Predictions for every match at WrestleMania 28

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March 30, 2012|By Arda Ocal and Adam Testa

With WrestleMania right around the corner, fans are voicing their thoughts and predictions to their friends and to the world through social media.

Ring Post bloggers Arda Ocal and Adam Testa have taken the time to share their thoughts on the winners and losers of this year’s card.

The duo agree on most of the undercard, but when it comes to three of the four main events, their predictions differ. Take a look at what they had to say in our match-by-match prediction breakdown:

Maria Menounos and Kelly Kelly vs. Divas Champion Beth Phoenix and Eve

Arda: Unfortunately I'm not looking forward to this match, which is a shame because I'm really looking forward to what can come from the Divas division in the next few months. Beth Phoenix is a fantastic leader for the division, particularly with her in-ring work, Natalya is right up there in the same category, AJ has been hitting home runs with her work alongside Daniel Bryan, Eve is finding her niche as a conniving "Hoeski," a highly underrated Layla is set to return, a highly anticipated Kharma is waiting in the wings, Kelly Kelly is the perfect diva foil for a Beth Phoenix type and Tamina Snuka has lineage. Unfortunately right now, there is a lot of "potential" and not enough "kinetic," including in this match. Maria Menounos, though, will work very hard, I bet, considering that she's a big WWE fan and is familiar with a WWE ring. Maria and Kelly Kelly score the win.

Prediction: Maria Menounos and Kelly Kelly

Adam: There are several other divas matches that sound more appealing than this: Phoenix vs. Natalya, Phoenix vs. Kharma, even Phoenix vs. AJ has been built up and teased in recent weeks. But, alas, we have to get our celebrity involvement in somewhere. I do appreciate the fact Menounos seems to be a genuine WWE fan, and she does have a history with the promotion, being involved as a Raw guest host and appearing on Tribute for the Troops. The match itself will likely be kept short to allow time for the other big matches, and Kelly usually works well with Phoenix. Eve is more than capable of holding her own, too, so I don't expect this match to be trash at all. Hopefully they can produce a solid divas match and move on to the next stages of their respective careers.

Prediction: Maria Menounos and Kelly Kelly

12-Man Tag Team Match for Control of Raw and Smackdown

Team Long (Santino Marella, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, Great Khali and Booker T) vs. Team Laurinaitis (David Otunga, Christian, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and The Miz)

Arda: Dolph Ziggler told me in an interview recently that no matter what he is given at WrestleMania he plans to steal the show. Unfortunately for him this is an uphill battle, given the multiple-man scenario and the amount of time he may actually see in the ring. The focus will stay on the team captains, the red hot Santino Marella and David Otunga (incidentally, I wouldn't mind these two in a U.S. title match in the near future). Team Johnny scores the win and Mr. Laurinaitis assumes control of both Raw and Smackdown.

Prediction: Team Laurinaitis

Adam: I may be in the minority, but I've enjoyed this feud between the general managers, and this was a good way to get the entire midcard onto WrestleMania. The teams seem to be polar opposites, as Laurinaitis' is filled with former world champions and Long's consists of men of low accomplishment. This actually has me a little worried that Team Long will pull the upset, while I much prefer the possibility of a Laurinaitis-run WWE. In the end, I think Otunga will pull out the win for his team, pinning Marella and setting up a continued feud between the two over the United States Championship. The best part, though, will be seeing Johnny Ace on my television twice as much.

Prediction: Team Laurinaitis

Randy Orton vs. Kane

Arda: I'm interested in how this match will unfold because of Randy Orton's comments in the media lately. Orton is still the top star on Smackdown and Kane's legacy and character won't ever be hurt by a loss, so I see Orton getting a decisive victory here. I also like Orton due to the fact that this rivalry shouldn't continue past WrestleMania -- it hasn't been a focal point on Raw or Smackdown, nor should it have been in my opinion. I look forward to fresh feuds for both guys after 'Mania.

Prediction: Randy Orton

Adam: This feud came out of nowhere and was obviously created to get both veterans on the show. That said, I agree that this feud has run its course and needs to end at WrestleMania. Since returning with his mask, Kane seems to have adopted the role of putting over other stars while maintaining his always menacing persona. A win over Kane didn't do much for Cena, and it won't do much for Orton either, but these two deserve a spot on the card. It would have been nice for this to be added in with the general manager battle to add star power to that match, but we'll have to settle for Orton overcoming hate and putting Kane to rest in a singles match.

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