WrestleMania weekend has arrived. The self-proclaimed greatest spectacle in all of sports is back for a two-night stay inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with a pair of massive game cards on display for the 38th edition. For the third consecutive year, the festivities will be spread over two nights with the participation of almost all the major stars of the list.
The biggest event scheduled for Night 1 may not actually be a game. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin is set to appear at WrestleMania 38, where he will be a guest on Kevin Owens’ ‘KO Show’. Owens has repeatedly made fun of Austin and his home state of Texas, so things between the two are expected to get physical quickly.
Additionally, both Women’s Champions will defend their titles on Night 1. Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch is set to defend her belt against Bianca Belair while Charlotte Flair will put her SmackDown Women’s Title on the line against Ronda Rousey.
Let’s take a closer look at who our experts at CBS Sports think will win on Night 1 of WWE WrestleMania 38, which begins at 8 p.m. and airs live on Peacock after a kickoff show an hour earlier. Our expert predictions for Night 2 can be found here.
WWE WrestleMania 38 Night 1 2022 Predictions
Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin
A feud with Corbin and Madcap Moss that has been going on for months is, of course, a big step back from previous WrestleManias for McIntyre. Still, it’s obvious WWE still sees him as a guy who belongs in the main event, so Corbin’s rivalry has been a way to keep the Scotsman on TV until it’s time. to be brought up again. Corbin has become a heel that can be inserted anywhere, lose the big game, and just pass to upset another babyface. There’s no reason for McIntyre to take a loss here. Pick: Drew McIntyre wins –Brent Brookhouse
The whole build of McIntyre vs. Corbin revolves around Corbin’s sneak attacks and his reluctance to meet McIntyre head-on. The reward is simple: McIntyre ultimately makes his enemy scream. McIntyre is expected to be featured in a higher stakes rivalry. Hopefully a relatively one-sided win over Corbin sets McIntyre up for a big run after WrestleMania. Pick: Drew McIntyre wins – Shakiel Mahjouri
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Usos (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs
This could absolutely fit in as a standard “faces go to WrestleMania” match. That said, I don’t know if Nakamura and Boogs are the ones to end The Usos’ long run as champions. Nakamura and Boogs are an act that WWE seems to love, but it’s hard to ignore that Nakamura recently ran 182 days with the Intercontinental Championship and only defended the belt once between winning and losing the title. . Pick: The Usos retain the titles — Stream
The Usos have been a fundamental part of SmackDown as the record-breaking SmackDown Tag Team Champions alongside record-breaking Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Based on a recent booking, WWE seems to believe in Boogs (despite presenting the team as a comedy act). Nakamura is also coming off a recent Intercontinental title run and could be considered a viable tag team champion. It could be argued that a more cohesive tag team should have been assembled to dethrone Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso, but something tells me WWE is making the switch on Saturday night. Choice: Nakamura and Boogs win the titles — Mahjouri
The New Day vs. Sheamus and Ridge Holland
Big E’s fractured neck is an unfortunate shadow on this game but probably has no impact on the booking for who wins. It would be easy to say that Butch’s presence at ringside will tip the scales in the direction of Sheamus and Holland. But WrestleMania is usually all about feel-good moments and putting the fan-favorite team in an otherwise meaningless midcard match is a good game to carry on that tradition. Choose: Victory of the New Day — Stream
WWE was working on a New Day reunion and a six-man tag team match. Unfortunately, Big E suffered a terrible injury a few weeks ago on SmackDown and is recovering from a broken neck. Between E’s injury, Butch’s botched inclusion and the New Day reunion angle, all signs point to a fan-friendly win for Kingston and Woods. Choose: The new day wins — Mahjouri
The Miz & Logan Paul vs. The Mysterios
Generally, it’s a safe bet that a celebrity will win at these locations. But Paul is an extremely unkind person and he helped Miz steal Rey Mysterios’ mask. These two factors should be enough to say “The Mysterios win”. I expect the match to go well because WWE is good at running celebrity matches where you think “Wow! He can really wrestle!” But all of that should be Mysterios. Choose: The Mysterios win — Stream
There’s no reality in the sprawling multiverse cruel enough to subject WWE fans to a Logan Paul win at WrestleMania. Rey Mysterio is one of the most enduring good guys in professional wrestling and sports entertainment. The Miz and Paul are easily hateful foils for a father-son tandem that should leave WrestleMania with their hands up. Choose: The Mysterios win — Mahjouri
Seth Rollins vs. TBA
The only surprise here would be if Rollins’ mystery opponent is do not a returning Cody Rhodes. It will, however, and with that in mind, there should be no mystery about the winner. The worst thing they could do to bring Rhodes back after his time in the Indies and as a founding member of AEW would be for him to lose the night he returns to the promotion. It should be obvious. Choice: Cody Rhodes wins — Stream
Fans will be deeply disappointed if WWE pulls a bait and switch, failing to produce former AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes. Having transformed into a serious player since erasing Stardust face paint in 2016, Rhodes has molded himself into a believable character as WWE’s MVP. It’s paramount that WWE give Rhodes the nod over Rollins. It would terribly stifle Rhodes’ momentum to debut and lose but, more importantly, it’s an opportunity for WWE to show disgruntled AEW roster members that they can be successful in WWE. Choice: Cody Rhodes wins — Mahjouri
Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair
There’s really no way WWE can “fix” Lynch beating Belair in seconds at SummerSlam. That said, the only justifiable “conclusion” of Belair’s history would be to reclaim the title on the big stage. Anything less would be pretty awful. It also wouldn’t hurt Lynch to step away from TV for a bit and revamp her on-screen persona, as she’s lost a lot of the magic that made her such a force in the past. Pick: Bianca Belair wins the title — Stream
Bianca Belair was robbed of a serious championship run at the expense of a returning Becky Lynch. “Big Time Becks” hasn’t quite rediscovered the fevered fandom of his previous babyface as “The Man.” Belair’s redemption against a villainous Lynch is the perfect conclusion to a rivalry that has been lingering since SummerSlam in August. Pick: Bianca Belair wins the title — Mahjouri
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
Rousey’s WWE return hasn’t been the smash hit many expected, and to be fair, that’s largely because Flair vs. Rousey’s whole storyline was a critical flop. Fans aren’t exactly behind Rousey these days, either. Still, it’s hard to see how this match won’t end with Rousey’s hand up and a championship wrapped around her waist once again. Pick: Ronda Rousey wins the title — Stream
Rousey recently made a triumphant return to the Royal Rumble in January and immediately entered a top program against Charlotte Flair. Don’t expect the company to stop its momentum now. Flair will put on a strong show of herself but, when all is said and done, Rousey will become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion. Pick: Ronda Rousey wins the title