Here is our run-down of predictions for WWE WrestleMania 37. Yes, it’s that time of the year again. It’s time for WWE to give us its annual WrestleMania spectacular, though things are still not quite right. After WrestleMania 36‘s move to the Performance Center with fans, this year WrestleMania 37 emanates from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. And around 25,000 fans are expected to be in attendance for each of the two nights. It’s not the same as WWE being able to attract 70,000-80,000 for one marathon card, but it’s exciting nonetheless.
Less exciting, though, is the card itself. The pandemic is a factor in WWE being unable to use some of its go-to part-time performers. But that doesn’t include the poor job of building up certain Mania matches involving full-timers. As of right now, it feels like we’re going to witness an overly long SummerSlam rather than the Showcase Of The Immortals. But who knows? WWE has exceeded expectations many times with seemingly underwhelming PPV events. And perhaps they will do so again this weekend. This is our latest wrestling predictions article. So, let’s break down what we can expect to see at WrestleMania 37!
WWE WrestleMania 37 Night One
WWE Championship Match
Bobby Lashley (C) vs. Drew McIntyre
Understandably, WWE wants the very first match to open proceedings with a bang. This arguably makes the opening match bigger than the main event itself. Hence why I believe the WWE Title bout will kick off the weekend. Lashley is finally WWE Champion and is very good in his role. But will it end just weeks after starting? Because Drew is still waiting to have a proper WWE Title win at a WrestleMania in front of fans. And I can’t imagine WWE will extend that through to Mania 38, unless he turns heel later this year.
Therefore, while I’m enjoying Lashley as WWE Champion, I’m going for McIntyre to get the moment that he was denied in 2020. It may take more than one Claymore, but Drew will have enough to secure the win. Besides The Undertaker’s “final farewell” (which is surely not the true end for him), McIntyre’s WM 36 coronation is the one moment that really needed a live audience but sadly didn’t get it. So, WWE will right that wrong and have McIntyre walk out of Tampa as a three-time WWE Champion.
Prediction: Drew McIntyre
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Turmoil Match
This is a long name for a match that sets up a subsequent contest. So, whichever team triumphs here gets a shot at Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler the following night. Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose, Natalya and Tamina, Naomi and Lana and The Riott Squad have been announced. Carmella and Billie Kay are likely to join the fray. But the two notable absentees from Mania 37 are my guess to enter and win.
They would be Charlotte Flair and Bayley, with the latter having no logical reason to be missing TV time lately. Two major names shouldn’t miss out on Mania altogether unless they have injuries. And since they don’t, I expect them to be the surprise final team and to win this bout. This provides Nia and Shayna with the toughest possible opponents for night two of WM 37.
Prediction: Charlotte Flair & Bayley
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison
No celebrity in WWE history is as frequent a television fixture as Bad Bunny from his first appearance at Royal Rumble. Having only missed one Raw episode, and having scooped a Grammy award earlier this year, he’s currently very valuable to Raw. Yet his wrestling participation likely ends this weekend. With him and Damien Priest looking strong throughout their time together, there can only be one result here on Sunday.
Not that this should bother The Miz and John Morrison. Though their humour has an acquired taste, they look like they genuinely have fun on WWE TV. And they taste defeat so often that one more high-profile loss at Mania shouldn’t destroy their careers. So, the babyfaces are sure to get the win here, with Priest then becoming a true solo force on the Raw brand. I could actually see The Miz-Morrison team splitting up after WrestleMania 37. Perhaps Miz blames JoMo for their loss, allowing Morrison to once again be a singles star himself?
Prediction: Bad Bunny & Damien Priest
Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro
Here, we have what is likely to be the best pure wrestling match of the entire weekend of WrestleMania 37. Due to the likelihood of each night not going beyond four hours, these two should have plenty of time. A good 20 minutes or so could allow Rollins and Cesaro to put on one hell of a scrap. And unlike AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and WM 34, WWE hasn’t hyped this up as being a classic. Therefore, with less pressure on their shoulders, they’re more likely to give fans a standout match.
The result could go either way, but the outcome could have a major impact on the career of Cesaro. If the Swiss Superman wins, it furthers his momentum and positions him as an upper mid-carder on SmackDown for good. It could even lead to him receiving a Universal Title shot at a future PPV. As for Rollins, he does need another big win, but he has the talent to offset a loss. My guess is that WWE gives Cesaro the biggest singles win of his career and reheats Rollins beyond WrestleMania.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (C) vs. AJ Styles & Omos
Depending on your opinion, this is either a waste or a low-pressure spot for AJ Styles. He’s never been a Tag Team Champion in WWE, so he does have a goal to shoot for. To WWE, though, the bigger intrigue lies with Omos, his huge bodyguard making his official WWE in-ring debut here. No doubt, Omos’ size and him demonstrating what he has to offer will be the story of the match.
For Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston, a title loss wouldn’t change anything whatsoever. But I could see WWE keeping the belts on New Day for a little longer. Possibly even long enough just to set up a title change in a rematch on the post-Mania Raw. So, while I see potential in AJ and Omos as champs, I think New Day will hold onto the straps here. Whether this means that the AJ-Omos alliance splinters thereafter remains to be seen. Though I do see potential in a showdown between Omos and Braun Strowman further down the road.
Prediction: The New Day
Steel Cage Match
Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon
Speaking of The Monster Among Men, he’s in action against Shane O Mac. It’s the first “normal” Steel Cage match at WrestleMania for a whopping 35 years. (Hopefully, we don’t have to wait until WrestleMania 72 for another Cage clash.) It’s also, sadly, the one with the weakest build-up. There’s an irony that the basis of this one is Shane repeatedly calling Braun “stupid”. Because, well, the twists and turns leading up to this battle have been pretty stupid. Still, at least it gives Shane yet another Mania match, and the storyline does end here in Tampa.
Now, since Shane triumphed in his feud with The Miz in 2019, it’s possible that he wins here. But the rivalry with Miz had months of groundwork with an extensive (though overly-long) aftermath. Here, I get the feeling that Shane leaves WWE television again for a while as soon as Mania is in the books. Besides, Strowman surely can’t see his aura receive any more damage. So, I’m going for Strowman to win, and for Shane to take a bonkers bump off the Cage.
Prediction: Braun Strowman
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Sasha Banks (C) vs. Bianca Belair
A key benefit of WrestleMania 37 being a two-night event is that both Royal Rumble match winners could theoretically headline the show. In this case, it means the probability of Bianca closing night one as she challenges Sasha. This hasn’t been the recipient of the greatest creative attention either. But in recent weeks, Banks has once again embraced some heelish tendencies. Not enough for her to be a true villain, but enough to ensure that fans will back Bianca.
Now, Sasha is still yet to win at WrestleMania. And this is the biggest match of her career. But despite this, she’s a future Hall Of Famer and someone who is bound to win future titles. As for Bianca, this feels like a make-or-break opportunity. A win here could make her a force in the female ranks for many years to come. And she’s only likely to improve in the ring as time goes on. So, I’m guessing that Belair beats Banks for the gold to close the first half of WrestleMania 37. However, I do feel that this is only the first step of a lengthy rivalry lasting well into the summer.
Prediction: Bianca Belair
WWE WrestleMania 37 Night Two
WWE Raw Women’s Championship Match
Asuka (C) vs. Rhea Ripley
The second night of the Mania weekend could be a total 180. That would mean night two starting with a Women’s Championship match. Now, Asuka is also still searching for her first Mania triumph. And many believe that her plummet down the ranks stems from losing at WM 34. Even now, despite being Raw‘s top female babyface for almost a year, her booking isn’t exactly exemplary. At the same time, though, Ripley has not had the best of years following a defeat at Mania 36. That Charlotte Flair defeated both women in the matches that proved to be career turning points is just a coincidence, I’m sure.
Anyway, it means that both ladies desperately need a big victory here. For Asuka, it could prove that WWE does see her as a serious champion. And one who could hold onto the gold for even longer to come. But just like Bianca, Rhea is young enough to rule the division for a long time if she wins here. Since WWE had planned to take the belt off Asuka against Lacey Evans at Elimination Chamber, and she hasn’t defended her title in singles action on PPV since Clash Of Champions, I’m going for Rhea Ripley to win here. But I’m also predicting a big surprise, with Becky Lynch returning immediately afterwards to confront Rhea. The Man coming back should raise the excitement levels for the Raw women’s scene in the post-Mania season. Even if Becky’s actual return match, against Ripley, doesn’t happen for a little while longer.
Prediction: Rhea Ripley
WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight
Big E (C) vs. Apollo Crews
As of this writing, there is no clarification as to what a Nigerian Drum Fight is. Presumably, it’ll be a weapons match with the drums being available to use at ringside. Crews’ disdain for Big E overlooking him and his Nigerian heritage has been the story for this bout. Crews is certainly more prominent than he has ever been before. But is this enough to carry him to an IC Title victory at WrestleMania 37? Especially against future main eventer Big E? Probably not.
It will be an intense fight, but I can’t see there being a title change here. The Big Ending will allow Big E to win this feud and remain IC Champion heading into the summer. This also gives him a reason not to win the Money In The Bank briefcase. That’s because I see Big E heading towards eventually winning the Royal Rumble match in 2022. And that should lead to him winning his first heavyweight title at WrestleMania 38. But for Big E to achieve that massive milestone next year, he should earn the win at this year’s Mania.
Prediction: Big E
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
The renewal of a long-time rivalry has a few extra wrinkles. Firstly, Owens and Zayn are on opposite sides of the face/heel spectrum. Owens is the face, with Zayn being a more annoying heel than KO ever was. But there’s also the aspect of Zayn seeking conspiracies left, right and center. The lengthy discussion of his documentary all culminates in this match, with Logan Paul on hand. I know a lot of people dislike Logan, and for good reason. But he should gain WWE some media attention by being in Tampa. And that makes it all worth it for WWE.
I doubt Paul will be a factor in the match itself. Everybody knows what Owens and Zayn can do in the ring. So, I expect them to have one of the best bouts of the weekend. For a delusional character like Sami, a defeat is surely the only option. And it might lead to him eventually turning face again. (Zayn has been a heel since Hell In A Cell 2017, so he’s due an attitude adjustment.) So, expect KO to pin Sami with a Stunner, and to then Stunner Logan afterwards to a big pop.
Prediction: Kevin Owens
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (C) vs. Charlotte Flair & Bayley
Going off my earlier prediction, this is the chance for Charlotte and Bayley to strike gold. Nia and Shayna are a formidable team, even if Reginald’s ringside presence may suggest otherwise. However, WWE clearly sees more potential in these two (especially Nia) as singles threats. And besides, who else is there for these two to face for the belts beyond Mania? Then, you add in the credibility of their opponents and a title change is highly likely.
I’m unsure whether WWE would present Charlotte and Bayley as faces or heels. I think they would go for the former, but with Bayley not returning to her old “Hugger” persona. Instead, the edgier, darker Bayley would remain alongside The Queen, who remains the same as ever. A title win here should give these two women something productive to do in the coming months. And it may even be the first step towards WWE finally having The Four Horsewomen together on-screen come the autumn.
Prediction: Charlotte Flair & Bayley
WWE United States Championship Match
Riddle (C) vs. Sheamus
One thing that my predictions thus far is lacking concerns a heel triumph. In most cases, I am rooting for the babyfaces to be victorious. But with fans having not been to a show for over a year, a weekend of villainous victories is hardly appealing. Nevertheless, there has to be a moment somewhere across WrestleMania 37 where a heel does secure a momentous win. And I am predicting that to come in this bout.
For Riddle, a defeat could be damaging, but I could envision him regaining the US belt at a later date. As for Sheamus, this could be a reward for him working his ass off over the past year. If you ignore the staleness of his character, Sheamus has enjoyed a strong 12 months for WWE. And his career may not have many miles on the clock. Therefore, I’m going for Sheamus to win the US Title at Mania, though his reign may not last very long.
The Fiend vs. Randy Orton
Oh, boy. Without question, this is the match with the most ridiculous build-up. In fact, it may have the most ridiculous build-up of any match in WWE history. But it’s also the match with the longest back-story. In hindsight, Randy Orton setting The Fiend on fire at TLC was only the beginning of the wackiness. We’ve seen Alexa Bliss essentially consume the spirit of Bray Wyatt’s alter ego. What’s more, we’ve seen Randy Orton spewing a mysterious black liquid on several occasions. We’ve seen matches suddenly stop to become magic shows akin to something in Las Vegas. And we’ve even seen Randy Orton receive threats from, erm, Randy Orton. That The Fiend is back (and thus able to survive the blaze) is only mildly strange in comparison to all of that.
The Fiend has to win here, with Orton perhaps having a little break from TV after Mania. But it’s interesting that WWE has yet to give this bout a stipulation. That could change right up until bell time. But I feel that many fans, even those bored of the craziness, were anticipating a wacky Firefly Fun House conclusion. If this ends up being a straight singles, though, I have no idea what to expect. That these two have never produced a good match (including a previous Mania stinkbomb) doesn’t bode well. I feel this could either be a pleasant surprise or the punch-bowl turd of the weekend. But let’s keep things simple by just saying that The Fiend wins and see what else transpires.
Prediction: The Fiend
WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat Match
Roman Reigns (C) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan
The final match is the one that I feel most fans want to see. It’s been six years since WWE gave us a WrestleMania main event that ticked all the boxes. But finally, they have stumbled upon a clash that should end WrestleMania 37 on a high note. Roman Reigns as a heel champion is simply exceptional. Edge as the returning legend is a nice touch, with him challenging for gold exactly a decade after first retiring. And Daniel Bryan adds that extra layer of unpredictability, as well as ensuring a strong crowd response. Bear in mind that, unlike recent Manias, this one shouldn’t come close to five hours in length. Therefore, the audience should be well up for this headline bout.
I’m expecting this to be a classic three-way match. Roman’s body of work since the autumn of 2020 is impeccable. Edge will ensure that his performance is worthy of the occasion. And Daniel Bryan could produce an excellent match in his sleep. So, there’s no doubt that the bout itself should be of a high standard. It may even be the best WWE match of 2021. But who wins? That’s a real headscratcher. Roman has been a phenomenal heel titleholder, and I want his run to continue. Yet there’s value in Edge, especially as a heel himself again, concluding his story with a title victory. And then there’s Bryan, with him regaining the belt guaranteeing that WrestleMania 37 ends with a bang.
WWE WrestleMania 37 Ending
The main event is very hard to call, and that’s a good thing. But let’s break this down further. As much as Edge winning would be a cool moment, his maniacal heel persona snatching the belt at a later date seems better. And as much as Bryan winning would be awesome, it’s been done before, and better, at WrestleMania XXX. So, I’m going for a bold two-part prediction here. Firstly, I think that Roman retains, partly because he hasn’t been presented quite as strong in recent weeks. A win establishes him as The Head Of The Table.
But to send fans home happy, I expect a post-match cameo from … The Rock! A huge surprise could see Rock confronting Roman and hitting the Rock Bottom to set up WrestleMania 38. It’s the biggest match WWE could present in front of 100,000+ next year. And if the build kicks off this Sunday, it marks a major climax to this year’s supershow.
WWE WrestleMania 37 Other Notes
Hulk Hogan and Titus O’Neil’s hosting duties will likely be sparse. I don’t see fans booing Hulk as some predict, but I also can’t see their cameos having a massive impact either. The Hall Of Fame classes will get their nods on alternate nights. I’m expecting a very elaborate set, which we haven’t seen since WM 34 (the Mania 35 set was a big letdown). In a normal year, I would expect other surprise appearances, but other than maybe Vince McMahon thanking fans upon their return, I don’t see anything to add to my earlier suggestions of cameos by Becky and Rock. I haven’t covered the Battle Royal for SmackDown Tag Team Title matches as they’re not on Mania itself. But I will predict victories for Shinsuke Nakamura and the team of Rey and Dominic Mystero for those bouts.
As for attendance numbers, due to Covid-19, WWE is unlikely to stretch the truth too much. But I will suggest attendances of 27,000-28,000 per night. And will anyone fly off the pirate ship? I think The Fiend may actually leave Randy Orton laying in the boat’s vicinity to end their bonkers storyline in equally-madcap fashion. Oh, and if the fans try to hijack any of the matches with unhelpful chants, it will be a true slap in the face. So, hopefully they don’t.
WWE WrestleMania 37 Final Thoughts
Though WWE describes this as being “back in business”, it’ll be a while before fans are back regularly. This is very much a marker during the pandemic, with WWE having fans almost as a bonus. And the somewhat second-rate line-up means that this almost feels like a transitional WrestleMania. It’s a Mania that WWE has to get through as part of a longer journey. Hence why I feel that some segments will be there to lay the groundwork for bigger matches down the line.
Nevertheless, despite the circumstances, it’s still WrestleMania. And though the card is arguably the weakest in a generation, there should be lots of good action in the ring. In terms of iconic Mania moments, they remain to be seen. I’m sure WWE has some surprises up their sleeves that I haven’t forecasted. And if nothing else, it will be a special moment when fans react naturally to whomever the first performer is to walk through the curtain. So, I’m not exactly bursting with excitement for WWE WrestleMania 37, but I am looking forward to what will be the biggest show of what will hopefully be the final year for the global pandemic. Fingers crossed that WWE really are “back in business” when WrestleMania 38 rolls around.
So, those are our predictions for WWE WrestleMania 37! But what do you think? Let us know by leaving a comment below!