WWE WrestleMania 38 Predictions | WrestleMania 2022 Match Picks & Prop Bets
Every year, wrestling fans have one event circled on their calendar: WrestleMania. It doesn’t matter if the event, as a whole, is good or bad. Fans will still tune in to watch their favorite wrestlers compete.
Starting in 2020 at WrestleMania 36, the WWE has adopted a two-night format for their marquee event. A smart move, as WrestleMania began to drag on over the years and went longer and longer.
WrestleMania 38 is no different, as it will be broadcast on two nights with two different main events. As of right now, there are 14 matches between both nights, but that will definitely change with more matches being added, all the way up to the start of the PPV.
On Night 1, Charlotte Flair will defend the SmackDown Women’s Championship against a returning Ronda Rousey. On Night 2, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar will face Universal Champion Roman Reigns in a Winner Takes All Title Unification Match.
This WrestleMania will be one to remember, so let’s get right into it.
When is WWE WrestleMania 38?
WrestleMania 38 this year will be on Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3. WWE’s premier PPV will be a two-night event for the third straight year.
Where is WWE WrestleMania 38 taking place?
WrestleMania 38 will take place in Dallas, Texas, at AT&T Stadium. This is the second time WrestleMania will be taking place at AT&T Stadium and the fourth time in Texas.
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WrestleMania 38 Match Card
WrestleMania Night 1 Card: Saturday, April 2
- The “KO Show” w/ Kevin Owens and special guest “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
- Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey • SmackDown Women’s Championship
- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair • Raw Women’s Championship
- The Usos (Jey & Jimmy) (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs • SmackDown Tag Team Championship
- Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio vs. The Miz & Logan Paul
- Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin (w/ Madcap Moss)
- The New Day vs. Sheamus & Ridge Holland (w/ Butch)
- Seth “Freakin” Rollins vs. TBD
WrestleMania Night 2 Card: Sunday, April 3
- Brock Lesnar (WWE Champion) vs. Roman Reigns (w/ Paul Heyman) (Universal Champion) — Winner Takes All Match to Unify the WWE Championship & Universal Championship
- RK-Bro (Randy Orton & Riddle) (c) vs. The Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) vs. Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis) – Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the Raw Tag Team Championship
- Queen Zelina & Carmella (c) vs. Sasha Banks & Naomi vs. Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan vs. Natalya & Shayna Baszler – Fatal Four-Way Tag Team Match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
- Johnny Knoxville vs. Sami Zayn – Anything Goes Match
- Pat McAfee vs. Austin Theory
- Bobby Lashley vs. Omos
- AJ Styles vs. Edge
WrestleMania 38 Match Predictions
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns (c) – Winner Takes All Match to Unify the WWE & Universal Championships
Let’s start with the main event of Night 2 that will for sure bring the house down.
This has been brewing since Lesnar made his return at SummerSlam after Reigns defeated John Cena. Reigns beat Lesnar at Crown Jewel with some help from Jimmy & Jey Uso. The two were supposed to have a rematch at WWE Day 1, but Reigns tested positive for COVID, so Lesnar went on to win the WWE Championship instead.
Lesnar reunited with his advocate Paul Heyman, but that proved to be a misstep, as Heyman double-crossed Lesnar at the Royal Rumble, helping Roman interfere in the match and causing Lesnar to lose the title. In a fury, Lesnar entered the Rumble match and won.
To no one’s surprise, he challenged Reigns at WrestleMania for the title. But, still wanting it to be champion vs. champion, Lesnar won back the WWE Championship inside the Elimination Chamber. Instead of holding both titles, the winner will unify the two championships.
These two have a storied history dating back to WrestleMania 31. Early on, “The Beast Incarnate” had dominated Reigns in their matches. But since SummerSlam 2018, and especially since becoming “The Tribal Chief,” Reigns has had the upper hand.
For the first time in a while, the odds are stacked against Lesnar. He’s without Heyman, and there’s the looming threat of The Usos. I can’t see a world where Reigns loses with how he’s been built up and his domination up until this point.
MATCH PREDICTION: Roman Reigns defeats Brock Lesnar
The “KO Show”: Kevin Owens with special guest “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
Kevin Owens has been spending weeks trashing the state of Texas in hopes of luring out the “Texas Rattlesnake” himself, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Eventually, Owens invited Austin to appear on a special edition of the “KO Show” at WrestleMania, which was accepted the next day.
Owens has been a master on the mic in this buildup, even going to the length of putting on a bald cap and catching beers just like him. If you’re expecting this to turn into a match, don’t.
Owens will interview Austin, continuing to insult the legend, eventually leading to the two exchanging blows. Owens will attempt to hit a stunner, but “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is smart enough to see this coming, reversing this and hitting a stunner of his own.
This segment will end in beer smashing.
SEGMENT PREDICTION: Stone Cold Steve Austin beats up Kevin Owens in lieu of a match
Charlotte Flair (c) vs Ronda Rousey (SmackDown Women’s Championship Match)
The main event of Night 1 will also bring the house down.
Rousey made her return at the Royal Rumble for the first time since WrestleMania 35. Entering at No. 28, Rousey eliminated Flair to win the Rumble. While the beef between Becky Lynch and Rousey has grown on social media since their Mania match, Rousey chose Flair as her opponent.
Since then, Rousey and Naomi teamed up to defeat Flair and Sonya Deville at Elimination Chamber.
This is the perfect match for Rousey to make her return as Flair is one of the best superstars on the roster, period. They’ve had one singles match before at Survivor Series 2018, in which Rousey won via DQ after Flair attacked her with a kendo stick, but I don’t see that kind of finish happening here.
Rousey isn’t coming back with all that momentum to lose, and with my prediction of Lesnar losing, I don’t see both Rumble winners losing their title opportunities. Flair will take her to her limits, but Rousey will come out on top.
MATCH PREDICTION: Ronda Rousey defeats Charlotte Flair
Becky Lynch (c) vs Bianca Belair – Raw Women’s Championship Match
Bianca Belair got her WrestleMania moment last year when she beat Sasha Banks for SmackDown Women’s Championship. She held the title through SummerSlam, where Lynch made her surprise return from maternity leave and beat Belair in a whopping 26 seconds.
Lynch has defended the title since, defeating Belair, Liv Morgan, Duodrop, and even Lita in the process. And let’s not forget the title exchange between Lynch and Flair. But Belair has refused to quit, winning the Elimination Chamber for a chance to face Lynch at WrestleMania.
It was a complete shock when Belair lost in 26 seconds. She was built up to have this long, incredible run only to be cut short by the return of “The Man.” These two are at the top of the company in terms of ability and draw, so it’s no surprise they’ll be facing off at the biggest stage.
This match will definitely go longer than their SummerSlam match, and they’ve had a few matches in between to get familiar with one another. While Lynch has been at the top longer, Belair will come out as champ.
MATCH PREDICTION: Bianca Belair defeats Becky Lynch
The Usos (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs – SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos have been one of the top tag teams in WWE for a long time and currently hold the record for the longest-reigning SmackDown tag team champions. And since their alignment with their cousin Reigns, they’ve continued to see success.
The Usos have defended their titles against The New Day, Viking Raiders, and Street Profits. Enter Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs into the picture.
Boogs started as Nakamura’s guitarist but slowly emerged as his tag team partner. Boogs has looked strong and won his team a shot at the titles when he decidedly defeated Jey Uso in a singles match.
Nakamura is a multi-time champ in WWE and around the world. While The Usos have been a tag team much longer, Nakamura and Boogs have the momentum heading into WrestleMania. And with the Usos’ minds preoccupied with making sure Reigns retains, there will be lapses.
MATCH PREDICTION: Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs defeat The Usos
RK-Bro (c) vs The Street Profits vs Alpha Academy – Raw Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match
The team of Randy Orton and Riddle has been one of the highlights of the year. The reluctant veteran teaming up with the happy-go-lucky youngster is a buddy cop movie I’ll always tune in to. When we all thought they’d turn on each other, they just became Raw Tag Team Champs instead.
The titles played a little hot potato since WrestleMania 37. RK-Bro won the titles at SummerSlam, lost them to Alpha Academy a couple of months later, and re-gained them shortly after.
This match was supposed to be between RK-Bro and the Street Profits before Alpha Academy weaseled their way into the match at WrestleMania, making this a triple-threat match.
All three teams have been strong, but RK-Bro has looked the strongest. The Street Profits will have a strong performance, and if this were just them against the champs, they’d probably win. But adding Alpha Academy makes things complicated, giving RK-Bro the perfect opportunity to retain.
MATCH PREDICTION: RK-Bro defeats The Street Profits and Alpha Academy
Queen Zelina & Carmella (c) vs Sasha Banks & Naomi vs Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan vs Natalya & Shayna Baszler – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Fatal Four-Way Match
What started as Queen Zelina & Carmella defending their titles against Sasha Banks & Naomi turned into Rhea Ripley & Morgan joining the match. Then, authority figure Deville added Natalya & Shayna Baszler to the match, just when you thought it couldn’t get any bigger.
There’s going to be a lot of experience in this match as Naomi and Morgan are the only people not to be former or current champs.
The tag title has changed hands twice in Fatal Four-Way matches. The champs are at a disadvantage because only two competitors are allowed in the ring at a time, alienating the other two teams.
I don’t see Zelina & Carmella leaving WrestleMania as champions. Natalya & Baszler haven’t teamed long enough to win yet. The strongest team is Banks & Naomi, and they’ll come out on top.
MATCH PREDICTION: Sasha Banks & Naomi defeat Queen Zelina & Carmella, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan, and Natalya & Shayna Baszler
Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio vs The Miz & Logan Paul
The Miz has had an issue with the Mysterios for months now. After bringing them on “Miz TV” and alleging Dominik is not Rey’s son (circa SummerSlam 2005), both Mysterios defeated The Miz in singles competition over the following weeks.
Vowing to find a tag team partner to help, The Miz brought in Logan Paul. A few weeks ago, Paul did the most disrespectful thing anyone can do to a luchador – ripping off his mask.
Miz and Paul have disrespected and tormented the Mysterio family in the build to their match at WrestleMania. Rey and Dominik enter this match a little more fired up, giving them the edge.
MATCH PREDICTION: Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio defeat The Miz & Logan Paul
The New Day vs Sheamus & Ridge Holland (w/ Butch)
This is a fresh rivalry that’s getting a WrestleMania payoff. Kofi Kingston & Big E have been dealing with the likes of Sheamus & Ridge Holland and their new friend Butch (FKA Pete Dunne). Big E suffered a terrible injury, breaking his neck, but is luckily as OK as can be with that kind of injury.
The third member of The New Day, Xavier Woods, made his return, and it felt like no time was lost with the team. After recently beating Holland, these two teams will take each other on at Mania.
The New Day is one of the best tag teams in WWE history, but Sheamus & Ridge Holland have the numbers with Butch by their side. Butch will play a hand in The New Day losing this one.
MATCH PREDICTION: Sheamus & Ridge Holland defeat The New Day
Johnny Knoxville vs Sami Zayn – Anything Goes Match
This began as a Royal Rumble appearance and has turned into a WrestleMania match for Johnny Knoxville. The “Jackass” star was eliminated by Sami Zayn, and the two have had it out for each other since.
It built to a boiling point when Knoxville cost Zayn the Intercontinental Championship against Ricochet.
With this being an Anything Goes Match, you have to expect the rest of the “Jackass” crew to get involved in some hi-jinks during the match. Zayn is obviously the more experienced of the two, but Knoxville has a high pain tolerance, and he’ll withstand enough to steal the win.
MATCH PREDICTION: Johnny Knoxville defeats Sami Zayn
Drew McIntyre vs Happy Corbin (w/ Madcap Moss)
Drew McIntyre has been dealing with Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss for months now but has constantly gotten the upper hand. McIntyre hasn’t lost to either of them in matches, eliminating them both from the Royal Rumble and even beating them in a 2-on-1 Handicap match.
Outside of the confines of the bells, though, Corbin and Moss have pestered, attacked, and made McIntyre’s life hell.
Even with Moss lurking on the outside, McIntyre is still McIntyre. He’ll take care of business easily, and Corbin won’t be so happy anymore.
MATCH PREDICTION: Drew McIntyre defeats Happy Corbin
Pat McAfee vs Austin Theory
This match is definitely more than meets the eye. Pat McAfee has had two matches in his career – one against Adam Cole and the second inside of WarGames. This will be his first main roster match on the grandest stage of them all, and he’ll put on a show.
Vince McMahon rarely ever does interviews but did a full-length one on The Pat McAfee Show, setting up this WrestleMania bout. It was eventually revealed to be against Austin Theory, who McMahon has taken under his wing.
These two will put on a banger for sure, but I have to believe McMahon will march his way down to the ring at some point. Look for McAfee to get his first career win.
MATCH PREDICTION: Pat McAfee defeats Austin Theory
AJ Styles vs Edge
Making his first appearance since the Royal Rumble, Edge issued an open challenge for WrestleMania. The following week, AJ Styles answered the challenge, but not before getting a few con-chair-tos.
You got to love a good Edge heel turn here. This is a match between two legends and will be an absolute banger. Though both are not as chipper as they used to be, they can still definitely go the length.
Edge will win this match after a long, grueling battle, and Styles will come out a new man on the other side.
MATCH PREDICTION: Edge defeats AJ Styles
Bobby Lashley vs Omos
After turning on his tag partner, Omos has been unstoppable. He has yet to lose, including winning three different handicap matches. When it looked like no one could stop him, out came a returning Bobby Lashley.
Omos dealt with Lashley at first, but eventually, Lashley knocked Omos on his back, which was followed by the all-too-classic point at the WrestleMania sign.
Two of the strongest men in WWE go head-to-head, and a returning Lashley will be the first to take down Omos.
MATCH PREDICTION: Bobby Lashley defeats Omos
Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins vs TBD
It’s been shocking to see Seth “Freakin” Rollins not have a match at WrestleMania. He attempted to get one multiple times but lost matches to Owens and Styles in trying to take their spots.
On the Raw before Mania, McMahon called Rollins to WWE Headquarters for a meeting. McMahon granted Rollins a match at WrestleMania, but his opponent will be revealed once Rollins is in the ring at WrestleMania.
If his opponent is anyone but Cody Rhodes, all hell will break loose. Everyone is expecting a Rhodes return, which is something we hope will get here. This is definitely a huge blow to AEW, as no one expected this move to happen.
Once Rhodes’ music hits, the crowd will lose their minds. This has the potential to be the match of the night, as both of these wrestlers are at the top of their games. Rollins has to lose this one, or the return would be for nothing.
Also, if Rollins’ opponent isn’t Cody Rhodes and is Shane McMahon instead, the stadium will be filled with boos.
MATCH PREDICTION: Cody Rhodes defeats Seth “Freakin” Rollins
WWE Betting Promos & Pick Pools
DraftKings Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns Pool Predictions
Here are the questions and options for the WWE DraftKings WrestleMania 38 Pool: Roman vs Brock. My predictions are in bold:
- Who will win? • Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns
- Method of Victory? • Pinfall or Submission or Disqualification
- Who will have the first pinfall attempt? • Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns
- Which move will be successfully hit first? • F5 or Spear
- How many times will Brock Lesnar successfully hit the F5? • Over 1.5 or Under 1.5
- How many Spears will be successfully hit by Reigns? • Over 1.5 or Under 1.5
- Will either title be used as a weapon during the match? • Yes or No
- Will an announcers’ table be broken during the match? • Yes or No
- Who will Paul Heyman leave with? • Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns or Neither or Both
- Who will physically interfere in the match? • Bobby Lashley or Paul Heyman or Jey and/or Jimmy Uso or Seth “Freakin” Rollins or Goldberg or Other/Nobody physically interferes
Roman Reigns defeats Brock Lesnar
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