13/04/2024

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The biggest WrestleMania of all time is just days away, as all eyes are on the main events and if Cody Rhodes will finally finish the story.

WWE WrestleMania 40 will stream live on BINGE on Sunday, April 7 and Monday, April 8 from 9am AEST, emanating from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

It has been a dramatic two months for WWE and the build towards WrestleMania, first being hit with both CM Punk and Brock Lesnar unable to compete. In an attempt to rectify the situation, The Rock looked to insert himself in a long-anticipated match against Roman Reigns that resulted in enormous fan backlash and #WeWantCody trending worldwide on social media.

The WrestleMania Kickoff in Las Vegas then set the foundations for what we have today, which is Cody Rhodes receiving his Undisputed Universal Championship opportunity and The Rock aligning with the Tribal Chief for the biggest tag team match in the Premium Live Event’s (PLE) history.

It was a worrying start to WrestleMania season and although some of the current card may have not been original plans, WWE ended up producing an exciting build and still have the potential to make this one of the greatest WrestleMania’s of all time if executed right.

Below is The Inner Sanctum‘s preview and predictions for WrestleMania 40.

Biggest certainties: Bianca Belair, Jade Cargill and Naomi win (Night 1), LA Knight defeats AJ Styles (Night 2)

Dakota Kai and The Kabuki Warriors will have their hands full at WrestleMania when they challenge the super team of Bianca Belair, Jade Cargill and Naomi in a six-woman tag team match.

It will be Cargill’s second WWE match since arriving from AEW, making her impressive in-ring debut in this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble. She aligned with Belair and Naomi on last week’s edition of Smackdown when the two were being assaulted by Damage CTRL, prompting Nick Aldis to assemble the WrestleMania encounter.

With this being Cargill’s first proper performance and the E.S.T accumulating an undefeated streak at WrestleMania, it is certain those two and Naomi will emerge victorious. There is also no danger in Kai and The Kabuki Warriors losing, as it is not a regular tag team match with the Women’s Tag Team Championships on the line.

LA Knight and AJ Styles will finally meet one-on-one in a rivalry that has stemmed since late last year.

The Phenomenal One seemed destined to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Universal Championship at last November’s Crown Jewel, but was injured and had his spot taken by the Megastar. Ever since, Styles has had issues with Knight to the point where he cost him in the Men’s Elimination Chamber in Perth.

With Styles refusing to appear on episodes of Smackdown after the PLE, Knight visited his rival at his house and the two engaged in an intense brawl. It has become an intriguing feud, although some fans preferred to see the Megastar face Logan Paul for the United States Championship.

It will be Knight’s first WrestleMania match of his career and he is a certainty to defeat Styles, especially if he is planned for even more important programs heading into WWE’s summer. A loss in Philadelphia would be a highly questionable decision and potentially harm his momentum.

Surprise predictions: Jimmy Uso is victorious (Night 1), Damian Priest becomes the new World Heavyweight Champion (Night 2)

After months of costing his twin brother multiple championship matches, Jimmy Uso will finally battle Jey Uso at WrestleMania in the PLE’s third ever brother vs brother match.

It was always destiny that arguably the most successful tag team in WWE history would have a singles clash at the company’s biggest show, something both Jimmy and Jey have wished to achieve in their illustrious careers.

While Jey is currently the more popular superstar and has excelled on his own without The Bloodline, Jimmy Uso needs the victory much more. He has looked incredibly inferior to his brother and has lost a host of matches since rejoining his family, as a win at WrestleMania would be greatly beneficial and restore some credibility.

When talking about the World Heavyweight Championship match between Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre, the possibility of Damian Priest cashing in his Money in the Bank contract should not be ignored and Philadelphia is the perfect time to execute.

Some may say McIntyre deserves the WrestleMania moment after being denied of winning the WWE Title in front of fans in 2020, along with his immense character work in recent months. However, Priest successfully cashing in his briefcase to become the new World Heavyweight Champion could be a curveball WWE throws it’s audience and it makes sense.

McIntyre on numerous occasions prevented Priest from cashing in his contract on Seth Rollins, so it would be the ultimate revenge. It would also be ironic for a successful WrestleMania cash-in to take place during a Rollins match, when the Visionary done the exact same thing nine years ago during Brock Lesnar’s battle against Roman Reigns.

The second edition of Clash at the Castle was also announced for Scotland on June 16, which would be an amazing setting for McIntyre to win the World Heavyweight Title from Priest. While it may not be at WrestleMania, it gives the Scottish Warrior a triumph in his homeland and Priest two months with the championship.

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Matches of the show: Gunther vs Sami Zayn (Night 1), Logan Paul vs Randy Orton vs Kevin Owens (Night 2)

Gunther will defend his Intercontinental Championship for a second straight WrestleMania when he collides against Sami Zayn.

The challenger was victorious in a Gauntlet Match on the March 12 edition of Raw to earn the opportunity, although fans wished to see Chad Gable compete against the Ring General at WrestleMania instead.

However, Gunther and Zayn are still going to produce a remarkable in-ring performance that should see the champion retain. Both are known for their incredible ability and if their previous clash last June is any indication, it should be the best match on Night 1.

Despite helping the challenger prepare for Gunther and offering advice on how to defeat him, it would add another element if Gable turns on Zayn and costs him the match. It also presents the Alpha Academy member an important role at WrestleMania that does not involve competing.

Logan Paul will have the deck stacked against him at WrestleMania, putting his United States Championship on the line against Randy Orton and Kevin Owens in a triple threat match.

The Maverick first battled Owens for his title at the Royal Rumble and attempted to use his signature brass knuckles to his advantage. The Prizefighter managed to get his hands on the object though and he knocked out Paul, until the referee noticed and called for a disqualification.

Paul then used his brass knuckles to cost Randy Orton in the men’s Elimination Chamber match, after the Viper eliminated him prior.

Although fans were eager to see the Maverick vs LA Knight as stated above, the triple threat match makes just as much sense and will be just as great. Paul should emerge victorious and with how special last year’s Intercontinental Title match was at WrestleMania 39, WWE would want to go a step further in brilliance and these three superstars are highly capable.

What must happen: The Rock and Roman Reigns win (Night 1), Cody Rhodes captures the Undisputed Universal Title (Night 2)

In what WWE has labelled the biggest tag team match in WrestleMania history, The Rock and Roman Reigns will challenge Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins with implications for the Night 2 main event at stake.

If the American Nightmare and World Heavyweight Champion clinch victory, Rhodes will gain the opportunity to face Reigns the next night in a pure singles match with no outside inteference. If the Final Boss and Tribal Chief win, the Night 2 main event has no rules and this is what WWE must opt with.

The next question is who receives the pinfall between Rollins and Rhodes? It has to be the latter, because it only adds to the difficulty he has encountered in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania.

A criticism for last year’s WrestleMania build was that Rhodes did not endure enough adversity, so being pinned and walking into Night 2 under a huge cloud of doubt on top of the beatdowns he has taken would compensate.

A ‘Bloodline Rules’ match would also be more tremendous viewing, given how chaotic it would be and especially if John Cena and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin appear to assist the American Nightmare.

Rhodes should then defy all odds and finally dethrone Reigns to become the new Undisputed Universal Champion. It would be an emotional ending after his patience and suffering, marking a new era in WWE and having another full-time world champion on television weekly.

The Tribal Chief’s reign of terror concluding at Philadelphia is also appropriate, given that is where his ascendence as a singles competitor truly started at the 2015 Royal Rumble.

Other predictions:

Bayley defeats IYO SKY to become the new Women’s Champion (Night 2)

Rhea Ripley retains her title against Becky Lynch to ensure she becomes the longest-reigning Women’s World Champion in WWE history (Night 1)

The Judgment Day lose their tag team titles and they will split; The Awesome Truth will become the new Raw Tag Team Champions and A-Town Down Under will capture the Smackdown Tag Team Championships (Night 1)

Rey Mysterio and Dragon Lee defeat Santos Escobar and Dominik Mysterio (Night 1)

The Pride defeat The Final Testament (Night 2)

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