wrestlemania like last year because she is the biggest star in the women’s division on either brand. Why not throw a bunch of money at Ronda Rousey and do a series of matches like John Cena and the Rock had. Rousey would go over at Mania 34 then Charlotte gets her victory over the former UFC champ at Wrestlemania 35. A loss to Rousey gives Charlotte new purpose and elevates her even though she won’t get the win back for another year.
Bray Wyatt vs Brock Lesnar for WWE Universal Title
Everyone is saying Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar is the match that will headline Wrestlemania 34. I don’t think Reigns needs a win over Lesnar to be the next big star in the company. The guy who does need the win is Bray Wyatt. Everytime Wyatt gets put in a big match against another top guy he loses clean in the middle of the ring. “The Eater of Worlds” is going to be around a long time and it’s time the WWE sees value in what he brings to the table. Wyatt is a once in a lifetime character and could be the next Undertaker if utilized properly. Having Lesnar put over Wyatt clean in New Orleans is the way to reset and reboot him. Wyatt pins Lesnar to win WWE Universal Title.
Roman Reigns vs The Rock
Reigns doesn’t need the title or a match with Brock Lesnar to be one of the top guys going forward. What he needs is something with a legend like Steve Austin. Austin is retired and won’t be back in the ring ever again. But, Reigns’ cousin, The Rock is on the same level if not bigger than “Stone Cold”. To set this up The Rock comes out at the Royal Rumble to help out Reigns when he is in a jam against someone like Samoa Joe or Bray Wyatt. The next night on RAW Reigns calls out his cousin and invites him to the ring. The Rock comes out and Reigns explains that he doesn’t need anyone’s help and beats down “The Most Electrifying” cousin. This leads to a match at Mania where The Rock passes the torch to Reigns.