The most prestigious night in wrestling is almost upon us, as WWE prepares for WrestleMania 34. Here is the full event card, as well as our predictions for each match-up. It's been an interesting twelve months for WWE since last year's WrestleMania. On RAW, the Universal Championship has been dominated by part-time performer Brock Lesnar, the RAW25 celebrations were dogged with controversy, and an injury to Dean Ambrose scuppered the highly anticipated reunion of The Shield. Meanwhile, SmackDown spent much of 2017 mired in the frequently bashed WWE Championship reign of Jinder Mahal, and saw fan favorite superstars like Rusev and Tye Dillinger be seemingly held down and mostly ignored.
Despite the above issues, there has also been so much in WWE to celebrate. A white-hot feud between The New Day and The Usos, the introduction of all-female Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber matches and the continued success of superstars such as The Miz, Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman and Asuka have all served to remind fans exactly why they continue to invest their time and money into Vince McMahon's scripted sport.
Much of the hype surrounding Wrestlemania 34 may concern a main event that many predicted a year in advance, but to focus solely on the Universal Championship bout between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns would do a disservice to what is actually a very strong card overall. Here's exactly who will be going toe-to-toe and which superstars we think will come out on top in New Orleans.
This Page: Cruiserweight Championship, Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and Women's Battle Royal
Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali (Cruiserweight Championship)
Under the guidance of a certain Paul "Triple H" Levesque, 205 Live has gone from an afterthought to arguably the most exciting part of WWE's Tuesday night programming, and a large part of that has been due to the exciting Cruiserweight Championship tournament. The tournament has been reminiscent of the critically lauded 2016 Cruiserweight Classic, and will conclude with a face vs. face contest pitting two of WWE's best athletes against each other in a match that will surely be a high-flying spectacle.
The match could go either way, with both Alexander and Ali popular with fans and credible enough competitors, but WWE have seemed marginally more keen on Cedric since the dawn of the Cruiserweight division and HHH in particular is known to be an admirer. Also look out for a possible cameo reappearance from the King of the Cruiserweights, Neville, who is reportedly close to returning to WWE.
Predicted winner: Cedric Alexander
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Are you a WWE Superstar but don't have a match at this year's Wrestlemania? Fear not, as the snappily-titled Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal is here to spare your blushes. Essentially a Royal Rumble without the staggered entrances, these matches can often be clunky, forgettable affairs and since many competitors aren't even announced until they walk down the ramp, picking a winner can be trickier than escaping a Daniel Bryan submission.
With that said, this appropriately oversized trophy is often used to elevate up and coming new superstars and the likes of Cesaro and Baron Corbin have certainly benefited from winning. Some hot contenders for the prize could be Mike Kanellis (who was recently cleared to return to action) or Tye Dillinger, two men whose careers are both yet to take off on Smackdown. On the other hand, what a story it would be if Curt Hawkins could halt his infamous losing streak on the grandest stage of them all.
Predicted winner: Tye Dillinger
Women's Battle Royal
It's been a history-making twelve months for women's wrestling and that is set to continue with an all-female version of the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 34. Although only marginally more prestigious than the usual multi-woman face vs. heel tag match it replaces, the ladies will be keen to make a big impression in the Battle Royal after a very impressive Rumble debut.
WWE will be looking to start their new annual battle royal off on the right foot, and are likely to pick a relatively high-profile winner, most likely Sasha Banks or Bayley since their feud seems to be the big story of the match. The Boss and The Hugger could have easily had their own spot at 'Mania but alas, their beef will need to be settled among a myriad of other women, with Bayley hopefully capitalizing on her recent upturn in fortunes with a victory.
Predicted winner: Bayley