We're all desperate for live sports these day. Evidently so is Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas. The Leafs' GM also happens to be a HUGE WWE wrestling fan, so you know he's looking forward to Wrestlemania 36 this upcoming weekend. In fact, Dubas say down with ESPN's Greg Wysnhynski to give his predictions for Wrestelemania 36.
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Justification: The health and safety of everyone is paramount right now. That aside, there's nobody I feel worse for on this card than Drew McIntyre. He has worked endlessly to get to this level and been excellent in the run-up to this match. He will miss out, rightly so, on sharing this moment with 70,000 people. I've gone back and forth as to whether Lesnar wins and they save this moment for the future. That said, I think McIntyre takes it.
We found out last week that Reigns will not perform at WrestleMania 36 in this spot against Goldberg. Reigns, whose real name is Joe Anoa'i, is a leukemia survivor and potentially immunocompromised. While there is much rumor and innuendo on his replacement, there is no official word yet.
Pick: Bray Wyatt
Justification: There's zero reason for Wyatt to lose this match unless they want to completely undo all of the great work he has put in since last summer, which is already in jeopardy thanks to the loss to Goldberg. A loss for Wyatt here would be devastating, and as a result, I think he easily tops Cena in the Firefly Fun House.
Pick: The Undertaker
Justification: Taker ain't losing a "boneyard" or graveyard match. Simple as that.
Justification: The greatest wrestling talent of his era returns to singles action in what should be one of the best matches at WrestleMania. Edge's return at Royal Rumble was one of the best moments in WWE in a long time. Unsure of what the future holds for either man, but Edge takes this one.
Pick: Rhea Ripley
Justification: This is a really tough one to call. Ripley is one of the brightest young wrestlers on the planet, has enjoyed a meteoric rise and hasn't had a clean loss in singles action in North America this year. Flair is the Queen of the entire division, and a win here for Ripley would be her biggest to date by a wide margin. In the end, I could see Ripley losing the NXT title to fast track her ascension onto the main roster and put Flair into a rivalry with Bianca Belair in NXT. However, I just can't see Ripley getting tarnished at this juncture. She will get the win over Flair.
Pick: Shayna Baszler
Justification: My feeling is that Baszler takes the title here, though this match and the Ripley/Flair match are really tough to call for similar reasons. They both feature up-and-coming stars against those at the very top of the division. In the end, too much has been done to advance Baszler across all platforms to have her fall to Lynch, who has worked to become so popular that a loss here will have zero impact on her. This feud should continue through the spring.
Pick: The Kabuki Warriors
Justification: Why not? The win or loss will have no real impact on Ziggler at this point. Otis takes the match and Mandy Rose leaves Ziggler for him to boot.
Pick: Seth Rollins
Justification: This one is a real toss-up. I can't remember the last time the "Monday Night Messiah" scored a clean win over anyone going back to before losing the title against Bray Wyatt. Rollins matches have ended in some form of controversy over the past few months. This should be a solid match between two of the best wrestlers on the planet. Rollins should take it, and then both will move on to their summer programs.
Justification: Bayley will likely keep the title, but my hope is they find a way to get this into a space where Sasha Banks can make a run for the title into the summer.
Pick: Sami Zayn
Justification: Zayn has done excellent work since his return, and a win here is much more important for him than it would be for Bryan. This should be an excellent match and just the beginning of what could be an excellent feud into the spring and summer.
Pick: The Miz & John Morrison
Justification: Derailing the growth of Miz and Morrison would be puzzling especially against two of the most established tag teams of the previous decade.
Pick: The Street Profits
Justification: Theory may have a lot of support within WWE and a bright future, but Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford aren't losing to a hastily assembled tag team put together after an injury has prevented Andrade from joining Garza in this contest.
Pick: Aleister Black
Justification: This is as big of a lock as there is on the card. Black has been dominating -- with just one singles loss in the last year (to AJ Styles), which was avenged six days later -- and seems poised for a massive year. He should win this one very easily.
Pick: King Corbin
Justification: Corbin by DQ after interference from Rob Gronkowski, kicking off the inevitable feud between Corbin and Gronk heading toward Summer Slam.