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World’s Most Dangerous Column 4.6.14: Bold WWE WrestleMania XXX Predictions
Posted by Greg De Marco on 04.06.2014

Well, this is it. My last column here at 411Mania under the current format. I finished up two weeks ago, but wanted to leave you in the best way possible...by talking about the granddaddy of them all in WrestleMania!

You may be wondering why this is it—why now? Fact is, I'm just too damned busy! Wife...two kids...increased church involvement...new hours at work…radio show…something had to give.

That said, it was still a very hard decision. But it was one I had to make, and it is done. If the site ever gets a redesign and I can do some shorter form posts/blogging, you'll see me here. Until that date, check me out over at www.ProWrestlingPowerhouse.com, where I plan to post on a semi-regular basis—whenever my schedule allows!

Thank yous? I actually did them last fall, the last time I left! They know who they are. And so should you…the reader. Thanks for reading, supporting my passion for wrestling, and for being a fan. Because whether I'm a columnist, radio host, or a spectator, I'm right there with you—always a fan. Let's promise each other we'll never lose that.

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We've come to the end of the road in more ways than one this week, but the most important one is The Road to WrestleMania! The stage has been set (more on that later), the card built and (hopefully) the script finalized. Professional wrestling and sports entertainment's largest event is here.

You've likely seen the predictions—both Part 1 and Part 2 as well as Tony Acero's take in the good ol' 5&1. But as you know by now, you're not truly ready until Greg DeMarco makes some bold, asinine and preposterous predictions!

Okay, some of them are truly just bold predictions. Still others are off-the-wall, bad ass, and amazing.

CM Punk Shows Up for WrestleMania XXX
Somehow, the man the Internet Wrestling Community blindly supports—despite walking out on all of them—comes back.

You see, CM Punk is an attention whore. He loves to be the center of attention, and he walked out when he realized that wasn't happening at WrestleMania. It happened to him last year when his monumentous title reign had to end thanks to The Rock. But he got the ultimate consolation prize in a match with The Undertaker. This year? It was reportedly going to be Triple H, and CM Punk simply didn't want that.

Despite Raw emanating from some of the WWE's most vocal cities (including Chicago), the CM Punk chants are slowly dying off. Eventually, they'll be gone. Punk will be a memory, and the focus will be on those superstars actually performing for the company.

Punk knows this. And he can't stand it.

He needs to be the one we care about above all others, and he's going to get his wish when he returns at WrestleMania.

How? Remember, there's more than one way to skin a cat...

Run-In - Imagine the pop if CM Punk were to run in against a member of The Authority. You could have it be against Kane, the last man to physically interact with Punk before his walk out. It could obviously be against Triple H, who once again abuses his, um, authority and tries to hold Daniel Bryan back.

If I were the WWE, it'd be both. Have him run in and attack Kane during the six-man tag team match. This allows the crowd to get "CM Punk" out of their system, and go on with the card. Then when he shows up again in the main event, he gets another monster pop. He could actually be the surprise, twice.

Front Row Ticket - CM Punk's reported engagement to AJ Lee, if accurate, would be a terribly kept secret. I mean, who wrestles with an engagement ring on????

Then imagine CM Punk, supportive fiancé, grabbing a front row seat for her match—and victory—in the Divas Challenge. Punk could then hit the ring to celebrate with his would-be-bride, sending the internet into a whirlwind while becoming Twitter's #1 Worldwide Trend.

In-Ring Promo - My last two possible returns make the most for one reason: theme song. Theme songs are like catchphrases…they get the pops. When that familiar opening guitar riff of Living Colour's Cult of Personality hits, the crowd will go insane. They could literally blow the roof off of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

You could have Punk interrupt a Hulk Hogan in-ring segment, or even a Bad News Barrett spot. Or you can give him an empty ring…a place to sit and drop another pipe bomb.

The ideal situation here? Punk cuts a solo in-ring promo. Solo, that is, until he's interrupted by the last famous walk-out, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. A little in-ring discussion and maybe—just maybe—we get a handshake agreement for Austin-Punk at WrestleMania 31.


Post Main Event Walk-In - Wouldn't it be ironic if the man who walked out simply walks back in? After Daniel Bryan's triumphant main even victory (and subsequent YES! chants), Punk's theme hits and he simply walks out onto the stage, points to Daniel Bryan in what appears to be a sign of solidarity, then does every wrestler's favorite move…the international sign for "I Want That Belt."

Special Guest Referee - Regardless of who ends up in the main event, Vince McMahon could finally make another appearance, naming CM Punk as the special guest referee for the final match. The result could easily lead to a post-Mania feud (Punk-Batista could really work) and could be a feather in the cap of the early "Reality Era."

Or the WWE can take a page out of WrestleMania X's book, naming two special guest referees: CM Punk for Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan and ______ for the main event.

Why blank? Because that's my next bold prediction!

Special Guest Referee for the Main Event: Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania's main storyline is Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority, meaning everything is coming full circle from August. Why not involve Shawn Michaels, who was an early piece of the puzzle. Sure, he says there's no issue with Daniel Bryan, but what better way to prove it? The best friend of Triple H and the trainer of Daniel Bryan ends up as the referee in Bryan's biggest match ever. And he either stops HHH from interfering, or he simply calls it down the middle—allowing Daniel Bryan to finally win "the big one" and getting his WrestleMania moment in the process.

In my last CM Punk example above, CM Punk would referee the HHH-Bryan match, and Michaels would referee the main event.

Of, and if CM Punk isn't available, I have a suitable replacement: Shane McMahon.

By the way, who is in that main event?

Both Daniel Bryan and Triple H Enter The Main Event
This prediction isn't as bold anymore, as many have been calling it since even before the Bryan-HHH match was made official. There are so many ways to believably pull this off, and it all makes sense.

HHH can cheat to beat Bryan, but Vince would appear and add Bryan to the main event.

Bryan can defeat the COO, and Stephanie would add HHH to the main event.

We can have a no-contest or other non-finish, leading to HHH putting them both in the match.

Any way you slice it, that main event is becoming a Four Way, further stacking the deck against Daniel Bryan and furthering his WrestleMania moment when he wins. Plus, it sets up the easy Bryan-HHH main event for BacklashExtreme Rules.

An Underdog Wins Andre's Battle Royal
The WWE is dressing up the typical battle royal format by slapping Andre The Giant's name on it, building an Andre The Giant Memorial Trophy and calling it the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Many think the obvious winner is The Big Show, but that seems too obvious. Alexander Rusev is a smart choice (assuming he enters), and on Sunday's Greg DeMarco Show I picked Sheamus as the winner.

But why not use this in a different way—to put over an underdog.

Rey Mysterio - Mysterio has been rumored to retire this year, and what better way to go out than a battle royal win at WrestleMania!

Sin Cara - Hunico has done a good job under the mask, and this would be a great way to re-establish his credibility.

Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal or Drew McIntyre - if any member of 3MB were to break out, this would be the way to do it!

Zack Ryder - Ah Zack, the lovable loser! If the WWE really wanted to take a chance with him, they could kickstart a push with a battle royal win.

Brad Maddox - The General Manager of Raw has been much quieter since The Authority really started going crazy. Most casual fans don't (or realize) know that he spent several years in OVW and FCW/NXT wrestling before making his referee debut, is six-foot tall and weighs 215 pounds. Want to actually make something of Maddox? This is the way to do it.

A Veritable Mount Rushmore (and then some) Of World Champions In The Ring At One Time
Hulk Hogan is the host of WrestleMania, so he'll find himself in the ring at one time. If the WWE chose to, they could legitimately fill the ring with these former world champions—ones well known by the targeted casual fans of today: Hogan, Steve Austin, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Edge and Ric Flair. Imagine those six in the ring when CM Punk returns to cut a pipe bomb on each of them?

Or, there's another option: all six former world champions in the ring, when Hogan points out that someone is missing. Flair chimes in saying he knows who it is, better than anyone. That man?


Enter Sting to a tremendous pop, so he can say thank you to the fans and begin speculation about his 2015 Hall of Fame induction and WrestleMania 21 match.

Did I say FIVE Bold Predictions? Screw it, this is WrestleMania, and my last hurrah. Let's keep going!

The Real Americans Win The WWE Tag Team Championships
The Real Americans have been through a lot, nearly breaking up more than once. The WWE seemed to be building to Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro, or even Swagger vs. Cesaro vs. Big E for the Intercontinental Championship. E finds himself in the Battle Royal, with The Real Americans holding down the pre-show fort with The Usos, Los Matadores and Rybaxel.

The Real Americans are basically over like faces thanks to their "We The People!" catchphrase. They've been on the same page as of late, and have the momentum headed into WrestleMania XXX. I don't expect it to end there, as I think they'll score the fall over one of the other challenging teams (not The Usos) to win the WWE Tag Team Championship straps.

So their momentum continues? Not so fast, my friend!

By virtue of them not beating The Usos, the Samoan brother duo will get a rematch at RawAfterMania, and will regain the titles. This will cause the break-up to finally happen, with Cesaro going face.

You heard it here first!

Ten Years After He Last Did It, John Cena Opens WrestleMania
There are seven matches on the WrestleMania "main card," so some creative spacing is necessary. If you believe the rumors (and they've been pretty solid in 2014), the card will go down like this:

The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age outlaws
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Divas Challenge
Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. HHH/Bryan winner

There's nothing wrong with that order, but this is WrestleMania XXX, and I expect something big to kick the show off. I can't see Taker-Brock going on first, and Triple H damn sure ain't opening the show.

In fact, there are two different methods I'd use to order this card, and they each hinge around the world title picture. Do you put the world title qualifier right before the world title match, or earlier?

If you go earlier, my order looks like this:
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Divas Challenge
The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age outlaws
Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. HHH/Bryan winner

If you go back-to-back, my order shifts little bit:
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Divas Challenge
The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age outlaws
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. HHH/Bryan winner

I think you put the HHH-Bryan in the middle of the show, but have Bryan cut off the "YES!" chants and tell the fans that the job isn't finished—but he finishes it in the main event (this can also be where Triple H inserts himself into said main event, if the booking calls for it).

And like is said, you need something big to kick off the show. Nothing says "a new era starts now" like Bray Wyatt, even in a loss, mauling John Cena and sending him home in an ambulance.

Oh, by the way...

Bray Wyatt Sends John Cena Home In An Ambulance
Many expect WrestleMania XXX to "make" Bray Wyatt, and I do as well. But I don't expect him to get this big shocking win over John Cena. In fact, I expect him to lose via pinfall to the Attitude Adjustment.

And that's okay, because as Greg DeMarco Show cohost Patrick O'Dowd will tell you, Bray's crazy and "crazy don't care."

This isn't about winning, this is about killing Superman. And The Wyatt Family will do just that. I expect a surprise ending where Cena avoids some Wyatt Family-ference and scores the quick pin with the AA (with Bray nearly kicking out).

At that point the fun begins. No celebration, just a sneak attack by Erick Rowan and Luke Harper that leads to the complete decimation of John Cena. He won't be out of action long, because I'm sure there are stories on Total Divas to promote, but he ain't leaving the ring under his own power on this night.

And that is how the legend of Bray Wyatt will be built. Not on wins and title reigns (although he will eventually become obsessed with the title and win it), but on the bodies he leaves lying.

And the most prominent early body will be that of Superman—John Cena.

The Shield Breaks Up At WrestleMania
While I predicted that The Real Americans won't break up at WrestleMania, I expect the opposite from The Shield. Reports are that the WWE plans for Reigns to look huge after ‘Mania, and I believe it happens because he'll eventually have to overcome Kane and The New Age Outlaws on his own-after Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose walk out on him.

And that's okay. As much as I love The Shield (and I do), and as much as I was calling for a Shield face turn (and I was), the time is right. Sure, there's more you can do with The Wyatts (and Reigns could feud with Bray down the road), but you have to strike while the iron is hot here. The WWE desperately needs a new top face, one that can appear in movies and grace the cover of magazines. Roman Reigns is that guy, and one thing we know about the lead roles in the WWE, they usually don't come with partners.

There you have it, NINE Bold Predictions for WrestleMania XXX. You're welcome!

And for some bonus coverage, here are my legitimate picks for the event:
-- Pre-Show – WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos defend vs. The Real Americans vs. Rybaxel vs. Los Matadores – The Real Americans win the tag titles by beating someone other than the Usos
-- John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt – Cena via pinfall
-- Divas Challenge – Brie Bella wins the Divas Championship by pinning AJ Lee
-- The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age Outlaws – Shield wins as Reigns gets the fall over Billy Gunn
-- Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H - Bryan pins Triple H to qualify for the main event
-- Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal - Big E wins, last eliminating Alexander Rusev
-- The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar – Undertaker keeps The Streak alive
-- WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Champion Randy Orton defends vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan (and possible vs. Triple H) – Daniel Bryan becomes WWE World Heavyweight Champion by forcing Orton to tap out

Post your predictions in the comments below!

A tradition started at the end of each point when I wrote The Wrestling 5&1, "You Decide!" is your chance to weigh in on a major question facing professional wrestling each week. Vote once per hour, and leave your opinions in the comments section!

Three weeks ago, I asked what you thought would happen to/with Daniel Bryna at WrestleMania XXX. Your answer was obvious...

This week I ask you a question I posed on both Facebook and Twitter:

For the past few years, I've been hearing the phrase "it doesn't feel like WrestleMania." I don't get it. So I ask you, does it feel like WrestleMania?

Return and vote once per hour!
Voting closes Wednesday night!

I don't understand it, not one bit. But for the past few weeks, and the past few years, I keep hearing the phrase "But it doesn't feel like WrestleMania."

I'm sorry...what?

What does it feel like? Did the Broncos vs. the Seahawks not feel like the Super Bowl? Because it damn sure was the Super Bowl!

What do you want it to feel like? I posed this question on Facebook and Twitter, and most likened to Christmas morning, or like they felt as a kid. Others said the lack of a long term build detracts from their…um…feeling.

Seriously, I don't get it.

Christmas morning - We all have to grow up sometime, don't we? I'm 37-years old but I'm still a kid at heart. I feel and act like a kid whenever possible, it's just that I'm now a kid with kids of his own, and mad responsibilities. But things like WrestleMania...amusement parks...ice cream…they all provide an escape from "real life." And my real life ain't so bad—I'm pretty lucky. But when I watch wrestling (or do the others listed), responsibilities go away and I am enjoying myself and usually my family.

Maybe you'll feel better if Triple H brings back the WrestleMania Control Center?

Long Term Build - Well then you've hated it for years. And you're blind.

The WrestleMania 26 main events were the culmination of over a year of storytelling. John Cena and Batista had been on a collision course since WrestleMania 21, and this was only their second meeting. And Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker was a year in the making—only this time Michaels' career was on the line.

WrestleMania 27 saw The Miz get only the second ever heel main event win at WrestleMania, and his must-see reign started that prior November. CM Punk feuded with Randy Orton over an issue that went back two years. And Triple H wanted to avenge the forced retirement of his best friend against The Undertaker.

WrestleMania 28 saw a collision between two of the biggest stars in wrestling history as John Cena faced The Rock in a match dubbed "Never Before, Never Again." CM Punk was in the midst of his amazing 434 day WWE Championship run and stole the show in a match with Chris Jericho. And "YES! YES! YES!" was born.

WrestleMania 29 saw John Cena finally get the win over The Rock, in a rematch from "Never Before, Never Again" that was set-up by circumstance (Cena won the Royal Rumble and The Rock won the WWE Championship). CM Punk and The Undertaker put on a match that was easily WrestleMania worthy, and featured moments that made us believe The Streak would end.

Now we here—WrestleMania 30—and we're capping off over seven months-worth of storytelling that goes back to SummerSlam with Triple H, Daniel Bryan and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. How is that not WrestleMania?

Would it feel like WrestleMania if it was CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan in a 60-minute Iron Match for every title in existence? If Cesaro wrestled four matches on the show?

Fact is, this is WrestleMania! It feels like Christmas, we have a long-term build and we will have some great wrestling. Enjoy it—allow yourself to enjoy it!

And c'mon, what's more WrestleMania than this?

Welcome To WrestleMania!

In wrestling today, there is no show quite like Raw. Giving us moments and memories that we will cherish forever, and some we'd rather not ever recall again. This space is the chance to look back in time, each week, to a Raw memory.

Daniel Bryan finally got his wish, a few weeks ago, thanks to the YES! Movement and their efforts to Occupy Raw.

This past Tuesday, Patrick O'Dowd and I were joined by Su Yung and Steve Cook for our WrestleMania preview! Also, WrestleMania Axxess painter Rob Schamberger chimed in on his rise to stardom, and Playboy Bunny Jessy Erinn made her #GuiltyPleasure debut! Thanks to all who listened, making our return to Pro Wrestling Powerhouse and the newly rebranded Powerhouse Radio a smashing success!

Missed it? Listen here!

And enjoy one more shot of Guilty Pleasure Jessy Erinn!

For your final DeMarcette of the Week, I present #GlassesAndAsses herself, Nikki St. John!

You can follow Nikki on Twitter at @nikki_stj!

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