WrestleMania remains WWE’s premier event, and its most watched. It’s an incredible annual spectacle – one that gathers the promotion’s best and brightest and enthralls fans around the world. This year’s big event will be held on April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It will be streamed live on the WWE Network, and is available on pay-per-view. And as we’ve come to expect of WrestleMania, it’s going to be absolutely stacked with intriguing matchups.
These are the ones we know to be confirmed:
Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch
Rousey vs. Flair at Survivor Series was said to have been masterful storytelling, and that description was spot on. They performed like the main event superstars they are, and their storyline has become one of the best in recent memory. They get to continue their budding rivalry at WrestleMania, this time with Becky Lynch added to the mix. This Triple Threat Match has the makings of an all-timer, so don’t sleep on it.
Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
Rollins won this year’s Royal Rumble, and his reward is a date with Lesnar. It’s not much of a reward given how The Beast has run roughshod over the WWE. But make no mistake, Rollins isn’t just fodder. He’s the sort to be ready for wrestling’s grandest stage, particularly with a shot at the WWE Universal Championship. Rollins won’t give an inch, which should make for some thrilling fireworks in this one.
Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston
After much ado, Kofi Kingston will finally get to challenge Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship. He got here thanks to his New Day brethren Big E and Xavier Woods, both of whom ran the gauntlet to appease WWE owner Vince McMahon. Now, it’s up to the high-flying Kingston to make the most of this great opportunity. Bryan, though, is no pushover, so this is yet another match that promises to be compelling.
Bobby Lashley vs. Finn Balor
Balor gets an opportunity to reclaim Intercontinental gold at Wrestlemania, and he’ll do it against the man who took it from him in Lashley. Here’s a case of unstoppable force meets immovable object, which means fans can expect a display of big-time power. Lashley has the belt, but Balor has momentum.
Batista vs. Triple H
Bring on the nostalgia. Batista and Triple H are two of the WWE’s most iconic figures, and they get to mix it up once more — in a No Holds Barred match no less. They are two of the promotion’s most physically punishing Superstars, and there is bad blood here. Not to mention, Triple H has answered a call from Batista to essentially bet his career on the outcome. With all of this going on, expect one of the night’s more violent clashes, with plenty of dramatic turns.
Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin
When Angle announced he’d retire after one last match at WrestleMania, speculation erupted as to who would face him. Now, we have our answer in Baron Corbin. Angle will have his hands full against the devious Corbin, but the former Olympian is a gamer. This is his last match, and he’ll most definitely go down fighting.
Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio
Apart from Lesnar, Samoa Joe is probably the most imposing WWE superstar today. He is a flat-out brute going up against the diminutive and aging Mysterio. That means, on paper, this matchup for the United States Championship is a mismatch, despite the significant fame of the prospective underdog. In fact, it’s one for which it will be interesting to peek at the odds. Sportsbook takes aren’t always in the picture for U.S. wrestling events, but with many states taking positive steps toward legalizing and regulating gambling, odds are becoming a bit more visible, and in this case we’d assume they’ll be quite telling. Samoa Joe will likely be a massive betting favorite. Still, we wouldn’t completely discount the crafty Mysterio, given his fairly successful history.
Buddy Murphy vs. Tony Nese
Cruiserweights generally put on a great show, and Murphy and Nese may very well do so at MetLife Stadium. Expect it to be a fast-paced, high-wire match, what with both Superstars being such gifted athletes. The pair’s history is an interesting tangent, too, as Murphy and Nese were once training partners. That means they know each other about as well as they possibly could, and should add to the intrigue here.
AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
Styles and Orton have had a bit of a rivalry, though Styles’s issues with Daniel Bryan have perhaps gotten more attention. For that reason, it’s a bit of a surprise that we didn’t see a Styles-Bryan match set up instead. Nevertheless, fans will be in for a treat with this one anyway. Both wrestlers are essentially appointment viewing, and there’s no doubt the rivalry will be played up to a satisfying degree. Incidentally, this is another one for which it will be interesting to see the odds; it could be a very even fight.
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon
The McMahons have never been reluctant to get their hands dirty, especially on the biggest stages. So, it’s not a surprise that Shane McMahon will be battling it out with The Miz come April 7. Curiously, the two were once tag-team partners, and made for a fun, competitive team. They are of course a team no more now though, and we’d best believe Shane-o-Mac will pull out all the stops to defeat his former partner, just as he always does. As for The Miz, we’d never bet on him being anything less than entertaining.
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
Reigns vs. McIntyre is another late addition to WrestleMania 35, and it’s a dandy. Think Batista vs. Triple H, only with no weapons allowed. Reigns is this year’s feel-good story after announcing that his leukemia is in remission. McIntyre, on the other hand, has been a madman, right down to badgering Reigns’s friends, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. There is nothing at stake here, but it should be fun nonetheless. If nothing else, the reception Reigns gets is going to make for a special moment for the sport.
Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs. Nia Jax and Tamina vs. The IIconics
The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection (Banks & Bayley) has proven to be worthy Tag Team champions, so naturally every women’s tag team is now coming for them. Banks and Bayley will take on Beth Phoenix and Natalya, Nia Jax and Tamina, and The IIconics. These teams have been at each other’s necks for a while now, and this will finally be their chance to share one ring — at WrestleMania no less.
André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
For the sixth year running, WrestleMania will feature this Battle Royal. Unfortunately, winning it has not meant anything at all. Or rather, there’s not really anything tangible at stake. Confirmed participants include Braun Strowman, Michael Che, and Colin Jost, among others. Here’s hoping it’s a more impactful and meaningful version of the event than in years past.
That about covers it! WrestleMania is just days away at this point, and these are the 13 confirmed matches, though things might change between now and April 7.