But let's get to predictions for tonight. Small warning before you take these picks too seriously tonight. My DVR has randomly decided not to record the last two episodes of RAW. So I've only been able to read the reports and catch clips on Twitter and SmackDown. So I've got an idea of what happened the past two week but not in its entirety. I predicted most of these matches based on where I think people end up at in WrestleMania, which I'm not sure is the best way to predict this because of all the moving parts we discussed up above. But that's the way I went, all-or-nothing I guess. And I tried changing the format of the analysis of these matches a little bit for this blog post. Kind of a quick overview of my prediction for each match and where each person ends up for WrestleMania.
Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio
Who wins: Kalisto
How: Kalisto wins Fall 1 by DQ. Del Rio wins Fall 2 with the Crossarm Bar. Kalisto wins Fall 3 with the Solida del Sol.
Why: Seems like WWE is trying to build up Kalisto and see if they can make him into the next Rey Mysterio.
At WrestleMania: Kalisto faces another member of The League of Nations for the United States Championship. Del Rio enters the Andre Memorial Battle Royal.
Who wins: The Wyatt Family
How: Strowman chokes out Kane.
Why: I’ve got Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt penciled in for WrestleMania. Need to keep the family strong then and build some momentum leading into the granddaddy of them all.
At WrestleMania: All six of these men end up in the Andre Memorial Battle Royal. Bray faces Brock Lesnar
Who wins: Becky and Sasha
How: Tamina taps out to the Disarm Her
Why: Keeps building some momentum for both Becky and Sasha heading into WrestleMania
At WrestleMania: Both Becky and Sasha are in the Divas Championship match against Charlotte in a Triple Threat match
Who: Interviewing The New Day
Why: To promote Edge and Christian’s new show debuting after FastLane
What: The New Day runs down all the tag teams in WWE that they’ve beaten, which leads Big Cass and Enzo Amore making their main roster debut.
At WrestleMania: The New Day and Cass/Enzo are in some type of multi-team tag match at WrestleMania for the tag titles.
Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler
Who wins: Dolph Ziggler
How: Dolph hits a sunset flip when Owens tries to hit a Popup Powerbomb and sneaks a quick pin.
Why: These two will continue this feud at WrestleMania and it makes more sense for me to have Owens chase the belt. So Dolph gets a surprise win tonight and Owens gets his win back at WrestleMania.
At WrestleMania: Ziggler vs. Owens.
Charlotte vs. Brie Bella
Who wins: Charlotte
How: Brie taps out to the Figure Eight after a Ric Flair distraction
Why: Charlotte has to have the title going into WrestleMania
At WrestleMania: Charlotte defends her title in a Triple Threat match against Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks
Who wins: Chris Jericho
How: Jericho cheats to win somehow.
Why: Allows Jericho to hold the 2-1 advantage over Styles until WrestleMania and lets Jericho slip back into his heel persona, which is the best version of Jericho, in my opinion.
At WrestleMania: Styles and Jericho square off one last time, and Styles gets his big WrestleMania moment and win
Who wins: No contest.
How: The Wyatts interrupt the match and take out Brock Lesnar. Reigns spears Ambrose off the stage onto tables set up on the floor, leading to a no contest.
Why: To set up a Triple Threat match for the title at WrestleMania against HHH.
At WrestleMania: HHH vs. Reigns vs. Ambrose for the WWE Championship and Brock vs. Bray.
6 - Charlotte
5 - Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch
4 - The Wyatt Family
3 - Roman Reigns
2 - Chris Jericho
1 - Dolph Ziggler