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Wrestlemania 31 is this Sunday, and I am going to share my uninformed opinions and predictions with you all.

4-Team Tag Team Turmoil match:

With the Usos being out of this match due to injury, I am not overly excited about this match. Safe money would be on Kidd & Cesaro retaining, but I could see an angle where the Uso’s interfere to cost the champs the titles.

AJ & Paige vs The Bellas:

AJ & Paige win, with some bad blood spiced in, leading to a triple threat match down the line for the Diva’s title.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal:

I think this should be used to elevate someone from the lower card to mid-card status. I could see this being used as a way to rehabilitate Jack Swagger (if he’s even in the match), or they could plug Sheamus in here for a big pop for his return. (although I think it would be best if Sheamus came back as a heel and sided with the Authority). With people like Mark Henry, Big Show, and Kane in this match, I am almost certain that they will put over someone from the lower card. The winner of the NXT 4-man tournament is the likely choice.

Intercontinental Ladder Match:

This is clearly designed for Daniel Bryan to add value back to the IC Title, but I wouldn’t be totally shocked if Barrett somehow came out of this on top. I like the suggestion of my Getting Networked partner, Dustin Spencer, of putting the title on Bryan and having a ‘best of 7’ series with Bryan and Ziggler. Personally, I say put the IC title on Bryan, and the US title on Cena, and give them long runs, then unify the titles at Summerslam.

Rusev vs Cena:

Cena has done a lot for the company this year, including getting destroyed by Lesnar, a part-time champion, on several occasions. Plus, having Cena be the one to end Rusev’s winning streak gives Rusev some rub too. As I said earlier, having bigger stars compete for and hold the U.S./Intercontinental titles would add value to the titles, which will make them valuable assets when grooming tomorrow’s world champions.

Bray Wyatt vs Undertaker:

Now that Lesnar has ended “The Streak,” conventional wisdom would lead one to think that Wyatt comes out on top here. I disagree, because having Wyatt beat Taker would devalue what Lesnar did. Also, just being IN a Wrestlemania match with Taker adds to Wyatt’s credibility. And if somehow they have a classic match, Wyatt losing will not matter in the least bit.

Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins:

I feel like Orton goes over here, especially if WWE follows their tried-and-tested ‘even Steven’ booking strategy. This could very well be the match of the night, and a feud that could continue on and off for a while. If Rollins goes over here, there’s no way that he leaves Wrestlemania as the Champ.

Triple H vs Sting:

I don’t see how any outcome other than a Sting victory could be booked. If it was my decision, I would book this like Triple H/Undertaker 2, where Trips brutalizes Sting for the entire match, but the Stinger finds a way to win. I really dislike how Trips takes all of these losses at Mania (Taker, Lesnar, probably Sting), but it’s the smart play.

Lesnar vs Reigns:

Lesnar’s gonna get paid big time by either WWE or UFC, and I think that the outcome of this match will be based purely on if Vince McMahon or Dana White’s signature is on his next paycheck. I predict that Reigns goes over here, in a BRUTAL match, leaving the door open for Rollins to cash in and become champ.

Rollins leaving as champ would set up a 3-way title match between Rollins, Reigns and Orton (who would have beaten Rollins earlier on the card).

Or Lesnar could re-sign, and destroy Reigns…which would bring tears of joy to the IWC. I don’t see it happening.

***UPDATE: since I typed this blog, Brock Lesnar has signed a multi-year deal with WWE, so now all bets are off for the outcome of the main event. I suspect the timing of this was not coincidental!***

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OH YOU DAMN RIGHT, its a double barrel edition of Getting Networked as Dan and the Hardcore Fish review not only Royal Rumble 1999, but also cover Royal Rumble 2015 and the fallout that has ensued online.   As always, follow both Dan and Dustin @danjohnny5 and @dspencecantlose – and continue sending in your suggestions for February reviews!

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For those of you that are unaware, in addition to being an indie hip hop artist, I am also 1/2 of the Getting Networked Podcast duo, with my friend Dustin Spencer. We are both life-long professional wrestling fans, and dedicate many hours of every week to watching and reviewing wrestling PPVs from yesteryear (all of which can be found on the WWE Network) on our weekly podcast. New episodes are available every wednesday on Itunes, www.thefanspodcast.com and on the podcast app of your choice. Check us out!

With that being said, tonight WWE presents the 2015 Royal Rumble, and I will be locked in. The Royal Rumble officially kicks of Wrestlemania season, as the main event will be pretty much etched in stone after tonight. With rumors surrounding Brock Lesnar’s contract ending sooner than you may think, tonight’s results are uncertain. Here’s what I think will happen:

The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor):

The Ascension goes over here, hopefully bringing an end to several weeks of horrible booking since they debuted.

Paige and Natalya vs. The Bella Twins:

I really don’t care, but I suspect this will follow whatever storyline Paige and Natalya have going on Total DIvas.

The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) (c) vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow:

I’m gonna say that the Usos go over due to some dissent between Miz and Mizdow.

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins:

My wife thinks that Cena will win, but Rollins walks away the champ after cashing in. I would love to see that, but i think that Brock either wins tonight, or reclaims the title at the next PPV, setting up Brock vs the winner of the Rumble…

2015 Royal Rumble match:

The IWC may just self-implode if Daniel Bryan doesn’t win this year’s Rumble, AND/OR if Roman Reigns does win. I don’t think Reigns is ready to shoulder the pressure of being in the main event at Wrestlemania. If it was me, I would put Bryan over here, but have Reigns be the runner-up. OR give Reigns the heat of eliminating Bryan, and make his character more sinister. The fans would eat that up. But i guess that would only work if Cena wins the title tonight?

Feel free to reply with your thoughts and predictions!