2019 WWE WrestleMania 35 matches, card, date, rumors, news, predictions, location, start time

With the month of March passing us by, we’ve almost reached the end of the Road to WrestleMania 35. As the biggest show in sports entertainment continues to rapidly approach us, the match card is continually taking shape on television. Massive championship matches are already set to take place on the card, as well as some grudge matches that carry along nothing but pride on the line with them. 

The first part of this story includes those official matches, while the latter part is our projection of the rest of the card. CBS Sports will be onsite at the big show all week in early April, but for now, let’s take a look at how WrestleMania 35 is shaping up in terms of the match card, news and rumors for the big show. It will all go down Sunday, April 7 inside of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as WWE takes over its traditional home of the New York area.

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WWE WrestleMania 35 matches

Raw Women’s Championship — Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair: We felt the moment was on its way, and it was even more special than we imagined as Lynch won the second annual women’s Royal Rumble. We also suspected that she would choose to challenge for the Raw women’s championship, rekindling her feud with Rousey, and Lynch made that official with her announcement. The one-on-one match was briefly changed to “Rousey vs. Flair” after an angle on Raw involving Vince McMahon, but Rousey helped get Lynch back in the bout by helping her earn a disqualification win at Fastlane. We knew this would be a triple threat, and now it’s officially official. Let’s go!

Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins: By virtue of his Royal Rumble victory in Phoenix, Rollins earned the right to choose which world championship he’d care to challenge for on the biggest stage. And while he did not do it verbally, Rollins hit Lesnar and took six F5s to close Raw on Monday, making it clear he will go after the universal title at WrestleMania as he aims to slay the beast. It may not be the actual main event of the show, but Rollins’s crowning as the top star on Raw could be upon us.

Triple H vs. Batista (No Holds Barred): Beginning with Batista’s return and subsequent attack on Ric Flair to ruin his mentor’s 70th birthday celebration in which he followed up by calling out Triple H, the feature match years in the making is now set. Batista showed up on Raw and requested the match on television that he’s clamored for publicly as of late, and Triple H not only obliged, but tied the no holds barred stipulation to it, as well. 

AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton: Tensions have been building between these two, and it is clear WWE has been developing this storyline for the last couple of months. There is every chance that this is an epic and memorable match between two industry veterans who have yet to go one-on-one in a bout that matters.

The Miz vs. Shane McMahon: This feud really kicked off a Fastlane when McMahon brutally assaulted Miz in front of his hometown fans in Cleveland as well as his father after they lost out on regaining the tag team titles against The Usos. On the following SmackDown Live, McMahon explained his reasoning for turning on his partner, and he also announced right then and there that they’ll be facing off at WrestleMania. 

Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin: Angle announced that WrestleMania 35 will be the setting for the final match of his career, and the McMahon family afforded him the opportunity to choose the opponent who will receive the honor of standing in the opposite corner. Well, during the episode of Raw in Chicago, Angle announced that his opponent will be the man who took his place in the general manager role during his absence in Corbin. After the announcement, the internet outrage regarding Corbin being Angle’s farewell opponent was acknowledged on commentary — so you have to wonder if there’s maybe something more in store here. 

Cruiserweight Championship — Buddy Murphy (c) vs. TBD: To determine a challenger for the dominant champion Murphy, a tournament is currently being held on the 205 Live brand. The finals have been set after the most recent edition of 205 Live, and it’ll be Tony Nese taking on former champion Cedric Alexander for the right to head to WrestleMania and challenge for the title. 

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: The annual men’s battle royal will be making its return to the WrestleMania card for the sixth consecutive year. Though emerging victorious in this match hasn’t really translated to much for the winner in its short history, there’s always the chance that this year could be the exception. So far, one man has entered his name into the contest — that man being none other than the “Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman. 

WWE WrestleMania 35 predictions

The following matches are projected based on current storylines and rumors but have not been officially announced at this time.

WWE Championship — Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi Kingston: WWE stumbled onto something special in the story of Kingston vying to the world title he hasn’t been able to claim in 12 years on the main roster. After the performance Kingston put on at Elimination Chamber in just coming up short against Bryan at the end coupled with the crowd reactions he was receiving, this is the right move to make for the WWE title match at the show of shows. 

Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre: Reigns needed a top-tier opponent for WrestleMania, and McIntyre more than fits the bill. The two massive, athletic superstars are nearly mirror images of one another, and McIntyre has been biding his time for a major feud. That does not mean he will beat Reigns, but McIntyre deserves a spotlight and will likely be a perfect foil for Reigns on WWE’s biggest show of the year.

SmackDown Women’s Championship — Asuka (c) vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville: Flair being Asuka’s opponent was a distinct possibility for a second straight year. Instead, we are left without a true challenger for the title considering both Lynch and Flair will be involved with Rousey. It looks like WWE is planning to elevate Rose and Deville into that spot based on current storylines. One must wonder, however, whether it would be better off with Asuka vs. Rose.

Women’s Tag Team Championship — Sasha Banks & Bayley (c) vs. Beth Phoenix & Natalya vs. Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka: Given some recent events on Monday nights of late, it’s looking as if the first WrestleMania defense of the women’s tag team titles will be Raw-centric. There’s still time, however, to turn this into a fatal four-way affair with the addition of a team from the SmackDown Live brand. 

Intercontinental Championship — Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Finn Balor: We expected Balor to lose to Lashley, or win via disqualification, setting up this match at ‘Mania. Instead, Balor won the title … by beating Lio Rush … and then lost it a couple of weeks later because of Rush. Don’t be surprised if you see another rematch and the return of the Demon King.

United States Championship — Samoa Joe (c) vs. John Cena: WWE has an opportunity to provide us with a legitimate dream match now that Samoa Joe has captured the U.S. title. With Cena still opponent-less for the big show, WWE could put him against any superstar it wants to give a major push. It could also strap the rocket to Joe and finally let these two square off.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The Usos (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev vs. The Bar: With Matt Hardy making a surprise return to SmackDown alongside his brother — and the duo immediately beating The Bar — it appeared obvious that they will challenge for the titles at ‘Mania. However, WWE has heavily involved the four heels listed above and had the teams clash previously. Don’t be surprised if this is a Fatal 4-Way.

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