Still too early to tell. We don't know how many part timers will be there. I'm hoping to see a Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens match. Cena vs. Undertaker would be great, but still up in the air. Triple H will wrestle probably against Kurt Angle. Everything else is up in the air.
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns seems like the only lock to me.
A few months ago, I would've said Triple H vs. Kurt Angle, but given the way their respective in-ring time has gone lately, I'd guess WWE has to be having at least some second thoughts. I just don't see how this match can be passable and not tarnish both of their legacies unless they go for an all-out smoke and mirrors match like they did with H and Sting at 31.
Everything else is really too murky to predict. Is John Cena facing The Undertaker? If he's not, is he challenging for the WWE Title? If he's not, what's he doing? Does AJ Styles make it to Mania as champion? Does Roman win the Rumble, or does someone like Nakamura take it? There are way too many questions right now. We'll start to get a clearer picture once the Rumble is in our rear view mirror, but I think we're a long way away, story-wise, from whatever they're planning with pretty much everything, including Lesnar/Reigns. We just know that because everyone has known that for the better part of two years now.
I think Daniel Bryan's status has a huge impact on the Smackdown side of the show. If he's cleared, he's likely involved with Shane's match one way or another (either tagging with him or facing him.) If he's not, Shane has to get into some sort of progam, because we have to assume he's going to want to work Mania. Too many variables.
I think the card looks something like this: Cena v Taker Regins V Lesner AJ v Nakamura Owens v Zayn
Interesting to see where Orton and Balor fit in. Is Jeff back before mania? I could see him and Balor doing something. Maybe Orton is in the ladder match with other upper card guys with nothing to do. Miz, bray, Matt Hardy etc.
@vamp55figs (Instagram) Come on Mattel - Lets see a Paint Splatter Bret Hitman Hart.
Reigns/Lesnar obviously. Cena/Undertaker sounding more and more likely by the day. I have no desire to see Angle/HHH. As a matter of fact, I have no desire to see either guy in a match.
WWE blew it with Angle. It could have been a huge storyline going in to Mania where he’s having his first match back in WWE after 12 years. But the TLC and Survivor Series matches showed me all I need to see from Angle at this stage. He’s a total shell of himself. And it pains me to say that since he is one of my favorites
Same with Hunter, to a lesser extent. His style ages better than Angles, and I’m sure you can throw him in their with a Balor or Strowman and we’ll get a decent match, like the Rollins one last year. Just don’t really want to see it.
I also hope AJ is defending the title in a one on one match and not some multi man nonsense involving Owens and Zayn.