Randy Orton is headlining WrestleMania 33 after winning the 2017 Royal Rumble.
Will his opponent be newly-crowned WWE Champion John Cena?
Or will a new champion emerge at WWE Elimination Chamber?
Unlike previous years, the pay-per-view before Mania will not be a throw-away event.
And after two post-Rumble episode of Smackdown Live, the road to WrestleMania is shaping up to be a memorable one.
The “Main” Event At WrestleMania?
I’m not entirely convinced Randy Orton’s match will close down WrestleMania 33.
In fact, I’d be willing to bet Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg is the real “main event”.
If Goldberg is WWE Universal Champion (likely) come Mania, I have no doubt that’ll be the last match of the night.
Be that as it may, Randy Orton is the only person to this point that is guaranteed of a main event slot.
Who will be Randy Orton’s Opponent?
WWE Champion John Cena has a daunting road ahead of him before he gets to WrestleMania.
At WWE Elimination Chamber, Cena will defend his title in the chamber against AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, The Miz, Baron Corbin, and Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose.
Realistically, I only see three ways WWE can go in this match.
John Cena will either retain or drop the title to AJ Styles or Bray Wyatt.
It seems so sudden to have Cena drop the title just weeks after winning it but with how little they celebrated his record-tying 16th championship, Elimination Chamber could be the end of his 16th title reign.
Whenever Cena does drop it, there’s no question his quest for a 17th (and record-breaking) championship will be fully embraced and celebrated.
Wyatt Family Destiny
Is Bray Wyatt destined to capture his first singles title in WWE?
If he does, what better way to culminate The Wyatt Family storyline than with a championship match at the “Showcase of the Immortals.”
When Randy originally joined The Wyatt’s he said “If you can’t beat them, join them.”
Well, with a Bray Wyatt championship run possibly on the horizon, Orton might not have a choice but to beat them.
We’ve seen the dissension in The Wyatt Family tear Luke Harper away from them.
So much so that Harper and Orton will battle at Elimination Chamber.
A feud between Bray and Randy could further destroy The Wyatt Family.
Or it could reunite them by having Bray ditch Randy to add Luke Harper back.
Harper’s issues with Randy Orton probably aren’t resolved at The Chamber.
Harper won’t rest until Orton is out of The Wyatt Family.
Maybe Erick Rowan is healthy enough to return and suddenly, The Wyatt’s are as powerful as ever.
And maybe Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt is good enough to close out WrestleMania 33.