The Five Best Non-WWE Wrestling Shows Happening Mania Weekend

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The WWE's largest show of the year, WrestleMania, airs this coming Monday Australian time.

On the men's side, Brock Lesnar headlines against Roman Reigns. But Bryan's return has made it a tentpole attraction worthy of Wrestlemania.

The trouble began on Valentine's Day 2011, when The Rock, one of the most famous wrestlers of the wildly popular Attitude Era, returned from a almost seven-year hiatus to announce that he would host that year's WrestleMania 27. There's no way Vince McMahon would let John Cena talk crap about both the Undertaker character and the man that plays him without there being a payoff.

It was Cena's last attempt to provoke and goad The Undertaker in inducing him to face in a one-on-one challenge, before the Wrestlemania 34. Given that he has a limited moveset, that seems rather generous and should come home comfortably.

For the first time since they shared the ring at New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 10, the allure of championship gold brings them together for what has the potential to be the best match of this year's card. It's also the only place, at this writing, you'll get to see LA Park, and who doesn't love the Chairman of the Board?

In summation, if there are five title changes, I would expect them to be the Universal Title, the Raw Women's Championship, the SmackDown Women's Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and either the WWE Championship or the Raw Tag Team Titles. You know whwre I'm going with this.

Ronda Rousey needs more time. She is in a mixed tag with Raw GM, Kurt Angle, and they are taking on, 'The Game' Triple H, and his wife, Stephanie McMahon.

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He has gone on to admit that he might never get a chance to play for Australia again. The ICC sanction was for one game only on Steve Smith and nothing for the other two.

The two "second tier" title matches are the matches I am most looking forward to. Mind you, this is the same arena he won the title in a few years ago.

A bit like the Universal Title bout however, the 1/8 on offer for the selection does nothing to excite.

"If that means a match, or just a confrontation to build to a match next year, is hard to say, past that it was always scheduled as a match dating back several months".

The Battle Royal is just a big catch all to make sure that everyone gets on the card. Take the 6/4 on the heel duo.

Not that anyone would be busting down the gates in New Orleans to see the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in any case, but this really seems like a time-filler on the Kickoff Show as it stands. Other names rumored to tag with Stroman include Big Cass, Rey Mysterio, even Elias. They may surprise me here, but I am sticking with AJ.

Randy Orton is a perennial favourite of mine and I like his chances of retaining the USA title against Rusev, Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal.

WWE has released footage of Daniel Bryan giving a sneak peek at his wrestling gear for his WrestleMania 34 match that will see him team with Shane McMahon to take on Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn. We see its growing data and analytics capability, combined with large social presence, as key differentiators. They should probably have just done Bayley Vs Sasha as a single's match, they have been building that for a while now.