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Countdown to WrestleMania 27 - Part 1
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff






"Insert WrestleMania hypeline here."

Why do I use that as the intro? Because there is nothing else that you need to say.

In fact, there's so much hype surrounding 'Mania this year that SLAM! Wrestling is creating its own WrestleMania weekend special. Starting today, we're running two days worth of previews for the nine announced matches at 'Mania, with the undercard running today and the main events tomorrow.
So let's get started!


GRUDGE MATCH

Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I've enjoyed the build of this feud, but to me the result was never in question. Rhodes is on his way up and Mysterio is - seemingly - on his way out. The question that remains is whether or not Cody dis-masks Rey. I wouldn't be surprised if he does, and while he beats up Rey, who shields his face, Sin Cara comes out to make the save and debut on the grandest stage of them all.

Greg Oliver

Like Bryan versus Sheamus, this one has the potential be the best match on the show. How serious is Mysterio about retiring? If he is heading out, then he wins here. If he will be sticking around, the Rhodes needs the push to the next level, and winning on this big stage -- which will happen -- is a great way to get there.

Colin Hunter

Cody Rhodes has been playing the vain pretty-boy gimmick to the hilt, reminiscent of Gorgeous George and the many narcissists who followed (except for The Narcissist, who wasn’t that great). Vowing revenge for his nasal disfigurement at the hands (well, feet) of Rey is classic feud fodder. Rhodes will come close to removing Rey’s mask before suffering a 619. Fingers crossed for a Sin Cara cameo.

Andy McNamara

No interest in this at all and Rey deserves better. This provides exposure that Cody Rhodes desperately needs so you know he will be working his butt off. In this probable curtain jerker give the nod to Mysterio to start WrestleMania 27 off right.

Dave Hillhouse

Quite a few pundits are pegging this one as the sleeper match. It should be fun, as Rhodes is falling into his new vicious character with great enthusiasm and Mysterio always has an ace up his sleep to wow the crowd. I think Mysterio can suffer the loss and keep the same momentum for the future -- Rhodes needs this win to keep his character alive and so he'll come out on top.


Bob Kapur

In terms of in-ring, this should be the match of the night, and as I suspect it will kick off the event, will set the bar pretty high for everyone else. I’ve really enjoyed the evolution of Cody Rhodes over the past few months, and I would like to see him elevated with a win here.
SIX-PERSON TAG TEAM MATCH

Trish Stratus/Snooki/John Morrison vs. LayCool/Dolph Ziggler
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Not going to lie - I'm happy to see Trish back at 'Mania. I think the interesting backstory here is how much time Morrison and Ziggler will be given in the ring, or if they will be afterthoughts completely. Ultimately, Snooki gets the win and I could see this being the final nail in the coffin for LayCool as a tandem (thank god!).

Greg Oliver

It'll be silly and short. Snooki will get in a few moves, especially something on Vicki Guerrero -- 'cause you know she'll be interfering. I would have thought that the rub from a Jersey Shore star could have been used on someone other than Trish, who isn't a full-timer, but hey, that's why someone else is making the big bucks. The good guys win.

Colin Hunter

What a shame: Morrison and Ziggler could put on an excellent singles match. Instead, we’re forced to endure a cameo by the latest flavour-of-the-month celebrity trashbag. Sadder still, Trish Stratus got dragged into this mess. Nobody wins. We all lose.

Andy McNamara

Another "yikes" type of contest. Snooki and friends obviously go over in hopefully a match that is no more then 5 minutes. The entrances and show boating will be longer than the actual in-ring.

Dave Hillhouse

Team Snooki wins when Snooki herself takes down both former Co-Women's Champions Layla and McCool with a combo hurricanrana and Five-Star Frog Splash. Morrison and Ziggler are left wondering who they offended to be on the sidelines of this match.

Bob Kapur

Hopefully the pizza guy will come to the door just as this one starts. This throw-away match doesn’t deserve to be on the show, and the insertion of Snooki seems like a desperate publicity stunt. We all lose.
GRUDGE MATCH

CM Punk vs. Randy Orton

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

The story these two have developed has been nothing short of amazing. That the match is now one-on-one is definitely not a disappointment. There is a lot of temptation to say that Orton goes over, but Punk could get the nod if they want the feud to continue. If it wasn't 'Mania, I'd call it a draw or DQ, but the reality is we'll get a finish here. Just for kicks (pardon the pun), I'll take Randall.

Greg Oliver

I've enjoyed the build to this but, as always, WWE's sense of history is so warped. Punk can be upset about Orton costing him the World title years ago, but Triple H cannot mention that he lost to The Undertaker years ago at WrestleMania? There aren't a lot of babyfaces going over, so I'll take Orton to win.

Colin Hunter

The guy with the ridiculously excessive amount of tattoos will win. This one is actually rather tricky to call, since it’s a long-simmering feud that needs to reach a final resolution on Sunday night (not to be confused with TNA’s Final Resolution, which rarely offers the closure that its name promises). So I’ll base this prediction on what I hope to see: Punk wins clean with the GTS, and Randall K. Orton gives up the crazy punting schtick, which is getting old.

Andy McNamara

Sleeper for match of the night. Punk is so good in every aspect of pro-wrestling it would be hard not to have a good match. Fingers crossed this gets a solid 15-20 minutes and allow the drama that has surrounded this storyline to build. Punk finds a way to cheat and sneaks out a pinfall for this feud to continue.

Dave Hillhouse

Orton has successfully punted his way through The New Nexus, but his final victory is going to have to wait. Thanks to the injury caused by CM Punk and the arrival of some new Nexus members, Orton takes the loss and slinks away to decimate The Newer-New Nexus at a later date.

Bob Kapur

This one should be a simple fight from bell to bell. Orton has demolished all of Punk’s followers, and one would expect him to do the same to Punk. And one would be right. After a good battle, Orton wins with the RKO.
  EIGHT-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH

The Corre vs. Big Show/Kane/Santino Marella/Vladimir Kozlov
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I'm digging The Corre as a unit and I get the feeling they're going over, but I'm guessing we'll see a Kane turn in here somewhere.

Greg Oliver

I suppose on some level this is better than The Corre against The Nexus, but not much. The heroes win over the badd spellurs.

Colin Hunter

Cobra! Cobra! Cobra! Cobra! As long as Santino pretends his arm is a snake and pokes all four members of the opposing team in the forehead with his fingers, I don’t particularly care what else happens. If Santino’s team happens to win the match, however, I vow to march around the house playing an imaginary trombone.

Andy McNamara

Make this fast and get it over with. This battle is in for the sole purpose to get as many people some WrestleMania time as possible. The Corre would benefit more from some positive Mania exposure so lets go with that.

Dave Hillhouse

I had this terrible nightmare of watching Kane, the Devil's favourite son, the Big Red Monster, pure evil personified, doing Santino Marella’s trombone dance. The only thing worse than that would be tying up both the WWE Tag Team titles and the Intercontinental Championship in an 8-man tag match that will be a mess of interference. Big Show, Kane, Santino and Kozlov win -- and everyone does the trombone dance.

Bob Kapur

I have no interest in this match, which seems more suited for Smackdown than Mania, and would have instead put these guys in a pre-show match and given their time to Daniel/Sheamus. The Corre will win a short match, after the good guys get all of their comedy moves in.


UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH

Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I'm curious to see how these two mesh on a big stage. Sheamus has really impressed me in the ring, but can he mesh styles with a technician? I'm really not sure. There's obviously a part of me that wants to see Daniel(son) win, but given that the faces will come out on top in most of the feature bouts, I've got to give Sheamus the nod here.

Greg Oliver

I hope they give this one enough time to steal the show, but it's the type of match that they can cut significant time from. Still hard to believe in many ways that "The American Dragon" has come this far and legitimately belongs here; all credit goes to him for his drive. But I'll take Sheamus to retain.

Colin Hunter

Given that it’s Bryan’s very first WrestleMania, we can expect to see some jaw-dropping offense from him in a fast-paced, over-too-quickly match. Not long ago, he would have been the odds-on favourite to win this one, but the unpigmented Irishman has roared back to winning form in recent weeks. Bryan will put up a valiant effort, but Sheamus is likely score the victory.

Andy McNamara

The U.S. title does not mean a whole lot, I just hope that Bryan does not get squashed. I'm thinking that Sheamus will receive a post Mania push and goes over despite a valiant, hard fought effort by Daniel Bryan. A possible mutual respect hand shake from Sheamus following the match?

Dave Hillhouse

King Sheamus looks to be on the kind of tear now that he was before winning his first world title. He wins, as I can't imagine him losing in two consecutive Wrestlemanias. Besides, Daniel Bryan should shift his sights away from the U.S. Title to taking the Intercontinental belt away from his old pal Wade Barrett.

Bob Kapur

Glad to see both of these guys on the main show, since both have delivered in spades over the course of the year. This should be a good matchup, as the clash of styles works really well, as seen in their recent RAW match. It’s too soon for Sheamus to lose it, and I think this one will end inconclusively, so that the feud continues for at least another PPV.

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-- compiled by Jon Waldman

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