While it’s always exciting to head into WrestleMania, the second night of this weekend’s WrestleMania 39 has a little something extra. Roman Reigns’ record breaking streak as the champion appears to be in more danger than ever before as he fights Cody Rhodes.
Rhodes punched his ticket to win the main event of WrestleMania with a Royal Rumble and is now one match away from fulfilling his promise to “finish the story” and the world title that eluded his legendary father “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Reigns, meanwhile, has held the universal championship since August 2020 and joined the belt with the WWE Championship last year at WrestleMania.
2 The night could feature tons of cruelty. Hall of Famer Edge is set to take on Finn Balor inside Hell in a Cell. The two giants faced off when Brock Lesnar took on Omos. And physicality will be the name of the game as Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER looks to defend his title against both Sheamus and Drew McIntyre in a triple threat match.
Plus, Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair puts her run on the line when she takes on Asuka with her title on the line.
Take a look at who CBS Sports’ wrestling experts are waiting for to see who wins at Night 2 of WrestleMania 39.
WrestleMania 39 Night 2 predictions
Undisputed WWE Championship – Roman Reigns (c) vs. habroton rhodes
There is no real choice in WWE except to put the title here on Rhodes. It’s rare to have one babyface challenger that is hot with the fans and is perfectly positioned as the champion. WWE is going to get two men in that position with Rhodes and Sami Zayn. It’s understandable that WWE didn’t put the belts on Zayn at the final pre-WrestleMania pay-per-view, but that decision was deflating for many fans. If they don’t put up with Rhodes now, they’ve completed the story of their return to WWE, they’ll alienate the fans, while they’ll probably never have a moment yet, so the “right” to take away the Reigns belts. Pick: Cody Rhodes wins the titles –Brent Brookhouse
It’s time for WWE to pull the trigger on Reigns’ title losses. There are so many signs that are important for the crowning of Rhodes. Rhodes quickly established himself as one of the stars of WWE, interested in the passing of the Aew audience, quickly became the top seller of the merchandise and was red hot with the attack. WWE passed on giving Zayn the title and there isn’t much room for him to stick with Reigns. You can build Kingdoms vs. Jey Uso par; However, the history of Thunderdomestic takes a lot of time to tell and the appearances of the Kings are quite infrequent as mentioned. He is responsible for giving Rhodes a memorable WrestleMania moment to send the crowd home happy. Pick: Cody Rhodes wins the titles –Shakiel Mahjouri
Raw Women’s Championship — Bianca Belair (c) vs. Asuka
WWE really dropped the ball with the introduction of Asuka on the darker side. The video package that they did on Raw before WrestleMania was really good but it was too little, too late. Asuka is generally gifted as more of a villain than a butcher rather than a hollow killer. It’s a shame, because this character could be very cool as a heel avenger. Pair that with the fact that Belair is a solid champion and Rhea Ripley – who also has a dark brooding persona – should favor beating Flair and Asuka’s chances are slim. Pick: Bianca Belair to retain the title — Mahjouri (also Brookhouse)
Intercontinental Championship — Gunther (c) vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus
There is no match that I specifically book to promote, as much as the Intercontinental Championship clash. The pair features three big men who specialize in blunt force attacks. We’ve seen the three men mix it up in terrific grudge matches and the triple threat should do well to mix up the chaos outside of the lineup. Sheamus, one of WWE’s lesser-received talents, doesn’t seem like he needs the belt for his career and McIntyre doesn’t seem to need the strap. Gunther has a long reign as champion, and this is going to happen, as he closes in on the record for the longest reign as Intercontinental Champion held by the Honky Tonk Man since 1988. Pick: Gunther to retain the title — Brookhouse (also Mahjouri)
Ora vs. Finn Balor (Hell in a Cell)
Edge has been great in the ring and inconsistent on the microphone since a seemingly career-ending injury. Balor isn’t really a chick, but he’s in top athletic shape and has the best WWE superstars between the ropes. On the day of the judgment he had a remarkable resurgence, thanks to the group comprising the individual players. Dominik Mysterio’s snot-snotted first persona was an amazing hit and in rare Ripley form. Balor has far more upside than Edge wins, pure and simple. Besides, WWE has so many “happy home fans” options that having Balor, especially in demon form, is going to be an inadvertent accident. Pick: Finn Balor wins — Mahjouri
If Balor hadn’t defeated Edge in “I quit” before Rhea Ripley hit Beth Phoenix with a con-chair, I’d throw shade at Balor here. Yes, Edge and Phoenix beat Ripley and Balor in a tag match at the Elimination Chamber, but a simple tag win doesn’t feel like the right payoff for an attack on Edge’s wife, nor all the other times Balor has gotten the best of Edge by force. He takes a mouthful of this. Pick: Edge wins –Brookhouse
Brock Lesnar vs. to hear
Watching the game, Lesnar’s men get the best of the limited physical interaction. Lesnar is rarely shown as a disadvantage. Against people like Bobby Lashley or Roman Reigns, Lesnar is generally evenly but not physically dominant. Of course, all of this leads up to the WrestleMania match where Lesnar gets to some big moves and “How did he do that?” at the moment of hitting Omos with F5. Pick: Brock Lesnar wins — Brookhouse (also Mahjouri)
Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez vs. Natalya & Shotzi vs. Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler vs. Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville
That Rousey and Baszler were given a free pass in the showcase match says it all. By far the most cohesive team will stand out in this match and have the most star power. The MMA fighter’s journey to the women’s tag team championships is the best use of the former UFC defender if you want to keep her from single title pictures. Pick: Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler win — Mahjouri (also Brookhouse)