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WrestleMania 34 predictions: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns

With WrestleMania 34 all set to invade the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana this coming Sun., April 8, 2018, live on pay-per-view (PPV) and the WWE Network, it's time to go about making predictions for the biggest show of the year. The match card is filled out and our staff of learned blowhards will give their best guess on who is going to emerge victorious this weekend.

But instead of doing this all in one post and giving you a wall of text and 5,000 words to read through, we'll give the top matches their own post, then cover the undercard.

Got it? Good.

Let’s go:


Geno Mrosko: I can’t wait for this match. These two have great chemistry together and their WrestleMania 31 match is criminally underrated, probably because Seth Rollins crashed the party and screwed up the finish. We don’t have to worry about that now. I’m also able to separate what I may want personally from what WWE should do to finish telling this particular story. Do I necessarily want to watch Reigns vanquish “The Beast” once and for all? Not particularly. But is it absolutely what WWE should do? Yes. It’s time. Let’s wrap this up, once and for all, so we can all move on into the new era, whatever that era may be. Pick: Roman Reigns

Sean Rueter: More than a pick, it feels like we should be weighing in on whether or not we’re looking forward to the match. As with all things Roman, WrestleMania 34’s likely main event is a dividing line betwixt wrestling fans, so let me plant my flag on the pro-Reigns (which I guess is also Vince’s?) side of the divide. The story which stretches back to their WWE title fight in 2015 is pretty freaking epic, and the build to this match - once we got past the early worked shoot stuff I’m always a little leery of when it’s overtly used in The Big Dog’s angles - has been fire... even/especially when it veered into the ridiculous of assaulting law enforcement and handcuffed beatdowns. Plus, I have little doubt the match itself will rule. It’s been a long time since I haven’t enjoyed a Reigns’ match, and I believe Brock likes working with Roman, and cares about his legacy enough - should this be his last pro wrestling match for a while - to bring it. Stop fighting. Acceptance is the answer. It’s his yard. Witness him. Pick: Roman Reigns.

Kyle Decker: It’s got to be Roman. Whether Brock stays or not, they have to close out this story here. It was too soon for Roman to get the win at WrestleMania 31 and I’m glad they went the way they did. But we’re three years removed from that and Roman is certainly ready to put the Brock story to bed. Then we can finally move on and get really good Roman feuds with all sorts of members of the WWE rosters. Pick: Roman Reigns

Rev. Claire: Four years. It’s been four years that WWE has been telling this story! How many other stories in wrestling last that long these days? Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn’s interpromotional, never-ending tale of friendship turned antagonism and back again? The Rise and Fall and Rise of Jimmy Havoc in Progress? Kazuchika Okada’s long ascension from returning to New Japan as the Rainmaker to beating Hiroshi Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom 10? There aren’t many. Some beats have been better (the WrestleMania 31 main event cash-in, Reigns putting the Undertaker down at WrestleMania 33) and some have been worse (the whole interminable period where Triple H was Roman’s main antagonist heading into their match at WrestleMania 32), but they’ve stuck to their guns throughout. And wrestling, as much as folks decry it, is just as good at being great when it’s predictable as when a call comes out of nowhere. There’s only one way this ends... Pick: Roman Reigns

Cain A. Knight: Even though Seth Rollins doesn’t have a Money in the Bank briefcase this time, I hope he runs down to the ring anyway with a random briefcase and pins Roman Reigns, leaving everyone in a state of confusion while he celebrates. But just in case that doesn’t happen, WWE will probably pick the straightforward route of having Reigns win and then moving on to a feud with Samoa Joe. The story between Reigns and Lesnar has been really fun, and so was that handcuff beatdown segment. I’m a Paul Heyman Guy, so I’m definitely rooting for Brock. But either way, I expect this match to be stiff, violent, and much more entertaining than the last two WrestleMania main events. Pick: Roman Reigns

Pete Sweeney: There are more than 12 matches on this Wrestlemania card, and of them all, I am least looking forward to this one. The absurdity of that is this is the main event, which, by definition, is the bout I should be looking forward to the most. But it’s simple, I think. Watching this match, despite over a year’s build (see above), will be like watching the Sixth Sense already knowing our guy Bruce is deceased. Roman Reigns is going over. Vince McMahon is handing Reigns the torch even though it’s taken him six years to show any sign of a spark—and that’s only been in recent weeks. Do I think the match will be above average? I do. Will I care having known the end for months? I doubt it. Please WWE, make me look ridiculous for writing this paragraph... Pick: Roman Reigns

That’s what we think. What about you?

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