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WWE WrestleMania XXX: Early Card Projections After the Royal Rumble

Aaron BowerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2014

WWE WrestleMania XXX: Early Card Projections After the Royal Rumble

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    There is just a matter of weeks until the most anticipated pay-per-view in WWE history—WrestleMania XXX.

    After the Royal Rumble pay-per-view gave us a few clues as to potential matches for the showpiece event, now seems as good a time as any to pick up some early projections for the card.

    Events have been altered somewhat after CM Punk's supposed departure from the company—leaving some rumored matches inevitably up in the air.

    Who will The Undertaker return to face? And what will happen to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match?

    Let's take a look at some predictions for the card ahead of WrestleMania XXX.

Ultimate Warrior vs. Ryback

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    We start with a match that is more likely to be seen on a computer game anywhere else—but this could actually happen at WrestleMania this year.

    Ryback may well take on the returning Ultimate Warrior, according to Bryan Alvarez's subscribers-only Figure Four Weekly Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com).

    That would certainly be a remarkable match, and one that is more likely to open the show than get anywhere near closing it.

    Would it reinvigorate Ryback's career? Doubtful—but it would certainly be a star pull for the WrestleMania card.

Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

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    Sierra, Hotel, India, Echo, Lima, Delta.

    By the time WrestleMania XXX rolls around, we may not hear that music ever again. It's been teased more than enough times over the past few months, but we got the biggest clue yet at the Royal Rumble that The Shield will split.

    In truth, they have to split sooner or later. It is unlikely they will stay together for a prolonged period for much longer. Roman Reigns is clearly going up the card after his destructive performance at the Rumble. And, to be fair, both Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have good futures ahead of them, too.

    The best way to start it all off would be for Ambrose's stale United States Championship. It hasn't been defended since October, and if the group does split, a Triple Threat match would be perfect for WrestleMania.

Brock Lesnar vs. the Undertaker

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    If The Undertaker does return to compete yet again at WrestleMania, his options are pretty limited.

    Naturally, the WWE will want someone who has an incredibly high profile; a guy who has star billing all on his own—without the introduction of Taker to proceedings.

    Out of everyone who seems to be available, the guy who best fits that is Brock Lesnar. A match between The Undertaker and Lesnar would certainly get the pulses racing—even though everyone will know the eventual outcome.

    Brock is a guy who would thrive in a scenario like this and would play a fantastic role in the feud as a demonic, unhooked heel.

Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena

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    We saw at the Royal Rumble that Bray Wyatt is capable of pulling a remarkable match out of the bag. His rivalry with Daniel Bryan culminated in almost the best possible way—with a match that could be considered one of the best in Rumble history.

    His actions later in the night confirmed another thing, too. He now has his sights set on John Cena, and given how Cena is competing in the Elimination Chamber match, the feud will likely build to a head in time for WrestleMania XXX.

    It will be refreshing to see Cena in regular action against somebody new, to be honest. The Randy Orton feud went stale quickly, and fans will be desperate to see Cena try and produce something new.

    Bray will certainly be able to do that.

Batista vs. Randy Orton

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    There will be plenty who believe there could be a sting in the tail towards this match not happening. However, it is very hard to envisage a scenario where Randy Orton does not leave the Elimination Chamber as champion.

    It's nailed on Batista will be in the main event of WrestleMania—and it's almost as certain a bet that Orton will be joining him.

    If the WWE handle it right—and make Batista active in the ring week in, week out—then it could be a pretty decent match. Orton and The Animal have plenty of history that can be drawn upon to make it an enjoyable spectacle.

    However, there is every possibility it could go the other way, too. Lets just hope that isn't the case, given it could well close WrestleMania XXX.

Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H

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    It shouldn't have been like this. It really should have been CM Punk vs. Triple H, but for obvious reasons, that will not happen.

    Given how the company teased it on Raw this past week, will it be Bryan vs. The Game? That wouldn't be the worst match in the world, and it could see Bryan finally get closure against The Authority.

    They have been against him for several months now, screwing him out of the title on several occasions. With the crowd into Bryan more than ever before, a heel Triple H would make this fantastic viewing.

    There is a worry Triple H could bury him, of course. But that should not happen, given how much momentum Bryan has behind him right now.

    It could really be something special.

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