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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    Watched the Youtube catch up clips but even reading the report, it seemed a fairly standard end with nothing major to shout about. Ending of the final segment suggests Lesnar will be going over like we all know but a brawl might have better built anticipation than a solitary spear.

    It's the match primarily I'm interested in so not expecting it to be long although I do think it'll be around 15mins plus 5min for the entrances etc. WWE might want to make it a shoot style MMA battle or just an out-right brawl with both men using the surroundings incorporated into the match.

    Reigns/Taker was meh, fully expected shenanigans and HHH/Rollins seemed a tad weak. I don't see Rollins winning as he's not fully fit I'd imagine thus extending the feud to carry on during the year.
    To be honest, the Reigns/Taker segment may have been my favourite of the year, bar the Festival of Friendship. Reigns cut a heel promo, make no mistake, and he was excellent. He thrived. Get him heel, WWE. Get him heel.
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    Well, a thoroughly un-entertaining go-home show for SmackDown. The opening segment was smart, AJ Styles really shining on the mic against Shane O'Mac and reminding him he's the best wrestler on Earth. Shane put him over as it, too, but the dynamic is still odd: Styles is essentially the heel, but he was robbed of a WWE Championship opportunity at WM33. I feel a face turn is coming for AJ. Likewise, the dynamic between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton is odd, too. Sure, Orton's the babyface - but is he? He burned down Wyatt's "house", apparently, ffs. Wyatt picked up a win over Luke Harper in a decent main event, but there was a severe lack of heat elsewhere on the card last night.

    WWE wasted Naomi's return on the middle segment, which is disappointing, but presumably largely because the SmackDown Women's Championship match is going to be on the pre-show. It would have been great seeing it late on the WM33 card, and Naomi making her return in her hometown, but oh well. The match which preceded it - Mickie James and Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss and Carmella - was disjointed. The other segment of note was the Miz and Maryse airing another 10/10 "lost episode" of Total Divas. John Cena and Nikki interrupted and the clash on the microphone was just sterling. Cena's barbs - "the Miz begged WWE to hire you again so he could get on Total Divas", "there's a women's revolution going on, Maryse, did you notice?" - were just absolutely brilliant, after the Miz's great work. It was the best segment from any WWE show this week, in my view.

    It's a shame it was followed up by a 13-minute long (why is it that long?!) 10-on-10 tag team match between the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy Battle Royal participants, with Mojo Rawley picking up the win for himself, Rhyno, Heath Slater and American Alpha (my god, they're being wasted) against the Usos, Breezango and Dolph Ziggler. Could we not have seen Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin add some spark for their stale IC feud over this?!

    On 205 Live, meanwhile, we saw Rich Swann take part in the first match of the night against Ariya Daivari, and the former - as an ex-Cruiserweight Champion - naturally went over, before Mustapha Ali beat some advancement talent (after Drew Gulak appeared backstage to urge him not to "take risks" - which is clearly his new gimmick after he berated the crowd two weeks ago, saying they are demanding too much and putting the competitors in danger for craving high-flying action) and The Brian Kendrick beat Akira Tozawa, using the exposed turnbuckle to pick up a dirty win. To crown off the night, Neville and Austin Aries hyped their match (I'm so gutted this is going to be on the pre-show) with the champion standing tall at the end of the broadcast.
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    Time for them hardcore predictions from the man that called Goldberg squashing Lesnar (I'm jus' sayin' ):

    NXT Takeover

    Asuka (c) def. Ember Moon
    Roode (c) def. Nakamura

    - Both Asuka and Nakamura to debut soon, if not the post-WM shows.

    - Asuka will debut as champ 1) so non-NXT fans know she's legit 2) her shtick will be how she dominated NXT so now she's here to dominate SD. Likely feuding with Becky Lynch or the champ and losing the title later or vacating.

    - If they don't debut him at the smark post-WM shows, they'll give Nakamura a build, so he won't need the title on him to be established when he does debut.


    WrestleMania 33 Pre-Show

    Sami Zayn (or Big Show, Mojo Rawley, Braun Strowman, Mark Henry?) to win Andre Battle Royal

    - Zayn because of his recent troubles beating big guys.

    - Big Show so he can be 2x winner.

    - Left-field guesses being Mojo (Zack's injured so now's time for him to break out) and Mark Henry (less obvious big guy win).

    - Braun's probably too obvious, though its position on the pre-show suggests an unsurprising winner.


    Neville (c) def. Aries

    - Guessing they won't give Aries the title and a WM win that quickly, and there'll be enough title changes on the rest of the show.


    Alexa Bliss (c) wins SD Women's Title Lame-Pack Buzzword

    - Naomi's early return and the burial into the pre-show means Alexa definitely retains and feuds with Naomi, or possibly Asuka if she goes straight after the champ at the next SD (which could see Tamina later return as Alexa's bodyguard).

    - Expect that at least they'll be on third on the pre-show so that most fans get to see Naomi's epic hometown glow entrance and Becky's possible epic giant-wings entrance

    - Absolute disaster and so sad what WWE is doing to SD / what the SD writers have done to the women's division. It wrote itself: Becky finally overcomes Alexa and Mickie and gets her emotional WM moment, or Naomi gets a surprise return win in her hometown. But they've done neither and nothing. I can think of 4 matches on the main card that are less important (Raw tag title, IC title, Shane/AJ, HHH shoehorning match).


    WrestleMania 33 for realz this time

    Kevin Owens def. Jericho (c) for US title

    - Fozzy are touring so this must be the only guaranteed result of the night... right?


    Baron Corbin def. Ambrose (c) for IC title

    - They wanna put a belt on Corbin bad, and the title wants to be off Ambrose bad.


    AJ Styles def. Shane McMahon

    - Wouldn't be surprised if this becomes a bit of a squash. Unless there's interference somehow, it can't go any other way without being stupid.

    - Pointless match and illogical feud. SD women's title is buried for this and HHH? **** off WWE.


    Sasha Banks (or Charlotte) wins Raw Women's Title
    - Bayley + others eliminate Nia Jax
    - Sasha eliminates Bayley deviously
    - Sasha eliminates Charlotte (or not)

    - My heart says Sasha, my head says Charlotte, especially if Sasha gets drafted to SD soon, which she should.


    Enzo & Cass def. Club (c), Sheamus/Cesaro for Tag titles in ladder match

    - Based on a lot of heels winning, otherwise I might've gone with The Club.

    - Being champs might give Enzo more promo material too. But if they're still stale, they can always put the titles back on The Club if they flop.


    Bray Wyatt (c) def. Orton

    - I don't see Bray losing the title so soon. Plus he's supposed to be 'more powerful' so losing would kill that.

    - Also he's supposed to be this cult leader who turns people, yet has utterly failed to do so in his entire time in WWE and just gets played.

    - I think WWE will take any opportunity to stop the Rumble winner winning the title every year.

    - Possible Erick Rowan interference.


    Triple H def. Seth Rollins

    - If it's no-DQ, I don't see an injured Seth overcoming Triple H because of Joe. This is a match to get Joe over, and with all these factors Seth won't be damaged by losing to the shovel-wielder anyway.


    Miz/Maryse def. Cena/Nikki

    - Miz/Maryse will actually win, giving Miz increased momentum as he becomes a main event fixture.

    - But it'll be a 'happy ending' by the end because Cena will propose, showing that some things and some one is more important than a match. I figured he'd propose at WM around January, but now they're making it obvious.


    Goldberg (c) def. Lesnar

    - Lesnar 'has to do something', so maybe he'll jump him as he's entering the ring ala Big Show a couple of years ago, but I think the story will still end with Goldberg simply having Lesnar's number.

    - He'll then vacate the title next Raw and retire happily ever after, also giving Lesnar less star power as his contract runs close to ending and makes him more believable for a 'regular guy' to beat. Lesnar winning now will undo all that.


    Reigns def. Undertaker

    - This could go either way but Reigns has been an incredible heel the past year or two and this could officially cement it, while Taker looks mortal enough now for a non-Lesnar to beat him. I don't think Taker knows if he's retiring yet though.


    If WWE are doing this brand split properly and equally without politics (which, as we've seen by the poster and the booking, isn't the case) then Bray/Orton would be the last match. But I think only Goldberg and Taker is what people across the demographics REALLY give a **** about.

    Most importantly, WrestleMania ALWAYS ends on a happy note. Either with Goldberg or Lesnar lifting the title in the air, or Taker either victorious or saying goodbye. (And WWE creative aren't exactly indie enough to end it with the Broken Hardys challenging the Wyatts, and people would start leaving in droves if Cena's proposal match was on last.)
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    Predictions for WM33:
    Kick-off: Neville def. Austin Aries for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
    Kick-off: Naomi def. Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Carmella, Natalya and Becky Lynch for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship.
    Kick-off: Braun Strowman wins the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy Battle Royal.
    Sasha Banks def. Bayley, Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match for the WWE RAW Women's Championship.
    Kevin Owens def. Chris Jericho for the WWE US Championship.
    Baron Corbin def. Dean Ambrose for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
    AJ Styles def. Shane McMahon.
    Enzo and Cass def. Sheamus and Cesaro, and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in the Ladder Match for the WWE RAW Tag-Team Championships.
    John Cena & Nikki Bella def. The Miz & Maryse
    Seth Rollins def. Triple H.
    Roman Reigns def. The Undertaker.
    Brock Lesnar def. Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship.
    Bray Wyatt def. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.
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    (Original post by ozzyoscy)
    Most importantly, WrestleMania ALWAYS ends on a happy note.
    WrestleMania 17.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    WrestleMania 17.
    Austin winning in his home state, the crowd went nuts for him. They felt Vince helped their hero win, rather than Austin sold out.

    WM ends with the fans cheering. In the rare moment a heel wins, either the face stands tall at the end or something big happens that excites them.
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    (Original post by ozzyoscy)
    Austin winning in his home state, the crowd went nuts for him. They felt Vince helped their hero win, rather than Austin sold out.

    WM ends with the fans cheering. In the rare moment a heel wins, either the face stands tall at the end or something big happens that excites them.
    I can't see anything other than Goldberg/Lesnar closing the show. From my POV, it'll be interesting to see how long each match is given. Really, Lesnar vs Goldberg should be five minutes, Reigns vs Undertaker doesn't need to be longer than 15. Jericho vs Owens should go 20 minimum. It has the potential to be absolutely incredible.
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    Will they gatecrash the Ladder Match? Or turn up on RAW post-Mania? https://whatculture.com/wwe/matt-jef...wwe-imminently
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    The SD women's title match has been moved to the main card after fan backlash and presumably a sudden dawning of common sense, and perhaps a few choice words from any agents and women who had the balls to speak up backstage.

    It'd be hilarious, saddening and typical if this only happened because someone mentioned to Vince that Naomi's entrance wouldn't work in the pre-show because of daylight. He would hate that detail I bet.

    I'm not sure whether that means Naomi is winning now though, I'll just go with either Alexa or Naomi and both of them feuding for the title, while Becky is working with Asuka.
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    Where can i watch WWE for free online?
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    (Original post by Abbas78600)
    Where can i watch WWE for free online?
    Google for streams on the night and you'll definitely find one.
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    (Original post by Abbas78600)
    Where can i watch WWE for free online?
    Try the WWE Network to get a free month. I'm giving it a go for Mania and their catalogue of DVDs. I'm assuming it's better to view a stream on the Network but always go elsewhere if it fails

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    Shelton Benjamin cleared for an in-ring return!
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Shelton Benjamin cleared for an in-ring return!
    Will be buried to the midcard anyway, but would love to see Benjamin vs Owens
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    (Original post by AR_95)
    Will be buried to the midcard anyway, but would love to see Benjamin vs Owens
    Think Benjamin is an ideal first foe for Baron Corbin, if he takes the IC title as expected.
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    According to the latest Wrestling Observer Radio (subscription required but recommended), WWE isn’t planning on closing out WrestleMania 33 with what many believe will be a short match between Goldberg & Brock Lesnar. That honor is currently set to go to Undertaker & Roman Reigns.
    It'd be a downer if Reigns beats him in his final match so would suggest Undertaker wins. Intrigued by how or if they'd close the show in a unique way to signify his last match and tease something for RAW the next night.
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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    It'd be a downer if Reigns beats him in his final match so would suggest Undertaker wins. Intrigued by how or if they'd close the show in a unique way to signify his last match and tease something for RAW the next night.
    There's no way Taker wins without Reigns unleashing a beating on him post-bout, imho.
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    Or Taker wins with Reigns dominating the match, which is most likely what will happen. Already said this a while ago, Taker is going for 25.

    If Reigns does win,the WWE believes that the more heat on a character = the better, which won't apply to this case. A Reigns win is going to permanently bury himself forever.
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    (Original post by AR_95)
    Or Taker wins with Reigns dominating the match, which is most likely what will happen. Already said this a while ago, Taker is going for 25.

    If Reigns does win,the WWE believes that the more heat on a character = the better, which won't apply to this case. A Reigns win is going to permanently bury himself forever.
    Reigns should win. And he should win in a dirty finish. It won't happen, I know, but all's I'm saying is it should.
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